D&A Voice Actor Spotlight: J. Micheal Tatum!!

There are so many words that can describe the next voice actor that we have for you on this special filler post series. Smooth, charming, witty, charismatic, creative, and sophisticated. When you look at this particular voice actor, you’d think that he looks more like a writer or a novelist than an actual voice actor for anime. Although he gives off that kind of aura when you see him at anime conventions, this anime voice actor can do it all! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the most handsome man in the world…J. Micheal Tatum.

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Taken Otakon 2012 before we became D&A Anime Blog! 🙂

Straight outta McKinney, Texas and born on May 25, 1976, J. Micheal Tatum is an ADR director, voice actor, and script writer for FUNimation/Okratron 5000. During a panel at Florida Supercon in 2015, Tatum was asked by a fan what his inspiration was that got him into the world of voice acting. When he was a young lad he had a speech impediment which would cause him to stutter upon speaking, so his speech coach had him get involved into theater.

While reciting and memorizing his lines, Tatum’s stuttering would disappear, and soon he would find himself doing theater and drama. In 2005 Tatum was discovered by FUNimation’s ADR Director Christopher Bevins, who cast Tatum as Rikichi in Samurai 7. Since then he would voice characters like Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michealis in Black Butler, France in Hetalia: Axis Powers, and Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan.

You can also hear Tatum in Corpse Princess, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Stein’s Gate, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Free! – Eternal Summer and so much more! Upon numerous occasions J. Micheal Tatum has expressed his love for anime, Doctor Who, and William Shakespeare. He’s a great fellow with a lot of great stories to tell, so if you want to see him at your con, tell the convention staff to book him on the double!

You can find/follow J. Micheal Tatum on Twitter @JMichealTatum and on Facebook @jmtvoiceactor! Be sure to support him and all that he does for FUNimation and Okratron 5000.

Miscellany Monday: Family Letters From Beyond The Grave…?

What’s goin’ on anime fans! Here’s Yours Truly (D.J. Lewis) coming to you with some lesser-known anime goodness from Virginia Beach, VA! In our last post I mentioned that we’ll soon be changing up our posting schedule for the Fall and Winter, in order to better accommodate you guys (the fans). We’re also working hard to get our Patreon page up and running so that we ca do more for the blog, for anime voice actors, and most importantly…you! Here’s what we’ve got for you on this overcast Monday Night straight outta Virginia Beach, baby! 😉

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If you’re an anime fan who’s on the lookout for a lesser-known fantasy-touched drama-filled psychological thriller, then Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed will be the title that you seek! The series follows the main character Fumika, as she is a Shigofumi who delivers mail to the family members of the deceased. The letters themselves contain things that the dead had wanted to say to their family and friends while they were alive, but could not bring themselves up to say what was on their mind before they died. Fumika travels with her talking staff Kanaka while they deliver the letters of the dead to the family members of the living, and if they’re not doing that, then they reside within the realm of Shigo. The Shigofumi themselves are actually now-dead mil carriers who don’t age, but Fumika herself is not yet dead, which means that she’ll age the same way every human does. You can stream this series on Crunchyroll or FunimationNow.

We’ll continue to keep you all posted on all the new happenings going on with the blog, as well as new information on our newest fanfiction; Danganronpa Enoshima! Are thoughts and prayers are also with the people, voice actors and anime fans who were effected by Hurricane Harvey within the past couple days. D&A loves you, and stay safe out there! 🙂

D&A Voice Actor Spotlight: Felecia Angelle!!

If you’re an anime fan, then you’ve probably heard this voice actor’s voice in a few of your favorite titles. If titles like The Devil is a Part-Timer! or Danganronpa sound familiar to you, then you’ve probably heard her voice before. She is one of the rising stars on the Funimation scene, as she has done various voice work on various anime titles that we all know and love. We at D&A Anime Blog would love to give a special welcome to the one and only…Felecia Angelle! 🙂

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Coming to you from Lafayette, Louisiana (born July 27, 1986) Felecia Angelle is not only a voice actress for FUNimation, but an ADR director as well! She is best known for her role in the anime title known as Ben-To playing Hana Oshiroi, and has done various other voice work from television commercials to video games. You can hear her in titles like Danganronpa: The Animation/Danganronpa 3 (Aoi Asahina), High School DxD (Raynare/Yuma Amano), Heavy Object (Charlotte Zoom), Dimension W (Atsuko Hirose), Gangsta. (Alex Benedetto), and so much more! Felecia’s hobbies (when she’s not behind the mic) include reading and playing video games at a fair skill level, and looking for someone to write her bio. (Hopefully we’re doing a good job.) She’s awesome to talk to at anime conventions so if you want her to be a guest at your con, tell the convention staff to book her ASAP!

