As our most dedicated readers know, we always try to do a little extra support for the conventions that we are attending and what I mean by that is I will share guest and vendor announcements when I have the news in addition to the traditional website overview and social media barrage. Earlier this week, the first three voice actors were announced and since there is more to come I will just edit this single narrative so you have everything in one place. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
We’re excited to announce three fantastic returning guests of honor. These three voice actors have been in all your favorite shows, from Fairy Tail to Soul Eater to Baccano!, One Piece, DBZ, and Fullmetal Alchemist. We’re excited they will be joining us again in 2019!
Tyler Walker is an ADR director, line producer, script writer and voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. A native of East Texas, he grew up spending equal time playing in the woods, playing Atari, and watching cartoons like Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Star Blazers, and Battle of the Planets. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film, he spent time playing in bands and eventually started working as an ADR engineer and production assistant at FUNimation in 2002. A bit of trivia: His former band, The Pointy Shoe Factory, had three songs featured in Dragon Ball Z Movie Eight: Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan. Since then, he has worked as ADR director on nearly one thousand episodes of such series as Baccano!, Toriko, Ghost Hunt, Basilisk, Black Cat, Samurai Warriors, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hell Girl, Is This a Zombie, Kado: The Right Answer, Tales of Zestiria, 91 Days, Dies Irae and King’s Game. Currently, he’s directing two simuldubs; Hakyu Hoshin Engi and Basilisk: Ouka Ninja Scroll. In addition to directing and producing, he has also written hundreds of scripts for titles such as Fairy Tail, One Piece, Bamboo Blade, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hero Tales, Shangri-La, Samurai Warriors, and both seasons of Is This A Zombie. When he’s not at the FUNimation studios, Tyler plays drums and produces music for his bands, Wirewings and 100’s. His wife, Heather, has appeared in several titles like Maken-Ki, Shangri-la, Fairy Tail, Toriko, and Overlord as well. Somehow they still find time to go play in the woods with their three dogs.
Heather Walker loves the freaks, the geeks, and the oddballs. From birds and giant rats, to tortured mystical children and sexy nurses, she has played a wide variety of roles in her time as a voice actress. Whether she is screaming her head off for an entire scene or being innocently naughty, Heather loves extreme characters. Some of her roles include Hiruko from Shangri-La, Aki from Maken-Ki, the misunderstood villain Mary Hughes in Fairy Tail Rina in King’s Game, “Wise King of the Forest” Hamsuke in Overlord and Zoe, the revolutionary girl, in the audio play Chimpanzee. She studied creative writing at the University of North Texas and besides voice acting, Heather is a writer, poet, birdwatcher, and environmentalist. So not only does she love voicing animals, she loves protecting them too.
Chuck Hubers most recent anime roles are Android 17, Emperor Pilaf and Kibito in Dragon Ball Super, Kurogiri in My Hero Academia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, and Jason the Toymaker in CreepyPasta. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and Skip Beat! Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor… among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the The Harrowing.
CDawgVA “Connor Colquhoun” is best known for his YouTube videos and voice-over work. Where he is often absurd and over the top, whilst discussing Otaku related topics. As well as his popular anime character impressions-based series. He has currently amassed a following of over 450,000 subscribers on YouTuber alone.
Brittany Lauda is a TX/NY voice actress & ADR director who is best known for playing Ichigo in DARLING in the FRANXX, Riko in Made in Abyss, Leviathan in Seven Mortal Sins, Kei Sakurai in Dies Irae, Lion in Hina Logic, Nene in My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Audrey Belrose in Huniepop/Huniecam, Osana Najimi in Yandere Simulator, Miza Kusakari in Tokyo Ghoul:re, Kaoru Daichi in Ladies versus Butlers, and Mirim in Queen’s Blade (to name a few!). You can also catch her voice in Pokemon XY, Hasbro apps & games like My Little Pony and Transformers, Aphmau animations as Cathy and various video games like Battlerite, Heroes Arena and Minotaur. Other anime credits of hers include Juden-Chan: Recharged, Rio: Rainbow Gate, World War Blue, Fairy Tail, Gosick, King’s Game, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Citrus, Overlord, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls and more. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting for titles like YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, Marooners, Minotaur and anime series like Ai No Kusabi, Ladies versus Butlers, Juden-Chan Recharged and World War Blue. She acts as Head ADR Director over at Media Blasters and has worked on titles at Funimation as a director/AD such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, The Morose Mononokean, Hina Logic, Alice & Zoroku and New Game! Outside of voice over & directing, Brittany enjoys playing with her Shiba Inu named Raven, playing video games, trying not to play more World of Warcraft, squeeing at how cute Gon & Killua are in HUNTERxHUNTER and telling herself she doesn’t need more figurines of husbandos like Hisoka and Kurama. Check out BrittanyLauda.com for more credits, or follow her on twitter (@BrittanyLaudaVO) for shenanigans.
