Guests

Bill Rogers

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Since his debut in “Assemble Insert” back in 2001, Bill has been providing voices to some of your favorite characters in some of your favorite shows. He can be heard in “Gravitation” (Touma Seguchi), “Genshiken” (Tanaka Souichiro) and “Boogiepop Phantom” (Yamamoto). Other anime Bill has voiced include “Patema Inverted”, “Ikki Tousen”, “The Third”, “Shingu”, “KO Beast”, “His and Her Circumstances”, “Magical Witch Punie-Chan”, “Joe vs. Joe”, “Madara”, “To Heart”, “Kujibiki Unbalance”, “Queen’s Blade”, “Gokudo”, and “Comic Party”. But he is best known as the voice of Brock in “Pokémon”, (as well as almost 50 creatures that appear in the show).
In the world of video games, Bill has voiced cartoon legend Heathcliff in “Heathcliff: Fast and the Furriest” as well as Red, Yellow and other fun characters in the “m&m Adventure” and “m&m Kart Racing”. On mobile devices he can be heard in “Dungeon Hunter 4” and “Dungeon Hunter 5” as well as “Gangstar: Vegas”. He has also supplied voices for “Demon Gaze” (PS Vita), “Bullet Witch” (X-Box) and various Pokémon in the game “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond” (Wii). But fans best know him as the legendary Lucario in the smash hit “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”.
Bill has also worked behind the scenes on various anime and game projects including adaptation work on “Street Fighter V”, “Trillion” and “Genshiken”. He has also worked as a director on “Queen’s Blade”, “Mai Mai Miracle” and “Trillion”.
Outside the field of anime & video games, Bill has worked with English dubbing groups for live action and animated programs from China, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Korea and Turkey. Notable titles include “Pororo”, “DragonPhoenix Chronicles”, “Universal Force: Seer Squad” and “Eggy”.
You can follow Bill’s adventures on Facebook and @billsvoice on Twitter.


Jonathan Klein

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Jonathan Klein is a Videogame & Anime voice director & producer. He most recently directed the English language version of Street Fighter V for Capcom. His company, New Generation Pictures, has worked on hundreds of different projects, for both U.S. and international release, including such popular anime as; Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Gun x Sword, Kamichu, R.O.D the TV, Ikki Tousen and many other anime titles.  Jonathan was the director of the English language versions of such anime as Ergo-Proxy, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion and Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent. He has recently returned to directing anime for Funimation as the voice director on Bayonetta: Bloody Fate and Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and Xtreme Xecutor.  
Jonathan has also produced and/or directed many other video game projects for Square Enix, Capcom, Namco, NIS America, Idea Factory & other companies including; Street Fighter IV & Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel & Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy; Chocobo’s Dungeon, Demon Gaze, Operation Abyss, Trillion: God of Destruction, Natural Doctrine, The Guided Fate Paradox, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, Rune Factory 3, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, The Last Remnant, Time Crisis 4, Dawn of Mana, Valkyrie Profile 2, and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. Jonathan has also been working with Marvel Comics & several videogame companies on different projects based on their famous comic-book characters, including the free-to-play MMO – Marvel Heroes Online and the Marvel Pinball series for Zen Studios. Beyond working as producer and director, Jonathan’s responsibilities also include scriptwriting, script adaptation and even working behind the microphone as a voice actor. Jonathan has voice acted in such anime & videogames as Final Fantasy IV, Star Ocean IV, Rune Factory 3, The Guided Fate Paradox, Ergo Proxy, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Kamichu, Girls Bravo, Gun x Sword, Burst Angel, Galaxy Railways and Beck.  
In addition to Jonathan’s work in Anime & Videogames he is the co-founder of Anime Charity Auctions, an organization dedicated to help raise money for worthwhile charitable causes.  Anime Charity Auctions donates rare and unusual autographed items from anime and videogames to be auctioned off at various anime & science fiction conventions.  All the proceeds raised from the auction are donated to the not-for-profit charity that the convention sponsors.  
For more information on New Generation Pictures, please visit www.newgenerationpictures.com

