Guests

In 2015, she made her debut as a singer with “Ring of Fortune”, the opening theme song for the TV anime “Plastic Memories”. She was also a surprise guest on the 2nd day of Animelo Summer Live 2015 -THE GATE-. In 2018, she wrote, created and arranged the music for the song “Fuyubiyori”, the ending theme to the popular TV Anime “Laid-Back Camp”. She in highly active in the industry, ranging from working on improvisation live events collaborating with yoga instructors using her soothing voice as a ‘healing songwriter’, as well as being the music director for the musical “Legend of the Milky Way”. She has many hobbies, including: Musicals, movies, watching foreign TV dramas, creating her own accessories, oil painting, cooking, the party game Mafia and more. For more information on the Healing Songwriter unit “Herio” with Hero Nakamura, please see the following link: http://herio.jp/

Check out Eri on Twitter and her website http://erisasaki.net/ as well as her support member, Hero on Twitter and his website http://hero-nakamura.com!

The Manly Battleships are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! With a line up including academic lectures, the Gameshow Impossibru™ series, and over-the-top entertainment panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!

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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, Cow Girl in Goblin Slayer, Lessar in A Certain Magical Index, 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 Hina logic, My Girlfriend Is A Shobitch, Double Decker: Doug & Kirill, Dies Irae, Seven Mortal Sins, Juden-Chan: Recharged, Rio: Rainbow Gate, World War Blue, Fairy Tail, Gosick, King’s Game, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Senran Kagura 2: Shinovi Master, Citrus, Overlord, Hanebado, Deathmarch to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Morose Mononokean, Concrete Revolutio, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls and more. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting for titles like YIIK: A Postmodern RPG and Minotaur as well as 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, Angels of Death, The Morose Mononokean, Hina Logic, Dies Irae, Chio’s School Road, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, 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, bronzing it up in League of Legends, 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.

Kristen McGuire is a professional voice actor, ADR Director and Script Adapter for Funimation Productions. When it comes to voice work, Kristen has worked on over a hundred different titles, but she is most well known for her roles as Tatami Nakagame in My Hero Academia (Currently airing on Toonami), Milim Nava in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Loop Nishigori in Yuri!! On ICE!, Young Nora in RWBY, Hinano Kurahashi in Assassination Classroom, An Onoya in ReLIFE, Tama in Magical Girl Raising Project and Rin Toyama in New Game! She has also provided voices for several video games, including 88 Heroes, Xeno Crisis and Dizzy Hearts. As a script writer, she has adapted several titles for English including but not limited to Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Love Live! Sunshine!, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Highschool DXD Hero, and Magical Girl Raising Project. As an ADR director, she has directed shows such as Citrus and Gamers!, and served as an assistant director on both elDLIVE and Tsukigakirei. Currently she works as a full-time script adapter for Funimation and likes to create her own comics in her spare time.

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 Hiro in DARLING in the FRANXX, Inasa in My Hero Academia, Floch in Attack on Titan, and Shay in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Additionally, he can be heard in GOSICK as Kazuya Kujo, Juni Taisen as Snake, Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits as Byakuya, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These as Julian Mintz, Ai no Kusabi as Norris, World War Blue as Gear, Tokyo Ghoul:re as Yusa Arima, Goblin Slayer as Greenhorn Warrior, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru as Higekiri and several other anime including 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)!

