New anime convention in St. Petersburg to host Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia and Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist (aka voice actor Aaron Dismuke)

Anime voice actor Aaron Dismuke who voices popular characters like Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia and Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist is scheduled to appear at a new anime convention in St. Petersburg, Florida called “Anime St. Pete” on September 17-18 at the Coliseum. Also, Dismuke voices the lead character in beloved anime shows like Dr. Stone and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

Aaron Dismuke’s career recently hit the 20-year mark, and he is only 28-years-old. “I have decades of experience in voice acting,” he jokes. Dismuke began voice acting at age 9 (bet that makes you feel like a slacker-kid). In addition, Dismuke has more than 100 English dubbing performances in anime dating back to 2002. Three photos below span from the young Aaron Dismuke to the current one.

young Aaron Dismuke    teen Aaron Dismuke    current Aaron Dismuke

 

Our 8 favorite Aaron Dismuke characters

In honor of Dismuke appearing at Anime St. Pete, Florida Comic Cons presents our 8 favorite Dismuke characters (in order).

  1. Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia
  2. Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist
  3. Senku Ishigami from Dr. Stone
  4. Hanzo Urushihara in The Devil is a Part-Timer
  5. Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  6. Hiro Sohma and Akito Sohma from Fruits Basket
  7. Oscar Pine from RWBY
  8. Cartoon character: Beetle in Beetle + Bean on Cartoon Network

Favorite character # 1: Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia

In 2018, he was cast as Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia, a role he continues today. Dismuke channels his personal social anxiety as a teen for his role as the anxious character. “If I was in front of the class, my voice would quiver, my hands would shake, and I would begin to sweat,” he said. “To those who share this experience of social anxiety, I can relate!”

If you’re not familiar with Tamaki Amajiki, you must be too busy fighting villains. If so, the image and short video below introduces you to the cute, awkward character, voiced by Dismuke.

Tamaki

 

Favorite character # 2: Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist frequently tops polls as one of the most popular anime shows of all time. Dismuke voices Alphonse Elric, a role he portrayed at age 12. Among his favorite Alphonse moments are “Whenever Al is being irrational and emotional with the kittens,” he said.

Alphonse FMA

Favorite character # 3: Senku Ishigami from Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone is Dismuke’s favorite show among all the anime and cartoon series he has appeared. “Dr. Stone is a super smart show,” he said. “It’s made me feel a much wider range of emotions than I thought I could.” Dismuke voices Senku Ishigami from Dr. Stone.

Senku Dr Stone

Favorite character # 4:  Hanzo Urushihara in The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Dismuke voices Hanzo Urushihara in The Devil is a Part-Timer!. A prominent storyline of Hanzo Urushihara is his irritation with being referred to as a hikikomori or NEET, which are Japanese people who have acute social withdrawal. NEET involves a total withdrawal from society where people seek social isolation and confinement. Estimates indicate that more than 1 million Japanese have become social recluses, with half being teens and the other half being middle-aged adults. “People like to see themselves in the characters they are rooting for,” Dismuke said.

Hanzo Urushihara in The Devil is a Part-Timer

 

Favorite character # 5: Hiro Sohma and Akito Sohma from Fruits Basket

What were you doing when you were nine-years-old? Dismuke was working his first job as an anime voice actor. His first characters were Hiro Sohma (image below left) and the young Akito Sohma (image below right) from Fruits Basket (2001). And check out Hiro’s first appearance, voice by the young Dismuke (video below).

Hiro Sohma Fruit Basket    Akito Sohma Fruit Basket

 

Favorite character # 6: Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Dismuke voices Miyuki Shirogane, who is the main character of the hugely popular manga and anime series Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The character often earns the highest seeds and most favorites in anime character popularity contests. Watch how much fun Dismuke had voicing on Kaguya-sama: Love is War in this chaotic video!

Favorite character # 7: Oscar Pine from RWBY

RWBY (pronounced “ruby”) is an acronym named from the four main characters’ forenames: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang; and their respective theme colors: red, white, black and yellow. The show is still in production with more episodes coming in 2022. Dismuke voices Oscar Pine, an awkward teenager who is a farmhand and later becomes a brave hero. Oscar Pine is one of the main characters of the show.

