Press Releases

May 10, 2011

News for FanimeCon 2011:

FanimeCon announces Hiroyuki Yamaga and Halko Momoi

San Jose, CA (May 10, 2011) - FanimeCon welcomes back two Guests of Honor: GAINAX founder Hiroyuki Yamaga and pop idol Halko Momoi. These guests have inspired and excited fans at previous conventions, and they will return to the San Jose Convention Center over Memorial Day Weekend for FanimeCon 2011.

As one of the founders of GAINAX, Hiroyuki Yamaga has worked in many aspects of anime production, such as planning Gunbuster 2, producing Neon Genesis Evangelion, working on screenplay for Mobile Suit Gundam 0080, and directing Royal Space Force, Wings of Honneamise. Although GAINAX's works have had tremendous impact on what people think of the Japanese anime industry today, Mr. Yamaga has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit FanimeCon every year for well over a decade because he enjoys interacting with fans. Mr. Yamaga inspired FanimeCon to create the Yamaga-san Party, which provides an opportunity for Guests of Honor and fans to chat and mingle together in a casual setting.

Queen of Akihabara, Halko Momoi is an energetic and powerful singer who also provides the voice for anime characters such as Nurse Witch Komogi, Majokko Tsukune-chan, and Feiris Nyannyan in Steins;Gate. The tremendous response from her fans has moved her to return to FanimeCon for the third year. In 2010, Ms. Momoi planned a unique and fun event consisting of a series of performances: The Quest for Momoi.

Both of the returning guests will have panels and autograph sessions, and the schedule for their events will be available at These returning guests have also made unique contributions to FanimeCon that have greatly enriched the experience of people attending the convention. For more information about Hiroyuki Yamaga and Halko Momoi, please visit

About FanimeCon - FanimeCon is Northern California's largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. FanimeCon is "By Fans, For Fans", and over 16,000 enthusiasts joined FanimeCon 2010. FanimeCon will return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center during Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2011. For more information, please contact FanimeCon Marketing at [email protected] or visit