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2018 Guest Announcement: Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou as 2018 Guests of Honor! Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou are the writer and artist duo behind the best-selling DEADMAN WONDERLAND series. All thirteen volumes of the manga are available in print and digital editions from VIZ Media. The action-packed manga has also been adapted into a hit anime available from FUNimation. Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou made their debut in 2005 with the manga adaptation…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Kikuko Inoue

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Kikuko Inoue as a 2018 Guest of Honor! Kikuko Inoue is a veteran voice actress and singer from Japan.  Born in Kanagawa, she obtained a middle school teaching license before a rebroadcast of Attack No. 1 inspired her to pursue voice acting, and she landed her debut role in 1988.  Although she introduces herself as “17 years old” (Oi, oi!) this marks her 30th anniversary in voice acting!  Known within…

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2018 Performer Announcement: Samurai Dan and Jillian

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Samurai Dan and Jillian as a 2018 Performers! Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike. In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Shuzilow.HA

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Shuzilow.HA as a 2018 Guests of Honor!   Shuzilow.HA (also known as Shujirou Hamakawa) was born on July 7, 1966 in Kobe, Japan. From 1982 to 1989, he served as an animator at Anime R. He was a video game designer at Konami from 1989 to 1998, and he returned to animation to work for Production I.G. from 1998 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been offering his services as…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Kenichi Sonoda

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Kenichi Sonoda as a 2018 Guest of Honor!   Kenichi Sonoda was born on December 13, 1962 in Kumamoto, Japan. While attending the Nanba Designer Academy, he formed the doujinshi circle “VTOL” with highschool clubmates, and started self-publishing work. Around that time, he started a part time job at a Kinokuniya bookstore in Osaka, Japan. As word of his drawing skills spread, he created advertisements for magazines, and worked on…

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