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Tsukino-Con Reveals Kensho Ono as Japanese Voice Guest

29 Jan

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

KenshoOnoVictoria’s local anime and cosplay convention has managed to obtain a Japanese idol for their guest list. Tsukino-Con announced on their official Facebook page that voice actor-singer Kensho Ono will be attending their event.

Ono has already racked up an impressive number of credits to his resume. Muggles will know Ono as the Japanese voice over artist for the lead character of the Harry Potter films but anime fans will know Ono as Tetsuya Kuroko from the series Kuroko no Basket. In the more recent animated series Ono has voiced Souji Okita on Bakumatsu Rock (where he also sang the series opener), Slaine Troyard of Aldnoah.Zero, and Mikaela Hyakuya in Owari no Seraph.

Ono has also appeared in a number of Japanese films and television programs including Hôtai Club (2007), Dive!! (2008), Kujira no Ita Natsu (2014), and Fuji TV’s Senjou no Yuubinhaitatsu (2006).

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Tsukino-Con Announces Voice Actress Sarah Anne Williams!

17 Jan

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Sarah_WilliamsWith all that has happened in 2015, it is good to see fandom on Vancouver Island can still rely on Victoria’s annual anime convention Tsukino-Con. When it comes to experiencing a weekend escape, I believe Tsukino-Con knows all too well what kind of distractions their con goers want. That could be why they have announced the addition of special guest, voice artist Sarah Anne Williams. She has worked as a voice artist for English dubs of Japanese animation and video games since 2009.

Williams’ first role was as Ayumi Tokita from Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Her other anime credits include Sayaka Miki in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kozuki ‘Niko’ Yuniko in Accel World, Lisbeth in Sword Art Online, Nonon Jakuzure of Kill La Kill, and Sayu Hisanuma in Nagi no Asukara. Williams’ video game works include Jinx in the League of Legends, Angel Death in Wasteland 2, and she’ll be voicing Aaa in the upcoming Freedom Planet 2.

Tsukino-Con will be held on the grounds of the University of Victoria from February 12 – 14, 2016. To purchase tickets, please visit Tsukino-Con’s official website here.

Tsukino-Con Announces First Guest of 2016!

5 Nov

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

JoshGrelleYou can tell Victoria’s little-con-that-could has not just expanded over the years but has grown gracefully. And no more is that evident in the selection of Tsukino-Con’s guests whose names get bigger and bigger with every passing con. Last year saw Japanese seiyuu actress Satsuki Yukino (Free!, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040) join Tracey Moore (Care Bears, Sailor Moon) and Kyle Hebert (Dragonball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist) as the con’s special guests. With today’s announcement of Tsukin-Con’s first guest of 2016, fans should expect more of the same.

The first guest of 2016 will be none other than voice actor Josh Grelle. Grelle is an anime fan and a native of Clifton, Texas. He got his foot in the door of voice work when he was hired by the popular ADVision Films in January 2004. Since that time Grelle has become a seasoned veteran with such credits under his belt as Clannad, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Itsuki in Initial D, and recently Armin in Attack on Titan.

Grielle’s work has also included some notable video games. He can be heard as Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends, Dave in Borderlands 2, and Xbalanque in Smite.

Tsukino-Con: Inside Peek at an Artist’s Table

12 Feb

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

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We are in the last stretch to Tsukino-Con 2015 (February 13 – 15) and one of my favourite things about the con is the arts and crafts from the dealers. Usually I stick to art prints but if a dealer can really wow me with something they created (like lasy year’s anime bead magnets) then I can’t help but open up my Sword Art Online wallet (also bought at Tsukino) and part with some hard earned money.

This year I’ll be visiting Table #15 to purchase some wonderfully expressive stickers by Nova K. Spade. Nova has created characters from such animated licences as Attack on Titan and DreamWork’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 but I love how she is current by creating Koro-Sensei from Assassination Classroom.

I think I’ll be buying one of her stickers. Nah, I’ll be buying several.