Welcome to our guests for NDK 2016!
Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and music producer. He was born in Kyoto, Japan 1965. Formerly an employee at Sunrise, Watanabe supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many Sunrise anime. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus.
Notable Works as Director
1994 Macross Plus (OVA) Co-Director with Shoji Kawamori
1998 Cowboy Bebop (TV Series)
2001 Cowboy Bebop The Movie (Movie)
2003 The Animatrix – Kid’s Story, A Ditective Story (OVA) Episode Direction
2004 Samurai Champloo (TV Series)
2007 Genius Party – Baby Blue (Movie) Episode Direction
2012 Kids on the Slope (TV Series)
2014 Space Dandy (TV Series)
2014 Terror In Resonance (TV Series)
Notable Works as Music Producer
2004 Mind Game (Movie) Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
2007 Genius Party (Movie) Compilation Movie
2008 Michiko to Hatchin (TV Series) Directed by Sayo Yamamoto
2012 Lupin The 3rd – A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV Series) Directed by Sayo Yamamoto
Dai Sato is a Japanese screenwriter and musician.
He had begun scriptwriting and composing for broadcasting companies at 19 years old.
Now, he is involved in planning and scriptwriting in various media sources, mainly focused on Writing for anime series. He established his own company Storyriders in 2007. He had worked with director Shinichiro Watanabe in many well-known series such as “Cowboy Bebop” and “Samurai Champloo”.
Notable Works in Anime TV series:
Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf’s Rain, Samurai Champloo, Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Space Dandy
Notable Works in 3DCG Movies:
Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Halo Legends
Notable Works in Video Games:
Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere. Biohazard Revelations 2, E.X. Troopers
Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has recorded, cast, directed, produced, acted in and/or adapted scripts for over 100 anime series, movies and specials. His voice directing credits include King of Thorn, Princess Jellyfish, Sengoku Basara, .hack//Quantum, Heaven’s Lost Property, The Sacred Blacksmith, Samurai 7, Speed Grapher, Mongolian Chop Squad (with Taliesin Jaffe), Witchblade, El Cazador de la Bruja, Burst Angel, and Dragon Ball GT. Chris’ recent and upcoming voice directing work includes Michiko & Hatchin, Last Exile – Fam, The Silver Wing, Jormungand, and Aquarion EVOL.
Christopher is also an accomplished voice actor, with roles such as Japan in Hetalia, Mercutio in Romeo x Juliet, Apollo in Aquarion, Amata in Aquarion EVOL, Fastener in Panty & Stocking, Hiroshi in Michiko and Hatchin, Lahar in Fairy Tale, Kenji in Initial D, Nicholas in Baccano!, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Lafitte and Shu Shu in One Piece, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in Mongolian Chop Squad. He has also played various characters and critters in Steins;Gate, Toriko, Shiki, Sgt. Frog, Soul Eater, Black Butler, Shin chan, Fruits Basket, Big Windup!, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), Ouran High School Host Club, Dragon Ball, Case Closed and many more. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as the English-language voice of Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV, and Street Fighter x Tekken. You can also shoot him numerous times as several cannon-fodder characters in Borderlands 2.
Follow Christopher on Twitter @VoiceofBevins
Johnny Yong Bosch
Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.
After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia”, Nate in Yokai Watch, Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans and many more.
Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games. Providing voices for Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Kuhn in .hack//G.U., Adachi/Narukami in Persona 4, Almaz in Disgaea 3, Emil in Tales of Symphonia, Guy in Tales of the Abyss, Firion in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3. Yukimura in Sengoku Basara, Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic and Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X.
Johnny’s also the frontman for the band Eyeshine. Winners of Ford Motor Company’s world wide band search and produced by Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer…etc.). They’ve played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.www.twitter.com/johnnyyongbosch ; www.facebook.com/johnnyyongbosch
RICHARD EPCAR – is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 500 characters in Games, Animation and Anime.
Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us, (Fighting Game of the Year!) Raiden in Mortal Kombat X and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts. Voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDB!
