Voice Actor/Singer Yui Makino to Be a Guest at Otakon 2016

Baltimore, MD (May 25, 2016) – Yui Makino, a Japanese voice actress, singer and pianist, has been added to the guest roster for Otakon 2016, according to Otakorp Inc.

Makino began her career as a child actor at age 3. At age 4, she started playing piano, and her talent was discovered by film director Shunji Iwai at age 8, where she played incidental music for his film "Love Letter." Throughout the years, she has played for two more of his films, "All About Lily Chou-Chou" and "Hana and Alice."

In April 2005, Makino debuted as a voice actress as Sakura, the main character of "TSUBASA CHRoNiCLE," while at the same time she pre-debuted as a singer with “Omna Magni,” the ending theme song for "Genesis of Aquarion." In August, she debuted as a singer with “Amrita,” which was the theme song for "TSUBASA CHRoNiCLE the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom." Since then, she has continued on to sing theme songs for anime, such as “Undine” for "ARIA The ANIMATION"; “Euforia” for "ARIA The NATURAL"; “Sketchbook wo Motta Mama” for "Sketchbook ~full color's~"; “Synchronicity” for "TSUBASA CHRoNiCLE: TOKYO REVELATIONS" OVAs; “Spirale” for "ARIA The ORIGINATION"; and "Sasayaki wa Crescendo” for "Francesca," to name a few.

Makino became active in events overseas starting from 2007, where she performed in Beijing as a Japanese ambassador for a Japanese-Chinese cultural exchange business event. In 2009, she performed in France at Japan Expo, the world's largest Japan pop culture festival, as the first Japanese seiyu (voice actress), and continued on to perform in New York, Shanghai, Singapore and Seoul.

She released “88 Flight” digitally, and “Kimi no Erabu Michi” in 2015, her 10-year anniversary of her debut. She held her anniversary concert at AKASAKA BLITZ, which can be seen in her DVD "Yui Makino 10th Anniversary Live~So Happy!!~". She was also engaged worldwide for events in Vietnam, Canada, Bangkok, Singapore, China and Hong Kong. In July, she performed her solo concert in Hong Kong to a sold-out crowd. She released her fourth studio album, “Tabi*Note,” in October and continues to perform worldwide, attracting many with her diverse talents.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-third year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2015, see http://www.otakon.com/

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