Sakura-Con 2013 guests announcement & hype
With the popularity of SAO (Sword Art Online) growing and Accel World becoming more noticed. Seeing these announcements caught my attention “Seattle’s Sakura-Con to Host Sword Art Online Creator Reki Kawakara” via AnimeNewsNetwork & Sakura-Con’s guest list. Another name that has caught my attention; Toshihiro Kawamoto, well known for his involvement in Cowboy Bebop. Other works he has taken part in; Full Metal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Angelic Layer, Golden Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam (UC Universal Century universe) and Macross Plus.
Regarding VA (voice actors), Haruka Tomatsu will be attending Sakura-Con 2013. Which is pretty cool since Tomatsu has voiced; Nagi in Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Lala Satalin of Deviluke Motto To Love Ru, Micott Bartsch in Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Yunyun in Canaan, Seven in Carnival Phantasm OVA and Megumi in Accel World.
Based on Anime News Network’s article. The list of guest singers does not disappoint; LiSA (not yet confirmed), Luna Haruna (confirmed) and Eir Aoi (confirmed) will be attending Sakura-Con 2013. For those who love Fate/Zero and SAO. This is pretty significant considering all three artists, have contributed to what Fate/Zero (TV) and SAO (TV) is today. In essence, you are getting two for one, for each artist ha ha ha.
With less than 3 months to go until Sakura-Con 2013. You can only guess, more guests will be announced and that is great news for us all. This year is another big start to the convention season for Aniplex. Their industry presence at Sakura-Con will be felt just like last year’s Sakura-Con 2012 Fate/Zero event but this time, for fans of Kawakara’s works; SAO and Accel World. In Anime News Network’s article, Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna and LISA are attending Sakura-Con 2013 as a part of Aniplex’s SAO event.
Seeing these announcements has only stirred my interest and excitement for Sakura-Con 2013. For this year; I hope to meet Kawamoto, Kawakara and Tomatsu, and attend the live performances with LiSA (not yet confirmed to attend Sakura-Con 2013,) on the top of my list (if confirmed to attend).
In the meantime, get hyped and may that excitement be as strong as an <immortal object>.
– Aniplex USA
Note: I apologize for the lack of media in this post. if you are interested in watching SAO. Head over to Crunchyroll http://www.crunchyroll.ca/sword-art-online and watch SAO for free. I am committing myself to not watch the anime until I complete the Fairy Dance arc. Just like what I did for Fate/Unlimited Blade Works.
Edit January 25th 2013: Luna Haruna and Eir Aoi are confirmed for attending Sakura-Con 2013. http://www.sakuracon.org/programming/guests.php
Edit March 21st 2013: ANCEA/Sakura-Con released their banners for Sakura-Con 2013. Replaced the previous web banner with latest released.