Guests of Honor
Walking Dead, League of Legends, The Wolf Among Us
Voice actor and Bay Area native Adam Harrington is a veteran of the industry with over 15 years of voiceover experience. Adam has brought a huge variety of video game characters to life in games such as The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, and League of Legends. However, he is best known for his BAFTA-nominated role as the main character Bigby Wolf in The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games.
Hato Moa & Damurushi
Hato Moa and Damurushi are the creative force behind the hit pigeon dating sim sensation Hatoful Boyfriend and its sequel Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star. First released as an April Fool’s joke in 2011, Hatoful Boyfriend has exploded into an international phenomenon with a worldwide fanbase, and just recently had a successful Kickstarter to crowdfund plush dolls of its characters. In addition, the writing and art duo are working on new games, such as the mystery visual novel Black Holmes, and the BL visual novel Queen’s Lingerie Show. Let’s all give a warm welcome to Hato Moa and Damurushi for their first visit to the United States!
Spice and Wolf, World End Economica
Isuna Hasekura is the creator behind the award-winning light novel series, Spice and Wolf which has been adapted into an anime and manga series. He is also the writer behind the visual novel game trilogy, WORLD END ECONOMiCA. He’s currently working on the light novel Magdala de Nemure and the novelization of WORLD END ECONOMiCA.
Sonic series, Bump in the Night, Happy Tree Friends
Ken Pontac has signed too many NDAs this year to be able to divulge much about his current projects, but they involve major toy companies, billion dollar character franchises, and, much to his delight, flesh-eating zombies. Oh, and he’s recently written for the new Thunderbirds Are Go! series, as well as the Netflix property Kong – King of the Apes. He’s also very pleased to announce that his cult classic stop-motion series Bump in the Night will be available February 2016 in a new compilation produced by Mill Creek Entertainment. Finally, his many admirers in the world of Sonic fandom will be ecstatic to learn that he’s written for an upcoming videogame featuring their favorite blue hedgehog.
Liz Climo is a character artist for The Simpsons TV series and has worked on The Lebrons and Seth Macfarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She is also the author of a childrens’ book, Rory the Dinosaur, published by Little Brown and the comic collections Little World of Liz Climo and Lobster is the Best Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles with husband and daughter and can be found at www.thelittleworldofliz.com
Many Anime and Video Games
Lotus Juice is a Japanese rapper. A rising force in the Japanese music industry, “LJ”, as he is also known, has released two full albums “Only a Test” and “Carpe Diem”, and is working on a third. He has collaborated with composers like Taku Iwasaki and Shoji Meguro, and artists like Vlidge and Shihoko Hirata. To gaming fans, LJ is most well known as the rapper from the popular video game Persona 3, performing the battle themes “Mass Destruction”, “Wiping All Out” and “Burn My Dread – last battle-“ for all releases of the game (original, FES, and PSP versions) among others. He also has written lyrics for the opening theme “unbreakable tie” from Persona 2 Innocent Sin PSP, and performed two original songs for the most recent entry in the Dead or Alive franchise, DOA 5.
Not limiting himself to video game music, LJ has also branched out into writing and performing songs for anime such as Soul Eater, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Katanagatari, and Black Butler. He also wrote the lyrics for and performed a handful of songs, including both opening themes (“Sky’s the Limit”, “Key Plus Words”) as well as the first ending theme (“Beauty of Destiny”) for Persona 4 the Animation, the adaptation of the mega-hit video game.
LJ hopes that AOD is ready, because he’s about to bring some mass destruction!
Yuki Cross (Vampire Knight), Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay night)
Mela Lee is an American voice actress for film and television as well as a singer/composer based in the Los Angeles area.
