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J. Michael Tatum Returning to Matsuricon

2024 Guest Announcement

COLUMBUS, OHIO - JUNE 19, 2024 - Matsuricon is pleased to announce a returning guest of honor for our upcoming convention Tricks & Treats: J. Michael Tatum!

Nurtured on anime classics from a tender age, J. Michael Tatum spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams.

Cast 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 Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate.

More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Tenya Iida, Louis in Fire Emblem: Engage, Moran in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and Cid in Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth.

Other characters the man still can't believe he's had the crazy luck to play include: Kraft Lawrence in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Acnologia in Fairy Tale, and Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, a slew of characters from SMITE, August Wallenstein from Tales of Luminaria, and many, many more.

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” is silent.

This year's convention runs August 30-September 1st. Matsuricon can't wait to host such a sweet guest at this year's con . . . or to see you there!


With a name derived from the word “Matsuri[祭],” meaning ‘festival’, that's exactly what this convention is: a festival of everything geeky and otaku, from anime to video games. There is something for everyone at Matsuricon and the entire family is encouraged to attend! Matsuricon's annual convention started in 2006. We think of ourselves and our attendees as one huge family that keeps growing and growing every year!

Matsuricon 2024

URL: https://matsuricon.org/guests/

August 30 - September 1, 2024

The Hyatt Regency Columbus, the Columbus Convention Center

350 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

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