You can follow Felecia Angelle on Twitter @FeleciaAngelle and like her on Facebook @FeleciaAngelleVoice! We hope to hear more character voices from this awesome voice actress down the road, so keep your eyes out for her anime fans! 😉

D&A Friday’s: Where Anime and Alternate Reality Are One!

Welcome back fans! If you’ve missed us last Friday, that just means we were at SaikouCon in Allentown, PA! It was indeed a blast and there will be some video footage of the experience coming soon to our Youtube page. As always we do our best to bring you some awesome anime titles this side of the internet, so without further delay, here’s what we’ve got for you today! 😉

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If you’re an anime fan who’s on the lookout for a supernatural comedy-drama, then Charlotte might be the answer you’ve been looking for. Taking place within an alternate reality, a comet called “Charlotte” passes by the earth every 75 years. during its travel it drops dust that soon becomes airborne, as the pre-adolescents who breathe in the comet’s particles suddenly gain supernatural abilities.

Yuu Otosaka just happens to be one of the pre-adolescent children who inhale the dust particles of the comet, and now possesses the ability to possess other people for a short time. He’s eventually found by Noa Tomori, and is thus transferred to Hoshinoumi Academy where she is the president of the school’s student council. The members of the student council also have gained supernatural abilities aside from just Yuu and Noa. Their overall mission is to protect others who possess supernatural powers from organizations that want to use and exploit them for their own personal gain. However, a mission of this caliber doesn’t come without a few heartaches and sacrifices along the way. The series itself balances out between comedic/corny, and serious/tragic, so if you’re looking for an anime title that’s of this nature, then by-all-means check out Charlotte! 🙂

We’re hoping to launch our Patreon page between September and November, as all of your donations will help us pay the operational costs of the blog, and also keep its unique features going! If things go well with our Patreon page we’ll be able to offer you guys (the fans) the following:

  • More chances to see us at conventions (We’ll be able to travel more!)
  • Official D&A Anime Blog merchandise (Not just T-shirts!)
  • Mobile Podcasts (We’d love to do these with some of the Voice Actors!)
  • Exclusive DJ mixes (From Groundzkontrol, of course!)
  • More Original Content! (Convention Videos, Panel Videos!)

This is going to be a major step for us as we get ready to celebrate our upcoming two year anniversary on January 11, 2018! We thank each and every one of our fans as well as the voice actors, FUNimation, Crunchyroll, and all of the other anime distribution companies for giving us some awesome titles, and continued support for our blog!

Keep making D&A a part of you, and we’ll keep making you a part of us! 🙂

A New Fanfic Title and some Changes for the Fall!

This is a quick update announcement to all of our fans right here on D&A Anime Blog! With the rush of ‘Back-to-School’ about to reach its peak as well as the upcoming unofficial end to Summer (Labor Day), we’ll be changing our posting schedule to help better suit the needs of all of our super supportive anime fans! For our Miscellany Monday segment, the new posting time will be between 7pm-12am starting on September 4, 2017. Our Throwback Thursday segment will temporarily come out of hiatus for the birthday month of D.J. Lewis, one of D&A’s founding members, and will start at its original time! For D&A Friday’s the new posting time will be between 6pm-12am starting on September 1, 2017. Although A. Goldman and Yours Truly are the founders of this awesome anime blog/website, both of us have some rather busy lives to the point where we aren’t able to get on our laptops as frequently often as we used to. (But we push ourselves the best we can! >.<)

On that note, we’ve got ourselves a brand new fanfiction story on the horizon! Due to a scheduling conflict on our part that we apologize for, we’ve decided to postpone our two previous fanfiction stories and release them on a later date in 2018. The title of this new fanfiction will be an original Danganronpa story featuring the Queen of Despair herself, Junko Enoshima, in this dark comedy fanfic known as Danganronpa Enoshima. The story takes place in a parallel timeline just before the events of Trigger Happy Havoc; where Junko and her sister are on a mission to throw the whole world into despair, but soon find out that it’s not as ‘easy’ as they thought it was going to be, while hilarity ensues in the process. We’ll keep you guys updated on when that fanfiction will be posted as well as share some info on a few anime conventions coming next month. All that, and a toilet, next time on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you! 😉

Miscellany Monday: Traveling Beyond the Anime Galaxy!

