Animé Los Angeles – Guests (2015)
The 2015 Guests:
Editor Guest of Honor: Carl Gustav Horn
Carl’s first editing job in the anime and manga industry was as assistant editor at Viz Media’s Animerica magazine, beginning in 1995. In 1997 he edited his first manga at Viz, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. In 1999 he became manga editor for Viz’s seinen manga anthology magazine, PULP. Since 2004 he has been a manga editor at Dark Horse Comics. His Japanese book projects have also included novels such as Masaki Yamada’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence—After the Long Goodbye and Yoshitaka Amano’s Deva Zan, and art books such as The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy and Dragon Girl and Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada. Among the manga titles he has edited are Unofficial Hatsune Mix, Cardcaptor Sakura, Golgo 13, Oh My Goddess!, Excel Saga, Flowers & Bees, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Banana Fish, Satoshi Kon’s OPUS, and Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President.
Fan Guest of Honor: Liz Ohanesian
Liz Ohanesian is an L.A.-based writer who specializes in entertainment and pop culture with an emphasis on fan communities and behind-the-scenes stories. She has followed around cosplayers. She has written about anime music videos, warehouse parties and even a virtual pop star. She has ventured into animation studios and gone behind-the-scenes of television series. Liz has also covered more conventions than she can remember, including San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon*Con, Anime Expo and E3. She is currently collaborating with photographer Ejen Chuang on the sequel to his book, Cosplay in America.
In addition to writing about fan culture, Liz regular pens arts, music and general entertainment stories. She writes the weekly column “Cult Stars” for L.A. Weekly and is a contributor to KCET Artbound. Her work has also appeared in Boing Boing, Hi-Fructose, Topless Robot, Paper, Paste and MySpace. She is also the co-creator of the webcomic Los Animales. When she’s not on deadline, Liz plays records (yes, vinyl) at clubs across Los Angeles.
Liz is available for writing gigs, convention panels, lectures and other public appearances. Please contact her at lizohanesian [at] yahoo [dot] com for more information.
Guest of Honor: David Vincent
David Vincent is a professional voice actor / television producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has lent his voice to a variety of animation / anime and video game titles, as well as numerous national commercials for television and radio.
David was nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work in GUN x SWORD.
Some of his best known credits include:
Senketsu in Kill la Kill
Grimmjow Jeagerjaques & Kouga Kuchiki in Bleach
Li Xingke in Code Geass
Archer / Gilgamesh in Fate / Zero
Assassin in Fate / Stay Night
Van in GUN x SWORD
Seiji in Durarara!!
Arthur August Angel in Blue Exorcist
Jin Kisaragi & Hakumen in the BlazBlue game series
Richard in Tales Of Graces F
Raymond Vester in Resident Evil: Revelations
Marshall Law & Forest Law in the Tekken franchise
Shin Kamiya in Tekken: Blood Vengance
Eliot in Dead Or Alive 5
Keiss in Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers
T-Hawk in Super Street Fighter IV
Richter in Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
Other titles include HALO 4, Soul Calibur V, Spec Ops: The Line and Alpha Protocol, plus many more new titles to be released this year.
In addition to voice acting, David has also appeared in front of the camera in guest and co-starring roles on primetime television shows NCIS, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, among others.
Please feel free to say hello to David on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDavidVincentFanpage or join his fan club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DavidVincentsWindorPanthers/
Guest of Honor: Matthew Mercer
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games.
His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Kanji in Kill la Kill, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online.
Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu
The Japanese-American: Was one of the first to have access to Anime-Japanese TV shows and various Toys and Games…His Heritage is A long Line of Priests and a longer line of Samurai: See Nasu Yoichi for example: Great Archer.. (skips every decade so don’t ask Tadao to shoot an apple.. Even the computer at 3 feet he’d miss). And sadly no.. He doesn’t speak Japanese. Three other languages sure.. Take the time to learn the native Lingo.. Well at least order sushi. But at least can make tea. He’s been a Chicago DJ, a Reporter, TV Researcher-Wrangler-PA. Voicing various Video Games and Ads for Sega and such. Even to being Principle Gouken in Street Fighter High School: the Musical. Apparently “Stitch-Experiment 626’s” Godfather (long story). Eaten by Godzilla: No no the one with Matthew Broderick. Chased by Matthew Broderick in a Godzilla like fashion : Inspector Gadget. A Cosplayer/Costumer, Steampunker, Samurai, Dr.Who-Aim to misbehave kind of style. A bit on the Old Skool Anime. From burning sushi to impersonating a Asian, Scotsman, Samoan. Not Japanese Enough for Pearl Harbor, Not Geeky Enough for Galaxy Quest, Not Foreign Enough for The Big Bang Theory, And they didn’t ask me to sing at the audition for Glee so they hired a Canadian look a like. (Shrug- oh is the life of a Hollywood Actor) However being internationally known as Mr. Shake Hands Man is great: getting kissed by Beyonce and JayZ 5 feet away and I’m still alive: Is I think quite an achievement. Met a lot of famous people. Being a Detective on HEROES (TOS*They are making a new one?), MC/Hosting Anime events and Anchoring Anime Sushi and other projects. Computer copied on “The Guild”..
