A First Time Attendees View
And 3 Days of Cosplay
After 3 crazy days of Sakuracon, and a week of rest afterward, the Sakuracon weekend was the most interesting convention that I’ve been to since attending the Penny Arcade Expo. There were many cosplayers seen throughout the weekend, and even more, there were big name celebrities from the USA and from Japan visiting last weekend.
Here’s who attended Sakuracon, starting with the musical guests:
2. Moi Dix Mois
3. Flower Sound Orchestra
4. Kanon Wakeshima.
Next we have the special guests who attended, and they are:
Naoto Hirooka, OBITSU Plastic Manufacturing Co, LTD, Fumiko Kawamura, Yuko Ashizawa, Kawajiri Yoshiaki, Katsushi Ota, Atsuhiro Iwakami, Yukata Minowa, Gen Urobuchi, Michiko Suwa, Zekkyo, Retsu Tateo, GoFA (Gallery of Fantastic Art), Todd Haberkorn, Steve Blum, Jamie Marchi, Clarine Harp, Christopher Sabat, Leah Clarke,Ruben Langdon, and Jonathan Klein.
My List of Panels Attended
During the three day weekend I had the opportunity to step in on a couple of panels of the special guests who attended Sakuracon this year.
The panels I attended were Q&A Sessions, where the fans got to ask the guests questions about their careers, past, present, and future. Since photography and video recording was not allowed at either panel I attended, I was not able to take down notes on what was asked, or what was answered.
At the very least, I will, using the Sakuracon 2012 guide, present full descriptions of the guests.
Moi Dix Mois
Moi dix Mois is a sound project featuring the lyrics, composition, and programming of the notable musician and fashion designer, Mana (G), the leader of Malice Mizer. Moi dix Mois was started on Mana’s birthday, March 19th, of 2002.The name Moi dix Mois was created by Mana and has special significance. “Moi dix Mois” is French. The “Moi” being “self” and representing Mana, “dix” for 10 which signifies “1” as beginning and “0” being forever, or infinity, and “Mois” is “month” thus “dix Moise” means “10 months”. This signifies birth and beginning, as it takes 10 months in total for a fetus to grow from egg to birth. Mana’s Moi dix Mois music is a spicy fusion of classic and progressive, delicacy and crazy, construction and destruction; with a symphonic sound that is thrilling and dramatic. It is meant to inspire tears of drastic beauty. Mana’s project expresses its own fantasy world. Moi dix Mois has released 5 studio albums, numerous singles and has completed several concert tours, including European and North American appearances. 2012 was Moi dix Mois’s first Sakura-con.
Fumiko Kawamura is the head designer for Chantilly, a rising force in lolita fashion. Fumiko is a graduate of Tokyo Mode University and has been involved with many kinds of fashion design, including stage costume, and work as a stylist. Fumiko worked and appeared in the notable film Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari. “Shimotsuma Story”). She is committed to exploring many genres of fashion.
Fumiko has made a sincere effort to support cultural exchange, working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to spread Japanese pop culture internationally. With Fumiko’s experience working with Baby the Stars Shine Bright, she is exceptionally well-versed in the industry.
Fumiko is a wonderful illustrative artist who takes inspiration from everyday objects, such as curtains and pastries, or from music. Fumiko established Chantilly in 2007, with its guiding concept being “All girls love cute/kawaii things”, but also that girls admire mature, “madam-like” style.
Chantilly is a dream come true for people who cannot be satisfied with simple cuteness, but also desire a hint of elegance.
Representing Japanese pop culture, Chantilly has presented fashion shows and attended Japanese themed-events and festivals in China, Europe, Russia, and the USA. Chantilly is spreading the fashion of “Gothic and Lolita” around the world.
Other Special Guests:
STEREOPONY is a Japanese all-girl rock band that formed in Okinawa in 2007 and is attending their first Sakura-con. Consisting of AIMI (Vocal/Guitar), NOHANA (Bass), and SHIHO (Drums) the band gained their first opportunity on the Japanese rock radio program “SCHOOL OF LOCK!”
STEREOPONY should be well known to many anime fans as the artists behind several notable anime themes. Their debut single “Hitohira No Hanabira” was the 17th ending theme for the famous anime series “BLEACH”; released on November 5, 2008 and ranked #25 on the Oricon Weekly Charts. Their 2nd single “Namida No Muko” was the second opening theme for the second season of the Sunrise series “Mobile Suit Gundam 00″; and achieved #2 in the Oricon charts.
