This coming weekend AiPT! will be out in force in our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts to attend one of the northeast region’s biggest anime conventions and fan celebrations, Anime Boston! The convention will take place starting on Friday March 30th through Sunday April 1st at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel.
Since its inception in April of 2003, Anime Boston has been one of the cornerstones of the northeast Anime Convention circuit. Originally started to focus on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics, and pop-culture, Anime Boston has since grown to include other aspects of Japanese pop-culture such as J-Pop, J-Rock, and live-action Japanese media.
There’s something for everyone at Anime Boston. Are you a cosplay fanatic or someone brand new to the scene? Great news there’s a Cosplay Masquerade contest featuring skits and performances, cosplay forums, cosplay games and events. You can get your J-Pop on in the Karaoke contest, head over to the swap meet to trade those old VHS tapes for that collectible statue you’ve been searching for, or visit the manga library to expand your collection. There are countless artists on location signing, selling pieces and churning out those commissions. And don’t worry gamers, we didn’t forget about you – there’s live gaming happening all weekend long.
As per usual Anime Boston has produced an amazing list of special guests who’ll be in attendance for appearances, autograph signings and panel discussions. We decided to highlight some of those guests for you, but don’t forget there’s a ton of other amazing people worth checking out.
FLOW – FLOW made their major debut with the single “Blaster” in 2003, showing the world their impressive musical strength and versatility, including their signature twin vocals. Since their electric debut, FLOW has provided a wide variety of anime opening and closing themes including: “GO!!!” opening theme for Naruto, “COLORS” opening theme for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and most recently “Kaze no Uta” and “INNOSENSE” for Tales of Zestiria the X.
ASAKA – Asaka is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and more powerful talent. Her debut single “Open Your Eyes” has over a million views on YouTube and was chosen to be the ending theme for the anime Occultic;Nine. Since her debut in October 2016, Asaka has released two other hit singles: “Edelweiss” which was used as the ending song of A Centaur’s Life and “Play the Game” which was used as the opening for the visual novel for Occultic;Nine and also was ranked 47th on the Oricon charts.
Hirokatsu Kihara – Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre. There, he has been a crucial contributor working on such titles as: Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro.
Kaoru Wada – Kaoru Wada is a Japanese music composer, music arranger, conductor, music orchestrator and pianist. He has worked in a wide range of musical fields, including anime, film, television, theater, and video games. He has received numerous prizes for his work, including his music on the film Crest of Betrayal. Best known in the west for his work on Inuyasha and Samurai 7, he has also composed music for a number of other anime series, including Ghost Stories, Battle Angel, Princess Tutu, Saint Seiya, Ninja Scroll, D.Gray-man, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, and Ace Attorney. In addition to his work as a composer, Wada-san also arranges music for several notable titles, including Kingdom Hearts I&II and Monster Hunter 4G.
Amanda C. Miller – From voicing Cherche and Sully, the knight nicknamed “The Woman to End All Men” in Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Awakening, to filling bad guys with arrows as the Marvel superhero Kate Bishop/Hawkeye, and losing her ever-loving mind as Junko Enoshima and Toko Fukawa in the Danganronpa video game series, Amanda C. Miller is best known for playing spunky, badass, and occasionally deranged heroines (and villains) in anime and video games. You can currently hear her as Sailor Jupiter in the VIZ dub of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, as Boruto Uzumaki in Boruto: Naruto the Movie (and the forthcoming TV series), Mikage in Durarara!!x2, Menchi in Hunter x Hunter, and as Ride in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans on Toonami. Other roles include Ibuki in Coppelion, Seiji Nomi and Megumi in Accel World, Takeru in Squid Girl, MAGES, Tamsoft, and C-Sha in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Nine in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, and Yulier in Sword Art Online.
Brandon McInnis – Brandon McInnis is a voice, stage, and film actor who has worked as a translator and interpreter in Japan. Credits include Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings Online, Keita Amano in Gamers!, Samon Goku in NANBAKA, Horatio Kojas in Knight’s & Magic, Corteo in 91 Days, Sonosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Dr. Love in elDLIVE, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Ryuji in Shonen Maid, Ken Sudo in Classroom of the Elite, Merlane in Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hideyori Toyotomi in Samurai Warriors, Atsushi Toushiro in Touken Ranbu, Alain Lernier in Joker Game, Erlang Shen in SMITE, Bartholomew in CONfessionals, and more.
Christopher Bevins – Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has acted in, directed, cast, produced, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime projects. His anime acting credits include Japan in Hetalia, Nine in Terror in Resonance, Nino in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Yogi in Karneval, Twenty Faces in Trickster, Sero in My Hero Academia, Nico in Tokyo Ghoul, Hiroshi in Michiko & Hatchin, Rasputin in Drifters, Narsus in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hanamori in Princess Jellyfish, Johnny Gill in D.Gray-Man, Joe in Prison School, Hagakure in the Danganronpa anime series, Apollo & Amata in the Aquarion series, Lafitte, ChouChou, & Lasso in One Piece, Lahar in Fairy Tail, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, as well as various background characters in Borderlands 2.
Clifford Chapin – Clifford Chapin is a voice actor, and director best known for his work in anime and video games. Some of his prolific anime roles include Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Cabba in Dragon Ball Super, and Charles Grey in Black Butler. As for video games, you can hear Clifford as the voices of Toby the Destroyer from Battleborn, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and Kukulkan in Smite.
Justin Briner – Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he wrapped up the second season of My Hero Academia as Izuku Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more. Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut.
We’ll be providing fans with live updates from the convention all weekend. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to ensure you don’t miss any of our cosplay photos, interviews, announcements and panel coverage. You can register for Anime Boston and find information on the convention here.