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Jun 082016

Welcome back. One of the celebrities I met at MegaCon this year was Anime voice actress Monica Rial, who was really sweet. She had her autograph table nicely decorated too. Here are some characters I remember her best for.

Yukari from Rosario + Vampire: She’s a young witch that usually uses her powers to prank people. Like the other principle female monsters, Yukari is in love with Tsukune. As the youngest in the group, Yukari has a “little sister” persona. It especially shows when she annoys Kurumu. You got to love her.

Tsubaki from Soul Eater: This young assassin is the weapon partner of meister Black Star, but unlike other weapons, Tsubaki can transform into a variety of ninja weapons. That’s really quite amazing. She’s also the levelheaded part of the duo, since she always has to put up with Black Star’s constant arrogance. At least Tsubaki knows how to keep Black Star quiet with a shuriken to the head. Don’t worry, it’s not a vital organ.

Lumiere from Kiddy Grade: This young GOTT receptionist may not have any physical abilities, but don’t underestimate her. Lumiere has an incredible mind that can control any computer unit. She’s also calm and collective. Yet she always tends to remind her partner Éclair to be more ladylike when she gets wild and crazy. Of course, Éclair never listens. Despite that, Lumiere makes a great teammate.

What are some of your favorites?

Oct 012014

Chuck Huber

Another great voice actor I got to meet at MythiCon 2014 was Chuck Huber. He had voiced some awesome Anime characters over the years like these.

Dr. Franken Stein from Soul Eater: When I first heard about this character, I thought he was based on the Frankenstein monster. However, Dr. Stein is very different, despite his sewn together body parts and the mechanism in his head. He can easily resist any attack and can read other people’s souls. After a major battle with the heroes, Dr. Stein reveals to be one of the good guys and a wise instructor. Of course, even he has his flaws, like tripping in his rolling chair.

Melt from Tower of Druaga: He’s a mage that’s highly skilled with lightning power that comes from his magical rods, which are used like golf clubs. Melt is also funny when he complains, especially when his young servant Coopa is involved. It’s part of what makes Melt a favorite.

Dominikov from Murder Princess: This bounty hunter fights with a scythe that can cut through anything and wears a skull shaped mask. His story is an enigma, but becomes clearer later in the series.

Bus Driver from Rosario Vampire: There’s not much to say about this character, but his presence and how he gives advice to Tsukune does set the mood of the series in a suspenseful manner.

Any other characters you’d like to add?

Jul 092014

Brina Palencia

I met Brina Palencia at MegaCon 2012 and she has voiced many Anime characters over time. These are some of my favorites.

Brina Palencia Autograph

Moro from XXXholic: She is one of two artificial beings that keep Yuko’s shop in existence and sometimes assist Watanuki with his duties. They are so hilarious and energetic.

At the time at MegaCon, this was the role I knew Brina Palencia best from. It wasn’t until afterward when I discovered that she had voiced other interesting characters like the following.

Kurumu from Rosario Vampire: She’s a succubus with the ability to hypnotize men into making them her love slaves. Kurumu starts out wicked, but later becomes an ally. She has feelings for Tskune, but at least she doesn’t have to seduce him anymore.

Azusa from Soul Eater: This death scythe is on the side of good, but she’s always so serious. She often scolds people and treats them like children. She intimidates even Lord Death and it takes a lot to do that. Azusa is also analytical in battle, so there’s a plus.

Keifer Knolles from Legend of the Legendary Heroes: This mage is bold and strong willed, mainly it’s from having a rough life. Enemy soldiers killed her sisters before she entered the Roland Military Academy. Keifer has strong feelings for Ryner, but tries not to show it. I guess she just doesn’t want to appear vulnerable.

Nina Antalk from Chrome Shelled Regios: Leader of the 17th Platoon, this young student is strong willed, but tends to be insecure when it comes to training competitions. However, she does have a soft side. Nina helps Leyfon clean the machinery department in the evenings and they have good chemistry when they’re not training or on the battlefield. However, it’s hard to tell if Nina’s feelings for Leyfon are beyond that.

Ahmey from Tower of Druaga: She’s a highly skilled warrior lancer, making her the strongest fighter in Jil’s climber party. Most of the time Ahmey has a stoic attitude, but what really stands out is her weapon, which is a lance with a huge drill bit. Now there’s a creative way to kick butt.

Do you have any favorites you’d like to add?

Nov 132012

Welcome to another addition of Actor Spotlight. Today is about Colleen Clinkenbeard, who I met at MegaCon 2010. Not only has she voiced many characters in Anime, but is also a line producer and director for Anime as well. These are some of my favorite characters she voiced.

Marie Mjolnir from Soul Eater: She may be a tough Death Scythe, but is also carefree and absent-minded. One of my most favorite highlights is that Marie is so unlucky in love that she would even marry a toilet. Talk about desperate.

