FanimeCon 2013 Announces Mechanical Designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka as a Guest of Honor

San Jose, CA (April 30, 2013) – FanimeCon is pleased to announce famed mechanical designer, Tsuyoshi Nonaka as a Guest of Honor for FanimeCon 2013, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose over Memorial Day weekend.

Although Tsuyoshi Nonaka's name isn't one commonly brought up in America, numerous fans are likely to have seen and own toys designed by him while growing up. Mr. Nonaka has spent 25 years working for Bandai Co. LTD working as a toy designer and planner being responsible for the Toei Metal Hero Series and Super Sentai Series (known as the Power Rangers in the United States). He has also worked on a number of the Kamen Riders series and has created the successful brand in Japan called Chogokin-Damashii which has produced a number of die-cast high end figures enjoyed by serious collectors, including his own childhood favorite Mazinger Z (Tranzor Z).

In addition to working in the field of toys, Mr. Nonaka has provided mechanical designs for a number of mecha-centric shows including 'Mazinkaiser SKL,' 'Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z-Hen,' and D.I.C.E. Since joining Bandai America Inc. Mr. Nonaka has become the head of 'PLEX International Design, US Division' and has worked on toy designs for the Power Rangers franchise, Ben 10 franchise, and other properties by Bandai America Inc.

Although he has been living in the United States for only two years, he has attended many conventions and FanimeCon will mark his sixth appearance. FanimeCon would like to express a warm welcome to Mr. Nonaka and looks forward to his interactions with fans during events at the convention. Programming information for Mr. Tsuyoshi Nonaka will be made available at as the convention draws near.


FanimeCon is Northern California's largest anime convention, and is proud to be "By Fans, For Fans"! Packed with nonstop video programming, extraordinary costumes, music, games, tournaments, sensational panels, and renowned international guests, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. Over 21,000 enthusiasts were a part of the fun and festivities at FanimeCon 2012, and FanimeCon will return to downtown San Jose this Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, 2013.

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