Otakon has announced that voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. The staff also announced that this year’s event will host scriptwriter and novelist Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Sunrise senior managing director Hideyuki Tomioka will be guests at their upcoming convention.
Toshio Furukawa began his voice acting career in 1974. He has voiced dozens of roles including Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z, Portgas D. Ace in One Piece, Kageroza Inaba in Bleach, Kai Shiden in Mobile Suit Gundam, Ataru Moroboshi in Urusei Yatsura, Shin in Fist of the North Star, Sakamoto in Maison Ikkoku, Asuma Shinohara in Patlabor, Leon McNichol in Bubblegum Crisis, Hawks Eye in Sailor Moon Super S, and Asura in Soul Eater.
Kakinuma’s roles include Naru Osaka in Sailor Moon, Videl and Pan in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Rie Kakinoki in Kemonozume. She and Furukawa are married.
Both Sumisawa and Tomioka are attending Otakon as part of a collaboration with Sunrise.
As an anime scriptwriter, Sumizawa has handled series composition for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, Yakitate!! Japan, Zoids/ZERO, and Tokyo Underground. He has also worked on scripts for Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Macross 7 and Yū Yū Hakusho.
Tomioka joined Sunrise as a part-timer on Taiyou no Kiba Dougram, and he later became a full-time producer. His production credits include Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, After War Gundam X, Turn A Gundam, Yakitate!! Japan, and Steamboy.
Otakon will be taking place August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.