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ALL OFF

ALL OFF is a Japanese rock band based in Tokyo, who has performed openings and endings for Japanese anime such as Mob Psycho 100 and Heavy Object.

ALL OFF was formed in 2004 by singer so-hey and guitarist Yukio while they were in the same high school in Tokyo. Starting off as a hobby band and not knowing how to play, sing, or write, they practiced hard and start to write original tunes when they were given a chance to appear on reality show on MTV Japan in early 2005, which so-hey applied and won the audition to star on the show.

Soon after, they applied to the audition for rockin’on Japan, the most well-known rock magazine in Japan, who was looking for new talent to appear at one of the biggest rock festivals in Japan, “Count Down Japan”, which they ran. ALL OFF was voted as a winner of the contest from general rock fans all over the country from a pool of more than 200 finalist bands and performed at Count Down Japan 2008.

After the show, they were given a chance to put out their first EP from the rocking’ on label and spent 2009 touring and creating “From Midnight To Sunshine”, which came out in mid 2010. At this point, guitarist Gaku joined the band as the final piece of the puzzle and started touring all over the country to cover their EP and played more than 60 shows.

In 2011, they signed with an indie label “No Big Deal Records” to put out more CDs and created 3 EPs and 1 full length album until 2014. Every year they played more than 80 shows as one of the most important heavy rock acts in Japan, and created their fan base which led them to perform at famous rock festivals in Japan such as Treasure05X, Merry Rock Parade, Rock In Japan, Count Down Japan and so on.

In late 2015, after more than a decade from the foundation, they finally signed with major label Warner Brothers Japan and started to play the opening and ending theme for Japanese anime such as Heavy Object and Mob Psycho 100. Thanks to these 3 songs, they suddenly created a worldwide fanbase and had their debut performance in the United States as one of the main musical guest at Otakon 2016. More than 2000 audience members enjoyed the show and turned the hall into a huge party zone.

After a short break, ALL OFF’s next aim is to attend many cons and tour around the U.S., which singer so-hey calls “his second home land” as he was raised and spent most time of his childhood in California. Get ready, Atlantic City!!

Shinji Aramaki

Born on October 2, 1960 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. He has worked on numerous CG works, and is the one of the forerunners of 3DCG animation in Japan. While he has mainly worked as a Mechanical Designer, APPLESEED, which he directed in 2004, has influenced many creators worldwide.

Notable works: Starship Troopers Red Planet, Appleseed Alpha, Captain Harlock, APPLESEED

Katelyn Barr

Katelyn Barr is a Texas-based voice actress and ADR script writer working with FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, Blujay Studios, and many other exciting producers of anime, video games, and YouTube content. Katelyn’s been honored to lend her voice to over 50 anime titles, such as Anonymous Noise (Young Momo), Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Melda Dietz), Katana Maidens: ~Toji no Miko~ (Yukari Origami), Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! (Yagi), Anime-Gataris (Maya Asagaya), Utawarerumono: The False Faces (Honoka), Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (Mi-Yeon), Chihayafuru (Rion Yamashiro), Chaika the Coffin Princess (Layla), Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon (Lizardia), Amagi Brilliant Park (Aisu Kyuubu), and many more. Recently, Katelyn provided the voice of Luka in Phoenix Drop High: Graduation Days and Falcon Claw University, two of many popular series by well-known YouTuber Aphmau, whose channel has garnered over 3 million followers to date. Some favorite video game credits include Twisted Metal the Morrigan in SMITE, Kizana Sunobu from Yandere Simulator, and Yume in Carpe Diem: Reboot. As a scriptwriter, Katelyn has created English dub scripts for hit shows such as One Piece, D. Gray-Man, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, and Haikyu!!, as well as the action-packed favorite Akame ga Kill!, which aired on Toonami in 2015, just to name a few. When she’s not working, Katelyn loves swimming, playing drums, and petting dogs. She’s delighted to be joining you at AnimeNEXT, and can’t wait to meet everyone and have a great time!

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in voice over work for various titles. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to play the voices of Renton in Eureka Seven, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Yukio in Blue Exorcist, and many more.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games such as Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Firion in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3, Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X, and more!

Johnny is going to reprise his role as Zero in the upcoming video game release Marvel vs Capcom Infinite! Be sure to check it out!! Johnny was also the frontman for the now-disbanded Eyeshine. Winners of Ford Motor Company’s world wide band search and produced by Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer…etc.). They played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.

