Brina Palencia

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Brina Palencia
Brina Palencia by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Palencia at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon
Born Brina Michelle Palencia
(1984-02-13) February 13, 1984 (age 32)[1][2]
Oklahoma, U.S.[2]
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Texas (B.A., Music)[2][3]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent Mary Collins Agency
Notable credit(s) One Piece as Tony Tony Chopper
Case Closed as Vi Graythorn
Spouse(s) Paul Wingo[4][5]
Family Gino Palencia (brother)

Brina Michelle Palencia (born February 13, 1984)[1][2] is an American voice actress known for starring in a number of English-language dubs of Japanese anime shows for Funimation in shows such as Case Closed, One Piece, Black Cat, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Black Butler, Spice and Wolf, Fairy Tail, and Okami-san and Her Seven Companions. She has also been cast in live-action television episodes and films; In 2014, she starred as Sophia in The CW's short-lived science fiction romantic drama Star-Crossed.


Palencia was born and raised in Oklahoma.[3] As a child, Palencia lived in Honduras[6][7] until she was 4. Throughout her childhood she went back and forth between La Ceiba, Honduras and Owasso, Oklahoma.[1][2] Her brother, Gino Palencia, works at Funimation as an ADR engineer and production assistant.

Palencia eventually settled in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Weatherford High School in 2002.[6] While studying at the University of North Texas (UNT), she was influenced by the anime series, Dragon Ball Z.[1] After graduating from UNT with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2006,[3][8] she began her career as a voice actress for Funimation.[1] Palencia was also a director, but eventually decided to become a full-time actress.[2]

Apart from her adult female voices, Palencia has been cast in younger male and female roles as well. Her brother Gino also works at Funimation as an ADR engineer and production assistant. She was formerly one of the hosts of GameStop TV and can be seen in several independent films such as The Ladies of the House and Lumberjack Man. In 2014, she had a starring role as Roman's younger sister Sophia in The CW's science fiction romantic drama Star-Crossed. The show ran for one season from February 17 to May 12, 2014.



List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[3]
2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Nina Tucker
2004 Case Closed Vi Graythorn
2005 Aquarion Silvia De Alisia [9]
2005 Gunslinger Girl Elsa
2006 Black Cat Eve, Tearju Lunatique [episode needed]
2006 Glass Fleet Ralph Fitzlard Deon de Lac
2006 Shin-chan Georgie
2007 D.Gray-Man Eliade
2007 Dragonaut: The Resonance Akira Souya [10][11]
2007 Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Maho Minami
2007 Hell Girl Ai Enma
2007 One Piece Tony Tony Chopper
2007 School Rumble Mikoto Suou [episode needed]
2007 Suzuka Honoka Sakurai [episode needed]
2007 Trinity Blood Elise Wasmeyer Ep. 2
2008 Darker Than Black Yin [12]
2008 Sasami: Magical Girls Club Tsukasa Takamine [episode needed]
2008 xxxHolic Moro, Zashiki-warashi [episode needed]
2008–11 Black Butler series Ciel Phantomhive
2009-13 A Certain Scientific Railgun / A Certain Scientific Railgun S Ruiko Saten [13][14]
2009 Nabari no Ou Miharu Rokujo
2009 Rebuild of Evangelion film series Rei Ayanami
2009 Romeo x Juliet Juliet
2009 Spice and Wolf Holo [15]
2009 Sgt. Frog Tamama
2009 The Tower of Druaga Ahmey
2010 Dragon Ball Z Kai Chiaotzu, Puar
2011 Chrome Shelled Regios Nina Antalk [episode needed]
2011 Fairy Tail Juvia [16]
2011 Future Diary Yuno Gasai [17][18]
2011 Summer Wars Natsuki Shinohara
2011 Rosario + Vampire Kurumu Kurono
2012 Aquarion Evol Mikono Suzushiro [19]
2012 C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility MSHYU [20]
2012 Ōkami-san and her Seven Companions Ryoko Okami [21]
2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Grand Cleric
2012 Shakugan no Shana series Kazumi Yoshida
2014 Tokyo Ghoul Touka Kirishima [22]
2014 Space Dandy Various characters
2014 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Chiaotzu, Puar
2014 Psycho-Pass Rikako Oroyo
2016 Snow White with the Red Hair Shirayuki   [23]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[3]
2007 Guitar Hero 3 Singer, various characters
2008-12 Dragon Ball series Chiaotzu, Videl, Puar, Bulla
2008 One Piece: Unlimited Adventure Tony Tony Chopper
2008 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Moogle
2008 Guitar Hero 4 Singer, Various characters
2008 Mushroom Men Pax
2009 The Maw Frank
2009-15 Borderlands series Mad Moxxi [24]
2010 Donkey Kong Country Returns Various characters
2011 Duke Nukem Forever Miso, Chasity
2012 Kinect Star Wars Lead Vocals ("Blasterproof")
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Various characters
2016 Battleborn Mellka [25]

