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Junji Ito

Junji Ito

Manga Creator

Born in Gifu Prefecture. After graduating from high school, he became a dental technician. While working, he contributed his manga stories to Monthly Halloween (Asahi Sonorama)’s rookie manga contest “Kazuo Umezu Award” and won its fine work prize with “Tomie” in 1986, which also became his debut title and one of his well-known stories. Since then, he has written various masterpieces, such as “Michi no Nai Machi” (The Town Without Streets), “Kubitsuri Kikyu” (The Hanging Balloons), “Soichi” series, “Shibito no Koiwazurai” (Lovesick Dead), “Uzumaki,” and “Gyo.” In 2017, he reached the 30th anniversary of his manga artist activity. His latest work “Muma no Kikou” (The Succubus’ Travel Journal) is now serialized in “Nemuki+” (Asahi Shimbun Shuppan).

Mike McFarland

Mike McFarland

Voice Actor

Mike got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Jean Kirstein in Attack on Titan, Mashirao Ojiro in My Hero Academia, Otabek Altin in Yuri!! On Ice, Carnage Kabuto in One-Punch Man, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, Kotaro Amon in Tokyo Ghoul, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, Crow in Show By Rock, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, Space Dandy, and many others.


As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, Vexille, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Boy and The Beast, The Empire of Corpses, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33, One Piece, Tokyo Ghoul, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and many more. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, One-Punch Man, Marvel’s Future Avengers, Marvel’s Avengers: Disk Wars, Mob Psycho 100, The Seven Deadly Sins, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z.

Video Game credits include work on Borderlands 2, Tales of Xillia 2, Smite, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Halo Wars, Stuntman: Ignition, Aeon Flux, Bloodrayne 2, Roadkill, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, as well as the roles of Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken and Charlie Nash in Street Fighter V.
 Mike is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen. For more information, check out his web site at www.mikemcfarland.com, “like” his fan page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFarlandVA.

Brina Palencia

Brina Palencia

Voice Actor

Brina Palencia is an actress working in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She’s voiced…a lot of stuff. Some of her anime highlights include: Sakura in Zombieland Saga, Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Minoru Mineta in My Hero Academia, Hina in Hinamatsuri, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Chopper in One Piece, Varona in Durarara!! x2, Juvia in Fairy Tale, Yuno in Future Diary, Shirayuki in Snow White With the Red Hair, Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Rei in Evangelion 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, Hideyoshi in Baka and Test, the list goes on for a very long time… In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in the Borderlands franchise, Elle in Tales of Xillia, Mellka in Battleborn, Paige in Telltale’s The Walking Dead Michonne, Carol Anne in Sony’s Farpoint, Ayra and Lute in Fire Emblem Heroes, Teresa in Tales of Berseria, Excella in Shining Resonance Refrain, Cupid and Artemis in SMITE, Stef from Goonies in Lego:Dimensions, Hibari in God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Moogle in Final Fantasy Fables, and many others. She also served as the Music Director for Space Dandy, Show By Rock, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario+Vampire, Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Kai. On camera she is best known as Sophia from the CW series Star-Crossed, Ana on Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Jody Evans on Season 7 of Castle, and Kayla Bates in the web series The Troubadoors. Brina can also be seen in several indie films: http://www.imdb.me/brinapalencia You can hear her original music on Instagram: @brinakins, and follow her antics on Twitter: @brinapalencia

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