FLOW is the 5 piece mixture rock band with twin vocals, guitar, bass and drums.
Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE and his older brother/vocalist KOHSHI, the band was named FLOW in ’98 and evolved into its current line-up in 2000, after bassist GOT’S, another vocalist KEIGO and drummer IWASAKI joined the siblings.
They released an indie debut album a decade ago in 2001, and since then the 5-piece band’s fast ascent to the top of the mainstream J-Pop scene has been virtually unstoppable. In 2003, they dropped their last indie single ‘Okuru Kotoba’, a New Found Glory-style, punk rock cover of a well-known Japanese tune from the 70s, and sold 270,000 units. That same year, the single’s success with their first major release ‘Blaster’, By the spring of the next year, FLOW has become a household name with at least 7 of their records picked up to be theme songs for commercials and TV shows. Then, in April 2004, ‘GO!!!’ became the opening song for NARUTO – an anime series that was already massively popular in Japan. Needless to say the song became an instant hit and the first of many anime theme songs that FLOW would come to create. ‘DAYS’, the opening song for Eureka SeveN followed by.
‘FLOW ANIME BEST’ includes 10 of these anime theme songs have been released in April 2011 in Japan and in May 2011 in the U.S. The single CD “BRAVELUE” was released in September 2012. This song is being used as the opening theme to the animation ” Eureka SeveN AO”.
Recently they have received offers from a number of Anime Festivals in the world and extend their activities as well as Japan and to other countries.
And finally this year, February 25, 2015, they will release the 2nd anime best album “FLOW ANIME BEST 極-KIWAMI-“. Also be held “FLOW WORLD TOUR 2015 極-KIWAMI-“.
Everyone around the world! See you at the live !
FLOW Official Site – http://www.flow.mu
FLOW Official Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/FLOWofficial.music
FLOW Official Twitter Account – @FLOW_official
h.NAOTO- NAOTO HIROOKA
Creative designer Naoto Hirooka was born in 1977 in Hyogo Prefecture. After graduation from Bunka Fashion College, he entered S-inc Co. Ltd. in 1999. In 2000, his brand “h.NAOTO” made its debut.
Resonating to the ideas of extreme “punk,” he expanded his unique fashion views while incorporating Japanese subcultures such as gothic-lolita and visual-kei. The collections, filled with originality, gained much positive critiques and praises from Japan and overseas artists and musicians.
Without limiting to a single category, the brand h.NAOTO endlessly seeks for a new world, and will continue to multiply diversely, and deepen.
h.NAOTO has produced many categories such as NAOTO SEVEN, h.NAOTO FRILL, h.NAOTO Blood, Anarchy and DARK RED RUM after his debut.
Recently h.NAOTO has focused on the series of the Seven Deadly Sins and developed his new category, neo Victorian Steam Punk fashion “h.NAOTO STEAM” in 2013.
h.NAOTO will make a presentation in “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo” in March in 2015.
ELISA made her music debut in October 2007, with “euphoric field”, the opening theme song of ef – a tale of memories.
Since then, ELISA has also performed theme songs for notable anime such as VALVRAVE The Liberator, The World God Only Knows, The irregular at magic high school, and A Certain Scientific Railgun. Her latest single “EONIAN” released in November 2014, was the main theme song for the animation movie Expelled from Paradise, the movie was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima the director from Gundam00, and written by Gen Urobuchi the scriptwriter of Puella Magi Madoka Magika.
She has performed in one of the biggest anime song festival, Animelo Summer Live 2008 through 2012. In April 2014, ELISA made her U.S. performance debut in Seattle, Washington at Sakura-Con.
With her inimitable angelic voice, she is now one of a major anime song singer in Japan!
ELISA Official Website: http://www.elisa-smile.com
ELISA Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elisa.smile.official
ELISA Official Twitter Account: @ELISA_0414
Aya Suzuki is an animator and layout artist raised and trained in the UK and Japan, working in the animation industry on an international basis.
In 2005 she receives a BA (Hons) degree in Film and Animation Production at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth (UK). Her graduation film ‘Wooden Island’ received several award nominations and screenings at various festivals such as Annecy (France), Hiroshima (Japan), KROK (Russia), ANIFEST (Czech Republic).
After graduating, she is head hunted by Director Sylvain Chomet, which results in her working on the Oscar nominated animated feature film ‘The Illusionist’ as an storyboard artist and animator.
