Shuto Con Anime Convention in Lansing Gears Up for its Largest Year Yet

Lansing, Mich., Mar. 22 - In two weeks Lansing will welcome over three thousand costumed anime and gaming fans in an event that is quickly becoming one of the largest conventions in central Michigan. Shuto Con is a weekend long Japanese animation convention taking place between April 5-7 that hosts over fifty regional artists, over twenty national vendors, informative fan panels, 24 hour gaming, costuming events, and several famous voice actors from the series Dragon Ball Z which include;

​Christopher Sabat: ​Voice of Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and more, as well as voice director for the series.

Monica Rial: ​Voice of Bulma.

Sonny Strait: ​Scriptwriter for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, as well as the voice of Krillin, Lieutenant Blue, and more.

​Colleen Clinkenbeard: Voice of Gohan, Android 18, and Baby Trunks.

​​Chris Rager: ​Voice of Mr. Satan/Hercule and King Yemma.

Greg Ayres: ​Performer of one of the Dragon Ball Z Kai opening themes and voice of Guldo.

A special industry guest from Funimation, the studio that dubbed and distributed the English-language Dragon Ball, will also be holding panels and special previews of newly released anime.

Special artist guests will include Doug Smith, who also voiced Kintaro in the cult anime Golden Boy; Rikki Simmons, who voiced Gir in ​Invader Zim​; and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simmons, artist behind studio Tavicat (with Rikki Simmons).

Several bands will also perform a musical marathon on Saturday including: Armcannon, Those Who Fight, Knights of the Round, The Pillowcases, The X-Hunters, and Arc Impulse.

Returning to this year's dual-night rave will be DJs Freddy D and TKR.

In addition to its line up of weekend long events, in 2013 Shuto Con also became a Safe Space throughout the entire convention, encouraging attendees of all walks of life to come as they are without having to be afraid of being bullied or harassed. Included in the plans to support their Safe Space initiative are increased security staff, policies against bullying/harassment, and safe rooms where attendees can go if they are feeling harassed.

Advocates for Youth, a sexual education advocacy group, defines Safe Spaces as, "a place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability."

Pre-registration for Membership Badges ends Friday, Mar. 22, but will also be available at the door. More information at:

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