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Shihori is a classical-based pop singer-songwriter, anime songwriter, and pianist from Japan, currently based in New York City.
Shihori made her major debut with her first single "TSUBASA", used as the ending theme song for the TV anime "Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula" in 2007 under the name Sena. Her third major single "Never End Wonderland" got the 5th place in daily rankings of the Japanese Oricon Hit Chart. Since then, Shihori has composed and sang for movies, video games, TV commercials, and anime including Fairy Tail, The Irregular at Magic High School, Macross Frontier, My Little Pony, Ultraman R/B and many more! Dozens of her songs have made it into the hit chart and 11 of them had received Gold Disc Certification, each having been sold more than one million CDs. Shihori has also written songs for some of Japan's most famous contemporary artists such as Nana Mizuki and Momoiro Clover Z and has collaborated as a lyricist with world-famous music creators such as Kohei Tanaka (composter for One Piece) and Yoko Kanno (music producer and composer of Ghost in the Shell).
Shihori is a frequent performer at venues all over Japan and North America, including Otakon in Baltimore 2010, JIN Festival in Santa Fe 2012, Tekko Con in Pittsburgh 2019, San Japan in San Antonio 2019, and many others. Ever since moving to New York in January 2018, she has held solo concerts in Manhattan 4 times and released her first EP in the U.S. titled "Angel in the Garden" in September 2018, her 1st single "Let me go" in August 2019, and 2nd single "Jungle -Cyber Mix-" in September 2019. Shihori will release her first self-cover album in February 2020, which will include anime and hit songs.
Christopher Wehkamp brings characters to life in anime and video games for studios like FUNimation Entertainment, Rooster Teeth Productions, Gearbox Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Sentai Filmworks, Big Fish Games, Robot Games and more.
His popular anime roles include Shota 'Eraserhead' Aizawa (My Hero Academia), Clover (RWBY), Majora (Dragon Ball Super), Takehisa Hinawa (Fire Force), Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney), Susumu Kodai (Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199), Solid Silva (Black Clover), Inazuma (One Piece), Zed O'Brien (Blood Blockade Battlefront and Beyond), Kisho Arima and Tatara (Tokyo Ghoul), Ren Akatsuki and Mest Gryder (Fairy Tail), Mori Ougai (Meiji Tokyo Renka), Master (Kakuriyo - Bed & Breakfast for Spirits), Alexis Leskinen (Steins;Gate 0), Shinji Mikuni (City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eye), Phil (Attack on Titan), Shingo Shoji (Initial D Legend 2: Racer), Kiri Putin (Chronos Ruler), Bruno (The Royal Tutor), Sekizan (ALL OUT!!) and Tenka Kumo (Laughing Under The Clouds).
Christopher's video game credits include Katagawa Jr ("Borderlands 3" Gearbox Games), Cutting Edge Ullr, Sun Wukong Infinite Shift and Trickster Loki ("SMITE" Hi-Rez Studios), Gordo the Beaver and Bartles the Frog ("Ready, Set Heroes" Robot Games) and Julien and The Hunchback ("Chimeras: Blinding Love" Big Fish Games).
Kira Buckland is an Alaska-born, California-based voice actress who started her journey in 2004 by voice acting in online projects before eventually transitioning to work in anime and games. She is most known for voicing the lead character “2B” in NieR: Automata, as well as other video games such as Soulcalibur VI (Talim & 2B), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Heart), River City Girls (Kyoko), Street Fighter V (Falke), Fire Emblem Heroes (Eirika & Katarina), Detective Pikachu (Emilia), Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (Trucy Wright), Tales of Zestiria (Edna), Danganronpa 2 (Hiyoko Saionji), Danganronpa V3 (Kirumi Tojo), Disgaea 5 (Seraphina), Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Honoka), Skullgirls (Marie), Paladins (Evie), Puyo Puyo Tetris/Champions (Rulue & Ally), and many more.
Some of her anime and dubbing credits include JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Reimi), Love Live: School Idol Project (Umi), Granblue Fantasy (Lyria), Accel World (Kuroyukihime), Blue Exorcist (Izumo), Sailor Moon (Mimete), Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Cookie & Eco), Hunter x Hunter (Zushi), The Asterisk War (Julis), Magi (Kogyoku), Konosuba (Eris), Blood Lad (Hydra Bell), Re:Zero (Beatrice), and Miraculous Ladybug (Alix/Timebreaker).
Kira loves classic rock, cats, espresso, cosplay, fighting games, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and is excited to travel to new places to meet fans (and catch more Pokemon.) She is also the founder of the Voice Acting Club, a community linking voice talent and content creators around the world. Follow her on Twitter @KiraBuckland or Facebook @KiraVoices!
AniParty is the premier U.S. anime song (anisong) DJ club event which draws influence from the “Anikura” subculture of music nightclub event, popularized in Tokyo, Japan. Anikura centers around the A-POP genre of music, which is an eclectic fusion of anime songs (OPs, EDs, and insert songs to anime series’, video games , and visual novels), otaku-centric J-Pop, J-idol music, and popular fan-created works such as Vocaloid and Touhou.
Anikura has seen a massive surge in popularity over the recent years with multiple events every weekend in nightclubs across all of Japan. The goal of AniParty is to create an authentic, faithful anikura experience for North American fans of anime, anisong, J-Pop, and J-idol culture.
