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Ohayocon 2022 – An Attempt to Revitalize Gamers and Anime Enthusiasts

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Sorry Gamers and Anime enthusiasts alike, it took us a while to be able to cover the events of Ohayocon 2022. Although Ohayocon 2022 was small compared to previous years, guests’ energy levels were higher than we had seen in previous years. Voice Actors, special guests, con attendees, and even staff seemed in higher spirits. For Ohayocon 2022, the convention was held on the Hyatt side of the convention center. According to sources, this is because the convention center did not want to host the event. With ongoing covid precautions, it would be easy to understand that, however, the Columbus Convention Center was more than willing to host other events. 

During our time at Ohayocon 2022, we spent a good amount of time jumping between panels, photoshoots, and interviews. While at the convention we had the opportunity to meet multiple voice acting talents. So far we have gotten to share at least one interview with you and there are more to come. 

So What Did We Do?

Sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic, there were a limited number of panels and events to attend; even planned photoshoots were unmanaged with the organizer nowhere to be found. A few panels were canceled due to voice actors either leaving early due to the upcoming snowstorm or guests hosting the panels not showing up. 

While at the convention, we attended photoshoots for Dragon Ball Z, League of Legends, Pokemon, and Disney. These photoshoots were chaotic with someone having to just take charge of the event when the organizer didn’t show up. During the Pokemon photoshoot, we helped another cosplayer organize the photos which you can see down below. Shockingly, the Dragon Ball Z photoshoot had only three people show up. 

Additionally, throughout the weekend, the alarm kept going off. This typically happened during the middle of the day. Due to organizers expecting that the event would be smaller, most panels were held in small to medium size rooms. Unlike other years, the PC gaming area was held right next to the Hyatt bar. 

Was it worth it?

Driving three hours to a convention can be a daunting task, especially with hazardous weather, but I can’t say I would do it differently. Everyone attending the convention was in good spirits. Located in downtown Columbus there were a lot of food options if you did not bring food or want to eat in the convention center; also some restaurants in the area offered deals to guests. 

Despite a decreased number of guests and fewer panels, Ohayocon 2022 still managed to provide guests with fun things to do. Hopefully next year, Ohayocon will bring back some of the activities they canceled this year (dances and some panels).

With room for improvement, the staff who managed Ohayocon 2022 worked well with the limitations they had imposed on them. After improving since the online Ohayocon, 2022 is a great improvement. So if you are within the Columbus area or are willing to make the drive, it is definitely work heading out for Ohayocon and Mike’s Late Night Slice Pizza.  

Voice Actors

While at Ohayocon 2022, we had the opportunity to interview Alexander Polinsky, Barry Yendell, Jason Marsden, and John Swasey. The event also welcomed Cole Feuchter, Cynthia Cranz, Kent Williams, Kiba Walker, Michael Sinterniklass, Rob Mungle, and Wendy Powell. 

So who are these voice actors? If you want to learn more, keep reading. If not, go check out their IMDB or Behind the Voice Actors pages.

Alexander Polinsky

Although we already posted our interview with Alexander Polinsky, let’s cover what he has done.  Alex is predominantly known for playing the character Control Freak on Teen Titans. He is also the voice of Dennis Lee in The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Patricio in Resident Evil: Vendetta, Slug, G’Nort, and Jimmy Olsen in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Barry Yandell

Barry Yendell has been a voice actor for many years. Most will recognize his voice from a variety of popular anime. Also, he will be a voice in an upcoming game released later this month. He is the voice of the Dwarf Shaman in Goblin Slayer, Popuko in Pop Team Epic, William T. Spears in Black Butler, Lord Wald in Attack on Titan, Loggins, Flesh Stick, Erik Franks and more in Borderlands 2, Bob in Fairy Tail, Yoki in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Little Demon in Soul Eater, and Mr. 2 Bon Clay/Bentham in One Piece

Cole Feuchter

Cole Feuchter is a relatively new voice actor but is starting to make a name for himself. Cole Feuchter is the voice of Momo in the game Dear Monster, Faerie King in Isle of Pan, Prisoner in Alpha Hole Prison, and Naoto Hamasaki in Camp Buddy.

