Guests


Chipocrite

Chipocrite

Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass guitar, drums and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create and perform complex audio masterpieces in a style known as “chip music” repurposing old video game hardware and other non-traditional electronics as synthesizers. His multifaceted but catchy compositions combine the nostalgic game sounds of his childhood with modern music influences. For this year’s convention ? his fourth AnimeNEXT in a row he’ll be showcasing new material, some of his latest video game soundtrack work, and a few surprises.

Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, Chipocrite has performed at numerous renowned events and conventions including the Vans Warped Tour, Blip Festival, MAGFest and AnimeUSA; provided soundtracks for commercials including a nationally televised GameStop ad as well as video games and online videos; released “Hit and Run” and “8-Bit Lebowski,” a Game Boy tribute to the cult-classic Coen Brothers movie; appeared as the musical guest on popular tech-centric Web talk-show series “On The Verge” and much more. Chipocrite is eager to share his unique insight into making music with “obsolete” hardware once again!


Greg Houser

Greg Houser

Greg joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously). He has earned advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and studied drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, People’s Improv Theatre, and Ascension Galleries. Greg has been performing behind the mic for over 12 years providing vocal talent for companies such as AstraZenica, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, and the NBA, among many others. In the anime world, he’s provided voices for titles such as Evangelion, One Piece, Shiki, Tales of Vesperia, Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, and Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor.


C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U.

C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U. was established by Benjamin Schoedel in 2004 with the sole purpose of giving attendees an unforgettable convention experience. Lead by Benjamin Schoedel (also the creator of The Official There She Is Fan Panel and As The Otaku Grows) and Maryellen Sloan, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U. stands for Cooperation for the Realization of Anime Zealous Youth through the Organized Teamwork of Anime Knowledgeable Unions and runs a variety of games, from anime trivia to gaming and luck! Offering an unforgettable experience and the ability to win amazing prizes, this is one event you can’t afford to lose!

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Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar
Charles Dunbar is a professional culture lecturer, fandom enthusiast, and knowledge otaku. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled “Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities,” was published soon after, and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay and con culture. Since 2009, he has taken his passions on the road with him, presenting at conventions and other events on topics pertaining to mythology and the sacred, fan culture, and whatever else his jack-of-all-trades mindset finds interesting. A lifelong geek, he enjoys discovering new things like Pokemon, Time Lord physiology, folklore and fandom. In his spare time, Charles hunts yokai and indulges in the occasional JRPG. You can keep track of his current ramblings at www.studyofanime.com.


Daryl Surat

Daryl Surat

Daryl Surat has been attending anime conventions for over 15 years, doing panels at anime conventions for over 10 years, and writing for Otaku USA Magazine since its inception 7 years ago. Since 2005, he’s also been a host of the Anime World Order podcast, which won the Parsec Award for “Best Anime Podcast” in 2009. Despite being an anime fan for over 22 years, he never saw himself as an “old man” until…just now, when he counted out those years. The whole “geek chic” movement came a little too late for him as Daryl’s an “otaku” in the old-fashioned sense, but he’s accumulated all sorts of knowledge about Japanese animation, action cinema from around the world, video games, and pro wrestling as a result. His goal, when not abusing Twitter’s Retweet button, is to pass some of this information on to YOU, intrepid con-goer, in the hopes of keeping the “maniac” otaku spirit alive!


Gerald Rathkolb

Gerald Rathkolb

Gerald Rathkolb has been watching this “anime” stuff since the “before time” also know as any time prior to about 2001, or in this case the last 80′s. He’s been doing anime conventions for about 14 years and has been battling making panels for about 10. Him and his friends got the terrible idea of creating a podcast known as Anime World Order, which ended up winning several awards including “Best Anime Podcast” from the Parsec Awards. They religiously keep to their schedule of not keeping to any schedule and try to create the best sort of show they can each and every time. When he’s not watching anime, or thinking about it, his thoughts usually run to video games, Sherlock Holmes and whatever else happens to be on Twitter at the time. Catch up with him at www.twitter.com/Gerald_AWO or www.animeworldorder.com.


Alexis Tipton

Alexis Tipton
Alexis Tipton has been working in the dubbing industry since 2008 and has loved every minute of it. She can be heard in over 80 titles so far with more announcements on the way. Some of her credits include Saya Kisaragi (Blood C), Inori Yuzuriha/Mana Ouma (Guilty Crown), Rika Shiguma (Haganai), Julia Crichton (FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos), Moka Akashiya (Rosario+Vampire), Musubi (Sekirei), Mizuki Himeji (Baka and Test), Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei: Zero), Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid), Yamadafs Eros Deity (B Gata H Kei), Laila Seiren (Hero Tales), Kaori Tanaka (Shiki), Emi Kizaki (Linebarrels of Iron), Shizuku Ishiki (King of Thorn), Chibi Japan/Kumajiro (Hetalia), and many more (full list of credits can be found on Anime News Network). On top of anime dub work, her voice can also be heard in a handful of video games and foreign live action film dubs. She has also provided vocals for character songs and a few of FUNimationfs trailers. She has been a stage actress most of her life and has just recently begun a new acting adventure in film. Alexis is represented by The Horne Agency. Follow Alexis on Twitter at @AlexisTiptonVA


Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers

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. If you’ve watched “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”, or “Comic Party” you’ve probably heard his voice. But he is best known for his work in “Gravitation” (Touma Seguchi), “Boogiepop Phantom” (Yamamoto), and “Genshiken” (Tanaka Souichiro). He can also be heard on Saturday mornings as the voice of Brock in “Pokémon”, (as well as over 40 creatures that appear in the show).