Starting out in Robotech, you’ve heard him in Legend of Korra, Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, Batman Unlimited as Commissioner Gordon, Peabody & Sherman, Blood Lad, Lupin he Third, Monster, Naruto, Bobobo-Bobobo, Transformers, Bleach, Kenshin, SAO II, Durarara, GTO, A Lull in the Sea, HunterXHunter, Gundam, Macross, DC Super Friends, Cyber Soldier 009, Lucky STar, Digimon, 7 Deadly Sins, X-Men, Gunda Unicorn, Babylon 5, and Power Rangers to name a few and He’s directing and voicing the all new Lupin the Third!
He’s also in tons of games including: Final Fantasy as Gaius and Ilberd, Saints Row, Arkham Origins, Skyrim, Infinite Crisis as the Joker, Call of Duty- Advanced Warefare, Mad Max, Fire Emblem: Awakening as Walhart, MK vs D.C. Universe as the Joker and Raiden, Stargate SG-1 as Gen. Hammond, Call of Duty- Black Ops, Star Wars, Transformers, X-Com, Command & Conquer, Dead or Alive 3-D, Starcraft as Dark Templar, Dead Space, Xenosaga as Ziggy, Marvel Heroes, World of Warcraft, 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, Baton Kaitos Origins, Space Seige, Spec-Ops, Bayonetta, Catherine, Tekken, Ace Combat and Resident Evil.
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, and voice directed many shows including: Ghost in the Shell 2, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Almost Heroes, Jungle Shuffle, The Reef, Grand Master, Noein, Digimon, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit, Patlabor 3, Zentrix, Azumi I &II, Fearless, Betty Blue, Iron Monkey, VR Troopers, Power Rangers, Ugly Betty Webisodes, and Old Boy to name a few. He has also voice acted on several big films including: Deadpool, Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, and Resident Evil 3, to name a few..
On Camera Richard has appeared in many shows including: Warehouse 13, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Cheers, DAys of our Lives and General Hospital and a lead in the soon to be released Broken Spirits.
Eyeshine is an American edge rock band from West Hills, California, formed in 2004. The band’s demo album, How About That? (2006), launched them into the underground rock scene with limited success but the band achieved nationwide fame with the release of their second LP album My Paper Kingdom (2009), which received multiple awards, including Elfenworks Social Justice award for their song, “Alone.” In 2011 they recorded “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Eyeshine won Ford Motor Company’s worldwide band battle in 2012 and recorded a single with Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer…etc.). They have since toured worldwide and self produced over 12 albums. Other notable achievements include winning performance spots on Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project in 2013. www.eyeshine.net
Dr. Alisa Freedman
Alisa Freedman is an Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film at the University of Oregon. Her major publications include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the rails and Road (Stanford University Press, 2010), and annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (University of California PRess, 2005), and co-edited a volume on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2012).
Her current projects include a book on the global politics of Sesame Street and the changing images of Japanese women on television dramas. She has taught a range of courses on the globalization of japanese popular culture. Welcome back Alisa to her 4th NDK as part of our SANA track of programming!
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.
Clarine 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), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Trinity Blood (Mary), and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura). Most recently, she appeared in Unbreakable Machine-Doll as Shoko.
Clarine can also be heard in Cat Planet Cuties, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, Sekirei, 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, One Piece 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.
Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for many publications, such as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times, and he is an authority on Japanese culture and media. He is a frequent media commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures at The World Economic Forum and TED Talks in Tokyo, and he is a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University.
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 games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend; Chrono Phantasma; 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 in “DrakenGard 3”, Nora in “Noragami” and most recently, the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ dub of Sailor Moon and Nio in “Riddle Story of Devil”!
She has also had several other roles in anime and video games such as Leeza, (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie), Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!
David Matranga has been working as a voice actor for 15 years voicing over a 100 roles including the recently released My Hero Academia where he plays Shouto Todoroki, Wave in Akame Ga Kill and Bertholt in Attack On Titan. Other popular titles include Tomoya in Clannad, Appleseed Alpha, Harlock, Starship Troopers: Invasion, Halo Legends, Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina, Appleseed The Series, Maid Sama, Watamote, Saiyuki, Orphen, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Clannad, Gilgamesh, Colorful, 5 Centimeters Per Second, High School Of The Dead, and Super Milk Chan to name a few. He also works consistently in the commercial voiceover world.
