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Guests

Alphabetical, by surname
More guests will be announced soon!
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AniMaple
DJ
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Ken Arto
Animator
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beatMARIO
Music producer and Vtuber
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Cita & Feder
Cosplayers
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CyberConnect2
Game Development Studio
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Cyril Coppini
Rakugo Performer & Manga Translator
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Stephane Ferrandez
Rakugo Performer
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Sandrine Garbuglia
Author and Director
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Laurence Manning
Musician
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Yūko Minaguchi 皆口 裕子
Seiyuu (Japanese Voice Actor)
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Kenji Nojima 野島 健児
Seiyuu (Japanese Voice Actor)
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L'OAM
Orchestra
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Ryōtarō Okiayu 置鮎 龍太郎
Seiyuu (Japanese Voice Actor)
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Otaku Comedy Show
Comedians
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Elira Pendora エリーラ ペンドラ
Vtuber
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Pomu Rainpuff ぽむ れいんぱふ
Vtuber
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Finana Ryugu フィナーナ 竜宮
Vtuber
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Keith Silverstein
Voice Actor
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Laura Stahl
Voice Actor
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LoveLive Sunrise
Performers
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The PinkPopo
DJ
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Tortuga
Band
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Joe Zieja
Voice Actor
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AniMaple

AniMaple is an anime event collective based out of Toronto, Canada. Our motto is “Anime Events for Anime People”, and as that suggests, we’re here to have a little bit of fun, as we specialize in DJ and other music events. We’ve appeared at many cons and festivals, like Japan Festival, IFF Toronto, and Kimikon, and now we’re ready for a fantastic time at Otakuthon!

Ken Arto

Ken “Arto” (from his last name Artaud) started working in Japan at the start of the 2010s as an animator inside of studio Telecom and Satelight. After that, he joined studio Graphinica in 2015.

In 2017, he joined studio Yapiko. As a result, he is able to show his talent on shows like Space Battleship Yamato 2202, Megalobox, My Hero Academia, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Dragon Ball Super: Broly and City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eye.

At the end of 2019, he joins Studio 4°C to work on an unannounced movie. In addition, he gets to work on Jujutsu Kaizen and Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train.

beatMario

beatMARIO is a Japanese music producer, songwriter and vocalist. He created COOL&CREATE in 1998. Eventually this became his own doujin circle as he began producing remixes of music from the Touhou Project series of doujin games. Vocalist Amane (あまね) joined in 2003 and their first album together, STGxSTG, was released at Comiket 65.

He is well known for many famous Touhou songs, such as “Night of Nights”, “Help me! ERINNNNNNN!”, “USATEI”, “Last Brutal Sister Flandre S (U.N.Owen was her REMIX)”, among many others. He also has done work for game companies such as Konami and SEGA providing songs for various arcade rhythm games, and has even written songs for singers such as the famous seiyuu Uesaka Sumire and groups such as the VTubers group Hololive. Recently he has also started activities as a VTuber as himself in a female avatar drawn by the well known Doujin Artist Itou Life.

Take a look at his YouTube channel to see his creations!

Want to ask some questions to beatMARIO? You have until July 15, 2021 to fill our form.

Cita & Feder (Germany)

We are Cita & Feder, a cosplay duo formed in 2011 from Germany. We are the winners of the World Cosplay Summit Brother Award 2019 and the German Cosplay Championship 2019. Our favourite part in cosplay is being on stage and performing like there is no tomorrow! (Photographer is Iris' Lens Photography.)

CyberConnect2

CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. is a video game development company with its studios in Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Montreal. They have developed the .hack series, the Little Tail Bronx series including Solatorobo, the Naruto “Ultimate Ninja” series, Dragonball Z: Kakarot, and others. Their latest work is their first self-published title, Fuga: Melodies of Steel, available from July 29, 2021.

Cyril Coppini

Born in Nice, France, Cyril Coppini has been living in Japan since 1997. With a master degree in Japanese and Japanese literature from National French Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO), he joined in Sept. 1997 the French Cultural Network in Japan (French Embassy – French Institute). In 2003, he started a translator career.

Since 2013, he specializes in Japanese manga and video games translation. Cyril Coppini is also a Rakugo performer (Japanese comic storytelling) and is now translating into French the manga that inspired the well-known anime about Rakugo Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. The Volume 1 will be released on August 18, 2021, by Le Lézard Noir.

Cyril will present to you, in French, one conference (30 min) about “Animals in Rakugo” and one demonstration (30 min) of 2 stories (in French and in English) depicting… animals!

Stéphane Ferrandez

Stéphane Ferrandez is an ethnologist and storyteller. For the last 20 years, he has travelled across the world, sharing stories and rhythms he’s gathered from his voyages across five continents. He is the 2009 Laureate of the Kujoyama Villa and he is the first French person trained by Japanese lyrical masters in their craft. He is currently working with his partner, the author Sandrine Garbuglia, with whom he co-founded the Compagnie Balabolka in 2006.

