Ryusei Nakao

Ryusei Nakao

2017 NDK Guest

Ryusei Nakao has an extremely long career in the entertainment field. He joined a children’s theatrical troupe at age 3. His first debut was at age 5 for a radio drama series “Fuku-chan” which was broadcast by Bunka Hoso (Culture Broadcast Company). His debut as a voice actor was in 1965 when he voiced the protagonist Jun for the TV anime Uchu Patrol Hopper. He also participated as an actor in many TV dramas until the mid 70’s. In 1981, he was one of the founding members of the voice acting company 81 Produce. He later established the theatrical company 81 Dramatic Company; not only participating as an actor, but he produces many of the performances as well and is now the head of this company. Many of the performances are musicals.

He was a radio personality, released numerous records and CD’s, narrated a TV variety show, and recently joined Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Nanda collectionTour. He has been a recipient of the Best Voice Actor award in Anime at the 25th Japan Movie Critics Award. He also received the Kei Tomiyama Memorial award at the 11th Seiyu Awards in 2017 which is given to the actor/actress for popularizing the voice acting industry.

He is best known for his roles as Caesar Clown in One Piece, Mayuri Kurotsuchi in Bleach, Freeza in Dragon Ball, and Baikinman in Soreike! Anpanman. He has also done voice-overs for Lady and the Tramp as Tramp, Mulan as Ling, Hannibal as Mason Verger ( Gary Oldman), and Snowball in the Secret Life of Pets.

Sumi Shimamoto

Sumi Shimamoto

2017 NDK Guest

Sumi Shimamoto is a seasoned voice actress in Japan best known for her role as Nausicaa in the movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and as Kyoko Otonashi in Maison Ikkoku. Her voice is renouned for portaying a girl of purity and she has covered many voices for the heroines in both anime and for dubbing foreign movies.

Her soft and elegant voice landed her many roles in Hayao Miyazaki films, as Clarisse in Lupin III The Castle of Cagliiostro, as the mother of Satsuki and May in My Neighbor Totoro, and Toki in Princess Mononoke. You can also hear her voice as as Kanata Izumi in Lucky Star, Shoppanman in Soreike! Anpanman, Mitsuba Okita in Gintama, Shinichi’s Mother Yukiko Kudo in Detective Conan, mama in Hello Kitty, and Ginrei in Giant Robot.

She received the Kazue Takahashi Memorial Award at the 11th Seiyu Awards in 2017.

Dante Basco

Dante Basco

2017 NDK Guest

With a career spanning over three decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys.  He continued working in films with leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and starring in The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation.  20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay.  Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”.  Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, performing during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s, then landing scholarships dancing with the San Francisco Ballet Company.

Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately.  By the age of 15, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook.  With over 100 credits to his name, he’s found success on the small screen as well on from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and recurring on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90’s to prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000’s and hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0.

A man of many talents, Dante is the founder the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. He has also begun writing and producing his own features with his production company Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose, a (hilarious buddy) comedy with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.

From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.  

Leah Clark

Leah Clark

NDK 2017 Guest

Welcome back Leah!! This year she has been heard in the broadcast dubs of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi); Touken Ranbu (Gokotai); Show By Rock (Ailane); Shonen Maid (Miyako); Fuuka (Suzuka); Alderamin On the Sky (Haroma); Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (Aria), Keijo (Ayako); Izetta: The Last Witch (Elizabeth), and Yuri On Ice (Mari).

Memorable titles and roles include Negima (Nodoka); Fairy Tail/Fairy Tail Zero (Mavis); Soul Eater (Blair); One Piece (Coby/Miss Doublefinger); Eden Of This East (Saki); Baka and Test (Minami); Deadman Wonderland (Minatsuki/Hummingbird); Assassination Classroom (Kanzaki); Suzuka (Suzuka); Rosario + Vampire (Ruby); Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa (Noah); Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram (Carlita) and Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (Carlita). Leah has also worked as a script writer on such projects as; Panty and Stocking, Suzuka, Peach Girl, Baka and Test, Sasami: Magical Girl Club, B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time; Sekirei, and Strike Witches. As an ADR director, Leah has worked on Sasami: Magical Girl Club; Shuffle, The Tower of Druaga, and Case Closed.

