WeHeartJapan is dedicated to help raise money for the quake and tsunami victims in Japan.
Stephanie Sheh is a voice actress, director, writer and producer who has worked extensively in the field of Japanese anime and videogames. Some of her notable credits include Hinata (Naruto), Orihime (Bleach), Eureka (Eureka7), Mamimi (FLCL) to name a few, she’s currently voicing Yui (K-on!) and Audrey (Gundam Unicorn), which she is also producing. Stephanie got her start as an actress by doing voiceover for anime, and is eternally grateful for it. Over the years, she has made many friends from there and has visited Japan 5 times. The country, the culture, and the people have given Stephanie so much and she feels strongly about doing something within the anime community to give back.
Pinguino Kolb is an independent comic book artist, freelance designer, and photographer. She shoots geek events for various publications, including Comic Book Resources and Anime News Network. She also helps out with Intermixi, a pop culture tour company in Japan. Japan is one of her favorite destinations, and she has photographed it on four exciting trips. Last summer, she threw snowballs at the top of Mt. Fuji.
Rhona Medina is an all-around go-to-girl for Japanese film, anime, and manga distribution information. As a UCLA student, she was an active member of the anime club and majored in Japanese. With over a decade of experience working for some of the biggest anime companies in sales and marketing, some of her past projects include Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Fruits Basket, Paradise Kiss, Kyo Kara Maoh!?, Pet Shop of Horrors, Samurai Champloo, and Azumi. Currently, she works for Iwai Shunji, Japanese film director and auteur, on theatrical production development and distribution. Constantly connected to Japan both professionally and personally, the March earthquake and tsunami had a devastating effect. When approached by Stephanie with the idea of We Heart Japan, Rhona immediately joined the project.
Satsuki Yamashita is a freelance Japanese/English translator of various entertainment media including anime, manga, video games, movies, and websites. Her past projects include Paprika, Code Geass, NARUTO, With the Light, Shugo Chara, Wish Upon the Pleaides, and Marvel Anime: X-Men.
Satsuki is also involved in other charity work, recently helping a group of animators and illustrators with a charity book featuring the popular anime series Gurren Lagann.
Steve Yun works at Harmony Gold on Robotech and Macross.
There are many people who have helped us organize this event. Without you none of this is possible. A big hug and “Arigato!” to you all!