Matranga reprised his role as Briareos in the recent CG-animated Appleseed Alpha and Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos films in 2014. He also starred in the new Captain Harlock CG film for its North American theatrical run. His career since 2014 has covered a lot of ground overall. He was the handsome pink-haired doctor Akari in Karneval, Rio Satomi in Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, the Majestic (but not very nice) Prince Jiart, cyborg builder Dr. Easter in Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust, and Tomoko’s annoyed brother Tomoki Kuroki in WATAMOTE. He also stars as Usui in MaidSama. His more popular early anime roles include Orphen in Orphen and Sanzo in Saiyuki.
David also spends much of this time on stages around the country. He recently completed a four-city tour of the world premiere opera A Coffin In Egypt with Frederica Von Stade that culminated in a concert performance at Lincoln Center in New York City. Other recent productions include: Straight White Men, Marie Antoinette, Failure: A Love Story (Stages), You Can’t Take It With You (Alley Theatre), The Hollow (Alley Theatre), DollHouse (Stages), Other Regional theatre includes: Miss Julie (CTC) Comedy Of Errors/Hamlet (Houston Shakespeare Festival), In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Regional Premiere @ Stages), Uncle Vanya (CTC), Mistakes Were Made (Stages Repertory Theatre) A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre) Yankee Tavern, Auntie Mame, Complete History of America Abridged,Man From Nebraska and Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy Jr./Jerry), Lobster Alice, all at Stages Repertory Theatre. He also originated the roles of Patrick in 110 Flights and General Longstreet in General Desdemona at the 1st Annual Proctors New Play Festival, Pride and Prejudice (Dallas Theater Center), The King Stag (Yale Rep), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Recently David has begun to do more film and television work that includes, Be Not Afraid, The Last Patriot, The Rejects, Law & Order, All My Children, As The World Turns, Urban Shakedown and Occupy Texas starring Lorelei Linklater, which is currently making the festival rounds. He received his acting training from the Yale School of Drama. David is very excited to be a guest at Nan Desu Kan for the first time.
Chris Patton has been voice acting for over 17 years for companies such as ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Okratraon 5000, and Du Art.
Some of his credits include Run in Akame Ga Kill, Sousuke Sagara in Full Metal Panic, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood), Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ikki in Air Gear, Asura in Soul Eater, and Turles in the Dragonball Z franchise.
Recent credits include Shizumu in Wizard Barristers, Rentaro in Black Bullet, Moral in Hamatora, William Massachussetts in Log Horizon, Suzuki in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and Sanpei in Pokemon XY. Altogether, Chris has voiced over 225 Anime titles.
Also since returning to his hometown, Houston, Chris has (on the live stage) played Leon Czolgosz in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, directed the regional premiere of Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot, and will play Buffalo Bill in the regional premiere of Silence!, the satirical musical spoof of The Silence of the Lambs.
He also narrates tons and tons of Audiobooks, including Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, the Zombie Apocalypse series by Shawn Chesser, and the Audie-nominated The Dorito Effect.
*****This very special 20th Anniversary NDK will mark Chris’s 100th anime convention appearance!*****
Wendy Powell is a native of Texas and resides in Dallas with her husband Todd, her five year old son Charlie, and their lab Janie. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Texas Christian University 1993, and is an Alumni of the Walt Disney World College program. She has also worked on commercials, television, radio, print, film, industrial videos, and of course anime voice overs. Her other great passion is teaching, she has taught middle school theater for 6 years, and is grateful every day for all they teach her about life.
Wendy is best known for her work at Funimation Entertainment and Okatron 5000. Her most notable roles are: Envy from Full Metal Alchemist and Iiena from Claymore.
Wendy’s list of beloved characters that she has voiced over the years range from teacher to demons, which is what she loves most about voice acting!
