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Friday, March 30 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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@home Cafe

Maid Cafe
Hitomi, Chimu, Sui and Renachi from @home Cafe, only found in Japan, join Anime Matsuri to provide a one of a kind experince for attendees.
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Alexander Laccarino

Illustrator Artist
Alexander Iaccarino is a professional artist based in Austin, Texas where he creates commercial illustrations for clients like Rooster Teeth, Playstation, and Marvel. He specializes in creating officially licensed film posters and box art for western game/film properties. His personal... Read More →
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Asami Sanada

Voice Actress
Asami Sanada is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with Amuleto and is best known for voicing Yamanaka Sawako in K-On!, Sakurada Jun in Rozen Maiden Vita in the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series, Tokisaki Kurumi in Date A Live and her debut role as Dejiko in Di Gi Charat... Read More →
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Astarohime Koyu

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
The talented cosplayer from Russia comes once more to Anime Matsuri!! Make sure to pay her a visit at Cosplay Square, and to watch her performance at the Pro Cosplay Contest!!
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Beau Billingslea

Voice Actor
In the world of anime, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon, Michael in Argentosoma, Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain, Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II and many... Read More →
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Bill Winans

Domestic Cosplay Guest, Cosplay Contest Judge
Bill is a Georgia-based props and armor maker with over a fifteen years of experience. He has been active in the convention community for several years and has been a guest at conventions across the United States as well as in Europe. He has mastered a variety of advanced materials... Read More →
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Cathy Cat

Kawaii fashion and life j-vlogger and the face of the popular Youtube channel Ask Japanese. Originally from Germany, Cathy moved to Japan to pursue her dreams. She is currently not only working with Ask Japanese and her personal channel, but she also appears on Japan’s international... Read More →
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Chiaki Kon

Director Artist
Chiaki Kon, Director of Japanese animationHobbies are strawberry picking and cosplay.Known for “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni”, “Nodame Cantabile”, “Sailor Moon Crystal Death Busters Arc”, “Naruto Shippuuden Sasuke Shinden” etc   Director of Sailor Moon Crystal
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Color Pointe

Music Band
Color Pointe was formed in January, 2011 by the leader of the group Hink.  She is also the choreographer,Producing and Writer of all their songs. Along with five members (Ari/Emo/ Suu/Chami/Koto), she creates a theatrical world of Japanese pop music wearing ballerina shoes.They... Read More →
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Cristian Dârstar

Illustrator Artist
Turned his childhood playground into his full-time job, comic books and illustration.Having been influenced by his childhood cartoons and some of the arguably best artists in the business he developed a style that combines cartoonish and realistic elements in the versatile and unique... Read More →
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Dancing Dolls

Music Guest
Since 2011, three teenagers from Osaka, Japan aggressively uploaded their vocal and dance covers to Nico Nico Doga and YouTube, and instantly won the fame among the social video watchers as they uploaded more and more videos including Vocaloid to J-POP, K-POP and US Top 40 covers... Read More →
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Deneice Leigh

Chairman, Anime Matsuri
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DJ Sunamori

Taketeru Sunamori is Composer and author in Japan.In 2009, He presented his first sound novel movie on Niconico Douga as indie creator, and became the firstgeneration of “Net Creator” in Japan.In 2013, He released the first major-label album “Kakusei Love Survivor” from the... Read More →
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Dorilooko Cosplay

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
Second Place winners from World Cosplay Summit Championships 2017
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Enji Night

International Cosplay Guest
Popular Hungarian cosplayer Enji Night is back!
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Fumio Osano

Manga Editor
Fumio Osano, nicknamed Osabu and Osa-P by Sailor Moon Creator Naoko Takeuchi, is a manga editor who works for Kodansha LTD. He is best-known for being the first editor and Manager of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga.
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Hana Bunny

Domestic Cosplay Guest
Hana Dinh aka Hana Bunny is a Fashion Model and Cosplayer based in San Jose, California. Hana has been cosplaying since 2009 with around 200 projects completed. She takes pride in the ability to apply artistic skill and photo-manipulation into her own cosplay to bring the character... Read More →
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Hibiki Yoshizaki

Director/Video Artist
Anime Matsuri presents Hibiki Yoshizaki from Studio Khara at the 12th anniversary event. The extremely talented Director and Video Artist will be making his debut in Houston at Anime Matsuri 2018 showcasing his works.   Among his previous works are: Hikaru Utada’s Sakura Nagashi, an Evangelion... Read More →
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Hideki Nakayama

Born in 1983 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After finishing his Graduate Studies in Waseda University in 2008, he started working for Recruit but left the company in 2012. In 2013, he started working for Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM). After launching TOM’s international online shopping business... Read More →
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Honey Popcorn

Music Band
Yua Mikami’s debut Kpop group!
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Leon Chiro

International Cosplay Guest
Official Cosplayer for big Videogame Companies as Ubisoft ( Assassin’s Creed \ Watch Dogs ), Square Enix ( Gladiolus – Final Fantasy XV ), Capcom ( honorary mention for his Dante), Namco Bandai (TEKKEN 7) and many more. Leon was also the official Cos-Model for Riot Games as RAKAN... Read More →
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Lightning Cosplay

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
Laura aka Lightning Cosplay has fascinated the world since 2012 with her elaborateand detailed armor and costumes from games like #TheElderScrolls ,#WorldofWarcraft and #Diablo. She has already worked for large gamingcompanies like #Blizzard and #Bethesda. The fantasy world is one... Read More →
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Mari Takahashi

