Voice Actor Tony Oliver To Be Guest At Otakon 2017

Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2017) – Tony Oliver, whose 25-year career includes voice work on such anime favorites as "Robotech," "Lupin the 3rd," "Bleach," and "Gurren Lagann," will be a guest at Otakon 2017, according to Otakorp Inc.

Oliver began his career as an actor on stage and camera, performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice-over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign-made animated features to receive wide U.S. release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child").

His first foray into television was as the voice of Rick Hunter in the ground-breaking animated series "Robotech." Following that, he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career.

In 1988, he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor, where he wrote and produced an award-winning adaptation of "The Jungle Book" and story-edited the long-running Nickelodeon anime series "The Noozles." In 1992, Oliver was tapped to help create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega hit, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Oliver not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, co-produced the series, directed the voice actors, played the voice of Saba, and produced the Power Rangers' live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year, he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation, "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger: Live Tour."

Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Oliver has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, video games, and new media, including “.hack//GU,” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder” for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann,” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel; “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers,” which premiered on screens nationwide; and "Martha & Friends" from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment, as well as voice directing numerous video games like “League of Legends.”

Tony's many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked Too”; “ The Muppet's Wizard of Oz”; Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”; Hibiki in “Vandread”; Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”; Harry in “Gun Grave”; Ranmaru in “Tokko”; Shinbo in “Cho-bits”; Ulquiorra in “Bleach”; Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto”; as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down,” “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring,” “Dynasty Warriors,” “World of Warcraft,” “Everquest,” “Neverwinter Knights,” “Xenosaga,” “Magna Carta II,” “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight,” ”Basara 3” and “BlazBlue.”

More recently, he adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie,” “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan,” “Fate/Zero” and “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”; voice directed the highly-anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc”; and can be heard on Nickelodeon's “NFL Rush Zone” and the animated musical series “Iesodo” in the title role. He is currently directing the massively popular series “Hunter x Hunter” and the highly-anticipated “Love Live.”

Oliver is brought in collaboration with Aniplex of America Inc. for a special 10th anniversary celebration of Gurren Lagann!

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-fourth 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. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 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.otakorp.org/
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2017, see http://www.otakon.com/

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