Anime USA Welcomes Jad Saxton

Jad SaxtonJād (jade) Saxton is a voice, stage and film actress, currently starring as Mira in Dimension W on Toonami’s Adult Swim and streaming in Funimation broadcast dubs FairyTail (Carla), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Mary), and Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (Takumi).

Jād is best known for her work as Yuki in Wolf Children, Adèlie in Space Dandy (Toonami), Hatchin in Michiko & Hachin (Toonami), Nona in Death Parade, Koneko in High School DxD, Young Nico Robin in One Piece (all at FUNimation), Akatsuki in Log Horizon (Sentai Filmworks) and Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Okratron 5000).

Recent roles Jād is excited about: Lisa Mishima in Terror in Resonance, Ai Hibiki in Rolling Girls, Yoriko Kosaka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ringo Kinoshita in No-Rin, Constance Raveau in Gangsta, Miku Izayoi in Date A Live II, Ludmila Lourie in Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Un in Show By Rock!!, Sio Ogura in Nobunagun, Jeanne D’Arc in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Alfreed in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Koyomi Hiiragi in Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Onikiri in Kamisama Kiss, Komissa in Psycho-pass, Yuri Flostre in Sky Wizards Academy, Lisette Norden in Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Shizuno Urushibara in World Break, and Kaoru Harishima in Yurikuma Arashi.

Oldies but goodies: Steins; Gate (Faris Nyannyan), Is This a Zombie? (Haruna), Hagani (Sena Kashiwazaki), Fam The Silver Wing (Fam), Eureka Seven AO (Elena Peoples), Karneval (Tsukumo), Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar (Lashara Earth), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (April), Shangri-La (Karin Ishida), A Certain Scientific Railgun (Komoe), A Certain Magical Index (Komoe), Aria The Scarlet Amo (Reki), B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time (Mayu Miyano), Freezing (Arnett McMillan), Okami-san & Her Seven Companions (Mimi Usami), Ghost Hunt (Masako Hara), Baccano! (Eve Genoard), Strike Witches (Perrine-H Clostermann), and Soul Eater (Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré).

When Jād isn’t voice acting, she can be seen on stage at various theaters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For a full list of her work, please visit www.animenewsnetwork.com.

To keep up with Jād, please visit:
“Jad Saxton Voice Actress” on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jadsaxton
“Jad Saxton” on Twitter www.twitter.com/jadbsaxton
“Jadarade” on Instagram

Anime USA Welcomes Kate Oxley

Kate OxleyWith well over 100 anime characters under her belt, Kate Oxley is best known for her roles in movies and series such as, Psycho Pass (Akane Tsunemori), Darker Than Black (Misaki Kirihara), Shin­Chan (Lollipop), Dragon Ball (Pasta), One Piece (Carrot), Negima (Makie Sasaki), Peach Girl (Momo Adachi), and Full Metal Alchemist (Cathetine Elle Armstrong). You may have also heard her voice in video games such as Dragon Ball (Colonial Violet), Guitar Hero 3 (Various), One Piece (Carrot), and Lux­Pain (Mika Nozaki). Kate was born and raised in Southern California, then moved to Texas and attended Baylor University for Theatre Performance. She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she teaches art and theatre to the best students ever. She enjoys blowing bubbles with her babies, tending to her succulent garden, and playing “war” with her husband. Also macaroons. She enjoys Macaroons.

Please welcome our first educational guest, Sarah Hodge-Weatherbee!

Sarah Hodge-WetherbeSarah Hodge-Wetherbe’s dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. By day, she is a library associate with the Springfield city library.  In her secret Identity as Geekgal,  she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She’s performed for all sorts of venues from The Norman Rockwell Museum to the Massachusetts library association. She advises ignoring the dog park, thinks Bruce Banner is the best Avenger, and wants to be Yomiko Readman when she grows up.

Anime USA Welcomes Charles Dunbar

Charles DunbarJoin us in welcoming back Charles Dunbar to Anime USA 2016!

Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on a series of short books based around his lectures, writing yokai stories, and adapting his lectures for Youtube. You can read his ideas and ruminations at www.studyofanime.com or via Facebook.com/StudyofAnime   

We’re excited to have him returning this year, and we hope you can join us in welcoming him back this October!

Anime USA Welcomes Professor Shuguy

Professor ShyguyPlease join us in welcoming Professor Shyguy to Anime USA 2016!

Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop.  Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics.  He has just released his third album of original music in the form of a Pop-Opera.  His performance consists of singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and sometimes drums.  Sometimes three of those things at the same time.

We’re excited to have him with us this year and hope you can join us in welcoming him this October!

See you at Sakura Matsuri!

“Local Otaku! In case you missed it, our Maids are hosting our Cosplay Fashion Show at Sakura Matsuri today, 11:4512:30 at the J-Pop stage!  We will also have a booth at the Japan Wow! Pavilion, right next door, where you can find out about our con, meet some of our team, and even become an Anime USA member! Or, you can meet some of our Maids at the Akiba Cafe, also in the Japan Wow! Pavilion. Stop by, say hi. We can’t wait to see you!”

2016 Volunteer Map

UPDATE: SAKURA MATSURI FASHION SHOW

Did you know that if you enter this fashion show, you get the chance to win not just bragging rights, but also one of the following fabulous prizes, straight from Anime USA and the Maid Cafe!

★ 1st Place = 2 Badges for Anime USA + Free Lunch at My Cup Of Tea – Maid Cafe + $30 Arda Wigs Gift Certificate

★ 2nd Place = 1 Badge for Anime USA + Free Polaroid & Game at My Cup of Tea + $20 Arda Wigs Gift Certificate

★ 3rd Place = 1 Badge for Anime USA + Free Game at My Cup of Tea + $10 Arda Wigs Gift Certificate

Deadline to enter is this Saturday, April 9th, at Midnight, so get your entries in fast! (enter below)

https://docs.google.com/a/animeusa.org/forms/d/1-QWHiGjpsJty0WVFyuQC34onCfmlLvNIcFXmNs9yIA0/viewform?c=0&w=1

Sakura Matsuri Fashion Show!

Attention cosplayers (and J-fashion enthusiasts)!

We’ve gotten your questions and YES, we will be having another fashion show this year at Sakura Matsuri, happening April 16, 2016 in Capital Riverfront Neighborhood, DC! The show will be at 11:45am-12:30pm at the J-Pop Stage, with check-ins beginning at 10:45am.

If you’re interested in participating, please fill out and follow the instructions on the attached form. Make sure to also send a picture of your cosplay entry to daniel.wheatley@animeusa.orgThere are 25 slots, and they fill up fast!

Entries will close Saturday, April 9th @ Midnight OR when all slots are full.

AUSA will then email you if your cosplay is accepted into the contest.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-QWHiGjpsJty0WVFyuQC34onCfmlLvNIcFXmNs9yIA0/viewform?c=0&w=1