Nobuo Uematsu has composed for numerous blockbuster video game titles including the hugely popular game franchise, “Final Fantasy”.
In his career path as a game composer, his achievement has gone beyond just in the games. The theme song from Final Fantasy VIII, “Eyes On Me” written and produced by Uematsu for Hong Kong pop star Faye Wong, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide, and its record breaking sales eventually lead the song to win the “Song of the Year (Western Music)” award at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999. To this date, “Eyes on Me” still remains the only song from a video game to win the award, and it also remains as the best selling song from a video game in the world.
In 2006, he collaborated with a Japanese pop singer-songwriter, Angela Aki, and wrote, “Kiss me Goodbye”, the theme song of Final Fantasy XII. The song became a smash hit and charted number six on the Oricon charts. He also collaborated with the legendary rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) on Blue Dragon and a two time Grammy winning artist, Sheena Easton, on Lost Odyssey.
Uematsu has been named as an “innovator” in Time Magazine’s “Time 100: The Next Wave – Music” and chosen for Newsweek magazine “100 Japanese whom world respect”.
The official Final Fantasy concert series, Distant Worlds ~Music from Final Fantasy~, has been touring worldwide, and Uematsu’s music has been performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other renowned orchestras.
Most recently, Uematsu released an album, Octave Theory, with his newly formed rock band, “EARTHBOUND PAPAS”. The band is actively performing in Japan and U.S. bringing an incredible musical experience with his music to fans all over the world.
Greg Ayres has spent the last several years working in an industry he had admired for many more as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami return last summer summer, voicing the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7. He was also thrilled to reprise his role of Son Goku in the Saiyuki Gaiden OVA, and also voiced the roles of Makoto Kobayashi in the award winning animated film Colorful, and Kouichi Sakakibara in this summers chiller title Another.
Some of his other recent roles include Sion in No. 6, Taichi Yaegeshi in Kokoro Connect, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken in The Book of Bantorra. Other favorite roles include Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in The Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention.
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he jumped at the opportunity to play music at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media, New Gen Pictures Okratron 5000 and FUNimation Entertainment. As an A.D.R. Director his credits include: AKB-0048, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BATTLE GIRLS, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, All three of the HAKUOKI series and the o.v.a, INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU, BOOK OF BANTORRA, PLANZET, EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and THE WALL FLOWER. Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Kei Kourono in Gants, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Claymore, Phi-Brain, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few. He can also be heard as the villian Wagram in the the Square Enix video game The Last Remnant. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions. You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www.christopherayres-va.com.
Clarine Harp was first cast by FUNimation Entertainment in 2003 to give life to the character of Tweedledee in Kiddy Grade. Since then, Clarine’s talents have been featured in a broad range of roles: Hetalia Axis Powers (China), Burst Angel (Sei), Samurai 7 (Sanae), Speed Grapher (Ginza), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Chaos; HEAd (Sena) and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura). Clarine can also be heard in Cat Planet Cuties, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, Sekirei, Yamada’s First Time/B Gata H Kei, Princess Jellyfish, The Sacred Blacksmith, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Trinity Blood, Beck, Romeo x Juliet, Kaze no Stigma, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.11 & 2.22, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, Desert Punk, Origin – Spirits of the Past, Tower of Druaga, Mushi-Shi, Suzuka, Ouran High School Host Club, Ghost Hunt, Sgt. Frog, Heaven’s Lost Property, One Piece and others.
Out of the booth, Clarine spends her time producing DVD and Blu-ray discs for FUNimation, tending to her horde of rabbits and proudly spreading the gospel of sock knitting. She is also the inspiration behind the character Aubrey, a regular cast member on the popular web comic, Something Positive.