Caitlynn French

Ring the bell! Coming to the booth, from Austin, Texas, with Wichita, Kansas origins, weighing in at (an undisclosed weight, probably less than your waifu collection) pounds, It’s Caitlynn French! Caitlynn is fairly new to the scene, having debuted in 2012 as Qumola from Book of Bantorra. She’s ran the ropes and trained hard to conquer roles such as Shiro (No Game No Life), Chris (Cross Ange), Hana Isuzu (Girls und Panzer),  Matsurika Shinouji (Maria-Holic, Maria-Holic Alive), Tina Sprout (Black Bullet), Mei Tachibana (Say “I love you”), Mio and Midori Nishizono (Little Busters, Little Busters Refrain), Sakura Inami (Beyond the Boundary), Ai Astin (Sunday Without God) and Miyu Edelfelt (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya & 2Wei), and most recently reprised her role as Shiro and took on Schwi Dola for No Game, No Life Zero.

Caitlynn recuperates from her time in the booth by playing video games, MMOs, and watching professional wrestling. She goes through grueling vocal conditioning playing tabletop roleplaying games, and enthusiastically yelling at the television during her shows. She likes to keep her life simple but unique. Ever changing hair dye, superhero capes, blacklight paint, and yoga pants are all just routine parts of life. At the end of the day she likes to wind down with a good nightly read of the Necronomicon. It is unconfirmed, but highly suspected, her blood is pure caffeinated Pepsi.

Kenji Kamiyama

Born on March 20, 1966 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Started his career as a background artist upon joining Studio Fuuga in 1985. Some notable works include Jin-roh, Blood the Last Vampire, and made his directorial debut with Mini Pato. He has worked on the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as a Director, Series Composition Writer, and marked a huge success. In 009 Re:Cyborg, he directed his first full 3DCG animated movie.

Notable works: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East, Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me.

Marina Kawano


From Fukuoka, Japan, Marina has found her passion for singing since childhood. She took piano lessons starting at the age of three, and later taught herself to play the guitar at the age of fifteen to join a cover band in high school. In the same year she challenged herself to singing to her own piano accompaniment in a piano recital for the first time.

Already an accomplished singer singing Anime theme songs as a member of the light music club at college, she launched into the commercial Anime scene when she won the 4th Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix in 2010 among more than 10,000 applicants and performed at ANIMAX MUSIX for 15,000 Anisong fans in Yokohama Arena.

Marina released “Morning Arch,” the opening theme song for the TV Anime “A Channel” in 2011, “Takaramono,” (“Treasure” in English) the 4th season Natsume’s Book of Friends ending theme in 2012, and “Sono Koe wo Oboeteru,” the Monogatari Series Second Season ending theme in 2013. She also performed “Kieru Daydream,” the Nekomonogatari (Black) ending theme.
After succeeding in singing anime songs, she was chosen to sing for the PC game “Grisaia : Phantom Trigger” opening theme and “Weight of the World,” the ending theme from popular PS4 game “NieR: Automata” by Square Enix. She performed the song at “NieR Music Concert Ningyou Tachi No Kioku” (Osaka・Tokyo・Taiwan) and “Musical Play YoRHa Ver1.2.” in Tokyo.

In 2017 she held a solo concert tour “We are MARINARS!!” inside Japan in which she also sang to her own guitar accompaniment.
Marina has performed in various events outside of Japan such as ACGHK(Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong), Anisong Grand Prix Korea, Taipei International Comics & Animation Festival, OVERLOAD New Zealand Manga & Comic Convention.

In addition to her vocalist career, she has long been a big baseball fan and possesses a broad knowledge of it. Her fans are called “Marinars.”

Kyle McCarley

Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.

Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Hodgins in Violet Evergarden, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human. Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata, Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the Pot O’ Gold Fafnir and Playmaker Ne Zha skins in SMITE, Zeroken in Disgaea 5, Daniel in Unepic, Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6, Oz, the Trickster in Atlas Reactor, and various characters in Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.

A full list of Kyle’s credits is available at KyleMcCarley.com, and if you follow him on Twitter (@kylemccarley), Twitch (twitch.tv/kylemccarley), or like his Facebook page (facebook.com/kylemccarleyvo), you can keep up with all his excitement (or lack thereof).

MINT

MINT, the fashion designer from Japan, was born in Shimane, Japan in 1984. He is a designer for the MINT NeKO fashion brand.

MINT was trained at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating Bunka Fashion College,

MINT became an assistant designer to the famed Japanese designer h.NAOTO, and made his debut as a designer for the Sixh brand in 2006.
MINT has now created his own fashion line named MINT NeKO. The oriental silhouettes of the MINT NeKO fashion line are inspired by the mode style and incorporate cat character graphics. There are actually more than two-hundred and fifty original kitty characters that are created and used in the line’s garments.
MINT has gone on to collaborate with other designers in the world of fashion. He has collaborated with many renowned Japanese artists and is becoming one of the leading young fashion designers presently in Japan. MINT NeKO TOKYO, a flagship shop for the brand and designer, was opened in Tokyo in June 2017.

