*Not* Final Fantasy Otakon 2024

August 2-4, 2024 in Washington DC.

Previous years have had some 40,000 attendees through the year.

The latest big Final Fantasy voice actors are currently on the slate:

Britt Baron

BRITT BARON

Voice Actress

Britt Baron the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the highly anticipated Final Fantasy Vii Rebirth has also lent her voice to a handful of other video games over the years including: Gabs in “Jedi: Survivor,” Linda of the Blue Team in “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Destiny-2: Foresaken” as Ada-1, “Starfield,” “Dishonored 2,” “Fallout 76,” “Agents of Mayhem,” and “Skylanders: Imaginators”.

Suzie Yeung

SUZIE YEUNG

Voice Actress

Suzie Yeung is an actress who voices in various anime, video games, and cartoons. She is best known for being the voice of Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Fuuka in Persona 3 Reload, Makima in Chainsaw Man, and Eula in Genshin Impact. She has also voiced in many popular franchises such as Demon Slayer, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Jujutsu Kaisen, NieR, Call of Duty, Fire Emblem, and many more.

John Bentley

JOHN BENTLEY

Voice Actor

John Bentley has been working at his trade since 1996. He has several on-camera, commercial and voice over credits. Some of his V.O. Credits include Barret in Final Fantasy VII Remake and Rebirth, Viviano Westwood in Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventures, Mr. Von Carnegie in Spidey and His Amazing Friends, 7 Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse, King Bulgher in CannonBusters, 4 Lightning in 4 Souls of Coyote, Yosuke Tendo in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, Professor Matsumoto in Vivy, Varys Truss in Promare, Sonada in Baki, Tiger’s Claw In Sailor Moon, Whiplash in Turbo Netflix, and Fire Emblem In Tiger and Bunny. Several other projects he’s worked on are as follows: On Camera: Mr. Watkins in All-American Homecoming, Edens Zero, Boruto, Digimon, LA Noire, anything Nick Fury or Frozone, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty, Mecard, Carole and Tuesday, MFKZ and several other genres including film and television!

J. Michael Tatum

J. MICHAEL TATUM

Voice Actor

Nurtured on anime classics from a tender age, he spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams.

Cast 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 Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate.

More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida, Louis in Fire Emblem: Engage, Moran in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and Cid in Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth.

Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy luck to play include: Eneru in One Piece, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Kraft Lawrence in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Acnologia in Fairy Tale, and Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, Kelvin and Pendles from Battleborn, a slew of characters from SMITE, August Wallenstein from Tales of Luminaria, and many, many more.

Max Mittelman

MAX MITTELMAN

Voice Actor

Well known as the voice of Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, Max Mittelman has also given life to other fan-favorite characters such as Ryuji in PERSONA 5, Arataki Itto in GENSHIN IMPACT, Plagg in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, King in SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Sabito in DEMON SLAYER, Meruem in HUNTERxHUNTER, and Atsushi in BUNGO STRAY DOGS.

Other notable projects include: FINAL FANTASY 7 REBIRTH (Red XIII), COOKIE RUN KINGDON (Red Velvet Cookie), BORUTO (Konohamaru), BORDERLANDS 3 (Troy Calypso), FIRE EMBLEM (Leo, Gray, Kaden, Forrest, Gordin), YOUR LIE IN APRIL (Kousei), BUGSNAX (Filbo Fiddlepie), BLACK CLOVER (Nacht), KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 (Luxu), MR. OSOMATSU (Todomatsu), VIVY: FLUORITE EYE’S SONG (Matsumoto), MOB PSYCHO 100 (Ritsu), MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN (Harry Osborn), STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH (Governer Grotton), FALLOUT 4 (Zeke), ALICE’S WONDERLAND BAKERY (Cheshire Cat), STAR OCEAN 5 (Fidel), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Ara’lon, Prince Farondis), SAO II (Jun), GUNDAM: THUNDERBOLT (Io), TALES OF BERSERIA (Shigure).

He is a proud founding member of the comedy and gaming troupe Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Ray Chase and Robbie Daymond.

Colin Ryan

COLIN RYAN

Actor

Actor Colin Ryan can be seen in Amazon’s show Boundless, playing series regular Enrique. A wonderful voice artist, Colin plays the role of Yurick in The Last Story and is well known for voicing the role of Alphinaud in the Final Fantasy XIV gaming franchise which won a BAFTA in the Evolving Game category this 2023.

As well as his roles in Death in Paradise, Doctor Who and Leonardo, Colin holds extensive theatre credits including My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre in London, After Edwards, and a number of productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company such as Volpone, Wendy and Peter Pan, Snow in the Midsummer, and The Jew of Malta.

