Japanese voice actors Daisuke Sakaguchi and Yuko Miyamura are coming to Australia later this year.
Sakaguchi is the second guest announced for SMASH! 2017. He’s most well-known for playing Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama) and, recently, the shy owner of the Phansite in Persona 5, Yuki Mishima.
SMASH! 2017 President Andrew Qiu said in a statement that there is a, “significant demand” for Japanese talent at anime conventions.
“Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry,” he said. “[Sakaguchi’s appearance] is a great chance for fans to learn more about his journey and experiences as a voice actor in the industry.
Sakaguchi joins the queer cosplay couple, Baozi & Hana, as guests for Sydney’s manga and anime show.
The legendary Yuko Miyamura has been announced as a guest at Brisbane's Madman Anime Festival. She is a voice actress, J-pop singer and live-action actress. She’s best known for her role as the red-headed outspoken EVA pilot, Asuka Langley (above), in the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV and film series. Her portfolio also includes roles in Case Closed, Berserk, Kingdom Hearts and as the iconic ‘Training Video Presenter’ in Battle Royale.
Miyamura joins the current guest list for the Madman Anime Festival in Brisbane, along with Cherami Leigh (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail), international cosplayer Ying Tze and Australian cosplayers, Orochi X, Pinky Lu Xun and Katyuska Moonfox.
Brisbane’s Madman Anime Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 10-11. SMASH! 2017 will be held in Sydney on August 19-20 at the Rosehill Gardens.
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