Brina M. Palencia is an American voice actress and ADR Director who works primarily on the properties of FUNimation. Brina attended the University of North Texas. Her most well known voice roles are that of Eve in Black Cat, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Kaoru Midou in Moon Phase, Natsuki Shinohara in Summer Wars, Yue Ayase in Negima! and Holo in Spice and Wolf. She has recently been cast as Tony Tony Chopper of the new One Piece, as well as the new voice for Rei Ayanami in Rebuild of Evangelion.
Palencia's voice range comes from her extensive voice training and her ability to place her voice differently. She has also been cast in a variety of roles, and performs a lot of songs for FUNimation. Apart from normal female voices, she is skilled in playing younger females and younger males as well. She is a shoe-in for any character who is skilled in acting in-universe, can sing magnificently, or/and when their singing ability becomes a story point... which is becoming more common these days when seiyuus in Japan are actually required to know how to sing. She recently began her ADR directing debut in School Rumble. Her brother Gino Palencia also works for FUNimation as an ADR Engineer.
Her L.A. counterparts are Julie Ann Taylor, Erica Mendez, Amanda Celine Miller and Marianne Miller and her Canadian counterparts are Tabitha St. Germain, Maryke Hendrikse and Chantal Strand (and was The Other Darrin for one of her roles). Her closest Japanese counterpart would be Misato Fukuen as the two share three roles (Yin, Kurumu and Eve).
Notable roles from Brina Palencia:
- Silvia de Alicia in Genesis of Aquarion
- Ennis in Baccano
- Hideyoshi and Yuuko Kinoshita in Baka and Test Summon The Beasts
- Sayaka Nakasugi in Birdy the Mighty: Decode
- Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler
- Maho in Beck
- Anita Hailey in Case Closed
- Nina Antalk in Chrome Shelled Regios
- Priscilla in Claymore
- Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Kai (she reprises Puar for the redub of Dragonball: Curse of the Blood Rubies)
- Rei Ayanami in Rebuild of Evangelion
- Juvia Lockser in Fairy Tail
- Nina Tucker in Fullmetal Alchemist (debut role)
- Elsa in Gunslinger Girl
- Chibitalia in Axis Powers Hetalia
- Natsuki Mogi in Initial D
- Yue Ayase in Negima
- Sora in Oh! Edo Rocket
- Kazumi Yoshida in Shakugan no Shana (replacing Chantal Strand from season 2 onwards).
- Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece
- Juliet in Romeo X Juliet
- Kurumu Kurono in Rosario+Vampire
- Tsukasa Takamine in Sasami Magical Girls Club
- Mikoto Suou in School Rumble
- Georgie in Shin Chan
- Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater
- Holo in Spice and Wolf
- Natsuki Shinohara in Summer Wars
- Tamama in Sgt Frog
- Moru in XxxHolic
- Sayako Kuwahara in Bamboo Blade
- Ryoko Okami in Okami-san and her Seven Companions
- Clain Necran in Fractale
- Yin in Darker Than Black
- Yuno Gasai in Future Diary
- Shirayuki Hotogi in Hidan no Aria
- Rikako Oryo in Psycho Pass
Tropes that apply to Brina Palencia
- Relationship Voice Actor: With J. Michael Tatum- the two star in many, many anime together and were the two leads of Black Butler and Spice and Wolf.
- The Trickster: She constantly plays pranks on J. Michael Tatum.
- Woman of a Thousand Voices: She can voice young boys, Rei Ayanami Expies (including the original), broken souls, Anti-Heroes and even a few villains.