Guests

Colleen Clinkenbeard Voice Actor, Director

Colleen Clinkenbeard is a voice actor and director whose work can be heard in over 100 anime and video game titles. Best known for playing the English voices of Gohan and Android 18 in Dragonball Z Kai, Monkey D Luffy in One Piece, Erza Scarlett in Fairy Tail and Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Colleen can also be heard in the video games Borderlands I and II as Lilith, Patricia Tannis and Captain Scarlett and in Battleborn as Gallilea and Nova. Two of her favorite roles include Hana in Wolf Children, and Momiji in Good Luck Girl.

As a director, Fullmetal Alchemist is what put her on the map; but she's also worked on such projects as Black Butler, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and Steins;Gate, as well as the new dub of My Hero Academia!

For a full listing of her work, check her out online. Also, please feel free to follow her at Colleen Clinkenbeard Voice Actress on Facebook or @ccarrollbeard on Twitter.


Yasuhiro Imagawa Director, Screenwriter

Yasuhiro Imagawa is a Director and Screenwriter. He is most noted as being the Creator of the Giant Robo OVA and Chief Director of Mobile Fighter G Gundam.

His works span over 30 years since the early 80s with titles such as Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Berserk, Tetsujin 28-go, Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Fist of the Blue Sky, Virgin Fleet, Shin Majinga Shogeki! Zetto Hen, and many many more.


Hiroshi Kitadani Vocalist

His first major debut was with the 3-piece band Stagger in 1994. After his other band Lapis Lazuli broke up, he started his solo work. His debut single We are! was used as the first opening theme song for the anime ONE PIECE and was a huge hit. He then performed theme songs for anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh!

He joined JAM Project in 2002 and performed together at Budokan and overseas. In 2012, he released his original album Real. Besides singing for JAM Project, he also writes songs for many artists. In 2014, his 20th anniversary, he released his best album SCORE and did a tour in Japan. 2015 is the 15th anniversary of JAM Project, and he will be evolving together with the group.

http://www.kitadani-hiroshi.com/


Lauren Landa Voice Actor

For the last 10 years, within the world behind the mic, Lauren Landa is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; the sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend: Chrono Phantasma; the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces; the valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi, in REDLINE; the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls; kind hearted Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, the quiet Annie Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One in DrakenGard 3, Nio in Riddle Story of Devil, Nora in Noragami, Karin Kanzuki in Street Fighter V and most recently, the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media dub of Sailor Moon and Nao Tomori in Aniplex's Charlotte!


Erica Mendez Voice Actor

Erica is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in KILL la KILL, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki Konno in Sword Art Online II and Nico Yazawa in Love Live! Other animation credits include Gon Freecs in Hunter X Hunter (2011), Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of Sailor Moon, Tsubaki in Your Lie in April, Akko Kagari in Little Witch Academia, Akari Sakishima in A Lull in the Sea, Diane in Seven Deadly Sins, Fu Inubozaki in Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Mametchi in the Tamagotchi Friends webisodes, various characters in Blood Lad, and Cloud E. Sky in the one-hour animated special Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School.

Her video game works include Nagisa Shingetsu in Danganronpa Another Episode, Eryn in Fairy Fencer F, and Naotora Ii in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. You can also hear her in other titles such as Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Disgaea 5, Xenoblade Chronicales X, Omega Quintet, Demon Gaze, Operation Abyss, Hyperdevotion Noire, Atelier Escha & Logy, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, Ar nosurge, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures.

Visit ericamendezvoice.com to check out her full list of credits. You can also keep up with Erica's role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.


Byambajav Ulambayar Sumo Wrestler

6'1", 370 lbs, 4-time World Sumo Champion

Mongolian-born Byambajav Ulambayar competed in sports since he was a child. By age 15, "Byamba" had captured national junior champion titles in judo, sambo, and Mongolian wrestling (the national sport).


