A2F Spring 2014 Lead Guest J. Michael Tatum

J. Michael Tatum
J. Michael Tatum

J. Michael Tatum









Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, 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 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 SebastianMichaelisof 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, equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate and foppish cyborg Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2.

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.

awsome kyoAnd as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Future Diaries, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.




A2F Spring 2014 Lead Guest Chris Bevins



Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has recorded, cast, directed, produced, acted in and/or adapted scripts for over 100 anime series, movies and specials. His voice directing credits include Princess Jellyfish, King of Thorn, Sengoku Basara, .hack//Quantum, Heaven’s Lost Property, The Sacred Blacksmith, Samurai 7, Speed Grapher, Mongolian Chop Squad (with Taliesin Jaffe), Witchblade, Case Closed, El Cazador de la Bruja, Burst Angel, and Dragon Ball GT. Chris’ recent and upcoming voice directing work includes Michiko & Hatchin, Aquarion EVOL, Jormungand, and Last Exile – Fam, The Silver Wing.

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Christopher is also an accomplished voice actor, with roles such as Japan in Hetalia, Mercutio in Romeo x Juliet, Apollo in Aquarion, Amata in Aquarion EVOL, Fastener in Panty & Stocking, Hiroshi in Michiko and Hatchin, Hanamori in Princess Jellyfish, Lahar in Fairy Tale, Nicholas in Baccano!, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Lafitte and Shu Shu in One Piece, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in Mongolian Chop Squad. He can be heard as various characters and critters in Guilty Crown, Toriko, Steins;Gate, Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), Ouran High School Host Club, Sgt. Frog, Black Butler, Big Windup!, Shin chan, Fruits Basket, Dragon Ball, Case Closed and many more. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as the English-language voice of Dhalsim in the Street Fighter IV franchise, as well as numerous cannon-fodder characters in Borderlands 2.


Follow Christopher on Twitter @VoiceofBevins


Spring 2014 A2F Featured Guest Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson

rachelmd Rachel Robinson’s voice spans the arenas of national commercials, animation, videogames, narration, promos and now, most recently, anime. She is likely best known for her indelible role as Oerba Yun Fang, of Final Fantasy XIII, reprising it in Final Fantasy XIII-2. She is thrilled to reveal that she will be reprising the role for the third and final (ha) time in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy.




Rachel was also just announced as playing lead role Unchou Kan’u in the upcoming series Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and sequel series Ikki Tōsen: Xtreme Xecutor.

She’s also known for two diabolical and soulless villainesses: the tattooed, fun-loving and chain-smoking Nazi vampire, Zorin Blitz in the bloody and beloved Hellsing Ultimate; and Empress Megaria, Lord of the Darkness Realm, in Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters.zorinblitz1


Other roles as of late include The White Mage in Bravely Default, Celsius, Summon Spirit of Ice (another happy-go-lucky gal); in the latest release in the Tales franchise, Tales of Xillia; Empress Megaria in Kaijudo: Rise/Clash of the Duel Masters (original animation) and Rox Whetstone (and other ancillary characters) in Guild Wars 2. Other recent role announcements are as lead role Commander Nowak in Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut and the role of Nova in voice-controlled strategy game There Came an Echo with Wil Wheaton.


Additionally, she can be heard as both Pamela Anderson and Verne Troyer in Celebrity Death Match (MTV2), 2 bitchy girls in American Dad!, Sara Sidle in CSI: Fatal Conspiracy; Vera Cortez in the online comic companion piece to the popular Dead Space, and, playing against type, Mary; Mother of Jesus, in That Darn Jesus in the film Universal Remote; as well as many other auxiliary hither-and-yon characters. She has been, for nearly ten years, the voice of all untelevised awards ceremonies for NARAS (those folks who dole out the Grammys), has voicematched Sarah Michelle Gellar, and can be heard in David Heatley’s paean to suburban white girls, um, “Suburban White Girls”. As a suburban white girl.

Let’s get ready to Cosplayyyyyy!

Do you know who you are going to be? Have you created an amazing costume or do you Sebastian-black-butler-25696727-564-4211inhabit your character so completely no one could tell you from the original? Have we got the events for you.

If you created your costume take a look at this page : A2F MainStage Costume Contest

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If you bought your costume and you are amazing as your character, try this page and choose Cosplay Entry.

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And you can also try the Hallway Cosplay Contest if you don’t want to go MainStage, or if you are somewhere in between all these types.

First Spring A2F Guest Samantha Inoue-Harte



Samantha Inoue-Harte

Samantha Inoue Harte is a voice actress and founder of an animation studio called Saiko Studios. She is perhaps most recognized for her role as the Chocobo in Final Fantasy: Unlimited, the anime series, and as Kohran Li in Sakura Wars.

Check her out on IMDB

TailchaserShe has an amazing list of accomplishements on Wikipedia

The Anime News network has another amazing list of incredible work

We are working like crazy

The Arkansas Anime Festival Staff is putting things together at a hight rate of speed. Discounted pre-registration (that’s discount tickets) are up and available for several more

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