Briana White

BRIANA WHITE

Actress

Briana White is a professional actress and content creator. She has succeeded in all worlds of performing, with credits such as Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Apatow Productions, Andy Samberg), Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), and as the lead in hit indie feature, Occupants, which earned her 12 Best Actress Wins. She is the voice of lead character Aerith Gainsborough in the wildly popular video game series Final Fantasy VII Remake, which sold over 7 million copies. She reprised her role in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Reunion and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. She has created digital content since her appearance in viral hit, Princess Rap Battle: Snow vs Elsa, with over 200+ million views. Her own video game YouTube & Twitch channel, Strange Rebel Gaming, and has a loyal and wildly engaged viewer base of over 470k+ with over 21+ million views across YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Peter Bramhill

PETER BRAMHILL

Actor

Peter Bramhill is a British actor and voice over artist born in the North of England.

He has worked extensively in the theatre both in Londons West End and Worldwide with companies including: Headlong and The Royal Shakespeare Company( where he gained a prestigious Ian Charleston award commendation) Plus many TV and Film roles (BBC, CH4, SKY, NETFLIX, APPLE TV+)

Over the years he has voiced numerous characters in Video games such as: StarWars Battlefront, Assassins Creed III-IV Black Flag and Unity , Battlefield 1,ZombieU, Risen ,CAPTAIN COMPEL BLAST in Battlefleet Gothic, CEDRIC in The Witcher 2, KING CAILAN in Dragonage EGIL in the Xenoblade Chronicles and most notably since 2015 the role of ’THANCRED WATERS’ in the long running hugely popular Final Fantasy XIV- Heavensward/ Stormblood/ Shadowbringers/ Endwalker and the upcoming much anticipated Dawntrail

Bethan Walker

BETHAN WALKER

Voice Actress

Bethan Walker is an voice actress, model and singer from the UK. She has been playing Alisaie in FFXIV for 8 years, with Dawntrail due for a summer 2024 release. Other titles include horrors Midnight Peepshow and Heretiks, Dr Who audiobooks and Torchwood.

Ben Starr

BEN STARR

Voice Actor

Ben Starr can be recently seen in London Kills, he can be more notably seen in Jamestown where he plays the role of Dr Christopher Priestley and film 7 Miracles in which he starred as Judas. His other current screen credits include Apple series Trying, ITV’s mini series You & Me as well as the most recent season of Netflix’s You.

As a voice artist, Ben has been credited on a number of video games such as A Way Out, Quantum Break and Arknights where he voiced the role of Sharp. He now stars in the latest Final Fantasy XVI game as the lead protagonist, Clive Rosfield, who embarks to seek revenge after his kingdom is destroyed. Final Fantasy XVI has been one of the most anticipated releases this 2023 having been nominated in this category for the 2022 Game Awards and for PlayStation’s Game of the Year in the 2023 Golden JoyStick Awards.

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And as for the non-Final Fanasy actors…

Brandon McInnis

BRANDON MCINNIS

Voice Actor

Most known for voicing Gyutaro (the Upper Six demon) in Demon Slayer, Sir Nighteye in my Hero Academia, Mafuyu in Given, Alear in Fire Emblem: Engage, Finral Roulacase in Black Clover, and Gen in Dr. Stone, Brandon McInnis is an LA-based voice actor, singer, and translator with over 150 roles in anime and video games, and a prolific TikTok account (>600k followers).
Having collaborated musically with content creators such as AmaLee and Jonathan Young, he regularly posts both cover songs and originals on YouTube (https://youtube.com/branmci) and Spotify (Brandon McInnis) including EPs of music originally from the anime Given and the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Other notable roles include Yuta in SSSS.Gridman, Milo in Sabikui Bisco, Astolfo in The Case Study of Vanitas, Kenshiro Daimon in ODDTAXI, Samon Goku in Nanbaka, Sonosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Ares in Banished from the Hero’s Party, Mangod (Hitogami) in Mushoku Tensei, Yūichirō Kurono (Uncle Reaper) in Fire Force, Xane in Fire Emblem Heroes, Featherlight in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Ganos in Dragon Ball Super, Iketeru in Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan, Edward of Westminster in Requiem of the Rose King, Hirano in Sasaki and Miyano, Saku in ACTORS: Song Connection, Selen in Show By Rock!!, Yuta in Stars Align, Kanata in Ensemble Stars!, Shu Bi in Back Arrow, Al Lyon in Appare-Ranman!, Leonardo in The Gymnastics Samurai, Tsubasa (Kashiwagi’s Boyfriend) in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Dellinger in One Piece, Makoto Teruhashi in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Count St. Germain in Code: Realize, Keita Amano in Gamers, and many more.

