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J. Michael Tatum

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Names::English name::J. Michael Tatum



J. Michael Tatum

Professional Status


May 25th, 1976



Full Name

John Michael Tatum





Years Active



Funimation, OkraTron 5000

Notable Roles

Giriko (Soul Eater)
Rikichi (Samurai 7)
Kyoya Ootori (Ouran High School Host Club)
Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)
France (Hetalia: Axis Powers)
Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan)
Eneru (One Piece)
Rei Ryuugazaki (Free! – Eternal Summer)

Personal Information

John Michael Tatum is a United States actor, ADR director, and ADR scriptwriter at Funimation and Christopher Sabat's OkraTron 5000, who has portrayed characters in numerous video games and Japanese animated English-language dubs. He is the English voice of Giriko in Soul Eater


In his childhood, Tatum had a speech impediment, so his speech coach had him participate involved in theater. As he practiced reciting and memorizing, they noticed that his stuttering would disappear. He continued to act on stage.[2]


In 2005, Tatum was approached by Funimation ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in Samurai 7. Since working at Funimation, Tatum has portrayed Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan, Eneru in One Piece, and Rei Ryuugazaki in Free! – Eternal Summer.

From January 2010 to January 2014, Tatum hosted the podcast That Anime Show with actor Terri Doty and ADR engineer Stephen Hoff.[3]

Personal Life

Tatum enjoys anime, Doctor Who, and the works of Vincent Price and William Shakespeare.

Tatum is openly gay.[2]

Soul Eater Voicing

Main article: Giriko

Giriko Profile

Tatum as Giriko

Tatum voices Giriko in Soul Eater, the murderous demon weapon who is part of Arachne Gorgon's Arachnophobia. Tatum is currently the only English voice actor for the character.


  • Tatum is a fan of the British science fiction series Doctor Who. Patrick Seitz, the ADR scriptwriter for Episode 12, "Nobody Knows the Chameleon Alien, Baby," of the Funimation series Space Dandy, admits that he included an allusion to Doctor Who to be read by Tatum, portraying Dr. Gel, in which the character repeats the phrase "Who is the Doctor?"[4]


  1. "Crystal Acids J. Michael Tatum Page." Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Supercon (September 14, 2015). Ouran High School Host Club Panel with Vic Mignogna, Caitlin Glass and J Michael Tatum. YouTube. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  3. "T.A.S. Crew." That Anime Show.
  4. Patrick Seitz [Seitz_Unseen] [Tweet]. "Couldn't resist working in a Doctor Who reference for @JMichaelTatum right there...  :p #SpaceDandy" 22 March 2014.

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