 

Bryce Papenbrook

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Eren in Attack on Titan & Attack on Titan Jr High, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Wol in Mobius Final Fantasy, Meliodas & Love Helm in The Seven Deadly Sins, Caesar Zeppeli in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida & Turquoise Biker in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, Theodore in Persona Q, Makoto Naegi & Nagito Komaeda in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa: The Animation, Super Danganronpa 2 & Danganronpa 3, Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma in Kuromukuro, Kaito in Ajin: Demi-Human, Staz Charlie Blood in Blood Lad, Adrien aka Cat Noir in Miraculous Ladybug, Eugene Sevenstark in Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, Clay Sizemore in Soul Eater Not!, Calm Craftman in Aldnoah.Zero, Kanata Kujo in Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, Wataru Asahina in Brothers Conflict, Kaname Isaki in A Lull in the Sea, Numerous roles in Call of Duty : Ghosts, Tiz Arrior in Bravely Default, Adol Christin in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Inky in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Game, Black Ranger in the Power Rangers Megaforce Game, Sultan in Disney Princess Palace Pets, Lest in Rune Factory 4, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.

You can follow Bryce on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0745310/

Juliet Simmons – JubyPhonic

Juliet Simmons is a part time human being; part-time anime hound and shy, quiet college student—well, for the most part. In the limelight, she is an actress and vocalist, voicing a variety of characters at Sentai Filmworks while also recording covers as the popular YouTube singer & utaite, JubyPhonic.

In over 5 years at Sentai Filmworks, Juliet has performed as a voice talent in about 65 shows. She was nominated for BTVA Awards 2015 for Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie & in 2016 for Best Vocal Ensemble Performance in an Anime series. She appeared on national tv on Cartoon Network’s Toonami in Akame Ga Kill as Kurome and she also played Chiyo Sakura in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun to rave reviews. Chiyo was such a fun dream role and favorite character that she says she feels she can ‘now die happy’. Other favorite characters so far have been Midori Tokiwa from Tamako Market and Madoka Harumi from Dog & Scissors. Recently she sang & voice acted the lead of Anonymous Noise, Nino Arisugawa.

JubyPhonic is Juliet’s singer persona and name for her YouTube channel with well over half a million fans & subscribers. Set to reach a quarter of a billion views this year, fans and collaborators from around the world come together to listen or to work–her covers have been translated into over 30 languages. As JubyPhonic, she has shared her English covers of Japanese VOCALOID & anime recordings over the internet now near 6 years–since age 17. She writes translyrics, sings, records, mixes, subs, and at times makes artwork for her own English covers of favorite synthetic Japanese singers and bedroom composers aka VOCALOID. Her purpose was to make the uniquely evocative and story-telling computer songs accessible to a broader audience with quality English renditions. The channel took off quickly, and she never looked back.

TeddyLoid *Canceled*

Due to an unavoidable work conflict, TeddyLoid will unfortunately no longer be able to attend AnimeNEXT 2018. He is disappointed about pulling out of the show last minute, but is hopeful about joining us again in the future to put on an amazing set for all of our fantastic attendees

TeddyLoid started his career as MIYAVI’s DJ and sound producer by joining his world tour when he was only 18 years old. He produced the OST for the GAINAX anime “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” with ☆Taku Takahashi(m-flo). He has also had experience in units with Shibasaki Ko and DECO*27, established galaxias!, worked on the album “TOXIC” for the GazettE, and has produced “Neo STARGATE” for Momoiro Clover Z. Furthermore, he has provided BGM to the anime “Mekakucity Actors”.

TeddyLoid has also produced Vocaloid IA tracks and remixes, Square Enix’s “Mugen∞Knights”, and WRECKING CREW ORCHESTRA’s new long production “SUPERLOSERZ SAVE THE EARTH”, directed by Amon Miyamoto. In 2014 he produced the music for the short film “ME!ME!ME!”, which was visualized by Hibiki Yoshizaki from Studio khara and vocals sang by DAOKO.

TeddyLoid debuted as a solo artist by releasing his EP from King Records’ EVIL LINE RECORDS in August 2014, “UNDER THE BLACK MOON” and his first album “BLACK MOON RISING” in September. In summer 2015, he started “Momoiro Clover Z×TeddyLoid Remix Project” and released an official remix album, “Re:MOMOIRO CLOVER Z” . In Momoiro Clover Z’s big summer event “Momoshinsai 2015”, he performed the opening act as DJ. In December of that year, he released his first collaboration product with 12 tracks and 14 sets of guests on “SILENT PLANET” as his original 2nd album. The guests included big names like Tetsuya Komuro, Yasutaka Nakata, HISASHI from GLAY, KOHH, and more.

