Guests of Honor
Guests of Honor
Lia Sargent has won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in the category of Outstanding Voice Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for TNT’s Rough Riders. As an actress, dancer, and voice artist has performed in over 150 film and television productions, including voice-overs and dubbing for foreign, animation, commercial, and interactive releases.
In 1987, Lia formed her own voice over company, OFF THE WALLA, where she has, over the years, employed at least 200 top notch actors from all over the world. She has dubbed more than 100 foreign live action and animated films and has either acted, written or directed the English dub for over 50 Anime releases. Her Anime voice acting credits include: CHUN-LI in Streetfighter II, JUDY in Cowboy Bebop, DOROTHY in The Big O, SYBIL in Black Magic M66, MILLY in Trigun, SHION in Xenosaga, and TACHIKOMA in Ghost in the Shell. Her Anime writing and directing credits include: THE BIG O, PERFECT BLUE and OUTLAW STAR. She also had the pleasure to co-direct the video game .HACK and her favorite series to date, TRIGUN.
In addition to her numerous credits in film, television, commercials, and animation, Lia has combined her voice-over and stage skills performing in a variety of Radio Theatre Productions, including originating the role of Maggie O’Neal in Gene Autry’s Radio Hour’s production of Walk the Mountain and portrayed 11 character voices for The Cornerstone Theater Group’s Live Radio Show of It’s a Wonderful Life. As a voice over coach, every Fall, since 2015, Lia continues to have the pleasure of teaching up to 80 students a week attending the Tokyo Animation Voice Over Program, managed by Idea Resource Systems. Their boundless courage, talent and commitment is something she will always hold dear to her heart.
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Marvel Vs Capcom/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves), Kakyoin (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z and currently voices Gohan in Dragonball Super. Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”, Eusine in “Generations”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodcast series of podcasts . For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.
About 高橋 宗慶 (Takahashi Sokei)
Urasenke Tea Master/Associate Professor of Chado
After obtaining the Japanese Flower arrangement, Ikebana「生け花 」, license at a very young age, and while running a prominent dermatological/cosmeceutical clinic with her late husband (the founder of the Japanese Minoxidil 「カロヤンハイ – 第一製薬」 in Seijyougakuen in Tokyo, Japan), Takahashi Sokei Sensei started her journey to embrace the most beautiful aspect of Japanese traditional culture—Chado.
After years of studying Chado and the ancient Japanese history thoroughly under one of the most respected Chado Masters, Takahashi Sokei Sensei became the Master of Tea herself.
After the 3/11 Tsunami, she moved to the United States to spread peace and tranquility to the people of the West.
Takahashi Sokei Sensei received the highest honor, the Associate Professor Degree In Chado, in winter 2017. This will be followed by a Professor Degree in Chado in the year 2018.
This year Ezra Weisz is so pumped to be your Host!!!
Okay, so who the heck is Ezra? He is a Voice Actor and Director. Here are some of my most recent projects: director for Zag’s Tales of Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir and Zak Storm (Netflix), I directed the English cast of The Jungle Bunch (Universal Kids), Sky Crawlers, Paprika, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and he is very excited to announce the incredible new anime series from Production IG and Netflix called B the Beginning.
Ezra’s voiceover credits include the voices of Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight, Master Wing from HunterxHunter, Mao from Code Geass, Clive from Arc the Lad, Fred Luo from Outlaw Star, Zenjiro from the motion picture Miss Hokusai, Dr. Yagarai from Aldnoah Zero, Ilforte Grantz from Bleach, Franz d’Epinay from Gankutsuou, and Albert from B the Beginning
Other than work in the world of voiceover and anime , Ezra Weisz can be seen warming up audiences at live television taping for the Disney Channel. Some warm up credits are, Wizards of Waverly Place, Liv & Maddie, Austin and Ally, Jessie, Bunk’d, and Raven’s Home.
He can’t wait to meet you guys and talk about all sorts of stuff and is really looking forward to having the best weekend ever at Anime Conji 2018 Check out his YouTube channel EZRAY and follow him on Instagram @Ezraweisz
Morgan Berry is a voice actor best known for her work in various anime shows, movies, video games, and web series. Some of her most notable roles being in “My Hero Academia”, “One Piece“, “KanColle“, “Touken Ranbu“, “Hyperdimension Neptunia“, “Tokyo Ghoul“, “Riddle Story of Devil“, “ēlDLIVE“, “Show By Rock!!“, and the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast.” Her most notable video game titles include “Marvel Avengers Academy”, “Smite“, and “Freedom Planet 2”. In addition, she voices for a variety of web series including Team Four Star’s “Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged“, ScrewAttack’s “DEATH BATTLE”, and the lead role of Eris in “Gods School“. On top of voice acting, Morgan is a singer and YouTube Personality under the name “The Unknown Songbird” with over 5 Million views in total.
Andrew J. Alandy works as an actor, singer, and host under multiple platforms, most notably the “Late Comedy Showdown” at Anime Expo since 2008, and the show “FGC Live” from the Twin Galaxies Live platform from 2013-2015. Recently, he was a part of the short film “Home Away” as a stunt performer and art department lead which won “Best Film of 2017” for the L.A. 48 Hour Film Holiday Project competition. Currently, you can find Andrew as one of the hosts of “Anime Weekly”, a live-stream focusing on all topics anime, airing 9 PM on Facebook Live via “NerdBot”. He is also one of the stage knights for the annual “Labyrinth Masquerade”.
When you need someone to bring the hype, you call in Andrew J. Alandy.
Deanna Sulli is an artist who grew up with video games, comics, and anime. She loves attending conventions and has lived in San Diego for most of her life. As the original creator of Anime Conji’s mascots, she is thrilled to be contributing once again!