Animazement Announces Additional 2012 Guests


Animazement proudly announces three additional Japanese guests for its 2012 convention taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 2012. More information about Animazement can be found at

Japanese Guests

Toshio FurukawaToshio Furukawa began his career in voice acting in the 1960s. He is best known for his roles as Piccolo in Dragon Ball, Ataru Moroboshi in Urusei Yatsura, and Portgas D. Ace in One Piece. Furukawa has portrayed a wide range of characters, from comical to serious characters. In addition to his long list of voice roles, Furukawa also worked on dubbing American movies including Little House on the Prairie, Back to the Future, Scooby Doo. His Hobbies are fishing, creating dioramas, reading and movies.

Ichiro Itano - Ichiro Itano started his career as an animator at Studio Musashi while he was a senior in high school. He loved mecha and became specialized in mechanical drawing. Mr. Itano's three dimensional high-speed fighting action is called “Itano circus”. It is a fast paced combination of acrobatics, fighting techniques and movements. Itano is a Mechanical design director for The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. He is the animation director for Megazone 23, Kujaku-o Part II, Gantz (TV) and Blassreiter. He also served as CG Supervisor for Ultraman Mebius (TV and theater), 3D Motion Director for Naruto: The Cross Roads and Special Technical Director for Asurazuraau (game).

Fumiko Orisaka - Fumiko Orisaka is from Tokyo, Japan. She is a voice actress and a singer affiliated with Atomic Monkey talent agency. Ms. Orisaka sings many anime songs and character image songs. She earned her sign language certification in 2009 and continues to study even today. Ms. Orisaka is best known for her roles as Rukia Kuchiki in Bleach, Shirley Fenette and Ayame Futabe in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Kyuubei Yagyuu in Gin Tama, Azusa Fuyutsuki in Great Teacher Onizuka, Chise from Saishū Heiki Kanojo, and others. Her hobby is shopping.

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ABOUT ANIMAZEMENT: Animazement is an all-volunteer, fan-run anime convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, celebrating popular Japanese visual culture in all of its forms. The parent organization of Animazement, Educational Growth Across Oceans (EGAO) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The mission of Animazement is to provide an introduction to Japanese Language and Culture, through the world of Japanese Animation and Manga. For three days each spring, we bring together a diverse group of attendees, volunteers, special Japanese and American guests, panelists, and our staff, and together we share in celebrating Japanese entertainment and visual culture. Our activities span the various genres of anime, manga, video games, J-pop/J-rock, martial arts, traditional arts and crafts, and more, all in a family-friendly, festival-like atmosphere. Sure, it's a party, but it is our sincere hope that everyone who attends Animazement also learns something, and leaves with a greater sense of cultural understanding and appreciation for Japanese Culture and Language.

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