Oscar RWBY

 

Favorite character # 8: Beetle in Beetle + Bean on Cartoon Network

Dismuke’s role as Beetle (the blue one in the image below) in Beetle + Bean on Cartoon Network is one of his first cartoon roles. And the show is from Emmy award-winning animator Nick Edwards. Check out the Beetle + Bean short to learn more about the Cartoon Network show that is earning praise from critics and is growing in popularity (video below).

Beetle + Bean on Cartoon Network

Meet Aaron Dismuke at Anime St. Pete

You’ll have the chance to meet Aaron Dismuke at Anime St. Pete in St. Petersburg, Florida September 17-18. Anime St. Pete is a brand new con and St. Petersburg’s first anime convention! It’s being held at The Coliseum, the same venue St. Pete Comic Con was held at in January 2022. Anime St. Pete tickets are on sale, and vendor booths are available.

Anime St. Pete logo

Anime St. Pete goes big with a line-up of six popular anime voice actors

The new con is going big with six anime voice actors. In addition to Dismuke, five others have been announced. Here are the voice actors scheduled for Anime St. Pete:

  • Dallas Reid, who voices Asta from Black Clover and Zack from Angels of Death (below, first row left)
  • Bryson Baugus, who voices Shoyo Hinata from Haikyu!! and Falco Grice from Attack on Titan (below, first row right)
  • Ryan Bartley, who voices Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Young Kyojuro Rengoku from Demon Slayer (below, second row left)
  • Jill Harris, who voices Noelle Silva from Black Clover and Chiyo Yumehara from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K (below, second row right)
  • Chris Guerrero, who voices Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord and Shadow from Sk8 the Infinity (below, third row)

   

 

Anime St. Pete featuring the best anime cosplayers in the state

Also, Anime St. Pete features a roster of the top anime cosplayers in Florida, all of whom have appeared (or scheduled to appear) in Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine. Two of the guest cosplayers have been announced, with four more to be shared by late-April. The guest cosplayers are judges in the various contests. And each has a booth with merch (stop by and say hi!)

Abradorable is a guest cosplayer at Anime St. Pete

DanaduhBuffalo is a guest cosplayer at Anime St. Pete

Anime St. Pete offers fans four exciting contests

Additionally, the new anime convention is offering four contests, which includes two popular staples and two innovations. The two fan favorites are a cosplay contest and a lip sync competition. And the two new challenges include an Anime Fan Art Competition and an Anime Tiktok Film Festival. Awards include cash prizes, cool medals, and free tickets to upcoming cons in Florida.

Anime St Pete Cosplay Contest graphic      Anime St Pete Lip Sync Competition

Anime St Pete Fan art contest graphic      Anime St Pete Tiktok Film Festival Contest

 

Need help finding conventions in Florida?

Florida Comic Cons provides the Con Calendar, a curated calendar of upcoming conventions. Each convention listing includes in-depth info about the event like guests, artists and cosplay contests. In addition, there are lots of helpful links for things like buying tickets, registering as a vendor and learning more about characters.

Florida Comic Cons Con Calendar graphic

 

Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine published by Florida Comic Cons

Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, published by Florida Comic Cons, attends many conventions in Florida in search of talented cosplayers. The magazine is published seasonally. In addition, Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine publishes special editions, photo galleries and blogs of conventions we attend. The magazine is free.

Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine logo

Seasonal issues

Seasonal issues focus on cosplayers and the characters they have chosen to portray. Cosplayer photos and interviews as well as character images and backgrounds are loaded in the seasonal magazines.

A beautiful blond woman cosplays Amora the Enchantress from Marvel Comics

A cosplayer portrays Harley-Quinn from Batman

A cosplayer portrays the character Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft game

A cosplayer portrays Mukuro Ikusaba from Danganronpa! game

A cosplayer portrays Mercy Sugar Plum Fairy from Overwatch game

Convention blogs and special editions

Convention special edition magazines, photo galleries and blogs showcase cosplayer photos and provide news reports about conventions we attend. There is a focus on cosplay contests.

Megacon Orlando 2021 character bomb Vision

Cosplayers at Metrocon 2021 pose for a photo

Cosplayers portray Batgirl and Nightwing

SW-FloridaCon Spring 2021 photo gallery

A beautiful woman cosplays Mage Espeon from Pokemon on the cover of Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine Special Edition: Collective Con 2021