Japanese Guests


6%DOKIDOKI

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The brand that brought “kawaii” to Harajuku in 1995, founded by the legendary Sebastian Masuda. Discover the very heart of Harajuku and the essence of “kawaii” culture. Crazy colors, shocking designs - let it all stir your imagination and make your heart pound! 6%DOKIDOKI is one brand that constantly aims above and beyond, with original designs and inventions that challenge the status quo. Kawaii isn’t just fashion. It’s culture. Crazy fun, crazy colors and crazy love will tempt you to reach out for all that is original: accessories and clothing, stage shows and talks, as well as objects, that will stir your imagination and make your heart beat for 6%DOKIDOKI. We are wishing kawaii anarchy spirits of 6%DOKIDOKI to reach all over the world...♥

Sebastian Masuda

After active involvement in theater performance and modern art, he opened 6%DOKIDOKI, a shop with the concept of “Sensational Kawaii” in Harajuku in 1995. Through the world tour titled Harajuku Kawaii Experience, which started in 2009, he has been working to spread Harajuku culture on a global scale. He gained worldwide attention for his music video production for PONPONPON, a debut single by Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. He has been active as an artist and art director, contextualizing Harajuku Kawaii Culture, for example, by producing a concept restaurant KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ. His first solo exhibition Colorful Rebellion – Seventh Nightmare was held in New York in 2014 and has held Kawaii fashion/culture lectures in 2015 and 2018. He is working on a participatory art project called Time After Time Capsule, which will debute in 2020.

Sebastian Masuda and 6%DOKIDOKI’s appearance are in association with GHOST GiRL GOODS, with the support of Otakuthon and Japan Festival Canada.


Cyril Coppini

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The only Frenchman in the world performing Rakugo in Japanese, French and English!

Born and raised in Nice (France), Cyril Coppini now lives in Japan since 1997.

In 2009, he met Rakugo Master, Someta Hayashiya, who taught him Rakugo. His debut happened in 2011, at the Chiba Rakugo Competition, where he won 3rd place. Since then, Cyril has performed all around Japan and started an international career in 2014 at the well- known Festival d’Avignon. He now tours abroad as a Japanese Rakugo master and is also translating from Japanese to French, the only manga about Rakugo (Doraku Musuko – Le disciple de Doraku). Since 2016, Cyril has been performing at Asakusa Toyokan, the venue where the worldwide famous Japanese movie director, Takeshi Kitano, did his debut.

Cyril Coppini will present two Rakugo performances at Otakuthon 2019:

  • Saturday in event room 517A from 2:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Sunday in event room 517A from 4:30PM - 5:30PM

FAKY

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(left to right): Mikako, Taki, Akina, Lil’ Fang, Hina

Pretending to be fake is going to be extremely real!

Since the group formed in 2013, their videos have been released on YouTube and accessed in over 120 countries. They have also attracted domestic and international attention, reaching over 7 million views. The members of Faky are from diverse backgrounds, but they have come together in Tokyo to make not just J-POP music, but a broad musicality combined with a mainstream sound. Five personalities giving you alternative girl pop from Tokyo!

Their music has also been featured in popular anime such as Black Clover (ED4), Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate-Hen, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue.

FAKY will be performing in Canada for the first time at Otakuthon on Friday, August 16th, 2019. The concert will be held in Room 210. Tickets are $20 in addition to the base convention admission. This concert is in association with J-rock North Promotions Inc. and Avex Management Inc.

HOME: https://faky.jp/sp/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/FAKYjp

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/FAKYjp

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FAKYjp


Hisashi Kagawa

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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 Super S, 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. It will be Mr. Kagawa's first time in Canada.


Irie Yasuhiro

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Born in 1971, Irie Yasuhiro started his career as an animator at 18 years old. He worked as an animator in The Vision of Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Tekkonkinkreet. After that, he started his work in directing, scenario writing, storyboard writing, and production. As a director, he worked on Alien Nine, KURAU Phantom Memory, Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Breaker, and Scorching Ping Pong Girls. He is currently working on a Netflix original animation called EDEN.

He participates in animation events outside of Japan as well, where he would frequently do live drawings on stage.

He is also the representative director of the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA).

 


Junichi Hayama

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Junichi Hayama began his career in animation in 1983, and he trained under Masami Suda on Fist of the North Star. He served as director, character designer, and chief animation director on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood anime film. His other animation director credits include Be-Bop-Highschool, Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, and the 1993 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure original video anime. Most recently, he's done work as a Key Animator on the Yu-Gi-Oh Movie and as the main animator for Golden Kamuy. It will be Mr. Hayama's first time in Canada.


