Japanese Guests


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


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.


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.


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