Hey anime fans! Hopefully you’ve gotten the chance to see our first ever solar eclipse in the 20th/21st century. Make sure you wore protective shades during the event because if you didn’t, then you’re going to be one sad blind otaku. While we’re on the subject of solar eclipses, let’s talk about what kind of lesser-known anime titles we have for you on this eclipse-filled evening…

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If you’re on the lookout for a sci-fi supernatural anime title, then look no further than Toward the Terra! The series takes place during the 31st millennium where humans are now under the order of supercomputers known as the Superior Dominance. In the mist of the reign where the supercomputers are turning vitro-born humans into brainwashed functioning adults, a new breed of humans called the Mu are making it their mission to rescue every Mu-born child from the Superior Dominance, who wants nothing more than to have them destroyed. Led by Solider Blue (and then Solider Shin) the Mu only have one wish; to return to their beloved promised planet known as Terra. You can find this awesome series on Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, and even on YouTube.

If you guys haven’t heard the news yet, we’re hard-pressed on creating a Patreon page in order to bring you guys (the fans) more original content, more chances to see us at anime conventions, and hopefully some original features that you can’t find anywhere else on an anime blog! Our ultimate goal is to one day have our own 3-day anime convention known as Anime Escape, where fandoms of cosplay, anime, manga, video games, and superheroes can all come together and party with us! (That’s right, we will be having Friday and Saturday night raves at our con!)

We’ll continue to keep you updated on what our future plans are regarding the blog, as well as where as what places we’ll be heading/returning to, on our 2018 anime convention tour! Until next time, make D&A a part of you, and we’ll make you a part of us! 🙂

D&A Post-Con Update: SaikouCon 2017!

Greetings anime friends! We have now returned to our humble abode after having such a great time with friends and fans at SaikouCon 2017! Shout-outs to all the vendors, the staff, the voice actors, the musicians and DJ’s for the rave party and concert, the panelists, and of course you guys (the fans)! For those of you who haven’t gotten the chance to go to this convention, let us tell you, this is the place to be if you’re looking for a more chilled down atmosphere at an anime convention. There are great panels and guests to be found here; such as this year’s Leah Clark (Voice Actress/ADR Director/Writer), Oscar Seung (Actor/Voice Actor), Greg Houser (Pro Voice Actor), and finally R. Bruce Elliott. As for what the “R” stands for…well, we really have no clue. You’ll just have to ask him yourself.

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From Left-to-Right (D.J. Lewis, A. Goldman, Oscar Seung, Leah Clark, and R. Bruce Elliott)

SaikouCon is located in Allentown, PA at the Holiday Inn on 904 West Hamilton Street. If you’re from Baltimore, MD (like us) then take Northbound I-83, Eastbound US Route 30, then Northbound US Route 222. Anywhere else, you’ll have to use either your GPS or Google Maps to get there. Fans have the option of picking 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day passes for the con, that way everyone will be able to have a good time even if they’re working with a small budget. The atmosphere is quite relaxed as you may even get the chance to have a one-on-one encounter with some of the voice actors. If you’re looking for some great deals on some anime merch, then be sure to stop by the Dealers Room (Merchant Hall) for some cool stuff!

If you want to take some cosplay pics then make sure you bring your camera. Although it may be a small con, there were a decent amount of cosplayers there (especially on Saturday, which is usually like the cosplay “peak day” sighting for just about all anime conventions). Speaking of which we now have our SaikouCon Cosplay Mosaic already uploaded on our Cons Near U drop down menu! You can click here if you wanna see them for yourself! 🙂

Our next anime convention will fall on the birthday weekend of D.J. Lewis, one of the founding members of D&A Anime Blog! It will be held at Thy Geekdom Con at the Crown Royal Plaza in Claymont, DE on November 4-5, 2017. Don’t miss it! 😉