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Friday, September 28 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Opening Ceremonies

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For beautiful convention life! It's time to kick off another Anime Weekend Atlanta… help us start it off the right way during the star-studded kickoff extravaganza. Come meet some of our super cool guests and find out just what we have in store for you this year!

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Along with Johnny is his band, Eyeshine! Eyeshine is a four piece, "edge rock" band originating in West Hills, California. Eyeshine currently consists of members Johnny Yong Bosch (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Maurice Salmin (drums, backing vocals, piano), Crystal Mesina (bass, backing vocals), and Ji Ho "Daniel" Lee (lead guitar, backing vocals).. They are currently one of the most promising unsigned bands coming out of California playing... Read More →
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The world knows Japan as the birthplace of popular subcultures like Anime, Manga, and Cosplay. One fashion designer took subculture fashion to mainstream. His name is Naoto Hirooka, and he is the creative designer of h. NAOTO, Japan’s most successful Gothic-Punk-Lolita fashion empire. Naoto joined S-inc Co., Ltd. in 1999 after graduating from prestigious Bunka Fashion College. Soon his incomparable talent was noticed and in 2000, he... Read More →
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A visual-kei band that was created in early 2006. Their members are Yoshihiko on vocals, Nao on guitar, Kohsuke on bass, and Kiri on drums. heidi.'s first solo and official debut was June 3rd at Ikebukuro CYBER. | Their focus is on trying to create distinctive melodies that are easy to remember for the fans. Throughout their career they have played on many stages, such as at the “hide memorial summit” in the Ajinomoto Stadium, the... Read More →
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Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny is best known for portraying Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and being the English voice of Vash the Stampede in Trigun, as well as the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Itsuki Koizumi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kiba in Wolf's Rain, Renton Thurston in Eureka Seven, Emil Castagnier in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Shotaro Kaneda in Akira, and... Read More →
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Tim Eldred

Tim first saw anime back in the cave man days when Star Blazers came on air in 1979, and that spelled his doom. For the rest of his life, he followed an obsession that lead him into the professional comic book world, and then the animation industry, all on a quest to capture that magic. So far he's turned that quest into a website (starblazers.com), an original SF/comedy graphic novel titled "Grease Monkey" (greasemonkeybook.com), and a... Read More →
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Ryo Horikawa

Ryo Horikawa is a famous voice actor and is best known for the voice of Vegeta in “Dragon Ball Z.” Horikawa has been performing in movie and TV dramas since grade-school. He has over 28 years experience as an voice actor, and over 45 years experience as an actor. His credits include, “Saint Seiya,” Andromeda Shun,; “Detective CONAN,” Hattori Heiji; “Legend of Galactic Heroes,” Reinhard; “Dragon Ball” series, Vegeta... Read More →
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Carl Gustav Horn

Carl Gustav Horn of Dark Horse Comics has been a manga editor for fifteen years, beginning with Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1997. He has worked on titles including The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President, Oh My Goddess!, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Cardcaptor Sakura, Golgo 13, Excel Saga, Chobits, Banana Fish, and Flowers & Bees.
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You Kikkawa

You Kikkawa, nicknamed Kikka by her fans, is a cute and talented singer, actress, and idol. Kikka entered Hello Pro Egg in 2007 and in 2008, she took part of the group Milky Way with Koharu Kusumi (ex- Morning Musume) and Sayaka Kitahara to sing the theme song of the anime Kirarin?Revolution. She has been in many plays such as ”Nekome Club 2 ~Natsu da! Umi da! Vacance da! ~”, ”Tiger Breathing” and in the movie ”Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro... Read More →
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Ayumi Kino

Ayumi is a new Manga Artist and is only 22 years old. Her debut work is the first e-manga titled “Magical Dreamers.” She focuses on slice of life stories including melancholic and pop culture while incorporating darker matters. She believes that imagination and creativity are today’s Magic, and that all human beings are magicians! Her favorite food is rice casserole; she is interested in the universe and space; and she enjoys seeing people... Read More →
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Dave Merrill

I'm into those cartoon things from that place there, Japan
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Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But he started his career in anime a little over ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than a hundred and fifty shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji... Read More →
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Suzuko Mimori

Suzuko Mimori is a 26 year old voice actress who is best known for her roles in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (Sherlock Shellingford), Cardfight!! Vanguard (Kourin), and Yuriyuri (Himawari Furutani). In addition to being a voice actress, Suzuko can sing and dance! She has studied ballet, jazz, and tap from a young age. She loves to cook, watch movies, and going to Karaoke with her friends.
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Neil Nadelman

If everybody had to learn Japanese to enjoy anime, the craze would've died out long ago. Fortunately, tireless workers like Neil carefully transpose its exciting exclamations into clear English, allowing you to start reading between the lines and write slash about all the pretty boys! Neil toiled over Area 88, Giant Robo, Slayers, Grave of the Fireflies and literally trillions of other titles, and has guest-lectured at MIT on the topic.
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Fred Schodt

Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter. He began reading manga in 1970, translating them in 1977, and writing and speaking about them around 1980. Some of the translations he has worked on (either alone or with others) include Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix and Astro Boy, Riyoko Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, and Naoki Urasawa/Osamu Tezuka’s Pluto, to name a few. His best known... Read More →
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Amy Howard Wilson

Born in Detroit on May 28, 1955, I was "bit by the acting bug" in high school. I am a proud graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City - Class of '75. In 1979, I was working in the front office of the Weist-Barron School For TV and Commercial Acting. Kit Carter, the casting director, called the school looking for non-union talent to do the English dub for a new Japanese animated series, which would eventually come to... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Renaissance - Grand Ballroom 2450 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

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