In 2010, Aya moves to Tokyo where she works on various projects such as the Oscar nominated ‘The Wind Rises’ by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese academy award winning ‘Wolf Children’ by Mamoru Hosoda, ‘Beyonetta’ by Fuminori Kizaki, ‘Death Billiards’ by Yuzuru Tachikawa and ‘The Dreaming Machine’ by Satoshi Kon.
Presently she is based in London where she continues to work on various animation projects.
Such works include, ‘Ping Pong’ by Yuasa Masaaki, ‘The Prophet’ by Roger Allers and ‘Simon’s Cat’ by Simon Tofield.
Aya also works as a lecturer teaching animation to thriving new talent and travels internationally to share her experience at festivals and conventions.
Shigeto Koyama is an active designer in Japan’s media industry. Making his debut in the industry as mechanic design and guest character design for “Aim for the Top 2! (Diebuster)” Shigeto has participated in many notable titles such as “HEROMAN,” “Eureka Seven,” “Gurren Lagann,” “Rebuild of Evangelion,” “Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt,” and “STAR DRIVER”.
Koyama has tagged with the creative team of TRIGGER, and plays a vital role in “KILL la KILL” as a creative director and also created the storyboard and illustration for the 2nd ending sequence.
SUSHIO is a well acclaimed animator in the industry who has taken part in numerous popular anime title such as Diebuster, GURREN LAGANN, Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt, ONE PIECE THE MOVIE Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, and the Ojamajo Doremi series. This will be his first visit to New Jersey to promote his latest work as Character Designer and Chief Animation Director from the hit series, KILL la KILL.
Currently working as part of studio TRIGGER’s staff, Hiromi Wakabayashi has been involved in several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi. Starting as setting production for “Gurren Lagann,” Hiromi has also worked on “Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt” as original idea, plot development, and participated in directing. For “KILL la KILL” Hiromi contributes as plot development (episode 4) and directing for the 2nd ending sequence. Most importantly, he assists and oversees the design team of “KILL la KILL” as creative officer.
Takafumi Hori is an experienced freelance animator who has participated in numerous popular titles such as REDLINE, NARUTO, You are Umasou, and TRIGGER’s first television series KILL la KILL. Hori has made his return once again as a main key animator in the long awaited sequel for Little Witch Academia!
*He spends his free time watching the latest episodes of Steven Universe
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.
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Tyson, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga… Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
An avid gamer/nerd, Tyson started doing voice over work with Funimation, and has progressed to ADR scripting as well. His notable VO credits include: DARU in Steins;Gate, GEORG in Eureka Seven:AO, KAGIRI in Karneval, MATSUDA in High School DxD, AUSTRALIA in Hetalia The Beautiful World, OIMO in One Piece, and CABRAKAN in the game Smite. Various other work includes Black Butler, Space Dandy, Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, as well as HUGO and Freddie Mercury Titan in Attack on Titan.
His script credits include Attack on Titan, Aqaurion: EVOL, Karneval, Hetalia The Beautiful World, and High School DxD New.
Tyson also provides vocals and rhythm guitar for the punk band Bullet Machine. He did the same for the now defunct, WW2 themed punk band The Tommyguns. In the blues-rock, Led Zeppelin-ish band Smokestack Lightning, Tyson sings and plays harmonica.
So, did Tyson return the wayward daughter of King Osric to her home. And having no further concern, he and his companions sought adventure in the West. Many wars and feuds did Tyson fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon his name and, in time, he became a king by his own hand… And this story shall also be told.
Kira Buckland began voice acting at the age of sixteen after having been introduced to the online voiceover community. She got her start voice acting in flash animations and games, and started getting noticed in the industry after winning Anime Expo 2007’s Voice Actor Idol. After moving to Southern California from her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, she soon landed her first official roles and has since voiced many characters in anime such as Izumo in “Blue Exorcist”, Kuroyukihime in “Accel World”, Ren Kogyoku in “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, Kanae Sumida in “5 Centimeters Per Second” and others. She is also a sought-after video game voice actress for titles such as “Skullgirls”, “Castle Crashers”, “Inazuma Eleven”, “Fairy Fencer F”, and “Dangan Ronpa 2”. Recently, she has been announced to be the voices of Hydra Bell in “Blood Lad” and Honoka in “Dead or Alive 5: Last Round”. In addition to voice acting, Kira enjoys cosplaying, DJing, competitive gaming, and making espresso drinks. She is also a devoted fan of the anime/manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Neil Nadelman got his start in the anime industry by translating Bubblegum Crash episode 1 for AnimEigo, back when subtitling was done with stone knives and bear skins. He then rode his dinosaur over to Central Park Media and proceeded to translate and subtitle title after title for them, as well as Bandai Entertainment, Right Stuf International, and Pioneer Entertainment before it became Geneon Films. Along the way, he was fortunate to work on such titles as The Slayers, Armored Trooper VOTOMS, several Mobile Suit Gundam series, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and many, many more. He’s worked on video games, and even a few novels, including the Yukikaze novels published by Haikasoru. His latest titles include The Fruits of Grisaia, Invaders of the Rokujyoma, and Black Bullet for The Anime Network.