Taliesin Jaffe started his career as a child actor appearing in films such as Mr. Mom, 2010 and Explorers, and television shows such as She’s the Sheriff, Amazing Stories and The Facts of Life. After a brief adventure living in Japan, he went on to work as an ADR director and script adaptor for animation and video games, and has been involved with the production of shows such as Hellsing, ROD the TV, NieA_7, BECK, Hellgirl, Romeo X Juliet, 3×3 Eyes, The End of Evangelion, Texhnolyze, Haibane Renmei, and Monster. He has also directed the English voice over for many games including the Street Fighter IV series, Sengoku Basara, Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Taliesin has also worked as a voice actor, lending is voice to characters such as Blanka and Adon (Street Fighter IV), Darion Mograine, Admiral Ripsnarl and the Devourer of Souls (World of Warcraft), Edge (Final Fantasy IV), The Flash (Mortal Kombat vs. DC), Takeya (DearS), Joe (Speed Grapher), Junkers (Monster), Hatomura (Paranoia Agent), Mori Koji (I My Me! Strawberry Eggs), Hanasho (Girls Bravo), Kenkichi (Kamichu!), Kannei (Ikki Tousen), and Rufus (Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), Preta Ghoul (Black Cat), Bucci (GunXSword), Koshinae (I’s), Aaron (Gundam UC), and Inui (Texhnolyze) to name just a few. Taliesin has won numerous awards for his efforts, and has recently directed the dub for Hellsing Ultimate 5-8 and will be playing Dyst in the upcoming Fairy Tail: the Movie and Kagura in Aquarion Evol.
Carli Mosier is a native Texan and is incredibly excited to be back at one of her most favorite conventions. Carli has been performing since the age 6 when she started doing musical theatre with the Houston Independent Theatre School and opera with the Houston Grand Opera and hasn’t stopped, graduating from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, attending the musical theater program at the University of Houston and continuing on in film and stage productions throughout the Houston area. In 2004, after years in the theatre she began working at ADV Films, appearing in such shows as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Godannar, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Moeyo Ken TV and Xenosaga: The Animation. Carli is probably best known for her performance as the sexy Detective Yukika in Nerima Daikon Brothers. You can also see her as the proper, and quite often chaotic, Student Council President Yuri Kurosu in Magikano. Carli is proud to have played Rina, the Green Pearl Princess, in Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch, recorded at Amusement Park media but is saddened that it hasn’t been released. She was also incredibly honored to voice Daisy in the Homecoming Episode of Halo: Legends. Carli has also lent her vocal talents as a singer to the album Voices for Tolerance alongside a multitude of talented voice actors. Since ADV Films became Sentai Filmworks, Carli has been cast in Night Raid: 1931, Book of Bantorra,Gintama, ef: a tale of melodies and ef: a tale of memories, AKB0048, Shining Hearts, Phi-Brain and Hakuoki. She also works with Funimation, starting out there singing the closing credit song Before Dawn for One Piece and voicing smaller characters in Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sgt. Frog. She’s also voiced Aunt Bitzi in Shin Chan, Akira Yoshii in Baka and Test and Astraea in Heaven’s Lost Property. Most recently, she was cast as Wilhelmina Carmel in Shakugan no Shana. When she’s not recording or traveling, Carli spends her time as the lead singer with an acoustic quartet, learning to play the guitar, working on various other musical projects, writing and working on fight choreography for stage and screen, filming movies, reading about, watching and generally obsessing over zombies and working in politics to promote women’s economic, social and physical well-being.
SAMURAI DAN AND JILLIAN
The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.
Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai. Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.
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A 5 member band formed around Nobuo Uematsu (Keys./Organ) known for composing music for such titles as the “Final Fantasy” series, the group includes Michio Okamiya (Guitar), Arata Hanyuda (Drums), Yoshitaka Hirota (Bass) and Tsutomu Narita (Guitar/Keys.).
In October 10, 2010 the group made their live debut on the main stage at the “Jiyugaoka Megami Festival”.
The following year in March 16, 2011, they released their first album “Octave Theory”.
The group was the headliner at the “First Annual Fantasy Rock Festival” held in September 2011 and in October of the same year performed at the “4STAR ORCHESTRA” the Game Music Festival held once every 4 years.
