The organizers of Sakura-Con announced that they will host anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri and cellist/vocalist Kanon Wakeshima during the April 6-8 event in Seattle Washington.
Kawajiri first became known overseas for creating and directing the Ninja Scroll anime film. He also directed The Animatrix's "Program" short, the Birdy the Mighty video anime project, The Cockpit, Cyber City Oedo 808, Demon City Shinjuku, Goku: Midnight Eye, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, Lensman, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Wicked City, and the X television series.
Wakeshima wrote and performed the ending themes to the television anime series Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty. Wakeshima has been playing the cello from a young age, and former Malice Mizer star MANA discovered her talent and produced her Japanese debut in 2008. She has since performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.