You can follow AniParty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
An extraordinary pair of artists, the Chalk Twins are renowned for their chalk murals of epic proportions. Traveling the world in pursuit of artistic mastery, they are a regular installment at conventions and events across the country where they produce massive chalk masterpieces live. The Chalk Twins are truth in advertising – they are twins, and they work together with soft pastel chalk. When you see them, we encourage you to get down low and talk to them. They would be glad to answer questions and talk about art, geeky stuff, twin stuff – whatever you like. They don't bite. We promise.
If you would like to support the Chalk Twins for as little as $1 per month and get access to exclusive content, check them out on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/chalktwins.
A certified scholar of Japanese pop-culture and the global sensation it has become, Charles Dunbar stands at the forefront of the study of anime. With a decade of convention experience, his panels introduce enthusiasts to a side of anime, games, mythology, and fandom that they may never have considered before. He can be followed on his website and on Facebook.
Most would agree that it only takes a few minutes of exposure to a live performance by Mike Saint-Jules to be moved by his presence and the atmosphere he so naturally creates. With years of experience fostered by a passion for the music and versatility to perform under any circumstances, it's no wonder Mike has garnered a legendary reputation among his peers and fans. A Haitian American producer born and raised in New York, Mike is ready for 2020 and beyond to where he fully brings a taste of his sound to his growing fan base across the globe.
The last three years were anything but quiet for Mike Saint-Jules. Mike has had multiple releases on Armada, Black Hole Recordings, AVA Recordings, and many other sub-labels of the Trance Mega Labels. Most notable are: Mike Saint-Jules - Beacon [FSOE Parallels], Armin van Buuren - Precious (Mike Saint-Jules Remix) [Armada], Canberra Feat. Astrid Suryanto - UP (Mike Saint-Jules Remix) [ASOT], and Colour [In Trance We Trust (Black Hole Recordings)]. Rightly so, Mike receives regular support and features from: Armin Van Buuren, Andy Moor, Solarstone, BT, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Lange, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, and Paul Oakenfold to name a few. It is also hard to forget the Mike Saint-Jules has garnered remix duties for the cream of the crop including Andy Moor, Armin Van Buuren, Marco V, Jes and that's not including the list of Originals ready to go for the rest of 2020 and beyond. Mike will continue to introduce his sound across new labels such as FSOE Parallels, Anjunabeats, Perfecto, and Pure Progressive.
RPG has been passionate about trance, progressive, and electronic dance music for the past 15 years or so. He has DJed at clubs and events in the Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY areas and he is currently teaching multiple sections / levels of an Electronic Music Production u-grad course @ RIT. He has run a mix show on iTunes called The Trance Journey Podcast since 2007. More recently he has worked on original productions and remixes. For more information, check out: djrpg.com, facebook.com/rpgofficial, or soundcloud.com/djrpg.
The D brings it hard, loud, and fast! Taking a crowd's favorite tracks, and reinventing them with blinding fast multi-genre mixing on 2-4 decks, explosive stage presence, and a bit of turntablism for flair! After finding the right blend of happy hardcore, drum n bass, half time, and hip hop, Rochester's favorite beat fiend regularly performs at raves, parties, conventions, and festivals, locally, regionally and nationally. The D aims to bring the hardcore sound to masses, in his own uniquely outlandish style that is sure to leave any dancefloor begging for more.
He's big, he's hairy, and he's here to right wrongs and triumph over evil! It's Bear Sailor Moon!
Bear Sailor Moon is a Toronto based cosplayer who has gained international recognition for his iconic take on the classic 90's anime. Bear Sailor Moon spreads a message of self love and body positivity by letting your star seed shine bright always.
When he's not fighting evil by moonlight you can find this Toronto native preforming all over the city. From cons to night clubs he's done it all and crowned many winners during his epic lip sync extravaganza! Join Bear Sailor Moon for an intimate performance at this year's Tora Con!
Destinyamber is a cosplayer from Syracuse, NY who loves dressing up as her favorite characters from anime, video games, and tokusatsu. She has judged several local cosplay contests and loves seeing other’s creations.
Mangoloo of Labinnak and Mangoloo Cosplays is a professional cosplayer based out of Virginia who has been cosplaying since early 2014. Over the years she has strived for finding unique and more detailed ways of bringing her favorite characters to life. Her ambitious cosplays such as her Borderlands Tiny Tina or RWBYlands cosplay have won her craftsmanship rewards at over 20 events including New York Comic Con, RTX and Baltimore Comic Con. Overall she aims to promote positivity to the cosplay community - such as through hosting community events and sharing her knowledge in cosplay with new creators. You can follow Labinnak and Mangoloo Cosplays on Facebook and Twitter.
Rabbit in the Moon Cosplay is a master level craftsman and Western New York native who has been active in the cosplay community since 2001. She has been competing in and judging cosplay competitions across the country for the last decade. When she isn't busy sewing, crafting armor, or forging weapons, she enjoys watching anime (especially Macross), playing video games, collecting dice, and caring for her prized giant koi fish!
Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.
Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Hodgins in Violet Evergarden, John Steinbeck in Bungo Stray Dogs, Iruka Umino in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human.
Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata, Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Harry Potter in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Zeke in God Eater 3, Hyde from Under Night In-Birth in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Zeroken in Disgaea 5, Haruto Higurashi in Zanki Zero, Daniel in Unepic, Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6, Oz, the Trickster in Atlas Reactor, and various characters in Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.
A full list of Kyle’s credits is available at KyleMcCarley.com, and if you follow him on Twitter (@kylemccarley), Twitch (twitch.tv/kylemccarley), or like his Facebook page (facebook.com/kylemccarleyvo), you can keep up with all his excitement (or lack thereof).