Guests of Honour

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Otakuthon is Quebec's largest festival celebrating Japanese animation (anime), graphic novels (manga), related gaming, and pop culture.

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The first of its kind in Montreal, Otakuthon is a full-fledged, fan-run, bilingual anime convention that features a number of special guests as well as many activities and events spotlighting anime, manga, video games, artwork, and Japanese culture.

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Tomoe Ohmi (Japanese Guest of Honour)

Tomoe Ohmi

Singer and voice actress (seiyu), Ohmi Tomoe is represented by the agency FIRE WORKS and records under evolution, a label of Dwango Music Entertainment.  Originally from Saitama prefecture, she attended the Japan Narration Acting Institute and RAMS Professional Education.  She made her debut as a seiyū in 2004 in the popular school anime School Rumble as Madoka Kido.  In 2005, she released her first single Utakata, used in the TV show Dream Factory.

As a voice actor, she has played Juju Sasaki in Sketchbook ~full color'S~, ONE in RAY THE ANIMATION, Hikari Tōjō in Ontama!, and Kaori Harusaki in Hanoka.  She has also had roles in School Rumble (Madoka Kido), Solty Rei (Sarah Revant), Strawberry Panic! (Chihaya Takemura), Onegai♪My Melody Kirara★ (Tomato-chan), and Mr. Men (Sainan-chan, Itazurakko-chan).  She has also done work in video games (Shining Force FeatherAquarian Age Alternative) and narration.  As a singer, she has released several albums, having performed songs for anime series (including SoltyReiRAY THE ANIMATIONPandora Hearts with savage genius and B gata H kei), video games and television shows.  She has also done several live performances at Animelo Summer Live and on Anipara Ongakukan and Animeromikkusu.

More information at her website (Japanese): 

Yuri Lowenthal (North American Guest of Honour)

Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri Lowenthal is an award-winning author, actor and producer known primarily for his voice acting work (Sasuke - Naruto) (Superman - Legion of Superheroes), (The Prince of Persia - PoP:Sands of Time), (Jinno/Kuma  - Afro Samurai), (Ben Tennyson - Ben 10: Alien Force); Lowenthal is also an international theatre performer and no stranger to the on-camera world: TV: with recurring roles on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Gilmore Girls as well as appearances on Alias, Criminal Minds and Close To Home; Film: Van Von Hunter, In the Blink of an Eye, Death's Door, and Tumbling After - which he starred-in, wrote and produced with his partner-in-crime Tara Platt and their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions, and is available on iTunes/DVD. Keep an eye out for their second feature film, the mockumentary Con Artists, out later this year, and their irreverent web-series comedy Shelf Life, which is now heading into in its third season.

For more information, please visit , or For fun, follow him on twitter (@yurilowenthal).

Tara Platt (North American Guest of Honour)

Tara Platt

Tara Platt is an actress, author, producer and business woman. In the world of acting, she is known for her voice work (Wonder Woman - DC VS MK), (Dream Girl - Legion of Superheroes), (Temari - Naruto), (Jennifer Nocturne - Ben 10), (Eastern European Player - Saints Row: The Third). She's traveled the globe as a speaker, attending conventions, and has also performed internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre. Some of her on-screen credits include TV: Revenge, Parenthood, Castle, The Gilmore Girls, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless; FILM: A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet (she's so proud of this indie award-winner), Time & Tide, Scarecrow III, I'm Through With White Girls. She also co-produced and starred in the award-winning feature film Tumbling After and irreverent web-comedy Shelf Life with Yuri Lowenthal and their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions. Yuri and Tara co-authored the award-winning Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic which is available through Bug Bot Press. In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, Platt is a certified feng shui consultant and a hypnotherapist.

For more information, please visit or to learn more about their production company and or their book - or keep up with her on twitter (@taraplatt).

J. Michael Tatum (North American Guest of Honour)

J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005's Samurai 7, Tatum's inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club and suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler. Other characters the man still can't believe he's had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal "stylings," much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he's sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille and Summer Wars, among many others.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn't enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the "J" stands for... Well, it stands for whatever you'd like it to.

