Guests

Many great guests are going to be announced for 2019. Stay tuned and keep an eye on our website. Some guests may charge for autographs/photographs.

 

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David Wald

David Wald began voice-acting for English dubs of anime in 2005 with ADV Films’ Shadow Skill. In the years since, David has continued to voice characters for ADV, Sentai Filmworks, Funimation, and others, including Fairy Tail’s Gajeel Redfox; Napapa and Hyssop in Dragon Ball Super; Bulat in Akame Ga Kill!; Tetsutetsu and Snipe in My Hero Academia; Rei in Love Stage; Attack On Titan’s Hannes; Vetto in Black Clover; Keishin Ukai in Haikyu; Gérman Luis in GARO: The Animation; Duke Togo in Golgo 13; Berg Katze in Gatchaman CROWDS; Master Chief in Halo: Legends; Dr. Ozaki in Shiki; Charlie in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; Paulie and Tamago in One Piece; Reiji in Diabolik Lovers; Teppei in Toriko; Yoji Itami in GATE; Welf Crozzo in Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?; Mutsumi in Kiss Him, Not Me!; King Victor in The Royal Tutor; Riki Nendou in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.; and Count Magnus in Vampire Hunter D

From outside the vocal booth, David has served as ADR Director for titles including Hitorijime My Hero; Love Stage; Bloom Into You; AURA: Koga Maryuin’s Last War; Kokkoku; and Tada Never Falls In Love, and has adapted scripts for titles including Diabolik Lovers: More Blood; Chivalry of a Failed Knight; Love Stage; and Hitorijime My Hero.

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J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, this reclusive actor/writer spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Cast as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.

Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, Kelvin and Pendles from Battleborn, and fifteen playable characters from SMITE.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom, Dragon Ball Z Kai and Attack on Titan.

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. He also co-hosts Ghoul Intentions, a spooky podcast dedicated to creeping you out. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.

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Monica Rial

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for over 20 years and is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to hundreds of anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card (Sakura), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Food Wars (Jun), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Golden Kamuy (Asirpa), Maid-sama (Misaki), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her on Toonami as Colonel Marin in gen:LOCK and as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and has also appeared in several video games including Fire Emblem Echoes, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Smite, Tales of Berseria, Ms.’Splosion Man, Borderlands 2, Borderland Pre-Sequel, and the Angry Birds series. Be sure to come by and say hello!

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Brandon McInnis

Brandon McInnis is a voice actor, singer, and translator. He voices Sir Nighteye in My Hero Academia, Ganos in Dragon Ball Super, Finral Roulacase in Black Clover, Yuna D. Kaito in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Yuta Hibiki in SSSS.GRIDMAN, Keita Amano in Gamers, Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings Online, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler: Book of Murder, Sonosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Erlang Shen in SMITE, Count St. Germain in Code: Realize, Arata Miyako in Midnight Occult Civil Servants, and many more.

He has interpreted for Nobuo Uematsu (famed Final Fantasy composer), Chihiro Fujioka (the director of Super Mario RPG), Hiroki Takahashi (the voice of Ryu in Street Fighter), and several Japanese bands including The Earthbound Papas, Versailles, and D. His translation of HTML5 Game Programming with Enchant.js, a textbook on programming video games, has been used in the game development curriculums of California Polytechnic State University, the New England School of Communications, and Uppsala University in Sweden.

With a deep love for music production and originally trained as an opera singer, Brandon also adapts and covers anime songs in English on his YouTube channel (youtube.com/branmci). Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @BranMci

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Freddie Heinz

Freddie Heinz is a voice actor who has appeared in the visual novel game Highway Blossoms, Manifest (the Fairy’s Tale Book 1) audiobook, and My Hero Academia. Freddie is also a producer for JoyRide Entertainment, a multimedia production team with a Youtube channel with over 30K subscribers. Freddie was a guest at last year’s convention where he judged alongside Chuck Huber during the “Now Voice This!” series of Panels. He is looking forward to returning to Anime Dallas and expanding his and JoyRide’s presence at this convention.

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Jamie Marchi

Jamie Marchi is a voice actress for video games and anime with well over 300 characters to date. She’s the voice of Ellie from Borderlands 2 (& 3) and Freya from Smite, as well as numerous popular anime roles include Rias Gremory from High School DxD, Mt. Lady from My Hero Academia, Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa, Cana Alberona from Fairy Tail, Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Liz from Soul Eater, Masane Amaha from Witchblade, and Mari from Love Live! Sunshine!! as well as other fan-favorite characters from Attack on Titan, Ancient Magus Bride, Hetalia, Death Parade, Deadman Wonderland, One Piece, Sgt. Frog, Shin Chan, Yu YuHakusho, Black Cat, Spice and Wolf, Sekirei, Heaven’s Lost Property, Tokyo Ghoul, Free!, and Snow White with the Red Hair. Jamie is very excited to be reprising her role of Motoko Minigawa from Fruits Basket, the very first role from an anime she ever played. Jamie has also written numerous English script adaptations, a few of her favorites being Space Dandy, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Ancient Magus Bride, Hetalia, High School DxD, Yurikuma Arashi, The Devil is a Part Timer, Spice and Wolf, Snow White with the Red Hair, Sgt. Frog, and Yamada’s First Time.