Not limiting themselves solely to the domestic market, the group has also performed at international conventions such as “Oni-Con (held in Texas in October)” and appeared as the main act at the Washington D.C. “MAGFes 2012” performing a hot live in front of a several thousand member audience.
In 2012, with the band’s plan including providing music for games, appearing for the 2nd year running at the “Second Annual Fantasy Rock Festival” and “Oni-Con 2012”, and also a confirmed appearance at a convention in Hawaii, the group is gathering strong interest both domestically and internationally.
Vocal: Takenori Shimoyama
Guitar: Akihito Kinoshita
Guitar: Yasuharu “Machine” Tanaka
Bass: Takanobu Kimoto
Drums: Yasuhiro Mizuno
Indisputably one of the most popular heavy metal bands in Japan, “SABER TIGER” was formed in 1981 by founding member Akihito Kinoshita (Guitar).
After releasing three albums through an indie metal label, the band signed their first major contract with Tokuma Japan Communications. Their 1997 Major Debut, “Project One” featuring Ron Keel on vocals, thrust “SABER TIGER” to the front of the flourishing Japanese metal scene.
These three albums revealed a new maturity and improved their commercial and critical standing on the Japanese charts, adding yet another epic chapter to the band’s career.
In 2002, due to different musical directions, Takenori Shimoyama decided to leave the band to pursue his own heavy metal music. Takenori Shimoyama joined the new band “DOUBLE DEALER”, and made a huge success in the Japanese market and signed a Europe wide record contract with NTS/Limb Music. They proceeded to pillage through Europe on tour with “Symphony X”.
After Takenori Shimoyama departed, the band persevered and continued to write and record new music. It seemed certain that “SABER TIGER” would never let their fans down and continued to be musically consistent and true to their roots for over 25 years and an unprecedented eight full length original studio albums, despite frequent member changes.
In 2010, “SABER TIGER” officially announced the ground breaking reunion with Takenori Shimoyama and reforming the band into the best line-up ever. The former Yasuharu “Machine” Tanaka (Guitar) rejoined the ranks of SABER TIGER, and Yasuhiro Mizuno joined the band as the new drummer.
In 2011, Takanobu Kimoto joined the band as the new bassist.
SABER TIGER started a new era.
Formed in December 2008, ALSDEAD comes from a Heavy Metal/Hard Rock background fused with today’s Visual Kei sound which many of the newer bands have followed in their footsteps. Having their first U.S. appearance in 2009, ALSDEAD has not been back to the mainland since 2010. Lets welcome the return of LOUD KEI Visual Rockers ALSDEAD as they share the stage in support of their latest full album “Separator” with headliner Nobou Uematsu’s Earthbound Papas and special guest SABER TIGER at this years start of DANCING DAD tour at Oni Con!
YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, computer programmer, disc jockey, graphics designer and Internet entrepreneur. He began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop.
Jehn and Kiya are best friends who have been cosplaying on and off for the past 10 years and together for the past 3 years. Both ladies, primarily self-taught, picked up sewing and tailoring for the sake of cosplay. Along with sewing, they also managed to pick up skills in wig styling and makeup application, as well as prop and armor making. They enjoy the learning process that is so much a part of being a cosplayer, and with every new costume they continue to learn new skills and build upon the old ones. They value not only craftsmanship and performance but also a positive attitude.
Together they have performed as both walk-on and skit entries and have won multiple awards, most recently including Best in Show at A-kon, and Best in Advanced at San Japan. You can find more of their work at www.hellosec-c.com.
Whitney has been involved in the world of Cosplay since 2004. Through the years, she has traveled to numerous conventions, competed in competitions, and hosted panels. She is mostly known for her video game, steampunk, & mascot-like costumes. She is currently a student at the University of Houston studying Digital Media and Business Administration, while continuing to serve as Project Director for Evil Pastry Studios. Whitney is always excited to see all the wonderful costumes and meeting new people!