Hideo Ishikawa to Appear at Kawaii-Kon!
Honolulu’s Kawaii-Kon made their final announcement of Japanese Guests of Honor this morning, and on this list is seiyuu who has had much bigger roles in other anime, but did play some small ones in Sailor Moon. Hideo Ishikawa will be making his first non-Japanese appearance at this convention, and plays Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach, Auron in Final Fantasy X, X-2, and Kingdom Hearts 2. He had a few one-off roles in Sailor Moon, playing a driver in episode 73 and a man in episode 79 (R-season), a reporter in episode 143 and Tobikiriyarou in episode 155 (SuperS-Season). Yes, these are smaller roles, but in our endless pursuit to bring you everything we possibly can to do with Sailor Moon, this does qualify. More than that, Hideo was also part of a band known as the Entertainment Music Unit (E.M.U.) which included other stars of Sailor Moon, Hikaru Midorikawa, Ryotaro Okaiyu, Daisuke Sakaguchi and Nobutoshi Canna (formerly, his last name was (Hayabashi). Kawaii-Kon takes place from April 16-18 and if any of our readers are planning to attend, we would love to hear from you!
For those of you wondering, here’s who everyone else in that group played:
☽Hikaru has played both Fiore in the Sailor Moon R-movie, and Ail in the first part of the Sailor Moon R season.
☽Ryotaro played Tiger’s Eye in the SuperS Season, Yuuji in episode 2 (first season), Achiral in episode 81 (R-season), and George in episode 108 (S-season).
☽Daisuke played a cat in episode 31 (First season), a boy in episode 105 and a young man in episode 93 (S-season), and Chibi-Usa’s classmate Kyuusuke Sarashina in the SuperS season.
☽Nobutoshi played a guard in episode 20 (first season) and an official in episode 50 (R-season).
Fans can watch a short concert of E.M.U here (Warning, lots of boyband cheeziness)
Naoko Takeuchi and Yoshihiro Togashi Dominate Mania’s list of Top 10 Anime Series that Need a Reboot!
Just a short sighting here, but Mania.com posted a list of Ten Anime Series that Need a Reboot (image credit: 10 Anime Series That Need a Reboot © Mania/Bob Trate ). Both of Yoshihiro Togashi’s anime series, Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter began the list at 10 and 9 respectively. We don’t think an OVA for either of these series would be such a bad idea, since the Hunter X Hunter manga has had some great stories published when Togashi was not on his hiatus, and Yu Yu Hakusho was just released on Blu-Ray. Yu Yu Hakusho also had a new picture drama instead of a full episode included on the first Blu-Ray boxset. Topping the list is none other than Sailor Moon! With all this great reception towards the revival all over the world, why not make a new OVA or a movie? We’re so pleased that Naoko and Yoshihiro’s animes are on this list! While campaigning for a new Sailor Moon production of any kind would probably be futile, we aren’t giving up on bringing what does exist back to North America. And maybe, we’ll have a different campaign coming…