Could you imagine one of your first, major jobs involving wearing a fishbowl on your head? That is kind of what it was like for returning Otakon guest Aaron Dismuke, whom you all likely know best as Alphonse Elric from the first iteration of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime. Dismuke was just twelve years old at the time and he gave an impressive performance as the wide-eyed but earnest little brother of Edward Elric in that series. Although he would not reprise this role in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (by then, his voice had deepened), he has gone on to do more voice acting work. Credits of his from the Otakon press release include Leonardo Watch in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Yo Takami in Dead Man Wonderland, Arslan in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and much more besides. Soon, he will be participating in the new dub of The Vision of Escaflowne alongside Sonny Strait and Caitlin Glass as Van. Complementing his voice acting, Dismuke is also now doing staff work as an assistant ADR director and ADR writer for series like Fairy Tale.
I think I met Aaron Dismuke at my very first Otakon in 2007. I may have sort of ignored him because I was starstruck at the time by Vic Mignogna, who was there beside him. I hope Aaron doesn’t hold that against me! Fun fact: Dismuke is a cousin to Justin Cook, who is a big name in the ADR industry. One of Cook’s biggest roles is the lead in the anime series Yu-Yu Hakusho. They must make family reunions actually enjoyable to attend! Also, another fun fact: Dismuke tends to get trapped in places a lot. Watch him tell two stories of his escapades here:
If I get a chance to meet Aaron Dismuke again, I will totally beg his forgiveness for ignoring him nine years ago.