As a voice actress, Mela has been featured in numerous commercials, animated series, games and movies. She first got into voice acting when she was cast as the title character Meimi Haneoka in Saint Tail. She would later land the lead role of Yuki Cross in Vampire Knight and Rin Tohsaka in the popular Fate/stay night series. Additional popular roles include Erika Karisawa in Durarara!! (1&2), Rena Ryugu in Higurashi When They Cry, Shinku in Rozen Maiden, and Rachel Alucard in BlazBlue. Recent roles include Tikki in Miraculous Ladybug, Yda in Final Fantasy XIV, Tiki in Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Celica in Xenoblade Chronicles X.
In addition to her animation and video game voice over work, Mela is involved as a voice matching specialist for shows including Gotham, True Detective, and Ballers with Dwayne Johnson. She has also worked on House of Lies, The Good Wife, SouthPaw, Warm Bodies, Drive with Ryan Gosling, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, Better Call Saul, CSI: NY, Community, and Entourage.
Outside of voice acting, Lee is a founding member of Magnolia Memoir where she composes music and lyrics. Magnolia Memoir’s last two albums (Pale Fire and The Perfect Crime) are available on iTunes/Amazon and have made the iTunes Top Picks.
President at Harmony Gold USA
Tommy Yune is the President of Animation at Harmony Gold USA with over 20 years of experience in the comic book and video game industries as well as working on Robotech. His game development experience ranges all the way back from the character design of the pioneering 3D fighting game FX Fighter for the Nintendo SuperFX chip to the concept design of the award-winning Journeyman Project series to producing Robotech games for Playstation and Xbox. He also wrote and illustrated hit comic book titles such as Speed Racer, Racer X, Robotech, Voltron, and Danger Girl: Kamikaze for DC Comics, Wildstorm, Cliffhanger, Dynamite and IDW.
Many anime titles, Vocaloid
Yuu Asakawa, the voice of the big sister you always wanted, is coming to AOD 2016 as a Guest of Honor!
Since making her debut in 1996, Asakawa-san has provided her voice talents to dozens of memorable anime and video game characters. From the shy and soft-spoken Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh to the boisterously deadly Leone of Akame ga Kill!, she has given life to a wide range of beloved heroines over the years. She has also been a staple of the wildly popular Fate/Stay Night franchise, voicing the loyal servant Rider over many iterations of the fantasy series.
Asakawa-san will discuss her storied acting career at her focus panels and autograph sessions, so make sure to swing by as she tells behind-the-scenes stories about voice acting and Vocaloids!
Hideo – A Theatrical Concert of Music from Japanese Animation and Video Games
AOD 2016 is pleased to welcome Team Hideo—the group behind Hideo – A Theatrical Concert of Music from Japanese Animation and Video Games—back for their sixth year at the con! This year, AOD attendees (aka YOU) have voted for which songs they play. And if you can't make the Main Stage show, be sure to stop by their table in the Exhibit Hall as they'll be playing throughout the convention and taking requests for your favorite anime or video-game tunes!
What is Hideo? Hideo is an all-original story expressed through both musical and dramatic performance—a "theatrical concert"—featuring music from Japanese animated series and video games. Since the premiere in 2010, Team Hideo has brought together the best, most enthusiastic video game and anime-loving musicians, actors, and artists on stage for FanimeCon in San Jose, California; at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington; and to produce two EPs (with a third in the works!): Songs from The Shiny Mug and An Evening at The Shiny Mug. They also release original anime and game music arrangements along with the sheet music via their YouTube channel.
Find more info as well as performance videos, sheet music, and free singles for download on their website at www.hideoconcert.com.
Super Soul Bros.
The Super Soul Bros. are a dynamic powerhouse of musicians, whose fusion of soulful jazz & funk meets the familiar melodies of your favorite classic video games. Formed in 2011 by keyboardist Robbie Benson, the Super Soul Bros have quickly gained notoriety for their intense musicianship and soulful re-imaginings of game soundtracks such as Mario Kart, Zelda, Pokemon and EarthBound. With sounds reminiscent of 70's electric jazz era, Super Soul Bros' nostalgic grooves and live energy is a force to behold, taking video game music to a whole new level.
