Guests Announcement - Final Round: Omni Fandom Expo March 15-17, 2019

ORLANDO, FL, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 – Taking place March 15-17, 2019 in Orlando, FL at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Omni Fandom Expo's guest list includes Japanese animation director Hisashi Kagawa, Japanese animation director Mamoru Yokota, Japanese singer and lyricist SAWA, guitarist and songwriter Nobutsune Nakahodo, voice actor Matt Shipman, voice actress Tia Ballard, voice actress Brittany Lauda, voice actor Derek Stephen Prince, and voice actor Paul St. Peter.

Hisashi Kagawa is best known for being the character designer of Saikano: She, the Ultimate Weapon, One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak!, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Toriko TV, and Dream 9 Toriko x One Piece x Dragon Ball Z Super Collabo Special.

Some of his other works as an animation director includes Pokémon (1997), Angelic Layer (2001), Fresh Pretty Cure (2009), Soul Eater (2008) and Toriko (2011). He also lent his talents to Sailor Moon, which include Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, Sailor Moon SuperS, and the opening for Sailor Stars. His major episodes included Makoto Kino's, Black Lady's and Haruka Ten'o's first appearances and the past of the Silver Millennium. He also did the character designs and work as animation director for the Sailor Moon S movie.

Limited art commissions will be available from Kagawa at Omni Fandom Expo.

Sawa was born as a daughter of a family that has run a traditional Japanese public bath in Nagoya since approximately 1885. She attended NIS (Nagoya International School) from the ages of 4 to 7. Her Father's love of chanson and canzone music piqued her interest from a young age, instilling a love of music in her. From the ages of 16 to 17 she received schooling in Virginia. While she was there, she had her first experience singing for a live audience at a culture festival. Even though the songs were in Japanese, many in the crowd were singing the chorus by the end of a song. At that moment, she got more interested in the power of music.

In 2007, SAWA made her debut as a singer and lyricist with the release of the game "The World Ends with You", produced by Square Enix. A few years later, she worked on the soundtrack for the Japanese animation "K-ON! the movie". Her work is not limited to anime and games, as she also sang for the popular Japanese comedians COWCOW in their series called "No Surprise Exercise”. In 2013, she succeeded in experimenting with traditional folk songs. As a member of the WA-League, she had a stage in Peru and Ecuador to celebrate the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Currently she is a member of the Square Enix produced band project, The Death March, as well as her original band SAWAS PHOOL. The first mini-album release of SAWAS PHOOL was in December 2014!

Nobutsune Nakahodo is a guitarist and a songwriter based in the suburb of Tokyo.

He originally started his music career as a leader of his own band when he was a teenager. Through the years he experienced success with nationwide tours and solo concerts. Nobu continues to perform energetically at live music clubs in Tokyo today. His passion towards guitar is not limited to normal electric/acoustic guitars, but some unique guitars such as fretless guitars and Koyabu Symmetric Board, which fascinates audiences with a wide variety of stylish performances.

SAWA and Nobu will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only and will be performing a one hour concert Saturday night at 6pm – SAWA: THE RETURN!

Tia Lynn Ballard is an American actress, artist, comedian, writer and voice actress for FUNimation Entertainment and Seraphim Digital. Her notable roles include Happy the Cat (Fairy Tail (2009)), Mizore Shirayuki (Rosario + Vampire (2008)), Nanami Momozono (Kamisama Kiss (2012)), Yoshino/Yoshinon (Date a Live (2013)), Chiho (The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013)) Megumi Shimizu (Shiki (2010)), Hannah (Attack on Titan (2013)), Rea Sanka (Sankarea: Undying Love (2012)), Kusano (Sekirei (2008)), Porche the Foxy Pirate (One Piece: Wan pîsu (1999)), Xiao Mei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)), Rin Ogata (RideBack (2009)), Hibana (Deadman Wonderland (2011)), Inaho (Maken-Ki! Battling Venus (2011)), Eris (Cat Planet Cuties (2010)), Priscilla (Nintendo's Monster Tale) and Zero Two (DARLING in the FRANXX (2018)). Tia has also been announced as part of the cast of the new “Fruits Basket” anime, playing Kagura Soma! Tia has also been announced as part of the cast of the new “Fruits Basket” anime, playing Kagura Soma!

Raised on generous helpings of wacky cartoons, this Southern blonde goofball works in the animation industry as an actor, writer, and director. With over 150 animation and video game roles under her belt, plus writing and directing, she is well trained in the art of not sleeping! She also draws, writes, and bakes a mean cheesecake!

Autograph pricing for all these great guests is listed on our website under each guest bio, along with panels and events being added daily!

Tickets are available now to save over at the door pricing. And don't forget to get your hotel room reserved so that you can party into the night with us!

Omni Fandom Expo is a multi-genre fan convention founded, owned, and staffed by fans of anime, sci-fi/fantasy, comics, and gaming. We stand by making our event one of memorable experiences from our shows to our contests and guest panels. Come check out why we're The Biggest Little Con You'll Ever See!

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