Category Archives: Guests

Guest Announcement: Christopher Bevins

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that Christopher Bevins will be a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has directed, cast, produced, acted in, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime series, movies and specials. His anime acting credits include Japan in Hetalia, Nine in Terror in Resonance, Yogi in Karneval, Johnny Gill in D.Gray-Man, Apollo in Aquarion, Amata in Aquarion EVOL, Hanamori in Princess Jellyfish, Joe in Prison School, Sero in My Hero Academia, Hagakure in Danganronpa: The Animation, Narsus in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Lahar in Fairy Tale, Fastener in Panty & Stocking, Sherlock Holmes in Soul Eater, Lafitte, ChouChou, & Lasso in One Piece, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. He can also be heard as various characters and critters in SerVamp, Tokyo Ghoul, Space Dandy, Attack on Titan, Steins;Gate, Baccano!, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), Ouran High School Host Club, Sgt. Frog, Black Butler, Big Windup!, Shin chan, Fruits Basket, Case Closed and many more. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, as well as various background characters in Borderlands 2.

In his primary job as a Voice Director, Chris has assumed casting and directing duties on Michiko & Hatchin; Princess Jellyfish; Danganronpa: The Animation; Ping Pong: The Animation; Terror in Resonance; GANGSTA.; The Heroic Legend of Arslan; Nobunagun; Karneval; The Devil is a Part-Timer!; BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (with Taliesin Jaffe); Sengoku Basara; Aquarion EVOL; Jormungand; King of Thorn; Heaven’s Lost Property; Samurai 7; Speed Grapher; Witchblade; Burst Angel; and Dragon Ball GT. His most recent directing work includes Yurikuma Arashi, Selector Infected WIXOSS, Aquarion Logos, and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School.

Follow Christopher Bevins on Twitter @VoiceofBevins

Guest Announcement: Rachel Robinson

AnimeIowa is pleased to announced Rachel Robinson as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Since 2000, born-and-raised Angelena Rachel Robinson’s voice has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and anime. In gameland, she’s likely best known for her role as Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns). She is robot ADA (Fallout 4: Automatron), Protoss matriarch Vorazun, (StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void), Goetia (Xenoblade Chronicles X), Nova (There Came an Echo), Time Patroller in (DBZ: Xenoverse); and Serqet, Medusa and Awilix skins (Smite). Additional noted roles (IBNLT): Argonian Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors (The Elder Scrolls Online), Rox Whetstone (Guild Wars 2), Celsius (Tales of Xillia 1 and 2), Holly Whyte (Bravely Default), Commander Nowak (Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut), with more on the way.

More recent anime roles include Mauve  (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept), Hiroko (Yuri on Ice!!), Chitose Oribe (Sakura Quest), Gundula Rall (Brave Witches), Anastasia (Drifters), Cal Shekar (Taboo Tattoo), Os Cara Stauffenberg (Project Itoh: Harmony), Fahali (Monster Hunter Stories), Angine (Puzzle and Dragons X) and Namazuo (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru) – her first recurring boy role. She is also Diamondback/Rachel Leighton (Marvel Disk Wars: Avengers,) Maltran (Tales of Zestiria: The X), Kikyo (One Piece), and Wendy (Black Butler: Book of Circus). Additionally: Joel Raveau (Gangsta), Garak (Snow White with the Red Hair), Quinn Erari and Nya-Nyaa the Cat (Wizard Barristers), Farangis (The Heroic Legend of Arslan), Angelica (Show By Rock!!) and Sakura Ohgami (Danganronpa: The Animation). Her known villains include Zorin Blitz (Hellsing Ultimate); Empress Megaria (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters), and Cameran (Sailor Moon) and many others. Other roles of all sizes include Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, The Devil is a Part Timer!, Terror in Resonance, Tokyo Ravens, Noragami Aragato, Divine Gate, Masamune-Kun’s Revenge, Akiba’s Trip, Free! Eternal Summer, Garo, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Tokyo Ghoul, Yurikuma Arashi, A Certain Magical Index, and many other titles.

Rachel also does ADR adaptation; getting her feet wet with Kamisama Kiss II. She has since worked on both seasons of Show By Rock!!, Show By Rock!! Short!!, Snow White with the Red Hair, Escaflowne, Skip Beat, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Convenience Store Boyfriends, Alderamin on the Sky, Hundred, Kakegurui, and Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu. She also freelance writes, sings, and paints. She is a classically trained pianist, Red Vines fan, knows the military alphabet, and does a mean Katharine Hepburn impression. Accurate mean, not mean-mean. She’s thrilled to soon be marrying voice director and fellow VA Christopher Bevins, whom she met at an anime convention; proving that you really can find love anywhere; even in the green room. Follow Rachel’s occasionally entertaining tweets @larynx_lynx, or get more info on projects and appearances on FB: Rachel Robinson Voice Actress or at www.rachel-robinson.com

Guest Announcement: Trina Nishimura

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce Trina Nishimura as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Trina Nishimura has become a fixture in the anime scene over the past few years, primarily working with FUNimation Entertainment. At age 3, her family moved from Sacramento, California to Amarillo, Texas. She started doing plays and performing at the community theater at age 9, and continued through high school. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Texas at Denton.