Karory & Kio Nachi

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karory is an illustrator and game artist from the Mie Prefecture, also active in the dōjin circle KAROMIX. Her main works include Dress na Boku ga Yangotonaki Katagata no Katei Kyoushi-sama na Ken (written by Nomura Mizuki, published by Famitsū Bunko on FB Online), Yūsha Rin no Densetsu (written by Kotohira Ryo, published by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko), Subarashiki Hibi ∼Furenzoku Sonzai∼ (published by KeroQ, artist) and Yume to Iro de Dekite Iru (published by feng, artist).

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Kio Nachi is an Ōsaka scriptwriter, writer and graphic designer as well as the artistic director at KOMEWORKS. He is also known as the Vtuber Hayama Mido. As a scenarist, he has worked on The Fruit of Grisaia (Gurizaia no Kajitsu), The Labyrinth of Grisaia (Gurizaia no Meikyū), The Eden of Grisaia (Gurizaia no Rakuen), AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue (Ao no Kanata no Fōrizumu) and CIRCLET PRINCESS, while he has worked as a writer on Bokutachi no Remake and as a graphic designer on Sunshine Sketch (Hidamari Sukecchi), Is the Order a Rabbit? (Gochūmon wa Usagi desu ka?) and The Helpful Fox Senko-san (Sewa Yaki Kitsune no Senko-san).


Mamorou Yokota

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Mr. Yokota was the producer for Air Movie, Kanon TV show and the animation director for Death Note. He was the character designer for Magical Kanan, Angelium, Rune Soldier Louie and Naruto Shippuden. He also worked on the production of Macross Frontier and was the key animator for its opening animation. Gaming fans will recognize his work in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II as the animation director and director of the opening sequence.


Marina Inoue

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Marina Inoue was born on January 20th in Tokyo, Japan. She is a Japanese voice actress and singer who made her debut as Cossette d`Auvergne in the OVA of Le Portrait de Petit Cossette after she was chosen out of 2,000 people from the "Gonna be a star" auditions hosted by Sony Music Entertainment Japan.

Her most notable work includes roles such as Armin Arlert in Attack on Titan, Yoko Littner in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Sakura Mamiya in Kyokai no Rinne, Kyoko Mogami in Skip Beat!, Tohka Yatogami in Date A Live, Yozora Mikazuki in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Wataru Tachibana in Hayate the Combat Butler, Jericho in Nanatsu no Taizai, Sodachi Oikura in Bakemonogatari, Nao Midorikawa/Cure March in Smile Precure!, Jessica Ushiromiya in Umineko no Naku Koro ni and Chiffon Fairchild in Freezing.

She is looking forward to spending fun times with fans in Montreal and is hoping to make wonderful memories!

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MIYAVI

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MIYAVI is a musician, actor, and philanthropist, bridging cultures across the globe with his music and message. His unique style of guitar playing has taken him on 7 world tours in over 30 countries. Fans refer to MIYAVI as the “Samurai Guitarist.” He has released 12 studio albums.

As an actor, MIYAVI made his big screen debut in the Oscar-nominated film Unbroken. He has since appeared in the 2017 blockbuster Kong:Skull Island and the live-action adaptation of the popular manga Bleach. His current filmography includes the recently released Stray (2019) and Maleficent 2 (2019).

In December 2018, MIYAVI released the groundbreaking collaborations album Samurai Sessions Vol. 3: Worlds Collide on Universal Music Group. Each track on the album features a different artist laying down vocals over MIYAVI’s signature guitar sound. The stellar list of U.S.-based collaborators includes Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, Grammy-nominated R&B artist Gallant, Grammy-nominated Pop artist Mikky Ekko, Grammy-winning producer RAC, Malaysian born R&B songstress Yuna, South Central LA rapper DUCKWRTH, “Hood EDM” rapper Bok Nero, “laptop punk” artist NVDES, and Australian born Pop artist Betty Who.

The Japanese artists featured on the album include a who’s who of chart-toppers including Rock artist SHISHIDO KAVKA, Pop artist Daichi Miura, Pop artist Miliyah, rappers Kreva and AK-69, and a posthumous collaboration with iconic singer-guitarist hide (X Japan).

As a brand ambassador, MIYAVI has appeared as the face of Beats headphones in Japan and on billboards worldwide in Moncler’s Beyond campaign. He recently walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week 2018, modeling designer Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 collection. MIYAVI also continues his important work as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNHCR, visiting refugee camps in Lebanon, Thailand, and Bangladesh, and performing at the United Nations in New York, spreading the message of the refugee crisis around the world.