Matt Shipman is a Texas and New York based Voice Actor, ADR Writer, ADR Engineer, and all around nerd-guy. He is best known for voicing Shay Obsidian in Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V, which is currently airing on NickToons. Additionally, he can be heard in DARLING in the FRANXX as Hiro, GOSICK as Kazuya Kujo, Juni Taisen as Snake, Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast as Byakuya, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These as Julian Mintz, Ai no Kusabi as Norris, World War Blue as Gear, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls as Tadanaga, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru as Higekiri and several other anime including Attack on Titan, Black Clover, and One Piece. Matt writes scripts for Funimation (New Game!!, A Sister’s All You Need., KARAKAI JOZU NO TAKAGI-SAN) and Media Blasters (Juden-Chan, Ai no Kusabi) and works as assistant director for Media Blasters titles. He also co-owns Kocha Sound alongside Brittany Lauda. Matt plays Street Fighter, loves the Zero Escape and Persona series, watches seasonal anime, plays card games, and loves to talk about all things nerdy. Talk to him on Twitter (@MattShipmanVO)!
Frenchy and the Punk:
New York based Frenchy and the Punk’s show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris’ Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals that just might make you lose your mind. They are a quirky, genre-bending and theatrical act. This dynamic duo is a favorite at alternative conventions across the U.S. and in Europe like DragonCon, Steampunk World’s Fair and FaerieCon. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F! http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com
Presenting brand new music from her highly anticipated new album “RENIRM”, Japan native and New York City based Electro-Pop singer, Reni “RM” Mimura is well known for her futuristic adorability, profound concepts and a high-energy onstage presence. Born and raised in Japan until relocating to New York in 2008, Renigot her big break after she won a talent search competition in 2006 and released her first CD in Japan that was produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed music for one of the Pokemon movies. Her relocating to New York brought her unique style of Moe entertainment to the United States, and quickly garnered her national attention as a leader in the Moe Revolution. As her fan base increased, so did attention from the U.S. and Japanese entertainment industry. In 2010, the National Broadcasting Television Station of Japan (NHK) made 2 documentaries on Reni’s career in America and the impact of her performances on western audiences and the fashion industry. She can be seen in a popular iPhone 5 commercial and was recently featured on the ABC Nightline. It wasn’t long before she was chosen to sing the huge breakout song “Chiwawa” from the game Just Dance that was also featured on an episode of Showtime’s Ray Donivan! In the U.S. Reni is constantly touring prominent animation conventions and other music events across the nation. When not on tour reni is in the studio creating the next big sound or doing photo shoots for her many fans called “Angels”! In 2009 she released her first U.S. CD “Sakura” and published her first photo book in 2010 called “Maid in NY”. Her latest album, Hybrid Girl blends eastern Moe concepts with fun western electro-pop dance beats and features popular tracks like Secret and Rock Paper Scissors. Currently she is back in the studio with DJ AAROCK to bring fans her third U.S. album release filled with hard-hitting pop and dance beats, electric melodies and sophisticated themes poised to make a solid crossover impact! Reni has also founder of the first official Maid Café in New York City, which has garnered a great deal of press and recognition
Mason Lieberman is an anime composer and recording artist most known for his work composing on series like Rooster Teeth’s RWBY and Beyblade Burst Evolution, amongst many others. As a cellist, guitarist, and vocalist, Mason has had the great pleasure of working with a wide variety of film and gaming franchises, with personal favorites including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise, Riot Games’ League of Legends, and God Eater. Mason’s panels provide a deep-dive perspective on scoring the anime and game music industries. You can usually find him on Twitter (@masonlieberman) or on Facebook (masonliebermanmusic) mumbling about guitar-layering for days to get that zesty anime crunch!
