FunimationCon 2020 Unveils New Programming



Funimation unveiled even more of its lineup for its upcoming FunimationCon 2020 July 3-4. Announced are: The My Hero Academia Game Show featuring voice actors along with an exciting lineup of cosplay panels and tutorials featuring cosplay personalities. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for fans at FunimationCon 2020.

No convention would be complete without something relating to Cosplay. FunimationCon 2020 celebrates the skill, artistry and passion for Cosplay with panels bringing together some of the biggest and most influential personalities. Cosplay panels include:

Fireside Chat with Yaya Han

Join Yaya Han for a sit-down discussion about the evolution of cosplay and a reading from her new book. The discussion is moderated by Michelle Bradley. Yaya Han® is a cosplayer, designer and author. A household name in fandom, Yaya has made over 385 costumes, appeared as a guest at hundreds of events all over the globe, and has been featured in two US Network TV Shows. Yaya is the first cosplayer to create a cosplay-focused fabric line for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores; the first to design a cosplay patterns line for a major pattern company, McCall Patterns; and the first cosplayer to launch partnerships with global brands such as BERNINA sewing machines and Dremel tools. Her new book, “Yaya Han’s World of Cosplay,” is available in North America on August 4th, 2020.
  
LIVE Cosplay Showdown: Pro Vs Pro!

Watch top cosplayers Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Dresses and Capes Cosplay, Alicia Marie, face-off LIVE against one another to create a mystery cosplay or prop in less than an hour, with whatever they have at home! The winner will get a $5k donation to the charity of their choice!



Riki Lecotey (Riddle) is an internationally known cosplayer in the cosplay community especially for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftsmanship. Transplanted from her igloo in Canada and moved to the United States and has been involved in costuming for over 15 years. She's been invited to conventions around the world, to judge costume contests, host workshops, and promote confidence in cosplay through craftsmanship. All the skills she has learned through cosplay has given her the opportunity to work on a few Superhero films during that time!




Phil Mizuno is a Canadian cosplayer who followed his heart and is pursuing his passion of cosplay to help inspire others. He has been cosplaying for five years and creates his beautiful costumes in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Throughout 2018-2019, he has had the privilege to be a cosplay guest at over 60 different conventions.




Lauren(Dressesandcapes) started her cosplay journey about five years ago and it's been a whirlwind ever since. The self-taught seamstress and crafter has already won several awards including Best in Show at Wondercon.




CI-borg Alicia Marie is an author and fitness pro who turned her love of super-physiques, comic books, video game and anime art into a creative career. Most known for her attachment to classic Mortal Kombat and Marvel superheroes, Alicia, a self-professed “compulsive maker,” creates costumes and fan-styled character looks for media companies like Warner Brothers and celebrities like WWE superstar Ronda Rousey. In May, she was introduced as a playable character in Sony Interactive’s new Predator game PREDATOR: Hunting Grounds.


Learn to make masks from home with Riddle!

Learn how to make face masks from home with renowned cosplayer, Riddle. She’s been a strong name in international cosplay for a number of years, known for her focus on craftsmanship, appearing in both seasons of Heroes of Cosplay and her extensive charity work.


Beginner's Cosplay Crafting with Stella Chuu

Join cosplayer Stella Chuu as she walks us through a beginner-level crafting tutorial and discussion! Stella Chuu started cosplaying in 2011, Stella is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. She dedicates her days to creating cosplay and promoting geek culture. She also hosts Stella Transforms, a live show that turns internet celebs into a cosplayer.

Funimation announced panels for My Hero Academia and Human Lost to its upcoming virtual festival. Toei Animation will present a Dragon Ball Super interview with legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa at the event. Internationally acclaimed critic and historian of anime Charles Solomon will host a panel examining what it takes to be a voice actor.

My Hero Academia Voice Actor Q&A Panel
Join Funimation and the cast of My Hero Academia for an exciting Q&A panel! Hosted by Jacki Jing, hear from your favorites including David Matranga (Todoroki), Luci Christian (Ochaco), Justin Cook (Kirishima), Josh Grelle (Tokoyami), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), Zeno Robinson (Hawks), Anairis Quinones (Mirko), Christopher Wehkamp (Aizawa), and Emily Neves (Eri).