MIYAVI's new album NO SLEEP TIL TOKYO drops on July 24. The artwork for the new album will be created by Sui Ishida, the artist known for his popular manga Tokyo Ghoul. MIYAVI's appearance is in association with FAKE STAR.

MIYAVI will be performing a live concert at Otakuthon on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 1:00pm. A $20 ticket is required to attend the concert on top of the convention’s base admission.


Rica Matsumoto

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Rica Matsumoto is a seiyuu (voice actress), a singer, and a multi-talent actress.

Her activity area covers a wide range including Japan, China, America, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Vietnam.

Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香 Matsumoto Rika, born November 30, 1968) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan. Her name is also sometimes romanized as Rika Matsumoto. She was one of the founders of the Anisong band JAM Project.

After early stage work, she began both voice acting and singing careers. The most popular role by Rica is Satoshi (Ash Ketchum in English translations), the main character of the anime series Pokémon. She also had a role in the Yu-Gi-Oh series as Ryo Bakura and Yami Bakura. As such, Matsumoto has taken on roles for young boys. Matsumoto also performs the songs for many of the openings for the Japanese Pokémon anime. She also performed the theme song A Live A Life for Tokusatsu tv show story Kamen Rider Ryuki.

Matsumoto has had lead or supporting roles in dozens of series. She has also had a radio show in Japan and does some dubbing work for translations of American films and TV series into Japanese.

This will be Rica Matsumoto’s first Canadian appearance at Otakuthon 2019. She will be doing panels and autograph session during the weekend. She is excited to meet all the fans in Canada she can. This appearance was brought to you by J-rock north Promotions Inc. and Zepp live Inc.


Shigefumi Shingaki

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Shigefumi Shingaki started his career in animation at Studio Mates. In addition to his freelance work, he now also does film production at Toei Animation.

Most notably, he is the animation director for One Piece, but he has also worked on animation for many other titles such as Dragon Ball GT, Samurai 7, Hikaru No Go, Kancolle, and the long-running series, Doraemon! It will be Mr. Shingaki's first time in Canada.


Shota Nakama

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Shota Nakama is a highly acclaimed producer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the Video Game Orchestra, a “rockestral” live concert project that performs music from popular video games with a rock band, orchestra and choir. In just several years since its inception, VGO has successfully become one of the most popular international touring video game concert acts in the world, selling out legendary venues in Boston, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Shota also produces Capcom Live, the official concert tour of Capcom. Following the musical style that he developed while building the VGO from the ground zero, the tour features the greatest hits from the Capcom soundtracks, accompanied with a dynamic fusion of a rock band and orchestra, specially-edited Capcom game footages in sync with the music, and state-of-art lighting. The show has launched in 2016 and is currently on tour.

Shota has produced Sonic the Hedgehog Live, all-new show that features the music from the Sonic series. The project was premiered at ChinaJoy in Shanghai on August 5th, 2018, and the show was attended by over 3,000 people.

In 2013, Shota founded a music production company, soundtrec, to contribute the highest quality music for video games, films and animation. The company has produced, composed, arranged, orchestrated, recorded and mixed for numerous blockbuster franchises, and the credit list includes Final Fantasy XV (8.3 million copies sold), Kingdom Hearts, Sonic Mania, God Eater, Cytus (Asia’s best-selling music game from Taiwan), Lazer Team (the highest crowdfunded indie live action film by Rooster Teeth), Little Witch Academia (Netflix Anime by Toho) and many other mega-hit franchises.

Shota’s unique activities have been featured on prominent media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Boston Globe, the Asahi Newspaper and NHK World.


Tomoyuki Shitaya

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Tomoyuki Shitaya has worked on many fan favorite anime's beginning with Bakuman, both as a Character Designer and Chief Animation Director. He's also worked as a Chief Animation Director for A Certain Scientific Railgun and Toradora! Currently, he is working on the hit anime Food Wars! Both as the Character Designer and as the Chief Animation Director. It will be Mr. Shitaya's first time overseas.


T.M.Revolution (TMR)

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Takanori Nishikawa (西川貴教) is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and voice artist.

He performs under the stage name T.M.Revolution (TMR), which stands for Takanori Makes Revolution (貴教が革命を起こすTakanori ga kakumei o okosu), stemming from the famous '80s pop electronic band TM Network. Born September 19th, 1970 in Shiga prefecture, Takanori Nishikawa debuted in May 1996, with the song “Dokusai – monopolize -“, as T.M.Revolution, his solo project. Later that year, his third single Heart of Sword (Yoake Mae ~夜明け前~) was used as the third ending song for the anime series Rurouni Kenshin, further expanding his fan base. He also contributed multiple songs to the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Nishikawa has guest starred as a minor character in each of those anime series that featured his songs. In 2010, his single Save the One, Save the All was used as the ending theme song for the movie Bleach: Hell Verse.

