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Samantha Inoue-Harte December 2014 A2F Returning Guest!

samiGrumpycatnewsmShe’s back for a return engagement because we love her and she loves the Arkansas Anime Festival!

Samantha Inoue-harte is an established and varied Entertainment Industry veteran. First and foremost, Samantha is a Producer and Partner at Animetropolis, a boutique transmedia studio that develops and produces compelling cross-cultural creative content with partnering Japanese Anime studios. Animetropolis partnered with IDA (International Digital Artists) as production partner and lead animation unit for a Japanese/American co-produced CG-animated feature adaptation of Tailchaser’s Song, the acclaimed best-selling fantasy novel by author Tad Williams. Tailchaser’s Song is hailed “as fully realized as Watership Down” by TailchaserPublisher’s Weekly and written by “the best author of epic fantasy not named Tolkein” according to The New Yorker, Tailchaser’s Song follows a young ginger tomcat named Fritti Tailchaser on a perilous quest through the wondrous world of whiskery heroes and villains. [Over 3 million copies sold, and over 25 years in print.] 

Samantha is also an accomplished 16 year veteran as a voice actress in over 40 Japanese anime and Video game titles. Samantha’s most recognized roles are in Kingsisle Entertainment’s Pirate 101 and in Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online as Isis, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, and Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactaur. 

S. Harte as the voice of  Isis
S. Harte as the voice of Isis

Samantha’s resume includes non Anime specific work as well. She has been an Animation Director for SpikeTV on the Fresh Baked Video Games TV series, has been an animator on Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Lost Episode, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch 2: the Origins of Stitch, Disney’s Villains’ Revenge, Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” music video, and many more.

Samantha has acted and has been a stunt worker in many on camera features including: Appaloosa, Blacktino, Beatdown, Elvis and Annabelle, Exterminators, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, How to Eat Fried Worms, Idiocracy, Jonah Hex, Kabluey, Machete, Machete Kills, Man of the House, National Lampoon’s The Stoned Age, No Pain No Gain, Office Space, Shorts, Sin City, Sin City 2, Teeth, The 2 Bobs, Tree of Life, and True Grit.

Samantha also dabbles in Gore FX makeup which can be seen in Teeth, Predators, Shores of Another Sea, and American Idol. And finally, is also an avid Cowboy Action Sharpshooter in her spare time.

Check her out on IMDB

She has an amazing list of accomplishements on Wikipedia

The Anime News network has another amazing list of incredible work

See all our guests here


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Kazha to Play at A2F December 2014!

kazhulogoMusic Japanese alternative rock trio Kazha was formed in Japan in 2009 by vocalist Kazuha and guitarist Hideki, two individuals whose musical backgrounds could not have been more opposite. Together, they represent everything Kazha is; hard-hitting, melodic, loud, angelic, classic, brand new. Years later, the band has found a new evolution. With Kazuha herself now playing bass and the addition of drummer Masaya, there is nothing that stands in their way. Written in both English and Japanese, their music has global appeal. Japanese elegance entwined with American manifest destiny; pop sentimentality blended kazuha1with heavy metal intensity. Band Kazha’s American debut was at San Francisco’s Asian Heritage Street Festival in 2010 before departing on their first national tour, to promote their freshman album Overture. Stops included Houston, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In their 5 year career, Kazha has performed on 3 continents, in 5 countries, and in over a dozen states, taking part in music festivals, cultural festivals, tours, and conventions. To support their second album, Evolution, Kazha returned to New York this year to take part in J Summit New York. They will soon be making their Nashville debut at Akai Con in August. Online Official site: EPK: Facebook: YouTube: Electric: Acoustic: Cover:

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