These days, he somehow still manages to make a living as an anime translator and subtitler, mostly working with Sentai Filmworks and Bang Zoom. He has also somehow fallen into the role of being the keeper of a vast library of Totally Lame Anime, which he likes to show to fans at conventions like this.
It is said that Michele Knotz hails from a distant faraway planetoid called New Jersey. She commutes to New York to work on this anime series you may have heard of called “Pokémon.” Now in their 18th 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 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,” Potaru Tanaka and Inumi in “Magical Witch Punie-Chan,” and Akira Sakamoto and Lilith’s mother in “Holy Knight.” 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,” Lilliel Saotome in NIS America’s “The Guided Fate Paradox,” Miku Kubo in “Modern Combat 5: Blackout,” Snivy, Gardevoir, Latios, and Latias in “Super Smash Bros.” for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, all the mom’s, a reporter, and creatures in “YIIK,” and Nascira, The Informant, and various in “Dungeon Hunter 5.” 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/
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”, “Shingu”, “The Third”, “KO Beast”, “His and Her Circumstances”, “Queen’s Blade”, “Magical Witch Punie-Chan”, “Joe vs. Joe”, “Patema Inverted”, “Madara, “To Heart”, “Kujibiki Unbalance”, “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 can be heard in “Dungeon Hunter 4”, “Gangstar: Vegas”, “Demon Gaze”, “Bullet Witch”, “Heathcliff: Fast and the Furriest”, “m&m Adventure”, “m&m Kart Racing”, “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond” and “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, Germany, Korea, China, 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 were nominated for Audie awards).
2014 saw Bill’s directorial debut with “Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors”, which is now available on DVD and BluRay. He actually got the call for the job during last year’s AnimeNext. How awesome is that?
You can follow the further adventures of Bill by searching for “billsvoice” on facebook and @billsvoice on Twitter.
Greg joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously). Earning advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and studying drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, The People’s Improv Theatre, and Playhouse West.
Greg has been performing behind the mic for over 15 years providing vocal talent for companies such as AstraZenica, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, Unilever, and the NBA, among others. A lifelong otaku, he’s has the privilege to provide his talent and voice for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, One Piece, Shiki, and Tales of Vesperia.
“Brittany Lauda is a voice actress, casting director and director as well as one half of ‘MB VoiceWorks’. A recent graduate from SUNY Geneseo with a thesis on Japanese Film & Animation, Brittany has been hard at work creating a name for herself within the world of voice over. Most notably, Brittany is the voice of the iconic mean girl of Huniepop- Audrey Belrose. Her voices can also be heard in anime (Queen’s Blade Rebellion, Prince Adventures, Holy Knight), Video Games (Huniepop, Strife, Heroes of Newerth, Lovely Little Thieves, But I Love You, Y2K), and even education apps by Hasbro like My Little Pony and Transformers. Additionally, Brittany was the voice director for the JRPG inspired title ‘YIIK’, and the ADR director for Media Blaster’s first in house title ‘Holy Knight’. Brittany has plenty of exciting news on the way this year, and she is excited to share with everyone her experiences from how she managed a voice over career while in college to what she looks for in her casting process.
Outside of voice over & MB VoiceWorks, Brittany enjoys playing with her Shiba Inu puppy named Raven, collecting Pinny Arcade pins, playing video games, reading comics, losing in League of Legends and rewatching Katekyo Hitman Reborn. ”
Marc Swint is a Philadelphia based Anime, Video Game and New Media voice actor. Two of his larger credits include Mason in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Isaac Tukura in Modern Combat 5: Blackout and he has also provided additional voices for One Piece, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Dungeon Hunter 5, Terrain of Magical Expertise (TOME), Hellsing Ultimate: Abridged, and DragonBall Z: Abridged (along with other various Team FourStar projects). Also known as “[th3 Engineer]”, he helps write and produce Anime Abandon w/ Bennett the Sage.
Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer began the con life staffing AnimeNEXT. Since that fateful summer 7 year ago he has traveled America performing his geek-driven stand-up comedy, hosting cosplay contests, game tournaments and burlesque shows, and presenting panels on the positive side of the geek community. His cameo webwork can be seen at thatguywiththeglasses.com as well as Youtube’s “Schnozman and Hole-Punch.” You can listen to his weekly podcast “We are the Geek” or find the Fantasy puppet sitcom he show runs, “Dungeon Crawlers.” Come say Hi to Thrak if you see the massive orange Cyclops poking around. His latest albums, “Ecto-Kitt-Lorean” and “Fandoms and Facepalms” are now available through iTunes and Amazon.com and make great gifts for your “friends” who couldn’t make it this weekend. Join him this weekend for rants, raves, and Magical Girl Bootcamp.
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 his fifth consecutive AnimeNEXT appearance, he’ll be performing songs from “Wordplay,” his recently released full-length album, as well as the soundtrack for “EarthNight,” a rogue-like runner game coming soon to PS4 and other devices, and more!
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 several EPs and albums including “8-Bit Lebowski,” a Game Boy tribute to the cult-classic Coen Brothers movie; and much more. Chipocrite is eager to share his unique insight into making music with “obsolete” hardware once again!
Jason “crybringer” Robinson is: -Creator, artist, author of “The Demon Mages“, 2-issue miniseries published by Angry Viking Press LLC., plus self-published collections and works online. -Contractor on “Skullgirls/Skullgirls Encore“; Story Mode line artist on Filia, Painwheel, Big Band, Eliza & Beowulf, plus assorted concepts and in-game assets.
-Promotional artist on “Curses N’ Chaos” by Tribute Games, “Shantae: Risky’s Revenge” by Wayforward Technologies.
-Contributor to doujinshi projects including Utagemusic.net, and “Little Hands” (benefit work for the 2011 Tohoku tsunami disaster.)
-Based in the Washington D.C./Baltimore region.
-Your favorite artist’s favorite artist.
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, 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. Charles began attend cons in earnest in 2009 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 (has it really been almost 6 now?) 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.
Ben founded C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U. back in 2003 with the intent of giving convention attendees an unforgetable experience and a forum to make new friends. He now runs it in tandem with his wife Mary. They have also gathered a group of close friends / otaku who help run their C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U. events. Ben, ever seeking to entertain the masses, also created the There She Is Fan Panel and the As The Otaku Grows events. While There She Is is for all ages with a message of true love, As The Otaku Grows is Ben’s chance to entertain the adult fans! What will Ben come up with next? Keep coming to AnimeNEXT to find out!
Mike Toole got into this anime thing in 1994 (yep, that makes it over 20 years!) and turned pro in 1996, working as a critic and features writer for the likes of Animerica magazine, Anime Insider, Sci-Fi Magazine, and Otaku USA. He had a stint working as a spec copywriter and web designer for the late Geneon, developing websites and writing for favorites like NieA_7 and Vandread. More recently, he’s been developing extras for Discotek DVD releases, and is featured on commentary tracks for the Lupin the 3rd films BYE BYE LADY LIBERTY, THE HEMINGWAY PAPERS, and NAPOLEON’S DICTIONARY. His guided commentary also features on the stand-alone DVD releases RINGING BELL, ADVENTURES OF HORUS: PRINCE OF THE SUN, and the forthcoming NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD. He’s been lecturing on a variety of anime topics nearly as long as he’s been a fan, and has reliably filled rooms for years with fun fare like DUBS THAT TIME FORGOT and THE WORST ANIME OF ALL TIME. Currently, he’s a biweekly columnist and sometime podcast guest at Anime News Network, and occasional contributor to the Topless Robot geek humor blog.
50% DANGEROUS – Vedetta Marie and ScatterDOTFashion
Entertainment group 50% DANGEROUS is comprised of Vedetta Marie and ScatterDOT to bring to conventions a unique blend of high end entertainment. Vedetta Marie a professional cosplayer, Fashion designer and Entertainer is invited across the country to put on events with conventions that put the fun and entertainment back into the attendees hands with a range of things from crafting panels with demos, and dance panels that get the entire room moving. ScatterDOT a Fashion Designer, Photographer and Entertainer round out the duo to create a true J-Entertainment group that runs fashion shows, interactive workshop panels, modeling workshops and up to the minute information on Japanese music and fashion. Together these two create 50% DANGEROUS, an entertainment team that works together to bring the highest level of entertainment they can to each convention they are invited to with one key purpose always at the forefront, attendee fun!