Scott McNeil (North American Guest of Honour)

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 10,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, and Ali al Saachez in Gundam 00.

Among his other voice credits are: Grumpy Bear in Care Bears, Johnny Test, Black Lagoon, Highlander: The Search for Vengance, Rollbots, Spiderman Unlimited, Krypto the Superdog, Reboot, MegaMan, Powerpuff Girls Z, Mucha Lucha, Monster Rancher, Mummies Alive, Ranma 1/2, Project A-Ko, Kong, The Vision of Escaflowne, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, War Planets, Weird-Oh's, Molly OConan the Adventurer, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Extreme Dinosaurs, DragonTales, Warriors of Virtue, D'Myna Leagues, Aagh It's the Mister Hell Show, Double Dragon, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter, GI Joe, and the animated features Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys, and Casper's Haunted Christmas. He also has voice credits in video games such as League of Legends, Dead Rising II, Warhammer 40,000, Scarface, and The Godfather.

Equally successful in film and television, Scott has starred in the feature films Sleeping with Strangers and Sleeping Dogs. He has guest starred on numerous television series and features such as Supernatural, Sanctuary, Highlander, The Outer Limits, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beyond Belief, Beggars and Choosers, Stargate SG-1 and Disney's Ladies and the Champ, to name a few.

This just in: Scott is currently working on a bunch of new roles, including work in Johnny Test, L.O.S.E, Hero 108, 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights ,Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Numerous Video Games and a number of *cough cough* "top secret" anime titles. Scott loves cartoons most of all because, "Hey, it's indoor work with no heavy lifting."

When his busy schedule allows, he can be found playing his 85 Tauren Druid in World of Warcraft while eating spray cheese.....FOR THE HORDE!!!

Adella (Cosplay Guest of Honour)


Sarah Quillian, known formally as "Adella," is the co-founder of the popular cosplay website,, which is now the largest US-based online cosplay community.  Since her debut in 2001, she has become well known for her numerous portrayals of Aeris Gainsborough from Final Fantasy 7, as well as being the creator and producer for the popular Legend of Zelda based fan project "The Zelda Project".  She has designed and worn over 30 costumes and has cosplayed at over 50 conventions in the United States, Mexico, Russia, Europe, and Japan, as well as being the first American to be featured in the popular Cosmode Magazine for her costumes of Alucard and Maria Renard from Castlevania.

Sarah currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA as a full time apparel designer, and plans on continuing to share her passion and inspiration with the rest of the world through her costumes and artwork.

Alodia Gosiengfiao (Cosplay Guest of Honour)

Alodia Gosiengfiao


Alodia Gosiengfiao is a popular regional celebrity, model and artist well-known for her cosplay work in the past decade. She can be seen regularly on Animax (Astro Ch 715) in the Philippines as its ‘Ani-Mate’ TV personality and presenter. Being a prominent icon in the cosplay scene, she has been hailed as the "Cosplay Queen" because of her stunning costumes, popularity and contribution to bringing cosplay into the mainstream scene. Her work has not only captured the hearts of local fans but also those residing across the globe. Currently, she has over 1 million fans on Facebook and over 100,000 followers on Twitter. 

She started cosplaying at the age of 15 and started judging cosplay competitions at the age of 18 and is regularly invited to judge in different local, regional and international cosplay conventions. Over the years, her achievements and popularity in the cosplay community has led her to become a celebrity ambassador and endorser of many brands: Globe Telecom, Swatch Watches, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass, Maxicollector, F'g Freshgear Apparel, Belo Skincare and

Other than cosplay, Alodia is also an illustrator, gamer, blogger, pianist, toy photographer and collector and a BJD (ball-jointed doll) enthusiast. At the age of 21 she graduated in 2009 from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Information Design Degree. From then on, still focusing on cosplay, she has successfully entered the showbiz scene working on different shows, movies, guest performances and events.