STEREOPONY has toured internationally, and experienced great success in the Oricon charts. In March 2009, the girls performed in SXSW 2009, and received a thunderous ovation.
Their 3rd single “I Do It” is a collaboration with fellow Sony Music Entertainment Japan singer YUI, was released on April 22, 2009. Their debut studio album “A Hydrangea Blooms” was released on June 17, 2009 and ranked #7 on the Oricon weekly charts. STEREOPONY’s 5th single “TSUKIAKARI NO MICHISHIRUBE”, was released with a tie-in with the second season of hit anime series “Darker than Black”, which ranked #8 on Oricon. After releasing 2 singles, in June 2010, the girls released their much anticipated 2nd studio album “OVER THE BORDER”.
“Chiisana Mahou“, the opening theme of the anime series “Letter Bee REVERSE”, was released on December 8th. STEREOPONY collaborated with the band Kariyushi58 to produce the single “Tatoeba Utaenakunattara”, released on August 10, 2011. The band’s 10th single, “Arigatõ”, was released on September 28, 2011. The music video for “Arigatõ”, released on September 1, 2011, features film actor Abe Hiroshi; he is also on the cover of the version B release of the song. On October 16th, they announced the planned release of their 3rd studio album.
Kanon Wakeshime started learning cello and classical music as a girl, and has stayed with it ever since. With a strong desire to express and convey emotion and to begin expanding her realm of expression, Kanon started writing lyrics and compositions. Her style is characterized by the combination of the ephemeral and eternity, reality and unreality, and includes motifs from classic fairy tales, Greek mythology and Shakespeare.
Kanon has also turned to art as a means of expression… illustrative one-piece line art drawings, digitally processed fashion drawings, and character designs from fairy tales all under the name “Hirari”.
Produced by Mana, Wakeshima debuted under the DefStar Records label on May 28, 2008, with the single “Still Doll” and “Sand Castle”, the latter being the ending theme for the anime adaption of the manga series, Vampire Night. She was nominated for a Best Newcomer award for 2008 in the fourth annual Shojo Beat Music Awards, nominees of which are determined by surveying record companies, music journalists, music experts, and music fans.
Her second album includes tracks for which she has done both the composition and the lyrics. At live performances, Kanon is known for her unique singing style while playing the Cello.
In 2011 Kanon produced a concept solo performance in Shibuya, presenting a performance that expanded her musical repertoire, presenting self-composed and written material, incorporating Jazz, rock and classical music. Later that same year she presented a concept life performance called “Strange Treat!” which went on for three months. The theme of the live performance was food, as she “consumes” feelings from the environment and others. As a “treat” she treats herself, players and workers in the restaurant to her music as a meal. With three lives, she classified them as “meals” in the morning, afternoon and night, all of which have the Kanon Wakeshima style of jazz, classic and rock arrangements.
Kanon Wakeshima has enjoyed international success, traveling to France, London, Hong Kong and Lost Angeles. Her Euro Tour 2011 encompassed 10 cities and 7 countries. 2012 was her first Sakuracon.
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. The collections, filled with originality, gained much positive critiques and praises from Japan and overseas artists and musicians.
Later, the H.NAOTO collection added character-based CHANNEL H and HANGRY&ANGRY, with the culture of “cute” anime or video game costume plays as their theme. Then in 2005, as the compilation of the collaborative collection of fashion and art, a more extremely evolved than ever “HEAVEN” was started.
Additionally, he also produced the new category brands such as the men’s category shop “H” with street feels of biker, worker, and military, and the shop “8club” with sexiness and cuteness as the image. Without limiting to a single category, the brand H.NAOTO endlessly seeks for a new world, and will continue to multiply diversely, and deepen.
Obitsu Plastic Manufacturing Co, LTD (OBITSU) was founded by the current president, Saburo Obitsu. It is a long-established company in Japan that celebrates its 46th Anniversary in 2012. Our main products are “Obitsu Kewpie (Trademark registered)”, “Soft Vinyl Doll” and “Obistu Body (Patent registered)”.
Also we produce the various types of very popular “Obitsu Doll” which is based on “Obitsu Body”. Our products are all proudly MADE IN JAPAN. We don’t rely on automated machinery production system, instead all work is done by our craftsmen with professional skill and care. Also, with Tokyo’s special production method called “Slash Mold”, we manage to keep the production cost low but provide the top quality products.