In the world of video games, Bill has lent his voice to the X-Box game “Bullet Witch”. On the Wii console he voiced cartoon legend Heathcliff in “Heathcliff: Fast and the Furriest” as well as supplying the voices for 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 “Gangstar: Vegas” by Gameloft. He has also voiced various Pokémon in the game “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond”. But fans best know him as the legendary Lucario in the smash hit “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”.

Outside of the anime & video game field, Bill has worked with English dubbing groups for live action and animated programs from Italy, Korea, India and Turkey. He has also been seen on stage in various theatre productions and has worked on numerous independent films. He can also be heard in audiobooks “The Privilege of the Sword” and “The Fall of the Kings” available on audible.com (both of which have been nominated for Audie awards).

This year he returns with Greg Houser and Marc Swint to bring the 3 day voice-acting workshop back to AnimeNext. So be sure to look for it in the schedule.

You can follow Bills adventures by searching for “billsvoice” on Facebook and @billsvoice on Twitter.


Josh Grelle

Josh Grelle

A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.


Michele Knotz

Michele Knotz

You may have heard of Michele Knotz from a little well-known anime series called “Pokémon.” Now in their 17th season, Michele returned as the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie. Before season 14, Michele voiced May, Nurse Joy, The Pokédex, and many Pokémon. She also voiced Misty for the Pokémon 10th Anniversary Special, “The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.” In the Pokémon Special, “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate” she voiced Chikorita. Other anime roles include Hajime Yagi in “The World of Narue,” Takako Kawashima in “Shootfighter Tekken,” Matsumoto and various additional characters in “To Heart,” Razali, Cindy, Greta, and The Fairy in “The Third,” Ogiue Chika in “Genshiken,” Koyuki Asagiri in “Kujibiki Unbalance,” Chou’un Shiryuu in “Ikki Tousen,” Tomoe and Airi in “Queen’s Blade,” and Potaru Tanaka and Inumi in “Magical Witch Punie-Chan.” As far as video games go, Michele has voiced the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle and various other Pokémon for the Nintendo Wii’s: “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” Piplup and many others in “PokéPark Wii – Pikachu’s Great Adventure,” Snivy, Piplup and many others in “PokéPark 2 Wonders Beyond,” various characters in “Heathcliff the Fast and the Furriest,” Alisa Bosconovitch and Roll in Capcom’s “Street Fighter X Tekken,” Grace in “Castle Dracula,” Lucky and various others in “Gangstar Vegas,” and Lilliel Saotome in NIS America’s “The Guided Fate Paradox.” But Michele doesn’t just work on anime and video games. She’s also a script adapter for various dubbing projects and lends her voice to many other types of work. To see all of Michele’s credits, pictures, and listen to her voice demos, check out her web site at: http://micheleknotz.com/


Hiromi Wakabayashi

Hiromi Wakabayashi

Currently working as part of studio TRIGGER’s staff, Hiromi Wakabayashi has been involved in several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi. He began setting production for Gurren Lagann and has also worked on Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt from its beginnings as an original idea to assisting in plot development, and participated in directing.

For KILL la KILL Hiromi contributed the plot development for episode 4 and directed the 2nd ending sequence. Most importantly, he assists and oversees the design team of KILL la KILL as creative officer.

Hiromi provided story cooperation for Trigger’s entry into the Anime Mirai project in 2013 with Little Witch Academia, as well as for Inferno Cop, which is available legally on YouTube. Hiromi was also responsible for the script for Inferno Cop. He is very excited to be attending AnimeNEXT for the first time!

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Shigeto Koyama

Shigeto Koyama

Shigeto Koyama is an active designer in Japan’s media industry. He has participated in various popular anime titles such as Aim for the Top! 2 Diebuster, HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, Rebuild of Evangelion, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and Star Driver.

Koyama plays a vital role in KILL la KILL as a creative director and also created the storyboard and illustration for the 2nd ending sequence. He is also responsible for conceptual design on Inferno Cop, which is available legally on YouTube. Currently, he is working on production for the anime series Captain Earth, which is available on Crunchyroll.com.

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Ellyn Stern

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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 www.ellynstern.com.


Richard Epcar

RichardEpcar
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


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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.