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


Guests of Honor

Jessica Calvello Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello, having recently been named as having the Best English Dub Performance by the Anime News Network ( for her performance as Hange Zoe in Attack on Titan, is ridiculously hyped to be detouring it to Anime Detour! More recent work includes: The World God Only Knows Goddesses (Haqua), Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (Éclair), Infinite Stratos II (Tatenashi), Dog and Scissors (Natsuno), Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren't They? (Black Rabbit), Rozen Maiden Zurücksplen (Suigintou), Girls und Panzer (Saori), Maria Holic/Maria Holic Alive (Kanako), Ikki Tousen (Ekitoku Chouhi), and Rip Van Winkle in Team Four Star’s Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Ep. 4.

Jessica started dubbing in 1995 with ADVfilms, with her first project being 3 HUGE LINES in Evangelion. Some more of her earlier work includes: Excel Saga, V1-3 (Excel Excel), Ruin Explorers (Fam), Dragonhalf (Mink), New Kimagure Orange Road: Summer’s Beginning (Hicaru), Those Who Hunt Elves, S1 (Celcia), Dirty Pair, OAV 1-5 (Yuri), DNA² (Karin Aoi), Magical DoReMi (Drona), Kare Kano (Tsukino), Comic Party (Eimi), Queensblade (Nanael), Pokemon (Kay the Raichu Trainer), Virus Buster Serge (Donna), Slayers: the Motion Picture (Meliroon), Boogie Pop Phantom  (Moto and Poom Poom), and New Cutey Honey (The Lovely Warrior, Honey Kisaragi), in which she was personally cast by Go Nagai for the English dub.

Jessica is also currently working with the talented team over at Cyanide & Happiness! They probably regret this, but in the meantime, go to their youtube channel to hear her in their animated shorts: The Weatherman, and God and Satan (to name just a couple!)

Jessica loves to attention whore, so please do your part to keep that part of her healthy and feel free to:

Circle her on Google+
Twat her on Twatter
Find her on FB
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… and love her in all of her glorious damage. VHERE ARE MY MEDS?!



Caitlynn French Caitlynn French

Ring the bell! Coming to the booth, from Wichita, Kansas, weighing in at (an undisclosed weight, probably less than your figma collection) pounds, It’s Caitlynn French! Caitlynn is new to the scene, having debuted in 2012 as Qumola from Book of Bantorra. She’s ran the ropes and trained hard to conquer roles such as Hana Isuzu (Girls Und Panzer), Matsurika Shinouji (Maria-Holic, Maria-Holic Alive), Mei Tachibana (Say “I love you”), and Miyu Edelfelt (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya). She has recently come back from her most rewarding role yet, as Ai Astin (Sunday Without God), proving that she has the true makings of a champion voice actor. Caitlynn recuperates from her time in the booth by playing video games, and watching professional wrestling. She goes through grueling vocal conditioning playing tabletop roleplaying games, and is a frequent guest on the Shrinetime Podcast. Catch more of this rising star on facebook, and twitter, and watch as Caitlynn grabs the VO world by the ears and gives it something it won’t soon forget.



Returning Guests of Honor

Josh Grelle Josh Grelle

A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been in the voice over industry for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He then began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006.

Since then, he has starred in numerous titles, his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include  Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test,  Komatsu in Toriko,  Kyohei in the Wallflower, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, , Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish.  Some of his more recent roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Nitori in Free! Eternal Summer, Ginoza in Psycho Pass

Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Ludger in Tales of Xillia 2, Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.



Studio O.N.Y. Studio O.N.Y.

Founded in 2004, Studio O.N.Y. started out as a married couple doing Artist Alley tables at conventions in the Midwest. Richard and Shannon Townsend had worked as freelancers with several companies, most notably with A2 press on the Tabletop RPG Book “Teenagers from Outer Space: The Landing”.  Their first project as a studio was the long running webcomic "Otaku ~no~ Yen.  Today, they continue working hard on their newest comic project, the Roller Derby inspired "Whip Angels."

Shannon is the power behind the Pen in the Studio.  When she isn't nose to the paper, she is teaching and performing in the Minneapolis Bellydance scene.  She is the founder of the "Geek Slink" student dance troupe, and a strong proponent of the Body Positivity movement.

Richard is the Writer for most of the Studio's past and present projects.  He is also an aspiring DJ, Photographer, and Colorist.  As if that isn't enough, he is about to take on the world of Podcasting with his new (and yet to be named) convention life related podcast.



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.




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.


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



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.



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



Kris McCormic Kris McCormic

Kristofer “Phade” McCormic is the creator of, 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.



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



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 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