Cynthia Cranz

Cynthia Cranz is a very established voice actress in the industry. She is the voice of Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball Z,  Zeke’s Grandmother in Attack on Titan, Hina in Borderlands 3, Pipimi in Pop Team Epic, Miki Shiba in The Devil is a Part-Timer, Botan in Yu Yu Hakusho, Lisa in Soul Eater, and Ann’s Mother in Maria the Virgin Witch.

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden is a well-known name in voice acting, video games, and movies. He is best known for his four roles: Max Goof in a Goofy Movie, Haku in Spirited Away, Binx in Hocus Pocus, and Bart Allen in Young Justice. As for video games, he is the voice of Owlman/ Atom/Ryan Choi in Lego DC Super-Villains, Noel Kreiss in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Billy Yoder in Jurassic Park: The Game, Sven and many others in Skyrim, and Tak in Tak and the Power of Juju.

John Swasey

John Swasey is the voice of All for One in My Hero Academia, Kumatetsu, The Beast in The Boy and the Beast, Bols in Akame Ga Kill, Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II, Gendo in Evangelion, Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Dodoria in DBZ Kai, Hades in Fairy Tail, Zachary in Attack on Titan, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, and El Rey in Nomad of Nowhere

Kent Williams

Kent Williams is the voice of Dr. Gero, Tao, Supreme Kai, Kibito Kai, and Elder Kai as seen on DBZ, Blue Ogre (Jorge Sao Tome) and Chuu on Yu Yu Hakusho, Hatori Soma in Fruits Basket, Mr. Compress on My Hero Academia, Sid on Soul Eater, Father on Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ghira on RWBY, Surge on Red vs. Blue, Mao on Darker Than Black, Captain Kuro, Shura and Clover on One Piece, Judge on Ace Attorney, Jura on Fairy Tail, Deus ex Machina on Future Diary, and Byakuya on Dr. Stone.

Kiba Walker

Kiba Walker is a talented voice actor with a variety of hobbies outside of voice acting. Here is a list of just some of his work. KIYOTSUNE in Heike Story, Caius The Titan’s Bride, Cider House Leader in My Hero Academia, Marcel in 86, Jade in Magatsu Wahrheit, Paplo in Black Clover, Gote in Back Arrow, Christmas Rose in BOFURI, and SCYLLA IO in Saint Seiya

Michael Sinterniklass

Michael Sinterniklass is a well-renowned voice actor both in anime, cartoons, and video games. In anime, he is the voice of Dagger in Black Butler: Book of Circus, the Netherlands in Hetalia, Xellos in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R, Joshua and Kennedy in Pokémon, Lucemon in Digimon, Ivan Karelin, Dark Magician, and Mahad in YuGiOh, Origami Cyclone in Tiger & Bunny, Sarutobi Sasuke in Sengoku Basara, Sora and Utakata in Naruto, Age in Patema Inverted, and Takeru in FREEDOM. He is also the voice of Dean venture and many others in The Venture Bros.

In video games, Michael Sinterniklaas is the voice of Cedric Reise Arnor in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III & IV, Godot Vilfort in Valkyria Revolution, Oscar Dragonia in Tales of Berseria, Niles, Aelfric, and Takumi in Fire Emblem, Jager in Rainbow Six: Siege, Utakata in Naruto Shippuden, Zhao Yu and Gan Ning in Dynasty Warriors, and Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rob Mungle

Rob Mungle is a well-known voice actor who has been in over 250 animated films and series. He is the voice of Guile in Street Fighter II V, Demiquas in Log Horizon, Zanju in Akame Ga Kill, Igaram in One Piece, Subaru Mimasaka in Food Wars, Kazuyuki Izumi in Parasyte: The Maxim, and Harris/Henry Douglas in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

He also enjoys chili and owns his very own restaurant.

Wendy Powell

Although we did not get to meet Wendy Powell, we heard great things. In video games, she is the voice of Azalea, Hag, and Crapshooter in Borderlands 3, Mysterious Guardian and Hanna in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Kestral in BloodRayne 2

As for animation, she is best known for her roles of Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist, Miss Merry Christmas in One Piece, Hisae Koyama in Crayon Shin Chan, Mukuro in Yu Yu Hakusho, and Kyo’s Mother in Fruits Basket.


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Hardcore gaming enthusiast, cosplayer, streamer, Tall Anime lover (6ft 9), and a die-hard competitor. I have been a Pop-Culture Journalist since 2011 specializing in shooters, Pokemon, and RPGs.