Akiko Hasegawa (長谷川明子) is a Japanese voice actress and singer affiliated with Arts Vision. She made her official debut in 2006 as Miki Hoshii from THE IDOLM@STER. In 2009, she began her solo singing career with her debut album "LEVEL∞". She has also participated in various character CDs as Miki Hoshii.
Akiko is most well known for her role in THE IDOLM@STER, but her other notable roles include Rena Ashihara from Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS, Akari from Fantasista Doll, Nono Nonohara from Kings of My Love, Ruu Narita from Photo Kano, and Itsuki Kono from Phantom Breaker.
This is Akiko's first time ever attending an overseas event! She will be holding Q&A panels and autograph sessions throughout the 3 days of Anime North.
Asami Shimoda is a Japanese voice actress and singer affiliated with Arts Vision. She was born in Tottori Prefecture on 30 January 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.
Barbara Radecki is well known for her work as the English-language voice of Sailor Neptune in the original Sailor Moon series. Sailor Neptune was once ranked among the top ten most popular female anime characters. Barbara has had many major roles in film and television, but is currently focusing on her writing. She has sold or optioned several screenplays, including a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Her debut novel The Darkhouse comes out this fall through DCB/Cormorant.
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Debuting in the anime show "Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu" as Nagisa Mikogami in 2009, she has appeared as key characters in various shows since then. She established her seiyuu career in 2014 playing Chaika Travant in "Coffin – Princess Chaika". "Sound! Euphonium" is another popular show where Chika plays one of the main characters Reina Kosaka as she earned Japanese anime fan and media attention. In the recent shows, she plays the voice of main heroine Mary from "Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash", Anett Hosenfeld from "Schwarzesmarken", Arhan from "Expelled from Paradise", Kiseki Kusanagi from "Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon", and Asuha from "Qualidea Code".
Jill Frappier has been a performer on stage and screen for over 45 years, performing on stages across Canada in over 80 plays and in numerous TV shows and films. Her voice career started in the ‘70s with Potterton Productions ’ The Happy Prince starring Christopher Plummer (who later became Jill’s husband Lord Jack Cruze in the TV mini-series, Spearfield’s Daughter). She performed in Blazing Dragons (by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam) as Mrs Shambles,“a cockney, dragon, land-lady of a boarding house for hermits”! Jill’s roles have run the gamut. She has played cuddly, little animals like Little Mutt on Animal Shelf and bossy, fat lady, Mrs Prysellius in Pippi Longstocking. She was Ms Finch in Birdz, French mouse wife, Doucette, in Anatole, evil Sherry Lewis in Totally Spies and a motherly pig, Auntie Yorkshire, in Pecola. Recently she had her first “motion capture” experience playing eccentric Mary Ann Disraeli in Assassins’ Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft’s new video game set in Victorian England.
Her anime experience covers playing the lead in Keroppi, and Fifi the lamb in Hello Kitty, but her favourite anime role, of course, is the inimitable, black cat, LUNA in SAILOR MOON. She is excited to be meeting the fans along with her old friend and sparring partner, Artemis, Ron Rubin.
For four and a half decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry, working on-screen with the likes of John Candy, William Shatner, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Wahlberg, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy and Gilda Radner, before sliding comfortably and melding seamlessly into the off-camera world.
As well as having been the voice of thousands of T.V. and radio commercials, John's animation performing life began with dozens of parts in Droids and Ewoks, and includes many iconic roles, like 'Beastly' in Care Bears, 'Toad' in Super Mario Brothers, 'Basil' in Babar, 'Longarm' in C.O.P.S., 'Ultron' in The Avengers, 'Creed' in X-Men, 'The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man' in The Real Ghostbusters, 'Thompson' in Tin Tin, 'Newton Gimmick' in Teddy Ruxpin, and 'Bugsy' in Dog City.
Still very active in the field, some of his more current works include 'Mayor Swifty' in Sidekick, 'Mr. Owl' in Franklin, 'Mission Control' in Rob the Robot, and both 'Naga' and 'King Zenoheld' in Bakugan.