Leah’s first love was theatre and she trained in music theatre at Circle in the Square in New York.  She performs regularly on stages in the Dallas-FortWorth Area.  Along with regular voice work at Funimation, her voice can also be heard on industrials and video games. She supports her acting habit by working as a commercial and independent film producer. Follow Leah on Twitter @leahrooo; Instagram @leahrooo9 and on Facebook- Leah Clark Actress Fanclub

Clarine Harp

Clarine Harp

2017 NDK Guest

Clarine Harp has been a mainstay in anime for over a decade, first featured in Kiddy Grade to give life to the character of Tweedledee in 2003. Since that first role, Clarine’s acting talents have been highlighted through the voices of a broad range of popular characters: Hetalia (China, Taiwan), Burst Angel (Sei), Samurai 7 (Sanae), Speed Grapher (Ginza), Sekirei (Haihane), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Trinity Blood (Mary), RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura), and One Piece (Miss Monday, Usopp’s Mother, and Ran). Most recently, she appeared as Pekoyama in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Despair Arc and various voices in the SimulDub™ of Yuri!!! On ICE and Chaos;Child.

Clarine can also be heard in Cat Planet Cuties, Chrome Shelled Regios, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, The Sacred Blacksmith, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Beck, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.0, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, LASTEXILE – Fam, the Silver Wing-, Tower of Druaga, Ouran High School Host Club, Heaven’s Lost Property, Jormugand, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, and many more.

Out of the booth, Clarine helps produce great anime in the United States through her job as Director of DVD, Blu-ray and Video Production for Funimation. In her spare time you’ll find her commanding a horde of rabbits and spreading the gospel of sock knitting far and wide. Fun fact: Clarine is also the inspiration behind the character of Aubrey in the popular webcomic, Something Positive.

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert

NDK 2017 Guest

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter 5(Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z and currently voices Gohan and Ox King in Dragonball Kai and Super.  Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai) Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar),  Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).  Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”, Eusine in “Generations”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodcast series of podcasts . For more info, visit  www.kylehebert.com.

Lauren Landa

Lauren Landa

2017 NDK Guest

For the last 10 years, within the world behind the mic, she is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; the sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting game series BlazBlue, the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces; the valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi, in REDLINE; the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls; kind hearted Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, the quiet Annie Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One inDrakenGard 3, Nio in Riddle Story of Devil, Nora in Noragami, Karin Kanzuki in Street Fighter V and most recently, Nao Tomori in Aniplex’s Charlotte, and the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media dub of Sailor Moon

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Guest

You’ve seen him, you’ve heard him. Lending his voice to countless characters in animation, feature films, video game, commercials, apps and more, Jason Marsden has been working full force in the entertainment biz since he was 12. In the 90s he was a familiar face on such shows as “Boy Meets World”, “Full House”, and “Step by Step”. In voice over, Jason can be heard most notably as Max, Goofy’s son in “A Goofy Movie”. Marsden provided the voice for Haku, the mysterious boy/dragon in Hayo Miyazaki’s, Academy Award Winning, “Spirited Away”. Every Halloween, we bet you’ve heard him as Thackery Binx in Disney’s “Hocus Pocus”. He’s voiced many popular characters including Chester in “Fairly Odd Parents”, Impulse in “Young Justice”, reporter, Snapper Carr in “Justice League”, Duke in “GI JOE: Renegades”, Tino Tontini in Disney’s “The Weekenders”, as well as some well-known felines: Kovu in “Lion King 2”, and Nermal in “The Garfield Show”. Video Game fans will recognize Jason as the title role in the “Tak” franchise, Boone from “Fallout: New Vegas”, and Noel Kriess in “Final Fantasy 13.2 and many folk you’ve interacted with in SKYRIM!

Currently Marsden can be heard in, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, “Disney’s Club Penguin”, the upcoming season of “DuckTales” and the much anticipated season three of “Young Justice – Outsiders”!

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair

NDK 2017 Guest

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame  industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D Gray Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy and the Beast, Gija from Yona of the Dawn, Montana from BattleBorn, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, Baron Flynt from Borderlands, Dallas Genoard from Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura from Danganronpa 3, Mezo Shoji from My Hero Academia, Emilio Langheim from Endride, Prince Salva from Dimension W, Gaddes from The Vision of Escaflowne, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura from Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide from Snow White with the Red Hair, Touji from Tokyo Ravens, Akane from Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba from Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki from Seraph of the End, Otohiko from Kamisama Kiss, R from Jormungand, Tanaka in the Shana series, Tatsumi from Shiki, Alcides from Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole from Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka from Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more.

You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting.  Ian is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

Erik Kimerer

Erik Kimerer

Erik Kimerer has always heard voices in his head and decided to do the only sensible thing; let them out. He was born and raised in Seattle, where he was trained in the Japanese method of anime voice acting by a veteran seiyuu. After graduating in Theatre Arts he moved to L.A. to pursue his love of telling stories through animation, video games, and even in the wrestling ring.

