Press Releases

February 7, 2007

News for Sakura-Con 2007:

Sakura-Con announces four new guests of honor

Seattle, WA- 2-6-2007 Sakura-Con is pleased to present four new Guests of Honor: Hideyuki Kurata, Kouta Hirano, Yashuhiro Nightow and K.T. Gray.

Hideyuki Kurata, making his second Sakura-Con appearance, is the script writer for many popular anime such as: GUNxSword (TV) and most recently, Hellsing Ultimate (OAV). He is well known as the ingenious creator of Read or Die (manga, OVA and TV). He has also written screenplays and/or scripts for Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (OAV), Battle Athletes (TV and OAV) and Excel Saga (TV) among many others.

Kouta Hirano is the colorful manga-ka most famous for his manga Hellsing. Starting his career first as a manga-ka's assistant- Hirano-San has become a celebrated figure for creating a series known through out anime fandom as setting a new standard for gothic storytelling.

Yasuhiro Nightow is the manga-ka who created the anime and manga Trigun (TV) which has enjoyed incredible resonance, most especially among American anime fans. Nightow also created the characters and story for the Sega/Red Entertainment anime and video game series Gungrave.

K.T. Gray, making her first ever convention appearance, is best known to fans as the voice actress behind the character of Seras Victoria in Hellsing (TV, OAV).

Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2007 is modestly projected to hit at least 10,000 individuals; with most members attending all three days (for a potential turnstile count of well over 20,000)!

Please join us for Sakura-Con 2007 as we celebrate our 10th amazing year. Pre-Register now and save substantially versus at door prices. Remember that pre-registration helps ANCEA, a state and federal non-profit organization, put on the best Sakura-Con possible! For more information please visit our website at

$45 until 2-28-2007
$60 at the door
Children age 6-12 are half-price
Children under 6 are free

ANCEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about popular and traditional Asian media and culture.