Trina was first cast in Desert Punk as the little hungry girl Namiko and has refused to leave the FUNimation property ever since. Her most notable credits include: Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan), Black Cat (Tanya), Claymore (Flora and Sophia), Jyu Oh Se (Tiz), Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple (Shigure Kosaka), Speed Grapher (Yui), season one and two of Negima!? (Lingshen Chao and Motsu), Sasami: Magical Girl Club (Ayane), Baldr Force Exe (Tsukina Sasagiri), School Rumble and Yurippe School Rumble: 2nd Semester (Akira Takano), Baccano! (Rachel), Sgt Frog (Ghost Girl), Case Closed: The Last Magician of the Century the Movie (Natasha Kosaka), Nabari no O (Juji Minami), El Cazador de la Bruja (Nadie), and the ever popular Witchblade (Shiore Tsuzuki).

Additionally, Trina has voiced Meifong Liu in Blassreiter, Kaaya in Tower of Druaga, Akeno in My Bride is a Mermaid, Karen Nishiyama in Bamboo Blade, Luna in Cashern Sins, Lia Dragonell Sands of Destruction, Mizune in Soul Eater, Francesca Lucchini in Strike Witches, Oriku in Oh! Edo Rocket, Suzuri in Rideback, Capella Titus in Birdy the Mighty Decode, Lan Fan in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Sakuya in .hack//Quantum, Sohara in Heaven’s Lost Property, Hisca in Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike, Milly in Trigun: Badlands Rumble, and her most anticipated role to date as Mari Makinami Illustrious in Evangelion 2.22.

Facebook: OfficialTrinaNishimura
Twitter: @trinanishimura
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Guest Announcement: Austin Tindle

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce Austin Tindle as a 2018 Guest of Honor.

Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on an academic scholarship, where he almost became an electrical engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo and changed majors the same day.  He has spent over a decade performing professionally on stage in Dallas, Texas, but he’s probably most well-known for his work with Funimation Studios, where he has voiced many characters including: Marco Bodt (Attack on Titan), Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Avilio Bruno (91 Days), Seborgia (Hetalia), Raspberry (Dragon Ball Z), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun), Ichirohiko (The boy and the Beast). You can also hear him voicing leading roles in many shows including: Is This a Zombie, Guilty Crown, D-Frag, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail, Prince Of Stride, Prison School, Tamo No-Rin, ACCA, Mariah the Virgin Witch, Snow White with the Red Hair, Trickster, Shangri-La, and many more.

Guest Announcement: Joel McDonald

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce Joel McDonald as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Joel McDonald is a voice actor, Oreo enthusiast, and ADR director with Funimation Entertainment. He’s directed Space Dandy, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, Initial D, Sgt. Frog, Deadman Wonderland, One Piece: Film Z, and a dozen or so more.

As an adaptive scriptwriter, Joel has worked with Funimation on projects like DBZ: Kai, Claymore, and Linebarrels of Iron, and with Bang Zoom! on Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Stay Night.

But wait! He acts, too! He’s Dilandau Albatau in the new Vision of Escaflowne dub, Phichit Chulanont in Yuri!! on ICE, Meow in Space Dandy, Brief in Panty and Stocking, Minato in Sekirei, Poland in Hetalia, Jacuzzi Splot in Baccano!, and Takumi in Initial D. But the gamers among you may have heard him in Borderlands 2 as Captain Flynt, Smite as Mercury, Tales of Xillia 2 as Chronos, Walking Dead: Survival Instinct as Deputy Lee, and as Aoi Tokura in the webcomic Rainy Cocoa.

He’s nice. Come say hi.

The Wait Is Over!

We are proud to announce our AnimeIowa 2017 Guests of Honor line up.  This year’s mix is one of the most diverse we have had the pleasure of welcoming – and welcoming back – to AnimeIowa.  So without further ado follow the link to our Guests section here at the AnimeIowa website to find out which of your favorite voice actors, writers, animators and entertainers are coming to AnimeIowa 2017.

Special Attendance by Alan Scholting of Cosplay Culture Magazine

Guess who is joining us?

Award-Winning writer and founder of Synester Saints Entertainment, Alan Scholting is a true fanboy turned professional. The 15-year veteran of conventions and cosplay has made Alan a go-to source for various companies within the world of Pop-Culture. Currently, Alan serves as the Editor-at-Large for the world’s premiere cosplay magazine, Cosplay Culture. In addition, he can also be found alongside the globally renowned Ink-Fusion Empire functioning as the writer and guest relations manager for the organization. As a columnist, he has had the pleasure of interviewing everyone from WWE superstars and Hall of famers, to living legends like Stan Lee and Oscar / Emmy winners like Greg Nicotero. His fiction writing has spanned over several different mediums including comic books and short stories. In mid-2014, Mr. Scholting was awarded the E.M. Koeppel Story of Distinction for his short story Whiskey Sours. Alan resides in Illinois with his wife, two children, and enormous comic book collection

Things have started happening for 2016!

VECTORBUUSHIRTREVISEDHey everyone, your humble host Buu-chan here!

Just want to let everyone know that your execs and staff are already hard at work to bring you the best AnimeIowa ever in 2016!  Go check out the Guests page, for example!

We’ll be rolling out new information and updating pages on this website, so be sure to look for changes in the upcoming weeks.  And don’t forget to visit the forums, where you can get in on the discussions and make your voice heard.  Speaking of being heard, you should also look into becoming staff and REALLY make an impact on the success of the convention.

That’s all for now, gotta go clean my costumes!

David Matranga Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, previously confirmed guest David Matranga will not be able to join us at AnimeIowa in 2015.  We are disappointed that he cannot be with us this time, but look forward to working with him in the future!

Guest Updates!

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce some exciting new additions to the guest lineup!  We have some fabulous people coming this year, including international guest Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe!  For more information on all of our wonderful guests, please check out the GUESTS page.