By Alex Useman
Sakura-Con is one of the largest anime conventions in Washington.
Each year, they feature voice actors and musicians that either have made a recent debut into the scene or who are already celebrities within it. This year, some of the big names in voice acting included Rueben Langdon, Christopher Sabat, Todd Haberkorn and Steven Blum. The musical guest stars included “Stereopony” and “Moi dix Mois.” Though there were issues throughout the weekend with performers being either delayed or unable to make their panels or signing sessions, they were able to make it up to the fans without too many hard feelings.
The Husky Herald was given a chance to speak with Steven Blum.
Some of Blum’s most notable works are the voiceovers for Orochimaru and Zabuza from “Naruto”, Tom from “Toonami,” Vincent Valentine from “Final Fantasy 7,” and Spike Spiegel from “Cowboy Bebop.” Not only is he involved in anime and cartoon voice acting but he is also involved in video game voice acting. When asked if he suggested that others get involved with voice acting, he said “Oh no, if you are going to do it, do it for the love of doing it. Don’t do it if you are trying to only make money or for popularity.”
Blum is very proud of all of the work that he has done so far and for different reasons. His next big work is with Nickelodeon in the new series based in the same universe as “Avatar: The Last Airbender” called “The Legend of Korra,” which premiered April 14.
For those that have not been to Sakura-Con before but are considering going in the future, it appeals to those who aren’t just anime fans. There are big pulls for those that are interested in video and card games, and there are various concerts throughout the weekend that appeal to music fans. Not only that, the convention is also a place to meet people with similar interests. This year, there was a large concentration of cosplayers in “Adventure Time,” “Doctor Who,” and “Homestuck attire.” There were also booths and panels run by artists of other fields, but who appreciate anime and the culture. “The Busted Pixel,” who makes sketch comedy about video games, pop culture references and other topics were there as well.
There is always something going on at the convention. At any given time during the day there are multiple panels and movies being shown. There are interactive options, as well, including cosplay contests, scripted and unscripted cosplay chess and a foam sword tournament that guests of the convention can participate in or observe. Also, there are multiple Q&A panels with the guests.
Whether you are going to participate in panels and general fandom, buy lots of swag, photograph every good cosplayer you find, or just observe; there is something to see or do.