ZAQ

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ZAQ is a singer-songwriter, and also provides songs, lyrics, and arrangement to other artists.
ZAQ began playing the piano at the age of three, and graduated from a music college majoring in piano. Besides learning classical music, she also studied various pop genres including rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop. While in school, she came across anime songs through TV and was stunned at the high level of musicality. Since then, she decided to become an anime song singer.
In 2011, ZAQ was chosen as a finalist in the contest of a video site. She became recognized through the video site, and because of that, in 2012, ZAQ made her creator debut writing lyrics, composing and arranging character songs from the anime Future Diary. Later that year, she made her singer solo debut with “Sparkling Daydream”, the theme song for the anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. Since then, she has continued on to sing theme songs for animes such as “Gekijo Ron” for High School DxD NEW The Vampire of the Suspended Classroom, “Extra Revolution” for I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, “Katararezu Tomo” for Concrete Revolutio – A Superhuman Fantasy, and “hopeness” from Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, to name a few.
Each piece of her work is deeply attached to each anime, and the lyrics are written from each anime’s perspective along with her imagination.
ZAQ’s new song “Wareru Shoudou” will release in April, which is the theme song for the anime Concrete Revolutio ~ Superhuman Phantasmagoria. She will make her North American debut at AnimeNEXT.


Rei Hiroe

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Rei Hiroe debuted as a mangaka in 1993. His most recent work, Black Lagoon, is a huge hit and is serialized in the monthly magazine Sunday GX. The Black Lagoon animated TV series has also reached blockbuster status.


Clarissa Graffeo – Anime World Order

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Clarissa Graffeo is one-third of the Anime World Order podcast and a contributing writer for Otaku USA magazine. A fan of anime and manga for over 10 years, she has run numerous panels at East coast conventions both alone and with her fellow AWO hosts, on a variety of topics ranging from yaoi to figure collecting and building plastic model kits. In both the podcast and convention panels, she attempts to balance detailed discussions of individual works and the industry with accessibility to new viewers, and is hopefully successful at least some of the time. She also completed a Masters thesis on representations of otaku and fujoshi in anime and manga.


Daryl Surat – Anime World Order

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Daryl Surat finds it hard to believe he’s been attending anime cons for almost 20 years now and doing panels for about 15 of those years. As a cohost of the award-winning Anime World Order podcast, now celebrating its 10th year, and a writer for Otaku USA Magazine, Daryl likes to think he has a lot in common with One-Punch Man’s Saitama because he, too, sits around consuming media as the general populace remains unaware of his destructive exploits. (Unlike Saitama, he’s got all his hair and can’t actually punch anything.) Don’t let his panel descriptions fool you; they’re all wildly elaborate pretenses to inflict whatever goofy or possibly even enlightening video he wants to unleash upon a…well, perfectly suspecting and complicit audience considering that you’re reading this!


Gerald Rathkolb – Anime World Order

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Since discovering (and since trying to destroy) Robotech at the tender age of 4, Gerald Rathkolb has been intimately involved in anime to the exclusion of most other things. This includes giving panels at many, MANY cons on MANY different subjects around the country for over 10 years. He’s written about anime and is part of the Anime World Order Podcast, one of the longest running and most well respected podcasts in anime fandom. He spends his time watching giant robot shows, playing video games which every anime fan is contractually obligated to do, and wondering what other strange subjects the next anime convention will let him talk about.


Megumi Kouno

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Currently a freelance animator residing at A1 pictures, Megumi Kouno has participated in notable titles such as the IDOLM@STER series and Blood-C: The Last Dark.
As a key animator in Vividred Operation, her contributions include storyboards, directing and overseeing animation for the transformation sequences.

Kouno is also a designer for IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls.

Recognizable works:

-IDOLM@STER

-IDOLMASTER Movie: Beyond the Brillant Future

-Blood-C The Last Dark

-Vividred Operation


TRIGGER – Akira Amemiya

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Animator/Animation Director

As a former GAINAX animator, Akira Amemiya has participated in numerous Hiroyuki Imaishi titles such as Gurren Lagann, Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt, and co-directing KILL la KILL. Upon joining TRIGGER, he made his debut as director for the series Inferno Cop, and continuing on with Ninja Slayer from Animation.

In 2016, Amemiya will be once again co-directing for TRIGGER’s 5th Year Anniversary project Space Patrol Luluco.
Recognizable works:

-GURREN LAGANN (mech animation director/animation)
-Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt (storyboard/animation)
-Inferno Cop (director)
-KILL la KILL (co-director/storyboard/animation)
-‘Superhuman Samurai Cyber-Squad’ Animator Expo short (director/animation)
-Ninja Slayer from Animation (director)
-Space Patrol Luluco (co-director)


TRIGGER – Shigeto Koyama

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Shigeto Koyama is an active designer in Japan’s media industry. Making his debut in 2014 doing mechanical and guest character designs for Aim for the Top 2! (Diebuster), Koyama has participated in many popular titles. Some of these projects includes: HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, GURREN LAGANN, STAR DRIVER, Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evangelion, KILL la KILL, and BIG HERO 6.