Sandrine Garbuglia

Sandrine Garbuglia is an author and director. As the 2009 Laureate of the Kujoyama Villa. She has met Japanese lyrical masters in Osaka and Tokyo and has gathered their stories, previously unknown to the francophone audience. Since then, she has adapted texts from the Rakugo directory. She is the author of four Japanese plays that are performed in Europe and Japan, two of which were made for a younger audience. You can learn more about her work in her book “Histoires tombées d’un éventail” in the collection Miroirs du Réel published by Éditions l’Harmattan.

You can get Sandrine’s news by following her partner Stéphane Ferrandez’s social media!

Laurence Manning

Laurence Manning is a Quebec pianist, composer, and arranger, graduated with a doctorate in piano performance from l’Université de Montréal.

The pianist released in June 2019 her debut video game music album Game Music Piano Album which includes original arrangements from the soundtracks of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario and many others.

She regularly posts videos of her arrangements and compositions on her YouTube channel, which has more than 2 million views and is followed by more than 23,000 subscribers. Laurence’s original works are inspired by neo-classical, Celtic, neo-medieval music, video game music and film music. Her debut album of compositions Piano Mirror was released in December 2020 and is available on her website as well as major music streaming platforms including Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Google Music and Amazon.

Yūko Minaguchi

Yūko Minaguchi (皆口 裕子, Minaguchi Yūko) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator from Bunkyō, Tokyo.

She is well known for portraying various famous anime characters, such as Sailor Saturn in Sailor Moon, Nadeshiko Minamoto in Cardcaptor Sakura, Pan and Videl in Dragonball Z/GT/Super, Akiko Minase in Kanon, and Portegas D. Rouge in One piece.

She is also well known for portraying various famous game characters, such as Nene Anegasaki in Love Plus, Fara Oersted in the Tales franchise, and Momiji in the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series.

You have questions for Yūko Minaguchi? You have until July 15, 2021 to fill our form.

Kenji Nojima

Kenji Nojima (野島 健児, Nojima Kenji) is a Japanese voice actor and singer from Tokyo.

He is well known for portraying various famous anime characters, notably as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon Crystal, Yuto Kiba in High School DxD, Jade in Ultimate Muscle, Nobuchika Ginoza in Psycho-Pass, Keisaku Sato in Shakugan no Shana, and Taihei Doma in Himouto! Umaru-chan.

He is also well known for portraying various famous game characters, such as Tohno/Nanaya Shiki in Melty Blood, Hikaru Ichijyou in the Macross games, and Wander in Shadow of the Colossus. Recently he is notably known as the voice of Albedo in the very well-received game, Genshin Impact.

You have questions for Kenji Nojima? You have until July 15, 2021 to fill our form.

L’OAM

The Orchestre d’Anime de Montréal (L’OAM) is a Montreal-based mixed ensemble. Featuring a rock band, chamber orchestra, and vocalists, l’OAM specializes in anime music featuring your favourite OPs, EDs, and OSTs from a variety of genres. The orchestra had its debut performance at Otakuthon in 2019, performing for a full house of over 2,000 people.

L’OAM also has their first album out called “Volume I”. It features songs from their debut performance in 2019. Check it out on Spotify!

With added safety measures, L’OAM has been able to record and perform a full 60 minute performance at Alchemist Studios for Otakuthon At Home 2021. Look out for some of your favorite anime OSTs.

The date of tThe concert will be announced later.

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Ryōtarō Okiayu

Ryōtarō Okiayu (置鮎 龍太郎, Okiayu Ryōtarō) is a Japanese stage actor and voice actor from Kitakyushu, Fukuoka.

He is well known for portraying various famous anime characters, such as Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Hisashi Mitsui in Slam Dunk, Meisuke Nueno in Hell Teacher Nūbē, Kunimitsu Tezuka in The Prince of Tennis, Byakuya Kuchiki in Bleach, Yuu Matsuura in Marmalade Boy, Shigure Sohma in Fruits Basket, Dark in D.N. Angel, Toriko in Toriko and Kai Rhodan in Back Arrow.

He is also well known for portraying various famous game characters, such as Zero in the Megaman series, Terra in the Kingdom Hearts series, and Caesar/ Romulus/ Vlad III/ Phantom of the Opera in Fate/ Grand Order.

As a singer, he was one of the members for Entertainment Music Unit from 1995 to 2000. Since 2016, he has also been working as a stage actor in the theatre company Hero Hero Q Company.

You have questions for Ryōtarō Okiayu? You have until July 15, 2021 to fill our form.

Otaku Comedy Show

Back because they have nothing better to do! The Otaku Comedy Show returns to the Otakuthon once again, but this time, just like you, they’re STUCK AT HOME. This Montreal based, anime-themed comedy group has been STUCK AT HOME in the last year with nothing else to do than watch anime, play video games, and cry. These comedians WOULD HAVE done a Live stand-up comedy show, but instead you can catch them at the Live Event where they will be hilariously smack-talking the pandemic, each other, and all of the terrible anime they’ve experienced while STUCK AT HOME.

For more information, you can contact them on Facebook or by email!

Elira Pendora

Category: Solar Sky Dragon

Profile: A sky dragon who came from the heavens closest to the sun. She has the kindness and receptiveness that makes the light of a sunny day fall equally on all.

