Guests of Honour
FLOW — — Japanese Guest of Honour
Members (left to right): Got’s (Bass), Iwasaki (Drums), Keigo (Vocals), Kohshi (Vocals & Guitar), Take (Guitar)
FLOW is a 5-piece mixture rock band with twin vocals, guitar, bass and drums.
Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE and his older brother/vocalist KOHSHI, the band was named FLOW in '98 and evolved into its current line-up in 2000, after bassist GOT'S, another vocalist KEIGO and drummer IWASAKI joined the siblings.
Ever since they released their indie debut album over a decade ago in 2001, the 5-piece band's fast ascent to the top of the mainstream J-Pop scene has been virtually unstoppable. In 2003, they dropped their last indie single "Okuru Kotoba", a New Found Glory-style, punk rock cover of a well-known Japanese tune from the 70s, and sold 270,000 units. With the single's success and their first major release "Blaster" that same year, by the spring of the following year FLOW had become a household name with at least 7 of their records picked up to be theme songs for commercials and TV shows. Then, in April 2004, "GO!!!" became the opening song for NARUTO - an anime series that was already massively popular in Japan. Needless to say, the song became an instant hit and was the first of many anime theme songs that FLOW would come to create like "DAYS" , the opening song for Eureka SeveN. "FLOW ANIME BEST" , which includes 10 of these anime theme songs, was released in April 2011 in Japan and in May 2011 in the U.S. The single CD "BRAVELUE" was released in September 2012 and isthe opening theme to the animation Eureka SeveN AO.
Recently, they have received offers from a number of anime festivals around the world and have extended their activities in Japan to other countries. This year, on February 25, 2015, they released their 2nd anime best album "FLOW ANIME BEST 極-KIWAMI-" and will be going on tour --"FLOW WORLD TOUR 2015 極-KIWAMI-".
Everyone around the world! See you at the live!
angela — — Japanese Guest of Honour
Members (left to right): atsuko (vocalist) and KATSU (guitarist)
angela is a unit consisting of the vocalist atsuko and guitarist KATSU. They made their major debut with the opening theme song “Asu he no brilliant road” for the TV animation "Stellvia" in 2003.
The opening theme song of Knights of Sidonia "SIDONIA" released on May 21, 2014 was awarded "Best Anime Song" at the 19th Animation Kobe Awards -- a remarkable accomplishment, after receiving the same award for their debut song.
The opening and ending theme songs of the TV animation “Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus” ranked #7 on the Oricon weekly chart.
angela will be releasing the opening theme song “Kishi Koushinkyoku” for the TV animation “Knights of Sidonia Battle for Planet Nine” on April 29, 2015 and a new album “ONE WAY” on May 20th. In addition, they are planning a tour in early summer, including overseas performances.
Colleen Clinkenbeard — — North American Guest of Honour
Colleen Clinkenbeard is a voice actress and director whose work can be heard in over 100 anime and video game titles. Best known for playing the English voices of Gohan in Dragonball Z Kai, Monkey D Luffy in One Piece, Erza Scarlett in Fairy Tail and Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Colleen can also be heard in Borderlands I and II (video games) as Lilith, Patricia Tannis and Captain Scarlett. She was recently heard as the voice of Hana in Wolf Children.
As a director, Fullmetal Alchemist is what put her on the map; but she's also worked on such projects as Black Butler, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and Steins;Gate.
Patrick Delahanty — — Industry Guest of Honour
Patrick Delahanty is perhaps best known as the creator of AnimeCons.com, the largest source for anime convention information on the Internet. He is also a producer and host for the AnimeCons TV podcast. In addition to this, Patrick is the founder and host of The Chibi Project where he is responsible for conducting horrible experiments on anime toys for no good reason.
Patrick is big fan of conventions. He has attended over 100 of them and is one of the founders of both Anime Boston and Providence Anime Conference. He has hosted his popular improv event, Anime Unscripted, more than 40 times at over a dozen different conventions in two countries and four time zones.
LeSean Thomas — — Artist Guest of Honour
LeSean Thomas is an American animation producer, director, writer and illustrator out of Los Angeles, California. He is the creator of the upcoming pilot of the Cannon Busters animated series (Dec 2015). His notable works include creative producer and supervising director of Black Dynamite: Animated Series on Adult Swim, a director and character designer of The Boondocks and story artist on The Legend of Korra: Book 1.