So he’s the quiet funny guy…
Carrie Keranen was most recently heard as Satsuki Kiryuin in Kill la Kill and Mami Okada in Madoka Magica as well as Yamraiha in Magi, Yuri Koigakubo, the teacher in Tora Dora and the darkly cinematic Fate/Zero as Maiya Hisau. She has upcoming appearances on Naruto and Sailor Moon. Last summer she reprised her role as Caska in Berserk for the Movie Trilogy. In 2012 she went to San Diego ComicCon to premiere TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance as Ling Xiaoyu. She has previously given voice to Mokuba for the later seasons of YuGiOh as well as Kisara in YuGiOh Millenium. She has had lead roles as Cutie Honey in the live action Cutie Honey, Kumiko in Gokusen, Hinaku in Phoenix (Hi no Tori) and as Sheena in Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Her voice also appears in recurring roles on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ah! My Goddess, Slayers, Let’s go Tamgotchi, Pat and Stan, and Huntik. Her favorite video game role was Annie in Red Dead Revolver though you can hear her as Lux on League of Legends, Rom in the Neptunia series, Viva Pinata as well as several to be released soon! She currently works and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Erica is currently residing in Los Angeles and working as a professional voice-over artist.
She is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in “KILL la KILL”, Aladdin in “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, and Pac in “Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures”. She recently made her network TV debut in the one-hour animated special “Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School” as Cloud E. Sky.
Her video game works include Fran in “Demon Gaze”, Eryn in “Fairy Fencer F”, Micie Sun Mussemburg in “Atelier Escha & Logy”, Lucchini in “The Witch and the Hundred Knight”, and minor roles in “Ar nosurge”, “Dust: An Elysian Tail”, “Heroes of Newerth”. She also played various characters in the anime “Blood Lad” and is excited to announce more fun roles in the upcoming months.
You can keep up with Erica’s role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.
Weisz is a prolific voice actor in the anime community, having done voices in various anime shows such as Outlaw Star, The Big O, Rave Master, and Scryed. He is also well known for his past voice work in Saban live-action shows. Some of his better known-roles there included Mantix (who was one of the dreaded Mantrons) in Beetleborgs Metallix, as well as Falkar (who was one of the three Fallen Angel, or Troika, demons) in Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, and also the male voice of the Org General named Mandilok in Power Rangers: Wild Force (which was the last Power Rangers series to be filmed in America before it moved to New Zealand in 2003; the move laid off much of the original PR crew, including Weisz). Since then, His main focus has been anime. He co-directed the ADR for Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo alongside another voice actor,Michael Sorich. He is also the live-audience coach for Disney Channel shows, helping the teen and kid stars with them with improvisation on the set.
Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox
Editor, translator, producer and teacher—Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox has done it all during his career in international media and content production. He’s worked for DC Comics, Time Warner, VIZ Media, Kadokawa Publications, JManga.com and the NFL to produce print and video content for both the Japanese and American markets. He is also a regular fixture on the American convention circuit, making regular appearances at Dragon*Con, SD Comic Con, A-Kon, Anime Expo and others.
While working for NFL Japan (the National Football League’s Tokyo office), he was recruited to join the staff of Coamix Inc., the publisher of Weekly Comics Bunch, as the senior editor of their weekly manga magazine for the North American market, Raijin Comics.
From 2000 to 2002, Jonathan was a cast member of KOKO GA HEN DA YO! NIHONJIN (This is strange, Japan!), along with award-winning Japanese actor/director “Beat” Takashi Kitano.