Human Lost: Revisit Film with the Japanese Voices and Producers
Have you ever wanted to provide feedback to Japanese creators? This is your chance! The producers of Human Lost want your opinions while the Japanese voice actors talk about their experiences from Human Lost. You will have the chance to see Mamoru Miyano and Kana Hanazawa, only at this event!

Toei Animation Presents Dragon Ball Super Interview Featuring Voice Actress Masako Nozawa
Toei Animation presents an exclusive English-language interview with Nozawa-san, the Japanese voice actress for Dragon Ball’s protagonist Goku. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from her as she answers questions about her career and what it’s like to voice many of the most iconic roles in the world. The discussion is recorded from Japan with English subtitles.
  
So You Want To Be a Voice Actor? With Charles Solomon
Journalist and anime lover Charles Solomon hosts a lively discussion with distinguished voice actors, exploring their career journeys—with no shortage of surprises. Panelists include Kara Edwards, Monica Rial, Chris Wehkamp, and Sonny Strait

Funimation revealed a stellar line-up of hosts at the event who will keep the panel and event conversation lively:

Matt Acevedo
Matt Acevedo is a first gen Cuban-Mexican producer, comedian, and host. He has been featured on a number of networks including Oh My Disney, Nerdist, HyperRPG and Funimation. Follow him @TheMattAcevedo on Twitter, and at www.themattacevedo.com.

Michelle Nguyen Bradley
Michelle Nguyen Bradley, also known as “ChubbyBunny,” is a long-time anime and manga industry veteran. She currently writes, produces and hosts the #GotManga Viz Summer Reading Club. You can find her on all social media as @iamchubbybunny.

Cheyenne Ewulu
Cheyenne Ewulu also known as ‘CheyenneTheGeek’ online, is an actress, writer, nerdy content creator and on-camera personality. When she’s not on set, she’s creating funny, relatable content on the internets....or rewatching Dragon Ball Z.

Emma Fyffe
Emma Fyffe is an entertainment and pop-culture pundit and host, seen on broadcasts across the internet. Starting her career as a Sailor Moon podcaster hosting her own, independently produced “Love and Justice” and well as AfterBuzz TV’s “Sailor Moon Crystal After Show”, she was a regular on Fandom Entertainment’s “Screen Junkies Universe”, and Collider’s “Jedi Council” and “TV Talk”.

Karama Horne
Karama Horne (a.ka. “theblerdgurl”) is a freelance pop culture journalist parked at the intersection of geekdom and diversity. Ghost in the Shell was her gateway anime and she’s really never met a mech she didn’t love.

Jacki Jing
Jacki Jing is an Amazonian Super Hero Ninja wannabe by moonlight and a nerdy host/producer by daylight. Anime's her jam and Tuxedo Mask is her main man -- him or Batman. Follow her @jackijing. 

Chris Lam
Chris Lam is a magical girl and host, primarily covering video games, anime, and social justice. He worked at BuzzFeed for 3 years, and produced 2 award winning web series with NBC Asian America.

Winston A. Marshall
Winston A. Marshall is an actor, comedian, on-air personality and self proclaimed “Swaggy Blerd” (Black Nerd).  He is a proud native Texan of partial West Indian descent, who lives and breathes entertainment. 

Lauren Moore
Lauren is a host and full-time Content Production Manager at Funimation. She’s originally from the Caribbean, but these days you can find her gushing about anime on-camera in original videos, on-stage at conventions or on the red carpet. 

Josellie Rios
Josellie is an Audience Development Strategist and host of the One Piece at a Time podcast at Funimation. She hails from “la Isla del Encanto”, and has been working with fan content and strategy for over seven years. Find her talking about soccer or the reasons you should be watching Kaguya-sama: Love is War on social media at @josellierios.

