North American fans of the huge hit anime series Sword Art Online might want to look into attending the Anime Boston convention this year as several key industry guests involved with the production of the anime such as the producer, director, and main English-version casts are attending a special panel for fans.
Shinichiro Kashiwada is Aniplex’s chief producer for the Sword Art Online anime. He has also been involved with numerous titles including Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV series and Oreimo Series as an associate producer.
Tomohiko Ito works at A-1 Pictures is the production director of the anime series Sword Art Online. He made his directorial debut with the animated series Occult Academy. Ito’s long list of credits includes Death Note, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars to name a few. This will be Ito’s first time appearing at an Anime Convention here in the U.S. and fans of his work can look forward to his thoughts on Sword Art Online and more, at the Anime Boston Sword Art Online panel.
Cherami Leigh perhaps has one of the fastest growing fan base for her dubbed work on several extremely popular female anime characters. An on camera and voice actor from Dallas, she has been casted to play the English voice for the female lead character Asuna in Sword Art Online. Cherami has appeared in other anime series such as Road in D. Grayman, Sae in Peach Girl, Yuti La in Heroic Age, Elizabeth in Black Butler, Patty in Soul Eater, Ayano in Kaze no Stigma, Natsumi in Sgt. Frog, Naomi in Witchblade, Yoshika in Strike Witches, Elicia Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Setsuna and Akira in Negima, Mai in Ghost Hunt, Tamaki in Bamboo Blade, Himawari in XXXholic, Cecily in Sacred Blacksmith, Liechtenstein in Hetalia, Lucy in Fairy Tail, Takeshita in B Gata H Kei, Kneesocks in Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Sunako in Shiki, Suzuha in Steins;Gate, Shana in Shakugan no Shana, Gaige in Borderlands 2. She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the soon to be released Beyond the Farthest Star and in the hit webseries Throwing Stones. She was also in the Emmy-award winning Temple Grandin, and has appeared on various network television shows.
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He has also been announced as Kirito, the male lead of Sword Art Online. Papenbrook was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein. Previously announced guests were Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Lauren Landa, David Matranga, ORIGA, Raj Ramayya, Stephanie Sheh, Tom Wayland and Kari Wahlgren.
Anime Boston is a convention that holds over twenty thousand attendees every year at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston 2013 will be held on May 24 through May 26, 2013.