Guests: 2016

EARTHBOUND PAPAS

Convention Year: 
2016

A 5 member band formed around Nobuo Uematsu (Keys./Organ) known for composing music for such titles as the “Final Fantasy” series, the group includes Michio Okamiya (Guitar), Chihiro Fujioka (Drums), Yoshitaka Hirota (Bass) and Tsutomu Narita (Guitar/Keys.). 

In October 10, 2010 the group made their live debut on the main stage at the “Jiyugaoka Megami Festival”.

The following...

Nobuo Uematsu

Convention Year: 
2016

Earthbound Papas - Keyboard, Organ

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Nobuo Uematsu has composed for numerous blockbuster video game titles including the hugely popular game franchise, “Final Fantasy”.

In his career path as a game composer, his achievement has gone beyond just in the games.  The theme song from Final Fantasy...

Chihiro Fujioka

Convention Year: 
2016

Earthbound Papas - Drums

As the drummer of  “Mr.SIRIUS”, the progressive rock band representing Japan, has been an active member from the start.  After entering XTALSOFT in 1983, working as a game producer and put in charge of sound, shows his diverse talent.

Transferring into Square Soft in 1990, working as the director of “Sega 3”, “Mystic Quest”, “Super Mario RPG, composition/...

Michio Okamiya

Convention Year: 
2016

Earthbound Papas - Guitar

Instructed in Guitar by Masanori Kitagaki at the Musashino Music Academy, he began his musical career by passing the SD Division Audition for the then Sony Music (Ltd.) while enrolled in college.

He has participated in the production of game music for titles such as “Hanjuku Hero 3D” and “Anata wo Yurusanai (I won’t forgive you)”.

He participated...

Tsutomu Narita

Convention Year: 
2016

Earthbound Papas - Keyboard, Guitar

Born January 14, 1984  in Hajiouji City, Tokyo.

He experienced Piano in childhood and wind instrumental music, chorus and rock bands in later years.  He taught himself composing at 16.  Today, he freelances working on composing and arranging Orchestral, wind, chamber, and image music.

In his last creation “Unchain Blade REXX”, he was in...

Yoshitaka Hirota

Convention Year: 
2016

Earthbound Papas - Bass

Born September 1 and hailing from Kyoto City, he is the Bassist for EARTHBOUND PAPAS.

He is also a Composer/Arranger able to fuse the sounds of Electronic and Ethnic Instruments and freely connect East and the West, Old and New Eras.

Involved in the creation of sound effects for games such as “Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII” and “Parasite Eve”, he has...

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

Convention Year: 
2016

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

The producers of the live orchestra performance phenomenon Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY are proud to announce an intimate FINAL FANTASY music experience. A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY presents music from throughout the 25+ years of the FINAL FANTASY catalogue in fresh arrangements for ensembles of winds, strings...

Arnie Roth

Convention Year: 
2016

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Arnie Roth is renowned for his work with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Jewel, Mannheim Steamroller, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, and Peter Cetera. He has conducted many of the world’s most renowned symphonies including the London Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the National...

Benyamin Nuss

Convention Year: 
2016

Benyamin Nuss was born in Bergisch-Gladbach in 1989. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, the trombonist Ludwig Nuss, an internationally renowned jazz musician. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion. Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,”...

CRITICAL HIT

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit is a videogame music tribute band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated videogames of all time. Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer on the original release of Blizzard’s hit MMO World of Warcraft, the band’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.

Embark on a rediscovery...

Momo Hime Cosplay

Convention Year: 
2016

Momo Hime comes from a background of theater, dance and photography. She got her first taste of conventions as a small child, when her mother took her to Star Trek cons. She even won several costume contests - including once with a Ferengi trying to sell the 8-year-old Momo to the audience! Thanks to her aunt’s influence, she began helping in the costuming department at her local theater in...

Jason Hayes

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit - Keyboard/Percussion

A multiple award-winning composer, Jason Hayes is well known for his long-standing relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, contributing music to their games set in the popular worlds of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. He was the lead composer of the original release of World of Warcraft, the most successful online game in the world.

Jason's...