He has established his reputation with his catchy tracks, polished and fascinating concerts, and overwhelming live performances, while he consecutively released monstrous hits such as HIGH PRESSURE, HOT LIMIT, WHITE BREATH, and INVOKE. Since his debut, TMR has built a global fan base and reputation among anime fans for his contributions to ending and opening themes to many notable anime and game series.

Some of his notable contributions include: B - Project: Kodou*Ambitious (Theme Song Lyrics OP1, ED1), Bleach Movie 4: Jigoku-hen (ED), ClassicaLoid 2nd Season (Inserted Song Performance), D.Gray-man (OP1), Darker than Black (OP1), Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini (ED), Fate/Extra: Last Encore (OP), Gakuen Basara (ED), Kakumeiki Valvrave (OP, ED1), Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season (OP, ED1), Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (OP, ED), Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Inserted Song Performance), Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (OP1 and Inserted Song Performance eps 26, 29, 35, 47), Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (OP1, OP4 and Inserted Song Performance eps 22, 39, 41-42, 49), Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future (OP), Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Special Edition (Inserted Song Performance), Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV Astray (OP), ReLIFE(ED2), Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (ED3), Sengoku Basara (OP), Sengoku Basara Movie: The Last Party (OP, ED), Sengoku Basara Two (OP, ED3), Soul Eater (ED4, OP1), Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Theme Song Lyrics OP), Thunderbolt Fantasy (OP), Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death (OP)....and more.

Takanori is also the lead singer to Japanese rock band Abingdon Boys School. Formed in 2005, the band shares a name with the British independent school Abingdon School, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, the all - male school where the rock band Radiohead was established. The band has become a notable name among the anime fans worldwide for their contributions to the genera. All of the band's singles are songs that have been used in anime and video games.

He has also done a few supporting voice acting roles in series like Rurouni Kenshin as Orochi no Ren, B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious as Takanori Nishiyama, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED as Miguel Aiman, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny as Heine Westenfluss, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers as Silver Samurai, Sengoku Basara: Judge End as Tadatsugu Sakai, Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Seekers 2 as Làng Wú Yaó, and Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death as Làng Wú Yaó.

In 2018 he established his musical career anew as Takanori Nishikawa. Recently on March 6, 2019 Nishikawa released the album Singularity, which includes Be Affected, his collaboration with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Hiroyuki Sawano-produced tracks His/Story and Roll The Dice, and the digital single UNBROKEN feat. Tomoyasu Hotei, which will be used as the theme for the live action film, Million Arthur vs. Touken Ranbu the Movie. He constantly challenges himself with new projects to the delight of his fans everywhere.

Takanori Nishikawa (TMR) will be appearing at Otakuthon 2019! This will be TMR's first appearance in Canada! The concert will be held in Room 210. Tickets are $30 with a convention admission. This concert booking is in association with J-rock North Promotions Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

OFFICIAL HOME: https://www.tm-revolution.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/tmrevolutionofficial

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TMR15

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/takanori9nishikawa/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1xU8DeDDRqu2q618RDvhQ


Yoshihisa Hirano

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Yoshihisa Hirano was born in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan on Dec.7th, 1971. Having been attracted to baroque music, he started to study composition by himself as an elementary student. He found jazz in high school. He enthused over the music of great jazz masters such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, and John Coltrane. His admiration of them once gave him dreams of becoming a jazz musician, but he then discovered contemporary music. Specifically, he gained interest in the works of John Zorn, one of the musicians who had the biggest influence on him in his youth. On the other hand, symphonies by Shostakovich also greatly impressed him and helped him make up his mind to study composition seriously.

After many twists and turns, he moved to the United States. He entered Eastman School of Music in NY and studied composition with Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. Getting engrossed in books by 20th century French writers and thinkers including Bataille, Klossowski, Mandiargues, and Genet, he spent most of his time reading and composing rather than attending classes.

After quitting school, he made his debut as a film composer in 2001. Thereafter he has composed and orchestrated a large number of soundtracks of TV shows, films and games, such as Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Beyblade, Ouran High School Host Club, Final Fantasy XIII, and Hajime no Ippo.

For the very first time in North America, Yoshihisa Hirano delivers a performance of his most notable anime and TV compositions, conducting a chamber ensemble of 10 musicians and singers for a personal and intimate concert experience.