Voice Actress/Singer
Mari Takahashi is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with object. She debuted as the main vocal of the unit  Dorothy Little Happy in 2011 and sang songs for the anime “Jewelpet MagicalChange” ​She voices Yuka Fukahara of ReRise from the idol project “DreamingDays... Read More →
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Mario Castañeda

Voice Actor
Veteran Mexican Voice Actor, Mario Castañeda, will be joining Anime Matsuri 2018. Mario started his career in 1983, with more than 35 years in the industry he has lent his voice to the Latin American dubs of movies, television series, and anime. He provided the voice of Goku in... Read More →
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Maul Cosplay

International Cosplay Guest, Cosplay Contest Judge
Ben aka Maul Cosplay started his career as a film stuntman and has been a hobby cosplayer for 10 years before he became a professional cosplay promoter who is well known for his work as Geralt of Rivia for CD Projekt Red’s „The Witcher“, Soldier 76 for Blizzard Entertainment’s... Read More →
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Music Guest
MIREI (Mirei Touyama), a down to earth 18 years old Japanese high schooler, is definitely a new kind of singer song writer representing her own SNS generation. She won Japan’s biggest dance competition when she was only ten, and has performed at some of the hottest clubs in NYC... Read More →
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Misaki P

Music Guest, Dancing Dolls R
Misaki P is a renowned Japanese DJ, and is also a member of Dancing Dolls R. This year will be her first performing as a DJ on Club AM.
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Fashion Designer
Directly from the magical brand itself comes one of the brilliant minds behind some of your favorite dress prints! Joining us this year is the lovely Natsumi, a member of Meta’s fantastic design team. She is not only a part of the creative process for the brand but also models new... Read More →
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Patricia Acevedo

Voice Actress
Patricia Acevedo is a mexican voice actress and dubbing director who is widely known in all of Latin America for her starring roles as Serena Tsukino in Sailor Moon, Lisa Simpson in The Simpsons, Milk (Chichi) and Chaoz in Dragon Ball, and Angelica Pickles in Rugrats, amongst many... Read More →
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Peach MoMoKo

Illustrator Artist
Heavy Metal illustrator from Japan. She has a wide range of styles. From dark/twisted to cute/pop. Her fanart is said to have a unique manga, European and American comic fusion style. Peach MoMoKo will be taking commissions all day throughout Anime Matsuri. “I hope to meet my regular... Read More →
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Pion Kim

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
Popular South Korean Cosplayer Pion Kim returns to Anime Matsuri. Find her at the Cosplay Square, Cosplay Contest and various events around the convention.
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International Cosplayer/Cosplay Photographer, Pro-Contest Judge
Pugoffka is cosplayer and cosplay photographer from Ukraine, Kiev. She started her photography career in 2009. She has been photographing for more than 8 years and has done more than 700 cosplay photoshoots. As she travel a lot, she gets a chance to shoot cosplayers from all over... Read More →
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KERA and Gothic and Lolita Bible model Meet Root, a lovely crossdressing model Right out of your favorite japanese fashion magazines! She has been on the covers of and featured in KERA, Gothic Lolita Bible, and Men’s SPIDER magazines. She also co-starred in the Vampire Knight musical... Read More →
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Ryu-en Cosplay

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
Represented Japan at the World Cosplay Summit Championship 2017 and won third place. 2018 is their debut in USA, at Anime Matsuri.
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General Manager, Atelier BOZ
Through showcasing both elegant, Aristocratic styles and beautiful gothic, lolita pieces, she always aims to bring out the very best for the brand and its patrons.The general manager of Atelier BOZ will be returning to join us this year along with our other special guests from Japan... Read More →
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Shunsuke Hasegawa

Illustrator Artist
Hasegawa is an illustrator whose whimsical art has no boundaries. Formerly the Designer of the Japanese brand Putumayo, Hasegawa now spends his time pursuing his passions in illustrating and creating. Currently he does collaborations with brands such as Shop in Wonderland and creates... Read More →
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International Cosplay Guest, Cosplay Contest Judge
A professional crafty cosplayer, she began in 2009 and scale her skills to a top tier level, she puts so many details in her cosplay that have earned several awards because of this. Come and meet this skillful Cosplayer!
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Somenzari Cosplay

International Cosplay Guest, Pro-Contest Competitor
2 time World Cosplay Summit Championship winners. 2018 will be their debut in USA.
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Butlers, Swallowtail
Iori, Kumagawa, Yurino and Furuya, butlers from Swallowtail Butler Cafe in Japan. 
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Yua Mikami

Yua Mikami is a Japanese AV actress and idol singer. She is a former member of the idol group, SKE48. She has won multiple AV awards including Best New Actress and Best Actress from DIMM in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She will be a Special guest at the Hentai Fest 2018 and performing... Read More →
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Yuri Akiba

Voice Actress/Singer
Yuri Akiba is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with Houeishinsha and known for her role as Kokomi Noda from the media franchise “Live Revolt.” She has played roles in games such as Euphoria the Everlasting, the third in the Eien Shinken (Eternity Sword) series, among others... Read More →
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Music Band
Both Megu(Ba) and Ayumu(Vo) had been performed in each band before they met in 2002, and they formed a band `Zwei` in June 2003. They made a major debut on May 26th 2004 with its song `Movie Star`. `Zwei` means `Two` in German, but it is the meaning the duo which is two different... Read More →

Friday March 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hall B3 GRB Convention Center, Third Floor