Brian Beacock is an actor, writer, producer and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing the National Tour of “Les Miserables,” he moved to Los Angeles where he created a diverse career including; Voice-overs for more than 30 cartoon series and video games including “Digimon,” “Naruto,” “Bleach,” “Durarara,” Monokukma in the “Danganronpa” game seres, “Doreamon,” “Blue Exorcist,” “Bungo Stray Dogs,” “Code Geass,” “Blue Dragon,” “Battle B-Daman,” “Toradora,” “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Tales of Symphonia,” “Dragon Ball Super,” “Sailor Moon” and more. Television appearances: “Imagination Movers,” “Kath & Kim,” “CSI,” “Passions,” NBC’s “The Rerun Show.” Films include: “Colt Racer,” “To The Beat”, “Mulholland Drive,” “Buying The Cow,” “Globehunters,” “Circuit,” and the upcoming horror feature “Hollow Scream.” Brian has been a featured performer at the world famous Roxy on The Sunset Strip, PS 122 in NYC, and as the featured musical guest on “The Conan O’Brien Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (singing for Betty White). Theatre credits include: the West Coast Premiere of “Elegies,” “When Pigs Fly,” “Pageant,” “The Last Hairdresser,” “Naked Boys Singing,” the world premiere of Wendy MacLeod’s “Slow Food”, and the insane 35-character one-man show “Fully Committed.” He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, US Magazine, People Magazine, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Backstage West, LA Times, LA Weekly, USA Today, Daily Variety, and Entertainment Weekly. As a writer/producer he and writing partner John Yelvington are behind the much lauded and hugely successful webseries “McCracken Live!” which won numerous awards and was one of only 22 shows in the world chosen to be in Europe's first webseries festival in Marseille France. Brian is the creator/writer/producer of the new insane zombie comedy “Acting Dead” which received a Primetime Emmy Award. You can bite-and-binge watch all of Season 1 now on Amazon Prime. Say hello and follow him at Twitter and Instagram @brianbeacock.

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and video game industry for over fifteen years. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis in DragonBall Super, Dandy in Space Dandy, Mezo Shoji in My Hero Academia,Brook inOne Piece,Magna Swing in Black Clover,Doug in Double Decker: Doug and Kirill,Bardroy in Black Butler, Saichi “The Immortal” Sugimoto in Golden Kamuy, Pipimi in Bob Epic Team, Berkut in Fire Emblem Heroes, Rashid in Street Fighter V, Koiwai in Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Nile Dok in Attack on Titan, Romano in Hetalia, Toriko in Toriko, Sosuke Yamazaki in Free! Eternal Summer, Celestino in Yuri!!! on Ice, Bokuto in Haikyuu!!,Hijikata Toshizo in Drifters, Worick Arcangelo inGangsta, Zapp Renfro in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Zaveid in Tales Of Zestiria, Ox in Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, Professor Nakayama in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Favaro in Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, 12thin Future Diary, Yu Kanda inD Gray Man,Tatara in The Boy and the Beast, Gija in Yona of the Dawn,Montana in BattleBorn, Baron Flynt in Borderlands, Dallas Genoard in Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura inDanganronpa 3, Emilio Langheim inEndride, Prince Salva in Dimension W, Hajime inNanbaka, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura in Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide in Snow White with the Red Hair, Lawless inServamp, Williams in Genocidal Organ,Nagare Akiba in Ushio & Tora, Akane in Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba in Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki in Seraph of the End, Otohiko inKamisama Kiss, R in Jormungand, Tanaka inthe Shanaseries, Tatsumi in Shiki, Alcides in Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole in Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi in Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama in Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu inFairy Tail, Sha Gyojo in Saiyuki Reload Blast, Grossular in ACCA, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr in Smite, Toval Randonneur in Trails of Cold Steel 2, Momotaro in God Wars: Future Past,and many more.
You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting.

EmpathP (otherwise known as Aki Glancy) is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOID “AVANNA” and voice-providing for the American English VOCALOID “DAINA”. Her non-VOCALOID related credits include providing the voices for “Miss Bizz” on “Mystery Brony Theater 4000”, and “Sylandri Veilwalker” on the Warhammer 40k YouTube show “If the Emperor had a Text-to-Speech Device”. Currently she is the manager and sponsor of VOCAMERICA.

