Pony Canyon Announces Sakura-Con 2018 Event Schedule

Pony Canyon announces its guests and schedule for Sakura-Con 2018.


Guests include voice actor Chiharu Sawashiro and producer Takanori Matsuoka.

Chiharu Sawashiro’s notable roles include Nozomu Nanase in Tsukipro The Animation, Naoki Shima in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, and Argon in Show By Rock!!. He is a younger brother to voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro, and outside of voice acting, his hobbies include playing the guitar and the sanshin (a three-stringed Japanese lute), and watching baseball. He will appear at Sakura-Con to promote the new upcoming anime, Caligula, in which he voices one of the main characters, Ritsu Shikishima.

Takanori Matsuoka is a producer for Pony Canyon. After Takanori joined the company, he soon joined in the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many projects of the company such as Devil Survivor 2: The Animation and Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers as a Publicity Producer; and Show By Rock!!, Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun, and Sanrio Boys as a Producer. After having experienced in various anime projects in Japan, he is now interested in international co-production with oversea companies. His latest project involved as a producer is Caligula, which is scheduled to be released in April 2018.

Event Schedule

March 30, 2018
12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT
CALIGULA panel & world premiere with special guests
Room 4C-2
Caligula is the animated adaptation of the popular next-generation role playing game. The animation is produced by Satelight, the animation studio known for producing the Macross and Aquarion franchises. Chiharu Sawashiro, one of the main voice cast, and Takanori Matsuoka, the producer, will appear and talk about the world of Caligula and answer to your questions. Don’t miss the world premiere of the first episode of Caligula, which is scheduled to be released in April 2018.

March 30, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
Chiharu Sawashiro & Takanori Matsuoka Autograph Session
This is an autograph session and event with Caligula voice actor Chiharu Sawashiro and producer Takanori Matsuoka for purchasers of Caligula T-shirts. The voice actor and producer will be having a casual Q&A with fans while they autograph things. They can’t wait to talk to fans directly about Caligula and they look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions on the program.

March 31, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
PONY CANYON Industry Panel
Room 4C-2
Pony Canyon presents to you the hottest titles from Japan. Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest titles, learn about our various anime related events & activities, and ask all your questions to Pony Canyon. Join our jan-ken-pon game and get an exclusive prize.

March 31, 2018
5:30-7:00 p.m. PDT
Room 6C
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) is considered a masterpiece with over 100 million copies in print. It’s prequel, Soten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky), is a Japan national best seller and depicts the origins of Hokuto no Ken. Japanese production company Polygon Pictures will produce the animation in unprecedented high quality cel-style 3DCG, which is scheduled to be released in April 2018. Don’t miss the world premiere of the first three episodes, and you will be a witness to a new legend of Fist of the North Star.

It was also announced that con goers will receive a present with select purchases at the Pony Canyon booth (#615). Additionally, if you come to any of the Pony Canyon panels, you will receive a special giveaway present while supplies last.

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