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[Honey’s Anime Interview] Tia Ballard – Voice of Happy, Zero Two, Kagura Sohma, and More!

Tia Ballard has been in the voice acting business since 2010 and has voiced some of your favorite heroes in anime. She’s best known for bubbly and cute characters like Happy from Fairy Tail and Shao Mei from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but she has recently branched out with roles like the mature Zero Two from Darling in the Franxx. We sat down for a chat with her at Colossalcon in Sandusky, Ohio, and she opened up about all kinds of things: her motherly instinct towards the characters she plays, the unusual route she took to become a voice actor, and even her love of gardening. Let’s hear what she has to say!

Colossalcon 2019 Post-Show Field Report

Midwestern con-goers know that summertime has truly begun when Colossalcon splashes onto the scene. This Ohio convention takes place at the Kalahari Resort, giving its attendees access to water parks, arcades, a spa, and frozen drinks overflowing from 45oz novelty cups. Cosplayers bring out their best swimsuits and sundresses to take full advantage of the tropical atmosphere, starting the season off right with an explosion of anime antics on the shores of Lake Erie.

Coming back for our second year, we at Honey’s Anime are here to give you the lowdown on everything that this unique convention has to offer. Let’s explore Colossalcon!

Anime Boston 2019 Post-Show Field Report

Anime Boston is a yearly event held in the luxurious Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s been a staple of the East Coast convention scene for over 15 years now and always has new things to offer its throngs of attendees. This is our third year at the con, so we’ve got all the info you need to know if you want to visit Anime Boston. Let’s get started!

Ohayocon 2019 Post-Show Field Report

For 18 years, Columbus-based anime convention Ohayocon has started the year off right with its bright and exciting event smack dab in the shivering doldrums of mid-January. Over 12,000 Midwestern anime fans congregate in the state’s capital to share their love of all things Japanese with friends old and new, taking over downtown in a flurry of cosplay and unabashed nerdiness.

We made the trek to Columbus to check out what Ohayocon had in store for us this year, and we definitely came away impressed. Let’s take a look together!

Ryan Zanfei from Tasty Peach Studios (Matsuricon 2018)

If you’ve ever been to the dealer’s room at an American anime convention, you’ve likely perused the pretty pastel products of Tasty Peach Studios. Their boutique-style booth sells unbearably cute plushies, wigs, enamel pins, and other merchandise based on designs by artist and company founder Ryan Zanfei. Her creations often take the form of adorable animals with food motifs, such as mochi kittens called Meowchi, narwhals topped with ice cream called Nomwhals, and a trio of cake-themed foxes. She’s also well-known for utilizing modern crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon to fund some of her projects.

Matsuricon 2018 Post-Show Field Report

When summer starts to wind down and kids are gearing up to go back to school, Midwestern anime fans know that there’s one last summer tradition to check off their list – have some geeky fun at Matsuricon! This family-friendly convention, despite its modest size of about 6000 paying attendees, has definitely earned its place in the Ohio anime scene. Its three-day schedule is chock-full of industry guest panels, samurai lessons, concerts, and even a charity auction attended (and occasionally conducted) by the visiting voice actors.