Stay tuned for Major guest announcements!! Guests include Ezra Weisz, Marianne Miller, Keither Silverstein, Meg McDonald, Mela Lee, Chris Cason, and more to be announced! The website will be updated soon with more details.
Marianne very rarely stops talking, so when she realized that she could make money off of it, she immediately leapt at the chance to do so. Of course, just talking wasn’t enough to get work in the voiceover industry, so after many years in theatre (both musical andotherwise), Marianne got her first role in Fullmetal Alchemist and the Conquerer of Shamballa. Since then she has also received work as Kyosuke in Madoka Magica, Leta, Tula and Lido in Dragon Age: Warden’s fall, Yuuno Scrya in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (and Lyrical Nanoha A’s), Yuuta in Squid Girl, Anwar in Avalon code, as well as many others. One of her biggest projects coming out is a CGI adaptation of The Snow Queen, being released in theaters this Christmas—she voices Kai, the male lead.
Voice actor, director, and scriptwriter, Chris Cason is most famous for his work as “Gluttony” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Tien Shinhan” and “Mr. Popo” in Dragonball Z, and “Holy Roman Empire” in Hetalia: Axis Powers. He can also be heard as “Boo” and “Whitey” in Shin-Chan, “Jack the Ripper” in Soul Eater, and “Hanai" in School Rumble, among others.
Some of his directing and assistant directing credits include: DBZ/Uncut/GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Hell Girl, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations. He’s also contributed to several video games including Donkey Kong Country, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and as a contributing guitar player for Guitar Hero 3.
Margaret (Meg) McDonald is a Houston based actress and all around nerd. McDonald first got started after auditioning while she was still in school. After getting her BA in Drama at the University of St. Thomas, Meg pursued a full time acting career in the booth as well as onstage. Her most notable roles in anime are “Rikka Takanashi” in Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions, “Tamako Kitashrikawa” inTamako Market, “Miho Nishizumi” in Girls und Panzer, and “Isuzu” in Log Horizon. She can also has supporting roles in Watamote, Hakouki, Little Busters, Maria Holic, Mayo Chiki, Rozen Maiden: Zuruckenspulen, Maidsama, and Nobunaga the Fool to name a few. She also appears in Parasyte: The Maxim and Akame Ga Kill.This is her first appearance at Anime California and she couldn’t be happier.
Ezra Weisz has been working in the voiceover industry for 20 years. He started his career voicing monsters in the Power Rangers series. Although, he may now be most known for voicing the character of Kaname Kuran in the series, “Vampire Knight,” he as lent his voice to characters in a variety of animated titles, including: Soma Yagarai in “Aldnoah.Zero,” Nurari in "Naruto, and "Yylfordt Granz in “Bleach.” Ezra is also an accomplished director and has directed the English Dubs of Academy Award nominated films, various Anime notably Paprika BoBoBo-Bobo-Bobo, and Sky Crawlers. Ezra is currently directing the Saban series streaming on Netflix, “Popples,” the International Emmy award winning series, “The Jungle Bunch,” the soon to be released pirate adventure series “Zak Storm,” and Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, “Miraculous: tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.” Ezra also teaches improvisation and acting techniques all around the world. When he’s not working in the booth he’s warming up audiences in Hollywood at live TV tapings or Improvising with his comedy group iProv.
Mela Lee is an American voice actress for film and television as well as a singer/composer based in the Los Angeles area.
As a voice actress, Mela has been featured in numerous commercials, animated series, games and movies. She first got into voice acting when she auditioned for “Vampire Princess Miyu”, but the director had her read for “Saint Tail”, and she was cast as the title character Meimi Haneoka / Saint Tail. She would later land the vampire role of Yuki Cross in Vampire Knight and a starring heroine character Rin Tohsaka in the popular Fate/stay night series. Additional popular anime roles include Erika Karisawa in Durarara!! (1&2), Rena Ryugu in When They Cry, Shinku in Rozen Maiden, Rachel Alucard in Blaz Blu, Darry in Gurren Lagann, Rin Asano in Blade of the Immortal, Kana Lenada in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, and Freyja in Sword Art Online II.
Mela has brought characters to life in electronic gaming, providing voices for numerous characters in video games. Game titles Mela has been involved with include Fall Out: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, Final Fantasy XII & XIV, Scream Rider, Blaz Blue, Demon Slayer and Atelier Shallie.
