Virtual FanimeCon is only several weeks away but the guest list continues to grow as they have announced that Hikaru Midorikawa will be among them.
Hikaru Midorikawa is a Japanese voice actor with a long career in the entertainment industry in which he has voiced several iconic chracters. Fans of old school anime will recognize him for his role as Tamahome in Fushigi Yuugi and Heero Yuy in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. In resent years, he has voiced Tenshinhan in Dragonball Z Kai/Super, Garo (The Hero Hunter) in One Punch Man, Sakamoto from Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto and Best Jeanist in My Hero Academia.
Midorikawa performances in video games include Marth in the Fire Emblem series and Akihiko Sanada in the Persona series. He has also provided the voices of the same anime characters in the video game adaptations.
This announcement is a special treat for the FanimeCon community as this will be Midorikawa’s first appearance at an American convention in 20 years! His last appearance at an anime convention in America was at Otakon 2001.
He will be joined by professional cosplayer Linda Le (better known as VampyBitMe) and anime historian Gilles Poitras. More guests (including voice performers, artists, cosplayers and musicians) will be announced in the coming weeks.
Besides the guest, FanimeCon will host all digital panels along with virtual versions of popular events (like the Fanimaid Cafe). Fans and professionals who wish to host a panel have until May 8th to submit their application. Applications submitted after the deadline will be put on a wait list. Details and the scheduled for all events will be made available the week before the event.
Registration for the all virtual event along with FanimeCon 2022 has opened. Guest who still have their ticket from FanimeCon 2020 will have it automatically rollover for both the virtual event and the live 2022 event.
FanimeCon is one of the largest fan organized anime conventions in North America and has taken place during the Memorial Day weekend. From the special guests to the many cosplay gatherings and the musical performances, the convention is known for hosting a variety of events during a 24 hour cycle.
The last live event took place in 2019 while no official 2020 digital event took place. In response to the 2020 event being cancelled, members of the community organized to host a series of unofficial digital events. These events were not coordinated by any staffer but instead organized at the last minute by volunteers.