Welcome to our episode for AnimeFest 2013!
First off, I want to apologize for the lateness of this post. We ran into car problems and ended up having to replace our entire car’s transmission among other issues. Sadly, real life takes priority so I had to focus on that, and tried to do the minor posts along the way. However now that this is all over, I can finally post our big episode from AnimeFest 2013 from Dallas, Texas!
Also, sadly we did have a technical hiccup during Greg Ayres’ interview and we lost about a minute. We’re waiting for approval for what we do have, but we finally decided not to hold off on the rest of the interviews anymore and we’ll post Greg’s interview separately once we receive the word.
While we were unable to get a big group together like we have at Anime Banzai last year, we did get some very good interviews. We also had a special guest host/interviewer who goes by Shinta.
I’ve posted pictures and links to the different people in order that we interviewed them and how they will appear on the podcast. Thank you to Tomohiko Ishii, John Stocker, Linda Ballantine, Susan Roman, Stephanie Young, Terri Doty, and Con Head Robert Jenks and his wife/director Laura Jenks.
Also if you want more of our coverage of AnimeFest 2013, make sure you check out Krista’s Korner about the con. It’s complete with tons of pictures of cosplay and other thoughts.
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Tomohiko Ishii is a producer in Japan that has worked on many big titles in anime. He worked as assistant producer at Studio Ghibi and worked on Spirted Away, The Cat Returns, and Howl’s Moving Castle before leaving to become a producer at Production I.G. Once there he worked on Sky Crawlers, Ghost in the Shell and Eden of the East. Now with Director Kenji Kamiyama, they’ve worked on the 009 Re:Cyborg movie.
Note: These next three guests were interviewed together. All three are from Toronto, Canada.
John Stocker has been an actor for over 40 years and started in live action before settling into voice-over work. He’s done tons of commercial and prelay cartoon work (some very good roles I might add) as well as dubbing for anime. Then with Sailor Moon, he began voice directing, which has done and many different series. Check out his IMDB profile and his website for lots more information.
Linda Ballantyne is the third voice of Sailor Moon but I think probably the most active afterwards. Linda has done lots of prelay as well as dubbed shows post Sailor Moon. Linda was also a co-host of her own comedy podcast, I’m Just Saying, that grew into a show for XM radio on the Canadian comedy channel. Be sure to check out her show’s homepage as well as follow it on twitter. You can check out more of her work on her IMDB page and you can follow her on twitter as well.
Susan Roman was the only cast member of Sailor Moon to work on it’s entire run as Sailor Jupiter. But that hasn’t been the only thing she’s done. Susan Roman has done lots of prelay and dubbing in Toronto as well. Make sure you check out her IMDB page to see even more of her credits.
Stephanie Young wears many hats, as she’s a voice actress, a singer/songwriter, and producer. Some of her biggest voice-over roles in anime are of Nico Robin in One Piece, Olivier Armstrong in Full Metal Alchemist, and the evil witch Arachne from Soul Eater among many, many others; including video games. With her husband, she is also singer/songwriter for their band The Brehems (which also performed at AnimeFest) as well as has her own production house Blue Logic. Check out her Facebook page and check out even more of her credits on IMDB.
Terri Doty is a very funny lady and it was great to have her on the show. She originally started as an intern at FUNimation Entertainment, then stayed on as a voice director as well as voicing a ton of different characters like Virgo in Fairy Tail, Ohara in Deadman Wonderland, Maria in Black Butler, and many more. You can check out all her credits here. If you wanted to follow Terri, you can on her twitter and her Facebook page. Also if you want to check out more of her professional work, please go visit her own website. Lastly, Terri has a podcast of her own! That Anime Show is unconventional interview show with several other voice actors or people in the industry and is co-hosted by fellow voice actor, J. Michael Tatum. I’ve recently started to listen to the show and it’s very entertaining. It’s also available in iTunes on the Podcast directory.
Our last two guests Con Head Robert Jenks and his wife/director Laura Jenks have no publicly available pictures, so I can’t feature them. However, they run AnimeFest as a non-profit and completely volunteer their time and expertise to make the convention what it is. In our extended interview with them, they explain how the convention got started, what they’ve been able to accomplish and where they see the industry headed in the future.
For more information on any of the guests, please check out their profiles from AnimeFest 2013.
Thank you to all the staff at AnimFest that helped us out, especially Candace. We hope to be back next year (and post in a more timely manner without the life drama) and be able to get more interviews, even those that we missed.
Let us know what you think of the interviews, where else we should go, and what questions we should ask next time in the comments.