Haruna Ikezawa, Voice Actress and Author, to Appear at Otakon 2023

(Last Updated On: June 17, 2023)

Otakon 2023 organizers revealed exciting news on Friday, as they confirmed the attendance of renowned voice actress and accomplished author, Haruna Ikezawa, at this year’s highly anticipated event. Hailing from Athens, Greece, Ikezawa is the daughter of celebrated author Natsuki Ikezawa, who received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, and the granddaughter of esteemed novelist Takehiko Fukunaga.

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Notably, she clinched the esteemed “Best Japanese Short Story” accolade at the 52nd Seiun Awards in 2021 for her captivating work, “Orbital Christmas,” adapted from a story by anime scriptwriter and science-fiction consultant Mitsuyasu Sakai.

In addition to her remarkable literary achievements, Ikezawa has made a significant impact in the realm of anime and video games through her exceptional voice acting skills. Fans fondly recognize her for notable roles, including Momoka Nishizawa in Sgt. Frog, Yoshino Shimazu in Maria Watches Over Us, Hiroko Haruna in Hamtaro, Caimie in One Piece, Go Seiba in Bakusō Kyōdai Let’s & Go!!, and Athena Asamiya in The King of Fighters.

Scheduled to take place from July 28 to 30, Otakon 2023 will be hosted at the esteemed Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year’s event promises a star-studded lineup, featuring acclaimed manga artist Kyoko Aiba, renowned Macross artist Hidetaka Tenjin, and esteemed Macross anime director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori. The presence of composer Ryū Kawamura will further enrich the occasion. Noteworthy additions to the guest roster include talented voice actress Junko Iwao, visionary mechanical designer and director Shinji Aramaki, acclaimed composer Yasuharu Takanashi, the accomplished composer Shota Nakama, and the electrifying rock ensemble -yaiba-, set to deliver a captivating performance.

It is worth mentioning that Otakon 2023 announced its comprehensive COVID-19 policy on March 3, emphasizing a commitment to align with local and federal guidance. As a result, attendees will no longer be required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.


Source | Press release

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Mizo Lalthanmawia, from Mizoram, is a K-pop and K-drama fan who channels her passion for Korean culture into her part-time writing, aiming to captivate readers with her stories just as she's been captivated by Korean art.

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