Michael Gluck

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit - Keyboard

From 2003 – 2007, Michael performed video game and anime music piano charity concerts under the stage name “Piano Squall” to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in support of a cure for the disease that took his grandmother’s life.  He toured Brazil as part of the orchestral game music concert series Video Games Live, with performances in...

Michelle Jade

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit - Violin

  • Performances with recording artists including Young the Giant, Nathan Pacheco, and Il Volo.
  • Performances with recording artist Yoshiki at the Grammy Museum, SXSW, and Japan Expo in Paris, France. Michelle has served as concertmaster for
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Eru Matsumoto

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit - Cello

Hailed by music critic Michael Sherwin as “one of the finest artists I’ve ever heard, possessing a blend of passion, expression, flawless intonation, assertiveness, suavity, and beauty of tone”, 24-year-old Eru has been charming international audiences with her unparalleled artistry and grace since age 6 as a multi- faceted and award-winning soloist and principal...

Kevin Dooley

Convention Year: 
2016

Critical Hit - Drums

  • Performing professionally for over 15 years, playing drums and percussion in a wide range of styles and settings both locally and abroad. 
  • Performs regularly with Stepping Feet, a Dave Matthews tribute band. 
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Erica Mendez

Convention Year: 
2016

Erica Mendez is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in "KILL la KILL,” Aladdin in "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic," and Yuuki Konno in “Sword Art Online II.” Other animation credits include Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of "Sailor Moon,” Akari Sakishima in "A Lull in the Sea," Diane in “The Seven Deadly Sins,” Fu Inubozaki in "Yuki Yuna is a Hero," Mametchi in the "...

Austin Tindle

Convention Year: 
2016

Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, but raised in Austin, Texas. He attended UTD on academic scholarship, where he almost became an electrical engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors the same day. If you’ve been to Dallas, maybe you've seen him on stage at Kitchen Dog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Stage West,...

Akira Fukaya

Convention Year: 
2016

Akira Fukaya is a Japanese manga artist who studied at Tama Art University in Japan.
After graduation, he began working as a special make-up artist for film director Shinya Tsukamoto. In 1994, Fukaya-sensei debuted as a manga artist. His work includes Akio Kikou Bali (Akio's Travel Story in Bali), Hakobiya Ken (Ken the Transporter), Spice Beam, and Mitsurin...

FUNimation

Convention Year: 
2016

Funimation® Entertainment strives to bring you the best in anime for your entertainment needs. You may know us from popular anime such as "Dragon Ball Z," "Fullmetal Alchemist" or "Afro Samurai." Why do we do what we do? Because we love it, and we're fans too.

Check out all of our shows at www.funimation.com...

Roland Kelts

Convention Year: 
2016

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book "Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US." He was born to an American father and a Japanese mother, and grew up in both countries. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo and a steering committee member of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a Tokyo-based think tank. As a journalist...

Micah Solusod

Convention Year: 
2016

Despite his general inability to fly, Micah Solusod is a professional voice actor and illustrator.

The rapscallion made his anime debut as Malek Werner in “Blassreiter” and is best known for his role as Soul Evans in “Soul Eater.” He has shown up in a number of other FUNimation titles as Toma Kamijo in “A Certain Magical Index,” Mizuki in “Kamisama Kiss,” older Ame in “Wolf Children,”...

Ayu Sakata

Convention Year: 
2016

Ayu writes stuff, and then people read it. Usually in that order. As head of the visual novel group sakevisual, she's written the award-winning Jisei murder mystery games, and the otome romance Backstage Pass. She also writes the comic...

Yoh Asakura

Convention Year: 
2016

Yoh Asakura is half of the artist team known as Unlikely Heroes, which began in 2012 in Miami, Florida. A longtime artist and regular to the convention scene, Yoh started with photography and graphic design for cosplay, working under the name Sashin Visual Arts. His partner, Neoanimegirl, began as a fan artist and illustrator, and has even had her work featured on Cartoon Network. Today, as...

Pros and Cons Cosplay

Convention Year: 
2016

Pros and Cons Cosplay comprises twin sisters from Kansas City, Missouri, who began cosplaying waaaay back in 2005. They started competing in in 2008, winning a number of awards along the way for craftsmanship and runway performances. In conjunction with creating their own cosplays, they also sport a healthy passion for social justice and inclusivity.

Pro loves to create things that are...