Official Guests


Each year Anime Detour works hard to bring people from all over the Anime universe as well as local talent from Minnesota! We endeavor to invite artists, writers, fan guests, voice actors, and perhaps a producer or director (if we can get them away from their work ^_^). Please only submit guest suggestions during the summer as our convention cycle limits our input period for attendees and industry promoters to a realistic timeframe.

The panels are a great place for fans to ask questions about their favorite people in the Anime community. Check out our guests below, and don't miss out on all the fun!

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Guests of Honor

Returning Guests of Honor

Alumni Guests of Honor

Featured Artists


 


Guests of Honor

Aya 'Dancing Fighter' Aya 'Dancing Fighter'

Aya AKA Dancing Fighter is an up-and-coming broadcaster on twitch.tv. She is not only a fan of video games, but also anime, which she likes to incorporate into most of her shows through Cosplay. DancingFighter.tv is best known for amateur voice acting on the text-based Phoenix Wright series as well as many classic non-voiced JRPGs. She also enjoys playing many titles including the Street Fighter series, the Final Fantasy series, the Tales series, and many more! She always strives to provide quality entertainment no matter what content is on the screen!

Aya has also done a charity stream in July of 2014; when she became a partnered broadcaster on twitch. The 24 hours stream not only celebrated her partnership, but also allowed her to be able to raise around $2,000 for the Be the Match National Marrow Donor Program.

Aya is now looking to expand her channel in various ways and always looks forward to new experiences and new inspiration!

You can check out her twitch channel on twitch.tv/DancingFighter!

Her real-time updates are featured on twitter.com/Dancing_Fighter.

Aya’s progression on cosplay and just overall geeky rants are over on facebook.com/DancingFighter.aya.

Her various highlights from her channel and amateur voice work are seen on youtube.com/user/DancingFighterAya.

 

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Briana 'Tactical Pinup' Briana 'Tactical Pinup'

Briana “Tactical Pinup” Falb-Joslin, a native Minnesotan, is a popular video game broadcaster on Twitch.tv.  This spunky coffee obsessed avid gamer has been playing video games since she was 3-year-old on the original NES.  Under the gamertag, Tactical Pinup, she broadcasts a variety of video games; such as MOBAs, First Person Shooters, RPGS, MMORPGs, etc.


From the beginning of her broadcasting career (March 2014), she has dominated the video game world as ‘The Pinup Girl of Gaming’.  Her drive to create a positive impact on the gaming world has led to raising over $9,000 dollars for Charity over the last year.  Various charities she has supported in the past include Extra Life and St. Jude Play Live, as well as being an advocate for female gamers in the gaming industry.  

You can find her live broadcast at: http://www.twitch.tv/tacticalpinup

Follow her on twitter: @tactical_pinup

 

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Lisle Wilkerson Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry's most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, Shenmue II, just to name a few. Lisle was also in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film "Lost In Translation", as well as the award winning indie film "Kamataki". Lisle speaks fluent Japanese, and her voice work is done in both English and Japanese. She not only does video game voices, she also does the voice of Batz Maru (of Hello Kitty) and commercials for such internationally renown companies as Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, etc. After finding herself entangled in various culture shock experiences when she moved to the US a few years ago, she started her blog "Memoirs of a 6ft. Blond Geisha”, which deals with culture shock/reverse culture shock as well as about her experiences growing up in Japan. Lisle currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to do voice work, and also works as an interpreter, working with many of the big film studios, as well as working with the Japanese govt and tourism board. Lisle has interpreted for everyone from Keanu Reeves to best-selling author Marie Kondo to visiting govt officlals. She is also a local media correspondent for Japan, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. Lisle is also the assistant producer of the upcoming film, "Black Hat”. Most of Lisle’s panels are focused on Japanese culture, as well as about the VA world and working in Japan. (and yes, OF COURSE that includes many Engrish stories!!) Lisle is also excited about the 2020 Olympics being hosted in her home city, Tokyo, and has recently started doing some work related to that. When Lisle isn't busy working or running around the country doing cons, you might find her in her pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style or spending her time at home with her adorable jet-setting "bilingual" cat, Princess Genki.