Wendy Powell is a native of Texas and resides in Dallas with her husband and her seven-year-old son. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Texas Christian University and is an Alumni of the Walt Disney World College program. She has also worked on commercials, television, radio, print, film, video games, graphic novels and of course anime voice over. Her other great passion is teaching, she has taught middle school theatre over a decade, and is grateful every day for all they teach her about life ANndy Powell is a native of Texas and resides in Dallas with her husband and her seven-year-old son. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Texas Christian University and is an Alumni of the Walt Disney World College program. She has also worked on commercials, television, radio, print, film, video games, graphic novels and of course anime voice over. Her other great passion is teaching, she has taught middle school theatre over a decade, and is grateful every day for all they teach her about life. Wendy is best known for her work at Funimation Entertainment, Okatron 5000, Sound Cadence Studios, and Gearbox Entertainment. Her most notable roles are: Envy from Full Metal Alchemist, Ilena from Claymore, Murkuro from YuYu Haka show, and Miss Merry Christmas from One Piece.
Wendy’s list of beloved characters that she has voiced over the years range from teacher to demons, which is what she loves most about voice acting! The following is a list of some of her credits:
Heavy Object (Ayamia Cherryblossm) Tokyo Raven (Miyo Kuarahaski) Murder Princess (Cecilia) , Prince Adventures (Queen Tahirah Tehuti), Wolf Children (Nirasaki’s Daughter), The Gunstringer, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts ( Kaoru Toudou), Royal Lane, Chaos Head ( Katsuko Momose), Casshern Sins, Soul Eater, Nabari No O (Naoko), Doruaga no to: The Aegis of Uruk (Quox), D. Gray-man (Hevlaska), Evangelion: 1.0: You are (Not) Alone, Darker than Black (Yamashita), Murder Princess (Cecilia), One Piece (Miss Merry Christmas), Negima! (Misora Kasuga), Shin Chan (Fever Demon), Ouran High School Host Club (Fan club Executive), Revelation (Snow), XXXHolic (Collector E), Trinity Blood (Paula), Spikeout: Battlestreet, Moon Phase (Pinky), Bloodrayne 2: (Kestral), School Rumble, Keroro Gunso (Admiral), Burst Angel (Ms Hongo), Space Dandy, The Galaxy Railways (Mrs. Drake), D7Peacemaker: Nightfall (V1), Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (Camilla),Gunslinger Girl, Blue Gender: The Warrior ( Amick Hendar), Kiddy Grade (Etoh), Fruits Basket (Kyo’s Mother), Baki the Grappler (Emi), Detective Conan (Margery Wafulcot), Yuu Yuu Hakusho (Mukuro), Catches breath. Whew. My Goodness! Wendy is a busy, busy, lady!
Jessica Cavanagh is a Dallas-based theatre artist, voice actor, and writer. As a staff writer with Funimation Entertainment, she’s adapted hundreds of episodes of Japanese anime for an English-speaking audience (some favorites are Golden Kamuy, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Sakura Quest, and Fuuka) and she’s also worked extensively as an actor in their English broadcast dubs, voicing roles in Attack on Titan (Carla Jaeger), Fairy Tail (Aquarius), Steins;Gate (Moeka/Shining Finger), Black Butler (Paula), One Piece (Curly Dadan), My Hero Academia (Inko Midoriya, Izuku’s sweet mama!), Karneval (Iva), Katana Maidens (Akane Origami), and many others. Her play, Self-Injurious Behavior, which is based loosely on her own experience as the parent of her autistic son and favorite human, Elijah, was just presented off-broadway at Urban Stages in NYC in April 2019. Jessica is passionate about telling women’s stories now that she’s actually tried it and she’s pretty determined to spend the rest of her life doing as much of that as possible!
Greg Ayres has been blasting his way into 2019! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in the DragonBall universe in DragonBall Super as Frost, and equally excited blasting bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. Some other recent roles include Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, Yabase in the upcoming dub of Hitorijime My Hero, and even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks” at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from that show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen –from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage ofThe Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Remember that all guests and plans are subject to change since that happens with conventions so don’t blame the reporting if I missed a cancellation or an alert. We get over 100 emails here at the Metal Media Command HQ and sometimes the server thinks stuff is SPAM and we never see it. Should I learn of any cancellations I will note them in an Update below this region for good measure. Don’t forget to get your tickets early since this happening seems to sell out well in advance. See you next time.
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