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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”!