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March 7, 2005

News for Anime Boston 2005:

Anime Boston announces guests of honor Daisuke Moriyama, Scott McNeil, Monica Rial, and Brianne Siddall

BOSTON, Mass. - March 7, 2005 - The New England Anime Society is proud to announce that the creator of Chrno Crusade, Daisuke Moriyama, as well as voice actors Scott McNeil, Monica Rial, and Brianne Siddall will be Guests of Honor at Anime Boston 2005 from April 29th through May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center.

Daisuke Moriyama is best known as the creator of Chrno Crusade, one of the most popular manga serials featured in Comic Dragon and Dragon Age magazines. He began his career in the video games industry drawing illustrations for the magazine Comtiq. In 1996, he created the character designs and cover art for Alice in Cyberland. In 2002, he published compilations of short stories known as Mother's Guardian and the award-winning Koko ni iru Suiren. When he joined Fujimi Shoubo, Chrno Crusade's Japanese publisher, he was working as an illustrator for "monster collection cards". Although Chrno Crusade is primarily set in New York, Anime Boston will mark his first visit to the east coast.

Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning more than a decade and including over seventy series, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in 1989. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution. Among his other voice credits are Transformers: Armada and Energon, Reboot, Monster Rancher, Mummies Alive, Ranma 1/2, Project A-Ko, Kong, The Vision of Escaflowne, Megaman, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, War Planets, Weird-Oh's, Molly O, Monkey Magic, Conan the Adventurer, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Extreme Dinosaurs, DragonTales, Warriors of Virtue, D'Myna Leagues, Aagh It's the Mister Hell Show, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, GI Joe, and the animated features Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys, and Casper's Haunted Christmas.
Equally successful in film and television, Scott has starred in the feature films Sleeping with Strangers and Sleeping Dogs. He has guest starred on numerous television series and features, including Highlander, The Outer Limits, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beyond Belief, Beggars and Choosers, Stargate SG-1 and Disney's Ladies and the Champ, to name a few.

Monica Rial has been with ADV Films since 2000 and has worked on many shows including Izumi in Princess Nine, Saki in Steel Angel Kurumi, Hyatt in Excel Saga, Kirika in Noir, Nozomi in Chance Pop Session, Kyouko in Full Metal Panic, Yayoi and Tipi in Pretear, Tamayo in Angelic Layer, Mikako in Nadesico, Saiyuki, Minamo in Azumanga Daioh, Miharu in Gasaraki, Natsume in Generator Gawl, Haruka in RahXephon, and Sayaka in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. She has also worked for Funimation Productions as Lumiere in their release of Kiddy Grade. Prior to her work in animation, Monica primarily acted in musicals and stage plays.

Brianne Siddall has provided voices for many well known anime characters such as Tsukasa and Elk in .hack//SIGN, Kenichi and Fifi in Metropolis, Calumon, Koromon and Tommy in Digimon. She can also be heard in anime titles such as Geneshaft, Kikaider, Saint Tail, Space Adventure Cobra, and Transformers: Robots In Disguise. Her work extends into video games with titles including not only the .hack games, but Xenosaga, Tales of Symphonia, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Final Fantasy XI, and others. She is also the voice of Circuit in Power Rangers and has played numerous roles network TV shows both in front of and behind the camera as a boom operator, stunt person, assistant film editor, assistant sound editor, and location scout. In her free time, Brianne has completed several marathons and a 1/2 Ironman Triathalon. She enjoys home construction, riding motorcycles, ice skating, and goofing off.

Other previously announced guests include singer Yoko Ishida and voice actors Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Melissa Fahn, David Kaye, Cynthia Martinez, Chris Patton, and Dave Wittenberg.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston, held annually in Boston, Massachusetts, is the largest Japanese animation convention in New England. The three-day event will be held April 29 through May 1, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. Anime Boston 2005's comprehensive programming schedule includes a concert from Yoko Ishida, anime screenings, a dealers' room, masquerade, art show, artists' alley, game shows, music video contest, karaoke, dances, video games, role-playing games, panels hosted by fans, industry representatives and special guests, and more. More information about Anime Boston is available at

About The New England Anime Society:
Founded in 2001, The New England Anime Society Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at