Arkada — — YouTuber
Arkada (Tristan Gallant) is a Canadian YouTuber known for reviewing Japanese animation with his channel Glass Reflection since early 2009, gaining a following of over 450,000 subscribers. With a variety of red outfits and overenthusiastic expressions, he has displayed his passion for anime since his start, covering a variety of anime series like Ghost in the Shell, Attack on Titan and Shirobako, as well as related topics, such as that of anime legality and industry support.
Erica Friedman — — Yurithon Special Guest
Erica Friedman is the Founder of fan organization Yuricon. She has lectured at dozens of conventions and presented at film festivals, notably the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has participated in academic lecture series at MIT, Harvard University, Kanagawa University and presented at the 2016 Tokyo Pride event.
Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal Eureka, Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Dark Horse, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, Afterellen and The Mary Sue online. She writes news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog, Okazu, since 2002.