Anime Houston’s guest list brings together some of the best anime voice actors the world over. As Houston is already a central hub for anime, these actors are excited to meet fans here.
John Gremillion is a stage, film and voice actor who has been working in anime for over 20 years, providing voices for dozens of popular anime titles for ADV, FUNimation, Okratron 5000, and Sentai Filmworks. John’s most popular roles include Gentle Criminal in My Hero Academia, Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Roland Chapelle in Food Wars, Arthur Randall in Black Butler, and D in Sentai’s recent re-release of Vampire Hunter D (Nomination – Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Feature Film, 2015). Other roles include Nakeshi Hirokawa in Parasyte: The Maxim, General Liver in Akame Ga Kill!, as well as roles in Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Fire Force, Log Horizon and many others.
A professional video editor for over 20 years, John worked on the supplemental materials ADV’s 2010 release of Halo Legends and for FUNimation’s release of Assassination Classroom Vol 2. He studied film at The University of Texas at Austin and Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School of Drama.
Robert L. Mungle
Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. The Right Reverend Robert L. Mungle also founded comedy group The Whiskey Brothers in 1998. Since then, while the line-up has changed, it has been his outrageously loud voice that has led the group. Mungle has taken the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to seedy strip clubs. His IMDB page boasts over 100 different anime roles, from “Ghost Stories” to “Lady Death” to “Excel Saga.” He was born in Houston and you might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.
Patricia Duran is a native Houstonian with over twenty years of experience as a professional stage actor working locally, regionally, and in New York City. In the early 2,000’s she did a little voice over work with ADV (now Sentai Filmworks), but it wasn’t until 2016 when she returned to her hometown after working in NY that she really became involved with voicing anime and fell in love with it. Some of her favorite roles include; Princess (Princess Principal), Freya (Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), Shenfa (Assassins Pride), Hikari Kagura (Revue Starlight), Dolte (Release the Spyce), Hazuki Morikawa (Just Because), Yayaka (Flip Flappers), and so many more!
She is a founding company member with Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company who strive to promote the empowerment of women in the performing arts. Duran received the 2020 Houston Press award for the Best Everywhere We Looked Player and in 2019 won Best Actress for her role as Maxima Terrible Segunda in The Hunchback of Seville. She has been recognized in American Theatre magazine as one of 20 Theatre Workers You Should Know. You can find her @ http://www.PatriciaDuran.net or on Instagram as PatriciaDuranActor.
Contributing to the anime world since 2003, beginning with ADV films, Blake Shepard has lent his vocal talents to such studios as FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks, Seraphim Digital and the Anime Network. Appearing in nearly 200 shows, His unique tone and versatility has allowed him to provide performances for a range of characters in shows such as: Knights of the Zodiac (Netflix Original), Saint Seiya (Netflix), Food Wars (Netflix, Adult Swim), Darling in the Franxx, ReLife, 7 Seeds, Brynhildr in the Darkness, Campione!, One Piece (Netflix), Pop Team Epic (Adult Swim), Black Clover (Adult Swim), Shin Godzilla, Tokyo Ghoul, Air Gear (SyFy Channel/Adult Swim), Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood, Attack on Titan (Cartoon Network), Halo Legends (Netflix) and many more. As an animator, Blake Shepard has also provided the Anime Network with original animation as well as creating promos and bumpers for the network. His company Dynosaur Productions focuses on original content and new technologies. His new project: Robot Girl Chronicles is currently in production. You can learn more at patreon.com/robotgirl .
Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are
Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Giraffe in Revue Starlight, among many others.
Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action features Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga.
Jay had his Toonami debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!, and most recently, Taneo Tokuda in My Hero Academia.
Christina Kelly is an American actress and voice actress for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation Entertainment. Christina attended the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. In Houston Texas she’s appeared on stage at A.D. Players, Unity Theatre and The Catastrophic Theatre. Christina is also represented by The Pastorini Bosby Agency. Some of her roles in anime include Nanami in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Mikan in The Demon Girl Next Door, Saya in BanG Dream, Mermaid Thetis in Saint Seiya, Koko Kaga in Golden Time, Ichika Takatsuki in Waiting in the Summer, Claudine Saijo in Revue Starlight, Iroha Igarashi in Real Girl, Mikoto Kondo in Kampfer, Shizuku in My Girlfriend is a Shobitch, Run Jewelria in To Love-Ru, Yumiko Miura in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Fu Sagami in Release the Spyce, Padparadscha in Land of the Lustrous, Sylphonford Tachibana in Himouto! Umaru-chan,Yamato in Kancolle, Loki in Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Satone Shichimiya in Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions- Heart Throb, Mine in Akame Ga Kill and Alice Nakiri in Food Wars! Behind the Voice Actors nominated Christina for Breakthrough Voice Actress of the year in 2015 and 2017 for Best Supporting Role in Himouto Umaru-Chan. Follow Christina on Instagram @itschristinakelly and Twitter @ChristinaMarieK
Olivia Swasey started working in anime when she was just a kid doing bit parts and walla. In 2018 she graduated into larger roles such as: 3D Kanojo Real Girl (Ishino); Release the Spyce (Katrina); Revue Starlight (Maya Tendo); and 7Seeds (Ran). She has also appeared in BanG Dream! (Yukina Minato), Bloom Into You (Midori Igarashi), Land of the Lustrous (Morga), and To Love-ru (Aya). She loves doing yoga and making brownies. She is always looking forward to her next project!
Chairman of Anime Dallas, John Swasey started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime. Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.