Byamba at Otakon Vegas 2014

At that time, the retired Japanese Grand Champion, Onokuni, visited Mongolia, and held tryouts across the country, scouting for a protege. After testing dozens of young men, he invited only one -- Byamba -- to join his professional sumo team in Japan.

Byamba entered professional sumo with no knowledge of the sport, the Japanese language, the food, or the culture. Life was not easy, but young "Daishochi" (Byamba's pro sumo fighting name) adapted quickly, and at age 16, he won a divisional championship in professional sumo. By age 18, Byamba was the highest-ranked sumo wrestler on his entire team, i.e. the equivalent of MVP on his team, while still only a teenager!

At 20 years old, Byamba decided to leave professional sumo. If he had continued another couple years, many predicted he would have achieved Champion or Grand Champion status. However, injuries and other factors influenced his decision to leave Japan, for a broader opportunity to travel and compete worldwide.

At age 21, Byamba was invited to perform sumo in the film Oceans 13. After spending time in Los Angeles after the shoot, Byamba decided to stay longer.

Although he left pro sumo before reaching the highest pinnacles of fame and fortune in Japan, Byamba gained several opportunities not available to sumo wrestlers in Japan. Byamba now competes worldwide, and has been absolutely dominant on the world stage, winning tournament after tournament, all over the planet. At one point, Byamba had a streak of over 100 consecutive victories!! These matches were mostly against the national champions of other nations.


Byamba with our mascots,
Ace and Crabby, at Otakon Vegas 2014

Byamba won two consecutive World Sumo Champion titles (2006 in Japan & 2007 in Thailand). In 2009, when the World Sumo Championships was not held, Byamba competed in the World Games, which is held every four years and run by the International Olympic Committee. At the competition in Taiwan, Byamba thrilled the crowds, by winning the gold medal -- his third World title! In 2013, again a year without World Championships won gold at the World Combat Games, making him the 4-time World Sumo Champion!

Byamba continues to develop his own sumo skills, and has also brought an unprecedented level of expertise in training American sumo wrestlers on a regular basis. Many US athletes who train with Byamba see great results in a short period of time. Byamba's presence has been a great boon to the development of American sumo, and his intimate familiarity with every aspect of Japanese sumo culture is extremely rare. Byamba continues to compete internationally, while simultaneously developing his acting career.

Since acting in Oceans 13, Byamba had performed in over 220 TV shows, films, commercials, and live events, all over the world. In just seven years, he has traveled abroad over 120 times for his performances, and all over the United States. Some of his significant projects include being the mascot and face of Subaru Canada for six years, competing on America's Got Talent, spending a week on Gran Hermano (Big Brother), with rave reviews, in Spain, performing sumo to packed arenas in India, and much more. Wherever he goes, Byamba's quite a crowd-pleaser!

Visit http://sumobyamba.com/ for more info.


Ryuichi Yamamoto Sumo Wrestler

6'4", 600 lbs, 2-time World Sumo Champion
Heaviest Japanese human being in HISTORY!

Ryuichi Yamamoto grew up, dominating sumo competitions from elementary school and beyond. He won numerous championships in high school and university, and was a top prospect and recruit into Japanese Pro Sumo. In fact, he rose to top-division status in Pro Sumo in the second-fastest speed in history, plowing through opponents on the way to the top.

After a short time in the highest division of Pro Sumo, Yama left, and has since moved to Los Angeles, to support the development of sumo abroad. Back in his school days, he had already won two World Sumo Championships, and like Byamba, he brings both international sumo titles and Pro Sumo experience to the ring.

One popular feature of Yama is that he is the Heaviest Japanese Human Being in Recorded History, at 600 pounds! Even at that sobering poundage, he performs "shiko" (shoulder-high leg lifts) and "matawari" (full leg splits) with ease. He has also appeared on ESPN SportsNation, Fox NFL Sunday, and ESPN Sports Center. He has a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2, too.

Rumor has it that Yama is quite a big Anime fan and is very excited to discuss his favorite shows with everyone at Otakon Vegas!

Visit http://www.sumoyama.com/ for more info.