Songhammer is the ultimate cosplay rock band. Being winners of the BlizzCon 2011 and 2013 talent and song competitions, Blizzard Entertainment hired Songhammer to performing the World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary Celebration at Blizzcon 2014 along with Metallica, as well as sending the band to German to perform at Gamescom 2015! Other recent performances include the Stan Lee Comikaze Expo, The Geekie Awards, San Diego Comic Con afterparty events, and more. These juggernauts of stage and song are a crowd-pleasing, epic rocking, award winning, hell-a-fun act. Their music is geared for gamers, cosplayers, otaku, and geeks of every stripe. The band is always up-armored and ready to rumble with epic rock, pop, metal and acoustic ballads. From after-parties to conventions, from jingles to feature film soundtracks, locally and internationally, Songhammer is here to melt you face and claim your soul!!!
Hi! We're Ayakashi, a Japanese pop/rock band based in San Francisco. We write original music but we usually play a couple anime covers at our shows as well. Our singer and bassist are Japanese natives and the rest of the band is from France, Malaysia and US! We played at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown in April and we can't wait to share our music with more like-minded people. Please visit our website to listen to our music: www.ayakashi.band
Part Walt Disney and part Monty Python, Random Encounters lovingly -- musically -- pokes and prods at everyone's favorite games as only a squadron of nerds could. Ludicrous, ridiculous, and undeniably crafty at the same time, Peter and AJ invite you to dig out your inner otaku and enjoy a few incredibly Random Encounters.
p19 is an illustrator from Japan who does character design work for PC games. She recently had an original illustration art book released and is also behind the mascot design for AOD. Currently she does illustration work for Dengeki Moeoh, E-2, and the Getchu Blog.
rityu is an illustrator from Japan who does character design work for PC and mobile games. She is currently the illustrator of the light novel series, "Yukemuri Onsen Kyo Mahoroba No Hinichijou" and the character designer for the PC title, "Haruuso -Passing Memories-".
Rob has been one of the foremost innovators in Japanese entertainment over the past two decades. In 2002, he founded this convention, AOD, while still attending Santa Clara University. In 2005, Rob joined CAPCOM's licensing division, and was responsible for bringing many new consumer products to market. In 2008, he joined Crunchyroll and moved to Japan to build their licensing and subscription programs from the ground up. In 2011, Rob moved over BANDAI NAMCO Games to work on digital strategic planning, and later founded internal startup, ShiftyLook, directing and producing the Bravoman animated series, producing the Namco High game, and being involved in many other productions. Currently, he is CEO of Viewster Inc., where he founded internal startup, OMAKASE, the only premium lifestyle subscription for fans of anime, manga, and Japanese games that combines physical merchandise with digital extras. Through OMAKASE, Rob created the Senketsu scarf from Kill la Kill, one of his favorite anime of all time. Rob is a member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council and a voting member of ASIFA-Hollywood. He can be followed on Twitter as @animemaverick.
Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil is known as The Completionist. This bearded fellow every week tackles a game to completion. It's MAN VS. GAME on The Completionist every week (though not to be confused with the stream MAN VS. GAME...that guy's cool). After completing over 160 games in 4 and a half years, Jirard has no intention on stopping any time soon. So come one, come all, to check out his panel, The Super Beard Bros. Panel, starring himself and fellow Beard Bro Alex Faciane, and The Dex, a Pokemon channel that Jirard produces! Thanks for coming to AOD, and thank you for all the support!
Pokemon Trainer Alex & PokeKellz
Alex and PokeKellz having been talking about Pokemon on the internet since 2012, and they still have plenty more to show you! Using their Los Angeles improv comedy scene backgrounds and taking inspiration from great edutainers like Bill Nye and Alton Brown, The Dex is a Pokemon trivia show anyone can enjoy!