What You Need to Know:
- Toei Animation Inc. and Anime Expo will welcome famed Japanese voice actor Ryou Horikawa as a guest of honor at next month’s upcoming Anime Expo 2017. A beloved fixture in the world of anime, Horikawa is known worldwide as the voice of Dragon Ball’s Vegeta, having portrayed for more than 28 years, starting with the character’s debut on Dragon Ball Z in 1989 and continuing to today on Dragon Ball Super.
- On July 3 at the Dragon Ball Super Panel, an exclusive panel presentation celebrating the past, present and future of Dragon Ball, Horikawa will share amazing stories from his long career as well as discuss Dragon Ball’s enduring global influence. Joining him on-stage will be U.S. voice actors from the English dub of Dragon Ball Super, including Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta) and Seán Schemmel (Goku).
- After the presentation, the audience gets to decide what happens! During an extended Q&A session, the Dragon Ball Super cast will open up the floor to fans and their imaginations… Request a Vegeta voice-off between Ryou and Chris! Ask cast members how they truly felt about Goku’s recruitment of Frieza during the tournament of power! Find out the best and wildest behind-the-scene stories from Dragon Ball’s long history! Will you be one of the lucky fans to ask a question and become part of Dragon Ball history?
- The Dragon Ball Super Panel: Presented by Funimation & Toei Animation Inc. will take place during Anime Expo at The Los Angeles Convention Center in Petree Hall from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. In addition to Dragon Ball Z, Horikawa is also known for his starring roles in Detective Conan (Heiji Hattori), Rainy Cocoa (Koji Amami), Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Reinhard von Lohengramm), Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (Kou Uraki), Saint Seiya (Andromeda Shun), and Dream Soldier Wing-Man (Kenta Hirono).When not acting, Horikawa dedicates his time to developing new generations of Japanese actors as president of both the Aslead Company, a Japanese talent agency, and International Media, a voice talent academy in Japan.
- Horikawa will also attend a series of autograph sessions during the Expo, on Day 1 (7/1): 10:40am – 12:10pm, Day 2 (7/2): 12:20pm – 1:50pm, and Day 4 (7/4): 10:50am – 12:20pm, all at Kentia Hall.
Woah, how exciting! I wonder what the cast will get asked?
This is definitely a must-see for Dragon Ball fans! I hope everyone going has a great time!