In 2004, after 14 years in Japan, Jonathan returned to America, joining DC Comics to manage the CMX manga line. In 2005, he formed Arashi Productions, a manga and anime production company. The company has since developed a wide range of print and video media projects.
Jonathan is also a martial artist, holding black belts in Aikido, Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu, and Toyama Ryu Iaido.
Panda Cubed is Arizona’s longest running panel group. We love traveling to different anime conventions in the South West to entertain the masses.Our panels range from cosplay to Kpop to a bit of troll. If you stop by our panels we may even have a special something to give out.
Sarah Williams is a Los Angeles based voice actress for video games, animation, and commercials. She’s been heard as Sayaka Miki in Madoka Magica, Peacock in Skullgirls, Yuniko/Scarlet Rain in Accel World, Lisbeth in Sword Art Online, Jinx in League of Legends, Nonon Jakuzure in Kill La Kill, and Shion Ozu in Coppelion. Sarah is thrilled to be coming back once again to Anima LA.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Laura Post is now a Los Angeles based voice actor best known for her roles as Ahri in LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, Valentine in SKULLGIRLS, and Ragyo Kiryuin in KILL LA KILL.
Other anime roles include Rosalia in SWORD ART ONLINE, Ridget in GARGANTIA, Bosbos in REDLINE, Cindy Campbell in SQUID GIRL, Red’s Mom and Marowak in POKEMON ORIGINS, Eri Watabe in LAGRANGE, and Sawako in GIOVANNI’S ISLAND.
Laura’s video game work also includes Laura Victoriano in THE EVIL WITHIN, Queen Azshara and Shademaster Kiryn in WORLD OF WARCRAFT, Olivia in BRAVELY DEFAULT, Aero in FIREFALL, Erna in NATURAL DOCTRINE, Moenbryda in FINAL FANTASY XIV, Nox in SMITE, and Arfoire & Magic in the HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA franchise.
Laura has also provided voices for characters in LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, GUILD WARS 2, PLANETSIDE 2, HEARTHSTONE, HEROES OF NEWERTH, RAGNAROK ONLINE 2, and LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE.
You can follow Laura on Twitter @LauraPostVoice.
Christine Marie Cabanos is a voice over actress based out of Los Angeles. She is most known for her roles in Anime and Video Games. Some of her most notable roles include Azusa Nakano (K-ON!), Madoka Kaname (MADOKA MAGICA), Shiemi Moriyama (BLUE EXORCIST), Mako Mankanshoku (KILL LA KILL), Silica (SWORD ART ONLINE) , Minori Kushieda (TORADORA!), Haruka (OBLIVION ISLAND), the titular character of Squid Girl in SQUID GIRL, Minawa Ando (MAHOROMATIC: I’M HOME), General Pisti (MAGI), Michi Kondo (LAGRANGE) Ruka Asato (ACCEL WORLD), Reina and Mew (POKEMON ORIGINS), Filia (SKULLGIRLS), Marie Rose (DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE), Chiaki Nanami (DANGANRONPA 2), Nepgear in the HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA series, Keina Sawaya (ATELIER MERURU) and roles in video gamessuch as Time and Eternity, Fairy Fencer F, Tales of Xillia 2, Ragnarok Online 2,Witch and the Hundred Knight and Mugen Souls Z.!
An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2006. In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Faust ( Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- ), Dr. Qada ( Bravely Default ), Owain ( Fire Emblem: Awakening ), Wingul ( Tales of Xillia ), Jann Lee ( Dead or Alive 5 ), Lee Chaolan/Violet ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ), Yasuhiro Hagakure ( Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ), Fang ( Fairy Fencer F ), Sima Zhao ( Dynasty Warriors ), Kenshiro ( Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage ) and others including roles in Bioshock Infinite, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 6 and Batman: Arkham Origins. When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Tsumugu Kinagase ( Kill La Kill ), Kouen Ren ( Magi ), Schmidt ( Sword Art Online ), Akifusa Keikain ( Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ), Colbert/Derflinger ( Familiar of Zero ) and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Accel World, Monster, Squid Girl and Karas to name a few.
Recently Kaiji has had the honor and the privilege to loan his voice to the first ever official American localization of Doraemon, one of the oldest and continually running shows across the world. You can hear him as Takeshi “Big G” Goda every weekday on Disney XD. Having read Doraemon since he was an itty bitty child, it’s been an absolute thrill for Kaiji to bring one of Japan’s most iconic characters to life for the very first time for American audiences. He hopes this show will uplift the lives of western children as it has for so many in the east.
