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Asami Shimoda (下田麻美)

Asami Shimoda, known as "Asapon" by her fans, is a Japanese voice actress and singer affiliated with Arts Vision. She was born in Tottori Prefecture on January 30, 1986, and officially debuted in 2005 as Ami Futami and Mami Futami from THE IDOLM@STER. She started her singing career in 2009 with her debut album Prism and has participated in various groups since then.

Asami is most well known for her role as the Futami twins in THE IDOLM@STER as well as Rin and Len Kagamine from VOCALOID2. Other notable roles include Chika Koizumi from Kyo no Go no Ni, Ameri Kawai from Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity, Huang Linguini from IS (Infinite Stratos), Haruomi Ginbei Sawatari from Oniai, Anya from Dragonar Academy, Saori Nishifukai from Futsu no Joshikosei ga Locodol Yattemita, and Kotomi Tsuda from Seitokai Yakuindomo.


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Chie Nakamura

She is an acclaimed Japanese voice actress, her voice most well known as Haruno Sakura from the animation series Naruto, as Brita from the animation series Darker than Black, as Rebecka Hallstrom from the animation series Eureka Seven AO.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan and started acting when she was in elementary school. She got accepted into a famous voice actor office Office Kaoru when she was in high school and since then she has been actively involved in the industry. Her recent works includes dubbing Hollywood English movies and Chie is an official dubbed voice for Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, and many more.

Her hobbies include singing, reading and teddy bear-making. She is looking forward to seeing Canadian fans at Anime North.

Please note, she will be only at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.


Chris Cason

Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in Dragonball Z, Agent Shu in Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods, Holy Roman Empire in Hetalia, Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist, Face McShooty and Mal in Borderlands 2, Jack the Ripper in Soul Eater, Miyamoto and M1 in Yu Yu Hakusho, Taruru in Sgt. Frog, Boo and Whitey in Shin Chan, Hanai in School Rumble, Ukyo in Ouran High School Host Club, Chamo in Negima, Babbit in Kodocha, Siegfried in Kenichi, and Hanbei in Sengoku Basara represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: Attack on Titan, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, Fairy Tail, Case Closed, and Space Dandy.

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations.

As a writer, he has adapted and/or assisted on scripts for Case Closed, Negima, Witchblade, Ouran High School Host Club, Bamboo Blade, AM Driver, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Blood Lad, Initial D, and Magi: The Kingdom of Magic.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games. Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, and as Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken.

For additional information, visit Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.


Cynthia Cranz

Cynthia Cranz is a native of Ft. Worth, TX, where she currently resides with her husband and five rescue animals. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Ole Miss in 1991, performing in the Dallas / Fort Worth area on stage, commercials, television, radio, print, film, industrial videos, music videos, and her favorite... voicing characters for anime shows, movies, and video games.

She is best known for her work at Funimation Entertainment and Ochratron 2000. Her most notable roles are: Chi Chi in Dragon Ball Z (beginning in 1999 through current), Boton in Yu Yu Hokusho, Mitch in Case Closed, Paninya in Full Metal Alchemist, Bellemere in One Piece, and Mitzi in Shin Chan.

Other notable roles are: Ping Pong - Emiko, Princess Jellyfish - Chieko, Summer Wars - Rika, Lupin The Third - Diana, Big Windup – Coach Momoa, Negima – Fei Ku, Kodocha - Hisae, Soul Eater - Lisa, Gunslinger Girl - Ferro, Beet The Vandel Buster - Arin, Black Blood Brothers - Sayuka, Corpse Princess - Rika, D. Grey-man - Sarah, Darker Than Black - Shizuka, The Devil is a Part Timer - Miki, Dragonaut: The Resonance – Shelly, Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth – Yumiko, Desert Punk – Dog Girl, Fruits Basket – Mitsuru/Tohru’s Aunt, The Galaxy Railways – Liza, Ghost Hunt – Noriko, Glass Fleet – Muscat, Hell Girl – Yuko, High School DxD – Mira, Kenichi: The Mighty Desciple – Saori, Kiddy Grade – Marieanne, Linebarrels Of Iron – Chisato, One Piece – Onion, Michiko and Hatchin – Joanna, Rin: Daughters Of Mnemosyne – Youko, Romeo and Juliet – Handmaiden, Rosario + Vampire – Tsurara, The Sacred Blacksmith – Justina, Save Me Lollipop – School Nurse, Shiki – Nau, Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning – Reiko, Trinity Blood – Lilith, Moon Phase – Shizuru, Monster Tale – Ethan, D7 Peacemaker – Genetic.

While not a mom in real life, she often plays mothers on TV. Such anime mom roles include:

Dragon Ball Z – Gohan’s mom / Bulma’s mom, Shin Chan – Shin’s mom, Beck – Kouki’s mom, Moon Phase – Hazuki’s mom, Princess Jellyfish – Chieko’s mom, Michiko and Hatchin – Biki’s mom, Rosario + Vampire – Misore’s mom, Okami-san and Her Seven Champions – Ringo’s mom and Space Dandy – Meow’s Mom.

Cynthia is extremely honored to be a guest at Anime North 2015, and looks forward to meeting fans and hopefully making some new ones!


Hitomi Nabatame (生天目仁美)

Hitomi Nabatame is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with the voice talent agency Ken Production. She was born August 4, 1976, in Sado, Niigata, Japan, and has been an active voice actress since 2003. She also sings opening themes for Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, using the alias "Miran Himemiya and Chocolate Rockers”.

Some of her most notable roles include Mana Aida, or Cure Heart, in Dokidoki! Precure, Mikoto Suo in School Rumble, Arcueid Brunestud in Lunar Legend Tsukihime, Kazusa Touma in White Album 2: Shiawase no Mukogawa, Margery Daw in Shakugan no Shana, and Cindy Campbell in Squid Girl.

She currently voices Rokumon in the Anime adaptation of Rin-ne, which premiered on April 4th, 2015.


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J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.


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Wendy Powell

Wendy has been a professional voice actress for FUNimation Entertainment and Okratron 5000 for over ten years. She is probably most well-known as the Homunculus named Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist. She has also starred in Yu Yu Hakusho as Mukuro, D. Gray-Man as Hevlaska, Shirguri as Iku, and Claymore as Ilene.

Wendy is also known for smaller parts… in which she usually dies a most painful death. Some of her credits include: Lil’ Mama in Space Dandy, Emi in Baki the Grappler, Amick in Blue Gender, The Fever Demon in Shin Chan, Kyo’s Mother in Fruits Basket, Kasuga in Negima, and Sister Paula in Trinity Blood. She has also voiced characters in Kitty Grade, Case Closed, Yu Yu Hakusho, Peach Girl, xxxHolic, One Piece, Galaxy Railways, Tsubasa, Gunslinger Girl, Moon Phase, Glass Fleet, and many others. Her video game credits include: Spikeout, Fullmetal Alchemist, Curse of the Crimson, and Broken Angel.

Wendy is honoured to be a guest at Anime North 2015 and she is excited to meet all the fans.

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