Some of her other credits include: Heavy Object (Ayamia Cherryblossm), Tokyo Raven (Miyo Kuarahaski), Murder Princess (Cecilia) , Prince Adventures (Queen Tahirah Tehuti), Wolf Children (Nirasaki’s Daughter), The Gunstringer, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts (Kaoru Toudou), Royal Lane, Chaos Head (Katsuko Momose), Casshern Sins, Soul Eater, Nabari No O (Naoko), Doruaga no to: The Aegis of Uruk (Quox), D. Gray-man (Hevlaska), Evangelion: 1.0: You are (Not) Alone, Darker than Black (Yamashita), Murder Princess (Cecilia), One Piece (Miss Merry Christmas), Negima! (Misora Kasuga), Shin Chan (Fever Demon), Ouran High School Host Club (Fan club Executive), Revelation (Snow), XXXHolic (Collector E), Trinity Blood (Paula), Spikeout: Battlestreet, Moon Phase (Pinky), Bloodrayne 2 (Kestral), School Rumble, Keroro Gunso (Admiral), Burst Angel (Ms. Hongo), Space Dandy, The Galaxy Railways (Mrs. Drake), D7Peacemaker: Nightfall (V1), Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (Camilla),Gunslinger Girl, Blue Gender: The Warrior (Amick Hendar), Kiddy Grade (Etoh), Fruits Basket (Kyo’s Mother), Baki the Grappler (Emi), Detective Conan (Margery Wafulcot), and Yuu Yuu Hakusho (Mukuro). Welcome Wendy back to NDK, and visit some of her workshops over the weekend!!
Since 2000, the born-and-raised-in-Los-Angeles-because-someone-had-to-be Rachel Robinson’s voice, known for villains, authority figures and various accented heavies, has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and anime.
In gameland, she’s likely best known for her role as saucy Aussie Oerba Yun Fang of Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. Most recently she was announced as robot ADA in Automatron, the first Fallout 4 DLC. She voices Protoss matriarch Vorazun, in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Goetia in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Nova in There Came an Echo, Time Patroller in DBZ: Xenoverse; and Serqet, Medusa and Awilix skins in Smite. Additional noted roles (including but not limited to): Argonian Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors – The Elder Scrolls Online, Charr Rox Whetstone – Guild Wars 2, Celsius – Tales of Xillia (1 and 2), Holly Whyte – Bravely Default, Commander Nowak – Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut, with more on the way.
In anime, she joined the extended One Piece family as Kikyo, as well as the eerie clan of Black Butler: Book of Circus as Wendy. She voices Joel Raveau in Gangsta, the Chairperson in Riddle Story of Devil, and Motherglare in Fairy Tail. She is Garak in Snow White with the Red Hair, Quinn Erari (and Nya-Nyaa the Cat) in Sentai’s Wizard Barristers, Farangis in The Heroic Legend of Arslan; and Angelica in Show By Rock!!. In tow, Sakura Ohgami in Danganronpa: The Animation, Haruka in The Rolling Girls, Commander in Nobunagun, and Uncho Kan’u in Ikki Tousen. Her known villains include Zorin Blitz in Hellsing Ultimate; Empress Megaria in Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Cameran in Sailor Moon (Viz), and Chizuru in Tokyo Ravens. Other warblings include Queen Elizabeth II – Hetalia: The Beautiful World; Lidvia Lorenzetti – A Certain Magical Index II, Yuki Mizushima – The Devil is a Part Timer!, Lori – Free! Eternal Summer, various additional roles in Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, Terror in Resonance, Tokyo Ghoul, Yurikuma Arashi, Prison School, Sky Wizards Academy, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Death Parade, and many other titles with more in the pipeline.
Rachel tapped into the world of ADR localization in early 2015; getting her feet wet with several episodes of Kamisama Kiss II; and was on the writing staff of Show By Rock!!, Snow White with the Red Hair and an as yet still hush-hush major upcoming release, with, again, more upcoming.
Follow Rachel’s occasionally entertaining tweets: @larynx_lynx, or get more info on projects and appearances on FB: Rachel Robinson Voice Actress or at www.rachel-robinson.com
Tara Jayne Sands is an American voice actress and a former co-host of the Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays. Tara’s versatile voice can be heard on hundreds of radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, video games, anime and animation. She played the roles of Bulbasaur, Richie, Sammy, Oddish, Tori, Bugsy, Cissy and Jasmine (as well as tons of other characters) in “Pokemon,” Kaya in “One Piece,” Angel and Tyler in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Anna Kyoyama in “Shaman King,” Mokuba Kaiba in the original English adaptation of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” anime, as well as Chase on “Fighting Foodons” and Filia Ul Copt in “Slayers.” She also provides narration on audio books.
