Guests

Voice Actors and Industry

Junko Takeuchi -

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Birthplace: Saitama Japan

Birthday: April 5th, 1972

Height: 151cm
Shoe size: 23.0cm
Hobby: Illustration, watching professional wrestling, and reading
Skill: Ballet 
 
Voices:
Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden), Mamoru Endo (Inazuma Eleven), Red (Pokemon the Origin), Sabo (One Piece), Ganta (Doraemon), Takuya Kanbara and Gomamon (Digimon), Mokuba Kaiba (Yu Gi Oh!), Kamatari Honjo (Rurouni Kenshin),… and more!
 
Radio shows: Naruto Shippu Jinrai, Takeuchi Junko no Girly Daigaku, Teiden Radio
 
She as also done many voice-overs and narrations for movies and TV shows.
 
Official blog “BAMBOOKID Life”
Free web fan club “Chikuwa-bu”
Christopher Ayres – 
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Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway.  He currently  works as a A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works  and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media, New Gen Pictures Okratron 5000 and FUNimation Entertainment.  As an A.D.R. Director  his credits include: FROM THE NEW WORLD, MARIAH HOLIC, MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, HAKKENDEN, AKB0048 SECOND STAGE, KOKORO CONNECT series and o.v.a.,  MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, LITTLE BUSTERS, SAY I LOVEYOU AKB-0048, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BATTLE GIRLS,  BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, All three of the HAKUOKI series and the o.v.a, INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU, BOOK OF BANTORRA, PLANZET, EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and assistant director for THE WALL FLOWER and TSURITAMA  Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Phi-Brain, B-Toom, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few.  Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions. You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www.christopherayres-va.com.
Clarine Harp – 
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Clarine Harp has been a mainstay in anime for over a decade, first featured in Kiddy Grade to give life to the character of Tweedledee in 2003. Since that first role, Clarine’s acting talents have been highlighted through the voices of a broad range of popular characters: Hetalia (China, Taiwan), Burst Angel (Sei), Samurai 7 (Sanae), Speed Grapher (Ginza), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Trinity Blood (Mary), and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura).
Clarine can also be heard in Cat Planet Cuties, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, Sekirei, The Sacred Blacksmith, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Beck, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.0, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, LASTEXILE – Fam, the Silver Wing-, Tower of Druaga, Ouran High School Host Club, Heaven’s Lost Property, Jormugand, One Piece and many more.
Out of the booth, Clarine helps produce great anime in the United States through her job as Director of DVD, Blu-ray and Video Production for FUNimation. In her spare time you’ll find her commanding a horde of rabbits and spreading the gospel of sock knitting far and wide. Fun fact: Clarine is also the inspiration behind the character of Aubrey in the popular webcomic, Something Positive.
Taliesin Jaffe -
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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 Stories and 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 and Ga’nar in Lords of War.

Musical Guests

Ganglion -

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Girls band “Ganglion” was formed in August 2010. The name “Ganglion” means “center of creative activity”, symbolizes their goal to create new sounds with members various backgrounds including Pops, metal, and emo.
Since their debut, they’ve held many sold-out shows, and now their fan base expands overseas. They are planning their first performance in USA this fall.
The first press of their first full album sold out instantly in 2012. Their latest mini-album ranked 1st on Tower Records J-Pop ranking.
Oni (Vo & Guitar) is also a well known fashion model featured in popular fashion magazine “KERA!”, expanding their fan base to include mid-high schoolers.

IMERUAT featuring FINAL FANTASY XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina

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IMERUAT is a prominent music group formed by composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina. Known around the world for his compositions for popular video games, among them Final Fantasy XIII, Hamauzu has earned a reputation among contemporary Japanese musicians as a master of his craft. He is joined by Mina, whose training is reflected in her exceptional vocal style and research into her Ainu ancestry. Her knowledge of traditional instruments is informed by a deep respect for the culture of Japan’s indigenous peoples. After years of preparation, the duo’s collaboration has culminated in the creation of the music series IMERUAT. (In the Ainu language, the name carries the meaning “Flash of light.”) Already the unique combination of Hamauzu’s progressive compositional style and Mina’s vocals have impressed audiences during concerts taking place in Poland, France, United States, Switzerland and Japan, garnering recognition among international audiences.

Symphonic Fantasies & Distant World Soloist Benyamin Nuss

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Benymain Nuss joins IMERUAT as a composer and soloist.

He was the featured soloist in the award winning “Symphonic Fantasies” recording and his first CD released by “Deutsche Grammophon” is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous Role Play Game of all times, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through Germany, where he played in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeiz Halle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. Besides he appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distand World” concerts in Tokyo, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm.

For a full bio visit www.benyaminnuss.com

Cosplay Guests

Shinka Studios

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Over the years Shinka Studios has been a part of many conventions, winning multiple awards, taking part in promotional videos, being featured in Game Informer and Cosplay in America, announcing and judging at conventions, being interviewed by Forbes, assisting in several charities, and being a part of Scyfy’s show Heroes of Cosplay. This brother and sister team pride themselves in their work. At many times Carl and April do unorthodox cosplays or challenging characters in an attempt to bring them to life, learn new skills, and inspire others. The cosplayers of Shinka Studios have always been advocates for positivity in the community, equality for all, and that cosplay is for everyone.

Atelier Heidi

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Atelier Heidi is an award-winning cosplayer and artist based out of Dallas, Texas. She spent the summer of 2014 as an intern at God Save the Queen Fashions and is pursuing a BFA in Theatrical Technology and Design from the University of Texas at Arlington. Best-known for her cosplays of Asuka and Holo, Heidi also runs the online jewelry business Reset Buttons, where she re-purposes broken videogame components into wearable geek chic artwork. Oni-con holds a special place in her heart, and she is super stoked to be attending as a cosplay guest this year!

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