In addition to her animation voice over work, Mela is involved as a voice matching specialist for shows including Gotham, True Detective, & Ballers with Dwayne Johnson. She also worked on House of Lies, The Good Wife, SouthPaw, Warm Bodies, Drive with Ryan Gosling, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, Better Call Saul, CSI: NY, Community, and Entourage.
Outside of voice acting, Lee is a founding member of Magnolia Memoir where she composes music and lyrics. As a vocalist, Mela’s five octave range and unique sound are reminiscent of the spirit of a young Etta James or Billie Holiday, the mischievous sensuality & playful rock edge of Gwen Stefani and the winsome vocals of Adele or Sam Smith. Lee’s voice is classic, stunning, and instantly familiar. The late Andrae Crouch said of Lee, “She has the voice of an angel and can break the heart of heaven.” Activist/Comedienne Margaret Cho was quoted, “…Mela’s voice and lyrics are stunning and altogether unforgettable.”
Magnolia Memoir’s last two albums ( Pale Fire and The Perfect Crime) are available on iTunes/Amazon and have made the iTunes Top Picks.
Additionally, as a composer Mela’s work can be heard on the cult web Series “7 Minutes in Heaven” with SNL alum Michael O’Brien for Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video, as well as a theme song for the Darick Robertson/ Grant Morrison Ltd Edition Series “Happy” (that includes a nod to Lee with a picture of her band on a taxi cab in the final pages)
Keith Silverstein entered the world of voiceover by playing number of original characters for Chuck Jones’ Thomas Timberwolf series. Since then, he’s voiced Kirby O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lupin the Third in Jigen’s Gravestone, Captain Gantu in Disney’s Stitch! series, Speedwagon in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Full Frontal in Gundam Unicorn, as well as Johan in the chilling series, Monster.
In the videogame world, Keith voices the Reaper in Call of Duty Black Ops III, Lex Luthor in Batman: Arkham Knight, Zen in Persona Q, and worked on Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, as well as his recurring roles as: Zasalamel in Soul Calibur, Hunk in Resident Evil, Bash & Dino-Rang in the Skylanders series and Vector, The Crocodile in the Sonic, the Hedgehog games.
Keith is, however, probably best known for his portrayal of Kimimaro on Naruto.
Current projects Keith is working on include Netflix’s Ajin: Demi-Human as Koji Tanaka, Glitter Force as Ulric / Wolfrun, The Fresh Beat Band of Spies as Commissioner Goldstar, Viz’s Sailor Moon as Professor Tomoe, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Durarara!!x2 as Tom Tanaka / Fukumi, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and Toonami’s Hunter X Hunter as Hisoka. Keith also voices Torbjòrn in Blizzard’s highly anticipated new game Overwatch.
For more info on Keith Silverstein visit his website at www.keithsilverstein.com, or check out Keith Silverstein Voice Artist on Facebook and @SilverTalkie on Twitter
Snugzmeow began cosplaying and attending conventions in 2010 when she was 16. In early 2014, she began streaming World of Warcraft on Twitch.tv, where she was later partnered. Now, instead of streaming games on Twitch, she streams cosplay making tutorials full time as a creative broadcaster. Snugz specializes in using hot-glue wherever possible, and teaching lazy people how to craft. If you stop by her stream you are likely to hear K-pop and meet her co-host, a Ragdoll cat named Ser Pounce! An occasional cosplayer himself, Ser Pounce loves to help Snugz craft and join in her photo shoots!
Angi Viper is an avid cosplayer, performer, wig stylist, makeup artist and crafter who has been cosplaying since 2000. Since then, she has created hundreds of costumes, wigs and props for herself and others and started a successful commission business Viper Creations through which she provides high quality costume recreations and original designs.
Born and raised in Los Angeles. I got into drawing since I was a little girl, doodling on walls and such. I didn’t start drawing anime till I was a teenager, though! My pastimes are playing video games, reading, and relaxing outside. "My favorite video game of all time is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I also enjoy playing gwent with my friends."
DJ Meirlin has been described in many ways, innovative, creative, and cutting edge are the 3 best ways of describing her music style. Focused in Electro, House, bass, and trap music, her energetic mixing styles and unique track selection flows together to create lively sets for any atmosphere. She is not detached to any genre, and she is always creating innovative sounds and looking for new ways to express her creative self. In Japanese, her native language, the word “music” is written in two simple kanji characters, sound and fun. “Music should be fun”, DJ Meirlin takes that to heart, making sure every little note in her set is enjoyable both for the crowd and herself. She believes if she is not having fun herself, the crowd will not be “turned up”. Through that mindset, she is excellent at energizing her listeners, and progressing them through her often genre-rich performances.