Moka Akashiya from Rosario Vampire: This vampire girl has two personas, which is why two different voice actors voice her. Colleen Clinkenbeard voices Moka’s dark persona, which is only revealed when Tsukune removes Moka’s Rosario from her neck. Though cold and arrogant, this version of Moka is very useful when a monster needs to be put in their place.

Falis/Alita from Murder Princess: Due to a mysterious body switch, this bounty hunter became a princess, but she makes the most of her situation by fighting her own battles to defend the Forland Kingdom. Falis/Alita is an awesome fighter that can take on any kind of opponent, human or monster. As for taking on the responsibilities of ruling a kingdom, that’s another story.

Yuko Ichihara from XXXholic: This mysterious woman runs a wish granting shop and helps people with their problems, for a fee. As Watanuki’s employer, Yuko likes to take advantage of him by piling extra duties like cooking meals for her. Yuko is also funny, especially when she drinks with Mokona, or drives Watanuki crazy.

Éclair from Kiddy Grade: She’s a young receptionist who goes on missions with her young partner Lumiere, traveling to different planets to ensure normal economic operation. Éclair is a skilled fighter that’s always willing to spring into action. As noble as Éclair is, her methods and skimpy outfits often make Lumiere tell her to be more ladylike. Of course, Éclair never listens. Got to love her.

Rinmei Shokan from Hero Tales: Now here’s a beauty with skills. She is wise and can fight off enemies as well as she can prepare a meal. Rinmei is definitely a beauty you wouldn’t want to mess with, but it’s funny when she has to tolerate the men on her team when they become annoying.

Flight Attendant from Master of Martial Hearts: Though her name is never revealed, this hot fighter is highly skilled and strong. Her handbag can bust through a wall, or knock an opponent senseless. She also has a scarf that shoots spikes when used like a whip. As creative of a fighter Flight Attendant is, she was only the first of many on this series.

Colleen Clinkenbeard was so sweet and I was glad to have met her. What are some of your favorite characters she voiced?

Oct 122012

Legendary monsters have been creatively featured on Anime shows like Soul Eater and XXXholic. Another series that does so is Rosario + Vampire – Season One and Rosario + Vampire: CAPU2 (Season 2) (2008-2009).

Meet Tsukune Aono, a high school teenager who is unable to get into any private school. That all changes when his parents get him enrolled in Yokai Academy, which sounds like a nice place. Little did any of them know it’s actually a school for monsters. Since Tsukune is a human, he’s in quite a bind because if any humans were found on campus, they would be killed instantly.

Todd Haberkorn, who I met at MegaCon 2012, voices the role of Tsukune.

Tsukune really feels out of place, but that soon changes when he meets his first monster friend Moka Akashiya a vampire girl. She is the only one who knows that Tsukune is a human and promises to keep it a secret, despite the fact that Moka loves to drink his blood often. I’m a little surprised that Tsukune hasn’t become a vampire himself after all of those neck bites.

Moka appears to be sweet natured, but also has a dark side that only surfaces when the rosary around her neck is removed. This Moka is like the ultimate battle monster. When other monsters step out of line, Moka fights them off, but never kills. What’s really odd is that Moka cannot remove the rosary herself, only Tsukune can. Yet he never does intently. It always happens by accident.

Colleen Clinkenbeard, who I met at MegaCon 2011, voices Moka’s monsterous side.

As the series progresses, Tsukune finds more new friends at the school. They start out as enemies, but turn out to be good thanks to Tsukune’s positive influence and Moka kicking their butts.

The first is Kurumu Korono a busty succubus, who can fly and has very long nails to scratch at her enemies. Although Kurumu has the power to seduce, she actually has a conscience and a good heart, which is rare among other succubae.

Brina Palencia, who I met at MegaCon 2012, voices the role of Kurumu.

Next came Yukari Sendo a young witch, who is both cute and intelligent. She’s very skilled with her magic wand, but her favorite spell is to drop golden washtubs on people’s heads. It’s just as hilarious as it is useful.

Then there was Mizore Shirayuki a snow girl with the power to freeze anything in ice. She has a deadpan persona and loves to stalk. It’s amazing how Mizore pops in every now and then from the oddest locations so unexpectedly. I wonder how long she has had that lollipop in her mouth, or if it’s even the same one.

Together the five of them are all part of the newspaper club, led by Ginei Morioka, who is a werewolf that loves to take pictures of gorgeous girls, in a perverted manner.

It’s nice that Tsukune’s best friends are all girls. Unfortunately, all four of the girls are madly in love with him. Like Archie Andrews, Tsukune cannot make up his mind about which girl to be involved with. On the other hand, it does seem like Moka is Tsukune’s main squeeze, but is she really?

This was an interesting series that’s both exciting and funny. What also adds to the humor is the talking bat that pops in and out as a narrator. You could always depend on him to provide monster info and mention how fast it takes Moka to win a fight.