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Barry Yandell

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor by BTVA for his iconic role as William T. Spears in Black Butler, Barry Yandell is a well-known and very busy regional stage actor and voiceover artist based in North Texas. Most recently, Barry lends his voice talent to the characters of Conehead in Fire Force, Zelada in Cop Craft and Kodai in Yu-No. Fans will recognize his voice contributions in some of the most popular Anime series to date including Alexis Kerib in SSSS Gridman, Yoki in Full Metal Alchemist, Mr. 2 Bon Clay in One Piece, Little Demon in Soul Eater, Dwarf Shaman in Goblin Slayer, and Popuko in Pop Team Epic. Additional roles include an array of characters from Dragonball Z, Ghost in the Shell, Fairy Tail, and Attack on Titan to name a few. Please visit Barry’s actor pages at IMDB.com and behindthevoiceactors.com for a full listing of characters and upcoming new roles.

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Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle is an american actor. His birth was foretold by a swallow, in a remote location in Orlando, Florida. At the moment he burst forth from the womb a new star formed and illuminated the sky, the seasons suddenly changed from winter to spring and a double rainbow appeared. At three weeks old he had learned to walk and by eight weeks he was talking. His voice over career began soon after. He was raised in Austin, Texas, which was retroactively named after him. He has since voiced many characters in English dubbed anime including: Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul), Marco Bodt (Attack on Titan), Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Avilio Bruno (91 Days), Seborgia (Hetalia), Raspberry (Dragon Ball Z), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun), Ichirohiko (The boy and the Beast). You can also hear him voicing leading roles in many other shows including: Is This a Zombie, Guilty Crown, D-Frag, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail, Prince Of Stride, Prison School, Tamo No-Rin, ACCA, Maria the Virgin Witch, Snow White with the Red Hair, Trickster, Shangri-La, Cross Ange, My Love Story and more. I’m pretty sure he does video games too, like Raspberry in Dragonball Xenoverse and Hou Yi in Smite. Austin currently resides in Dallas Texas, where he enjoys his leisure time as a master golfer, after picking up the game for the first time in 2016 when he shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. He consists on a humble diet and employs a servant to inspect every grain of rice that is served to him; any with the most minor of flaws is discarded. He has never used a toilet as his body recycles everything it consumes with flawless efficiency. Also, he invented the hamburger.

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Jeremy Inman

Jeremy Inman has been Voice Acting and Directing in Anime for 20 years. Starting with Android 16 in Dragonball Z, he has gone on to voice many other fan favorites in multiple shows. Currently Captain Obi in Fire Force, now on Toonami, as well as Magne in My Hero Academia, also on Toonami. More noted roles include JJ in Yuri! On Ice! , Taurus in Fairy Tail and Magellan in One Piece. Along with Voice Acting Jeremy is a Director at Funimation and has helmed such awesome projects like Golden Kamuy, My Roommate is a Cat, Saga of Tanya the Evil, and much more.

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Wendy Powell

Texas-based actor Wendy Powell absolutely loves what she does, performing in all forms of media: film, television, radio, narration, and video games. But where her character-creating skills truly come to life is in anime! Mirroring the shapeshifting abilities of her iconic Fullmetal Alchemist role Envy, she changes her voice into anything and everything imaginable, including quirky robots, mysterious omnipotent aliens, little old fox ladies, wispy exorcists, and everyday human beings.

Wendy attended Texas Christian University, majoring in Theater. She’s also an alumna of the Disney College Program, studying editing on The Rocketeer and The Rescuers Down Under. After graduating in 1993, she’s worked steadily as a professional actress ever since.

In 2000, Wendy first began working with Funimation as Amick Hendar in Blue Gender, and from there she just kept on going! Her most well-known roles include Ilena in Claymoire, Mukuro in Yuyu Hakusho, Miss Merry Christmas in One Piece, and as a “guest star” Popuko in Pop Team Epic! Of course, Wendy’s vocal transformations can be heard in so much more, including My Hero Academia, Overlord, Space Dandy, Fruits Basket, Case Closed, D. Gray Man, Fairy Tail, Sengoku Basara, Prince Adventures, Sgt. Frog, and… well, how much time do you have, because at over 120 titles, this list could go on for a while…

Wendy has also performed in videogames such as The Gunstringer, Bloodrayne 2, Spikeout: Battlestreet, and as the enigmatic “Watcher” in Borderlands: The Pre Sequel. She confesses that, while she plays characters in videogames… she’s kind of bad at actually playing videogames. (^_^;)

Wendy’s passion for acting is matched only by her passion for teaching. For over a decade, she has taught middle school theatre, grateful for the opportunity to educate and encourage young actors. She also loves meeting people at conventions, which lets her share her love of acting in person. When not behind the mic or in front of the classroom, Wendy enjoys the outdoors, reading nonfiction, and floral design. She lives in Dallas with her husband, her seven-year-old son, and a menagerie of animal companions: a black Labrador, a white German Shepherd, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, and a turtle (named Crusher).