OBITSU is dedicated to provide the best quality products to the customers all over the world with its proud Japanese craftsmanship.
Yuko Ashizawa is our guest of honor and the designer of ATELIER-PIERROT! ATELIER-PIERROT is known for their classic, well tailored, Gothic Lolita styles. ATELIER-PIERROT is located in Harajuku’s famous LAFORET fashion mall, ATELIER-PIERROT is a staple in the Gothic & Lolita community. Operating over 30 years, they helped create and influence the Gothic Lolita scene both in Japan and abroad. Their stores offer a wide variety of clothing and accessories, much of which will be available for purchase in the Sakura-Con Exhibits hall and on display in their joint fashion show with Chantilly.
Atelier Pierrot’s brand concept is taken from the dresses of the Baroque Period of 17th Century. Clothing from this period is characterized by elegant and beautiful dresses. Atelier Pierrot is also inspired by the enchanting darkness of Gothic dresses. Reflecting Gothic themes, Atelier Pierrot’s color tone is mainly black and darker color palettes, but also includes a hint of calm colors, like white and wine. Atelier Pierrot represents the world of light and darkness in their clothing.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri was born in November 18th, 1950 and grew up in Kanagawa prefecture. After working for Mushi Production, Kawajiri joined the newly founded animation studio Madhouse as an animator. As a layout artist he’s worked on “Door to Summer” and “Haguregumo”. Director Kawajiri is known for his hardboiled story and stylistic animation in works such as “Wicked City”, “Demon City Shinjuku”, and “CYBER CITY OEDO 808″. Kawajiri created a blast in America with “Ninja Scroll”. In more recent years he has directed “VAMPIRE HUNTER D: Bloodlust” and “HIGHLANDER: The Search for Vengeance”. Currently Kawajiri is in development for his next project. While doing so he also works on “Chihayafuru” and the Marvel x Madhouse animation series “X-MEN” as a storyboard artist. Keep an eye out for Kawajiri’s up coming work!
After joining Kodansha, Ota published novels by young authors such as Kinoko Nasu and Nisioisin, and he launched a literary magazine “FAUST” in 2003. In addition, he launched the new label called “Kodansha BOX” which was very successful in Japan. Currently, Ota is working as a vice president of the publisher’s new branch called “Seikaisha” that published Higurashi no naku koro ni, Fate/Zero and many other novels.
Atsuhiro Iwakami (岩上 敦宏) is the producer in charge of Puella Magi Madoka Magica on behalf of Aniplex. The anime began development after Akiyuki Shinbo expressed his desire to work on a new magical girl series to Iwakami while they were working on Hidamari Sketch and Bakemonogatari. Iwakami played a key role in the project, including selecting personnel such as Gen Urobuchi, who in an interview described Iwakami as “a person who gives you sense of comfort like an iron wall. There are many types of producers in this world. If I may use “Monster Hunter” as an example, there are producers who play flutes at the edge of the zone (lol), but Iwakami-san is the type of director who will take a big sword and stand at the forefront to help you fight the monsters.”
Yutaka Minowa is a character designer and animation director who works almost exclusively with Madhouse, one of the premiere Japanese animation companies. His most notable character designs come from various celebrated anime, including Devil May Cry, Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D:Bloodlust. His work also includes art direction for many popular titles including Record of Lodoss War, the Animatrix, and many, many more. This is Minowa-san’s third Sakura-Con.
Gen Urobuchi is a Japanese writer for visual novels, light novels, and anime. He joined Nitroplus as a writer and made his debut in 2001 by writing the scenario of the visual novel Phantom of Inferno, which was later adapted into a TV series and OVA series. Afterward Gen Urobuchi wrote the light novel Fate/Zero in 2006, the prequel to Fate/Stay Night, which was a collaboration between Type-Moon and fellow developer Nitroplus. Gen is also the screenplay writer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011), a production of Aniplex (under Atsuhiro Iwakami as main producer) and studio SHAFT.
Michiko Suwa is an incredibly prolific producer of many notable anime. He is perhaps best known as the executive producer of Meitantei Conan (Case Closed), Black Jack, Inuyasha, and City Hunter series. His latest work is Rinneno Raguranje (Flower of Rin-Ne) which started airing in January of this year.