Pomu Rainpuff

Category: Forest Fairy

Profile: A fairy who lived in a lush forest. She is supple like a flower in the breeze, cheerful and optimistic.

Finana Ryugu

Category: Tropical Mermaid

Profile: A mermaid who spends her time with tropical fish in the sea of coral reefs. She has a heart as clear and pure as the calm and beautiful sea.

Keith Silverstein

Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He’s the voice of Zhongli in the worldwide sensation, Genshin Impact, Torbjörn in Overwatch, Hisoka on Hunter x Hunter, Hawk Moth on the fan favorite Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagon in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gouhin in Beastars, and Jetfire in the Netflix Original series, Transformers, War for Cybertron trilogy.

He can also be heard as Iyami in Mr. Osomatsu, En in Dorohedoro, and Vector the Crocodile in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Resident Evil fans know him as H.U.N.K., Soul Calibur fans will recognize him as Zasalamel, and in Persona 5 he voices the villainous Masayoshi Shido.

Not enough for you? Here are a few other titles under his VO belt: TMNT, Jujutsu Kaisen, Amphibia, League of Legends, Kuroko’s Basketball, One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, Star Wars Squadrons, Bungo Stray Dogs, Fate/Apocrypha, Fire Emblem, Glitter Force, Bleach, World of Warcraft, Skate-Leading Stars, Dead or Alive, Call of Duty Black Ops, Gundam: The Origin, Danganronpa, and Big City Greens. Other notable credits include Lupin the IIIrd, and Dr. Wily in Megaman.

For more info on Keith Silverstein, visit his website, or check out his Instagram, and Twitter.

Laura Stahl

Laura Stahl is a Los Angeles based voice actor. You may know her as Ray from The Promised Neverland, Barbara and Xinyan from Genshin Impact, Dorothy from The Great Pretender, Iruma from Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun, as well as several other shows and games. Laura has also adapted scripts for anime such as Yashahime: Princess Half Demon, Fate Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia, Eden (Starring Ruby Rose Turner, David Tennant, and Neil Patrick Harris) and more. In high school, Laura was a Band Geek and loved fantasy novels and in college, she studied Musical Theater. She couldn’t be happier to have a career in anime and JRPG’s, because she always knew she was going to spend her life as a very proud nerd.

Kazunori Sugiura

Areas of expertise: Operating Systems, Internet Technology, Media Experience, Content Literacy, Otaku Culture. Kazunori Sugiura received a PhD in Media and Governance from Keio University Graduate School of Media Design and Governance. He works on digital content application and innovation, including digital media content management and experience, media content collaboration, and core technologies such as Operating System architecture, Internet transport technology, ubiquitous environment technology, and global computing architecture.

He is heavily involved in Cool Japan’s innovative and creative content, including anime, cosplay, Kigurumi, manga, and otaku in general. Delivers the “Otaku Culture” course in cosplay and kigurumi.

LoveLive Sunrise

Sunrise is an 11 member girl group based in Montreal focused on recreating performances from the popular anime series Love Live. Their bright smiles and high energy dance covers are sure to warm your heart and cheer you up on gloomy days!

Sunrise’s motto is “Never give up!” and they show that very happy determination both in convention and in their shows! Find them on all social media as LoveLiveSunrise and let your mind rest a minute by following their daily adventures!

The PinkPopo

The PinkPopo, your favorite geek DJ! Still at it since 2008, you’ve seen her at Otakuthon, Nuit Blanche de Montréal, Anime North, Yeticon and much more. Now she’s ready to take over the world, The PinkPopo is here to amaze your ears with J-pop and chiptune electro beats like you’ve never heard before! Ichi, ni, san, Pātī!

Tortuga

Tortuga is a Montreal-based rock-metal musical group dedicated to bringing back to life video game classics while giving them a new dimension. The five musicians share the same passions: music, obviously, and video games. Each musician is able to bring a unique touch and distinct sound both in writing and in interpretation thanks to their accomplished musical careers. Sometimes heavy, sometimes melodious, Tortuga will take you from one universe to another so that your inner gamer will be filled with nostalgia.

Joe Zieja

JOE ZIEJA is an ex-USAF officer, now a voice actor and author in Los Angeles. You’ve heard him in FIREEMBLEM THREE HOUSES (Claude Von Riegan), JUST CAUSE 4 (Cesar), STAR FOX ZERO, THE BATTLE BEGINS (Fox McCloud), FATE/APOCRYPHA (Achilles) and many other anime and video game roles, as well as sidekick Issei Hoshino in YAKUZA: JUDGMENT. He’s the author of the EPIC FAILURE TRILOGY, a whimsical, military sci-fi series described as “Terry Pratchett in space,” the third book of which releases in September 2019 from Simon and Schuster - an audiobook version is available which he narrates.

Joe also runs a YouTube channel where he teaches some VA basics as well as shenanigans, and a Twitch channel where he streams games he’s acted in and talks about voice acting with fans. You can connect with Joe on his Twitter/Instagram @JoeZieja and on Facebook @Joe Zieja - Author and Voice Actor or visit his website www.joezieja.com for links to his books or media requests.