Circus-P is a music producer and one of the most prolific VOCALOID content creators in the West. Over the past decade he has been a figurehead in the VOCALOID community, having created demos for the likes of Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, DEX and DAINA, and more. His original music and collaborations have been featured and performed in the official 2016 and 2018 Miku Expo tours in the United States and Europe as well as the VOCAMERICA concert tours. When he’s not working on his own creations, Circus-P can often be found paling around with his friends and fellow music producers, EmpathP and nostraightanswer.

Sam Blakeslee, better known across the internet as "nostraightanswer" and more casually as "Lupin", is a multimedia artist hailing from Central Florida. Specializing in music, he made a name for himself as an English VOCALOID producer, and ultimately became the voice provider for DEX, an English Male VOCALOID. As an avid gamer and aspiring game developer, when he isn't honing his artistic craft, you may find him speaking about and playing various games, including but not limited to Overwatch, Granblue Fantasy, and a plethora of indie games.

"Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer has performed at over 100 anime conventions all over America, but Tora-Con asked him back, so you get him back. Yo is a stand-up comedian with 8 albums including 2 DVD's, a live-action fantasy puppet series on Youtube called Dungeon Crawlers, and a serial horror podcast,Chroniclers of Darkness. Yo has hosted live game shows, auctions, emceed cosplay masquerades, self-published novellas and audiobooks on Audible while producing immersive theater and stage plays in NYC. Pitch your creative project, coherently, to him in under a minute to earn a bonus prize"

An extraordinary pair of artists, the Chalk Twins are renowned for their chalk murals of epic proportions. Traveling the world in pursuit of artistic mastery, they are a regular installment at conventions and events across the country where they produce massive chalk masterpieces live. The Chalk Twins are truth in advertising – they are twins, and they work together with soft pastel chalk. When you see them, we encourage you to get down low and talk to them. They would be glad to answer questions and talk about art, geeky stuff, twin stuff – whatever you like. They don't bite. We promise.

Follow them on their adventures across the country and around the world on Twitter or Instagram @chalktwins. Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/chalktwins, buy prints and originals online at http://chalktwins.com/wp1/shop/.

This DJ Takes a crowd's favorite tracks, and reinvents them with blinding fast multi-genre mixing on 2-4 decks, explosive stage presence, and a bit of turntablism for flair! After finding the right blend of happy hardcore, drum n bass, half time, and hip hop, Rochester's favorite beat fiend regularly performs at raves, parties, conventions, and festivals, locally, regionally and nationally. The D aims to bring the hardcore sound to masses, in his own uniquely outlandish style that is sure to leave any dancefloor begging for more.

RPG has been passionate about electronic music - specifically trance and progressive styles, for the past 12 years. He has DJed at clubs and events in the Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY areas, and is currently teaching Electronic Music Production courses @ RIT. He has run a mix show on iTunes called The Trance Journey Podcast since 2007. More recently he has worked on original productions and remixes and hopes to sign an original track sometime soon. For more info, check out: djrpg.com, facebook.com/rpgofficial, or soundcloud.com/djrpg

Diana (also known as Hanyaan) is a Washington and California based cosplayer who has been cosplaying since 2001 and competing in Masters since 2007. She currently is believed to hold the record for most JoJo costumes made by a single cosplayer for the continent of North America and specializes in styling anime mullets. This is her first time judging on the East Coast!

Destinyamber is a cosplayer from Syracuse, NY who loves dressing up as her favorite characters from anime, video games, and tokusatsu. She has judged several local cosplay contests and loves seeing other’s creations.

Rabbit in the Moon Cosplay has been active in the cosplay community for over 15 years, made over 200 costumes, and is a master level craftsman. She has been competing in, and judging cosplay competitions across the county for the last decade. She holds a plethora of knowledge on sewing techniques, armor making, and prop fabrication. Rabbit in the Moon is best known for her portrayals of various Macross characters but enjoys cosplaying from a wide variety of sources including anime, manga, and video games. Be sure to check out her past work and future progress at https://www.instagram.com/rabbit_in_the_moon_cosplay or https://www.facebook.com/rabbitinthemooncosplay