In 2015, Koyama directed his first short film Obake-chan for Studio Khara’s “Japan Animator Expo” project.

Recognizable works:
-Aim for the Top2! (Diebuster) (design works)
-HEROMAN (character design)
-STAR DRIVER (mechanical design)
-Eureka Seven (design works)
-GURREN LAGANN (design works)
-Rebuild of Evangelion (design works, key animation)
-Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt (coordinator, ending)
-KILL la KILL (creative director, 2nd ending)
-Captain Earth (Engine series design, design works)
-Gundam Reconguista in G (design works)
-Big Hero 6 (additional visual development)
-Obake-chan (director, character design)

TRIGGER – Hiromi Wakabayashi

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Previously a member of Studio GAINAX, Hiromi Wakabayashi has been involved in several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi. Most notably from doing design production for Gurren Lagann. Wakabayashi was also involved on Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt as co-creator, writer, and episodic director.

After joining TRIGGER, Wakabayashi wrote the script for Episode 4 of KILL la KILL and directing the series’ 2nd ending sequence. More importantly, he assisted and oversaw the design team of KILL la KILL as it’s Creative Producer. Later on, he was involved in Little Witch Academia and Inferno Cop doing Story Development.

Wakabayashi will take part as the Creative Director for TRIGGER’s latest animation series Space Patrol Luluco.

@waka_geek on Twitter!

Recognizable works:
-Aim for the Top2! (Diebuster) (episode 4, 5, 6 special effect)
-GURREN LAGANN (settings production)
-Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt (Original idea, screenplay, episodic director)
-IDOLM@STER (episode 1, 13 assistant episodic director)
-KILL la KILL (creative officer, 2nd ending sequence storyboard and directing)
-Little Witch Academia (plot development assistance)
-Little Witch Academia the Enchanted Parade (plot development assistance)
-Momoiro Clover vs KISS music video (animation part producer)
-BATTLE SAURS (Toy Story That Time Forgot) (producer)
-SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED (design and story development, music producer)
-Obake-chan (episodic director) (plot development assistance)
-Space Patrol Luluco (creative director)


Charles Dunbar

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Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working concurrently on two books related to these pursuits, dabbling in game scripts, writing his own ghost stories inspired by the folklore he devours, and traveling around the country speaking at conventions, libraries, and the occasional university. You can read his ideas and ruminations at www.studyofanime.com or via his Twitter @studyofanime.


Richard Epcar

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Richard Epcar is an actor / voice actor-director who has voiced over 500 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Raiden in Mortal Kombat and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts. Starting out in Robotech, you’ve heard him in Korra, Lupin, Monster, Transformers, Star Wars, Bleach, Gundam, Babylon 5 and Power Rangers to name a few. He’s also in many other games including: Final Fantasy, Saints Row, Arkham Origins, Skyrim, MK vs. DC, Call of Duty, Star Wars, Transformers, X-Com, Command & Conquer, Dead or Alive, Dead Space, World of War Craft, League of Legends, Splinter Cell, Guilty Gears, and Resident Evil. Richard has voice directed many games including: Arkham Origins, Dead Island, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean, Unreal Tournament, Jackass, Smackdown vs. Raw, and voice directed many shows including: GITS 2, The Reef, Robotech Shadow Chronicles, Lupin the Third, etc. On Camera Richard has appeared in many shows including: Warehouse 13, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Cheers, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and a lead role in the soon to be released Broken Spirits.

Ellyn Stern

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Ellyn started work in anime with the original Robotech series. She has since voiced characters in Gundam Unicorn (Martha Vist Carbine), True Crimes: Hong Kong (Dorothy), Bleach (Masaki Kurosaki), Noein (Miyuki Goto), Mar (Jack’s Mom), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Haraway), Armitage III (Rosalind), Fight! Sprit of the Sword (Himeno), Metal Fighter Miku (Sayaka), Vampire Princess Miyu (Moru), Zenki (Hiroshi’s Mom), Zentrix (The Great Miracle), Genma Wars (Parome), Patlabor 3 (Keiko Misaki), Shadow Hearts (Veronica Vera), Mini Pato, Digimon, Bobobo-bobobo, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy, Bushido Blade 2, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit, Technoman, Wings of Honnesmise, Samurai X, Little Punk, Honey Bee Hutch, Wisdom of the Gnomes, Macross I/II/III, Tom Sawyer, Captain Schnauzer, Gigi, and many others.