Always diversifying, John's career has continued to expand throughout the years to include voice casting, voice coaching, demo production (animation and commercial) and the discipline that now keeps him busiest, voice directing. In that regard, John's been at the helm for many, many productions, including Totally Spies, Beyblade, Caillou, Redakai, Medabots, Pandalian, Mike the Knight, Ella the Elephant, and the one that started it all for him, Sailor Moon.
John is both delighted and honoured to be invited back to Anime North to be part of the 2016 festivities. Check out his website at www.johnstocker.ca.
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Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor, and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Yoko on Team Galaxy, Zair on Redakai, as well as voicing Julie and Sellon on Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and Hikaru on Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper on Emmy award winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby, and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked, and The Dating Guy.
For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon, Mia and Me, Toot and Puddle, Will and Dewitt, Disney’s Yin Yang Yo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Meteor, Cyber Chase, Mischief City, Corduroy, Timothy Goes to School, Air Master, Bakugan, Beywheelz, and Animal Shelf, as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot, Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie and Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ with Ballantyne and St.John on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.
In a career that spans more than 30 years, Actor - Director - Michael Dobson has played hundreds of characters in thousands of episodes of Animation, Japan Anime, Video Games, Trailers, TV and Radio Commercials as well as Live Action performances in TV Series and Feature Films, that have aired around the world!
He’s been the voice of more Villains and Superheroes than you can shake Batman’s Utility Belt at. The list is too long for this Bio, but to name a few: Leonardo in TMNT The Next Mutation, Starscream in Transformers Armada, Energon & Cybertron, Nappa, Supreme Kai, Spopovitch, Jimmy Firecracker in Dragon Ball Z, Dryden in Escaflowne, Kazuki Fuse in Jin-Roh, Gen Revil in Gundam Wing, Cobra Commander, SGT Savage in GI Joe, Ronen The Accuser in The Fantastic Four, Freddy Duke “The Blob” in X-Men Evolution, Commander Forge, Makino in Max Steel, Zemerik, AJ Dalton in Battle Force 5, Hulk in Hulk vs Wolverine, Ghost in Iron Man Armored Adventures and yes, he’s voiced Batman, Joker, Alfred, Bruce Wayne and Thomas Wayne in the highly acclaimed Batman - Black & White series by Warner Premier!!!
He currently stars as Will Nekton and Hammerhead in the award winning animated series The Deep on CHRGD Network. As well as Bulk Biceps, Dr. Caballeron and The Dude in My Little Pony. Kernel Corn and Citrus in Pop Cap and E/A’s Plants VS Zombies GW2 and Finn Oxford in Barbie’s - Rock’n Royals.
Anime North is like coming home to family for Michael, “I love this Con... it was my first ever and I can’t wait to say hello to old friends and to all of you, whom I’ve yet to meet!!!”
For more info on Michael check out his Official Website at: www.michaelricharddobson.com
For over thirty years Ron Rubin has been one of the busiest animation actors in the country. His voice can be heard on countless iconic cartoon series - from Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers to Disney and Anime.
Ron worked with Stan Lee on the original X-Men (Morph) and Avengers (Vision) television series, as well as with Tim Burton on the Emmy Award winning Beetlejuice cartoon (Doom Buggy, Barry MeNot). Other notable credits include lead roles in C.O.P.S. (Dr. Badvibes), Police Academy (Lt. Mahoney), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Anaconda (Uncle Nicky), Totally Spies (Manny), SideKick (Master XOX), Stickin’ Around (Mr. Lederhosen), Turbo Dogs (Sergeant Gruff), Care Bears (Messy Bear), Mad Magazine and Tales from the Cryptkeeper to name a few.
Ron’s also been a force in the world of Anime, appearing in a multitude of shows including Bakugan and Beyblade among others, but he’s probably best known for originating the voice of Artemis in Sailor Moon, a role he performed for the entire run of the North American TV series.