Zekkyō is a Japanese artist best known for illustrating Toradora! manga. She has a passion for creating dojinshis, dance music, R&B and yakiniku. Zekkyō’s other projects include Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise (TV), Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens (TV) and ef: a tail of melodies (TV).
Retsu Tateo is the female Japanese manga artist best known for illustrating the Full Metal Panic! manga, written by the author of the
original light novels, Shoji Gatoh. Retsu loves frogs and dogs (she has one). This will be her first trip to America. She is the manga artist of the series Endless Eden serialized in Comic Valkyrie.
GoFa stands for “Gallery of Fantastic Art” and Sakura-Con is proud to host them in honor of our 15th year. GoFa is a non profit Japanese organization dedicated to bringing Japanese anime, manga, and SFX to people all over the world. GoFa promotes artists, hosts exhibitions, and plans event worldwide to bring you some of the most interesting, beautiful, and exclusive art from Japan!
GoFa represents some of the most popular anime, manga, and SFX artists in Japan, including Takada Akemi, Kia Asamiya, Yoshitoshi Abe, Murata Range, Shou Tajima, Yutaka Izubuchi, Yuuji Kaida, and many others.
GoFa works in collaboration with these artists to produce some of the most unique and technically spectacular artwork imaginable. GoFa presents this exclusive artwork on its website at: http://www.gofa.co.jp. and in special exhibits, such as the one they will be hosting at Sakura-Con 2012.
Check out GoFa’s beautiful original artwork in the Sakura-Con exhibition hall and on their web at: http://www.gofa.co.jp.
Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of English dubbing. Haberkorn works primarily in Texas and Los Angeles as an actor, director, producer, and writer. As far as shows go, catch Todd’s voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and some others he can’t say right now. Coming up – Todd is the lead role of Natsu, the fire eating, fire wielding wizard from Fairy Tail. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com, funimation.com, and NETFLIX!! And not illegally please Be sure to check out TeamHaberkorn.com for ways to join this new “korntastic” fan club! A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting the Acadiana Humane Society, a non-profit, no kill animal shelter in Louisiana. When not in the booth, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office Productions. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency and William Morris Endeavor.
With literally hundreds of voice-over credits to his name, VO veteran Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series and The Super Hero Squad Show), “Tom” (the robot host) from Cartoon Network’s Toonami, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2), “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Oghren” (DragonAge), the voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film.
Currently he’s working on the new super-charged CGI series Transformers:Prime, playing the delusional but deadly Decepticon Starscream!!
Check out more of Steve’s stuff at steveblumvoices.com or at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0089710/
Raised on a steady diet of Bob Saget, Molière, Christopher Cross and Mentos, Jamie Marchi has been making fresh and acting professionally for a number of years, which, in the interest of national security, shall not be disclosed at this time.
Some of her most popular roles include Witchblade (Masane Amaha), Hetalia (Narrator), Soul Eater (Liz Thompson), Sgt. Frog (Aki Hinata), Spice and Wolf (Chloe), Rin (Mimi), Black Cat (Rinslet Walker), Blassreiter (Amanda Werner), Negima(s) (Haruna), Burst Angel (Meg), Claymore (Helen), One Piece (Miss Valentine), Strike Witches (Shirley), The Tower of Druaga (Fatina), YuYu Hakusho (Juri), Ouran (Chizuru Maihara), Fruits Basket (Motoko Minagawa), FMA (Rick), FMA: Brotherhood (Rebecca, Rick), as well as the unforgettable Miss Polly from Shin Chan. Some of her most recent roles are from Rosario + Vampire (Ms. Nekonome), The Sacred Blacksmith (Penelope), Sekirei (Uzume), Sengoku Basara (Matsu), Ga-Rei-Zero (Mei), Baka and Test (Shouko), and Heaven’s Lost Property (Mikako Satsukitane).
Jamie has behind the scene experience whipping out script adaptations as well as ADR Directing for several shows including Spice and Wolf, Hetalia, Hetalia: Paint it White, Sgt. Frog, Oh! Edo Rocket, Baka and Test, Strike Witches, and Negima?! amongst other “yet to be announced” ridiculously awesome titles.