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John Gremillion

John Gremillion is a stage, film and voice actor who has been working in anime for over 20 years, providing voices for dozens of popular anime titles for ADV, FUNimation, Okratron 5000, and Sentai Filmworks. John’s most notable roles include Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Arthur Randall in Black Butler, Hakuoro in Utawarerumono, and D in Sentai’s recent re-release of Vampire Hunter D. More recent roles include Roland Chapelle in Food Wars, Takeshi Hirokawa in Parasyte: The Maxim and General Liver in Akame Ga Kill!, all seen on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

A professional video editor for over 20 years, John worked on the supplemental materials ADV’s 2010 release of Halo Legends and for FUNimation’s release of Assassination Classroom Vol 2. He studied film at The University of Texas at Austin and Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School of Drama.

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Christina Kelly

Christina Marie Kelly (born November 13, 1991 in Newport Beach California) is an American actress and voice actress for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation Entertainment. Christina attended the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. In Houston Texas she’s appeared on stage at A.D. Players, Unity Theatre and The Catastrophic Theatre. Christina is also represented by The Pastorini Bosby Agency.

Some of her roles in anime include Ichika Takatsuki in Waiting in the Summer, Claudine in, Revue Starlight, Alice Nakiri in, Food Wars!, Iroha Igarashi in, Real Girl, Mikoto Kondo in Kampfer, Shizuku in My Girlfriend is a Shobitch, Sakiko Michimoto in, Boogiepop and Others, Fu Sagami in, Release the Spyce, Padparadscha in Land of the Lustrous, Sylphonford Tachibana in, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Yamato in Kancolle, Loki in, Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Satone Shichimiya in Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions- Heart Throb, and Mine in Akame Ga Kill which was featured on Cartoon Network for Adult
Swims Toonami.

Behind the Voice Actors nominated Christina for Breakthrough Voice
Actress of the year in 2015 and 2017 for Best Supporting Role in Himouto
Umaru-Chan. Follow Christina on Instagram @itschristinakelly and Twitter
@ChristinaMarieK

 

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Texan Heat Nerdlesque

Formed February 12th, 2016, Texan Heat Nerdlesque brings nerdy burlesque, variety, and aerial acts all around Texas, and gradually spreading to out-of-state conventions! We have performed at conventions such as: A-KON, San Japan, Haven Con, Dream Con, Delta H Con, and many more! Many of our performers have also worked with groups such as: Tuesday Tease at Sue Ellen’s, Glitterbomb Denton, Bang Bang Cabaret/The House of Dollz, The Ken Dolls, Stars and Garters Burlesque, and more! We are delighted to return to Anime Dallas with a far more extravagant show than the previous year and we hope you enjoy what we have to offer!

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Neko Neko Maid and Host Club

Neko Neko Maid and Host Club is an exciting maid and host cafe based off of idol cafes in Akihabara, Japan! From the moment you enter the door, an adorable maid will be ready to show you to your table where you can get to know your own beautiful maid or host as well as the other con-goers at your table. Come celebrate 10 years of moe maid magic within Texas’s original touring maid cafe!

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Olivia Swasey

Olivia Swasey is an actor based in Houston , Tx. She got her start as a child doing small bit roles for ADV Films. Eventually she started landing larger roles for Sentai Filmworks. Some of her favorite roles are Maya in “Revue Starlight”, Ishino in “Real Girl”, Belphegor in “Seven Heavenly Virtues”, Ran in 7 “Seeds”, and Katrina in “Release the Spyce”. In addition Olivia can be seen as Fire Claw and Buri in “Cutie Honey Universe”, Igarashi in “Bloom into You”, and Commander in “Danmachi”. She landed her first lead role in “Kampfer” playing the female role of Natsuru. Olivia currently lives in Houston and is obtaining her B.F.A. in theatre at University of Houston and working on crafting the perfect brownie recipe!!! She thanks her dad, John Swasey, for his continued love and support of her anime career.

 

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Chairman of Anime Dallas, John Swasey started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime. Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.

Meet your board members.

  • John Swasey
  • More to come.

Many guests will be happy to sign autographs and take photos with fans at the convention for free, though some may charge. Though the board members may be busier than usual, we want to bring fans and industry members like ourselves closer together.