Guests of Honor
Koji Morimoto (born on December 26, 1959) is a prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films. Projects he has participated in include: Akira, City Hunter, Dirty Pair: Project Eden, Fist of the North Star, Kiki's Delivery Service, Lensman, Macross Plus, Robot Carnival, Roujin Z, Tekkonkinkreet,
and so many more!
This will by Mr. Morimoto's first time at AnimeFest!
Tatsuyuki Tanaka was born in 1965 in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Often regarded as a genius artist, Tanaka is actively involved as an animator, illustrator and manga artist across many disciplines. With his ingenious drawings and the unique worlds he creates, Tanaka has garnered and continues to receive immense support from his enthusiastic fans. Some of the projects he has worked on are Akira
, Nadia The Secret of Blue Water
, Bubble Gum Crisis
, and Genius Party
This will be Tanaka’s first time attending AnimeFest.
Shojo Manga Artist
Arina Tanemura (born in Aichi Prefecture Japan in 1978) is an amazingly talented Shojo Mangaka (Girls' Manga Artist).
Some of her works include Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne
, Time Stranger Kyoko
, Full Moon O Sagashite
, and The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
This will by Ms. Tanemura's first time at AnimeFest!
Yoshimitsu Yamashita (born on February 15, 1974 in Okayama Prefecture, Japan) is a gifted Animator and Chief Animation Director. Mr. Yamashita is the Chief Animation Director for Kids on the Slope
, the newest TV series directed by Shinichi Watanabe with music by Yoko Kanno.
Throughout his career in the industry, Mr. Yamashita has participated in dozens of popular Anime projects. He has served as Chief Animation Director on House of Five Leaves
, Animation Director on episodes of Bleach
and Samurai Champloo
, and working as a Key Animator on episodes of Michiko and Hatchin
, Elfen Lied
, and Monster
, just to name a few.
This will by Mr. Yamashita's first time at AnimeFest!
Dai Sato (born in Shimane, Japan in 1969) is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, with side projects creating scripts and concepts for various media.
Some of Mr. Sato's most recognizable projects he has been involved with include Cowboy Bebop (TV)
, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
, Samurai Champloo (TV)
(2004), Psalms of Planets: Eureka Seven (TV)
, Ergo Proxy (TV)
, FREEDOM (OVA)
, Eden of the East (TV)
, and most recently Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV)
This will by Mr. Sato's sixth time at AnimeFest!
Sayo Yamamoyo (born 1977 in Tokyo, Japan) is an amazingly talented Anime Director.
Heralded by many as one of the anime industry's future superstars, Ms. Yamamoto most recently directed the new Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Past projects that she has been involved with include: Michiko and Hatchin
(Director), Samura Champloo
(storyboards and episode director), Ergo Proxy
(storyboard and episode director), REDLINE
(storyboard and original background art), and many more!
This will by Ms. Yamamoto's first time at AnimeFest!
Musical Guests of Honor
LeetStreet Boys is an anime otaku band created in 2007 by singer / composer Matt Myers. The band gained international attention in 2008 with their breakout single and animated music video "Yuri The Only One"
, followed by the release of two albums, LeetStreet Boys
and Otaku Hearts
Ramen and Rice
Sisters Ramen and Rice come from the U.S. West Coast, and have been playing music together since childhood. They made their debut as the anime/animation/game music duet "Ramen and Rice" years ago at Fanimecon 2000. They are very grateful for all the opportunities/amazing people, and they are very happy to come "home" to the convention that has meant so much for their playing opportunity, AnimeFest! in Texas!
Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called Little Trips
, then Off-Broadway in a play called The Destroyers
. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor from Dallas. She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the voice of Road in D. Grayman
, Sae in Peach Girl
, Yuti La in Heroic Age
, Elizabeth in Black Butler
, Patty in Soul Eater
, Ayano in Kaze no Stigma
, Natsumi in Sgt. Frog
, Naomi in Witchblade
, Yoshika in Strike Witches
, Elicia Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
, Setsuna and Akira in Negima
, Mai in Ghost Hunt
, Tamaki in Bamboo Blade
, Himawari in XXXholic
, Cecily in Sacred Blacksmith
, Liechtenstein in Hetalia
, Lucy in Fairy Tail
, Takeshita in B Gata H Kei
Mark Stoddard is a voice actor with almost 70 credited roles. He is best known as Inspector Meguire in Case Closed
, Reiji Takayama in Witchblade
, Yakushiji Tenzen in Basilisk
, Dr. Hiriluk, Jonathan, and others in One Piece
, and Dr. Briefs in Dragon Ball Z Kai
Bryan Massey was born in Pontiac, Michigan but moved to Dallas, Texas when he was just 7 years old. After earning an Associate's Degree in Radio/Television, Bryan decided to pursue his acting career and moved to Hollywood, where he got his SAG card playing a Nazi on the X-Files
. After spending 4 years in Los Angeles Bryan returned home to Texas, working in local improvisation troupes and continuing to write his own projects. With no local agent he would later go on to get a stint on Prison Break
, only after crashing the audition!
Creator of Miki Falls, Brody's Ghost and a series of books and YouTube
videos on how to draw manga. He is the #1 artist on YouTube. Mr Crilley
will be discussing his work on panel discussions, teaching manga art
classes and signing autographs.
Writer, Artist, Voice Actor
Bruce Lewis is a voice actor, writer, and artist who has worked in the American anime and manga business since 1993. He is the author of one of the best-selling how-to-draw-manga books ever, Draw Manga: How To Draw Manga In Your Own Unique Style (Anova, 2005). He has also written many magazine and web articles on the subject of Japanese popular culture. He was the screenwriter of Kodocha, Episode #32, "Father! You Were Arrested!" for FUNimation Productions as well.
Kristen McGuire is a self published manga artist who has plagued the local anime conventions for years convincing unsuspecting victims to purchase her comic book series, Enchanted
Web Comic Artists
Mel Hynes and J. Grant are a conglomerate beast, spawned in California's strange climes and summoned to the heart of Dallas, where they now reside in a dank cave. Between the two of them, they create the webcomic Two Lumps, as well as various other comics and works of literature.
Amelie "Ami-Chan" Belcher was born in Baton-Bloody-Boring-Rouge Louisiana where the combination of chemical plant fumes and river water did major damage to her fragile little mind at an early age. By all accounts, she started drawing at the age of five (when she figured out that the pencil goes on the paper and not up your nose) and didn't stop drawing until she ran out of paper...twenty years later.
Blind Squirrel Props
Mike Iverson is a prop builder who has been making replicas from movies, television, games, and anime since 2005.
Samantha Inoue Harte
Producer, Voice Actress
Producer, Animator, Director, Actress, and Makeup FX artist, Samantha
Inoue-Harte, has been working in the film industry since 1997 and
proves she is a true Renaissance woman.
Her acting can be seen in Sin City
, Office Space, Planet Terror
, Beatdown, Machete
and many more.
This is Ms. Inoue-Harte's first time at AnimeFest
Game Show Host
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime
Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating
on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes.
You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his
or visit his website.
DJ Johnny Violence
Friday Night DJ
Characterized by an eclectic mix of Punk influences, EDM, and Dark Electronica, Dj Johnny Violence has been an active Dj in the Dallas club scene for the past decade. Laying down beats at everything from field raves and house parties to being a frequent guest at some of the premier clubs in Dallas and Austin. Debuting at AnimeFest, Johnny V is no new comer to the convention circuit, having been an integral part of the DJing staff at A-kon for four years running.
Saturday Night DJ
DJ Blade started spinning in 2004 in Hollywood, California, where he was well known as the youngest DJ in Cali at the age of 17 and made it in the club scene and the LA Times newspaper. The biggest thing that has happened to him was being sponsored by ID&T. He also has his own radio show on deepellumonair.com
; the show's name is Deep Ellum Bunker
. And now for the second year in a row he is back for more here at AnimeFest....to make you move and grove and enjoy the best in trance house and more.
Sunday Night DJ
DJ Bleuwulf is a local resident of DFW who has performed both in the US and in Tokyo, Japan. His style is eclectic spanning from house remixes of popular top 40 music to trance to the dirtiest electro beats. A regular Cosplayer, he has attended AnimeFest for seven years, but this will be his first opportunity to spin for the AnimeFest crowd. Says DJ Bleuwulf: "My goal for every performance is one thing and one thing only: Total crowd euphoria!"