Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 29, 2013

Time for Tsubasacon

Area’s 1st anime, manga and gaming convention marking 10 years

Lee Ward
The Independent

HUNTINGTON — Tsubasacon, West Virginia’s first and premiere Anime, Manga and Gaming convention, will celebrate its 10th year with a return Oct. 11 through 13 to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Last year, Tsubasacon experienced record attendance, with a 30 percent increase in registrations, entertaining 1,350 guests from more than 21 states.

Tsubasacon will include special events, including  “live” streaming cosplay events and a “League of Legends” tournament where qualifiers will play on Summoner’s Rift, a 5v5 multiplayer map wherein the objective is to destroy the enemy’s nexus.

Special guests this year will include:

‰David Vincent, a professional voice actor/television producer in Los Angeles who has lent his voice to a variety of animation/anime and video game titles, as well as numerous national commercials for television and radio.

Some of his best-known anime credits include, Grimmjow JeagerJaques and Kouga Kuchiki in “Bleach” and “Code Geass” as Li Xingke. Other Animation credits are ARCHER / GILGAMESH in FATE/ZERO, Van in GUN X SWORD, Seiji in DURARARA!, Arthur August Angel in BLUE EXORCIST, Daisuke Nagase in Persona 4, Kekkaishi as Sakon, Chester Barklight in Tales of Phantasia, Assassin in Fate/Stay Night, General Logi in Blue Dragon, and Giichi in Blade of The Immortal. David was nominated "Best Voice Actor in an Anime" by the American Anime Awards for his work in GUN x SWORD.

‰Chris Cason. Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia," Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist," Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z," Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2," Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater," Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho," Taruru in "Sgt. Frog," Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan," Hanai in "School Rumble,” Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club," Chamo in "Negima," Babbit in "Kodocha," Siegfried in "Kenichi,” and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles. He also has appeared in “Case Closed,” “Gunslinger Girl,” “Basilisk,” “Suzuka,” “Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles,” “Black Cat,” “Darker Than Black,” “Bamboo Blade,” “Kaze no Stigma,” “Aquarion,” “One Piece, Big Windup!,” “D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad,” “RIN, Speed Grapher,” “Oh! Edo Rocket,” “Summer Wars,” “Initial D” and “Deadman Wonderland.”

‰Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles. A huge fan of video games and anime, her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry, which led herto voice in quite a few pretty big roles in video games.

Some of her most notable credits have been in League of “Legends as Karma the Enlightened One,” “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm” as Hagara the Stormbinder, “Dragon Nest” as Sidel, “SkullGirls” as Painwheel and a New Conglomerate solider in the popular video game, “Planetside 2!”

‰Laura Post, originally from Chicago, now lives in Los Angeles and spends her time voice acting), playing RPGs (both video game and table top variety) and trolling karaoke bars.

Post’s more popular voice credits include Ahri in “League of Legends,” Valentine in “Skullgirls,” Queen Azshara and Shademaster Kiryn in “World of Warcraft,” Aero in the upcoming online shooter “Firefall,” Bosbos in “Redline,” Cindy Campbell in “Squid Girl,” Arfoire and CFW Magic in “Hyperdimension Neptunia & Mk-2” and multiple characters in “Heroes of Newerth.”

Featured musical guest will be Junko Fujiyama. Japanese born and North Carolina resident, Fujiuyama is a singer/song writer and a keyboardist. She has worked with several local bands as lead singer and also has been playing shows as a solo performer.

She has performed at many cultural events, benefit shows, music festivals, anime conventions and local clubs, such as IKKiCON, Ichibancon, Ohayocon, Japan Fest Atlanta, International Festival of Raleigh, Troika Music Festival, Carrboro Music Festival, Taste of Durham Festival, Meredith College, University of North Carolina, Duke University and various music clubs.

Her songs can be described as J-rock and J-pop blended together.

Also performing will be 2d6, a group claiming to be born from the discovery of two magical six-sided dice, granting their holders the mystical powers of rap. Their rhymes are about the nerdiest of nerd subjects: non-playable characters, anime conventions, Nathan Fillion and fictional doctors. Warning: their language can be mature.

For more information and updates, visit tsubasacon.org.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.