She has voiced leads in many live action feature films that have been adapted into English including Academy Award winners Cinema Paradiso and Belle Epoque. She also voiced roles in Eat Drink Man Woman, Kika, Mostly Martha, Babbette’s Feast, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Fencing Master, Widow of St. Pierre, Amores Perros, Mission Kashmir, Iron Monkey, The Emperor and the Assassin, Onmyoji-Ying-Yang Masters, Le Femme Nikita, Tae Guk Gi, and Shiri, to name a few.

Ellyn recently directed the dub of Star Wars into the Navajo language, the first time a film has ever been dubbed into any Native American language. She also directed the English adaptions of the films Farewell My Queen, and Delicacy.

In the world of gaming, Ellyn directed and voiced the English versions of Aero Wings 1 & 2, Super Magnetic Neo, and Galerians. She also directed the English adaptions of Inherit the Earth, and Abby.

On film, Ellyn starred in Jessie’s Girls, and co-starred in Duchess, The Dirtwater Fox, Fatal Charm, and Prisoner in the Middle (aka “Warhead”). Other recent films she has starred in include The Waiting Room, Eldad, Both Thumbs, Electronica 2, The Other Way, and Ima.

On television she has acted in numerous shows, including American Carrott, Charlie’s Angels, and recurring characters on General Hospital, Santa Barbara and Days Of Our Lives. Ellyn co-stars in Milk and Honey with Debbie Allen, produced by Idris Elba. She is also starring in Blood on Canvas, a legal drama.

In theater, Ellyn starred as the Queen in Exit the King, by Ionesco. The play was adapted and translated by Geoffrey Rush, who won a Tony for it on Broadway in 2009. Ellyn also played Jacqueline Kennedy at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, in We’ll Never Be Young Again, the story of JFK’s assassination, in which the horror of that day is recalled. She also starred in Mrs. Warren’s Profession as Mrs. Warren, and starred in Apple, an award winning play. She is set to star in the play Toyer, a psychological thriller.

Ellyn is currently working on two different Disney shows. Ellyn is featured in the new animated feature Wrinkles, starring Martin Sheen and Matthew Bodine.

Uncle Yo

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Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer has followed AnimeNEXT to the BoardWalk. For 8 years, he has toured anime, comic book and video game conventions to celebrate the convergence of geek culture and pop culture in his longform “rantcore” style reminiscent of Carlin, Black, and Oswalt. All five of his albums are available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, or just grab the new DVD from him in person. Playwright, puppeteer and previous podcaster, Yo show runs Youtube’s fantasy puppet series, Dungeon Crawlers as well as making several cameos alongside Channel Awesome.

Erica Mendez

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Erica is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in “KILL la KILL”, Aladdin in “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” and Yuuki Konno in “Sword Art Online II”. Other animation credits include Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of “Sailor Moon”, Akari Sakishima in “A Lull in the Sea”, Diane in “Seven Deadly Sins”, Fu Inubozaki in “Yuki Yuna is a Hero”, Mametchi in the “Tamagotchi Friends” webisodes, various characters in “Blood Lad”, and Cloud E. Sky in the one-hour animated special “Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School”.

Her video game works include Pac in “Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures”, Nagisa Shingetsu in “Danganronpa Another Episode”, Eryn in “Fairy Fencer F”, and Annie in “Skullgirls 2nd Encore”. You can also hear her in other titles such as “Disgaea 5”, “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, “Omega Quintet”, ”Demon Gaze”, “Operation Abyss”, ”Hyperdevotion Noire”, “Atelier Escha & Logy”, “The Witch and the Hundred Knight”, “Ar nosurge”, “Dust: An Elysian Tail”, and “Heroes of Newerth”.

Visit ericamendezvoice.com to check out her full list of credits. You can also keep up with Erica’s role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.

Todd Haberkorn

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Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he’s even been an action figure or two. Haberkornmobile sold separately.

In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others.

As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books. 

As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn’t working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts.  When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency, Jeff Zannini Management, Johnson Talent Agency, and William Morris Endeavor.