Anime Midwest, a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, video games, music and more has announced its lineup of featured guests at this year’s convention from July 4-6, 2014. This talent-heavy lineup of guests provides fans with in-person interactions with their favorite anime actors and entertainers. These featured guests will sit on Q&A panels and participate in autograph sessions, where fans can get up and close and ask questions.
“This is a remarkable chance for fans to get a rare opportunity to ask questions and meet their favorite stars in the anime world,” says Ryan Kopf, organizer of Anime Midwest. “We selected a wide variety of guests to appeal to fans from across all anime genres.”
Featured guests at the convention include:
· Greg Ayres: Greg Ayres has an extensive resume of anime voice acting, including Son Guku in “Saiyuki,” Heihachi in “Samurai 7,” Chrono in “Chrono Crusade,” and Yuki in “The Wallflower.” He is excited to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in “Sengoku Basara”, Seikechi Tayama in “Oh Edo Rocket,” and Abe in “Big Windup” to his list of new roles.
· Sonny Strait: Sonny Strait is a voice actor with a large repertoire of both anime voice acting roles and illustrating. He is best-known for his roles as Maes Hughes in “Fullmetal Alchemist” and Arsène Lupin III and Krillin in “DBZ”. Sonny is also an illustrator for the highly popular independently published comic book series Elfquest.
· D.C. Douglas: D.C. Douglas is infamously known as the dark and sinister voice of Albert Wesker from “Resident Evil.” He has a well-rounded variety of other roles in leading video games including The Master in “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer,” AWACS in “Ace Combat 6,” and Geth as Legion in “Mass Effect 2 & 3.” He has also had a recent television appearances in “Castle,” “Workaholics,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “2 Broke Girls.”
· Caitlin Glass: Catlin Glass is both a voice actress and ADR director, most famous for her role of Winry Rockbell in “Fullmetal Alchemist.” A veteran in the anime industry, Caitlin is well known for her voice acting roles including Cammy in the Street Fighter IV games, Evergreen in “Fairy Tail,” Hannah Annafellows in “Black Butler II,” Phryne in “Fractale,” and Hiyono in “Spiral.” She was also the director of the popular Ouran High School Host Club.
· Alexis Tipton: Alexis Tipton has worked in the anime industry for more than six years and can be heard in over 80 titles. Highlights of her work include Saya Kisaragi in “Blood C,” Moka Akashiya in “Rosario+Vampire,” Inori Yuzuriha/Mana Ouma in “Guilty Crown,” Rika Shiguma in “Haganai” and Julia Crichton in “FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos.”
· Chris Patton: Chris Patton is an anime voice acting legend. Most famously he has voiced Sousuke Sagara in all the “Full Metal Panic” series, Greed in “Fullmetal Alchemist,” Asura in “Soul Eater,” Keima in “The World God Only Knows,” Sho in “Guyver,” Fakir in “Princess Tutu,” Nishi in “Gantz,” and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might.
· Laura Post: A Chicagoland native who now resides in Los Angeles, Laura Post’s best known voice roles include Ahri in “League of Legends,” Valentine in “Skullgirls” and Rosalia in “Sword Art Online.” Her other voice roles include Queen Azshara and Shademaster Kiryn in “World of Warcraft,” Aero in “Firefall,” Bosbos in “Redline” and Cindy Campbell in “Squid Girl.” Laura has also provided voices for characters in Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, Heroes of Newert, Ragnarok Online 2, and Lord of the Rings Online.
· Johnny Yong Bosch: Johnny Yong Bosch’s largest role was that of Adam, the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where you can hear his voice in over 200 episodes and movies of the series. His other work includes Vash in “Trigun,” Kaneda in “Akira,” Reiji in “Gate Keepers,” Claus in “Last Exile,” Clair in “Heat Guy J” and Sakaki in Witch Hunter Robin. When not voice acting, Johnny also plays in an alternative rock band called Eyeshine.
Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the Fourth Annual Anime Midwest Convention. From Q&A panels with top actors and entertainers to masquerade balls and rave dances, Anime Midwest brings fans hundreds of events in celebration of Japanese culture. Register today to attend this highly anticipated event.
Anime Midwest is a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, video games, music and more, similar to other cons like anime central, aka ACEN. The convention runs from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, and includes dozens of events such as a Cosplay costume contest (where participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction) anime screenings, concerts and more. For more information please visit http://www.animemidwest.com/.