 

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Amanda Winn Lee Amanda Winn Lee

Amanda Winn Lee used to have a very active career in anime, but now she mainly just enjoys hanging out with her kid. She voiced Rei in Neon Genesis Evangeleon, Momiji in Blue Seed, Rally in Gunsmith Cats, Mimiru in .hack/SIGN, Rio in the Burn Up series, Mika Seido in Gene Shaft, Pandy in Dead Leaves, and a bunch of others that she can’t think of right now. Her latest crime against humanity involves voicing Yukiko in the Persona 4 video games and anime series. She also wrote ADR scripts and did some directing, most notably for the first round of Evangelion movies, but with the aid of a talented therapist was able to break this self-destructive cycle. Her dream of living in artistic obscurity keeps suffering setbacks as she continues to get work voicing video games. Now she is adding “scribe” to her dubious list of achievements, which also includes Font of Useless Information and General Pain in the Neck. Her book The Noodle Chronicles is available through the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, and all proceeds have been donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So buy a book = cure cancer. Everybody wins!! Her goals are to revel in her status as an anime has-been and to achieve MILFdom. She is currently married to the unbelievably sexy and hilarious Jason C. Lee until the drugs wear off and he comes to his senses. They share a house with their son Nicholas, two ridiculous dogs, a cat, a baby bearded dragon, and a 50 lb. tortoise named “Methuselah.”

 

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Returning Guests of Honor

Tony Oliver Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child"). His first foray into television was as the lead voice in the groundbreaking animated series "Robotech". Following that he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career. In 1988 he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor where he wrote and produced an award winning adaptation of "The Jungle Book" and story edited the long running Nickelodeon anime series "The Noozles".

In 1992, Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega hit, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Tony not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, produced the network presentation, Co-Produced the series, directed the voice actors, and produced the Power Rangers live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger - Live Tour".

Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media. More recent projects include “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder”, for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” which premiered on screens nationwide, “Gormiti” airing on Cartoon Network and "Martha & Friends", from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games including "League of Legends".

Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked 2”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto” and Saba in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and “BlazBlue”. He has recently adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie” , “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” (currently on Neon Alley), “Fate/Zero” (also on Neon Alley) and voice directed the highly anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc” due to be released in early 2014.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tonyolivervoiceactor

 

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Alumni Guests of Honor

Chris Ayres Chris Ayres

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.

 

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Greg Ayres Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. His most recent roles include Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra. 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, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama 
in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention 
 
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

 

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Kyle Hebert Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Fate/Zero (Beserker), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Guild Wars 2 (Great Ginz, Ogron, Hamar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous video game franchises such as Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.

 

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Kris McCormic Kris McCormic

Kristofer “Phade” McCormic is the creator of www.AnimeMusicVideos.org, the site considered to be THE place to go when you want to know anything and everything about Anime Music Videos (AMVs). As always we are thrilled that he will be returning to Anime Detour this year bringing a whole new exciting batch of AMVs for your viewing pleasure.

 

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Carrie Savage Carrie Savage

Carrie is super happy to be able to come back to Anime Detour! I love you guys! Some of Carrie’s newer roles include include “Millia” in Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, More Ikki Tousen (recorded with all your favs from both NY and CA, and some from TX, courtesy of partnership between lovely Funimation and New Gen for this project! Yayyyy!), lovely bad girl “Otohime” in Maken Ki!, the ever continuing Fairy Tail, more Railgun, Aquarion Evol, sweet little Chiara in Shakugan no Shana 111, “Kukuri” in K, and a little but very fun part in Fate Zero! Carrie’s oldies but goodies include… from California: "Fuko" in I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, "Rakka" in Haibane Renmei, “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen, “Nancy” in R.O.D. the TV, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent, “Shima” in Stellvia, "Nina" in Ultra Maniac and others such as Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Marmalade Boy, Gankutsuo, Dear.S, GunXSword, Ergo Proxy, Girl’s Bravo, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars the Movie, Dangaizer 3, Aguarian Age the Movie, Monsters, Ghost Talker's Day Dream, Vampire Knight, Squid Girl, Durarara, and Modoka Magica. Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Miu” in Kenichi, “Rihoko” in Witchblade, “Asta” in Trinity Blood, “Penny” in Shin Chan , “Solty” in Solty Rei, “Angol Mois” in Sargent Frog, “Lisanna” in Fairy Tail, as well as roles in other shows such as Bamboo Blade, Romeo X Juliette, School Rumble, Linebarrels of Iron, Kaze no Stigma, Sasami, Moon Phase, Rumbling Hearts, Murder Princess, Shuffle, Ragnarok, Mushishi, Samarai 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Origin “Spirits of the Past”, One Piece, Ouran Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Negima, Darker than Black, Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Shikebane Hime, Baccano, Strain, Dragonaut, Soul Eater, Sasami, Tower of Druaga, Xeno Saga, Chaos Head, Heaven’s Lost Properties, Corpse Princess, D.Gray-Man,… and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in  video games such as Street Fighter X Tekken, Disqaea 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series, Culdcept, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 "The Last Hope", Ar Tarnelico, Trinity Universe, and more recently Altelier Rorona, Mugen Souls, and the list is always expanding, but.. as  always, she can’t talk about the new ones! In the past, she joyously got to be the voice of 2 “My Little Pony” toys; Baby “Skywishes” and a singing T-pot! Carrie has script adapted for such shows as School Rumble, and Shuffle, and was also lucky enough to get to directed episodes 1-4 of Shuffle, as well as just a little occasional directing on various other shows.