 

Anime you may have heard Erik in include One Punch Man (Sonic), Mob Psycho 100 (Teruki), Berserk (Isidro), Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Biscuit), Seven Deadly Sins (Gowther), The Asterisk War (Ayato), Your Lie in April (Takeshi), Toradora (Ryuuji), Magi (Alibaba), Sword Art Online (Ducker) and Accel World (Haruyuki). In the world of video games, Erik has lent his voice to Persona 5 (various characters), Tales of Xilia 2 (Cress), 2064: Read Only Memories (Oliver), Inazuma Eleven 3DS (Mark Evans), Atelier Sophie/Firis (Oskar), Heroes of Newerth (Joven Glacius), and Skullgirls (Black Egret). He has even delved into audiobook narration, portraying Koyomi Araragi in the Kizumonogatari light novel.

 

Erik is happy to travel and share his stories and experiences with his fellow geeks, weebs, gamers, and marks, as well as make new ones along the way.

Twitter & Instagram – @ekimerer
Facebook – /ErikScottVO

Kevin McKeever

Kevin McKeever

2017 NDK Guest - Robotech Convention Tour

A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin McKeever has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor, Farmclub.com, The 60’s as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst.

Kevin’s first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech’s television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin’s analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

Queen D

Queen D

Make way for Queen D! The self-proclaimed southern queen of crossplay! (What a mouthful!) You may recognize her from her wildly unsuccessful YouTube show the Dlist!

 

Queen D is a thirteen-year seasoned cosplay veteran, emcee, and burlesque performer! Known for her wild antics and insane style of hosting shows, causing general chaos, and eating chicken nuggets! A known makeup artist, she has traveled all over the country blessing peasants…Uh…attendees with her shenanigans. She will be hosting a variety of panels throughout the weekend, teaching general cosplay knowledge, stage presence, posing, and makeup! Known as the queen of late night at conventions, she is infamous for her 18+ panels so be sure to attend if you are of age!

 

Queen D is so thrilled to be back in the city with no air and once again a guest at NDK!

Steve Yun

Steve Yun

2017 NDK Guest - Robotech Convention Tour

Harmony Gold V.P. Of New Media

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve Yun got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on Robotech and Macross to be working somewhere in the anime industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

Soon afterwards, Steve joined Harmony Gold, where he slept and ate and even showered at the office while under grueling deadlines to put Robotech.com together in time for its February 2001 launch. After being caught working overtime after being told not to, Steve has been allowed to keep a cot at the office ever since.

Since becoming part of Harmony Gold, Steve Yun has had fansites and fanclubs devoted to him, as well as internet stalkers, convention stalkers, petitions to get him fired and websites devoted to exposing the “real” Steve Yun. Steve has co-produced and associate-produced several other projects as well, including the Macross restoration, the Robotech: Battlecry video game, the Robotech: Invasion video game, Robotech Remastered and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. Steve has also been featured in an anime documentary called Geeks, which he has still not had a chance to see.

Since its launch, Robotech.com has constantly been one of the busiest anime-related destinations on the internet, being the subject of a Slashdot article, a Conan O’Brien feature and mentioned on countless anime websites. You can email Steve at [email protected] to send him Robotech-related fan mail, complaints, constructive criticism and suggestions.

Tommy Yune

Tommy Yune

2017 NDK Guest - Robotech Convention Tour

Robotech Creative Director / President of Animation

Tommy Yune has worked for over a decade in the comic book and video game industries. His early game development experience includes character design of the pioneering 3D fighting game FX Fighter for the Nintendo SuperFX chip and conceptual design of the award-winning Journeyman Project series. He also wrote and illustrated hit comic book titles such as Speed Racer, Racer X, Robotech, and Danger Girl: Kamikaze which were published by DC Comics’ Wildstorm and Cliffhanger labels. His first work in feature animation was creating the computer-generated opening sequence of Kevin Altieri’s Gen13.

Tommy grew up on a steady diet of anime, watching as much Prince Planet, Gatchaman and Casshan as he could in Asia and the United States. Then he shunned television and went back to being a responsible student to the delight of his parents. However, right before entering the UCLA School of Engineering, Robotech brought anime back into his life and he eventually found himself at the ArtCenter College of Design instead. His parents wept.

Tommy first worked in an official capacity for the Robotech universe by helping design Robotech.com for its launch in 2001. He has since come aboard as Harmony Gold’s creative director and oversees new development, including Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which completed production in 2006.