Sands was raised in New Jersey and studied theater at Hofstra University. She has been involved with voice acting since high school. She voiced Tiara in Shamanic Princess, Hikaru Shidou in the OVA ‘remake’ of Magic Knight Rayearth, and had roles in Naruto, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, DuRaRaRa!!, Geobreeders, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Legend of Himiko, Maze, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Mew Mew Power, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Patlabor: The Mobile Police, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, Rurouri Kenshin, The Seven Deadly Sins, Sailor Moon, Sonic X, TV Funhouse, Tiger and Bunny, , and many more series. Some other projects include the role of Circe in “Generator Rex” for Cartoon Network, Summer in “Barbie: Life In The Dream House,” Angel and Tyler in the 4Kids “Teenage Muant Ninja Turtles,” Spyler in “I Spy” and has appeared in multiple episodes of “Celebrity Deathmatch.”
Tara has also voiced characters in a number of video game series including as Pipotchi on Ape Excape 2, Masaru in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Jin in Dead Island, Leah in God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Bamo in Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 3: V Generation, Lily and Mayuri in Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale, Pria, Cersei, and Ferocious Illira in Skyforge, Genis Sage in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, in addition to roles in “Avatar,” “Singularity,” “Final Fantasy,” and “Call of Juarez” among others.
For 2 years (over 100 episodes!), Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network’s weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled “Fridays.” On “Fridays” Tara interviewed dozens of celebrities like Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Charles Barkley and Kevin Spacey, and had more on-camera food fights than she cares to remember.
Sands has narrated numerous audio books, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series, Meg Cabot’s “Allie Finkle,” Kate DiCamillo’s “Flora And Ulysses” and Jennifer Estep’s “Frost” series.
In addition to voice-overs for commercials, Sands has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and on television series including Everybody Hates Chris, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Fresh Beat Band and The Newsroom.
Welcome back to Jan Scott-Frazier! She worked in the anime industry in Japan for almost 14 years. She attended animation school and later went on to work at a number of studios in including Artland, Production IG and Atelier BWCA on shows including RikiOh 2, Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi (feature). In 1994, Jan moved into consulting work, freelancing for Cambridge Animation Systems, the developers of Animo (a computer assisted (2D) animation production system). Also in 1994, Jan co-founded GENESIS Digital Publishing Company with Izumi Matsumoto (Kimagure Orange Road) where they created the best-selling Comic ON, a CD-ROM manga compendium in which Jan debuted as a manga artist. In 2000, she moved back to the USA to work at Celsys USA on the development of the next generation of the RETAS digital production system.
Jan has traveled extensively throughout Asia and the US teaching animation techniques and speaking at tradeshows and conventions. She has also translated videos and manga, written and co-written magazine articles and created extensive training materials for cel painting, animation and computer animation. In 2006 she produced the album Voices for Peace as a charity benefit. She currently produces albums for Voices For, a non-profit corporation and is writing her memoirs.
Against all odds, Patrick Seitz has been invited back for a mind-melting sixth appearance at Nan Desu Kan—mostly to see if we can trick him into thinking the convention’s always been held in the new location, and his memories of prior NDKs are fundamentally bogus. Sure, it sounds like a stretch, but hey—he’s gullible.
Anime-wise, Patrick voices Germany in Hetalia, Kunzite in Sailor Moon, Griamore in Seven Deadly Sins, Franky in One Piece, Ira Gamagoori in Kill la Kill, Keith Sadies in Attack on Titan, the Penguin Emperor in Daimadaler, DIO in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Agil in Sword Art Online, Laxus in Fairy Tail, Nekozawa in Ouran High School Host Club, Isshin Kurosaki and Kenpachi Zaraki in Bleach, and Grimmer in Monster. On the game side of things, he’s Ragna in BlazBlue, Doug in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Scorpion in Mortal Kombat, Arthas Menethil and Garrosh Hellscream in World of Warcraft, Artanis in StarCraft II, Renekton, Kog’maw and Lucian in League of Legends, Hugo in Ultra Street Fighter IV, Basilio in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Hades and Chaac in SMITE, and Heldalf in Tales of Zestiria.