Born and raised in Japan, DJ Meirlin started her musical journey when she was introduced to the classical piano at the age of 3. Through the continuous 10+ years of involvement in the classical music, she gained knowledge and love for the music world. As she continues her passionate journey, she came across a different genre of music. She fell deeply in love with electronic music and it did not take time to get her hands on her first set of turntable. It was that moment that she knew she wanted to be part of ‘the scene’.
n 2014, to bring herself more challenge and inspiration, DJ Meirlin decided to change her career base to Los Angeles, CA where many major music scenes and opportunities takes place. Being thrown into the fire, she continued to be constantly at work perfecting her craft and kept challenging herself into new things. The language barrier did not stop her, as she did various opening sets at many popular clubs in LA in the starting year. She replicated the appearance of the famous Vocaloid Diva Miku Hatsune, and performed at many Japanese culture related events, which lead to playing as special guest DJ at Hatsune Miku EXPO 2014’s official after party. It was after this point when she started getting gigs at big venues like Avalon, Belasco, Project LA,Heat OC and many more. Her musical career as a DJ has been a great success, but she did not settle just in front of turntables. After receiving several offers, she produced music for several fashion show events, and became a fashion model herself.
The multi-talented female DJ’s career goes on, living her “American Dream” making the impossible “possible”. Suffice to say, the electronic music scene should be expecting more things from DJ Meirlin in the upcoming years.
A familiar name in electronic dance music in both the con world and the club world, Tw33k is always constantly evolving his style of music! So get those dancing shoes ready. Having shared the stages amongst the biggest DJs in the world, Fedde Le Grand and Deadmau5 just to name a few. Tw33k has also been a part of the anime seen both as a cosplayer and DJ for over a decade! Picked as a featured producer on a reputable trance record label in Germany, having originals and remixes signed with various record labels from across the globe, and featured in a special end of the year compilations in various trance record labels. Although being away from the decks for a short period has not dwindled his performance abilities as he recently headlined a few underground events. Surprises in every turn. What can we expect from his performance this year!
DJ Tory Trazec
Another familiar name in several of the anime convention dances, Tory Trajec always brings in a new sound, and boy is it breathtaking. With its origins in Japan, Tech Dance is the weapon of choice for Tory Trajec. A genre so fresh, but yet so energetic, it’s strange why it’s not exposed here in the states…until now. Hard at work in the studio, he has brought out a whole new sound which has flavors of hard funk and techno. Along with a recent slew of anime bootlegs, be sure to check out what Tory Trajec has in store!
We all want some funky beats and lots of BASS! And you sure will get them. Anime California welcomes back DJ Ouiji as he brings all the funky tech house, bassy electro and hip hop that’ll make you boogie to.
Recognized by thousands of fans across the globe, Revolution Boi became one of the first U.S. Based DJs and remix artist to enter the Vocaloid Scene. His work with music in Japan has allowed him to become familiar with Vocaloid before Hatsune Miku herself even existed. His performances are fan favorites at events across the United States. He has also performed alongside well known Vocaloid artists and producers for other collaborations works and mixsets. Many years in the DJ scene has led Revolution Boi to travel and experience diverse sounds and develop a unique ability to recognize the mood of his audience. His ability to synthesize music of any genre is unrivaled as he continues to inspire and influence fans and musicians alike. Revolution Boi now resides in Los Angeles where he will continue honing his ability to interact with crowds and deliver outstanding mixes and remixes.
All Hell Breaks Loops
Tyler Moore is All Hell Breaks Loops, the neon identity crisis transforming years of local guitar playing into a DJ mixer and a synthesizer. His original tracks, dank bedroom producer memes, and DJ mix series, Eat Sleep Senpai Repeat, fuse house party vibes with J-pop, vocaloids, video game samples, anime soundtracks and the brighter side of electronic music.
2044 A.D. In an age where music is power, an elite class of technocrats have risen to claim the earth’s frequency energy source. In particular, the world’s largest Wave Technology development company – OPUS HEAVY INDUSTRIES – is utilizing their revolutionary, ultra-sound powered Brain Computer Interface (the “Opus BCI”) to subtly manipulate human behavior to the tune of their own drum. The only thing standing in the way of Opus’ totalitarian conquest is an underground group of musicians turned hacktivists known as the ORKESTRATE. Lead by two brothers whose only known aliases are RENDER and MONK, the Orkestrate are combining their forces to launch a series of exhilarating, guerilla-style concerts in hopes of drawing members to their cause and exposing OPUS’ dystopia once and for all.