Live action[edit]

List of television and film appearances
Year Title Role Notes Source[3]
2010 Chase Renee
2010 The Good Guys Krista
2010 Throwing Stones Finley Jaymes web series
2011 How Not to Quit Your Day Job Dani short film [26]
2013 The Walking Dead Ana Ep. "Indifference"
2013 Upstream Color Woman in Club [27]
2014 Star-Crossed Sophia [28][29][30]
2014 The Ladies of the House Crystal [31][32]
2015 Castle Jody Evans Ep. "Habeas Corpse"
2015 Lumberjack Man LuAnn [33]


  1. ^ a b c d e Valenzuela, Evelyn (January 14, 2014). "Actriz que brilla en Hollywood, orgullosa de ser hondureña" [Shining actress in Hollywood, proud to be Honduran]. Diario La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Casanova, Amanda (March 19, 2014). "Star-Crossed Starling: Brina Palencia". Latino Leaders Magazine. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Resumes:
  4. ^ Brina Palencia [BrinaPalencia] (January 5, 2013). "My husband, Paul Wingo, is in this! He's pretty adorbs" (Tweet). Retrieved September 10, 2014 – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ Brina Palencia (August 20, 2014). Ice Bucket Challenge (YouTube). 
  6. ^ a b "EP 10, "Brina Palencia"". That Anime Show. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Anime Boston 2011: Press Panel with Voice Actress Brina Palencia Part 2 – Toon Zone News". May 2, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Brina Palencia Talks Rei and Evangelion". Active Anime. June 11, 2009. 
  9. ^ Review: Aquarion - DVD - Season 1 DVD Box Set 2 by Theron Martin, Anime News Network (ANN), August 1, 2008.
  10. ^ Review: Dragonaut - DVD - Part 2 by Theron Martin, Anime News Network (ANN), February 11, 2010.
  11. ^ Review: Dragonaut - DVD - Part 2 by Theron Martin, Anime News Network (ANN), November 9, 2009.
  12. ^ "A Heart Unswaying On the Water's Surface, Part 1". Darker Than Black. Episode 13. - closing credits
  13. ^ A Certain Scientific Railgun – English Cast Announcement,, February 7, 2013.
  14. ^ VIDEO: FUNimation Previews "A Certain Scientific Railgun" Anime Dub by Joseph Luster, Crunchyroll, April 11, 2013.
  15. ^ "Shelf Life - Sugar and Spice". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ Fairy Tail: Part 2 (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. 2011. 
  17. ^ FUNimation Confirms English Dub Casts for "Highshool DxD" and "Future Diary" by Humberto Saabedra, Crunchyroll, May 25, 2013.
  18. ^ Future Diary English Cast Announcement,, May 25, 2013.
  19. ^ Aquarion EVOL English Cast Announcement,, September 24, 2013.
  20. ^ Rojas, Justin (July 26, 2012). "C-Control English Cast Announcement". FUNimation. 
  21. ^ Rojas, Justin (January 26, 2012). "Okami-San and Her Seven Companions Cast Announcement". 
  22. ^ "Funimation Announces Tokyo Ghoul √A English Dub Cast". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  23. ^ "Funimation Reveals Snow White with the Red Hair Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ 2K Australia, Gearbox Software. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. 2K Games. Scene: Closing credits, 3:36 minutes in. 
  25. ^ Brina Palencia [BrinaPalencia] (November 6, 2015). "Hey guess what? I play Mellka in #battleborn! Thanks #gearbox #aaronlindesbeard" (Tweet). Retrieved November 10, 2015 – via Twitter. 
  26. ^ Jean, Sheryl (August 10, 2011). "Two SMU professors film a comedy about entrepreneurship". Dallas Morning News. 
  27. ^ "Upstream Color (2013) - Shane Carruth - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ Desk, TV News. "VIDEO: Brina Palencia & Grey Damon on The CW's STAR-CROSSED". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ Zap2it, Kate O\'Hare , (February 17, 2014). "'Star-Crossed' features star-crossed lovers -- no, really". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  30. ^ "'Star-Crossed' Faces Love Triangles, Death Threats And Kidnappings In Episode 2". February 18, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  31. ^ ""The Ladies of the House" - Movie Mezzanine". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Ladies of the House, The (2015) - Dread Central". April 23, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Lumberjack Man". Retrieved August 30, 2016. Click "Brina Palencia" 

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