Marianne very rarely stops talking, and once she realized she could make money off it, life became even sweeter. At the ripe age of 19 she was cast in Fullmetal Alchemist and the Conquerer of Shamballa, and from there went on to work on animation and video game projects such as Monster, Planetside 2, Fate/Zero, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Zebraman, Tweeny Witches, Avalon Code, Squid Girl, and Dragon Age: Warden’s Fall, among others. Some of her more notable roles are Kyosuke Kamijo in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Recon in Sword Art Online, Young Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero, Braxton in the successfully kickstarted Cryamore, and Kai in the Wizart Animation telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
Erik Scott Kimerer
Erik Scott Kimerer is a geek. But more identifying, he’s a voice actor originally from Edmonds, Washington. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts, he moved to L.A. to pursue his love for voice acting in video games, animation, and whatever he could tell a story in by making noises and words. Recent anime works you may have heard him in include “Toradora” as Ryuuji Takasu, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” as Alibaba Saluja, “Accel World” as Haruyuki Arita, “Sword Art Online” as Ducker, and “Blood Lad” as Hydra Knell. In video games he’s lent his voice to Cress and various other characters in “Tales of Xilia 2″, Mark Evans in “Inazuma Eleven”, Joven Glacius in “Heroes of Newerth”, and a Black Egret in “Skullgirls”, among others. Being a long time attendee and staffer at conventions, Erik is happy to travel and share his story, as well as hear and make new ones with his fellow anime and game fans.
FAKKU- Jacob Grady
Chocolate Covered Cosplay
To promote the freedom of cosplay no matter ones race, size, color, shape or gender. We spread diversity awareness through our life stories and open dialogue, to encourage empowerment and self validation within the geek community.
We are a group of African American cosplayers that reside in Southern California and Our group is composed of 4 women: Ginger Burton, Angel Tenshi, Deanna McRae, and Ashphord ‘Ashi-chan’ Jacoway.
Originally from Alaska, Kira Buckland got her start voice acting for online projects as a teenager. She later moved to Los Angeles to voice act professionally, and since then has had a variety of roles in anime, most notably Izumo in Blue Exorcist, Kuroyukihime in Accel World, Kogyoku in Magi, Madoka in Lagrange, and Bell in Blood Lad. As an avid gamer, she is happy to have lent her voice to quite a few video games, including Dangan Ronpa 2 (Hiyoko Saionji), Skullgirls (Marie), Bravely Default (Artemia), Hyperdimension Neptunia V (Marvy), Mugen Souls (Chou-Chou), Time & Eternity (Toki), Castle Crashers (Princesses/Medusa), Fairy Fencer F (Ethel/Della/Khalara) and many more. In addition to being a voice actress, she is a cosplayer, competitive gamer, and espresso enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @rinachan or Facebook @KiraVoices!
Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime. Her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry. Some of her most notable credits have been in League of Legends as “Karma the Enlightened One”, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm as “Hagara the Stormbinder”, and “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, Skullgirls Encore!
Danielle has also earned several other roles in many anime and video games including “Threia Hazelgrimm” in Atelier Escha & Logy, “Onderia” in Gargantia: On the Verdurous Planet, “Rift Arachna” in Heroes of Newerth, “New Conglomerate solider” in Planetside 2, “Sidel” in Dragon Nest, “Additional voices” in Sword Art Online, “Captain Arley Sims” and “the Adjutant” in Starcraft Universe, “Wing Diver Unit” in Earth Defense Force 2025 and Zorin Blitz in Team Four Star’s “Hellsing Ultimate Abridged”.
Danielle also has plenty of projects that she’s looking forward to announce later this year. She’s excited to return to ALA 2015!”
Edward is from Chicago, IL and thrilled to be back at ALA. His first professional voice over job came in 2010 when I provided the voice for Eddie in the Xbox Live Arcade game Sequence.
In 2011, Edward interned in the casting department at Nickelodeon and worked behind the scenes onThe Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, T.U.F.F. Puppy and many other shows. At the time he was also working as the assistant casting director on another Xbox Live Arcade title calledDust: An Elysian Tail. He helped cast the entire game and eventually ended up as one of the leads, Dust’s sword Ahrah.