Carrie is currently unfathomably, inhumanely busy with this most awesome school in NY “Circle in the Square Theatre School” ! Even though she had an extensive background in theatre and some film even before her very first voice acting job, and has had training throughout her life, this super, super intensive school that includes some beloved singing and dancing, ROCKS and anyone who wants to be an actor should absolutely check it out!!!! She studied there for the summer in 2011, and is now back for the 2 year program because it so completely ROCKS! (Ok, personally, if you wonder, the Muscular Dystrophy makes living in NY and the heavy schedule with school, notably the physical classes, very challenging.. but this is something I always wanted, so I just won’t let anything stop me! And school is wonderful about helping when something is physically is too much, and when I must push through!) During School she is continuing with all the voice acting she can, whenever she can, an

 

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Tadao Tomomatsu Tadao Tomomatsu

Tadao Tomomatsu is a wonderfully talented actor, comedian, and entertainer. You might have seen him in such Movies as Inspector Gadget or on such TV Shows like Banzai or Heroes. Tadao grew up in an area of the midwest which could boast few inhabitants of Asian heritage. As self-defense against being signaled out in a negative way, Tadao developed a quick sense of humor and a wide range of voices. Just ask him to do his Louis Armstrong and you'll never be the same. These outstanding abilities soon led to his participation in theater productions and the discovery of a love for the field of entertainment.

For CyberRadioTV.com Tadao wrote, directed, and produced numerous daily shows and segments for the world's first 24 hr. Live Streaming Internet Station. He also worked doing in-house editing, field production work, camera work, and interviewing. These skills led to his being hired as "Mr. Shake-Hands Man" for Banzai, the Internationally Syndicated United Kingdom/USA Gameshow.

Tadao has had extensive experience in organizing large events. He has run and organized science fiction conventions ranging in size from a few hundred to a few thousand. Tadao also coordinated the logistics for LA Con IV: The 64th World Science Fiction Convention (6,000+ attendees in 2006).

Visit his website at www.tadaotomomatsu.com.

 

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Featured Artists

Briana Lawrence Briana Lawrence


13 years ago Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra/SnowCosplays) were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil.  Now?  They’re still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they’re also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the sewer of the couple, meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun.  She talks about these issues both on her page and at conventions where she gives a panel encouraging positivity in the community.  With this positive message in mind, the two have begun to offer geeky fashions for people of all sizes, their work being featured on websites like "Fashionably Geek," "The Curvy Fashionista," and "The Mary Sue."  

When they're not sewing or crafting, the two women are writing.  Together, they have a book series started — “Seeking the Storyteller,” and each woman has individual works that range from published books, anthologies, and freelance writing for places like Apex Magazine, xoJane, WatchMojo.com, and more.

When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work.  You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their urban fantasy series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene.  The two are thrilled to be featured artists for Anime Detour, a convention they've been going to since its very first year, where Brichibi cosplayed for the very first time and where the two had their first artist alley table.  

Check out their websites here:
Main site:  http://www.sewntogetherreflections.com/

Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays

Snow Tigra on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/snowcosplays

 

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