He was also the dream-sequence pizza-delivery bear in Inside Out. That’s a weird enough credit to get its own paragraph break!
Patrick also adapts scripts and directs games and anime series—the most recent of which was Your Lie in April, invoker of all the tears ever wept. He has a BA and MFA in creative writing, and hopes to collect the rest of the letters someday soon.
Ellyn Stern is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans from film, to television, to stage. She is widely known for her voice work and the wide range of characters she has played; she has literally voiced hundreds of characters. She started in anime with the original ‘Robotech’ series- in which she played numerous characters. She directed and voiced the new Lupin III, Blue Jacket Series. Lead Voice in animated feature, ‘WRINKLES’, starring Martin Sheen and Matthew Bodine.
Lead roles – Lupin the III, Blue Jacket Series, May in Limon and Oli, Evil Stepmother in Cinderella, Martha Vist Carbine in Gundam Unicorn, Godzilla, Dorothy in True Crimes, Hong Kong, Masaki Kurosaki, Ichigo’s Mom in Bleach, Miyuki Goto in Noein, Jack’s Mom in Mar, Haraway – Ghost in the Shell 2- Innocence, Rosalind in Armitage III, Lady M in SAMURAI X, 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 Mini Pato, Digimon, Macross, Bobobobo, Mobile Suit Gundam the Movie Trilog, Bushido Blade 2, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit, Technoman, Shadow Hearts, Wings of Honnesmise, Armitage, Little Punk, Honey Bee Hutch, Wisdom of the Gnomes, Macross I, II, III, Tom Sawyer, Captain Schnauzer, Gigi, and many others.
She has voiced lead voices in many live action feature films that have been adapted into English including Academy Award winners ‘Cinema Paradiso’,
‘Belle Epoque’, ‘Eat, Drink, Man, Woman’, ‘Kika’, ‘Mostly Martha’, ‘Babbette’s Feast’, ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’, ‘Fencing Master’, ‘Widow of St. Pierre’, and ‘Amores Perros’, ‘Mission Kashmir’, ‘Iron Monkey’,‘The Emperor and the Assassin’, ‘Onmyoji-Ying-Yang Masters’,‘Le Femme Nikita’, ‘Tae Guk Gi’, ‘Shiri’, Ugly Betty Webisodes, Iron Monkey, Shadow Chronicles, and Old Boy.
In the Game world, Ellyn can be heard in Star Ocean 1 & 2, Blue Dragon, Godzilla, Jade Cocoon, Aero Wings 1 & 2, Super Magnetic Neo, Galerians, Interit the Earth, and Abby. Find out more about her at ellynstern.com
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragon Ball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.
As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized in the business. Besides Dragon Ball Z, he has worked on many popular animated series including Usopp in One Piece, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami TOM. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragon Ball series, Case Closed, and Lupin the Third.
As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics and he’s considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.
In 2007, he wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.
He has also appeared in many video games such as the title role in S’plosion Man, the psychos in Borderlands and Neptune in Smite.
Recently, Strait has reprised his roles of Krillin in the theatrical release Dragonball Z Resurrection F and Toonami TOM 1 in the Intruder 2 series for Cartoon Network. He was also cast in his current favorite roles of Koro Sensei in Assassination Classroom and Maple in Show By Rock.
In 2015 Sonny returned to directing starting with the anime series Maria the Virgin Witch, Mikagura School Suite and the highly controversial Prison School. He has also returned to Elfquest as a colorist for Dark Horse Comics. He also did a Ford commercial as Krillin!
If you are a geek genre unmarred by his carnage, know that you are so next!
Alexis has been working in the dubbing industry since 2008 and has loved every minute of it.
