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January 24, 2010

News for Kawaii Kon 2010:

Kawaii Kon announces two Japanese guests of honor

Honolulu, HI, January 23, 2010- Kawaii Kon is proud to announce that veteran director and mechanical designer Shinji Aramaki, as well as voice actor Daisuke Kishio will be attending Kawaii Kon 2010 as guests of honor!

Shinji Aramaki
Thanks our continued relationship with Dokoga TV: Japanmania!, Kawaii Kon is again honored to welcome Mr. Aramaki, a huge contributor to the Japanese anime and American cartoon industry for over 20 years. Mr. Aramaki's many credits include:

  • Director and Production Designer for Halo Legends
  • Director of Appleseed: Ex Machina and Appleseed
  • Conceptual Designer for Soul Eater
  • Mechanical Design for Wolf's Rain
  • Production Design for Full Metal Alchemist
  • Mechanical Design for Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  • Original Mechanical Design for Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles
  • Screenplay, Mecha Design and Production Design for Bubblegum Crisis (OVA)
  • Mechanical Design for Genesis Climber Mospeada
  • Creator of Transformers Soundwave and Perceptor
This will be his second appearance at Kawaii Kon.
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Daisuke Kishio
An accomplished seiyu (Japanese voice actor), Mr. Kishio was nominated at the 2nd Seiyu awards for "Best Actor in a Leading Role", "Best Actor in a Supporting Role", and "Best Radio Personality". His voice can be heard in well over 60 different anime series, as well as numerous video games. Some of his most notable roles include:

  • Kaname Kuran in Vampire Knight
  • Tsukune Aono in Rosario + Vampire
  • Luppi and Hinagiku in Bleach
  • Van Flyheight in ZOIDS
  • Chitose Hitotose in Happy Lesson
  • Ryou Mizuhara in Final Approach
  • Howard Link in D Gray-Man
  • Young Iceburg in One Piece
  • Bumblebee in Transformers Animated
This will be Mr. Kishio's first convention appearance outside of Japan!
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About Kawaii Kon
Kawaii Kon 2010 will be held April 16-18th, 2010 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Kawaii Kon is a three-day convention event dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of this artform. Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga and related industries in Hawaii and beyond. In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business.

Thanks to the support of organizations like Bandai Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, The Honolulu Festival, The Hawaii International Film Festival and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Kawaii Kon has grown in just five years to include thousands of annual attendees. Fans, artists and industry guests gather from all over the world for the 3-Day extravaganza.

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About DokoGa TV: JapanMania
DokoGa TV: JapanMania is a virtual tourguide for the people of Hawai`i, showcasing the best of what Japan has to offer-from the rich history, great food, activities to experience, wonderful people and fun pop-culture-including the best in anime, manga, music, celebs, super hero culture-you name it, Doko Ga TV gives you an indepth and VIP look at life in Japan! Doko Ga TV: JapanMania can be seen exclusively on OC16 Channel 16 (Digital Ch 96 and HD 1016) Monday nights at 7pm, and online at and