Nephyla (Carole Thivolle) — — Artist Guest of Honour
Born in 1983 in the suburbs of Paris, Carole Thivolle aka Nephyla, developed a taste for drawing and the imaginary from an early age. An avid reader, she devoured the epic and especially appreciated fantasy worlds. Co-founder of the fanzine Raxxon, she developed the world of Castel along with other talented artists. A graduate of Gobelins, she co-created the animated short Sébastien and created illustrations for board games (Matagot) and for the press (Lanfeust mag, Wakfumag...). Her creative range reaches from animation to comics, her first of the latter being Geek&Girl with the French publisher Soleil. She currently works as a colorist for several titles including Burlesque, GIRRRL, and Rhapsody, writes for Locura, and continues to publish comics in relation to her fanzine. Recently, Carole put her mark on the erotic comic La Déesse alongside Katia Even, further widening her creative sphere.
Elffi — — Cosplay Guest of Honour
Elffi is a Finnish cosplayer who lives in the middle of the Finnish forest with his tortoise, Kippe. He has been active in the cosplay community since 2006, and has made over 30 costumes through the years. He loves to build armor and cosplay accessories and to discover new building and manufacturing techniques. His talent and efforts have earned him the right to represent Finland at the 2011 World Cosplay Summit, in Japan. Since then, he has been receiving regular invitations to speak and to judge cosplay contests at conventions. He has received invitations to more than 20 countries and 4 continents, from over 30 different conventions.
Photo: Fernando Brischett
Okageo — — Cosplay Guest of Honour
Okageo has been cosplaying since 2008 and throughout his journey he has learned many techniques on how to make armor cosplay. The goal is trying to keep the hobby fun and cost efficient under $100 on any costume. He has been invited to many countries around the world as Guest of Honor to judge for various events such as cosplay masquerades and a preliminary World Cosplay Summit contest. He has also made a few cosplays that have been sponsored by companies such as Elsword and Crunchyroll to promote games or anime. He is currently a Crunchyroll Ambassador and is one of the stars of the show "Call to Cosplay."
Nikita — — Cosplay Guest of Honour
Passionate about animated film, fantasy and manga since her youth, Nikita discovered cosplay while she was in high school. In this hobby, she finds the perfect balance between the universe that she loves, creating costumes and performing on stage. Therefore, she threw herself into this one of a kind hobby in 2006. Her progress has earned her victory at several contests as well as the pleasure of representing France at international competitions (World Cosplay Summit, European Cosplay Gathering and London Super Cosplay Championship, among others). She also travels around the world, as she gets invitations to perform on stage and for her expertise as a judge in cosplay contests.
Today, Nikita is making her way in this hobby, alternating with pleasure costumes inspired from manga, movies, video games and other various universes. She hopes to make you discover her world.
Rikiya Koyama — — Japanese Guest of Honour
Born on December 12th in Kyoto prefecture, he is an acclaimed voice actor from the theatrical group "Gekidan Haiyuza" (established in 1944). He is well-known as the voice of Kogoro Mouri from "Detective Conan", Mamoru Takamura from "Hajime no Ippo", Hakuoro from "Utawarerumono" (video game and OVA series), Yamato from "Naruto Shippuden", Coyote Stark from "BLEACH", Kyros from "One Piece", Kiritsugu Emiya from "Fate/Zero", Klaus von Reinherz from "Kekkai Sensen" and Tora from "Ushio to Tora".
His vast repertoire of voicing roles also includes Gin Freecss from "Hunter X Hunter", Hideo Kuze from "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG", Masaru Hanashima from "Ginga e Kickoff!!", Azazel from "High School DxD", Nobunaga Oda from "Hyouge Mono", Kenzo Momoi from "Servant x Service", Samon Kusaribe from "Zetsuen no Tempest", Jin Kirigiri from "Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei - The Animation", Shinigami from "Soul Eater", Eutus from "Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai", Kibagami Jubei from "Juubee Ninpuuchou: Ryuuhougyoku-hen", Basch Fon Ronsenberg from "Final Fantasy XII", Akira Rakando from "Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation" and many more. He is also the 2011 Seiyuu Awards recipient of the Tomiyama Kei award, given to a seiyuu who contributed the most in the year to help promote and establish "Seiyuu" as a career in Japan.