She can be heard in over 150 titles so far with more announcements on the way. Some of her DVD/FUNimation Broadcast dub credits include Haru Ichinose (Riddle Story of Devil), Chu Chu (Show by Rock!), Hana Midorikawa (Prison School), Honey (Space Dandy), Maria (Maria The Virgin Witch), Kureha Tsubaki (Yurikuma Arashi), Kofuku (Noragami), Anya Hepburn (Soul Eater NOT!), Saya Kisaragi (Blood C/The Last Dark), Inori Yuzuriha/Mana Ouma (Guilty Crown), Rika Shiguma (Haganai), Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live), Julia Crichton (FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos), Moka Akashiya (Rosario+Vampire), Musubi (Sekirei), Mizuki Himeji (Baka and Test), Fukurou (One Piece), Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei: Zero), Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid), Chibi Japan/Kumajiro (Hetalia), and many more!
On top of anime dub work, her voice can also be heard in a handful of video games including Tales of Zestiria (Alisha), Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven (Beatrix and Sarine), Borderlands 2, and more. She can also be heard in several foreign live action film dubs (Ip Man, War of the Arrows, Tai Chi Zero/Hero, Ice Man, and more). She has also provided vocals for various character songs and a few of FUNimation’s trailers.
She has been a stage actress most of her life and is currently studying opera and film. She resides in Dallas, Texas but also works in Los Angeles, California. Follow Alexis on Twitter @AlexisTiptonVA.
Harmony Gold has been active in the production, acquisition and distribution of quality programming worldwide since its inception in 1983, producing some of the television industry’s classic and history-making programs, including Shaka Zulu, Robotech, Macross, Heidi, and Around The World in Eighty Days, among many others.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Martin and his group Shinka Studios have been a staple of the Southern convention scene for several years. Best known for his appearance on Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay, Carl has been featured by Game Informer, Cosplay in America, Kotaku, and Forbes. Shinka Studios travels around the nation, judging contests, creating props and cosplays, and teaching others how to create via a compendium of knowledge gained over the years. In addition to Judging and emceeing cosplay contests across the nation, Carl has also served as a professional cosplay consultant for companies and enjoys participating in charities such as Extra Life and Children’s Hospitals.
Hailing from sunny Southern California, Sparkle Pipsi is a veteran cosplayer with over 10 years of experience creating and modeling costumes; she particularly loves dressing up as idols and magical girls! She has skills in sewing, prop and armor making, wig styling, and electronics, and is always on the lookout for a new crafting challenge. Pipsi has taken home several Master-class awards for her craftsmanship and presentations, both as an individual and as part of a group. As a panelist, she is excited to share her knowledge as a costume-maker with the attendees of NDK!
Teca is an award-winning cosplayer who has been cosplaying for over a decade. She’s worked in official industry events as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon for VizMedia, America from Hetalia for FUNimation, Kyouko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica for Aniplex, Marida Cruz from Gundam Unicorn for Bandai as well as various characters for Daisuki Inc and worked with bands such as Kalafina and CHEMISTRY. She has attended several cosplay events in Japan, including Comic Market (Comiket) and Osaka’s Comic Event. After studying gender-psychology at Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka, she continues to keep an active interest in Japanese pop culture and geo-political relations.
Featured Cultural Panelists
The Denver Buddhist Temple Minyou-kai is a recreational dance group that learns and performs Japanese folk dancing. We have been dancing since the mid- to late 1960s when the troupe was established by Colorado Issei and Nissei.
The minyou tradition of Japanese dance features dances of the 47 prefectures in the Japanese archipelago. Minyou songs and dances evolved from many types of pre-modern Japanese performing-arts traditions related to festivals and ceremonies. The dances celebrate the work, stories, and traditions of their locale.
Taiko with Toni
“TAIKO with TONI and LANCE” hope to entertain and educate while sharing our passion for taiko and what it means to us. We hope that the taiko will reach your heart and soul, and connect all of us who hear the thunderous rumble intermingled with the soothing voice of the bamboo flute. With traditional folksongs, contemporary compositions, and Japanese lullabies mixed with American traditional jazz – we bring the festival sound of Japan to you!
We have taught and performed taiko at many schools and festivals throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and California; and taught workshops at the “North American Taiko Conference” (Los Angeles/2005 and 2009, Seattle/2007). Toni and Lance have also performed with “Taikoza” (taiko group based in New York City) on the east coast and in England, Switzerland, and Russia.