Anime audiences were first introduced to Kari Wahlgren as the Vespa-riding, guitar-bashing Haruko in “FLCL.” Since then, she has played a number of anime roles, including Celty in Durarara, Kagami in Lucky Star, Saya and Diva in Blood+, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin, Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Tsuruya in “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, Cher in Wolf’s Rain, Lavie in Last Exile, Anemone in Eureka 7, Tayuya in Naruto, and Blue Rose in Tiger and Bunny. Wahlgren also provided the voice of Ariel in the movie “Robotech: the Shadow Chronicles,” Scarlett in the anime feature “Steamboy,” and the Princess in the movie “Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow.”
Kari has also done voice work for over a hundred video games, including the Jedi Female Knight in “Star Wars: the Old Republic,” Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spiderman”, Elika in “Prince of Persia,” Ashe in Final Fantasy XII, Shelke in Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerebus, Barbara Johnson in “Bioshock II”, Raine in Tales from Symphonia, Zatanna in Justice League Heroes and Tatiana in James Bond: From Russia with Love. Other games that Wahlgren worked on include Rogue Galaxy, Dead or Alive Extreme 2, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Tekken 5, Command and Conquer III, Star Wars: the Force Unleashed, Star Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith, Armored Core IV, Guild Wars 2, Transformers, and all three games in the Xenosaga series.
Rocker-turn-actor Troy Baker has become the go-to voice actor for the anime and gaming community. The Texas native first began working in video games by playing Sgt. Matt Baker in the Brothers in Arms franchise and in anime as Frank Archer and Greed in Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, respectively.
Since then, Troy has been heard as Vincent Brooks in Catherine; Two-Face/Harvey Dent in Batman: Arkham City; and as Jetfire in Transformers: War for Cybertron. Anime fans will recognize him as Van Kleiss in Generator Rex; Yamato in Naruto Shippuden; Mitsunari Ishida in Sengoku Basara; and as Kouga Gennosuke in Basilisk. Most recently, fans soared through the skies of Columbia with him as Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite and fought to survive the infected as Joel in The Last of Us.
Laura Bailey got her start playing Kid Trunks in the hit series Dragonball Z. Since then, she’s gone on to provide voices in countless animated series. Some of her most popular anime roles include: Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Shin in Shin Chan, Halibel in Bleach, and Anko in Naruto.
Laura’s certainly made her mark in the video game world as well, giving life to Serah Farron in Final Fantasy 13, Helena Harper in Resident Evil: 6, Kira Carsen in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise in Persona 4, Harley Quinn in Lego Batman 2, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft, the Boss in Saints Row the Third, the title role in Catherine, and over a hundred others!
Her most recent projects have Laura playing Black Widow in Avengers Assemble, a new Marvel cartoon series, and Lagoona Blue in the ghoultastic Monster High. Check out www.lizardbee.com for her full list of credits!
Travis Willingham is well-known for his many popular roles in anime, video games, and original animation projects. He is most widely known as Roy Mustang in the Fullmetal Alchemist series. Other credits include Naruto, Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, D.Gray-Man, Mushishi, Ouran Host Club, and One Piece, as well as Marvel’s X-Men and Iron Man anime series.
You can hear Travis as Thor in Marvel’s hit original series Ultimate Spider-Man, as the Hulk and Human Torch in The Super Hero Squad Show, and in the upcoming Avengers Assemble series on Disney XD. He also voices King Roland II in Disney Jr’s new series Sofia the First.
Some of his video game titles include Aliens: Colonial Marines, Halo 4, Lego: Batman 2, Skylanders: Giants, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops I & II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Transformers: Dark of the Moon/War for Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron, Catherine, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Street Fighter 4.
His film work includes Secondhand Lions, Ray, Friday Night Lights, Prison A-Go-Go, The Guardian, and A Perfect Getaway. In television, he has worked on Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, Prison Break, and Private Practice.
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, 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, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, and The Galaxy Railways.
As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Summer Wars, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushishi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11 and 2.22, and One Piece. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushishi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z.
Video game credits include work on Borderlands 2, 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 role of Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken.
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.
Christopher Smith is the guy you’ve heard but haven’t heard of. He’s known for his roles as Spandam in One Piece; John Balks in Future Diary; Raizer Phoenix in High School DxD; Major Peter Soyuz in Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos; Headmaster Kaien Cross in Vampire Knight; Kittan in Gurren Lagann; Ishidate, Ibiki, and Akaboshi in Naruto; Matoko Kibune, Rose, and Wonderweiss in Bleach; Kinnosuke in Durarara!!; Bright Noa in Gundam: Unicorn; and King of Midland in Berserk. Chris is also a high-profile presence in video games, voicing the Joker in Lego Batman 2 and Lego Batman: The Movie, Molag Bal and Foresworn Briarheart in Skyrim, Hotshot in Defiance, Captain Curnow in Dishonored, Agent Smith in Matrix: Path of Neo, Superman in Mortal Kombat vs DC, Rufus in the Street Fighter games, Tenebrae in Tales of Symphonia 2, Sergeant Hunter in Operation Flashpoint 2, The Emperor in Final Fantasy: Dissidia, and multiple characters in Dragon’s Dogma and Soul Hacker. For more, visit Behind the Voice Actors.
Stephanie Young is a professional actress, singer/songwriter, producer, and fan of caffeinated beverages that jolt her from one creative project to the next! She is best known for her work as Nico Robin in One Piece (new dub with Funimation), Olivier Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Clare in Claymore. Her latest game projects include the role of the Sheriff of Lynchwood in Borderlands II, and she can be heard singing theme songs for Dragon Ball GT, Negima!, and One Piece. Stephanie also enjoys lending her signature, soulful vocals, along with her guitarist husband David, to the Dallas-based jazz-pop band, The Brehms (www.thebrehmsband.com). Her love of performing led her to work extensively on the stage, as well as on both sides of the camera with the production house Blue Logic (www.bluelogicproductions.com).