FLOW

FLOW

Rock Band

After debuting in 2003, FLOW has an established reputation for hit anime works, including themes for anime “NARUTO” (GO!!!, many others), opening themes for “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion”, (COLORS, WORLD END), and the opening theme for ”Tales of Zestiria the Cross” (Kaze no Uta). They have written songs for numerous other anime works as well.

Since 2006 they have been active playing shows not only in Japan but overseas, performing over 60 live performances in 19 countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East, transcending borders as a live band. Strongly streamed, their song “Sign” for the opening of “NARUTO Shippuden” has been played over 120 million times worldwide on Spotify.

FLOW celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 2, 2022, and on November 16 released the single “Daydream Believer” in collaboration with ORANGE RANGE. In July 2023, the band’s largest one-man performance, “FLOW 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL LIVE 2023 ~Anime Shibari Festival~” was held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Japan.

Substantial

SUBSTANTIAL

Artist

Husband and wife duo, Stan “Substantial” Robinson and Rachelle Etienne-Robinson are the co-CEOs of Substantial Art & Music, a multimedia organization focused on providing consulting services to the visual and performing arts community. Together they serve emerging and established independent artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations, providing professional advice and guidance through consultations, workshops, webinars, and special events. SAM has facilitated workshops at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Pratt Institute, Arts Fairfax, Otakon, and more. In addition, Stan and Rachelle co-host and produce the ARTdustry podcast and have facilitated special events that were featured in several media outlets like WTOP, Washington Informer, and Fox 5 DC.

Setta

SETTA

Artist

Currently, he provides illustrations for logos and CD jackets for bands such as Yamaarashi and King Gnu. He was responsible for 2D works (title logos, brush lettering, special illustrations, various designs, etc.) in numerous works such as Drifters, Garo -Vanishing Line-, Kakegurui, Dorohedoro, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan. He also engages in diverse activities, such as creating artwork for live video works and designing event titles for traditional martial arts schools. Setta wants to incorporate Japanese characters; beauty and strength into art, and creates works combining brush lettering with original seals, called “Rakkan”. On the other hand, in illustration works featuring original creatures such as “Onimusume” (demon girls), he engages in creative activities using various styles, from analog techniques using Japanese paper and ink for digital art.

Kyoko Aiba

KYOKO AIBA

Artist

Making her debut in 2011, Kyoko Aiba is a Japanese mangaka who is mainly active in the boys love genre. Since 2023, after her release of “Young Carer - Invisible Me”, she has branched out to work on manga that tackles social issues. Currently, she has released “Oji Tensei - The Villainess’s Days of Aging Gracefully”, featuring a villainess reincarnating into a middle-aged Japanese Man, and “The Narrow Road of Okuda” featuring a high schooler’s chaotic journey to becoming a novelist. Her other well-known works include “Derail” and “Kamisama☆Darling”

Aya Uchida

AYA UCHIDA

Voice Actress

Aya Uchida is a Japanese voice actress known for her many roles in anime, radio, and games. Her roles include Kotori Minami in Love Live!, Arin Kannazuki in Trinity Seven, Kaban in Kemono Friends, and Kaede Furutani in Yuru Yuri, among many others. In her spare time, she enjoys making desserts, crafting accessories, and hairstyling.

I’m interested as she is the voice of Nikke’s Quency.

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Hinoki Kino

HINOKI KINO

Artist

Hinoki Kino is a Japanese manga artist. She made her debut in 2008. In 2020, she serialized the comic adaptation of Toko Amekawa’s light novel 7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy! in Comic Guild. The original novel was adapted into a TV anime in January 2024. Her other notable works include Setsuna Graffiti, and NO.6 (original work by Atsuko Asano).

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Y’all get all the cool cons. If we get two stars at our hick con we’re lucky.

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You’re in Texas. A third to half the voice acting industry is based there. But then again, it does take at least eight hours to get anywhere within the state…

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The largest anime festival in dallas, A-kon, has been cancelled this year. Repeated venue problems and poor managemnt have been plagueing this con for years now. 2020-2021 covid crap started really putting nails in its coffin. Which is sad becasue this is one of the longest running cons.

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Ben’s voice work was fantastic as clive that dude needs more work

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As much as I love Final Fantasy (I’ve been playing since FF2/4 [US/JPN]), meeting voice actors doesn’t do anything for me.

I’m curious what else is there tho…

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They have an absolutely huge exhibit hall dedicated to the console and arcade games. Of course there’s panels, plenty of vendors and artists. Concerts as well. And many of us go to enjoy the craftsmanship in the cosplays.

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Well if I’m in town I’ll most likely will go over on Saturday, back in the day if I wasn’t on tour I used work Otakon, Baltimore screwed up when they let Otakon leave.

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