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

Alumni Guests of Honor


 


Guests of Honor

Mother's Basement aka Geoff Thew Mother's Basement aka Geoff Thew

Geoff Thew, of the Youtube channel Mother's Basement, has made a name for himself picking apart the little details in Anime. From the way that editing and cinematography affect the tone and meaning of a scene, to the multitude of references hidden in your favourite anime intros, he draws on his film school background to highlight the craft and effort that goes into making the shows you love. Which is an awfully lofty ambition for a dude who lives with his mom.

 

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Project BECK! Project BECK!

Six Friends – Four Bands – One Love!
American Pop Punk band The Cheyenne Line, Youtube musician Kid Yuki, and long time friend and bassist Houston all shared one thing in common; They LOVED Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad. So, after years of traveling from state to state attending conventions as fans, these guys decided to combine their talents. With the help of voice actor Greg Ayres, and nerdcore rapper Doctor Awkward they formed a band to perform their favorite songs from Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad. Originally meant to be a one performance only project, they were thrilled to find out that so many others wanted to share in the experience as well. Join the band for their first midwest performance full of loud rock music, adrenaline, and celebration of an anime that was made to Hit in The U.S.A.!

 

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Beau Billingslea Beau Billingslea

Beau’s career spans stage, screen, television and voice overs. He appears as Captain Abbott of the USS Bradbury in Star Trek: Into Darkness and will soon be seen as Vulcan Vice Admiral Stamm in episode VII of Star Trek Continues. His other sci-fi feature films include The Blob, My Favorite Martian, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Halloween H20. In the voice world, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Ben in Tiger and Bunny, Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon. Michael in Argentosoma, Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain, Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II, Swift in Angel Wars and many others. He has voiced characters in Durarara x2, Laws of the Universe Part 0, and continues to voice The Fourth Raikage and Homura in the animated series Naruto. He voices Abraham Douglas in the soon-to-be released animated feature War of the Worlds: Goliath. He has narrated several series on the History channel including Suicide Missions, Hero Ships and Modern Marvels. He’s voiced characters in such video games as Safari Outlaws, Dynasty Warriors, Zino, Breakdown, Ace Combat 5, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Mafia III.

 

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Daniel Mohr Daniel Mohr

Daniel “Stitch” Mohr – Comic artist, author, and actor who was born and bred in Minnesota. Daniel writes and draws the web comic “Everyday Gods” which debuted in 2007, and draws the web comic “World Wide News” as well. “Life is a Natural One” is a new straight to print comic that Daniel created for a Wisconsin paper, but is being converted to a comic book medium. He is known for his Top Hat, puppet companion, and being an equal opportunity offender, however he promises to be good for at least five minutes a day.  As well as being an artist, Daniel has performed in many theatrical productions, from community theaters to professional work. Acting has always been a great passion of his. Currently he lives with his wife in St Paul, where they run Mohr Creations together selling his artwork and her custom made fine jewelry. Daniel has also begun his own publishing company, Wolfie B Bad Productions.

 

Wolfie B Bad – Wolfie was born in Minnesota, and was born to be an actor. He was on stage making audiences laugh when he was only three months old.  Since then he has expanded his repertoire to include audience participation stand up, and carousing on an Olympic level. Wolfie has presented at fortune 500 companies, and has also run for president. Vote Awesome in any future election, they all pay well.

 

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Kaiji Tang Kaiji Tang

An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2007. 

In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Odin/Narcian ( Fire Emblem Heroes ), Faust ( Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- ), Munehisa Iwai ( Persona 5 ) Yamato Hotsuin ( Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker ), Dr. Qada ( Bravely Default ), Owain ( Fire Emblem: Awakening ), Wingul ( Tales of Xillia ), Jann Lee ( Dead or Alive 5 ), Lee Chaolan/Violet ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ), Yasuhiro Hagakure ( Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ), Fang ( Fairy Fencer F ), Sima Zhao ( Dynasty Warriors ), Kenshiro ( Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage ) and others including roles in Bioshock Infinite, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 6 and Batman: Arkham Origins. 

When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Guts ( Berserk 2016 ), Vegeta ( Dragon Ball Super, Toonami Asia ), Archer ( Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works ) Tsumugu Kinagase ( Kill La Kill ), Koichi Kizakura ( Danganronpa 3: End of Hope's Peak Highschool ), Kouen Ren ( Magi ), Schmidt ( Sword Art Online ), "Big G" ( Doraemon ), Akifusa Keikain ( Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ), Colbert/Derflinger ( Familiar of Zero ) and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Accel World, Monster, Squid Girl and Karas to name a few. 

 

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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 fourteen 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’s thrilled to splash his way into 2015 in the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill”as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, and Doug in Gangsta. 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 behind “the decks”at many a music event. 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. Hecurrently runs and organizes the dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has hadblastreliving the music from the show with his friends.  Always thrilled share his love of music with anyone willing to listen - from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.

 

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Clarine Harp Clarine Harp

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), Sekirei (Haihane), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Trinity Blood (Mary), RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura), and One Piece (Miss Monday, Usopp's Mother, and Ran). Most recently, she appeared as Pekoyama in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Despair Arc and various voices in the SimulDub™ of Yuri!!! On ICE.

Clarine can also be heard in Cat Planet Cuties, Chrome Shelled Regios, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, 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, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, 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. 

 

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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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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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Carrie Savage Carrie Savage

Carrie is thrilled to come to Anime Detour again this year! Some of Carrie’s older and newer roles include: … from California:  “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen (Season 1, 3 and 4), “Nancy” in R.O.D. the TV,   “Kukuri” in K, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent,  “Shima” in Stellvia, "Nina" in Ultra Maniac "Fuko" in I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, "Rakka" in Haibane Renmei, 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, and a little but very fun part in  Fate Zero! Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Millia” in Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, “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 Maken Ki!, Railgun, Aquarion, Aquarion Evol, Bamboo Blade, Romeo X Juliette, School Rumble, Heaven’s Lost Properties, Chaos Head,   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, Shakugan no Shana 111,  Xeno Saga, Sekirei,  Corpse Princess, D.Gray-Man,… in New York, Ladies vs. Butlers and a lot of non-anime cartoons for kids.. as well as theatre shows, and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Street Fighter V, 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. 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 residing in NY where she just gradudated of one of NY’s famous Broadway schools;  “Circle in the Square Theater School”,  but desperately misses Los Angeles, which she considers home. Carrie will always continue with voice acting and conventions whenever possible; School or no school, with MD, or with God’s healing!  (She defiantly relies on God’s strength infused into her body on a daily basis!)

Carrie has also enjoyed the unique task of being able to travel in order to help struggling children and adults in developing countries when funding could be raised to do so. She has done this in such places as Africa, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Mexico, the Philippines, some parts of the US and Australia.

She can’t wait to see everyone again at Detour and can’t wait to see how we do for the charity auction this year! Detour is the best!! 

 

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