Pony Canyon Announces Sakura-Con 2018 Event Schedule

TOKYO, JAPAN – March 16, 2018 - Audio-visual entertainment company PONY CANYON is pleased to announce our Sakura-Con 2018 schedule. Con goers will receive a present with select purchases at the PONY CANYON booth (#615). Additionally, if you come to any of the PONY CANYON panels, you will receive a special giveaway present while supplies last!

Our guests include Voice Actor Chiharu Sawashiro and Producer Takanori Matsuoka.

Chiharu Sawashiro is a voice actor. His notable works include “TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION” where he voices Nozomu Nanase, “Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS” where he plays Naoki Shima, and “Show By Rock!!” where he voices Argon. He is a younger brother to voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro, and outside of voice acting, his hobbies include playing the guitar and the sanshin (a three-stringed Japanese lute), and watching baseball. He will appear at Sakura Con to promote the new upcoming anime, “Caligula” in which he voices one of the main characters, Ritsu Shikishima.

Takanori Matsuoka is a producer for PONY CANYON. After Takanori joined the company, he soon joined in the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many profitable projects of the company such as “DEVIL SURVIVER 2 the ANIMATION” and “Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers” as a Publicity Producer; and “SHOW BY ROCK!”, “CLEAN FREAK! AOYAMA-KUN”, and ”SANRIO BOYS” as a Producer. After having experienced in various anime projects in Japan, he is now interested in international co-production with oversea companies. His latest project involved as Producer is “Caligula” scheduled to release in April, 2018.

Event Schedule

3/30 (Fri) at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
CALIGULA panel & world premiere with special guests
Room 4C-2
Caligula is the animated adaptation of the popular next-generation role playing game. The animation is produced by SATELIGHT, a renowned animation studio known for producing “Macross” and “Acquarion” franchise. Chiharu Sawashiro, the voice cast of the main role, and Takanori Matsuoka, the producer, will appear and talk about the world of Caligula and answer to your questions. Don't miss the world premiere of the 1st episode of Caligula, which is scheduled to release in April, 2018.

3/30 (Fri) at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chiharu Sawashiro & Takanori Matsuoka Autograph Session
This is an autograph session and event with Caligula – Voice Actor Chiharu Sawashiro and Producer Takanori Matsuoka for purchasers of Caligula T-shirts.
The Voice Actor and Producer will be having a casual Q&A with fans while they autograph things. They can't wait to talk to fans directly about Caligula and they look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions on the program.

3/31 (Sat) at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PONY CANYON industry panel
Room 4C-2
PONY CANYON presents to you the hottest titles from Japan! Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest titles, learn about our various anime related events & activities, and ask all your questions to PONY CANYON! Join our jan-ken-pon game and get an exclusive prize. So come to see us!

3/31 (Sat) at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Room 6C
Hokuto no Ken”(Fist of the North Star) is considered a masterpiece with over 100 million copies in print. It's prequel, “Soten no Ken” (Fist of the Blue Sky), is a Japan's national best seller and depicts the origins of “Hokuto no Ken”. A Japanese powerhouse and world-renowned production company POLYGON PICTURES (“Knights of Sidonia” and ”Ajin”) will produce the animation in unprecedented high quality cel-style 3DCG, which is scheduled to release in April 2018 ! Don't miss the world premiere of the first 3 episodes, and you will be a witness to a new legend of “Fist of the North Star”!

※ The schedule, exclusive products, and booth specials are subject to change.
※ Check at the booth for specific information about booth autograph sessions and events.


PONY CANYON INC. has been dedicating itself for more than 50 years to the development and nurture of varied types of entertainment software including production, manufacture, and distribution of diverse packaged software, as well as digital distribution services focusing on entertainment. One of the biggest producers/distributors of Blu-rays and DVDs in Japan, PONY CANYON has been involved in the production of many hit anime titles including “Attack on Titan”, “Fairy Tail”, “Welcome to the Ballroom”, and “Free!”.

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