Mike McFarland is a voice actor and comedian who works for anime and video game series at Funimation/OkraTron 5000, New Generation Pictures, Bang Zoom! Entertainment and ADV Films. He voiced Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, Jean Kirstein in Attack on Titan, Risho in Yu Yu Hakusho and Master Roshi in the Dragon Ball series.
Jason Charles Miller
An accomplished musician, songwriter, singer and voice actor, Jason Charles Miller has been a multi faceted performer over the last 20 years. With over 100 animated productions and video games, some career highlights include Neverwinter: Underdark (Drizzt Do’Urden), The Legend of Korra (The Sherriff). Jason has also co-written songs with artists Marilyn Manson, Ben Moody [Evanescence], Chuck Goff [Toby Keith Band], Jeordie White [Nine Inch Nails], Driver Williams [Eric Church Band], Otherwise, Rev Theory and living legend Paul Anka. Songs he’s written can currently be heard on HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, The NFL Today and the wildly popular web series The Guild, Co-Optitude, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy and Critical Role. Jason co-wrote the smash single “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” for the Disney Channel hit movie, Teen Beach Movie. As a solo artist, Jason has opened for country greats Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Big Kenny of Big and Rich, and Jerrod Niemann.
Jason has received two Gold Record Awards for sales. One for the Godhead song “Penetrate” on the Queen of the Damned movie soundtrack, and the other for the song “The End Has Come,” which he wrote and performed with Evanescence founder Ben Moody for the movie The Punisher. Jason also recently sang two songs on the critically acclaimed soundtrack for the video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and has even sung backup for Robert Smith of The Cure on the Reeves Gabrels/Robert Smith song, “Yesterday’s Gone.”
Jason has been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar World, Inside Kung Fu and many more. He’s also appeared on MTV, MTV2, Fuse and VH1. Touted by many critics as one of rock and country’s best and most consistent live singers, Jason continues to wow live audiences all over the world.
Infinite Combo is a collective of San Diego-based musicians, whose fusion of jazz, funk, and rock meets the familiar melodies of classic video games. Formed in 2015 by trombonist Chet Brown, Infinite Combo is coming at you hard-hitting grooves and moving melodies from your favorite video games. We’ve got favorites from Mega Man, Super Mario, Zelda, Castlevania, and more!
“Candy Bomber” is a J-rock inspired band/project formed by five musicians of various musical backgrounds with a burning passion of music and providing endless entertainment to the people. Like the idea of AKB48 joining forces with Visual-Kei then leaping through an adventurous journey with Polysics and The Clash at Demonhead, Candy Bomber takes the standard “Rock Band” and fuses it together with styles and instruments from different genres of music – the Uke, Sax, and at times the Kazoo. The audience is sure to hear their familiar favourite tunes from Anime and J-Rock, combined with a mixture of Jazz, Pop, and METAL, along with Original works that capture a unique sound that is very much their own.
Captain's Savvy Singalong Crew
Captain’s Savvy Singalong Crew is an interactive musical experience that celebrates all things Anime and pop culture related. The group invites you to join them in belting out songs from classic shows and video games.. all with a naughty and nautical twist!
With years of performing at conventions and hosting events under their belt, CSSC’s act continues to evolve and grow their dedicated fan base.
The crew is:
After descending into the darkness of her childhood memories, a single idea pierced her thoughts like a blade. Salvation…Redemption…Sanctuary.. to Unlock a path, for those who have lost their bearing. To help those who have no choice, to answer the silent cries of a strong heart hidden behind a smiling face. Lolita Dark is the sacred garden of wanderers, travelers, and urban warriors.
Fronted by 2 authentic Japanese singers, Lolita Dark brings the brand new movement to Los Angeles’ somewhat stale rock scene. Their innovative music to appearance, it’s nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Lolita Dark is the new beginning! From their innovative music to their mysterious background and stage performances, Lolita Dark proves that their music is striking the heart of the LA.
Being a rabid anime fan from an early age it was only a matter of time before SpacePizza got sucked into the world of cosplay. She has participated in masquerades and won awards, as well as staffed for San Diego Comic Con’s masquerade. She is now resident masquerade judge here at Anime California and Hanadoki Con! Cosplay in general has brought her many opportunities, including being the official Yang from RWBY for Rooster Teeth at San Diego Comic Con, and being an international cosplay guest in places such as Mexico City. SpacePizza Cosplay is excited to be returning to Anime California and can’t wait to see everyone!
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