In 2016, TeddyLoid produced two tracks for HAL College of Technology & Design, one of which titled “Daisuki withTeddyLoid” was a commercial with Hibiki Yoshizaki and vocals by DAOKO. The contrasting track “Daikirai feat. Chanmina” also garnered attention for featuring the up and coming Korean rapper Chanmina. In 2017, TeddyLoid went on to perform at Ultra Japan Festival, produced songs for the new anime 18if, Japanese musical legends Yuzu, and performed on Music Station Super Live with YouTubers HIKAKIN & SEIKIN.

Bill Timoney

Bill Timoney (aka “Billy Regan”) entered the Anime-dubbing industry in 1991. He is best known as the voice of Parn, the brash hero of the OAV Record of Lodoss War and its TV version Chronicles of the Heroic Knight. Bill’s other major anime-dubbing roles are Madarame in the fan-boy comedy Genshiken, Mr. Sakano in Gravitation, Hajime in Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, saucy cat-scepter Setora in the Queen’s Blade series, and Nagumo in the notorious Legend of the Overfiend and its sequel Legend of the Demon Womb. For the TV series Pokemon, Bill voiced the recurring roles of Nando, Izzy, Harley (#2), Dr. Kenzo, and Conway. In the Pokemon TV movie The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon, he voiced the dual roles of Dr. Yung and the Mirage Master.

Bill adapted the scripts and directed the dubbing sessions for Gravitation, Jewel BEM Hunter Lime, Madara, Genshiken 1 & 2 (and its’ companion show Kujibiki Unbalance), and Gokudo: Swordsman Extraordinaire. He also directed recording sessions for episodes of Comic Party and Record of Lodoss War, and adapted scripts for Magical Witch Punie and the Turkish animated film Rumi Mevlana.

Bill voiced roles in the anime shows Perfect Blue, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, E.Y.E.S. of Mars, Here is Greenwood, Iria: Zeiram the Animation, My My Mai, Battle Arena Toshinden, Legend of Himiko, Battle Athletes, Black Heaven, Battle Skipper, Mobile Suit Gundam, Gatchaman II, Fist of the North Star, Serial Experiments Lain, Madara, .Hack, Street Fighter II V, Comic Party, Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer, Dominion: Tank Police, Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventure, Magical Witch Punie, Ikki Tousen, Mai Mai Miracle, Gokudo: Swordsman Extraordinaire, Outlaw Star and Digimon. Bill’s voice-work in animation from other countries includes Russia’s Alosha Popovich (in the title role), Italy’s Eggy, South Korea’s The DoooDolls and Hammerboy, China’s Universal Force: Seer Squad, and Spain’s Pup 2 No Good. For the Italian-made animated film Padre Pio, Bill voiced the role of Jesus Christ. One of Bill’s favorite voice roles is the robot “Unit #19,” a lead role in the Argentinian animated feature film The Star Maker.
Bill’s voice work in the dubbed versions of live-action films includes the Iranian horror film Under The Shadow, the French zombie flick The Horde, Jackie Chan’s Project A, The Storm Riders, Zero Woman, Tokyo Raiders, the Soviet cosmonaut drama Salyut-7, and “Best Foreign Language” Oscar winners Il Postino and Kolya. He dubbed veteran actor Ren Osugi in J-horror filmmaker Sion Sono’s cult hit Exte: Hair Extensions.

Bill has done voice work in hundreds of American movies and TV shows. He’s the voice of “Mindhead” in the Frank Oz/Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy comedy Bowfinger, the World War II newsreel narrator in Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front, one of the Greek Chorus voices in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, and the voice of the spacecraft computer in the Disney movie Mission to Mars. He voiced featured roles in the annual holiday TV special A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.

Bill’s best-known on-camera role is “Alfred Vanderpool,” which he played on the soap opera All My Children from 1982 to 2007. He acted with Bryan Cranston in both the Broadway and HBO film versions of All The Way. He’s appeared on the TV shows Mr. Robot, Orange is the New Black, The Good Cop, Malcolm in the Middle, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Person of Interest. He played the recurring role of “Senator Royce” on the first season of the SyFy Channel’s TV series 12 Monkeys. Bill recently filmed a scene with Robert De Niro for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming feature film The Irishman.

U

U is a renowned Japanese rock drummer. He is originally from Onomichi City in Hiroshima prefecture, and was born on April 14th. U is most famous for being the percussive force behind the outstanding Japanese rock band ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D.

As the Drummer for ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, U has contributed to some of the biggest rock music songs coming out of Japan.

You may be most familiar with the numerous hit rock songs the band has contributed to fan favorite anime such as Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Durarara!!and Yowamushi Pedal. Not only is U the experienced and esteemed drummer for ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, but he has also served as a supporting member to an array of high-profile and famed artists such as T.M.Revolution, and LiSA who have valued his skills as a drummer. Recently, U has also started modeling for various celebrated fashion designer brands. In fact, U will be featured as a model for MINT at AnimeNEXT.

In addition, U will also be playing drums with ALL OFF at the convention in 2018 too.