Welcome to the Guest Announcement page for AnimeNEXT 2014!

This year we are working on checking out your comments and requests to bring you more guests that you would like to see.

That being said, it is not possible to invite everyone you all request. But rest assured we are doing our best to reach out to and obtain as many great guests as possible.

Ellyn Stern

Ellyn Stern is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director, and writer, whose career spans from film and television to the stage. Ellyn is well-known for her voice work and her wide range in the hundreds of characters she has played.

Ellyn got her start in anime with the original Robotech series where she voices numerous characters. She has since gone on to voice Martha Vist Carbine in Gundam Unicorn, Dorothy in True Crimes Hong Kong, Masaki Kurosaki (better known as Ichigo’s mom) in Bleach, Miyuki Goto in Noein, Jack’s mom in Mar, Haraway in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Rosalind in Armitage III, Himeno in Fight!! Spirit of the Sword, Sayaka in Metal Fight Miku, Moru in Vampire Princess Miyu, Hiroshi’s mom in Zenki, The Great Miracle in Zentrix, Parome in Genma Wars, Keiko Misaki in Patlabor 3, and various voices in Mini Pato, Digimon, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy, Bushido Blade 2, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit, and Technoman. Other credits include Veronica Vera as well as other minor characters in the videogame Shadow Hearts II, and various characters in animated movies and series such as Wings of Honneamise, Samurai X, Little Punk, Honey Bee Hutch, Wisdom of Gnomes, Macross 1-3, Tom Sawyer anime, Captain Schnauzer, and Gigi as well as many others. Ellyn can also be heard in the 2011 animated feature Wrinkles, starring Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine.

If that weren’t enough, Ellyn has also she has voiced the leads in many foreign live action feature films that have been adapted into English, including Academy Award winners Cinema Paradiso and Belle Epoque, as well as 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 (aka: The Ying Yang Master), Le Femme Nikita, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, and Shiri.  
Ellyn has recently directed the dub of Star Wars into Navajo; the first time a film has ever been dubbed into any Native American language! Other films she has directed into English include Farewell My Queen and Delicacy. Doing double duty, Ellyn directed and voiced characters in videogames Jade Cocoon, Aero Wings 1 and 2, Super Magnetic Neo, and Galerians. Other games include Inherit the Earth and Abby. 

Ellyn can be seen on film in Jessie’s Girls, Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, Fatal Charm, and Prisoner in the Middle (aka: Warhead). On television, Ellyn has appeared on American Carrott (TV movie), Charlie’s Angels, and recurring characters on General Hospital, Santa Barbara, and Days of Our Lives.

Recent projects include starring in the web series Milk and Honey with Debbie Allen and produced by Idris Elba. Episode 1 can be viewed here. Ellyn is also starring in Blood on Canvas, a legal drama. The teaser trailer can be seen here. Other recent films include The Waiting Room, Eldad, Both Thumbs, Electronica 2, The Other Way, and Ima.

Stage credits include the Queen in the 2012 production of Exit the King in West Hollywood, CA; a tragicomedy by Eugene Ionesco, and Jacqueline Kennedy in We’ll Never be Young Again, the story of JFK’s assassination at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. Past roles include Mrs. Warren in a recent production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and starred in the award-winning play Apple. Find out more at

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar is one of the hardest working actor/directors in show business, having voiced over 300 characters in games, animation and anime. He is best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, the Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts.

Richard started out in Robotech, and you’ve also heard him in Legend of Korra, Lupin the Third, Monster, Naruto, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Transformers, Bleach, Kenshin, GTO, Gundam, Macross, Cyborg Soldier 009, Lucky Star, Digimon, X-Men, Gundam Unicorn, Babylon 5, and Power Rangers, to name a few.

In addition to TV series, his vocal talents can be heard in many other games, including Final Fantasy as Gaius, Saints Row as Cyrus Temple, Arkham Origins, Skyrim, Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe as the Joker and Raiden, Stargate SG-1 as General Hammond, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Star Wars, Transformers, X-COM, Command & Conquer, Mortal Kombat as Raiden, Dead or Alive 3-D, Starcraft as Dark Templar, Dead Space, Xenosaga as Ziggy, Marvel Heroes, World of War Craft, League of Legends as Xin Zhao, Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Warriors, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean, Splinter Cell, Guilty Gears, .hack, Street Fighter, Medal of Honor, Ghost Recon, Baten Kaitos Origins, Space Seige, Spec Ops, Bayonetta, Catherine, Tekken, and Ace Combat. He also mo-capped the president in Resident Evil 6.

Richard has voice-directed many games, including Arkham Origins, Dead Island: Riptide, Blue Dragon, Shadow Hearts II, Star Ocean 2 & 3, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 3, Jackass: The Game, Smackdown vs. Raw, and Dead Head Fred. His voice direction talents go beyond the console, however. His show credits include: Ghost in the Shell 2, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Jungle Shuffle, The Reef, Grand Master, Noein, Digimon, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit, Patlabor 3, Zentrix, Azumi 1 & 2, Fearless, Betty Blue, Iron Monkey, VR Troopers, Power Rangers, Ugly Betty webisodes, and Old Boy.

Stepping out from behind the mike, Richard can be seen on-screen in Warehouse 13, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Cheers, General Hospital, and a lead in the soon-to-be-released Broken Spirits. Currently, he’s very busy recording Operator #5, an audiobook series.



ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D is a 4-piece rock band with Mixture style, incorporating various music styles with emphasis on rock, punk, and emo. The history of the band goes back in 2005, when the bassist, 2RASH recruited the vocalist, SHiNNOSUKE, his younger class in highschool to form a band which eventually became ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D and started performing at local live houses in Shibuya. Since then, the band has been actively producing heart-touching Japanese lyrics, one & only melody lines with expressive band sound to spread messages to fans to live straight forwardly in this day and age at performances all over Japan from their home ground of Shibuya. Their live performance fascinates fans in variety of demographics in above ground, underground, band scenes and club scenes. Their engaging and aggressive live shows that they shout and jump together with the fans receive positive reviews from wide audiences.

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D does not stay within just music but branches out in other areas as well. In fashion, for example, SHiNNOSUKE models for Japanese street fashion brand, “Subciety” while the band gets endorsement from West Coast apparel brand, “srh” and crossing over with other subcultures such as extreme sports and anime (“Durarara!!”, “BLEACH”, “Blue Exorcist”). Their new single, “Reclimb” released in November 2013 was chosen for the opening theme of a hit bicycle anime, “Yowapeda”. The band also organizes “BUMP ON da STYLE” events that are always the party to be with guests from the list of top tier artists and introducing new-comers to the scene.