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys theatre, 80s music, dancing, running, football, spending time with people who don’t suck, anything cheese or Gummi related, making fun of people who are taking long walks on the beach, and generally just being a redhead. Born in Knoxville but never considering herself a Knoxvillian, she now resides in Dallas after majoring in Theater and minoring in clown pottery and espionage at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!).
Clarine Harp was first cast by FUNimation Entertainment in 2003 to give life to the character of Tweedledee in Kiddy Grade. Since then, Clarine’s talents have been featured in a broad range of roles: Hetalia Axis Powers (China), Burst Angel (Sei), Samurai 7 (Sanae), Speed Grapher (Ginza), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Chaos; HEAD (Sena) and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura). Clarine can also be heard in Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, Sekirei, Yamada’s First Time/B Gata H Kei, The Sacred Blacksmith, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Trinity Blood, Beck, Romeo x Juliet, Kaze no Stigma, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.0, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, Desert Punk, Origin – Spirits of the Past, Tower of Druaga, Mushi-Shi, Suzuka, Ouran High School Host Club, Ghost Hunt, Sgt. Frog, Heaven’s Lost Property, One Piece and others.
Out of the booth, Clarine spends her time producing DVD and Blu-ray discs for FUNimation, tending to her horde of rabbits and proudly spreading the gospel of sock knitting. She is also the inspiration behind the character Aubrey, a regular cast member on the popular web comic, Something Positive.
Christopher R. Sabat has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z as well as the actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and countless others, you could possibly say he is the voice of Dragonball Z. Christopher currently owns Okratron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas.
Christopher has also leant his voice to countless other roles in the anime and videogame world including Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Roronoa Zoro in One Piece, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher, Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles, Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III, Garland in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War, and both Captain Smiley and Star in Comic Jumper.
When not in the studio, Christopher tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife Tabitha and his brand new baby girl, Hero.
Leah is a voice actress and script writer for FUNimation Entertainment. Her voice acting career began when she appeared as Girl B in an episode of Case Closed and stole the show… in her own mind. She credits the overwhelming amount of female characters in Negima! and an odd talent for creating sheep voices for the opportunity to play her first major role, Nodoka Miyazaki which then opened the door for several other memorable roles to follow.
Some notable voice works are: Saki Morami in Eden of the East, Kagura in Ga Rei Zero, Minami in Baka and Test, Homora in Seki Rei. Suzuka in Suzuka, Fuyuki in Sergeant Frog, Blair in Soul Eater, Akane in Rumbling Hearts, Paris in Shin Chan, Miya Miya in Bamboo Blade, Hikari in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Noah in Full Metal Alchemist, Coby and Miss Doublefinger in One Piece, Tenho in O Edo Rocket, Hanabusa in Nabari No O, Maru in XXX Holic and Eri in School Rumble.
Her writing credits include Yamada’s First Time, Seki Rei, Suzuka, Sasami, The Magical Girl Club, Strike Witches, Baka and Test, Gunslinger Girl, Baccano and Peach Girl.
This year, Leah can be heard as Jiji in Princess Jellyfish, Doyle in Pokemon, Carlita in the Pokemon Movie, Minami in Baka and Test—Season 2, and a couple more awesome shows that you’ll hear about sooner or later.
As an ADR Director, Leah has helped the casts of Sasami, the Magical Girl Club, The Tower of Druaga, STRAIN, and a couple Case Closed movies on their way to voice acting greatness. As her first love is the stage, Leah studied musical theater at Circle in the Square on Broadway in New York City. Much of her theatrical credits are in children’s theater and she has taught acting and improv to students ages 8-16 at Dallas Children’s Theater and Zach Scott Theater in Austin.
Look for Leah’s other production works online soon under the name Red Dog Nine—a company founded by her and Todd Haberkorn that likes to roll around in bed with Heal By Rain and make “creativity babies.”
Special thanks to Benjamin Oscar and Michael Gaspersic for running the Official Leah Clark Fan Club. Much love and squishes to the Leaflets! Join today on Facebook!!
Although you may not recognize him, you have recently more than likely seen Reuben Langdon in the most talked about film of the decade; James Cameron’s Avatar. In addition to stunt doubling the main character, “Jake Sully”, Reuben performed a variety of stunts for various CG and live action characters in the film. While most of his performances used motion capture technology, an art form based on CGI-assisted acting, his face remained unseen, but his talent more than evident.
