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.
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 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 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 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 (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 (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.
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] (https://www.facebook.com/StudioAlchimiste) 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 (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.
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!
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.