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Guests Reception Past Guests

There are many different opportunities to meet with Sakura-Con's Guests of Honor over the weekend. Our guests will be attending both Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Also, the Guests will be available for various panels and autograph sessions. For a really up close experience, you can attend the Guests Reception Friday night of the Convention. Come mingle and enjoy dinner and dessert, conversing with your favorite Guest.

We also encourage everyone to read the autograph and photography Policies and guidelines regarding Guests. This ensures that the Guests of Honor and fans will have positive mojo for the entire weekend.

2015 Guests of Honor

Vic Mignogna
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But he started his career in anime fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more.[more]
Sumi Shimamoto
Sumi Shimamoto is an extremely prolific voice actress, known for her roles in classic Ghibli titles such as Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, as Nausicaš; My Neighbor Totoro as Yasuko Kusakabe; and Princess Mononoke as Toki .[more]
GARNiDELiA is a music project created by toku and MARiA. toku is a successful music composer who has written hit songs for Angela Aki, LiSA, AnCafe and MARiA. His collaborative song with MARiA, "COLOR", was chosen as the theme for the anime Freezing.[more]
Hiromi Kato
Hiromi Kato is a strikingly skilled animation director and character designer. His artistic talents can be viewed in such classics as Digimon: The Movie (U.S.), Death Note (TV), Di Gi Charat (TV), Azumanga Daioh (TV), Ah! My Goddess (TV), and Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV).[more]
Osamu Kobayashi
Osamu Kobayashi is an impressive presence in many beloved anime, working numerous roles; from head director to concept designer and key animator. Kobayashi's artistry can be seen in BECK, Blue Submarine No.[more]
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is a Japanese voice actor originally from Hokkaido prefecture. He is best known for his role as Kirito in the smash-hit anime series Sword Art Online. Since his debut in 2009, Matsuoka's voice has been featured in numerous anime titles including Soma Yukihira in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, Yu Mononobe in Unlimited Fafnir and Toru Kokonoe in Absolute Duo for some of his recent roles.[more]
Shinichiro Kashiwada
As Aniplexís producer, Shinichiro Kashiwada produced several popular titles including Sword Art Online 1&2, Oreimo 1&2, Nanana's Buried Treasure, THE IRREGULAR AT MAGIC HIGH SCHOOL, and Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.[more]
Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.[more]
Haruka Terui
Haruka Terui is a voice actress hailing from Iwate Prefecture and signed with Aoni Productions. Ms. Terui is best known for her soft and gentle voices, such as those presented in her roles as Kobeni Yonomori in "Engaged to the Unidentified" and as the protagonist of "Yuki Yuna is a Hero.[more]
Toshimichi Mori
A true creator and designer at heart, Mori has been involved with making games for as long as he can remember. (But probably sometime during college). Having joined the industry, he worked closely with Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari -- the duo has since made it their mission to raise the status quo of the 2D fighting genre.[more]
Kanako Kondo
Enchanted with anime from a very young age, she makes her debut into the industry through an open audition with more than 1,000 entrants. Miraculously, she passed. In addition to her participation in Gamers Guardian Fairies or GGF, she also makes her debut as a singer.[more]
Kana Ueda
Kana Ueda, born June 9, 1980 in Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture, is a Japanese voice actress, best known as the voices of Yumi Fukuzawa in Maria-sama ga Miteru, Rin Tõsaka in Fate/Stay Night, Hayate Yagami in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's and Strikers, and of course Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue.[more]
Kanako Itõ
Kanako Itõ is a singer from Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan. Her talent has appeared in numerous video games and anime, including "The Cyber Slayer," "Saya no Uta," "Demonbane," "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri," "Chaos;Head," "Steins;Gate," "Please Twins!," "Myself ; Yourself," and "Hatenkõ Yuugi.[more]
Katsuhiko Kitada
Katsuhiko Kitada is best known for his work on "HAL" (Character Animation / General Animation Director), "Attack on Titan" (Animation Director), and "Rolling☆Girls" (Character Settings / General Animation Director).[more]
Kotomi Deai
Kotomi Deai is an incredible new director from the acclaimed animation studio, Manglobe. Kotomi's recent works include the opening and endings to "The World God Only Knows," and "Mashiroiro Symphony;" "Kids on the Slope" (Assistant Director), "Silver Spoon: Season 2" (Director), and "Rolling☆Girls" (Director).[more]
Arifumi Imai
Arifumi Imai graduated from Musashino Art University and is best known for his work on "Attack on Titan" (Action Animation Director), and "Rolling☆Girls" (Effects / Action Animation Director). Formerly with Production IG, Arifumi has found his present home in WIT Studio.[more]
Johnny Yong Bosch
Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.[more]
Creative designer Naoto Hirooka was born in 1977 in Hyogo Prefecture.† After graduation from Bunka Fashion College, he entered S-inc Co. Ltd. in 1999.† In 2000, his brand "h.NAOTO" made its debut.† † Resonating to the ideas of extreme "punk," he expanded his unique fashion views while incorporating Japanese subcultures such as gothic-lolita and visual-kei.[more]
Masaki Asai
Masaki Asai (APSY) is the co-creator with MAX Watanabe of the popular figma series. He is a master sculptor, prototype designer, and talented modeler with over 20 years experience in his field. Asai is one of the supervisors of Wonder Festival's Amateur Dealer, "F-Face.[more]
Makoto "Max" Watanabe
Makoto "Max" Watanabe established Max Factory with the launch of the Model Kit Maker in 1987, spear-heading a company now known world-wide for the highly articulated figma series. Watanabe is the first and foremost sculptor and modeler, constantly focused on the fun of creation.[more]
David Vincent
David Vincent is a professional voice actor / television producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has lent his voice to a variety of animation / anime and video game titles, as well as numerous national commercials for television and radio.[more]
Rachel Robinson
The yes-itís-true-born-and-raised-in-Los-Angeles-because-someone-had-to-be Rachel Robinsonís voice spans the arenas of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and now, most recently, anime.[more]
Christopher Bevins
Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has recorded, cast, directed, produced, acted in and/or adapted scripts for over 100 anime series, movies and specials. His voice directing credits include Princess Jellyfish, King of Thorn, Sengoku Basara, .[more]

If your curious about Guests that have attended our Convention in the past, be sure to check the Past Guests page.

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