Anime Expo 2016 has announced that voice actor Junichi Suwabe, BONES studio president Masahiko Minami, and manga creator Nami Sano will be guests at their upcoming convention.
Suwabe will participate in a panel and hold autograph sessions throughout the weekend, and will also host a special panel for Premier Fan pass holders. Minami will hold a panel and autograph sessions. This will be Sano’s first North American convention, and she will hold her first ever autograph sessions.
Suwabe’s credits include Vergo in One Piece, Fuuma Monou in X, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist, Archer in Fate/stay night, Cain Nightroad in Trinity Blood, Kyosuke Takakura in NANA, Kuniumi Maitake in Lovely Complex, Undertaker in Black Butler, Akatsuki Kain in Vampire Knight, Keigo Atobe in The Prince of Tennis, Jōgasaki in The Tatami Galaxy, Yukimura Sanada in Mushibugyō, Toji Kanzaki in Yowamushi Pedal, Daiki Aomine in Kuroko’s Basketball, Shota Aizawa in My Hero Academia, and Ren Jingūji in Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 1000%.
Minami worked in production advancement/animation runner in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and then as production manager/desk in such Sunrise anime as Aoki Ryūsei SPT Layzner, City Hunter, The Vision of Escaflowne, and Cowboy Bebop. He founded BONES alongside former Sunrise staff members Hiroshi Osaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in 1998, whose first work included collaborating with Sunrise on Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. He has been the president and producer for BONES ever since, and is credited as producer or planning for many of their subsequent productions, including the studio’s first original feature-length anime film Sword of the Stranger, as well as Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Space Dandy, and Snow White with the Red Hair.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is Sano’s debut series. Sano launched the series in Kadokawa’s harta manga magazine in 2011, and ended the series in December 2015.
Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.