Come meet some fantastic guests at Anime Midwest! Meet your favorite voice actors, TV actors, video game staff, musicians, artists, performers, culture experts, and more at the convention. Guests may charge a fee for autographs. AnimeCon.org is proud to offer free autographs with all of our amazing guests during scheduled free autograph sessions, however free autographs are limited to 1 or 2 per person, as we try to do our best to give everyone a chance to meet our guests. Guests will not sign bootlegs, Funko Pops, or items for resale for free. Some of our guests may choose to offer more than 1 free autograph. Stop by to meet some incredible voice actors, musicians, industry members, and more.
Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist. His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Raj sang the opening credits song “Ask DNA” and wrote the lyrics for “Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)” from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for “Strangers” from the anime series Wolf’s Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.
Raj has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.
Among his other projects are the electronic Indian fusion music project “Bhang Lassi”, the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band “The Beautiful Losers”, and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA’s song “Strawberry Rainbow” (which Raj both sung and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts! Raj is excited to be making a triumphant return to Anime Midwest and can’t wait to perform for everyone for the second year! For more information, you can visit him online at http://www.rajramayya.com.
Empathy Studios, LLC. is a small production company created and managed by producer, EmpathP (Aki Glancy). The company primarily focuses on publishing and sponsoring various types of media featuring virtual talent. Past works include the creation of the western Vocaloid concert project, “VOCAMERICA” and the publishing of original music and merchandise featuring vocal synthesizers.
EmpathP’s own personal works include demo songs for various Vocaloids, illustrating the Vocaloid “AVANNA”, and providing the voice for the Vocaloid “DAINA .” For the past decade EmpathP has visited over 4 countries and traveled extensively across the United States performing and sharing her love of virtual singers.
Guest appearances are subject to change as circumstances and events change. Some guests may get conflicting film shooting dates or may have travel difficulties.