Samantha Inoue-Harte is an established and varied Entertainment Industry veteran. First and foremost, Samantha is a Producer and Partner at Animetropolis, where she is currently developing several Japanese anime series and a feature with some of Japan's top anime studios. Samantha is one of only a handful of Westerners who works directly with Japanese anime studios to develop Japanese anime content. Samantha is also commonly seen at Rooster Teeth productions....but what she is doing there is still...a secret. ;)
Samantha is also an accomplished 18 year veteran as a voice actress in over 40 Japanese anime and Video game titles. Samantha’s most recognized roles are in Kingsisle Entertainment’s Pirate 101 and Wizard 101 and in Daybreak games’ DC Universe Online as Isis, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, and Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactaur. Her other titles include: Ascension VG, Birth, Blade of the Phantom Master, Bratz, City Hunter the Motion Picture, Cosplay Complex, Dai Guard, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, DearS, Devil Lady, Eden’s Bowy, Gatchaman, Getbackers, Getter Robo, Gun Crazy, Happy Lesson, Jing: King of Bandits, Legend of Crystania the Motion Picture, Lost Universe, Mazinkaiser, Moeyo Ken, Nadia the Secret of Blue Water, Negima!, New Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Resurrection, Petite Princess Yucie, Princess Blade, Pumpkin Scissors, Queen Emeraldas, Sakura Diaries, Samurai X the OVAs, Samurai X the Motion Picture, Shuten Doji – The Star Hand Kid, Soul Hunter, Steam Detectives, Tekken the Motion Picture, Trinity Blood, Wedding Peach, and Zone of the Enders.
For Susan Roman, being part of the wacky, wonderful world of animation for most of her adult life has been a dream come true. Let's be frank: some of her earlier efforts didn't exactly light up the galaxy. But along the way, she worked on projects that have since become mainstream classics, voicing characters such as Champ Bear in the original Care Bears series, Melissa Raccoon in The Raccoons, Sara Lynn and Eddie in Fisher-Price Little People, Cucumber in The Busy World of Richard Scarry, the Berry Princess in Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins, and James in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. She played MegaMan in MegaMan Legends 2, Judy Tate in Beyblade, Akira in Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Tika in Barbie as the Island Princess - and as Snowy, the little white dog, she barked her way through The Adventures of TinTin.
She was also cast as Angel, the speaking voice of Debbie Harry, in the ground-breaking major motion picture Rock & Rule - and in yet another cult classic, Columbia Picture's Heavy Metal, she played The Girl in the Harry Canyon Sequence.
Susan is probably best known as the voice of Sailor Jupiter in the original English dub of Sailor Moon.
Toby Proctor has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He started on stage at the age of 8 playing the lead role of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Confederation Centre for the Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island. He then moved on to performing in many Canadian series as a guest star as well as US features. Toby played Tackleberry in the Warner Brothers series Police Academy in Vancouver for 26 one hour episodes. He also voiced Flash in the Flash Gordon animated series in 1996. Most notably he voiced the character Tuxedo Mask in the series Sailor Moon. Toby has worked alongside the likes of Kathy Bates, Dianne Wiest, Jon Voight, and many more. Although he spends most of his time working behind the scenes in casting these days, his most impressive production to date is raising his three little ones, Sydney, Ellie, and Sam with his amazing wife Kaite.
Tracey Moore has been voicing leading roles in award winning cartoon series since 1980. Kids growing up in the 80s and 90s would have heard her in many of their favorite series including George Shrinks (George), Ned's Newt (Ned), Legend of Redwall (Warbeak), Care bears (Shrieky, Hugs, Share), My Little Pony (Cheeralee), Super Mario Bros. (Peach), Sam and Max (the Geek), Flying Rhino Junior High (Marcus), and OF COURSE as the original voice of SERENA as SAILOR MOON in the beloved Anime series which she also cast, voice directed and played a key role in development. Her direction has spanned many different genres from shows such as Highlander and Mythic Warriors to Magic School Bus and Bad Dog – the inaugural series for FOX Family. She's even the singing voice for Strawberry Shortcake – currently on world tour. For ten years she acted as in house casting and director for Nelvana limited on numerous series and she is thrilled to offer all her talents to the con family as together we celebrate the magic of MOON PRISM POWER!!!