A Los Angeles based Actor/Producer/Director/Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator; Reuben began his career in Japan as a series regular on the Japanese superhero TV series B-Fighter Kabuto. He later relocated to Hong Kong to work among the most famous names in the Hong Kong film industry, most notably with Jackie Chan, appearing in Jackie Chan: My Stunts, Gen-Y Cops and the internationally renowned fantasy adventure, The Medallion. Following his success in the international film market, Reuben relocated to Los Angeles to further pursue his career. With extensive training in multiple martial arts, he landed a role opposite Sammo Hung in the Martial Law series, and went on to make regular appearances on the hit TV show, The Power Rangers.
Complimenting his success in the worlds of film and television, Langdon has performed in and coordinated a number of motion capture shoots for interactive video games including Lost Planet 2, Resident Evil: 5, The Bourne Conspiracy, Tao Fang, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, and Dead Rising. In Devil May Cry 3 and 4, he was both the motion capture actor and the English voice of Dante, the Gun/Sword toting hero of the franchise. Reuben has also worked as a performance capture actor with such respected directors as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
In 2001, Reuben Created Just Cause Productions, an international multimedia live action and CG production house that combines talent from the East and West. By utilizing the latest in technology and incorporating cutting edge digital effects, Reuben is able to create a unique blend of stylistic Action Cinema that knows no boundaries. Today Reuben and Just Cause are the forerunners of Action Packed 3D live action and animation productions.
Reuben’s recent projects include stunt doubling for Nathan Drake in the highly anticipated video game Uncharted 3. He also had brief appearances in the live action adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Michel Gundry’s film adaptation of the classic TV show Green Hornet, and the latest from D.J. Caruso in I Am Number 4. He also reprises his role as Dante in the smash hit video game, Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Jonathan Klein is the Vice-President and co-owner of New Generation Pictures, Inc., based in Beverly Hills. His company produces the English language versions of some of the most popular anime and videogames in the United States and Japan. New Generation Pictures has worked on hundreds of different projects for both U.S. and international release, including such popular anime as; Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Gun x Sword, Kamichu, R.O.D the TV, Ikki Tousen, NieA Under 7, 3×3 Eyes, and many other titles. In addition, Jonathan has been the director of the English language versions of such anime titles as Ergo-Proxy, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion and Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent.
Besides anime, Jonathan has also directed many video game projects for Square Enix, Capcom, Namco & other companies including; Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy IV, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, Rune Factory 3, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant, Final Fantasy; Chocobo’s Dungeon, Time Crisis 4, Dawn of Mana, Valkyrie Profile 2, and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, and the Marvel Pinball series: Fantastic Four, Captain America, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor & X-Men. Jonathan was also the English language producer on Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV & Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Marvel & Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as well as the highly anticipated Street Fighter x Tekken. Jonathan has also produced & directed several other videogame titles that he hopes to talk about by the time of the convention. Beyond working as producer and director, Jonathan’s responsibilities also include scriptwriting, script adaptation, and even working behind the microphone as a voice actor. Jonathan has voice acted in such anime & videogames as Final Fantasy IV, Star Ocean IV, Rune Factory 3, Ergo Proxy, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Kamichu, Girls Bravo, Gun x Sword, Burst Angel, Galaxy Railways and Beck. More recently, his company has expanded their offices into Shanghai, China where they also do work for international clients on movies, videogames, anime and other projects.
For more information on New Generation Pictures, please visit www.newgenerationpictures.com
An Overwhelming Time…
The whole weekend of SAKURACON was quite exhausting, aside from utterly overwhelming. Being new to this whole Anime Convention thing, I had no real set goals or idea of exactly what I was looking for. My time over the weekend wasn’t a waste, by any means! I took over 100 pictures, and approximately half an hour’s worth of video footage. A lot of my video footage was scrapped when I had to change to a different camera due to battery life in my primary camera. The second camera just could not handle or adjust the audio for the footage I captured of StereoPony.
I did enjoy Sakuracon, but it could have been more exciting had I planned [a lot more] for the convention, and had a general idea of what to look for and do while there. This isn’t to say that anyone who is a first-time goer will not be able to find anything to actually “do”; there really is a lot that can be done while at Sakuracon. The guide that is provided to attendees details every event throughout each day, and where it’s being held, map included!
I would like to also take the time to direct everyone over to the gallery that I have uploaded from Sakura-Con. I have uploaded the images into a separate post, as it was too large to fit into a single one.
You can find this gallery HERE .