In addition to being a very popular voice actor, he is also very active in the Japanese dubbing of Hollywood blockbuster movies and dramas. His extensive list of works definitely proves that he is a king of dubbing, with impressive roles such as Danny Ocean from "Ocean's Eleven", Neo from "The Matrix" series, John Constantine from the movie "Constantine", Jack Bauer from the TV series "24", Dr. Doug Ross from the TV series "ER", Leonard from the movie "Memento" and many more. He has also had roles in stage shows, narrations, tokusatsu and dramas.
A must-see artist at Otakuthon this summer, this will be his first appearance in Canada. He is looking forward to seeing Canadian fans in Montreal this August!
Special thanks to Navito World!
Yosuke Okunari — — Japanese Industry Guest of Honour
Yosuke Okunari is a video game producer at SEGA Games Co. While he joined SEGA in 1994 as a game designer, his early career focused primarily on product publicity. After working on the Dreamcast classic “Skies of Arcadia” as an assistant producer, he went on to become a full-fledged producer working titles like “Sakura Taisen V Episode 0” for PS2. He is an expert on classic SEGA content and has worked on many SEGA game porting and remake projects such as the SEGA lineup for Wii Virtual Console, the Japan-only “SEGA AGES” series, the “Sega Vintage Collection”, the award winning ”SEGA 3D Classics”, the Xbox 360 version of “Guardian Heroes” and other Dreamcast ports.
Todd Haberkorn — — North American Guest of Honour
Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he's even been an action figure or two. Haberkornmobile sold separately.
In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitsuki. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. As far as video games go, you'd recognize his voice in the Call of Duty series, Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award-winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you'll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children's books.
As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn't working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company "Out of the Office Productions". This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts. When he isn't fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency, Jeff Zannini Management, Johnson Talent Agency, and William Morris Endeavor.
Wendee Lee — — North American Guest of Honour
Wendee Lee is one of the premiere American voice artists and voice directors in anime, games and films. With a career spanning over three decades she holds a record as one the most credited voice actresses in North America, and was recently named one of the top twenty voice artists of all time.
Her characters include Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Konata in Lucky Star, Queen Serenity in Sailor Moon, Yoruichi, Tatsuki & Ururu in Bleach, Kagero in Ninja Scroll, Kei in Akira, Charlotte in Vampire Hunter D, Rumi in Perfect Blue and the iconic fem fatale Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Her current releases include Expelled From Paradise in the leading role of Angela, teamed up once again opposite Steve Blum.
Her credits also include Knights Of Sidonia as Captain Kobayashi, Shura in Blue Exorcist, Kejoro in Nura, Kay in Robotech: Love Live Alive, Moegi in Naruto, Svetlana Belikova in Resident Evil Damnation, Kanno Sumire the class president and Inko the odd parrot in Toradora, Kiva in Megas XLR, TK in Digimon, Kaolla Su in Love Hina, Yahiko in Ruroni Kenshin, Tina in Ai Yori Aoshi, Weda in Hare + Guu. Lady Aribeth in Neverwinter Knights, Umi & Princess Emeraude in Magic Knight Rayearth, Sakura in Sakura Wars, Black Rose in .HACK, Angel in The Big O, Hello Kitty, Stump Village and sisters Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao in Dynasty Warriors. But it all began with her first audition for Robotech where she landed the role of Vanessa Leeds and kicked off her career in anime.
Games include Persona 4 as Fuuka, Hyperdimension Neptunia as Blanc and White Heart, Skullgirls as Sekhmet & Black Dahlia, Rune Factory as Lin Fa, Hyperdevotion Noire as Blanc, Fairy Fencer F as Vivian, Devil Survivor 2 as Hinako, Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars as Chloe, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney as Athena Cykes, and Dragon Nest as Argenta. Recent directing credits include Nagi Asu - A Lull In The Sea, Tamagotchi, Heroes, Doraemon for Disney XD, Giovanni's Island and Dive Olly Dive.
She is currently voicing on The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan reprising her role of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as Monster High in the role of Nefera De Nile and in Ever After High as Lizzie Hearts & The Evil Queen for Mattel.
She has directed the "Tales Of..." games for Namco Bandai for 11 years straight and is now directing a special game due out this year for Nintendo. She continues to voice Angie in the glee-like Argentinian soap opera "Violetta" for Disney and on the original animated series "Cloud Bread".