Other video game characters you can hear him as are Beokros in Vindictus, Mr. Smith in theShadow Wolf Mysteries, The Black Mage in Maplestory, Muay Tiger, Shadowbeast and others inHeroes of Newerth. Edward has also been in a few web series. He plays Major Canis in The Wonders of the Universe, Doubling in TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise and most recently asCM Punk, The Miz and others in WWE Slam City.
Edward also has a few special announcements he’s saving just for ALA so don’t miss out!
The Twilight Knights Renaissance Guild was originally founded in 1997 by Benjamin B Hsu as a martial arts group dedicated to the study, recreation and practice of authentic European martial arts. Also including a varied background in Eastern traditional martial arts, the Twilight Knights work to provide a comprehensive, practical and effective martial tradition.
Team Lift XMA
Team Lift XMA is a Martial Arts/Stunt team based out of Los Angeles that combines high impact Martial arts and awe inspiring stunts to bring you the best in action entertainment. With over 30 years of cumulative experience in Martial arts, this group of talented individuals is ready for anything you might ask of them.
Team Lift XMA is experienced at performing for movies, television shows, commercials, music videos, live performances, and more. In addition to working on projects for numerous companies such at mTV, Warner Brothers, CBS, and Paramount Pictures, Team Lift has hosted Stunt fighting panels at convention all over California for over 7 years. Whether performing or teaching, Team Lift brings a high degree of skill and professionalism to every project they undertake.
You can find Victor online on Twitter (@SonicDH) or on his YouTube channel (http://tiny.cc/VictorFrost)
Mikarin has been cosplaying and singing in costumes since when she fell in love with anime in 2004. Even before she started cosplaying, she was a musician, so when she picked up cosplay, naturally, she wanted to connect her love of singing to her love of performing in costumes. In 2005 She started to make cosplay costumes and in 2006 she started to cosplay with her husband Takeriya Hagi as cosplay unit “Takeriya Samurai” and their cosplay projects have been entered in many masquerade and she has received more than a dozen awards. Also, being from Japan, the land of Anime, Mikarin has a desire to share her Japanese pop culture heritage with anime fans in the U.S. by hosting panels at various anime conventions.
Natalie Hoover is a voice actor residing in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Oregon, Natalie had always admired the world of Hollywood. Realizing her passion for the arts, she enrolled herself in several organizations to explore what would soon become her career. Her most recent voice acting roles are Sonia Nevermind from the acclaimed title DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Tiara in Fairy Fencer F, Ryubence in Witch and the Hundred Knight, Toya in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, and Yolko in the hit series Sword Art Online that aired on Toonami, as well as many more titles which will be released soon. To learn more about Natalie, visit her at www.nataliehoover.com or follow her twitter (@NatalieHooverVO)
Taliesin Jaffe started his career as a child actor appearing in films such as Mr. Mom, 2010 and Explorers, and television shows such as She’s the Sheriff, Amazing Storiesand The Facts of Life. After a brief adventure living in Japan, he went on to work as an ADR director and script adaptor for animation and video games, and has been involved with the production of shows such as Hellsing, ROD the TV, NieA_7, BECK, Hellgirl, Romeo X Juliet, 3×3 Eyes, The End of Evangelion, Texhnolyze, Haibane Renmei, and Monster. He has also directed the English voice over for many games including the Street Fighter IV series, Sengoku Basara, Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Taliesin has also worked as a voice actor, lending is voice to characters such as Blanka and Adon (Street Fighter IV), Darion Mograine, Admiral Ripsnarl and the Devourer of Souls (World of Warcraft), Edge (Final Fantasy IV), Thancred (Final Fantasy XIV), The Flash (Mortal Kombat vs. DC), Takeya (DearS), Joe (Speed Grapher), Junkers (Monster), Hatomura (Paranoia Agent), Mori Koji (I My Me! Strawberry Eggs), Hanasho (Girls Bravo), Kenkichi (Kamichu!), Kannei (Ikki Tousen), and Rufus (Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), Preta Ghoul (Black Cat), Bucci (GunXSword), Koshinae (I’s), Aaron(Gundam UC), and Inui (Texhnolyze) to name just a few. Taliesin has won numerous awards for his efforts, and has recently directed the dub for Hellsing Ultimate 9-10 and Akiba’s Trip and is playing Dyst in Fairy Tail: the Movie, Kagura in Aquarion Evol, Ga’nar in Lords of War and The Prosecutor in Space Dandy.