Charles Solomon
An internationally respected critic and historian of animation, Charles Solomon has written for the New York Times, Newsweek (Japan), the Los Angeles Times, Variety, and National Public Radio. His books include "Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Disney's Animated Classic Beauty and the Beast" (Disney Editions, 2017) “The Art of the Disney Golden Books (Disney Editions, 2014) “The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty years of Television Specials” (2012), “The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey” (2012),), “The Disney That Never Was” (Hyperion, 1995), and “Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation” (Knopf, 1989; reprinted, Wings, 1994), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. He contributed essays to the exhibit catalogues of "Japanese Animated Films: A Complete View from their Birth to 'Spirited Away' and Beyond" (Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004) and "Il ├ętait une fois: Walt Disney " (Grand Palais Museum, Paris, 2006). Solomon also teaches the history of animation at UCLA and Chapman University.

Don’t forget previously announced programming such as voice actor panels for Attack on Titan, Fire Force, Fruits Basket, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Listeners, and One Piece. The partner panels including VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Virtual Panel, ANIPLEX OF AMERICA’s The Aniplex of America Living Room Sessions, and RIGHT STUF’s Right Stuf Anime Industry Panel.

Premiering during FunimationCon 2020 will be new episodes from Fire Force Season 2, DECA-DENCE, and By the Grace of the Gods at FunimationCon 2020. Fans are in for a treat as FunimationCon 2020 debuts the first two dubbed episodes of Fire Force Season 2 before anyone else. FunimationCon 2020 is previewing Episode 1 of the larger-than-life DECA-DENCE (subtitled) before Japan, and will exclusively premiere Episode 1 of By the Grace of the Gods (subtitled), the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra. FunimationCon 2020 also unveiled the Full Programming Schedule of activities happening during the two-day event.





Special programs from Sony Music Labels Artists: BLUE ENCOUNT, FLOW, KANA-BOON, Luna Haruna, and a DJ performance by DJ MarGenal, and a special airing of the 2019 SACRA MUSIC Festival.

For those that are looking for some head to head competitions be sure to check out these events:

Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore, the MY HERO ACADEMIA GAME SHOW WITH VOICE ACTORS features the voice talents of: Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio), Kyle Phillips (Kaminari), and Dani Chambers (Mahoro).
  
LIVE MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2 ESPORTS CHALLENGE 

Powered by Esports Stadium Arlington, allows you to connect with your favorite cast members of My Hero Academia, Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Christopher Sabat (All Might), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio) and more as they recreate iconic fight scenes in the new BANDAI NAMCO video game MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2. Professional Wrestler & AEW tag team champion Kenny Omega hosts this once in a lifetime chance to see your favorite characters pitted against one another during this exciting head to head combat in the ultimate test for righteousness.

ANIPLEX ONLINE FEST - Funimation has teamed up with Aniplex of America to make the July 4 Aniplex Online Fest live stream available for fans attending FunimationCon.

FunimationCon will of course feature new merchandise and home video products in the FUNIMATION SHOP to celebrate FunimationCon 2020. Home video releases include:
  • Fire Force (Season 1 Part 1)
  • One Piece (Season 10 Voyage 1)
  • Attack on Titan (Season 3 Part 2 Limited Edition)
  • Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition)
  • Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 2 Limited Edition)
  • My Hero Academia (Season 4 Part 1)


Merchandise available in the Funimation Shop includes several exclusive items: 
  • Fire Force Prints and Postcards
  • Dragon Ball White/Gold XL Shenron FiGPiN
  • My Hero Academia Got Quirks? Apparel
  • FunimationCon 2020 Prints and Postcards


For those wondering for the time to start watching:
  • Dallas, USA   July 3 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • Los Angeles, USA    July 3 8:30 a.m. PDT
  • New York, USA        July 3 11:30 a.m. EDT
  • London, United Kingdom   July 3 4:30 p.m. BST
  • Belfast, United Kingdom   July 3 4:30 p.m. BST
  • Sydney, Australia   July 4 1:30 a.m. AEST
  • Auckland, New Zealand July 4 3:30 a.m. NZST


FunimationCon2020 is totally free to attend and available to fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Registration is open so head over to FunimationCon 2020 (www.FunimationCon.com) to secure your spot and receive updates on new events added to the line-up. 





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