Anime USA Welcomes DJ Hazelnut and DJ Naughty Bitz

DJ Hazelnut

 Photo courtesy of Subdance and InMotion Photography

Michael was introduced to the decks in ‘09. He was determined to gain experience and knowledge with every aspect of DJ’ing & Turntableism and after learning the basics on Dj software, he picked up CDJ’s with months of practice. Soon after, he learned to play on Vinyl. Since the beginning of 2011, Hazelnut has been fortunate enough to play in clubs all over the DMV sharing the stage with acts such as Savant, Danny the Wildchild, Urban Assault; Gangsta Fun; Optiv; DJ Micro; LTJ Bukem; LJ MTX and much more amazing talent! Gaining experience playing almost every genre, Hazelnut’s taste and sets always vary; Guaranteed to please! Mainly sticking to Drum & Bass nowadays, there’s always a chance to hear a wide range but not limited to Electro Fidget, Funky Disco, with hints of Booty Swing’n House and Hip-hop Mashups. All the way to his original passion – UK Hardcore. Step by step, Hazelnut will make your feet move!

DJ Naughtybitz

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Ricardo experienced his 1st party when going to Otakon 2009 and going to the Otaku Rave that was held there with his friends and after that weekend of raving for the first time he was hooked. He and his friends started attending more rave parties and eventually Ricardo fell so much in love with the music that he wanted to learn how to spin. He always loved Happy Hardcore and Uk Hardcore and began spinning that in February of 2010. His alias came to be when one night he was talking to his good friend Link and asked him what his DJ name should be.   His friend told him Naughty Bitz as a joke, but Ricardo loved it and said, “I’m definitely going with that!” Eventually, Naughty Bitz started growing tired of the “happy” tracks and started finding dirty heavy Uk Hardcore, Freeform Hardcore (Trance fused Hardcore) and Breakbeat Hardcore. He experimented on spinning other genres like House, Electro and Fidget and eventually he found out that it didn’t fulfill his needs as a DJ and started messing with Drum & Bass and Drumstep.   He immediately fell in love with DnB as well and now incorporates Uk Hardcore, Freeform, Breakbeat Hardcore, Drum & Bass and Drumstep in his live sets! So, as long as there’s a party, an after party, or just people kicking it, Naughty Bitz always brings the noise. Ranging from Uk Hardcore, Freeform, Videogame Hardcore to Drum & Bass and Drumstep, he can always keep the party going and the crowd moving. With a passion for the scene he’s always bringing you the most distinct tracks full of crowd pleasing flavor. If you haven’t caught a Naughty Bitz set be sure not to miss one; you will be asking for more.

Anime USA Welcomes Aeric Holbrook

Aeric HolbrookFor Aeric, it all started when he got hooked on early morning anime as an elementary school kid, which led to active volunteering at conventions, study abroad in Japan, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies. The adventure continued from there with his transition to DC to be a Committee Chair for the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival and receive a research-focused Master’s degree (M.A.Ed.H.D.) in International Education focusing on Japan. With a background in research on internationalization, study abroad, cross-cultural communications, and pop culture, he has enjoyed working in a number of educational programs with students and their interests in Japan. Though currently managing several exchange programs in Japan, Aeric has fun visiting conventions and sharing his experiences, research, and study abroad know-how with all.

Check out the Japan+theWorld Podcast, hosted by Aeric at

Twitter: @jpworldpod

Anime USA Welcomes Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as the Female Crusader in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Kurutsu in Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mrs. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Sei in Alpha Protocol and Nora in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geas. Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

Anime USA is very excited to have her with us this year, so come meet Mary this Halloween weekend, October 30th – November 1st!

The Grand Return of Steve Blum!

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games!

We are very excited to have him with us this year, so come meet Steve at Anime USA this Halloween weekend, October 30th – November 1st!

Here Comes Lord Ramirez!

Lord RamirezAn expert on plenty of areas in Japanese culture, Lord Ramirez returns for another year of Anime USA! From steampunk to kabuki, Ramirez has donned many costumes in his travels from convention to convention. He’s uniquely equipped to handle a huge variety of topics, from costuming/makeup, dance, and plenty of knowledge about Japan (We recommend the Kabuki panel.) Catch Lord Ramirez and his outrageous outfits this year at Anime USA!

Anime USA Welcomes Patrick Drazen

Patrick Drazen

Patrick Drazen holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, both in Communications. His Japanese pop culture education, however, started before he was ten years old, when he saw the first anime to ever be released in America: “Alakazam the Great!”, a dubbed version of the legend of Son-Goku the monkey-king. The Eighties saw the publication of Schodt’s “Manga! Manga!” and the appearance of consumer VCRs that could play Japanese tapes, and that settled it. His search to examine the media of manga and anime, and the culture that gave rise to them, led to his 2002 book “Anime Explosion” (2nd edition 2014) and “A Gathering of Spirits: Japan’s Ghost Story Tradition” (2011). Drazen has served on the Editorial Board of the Mechademia journal, and has lectured at venues from Yaoi-con in San Francisco to Anime Central in Chicago to Armageddicon in Columbus; he was also the Emcee at the Smithsonian Institution’s 2006 Anime Marathon.

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe Enlightens us at Anime USA!

Sarah Hodge-WetherbeAnime USA is excited to announce that fandom and geek culture panelist Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will be joining us this year! We know that she’ll provide plenty of entertainment no matter who you’re a fan of! On top of her usual fandom offerings, which carry across a huge spectrum of fan topics, she’ll be doing some Halloween and supernatural panels to go with our special holiday weekend! We’re excited to welcome Sarah as she brings a life of fun and fandom to us here at Anime USA. You can learn more about her here.

Anime USA Welcomes Brandon Potter

Brandon Potter

In 2006 Brandon Potter got his start in the anime world by starring as Sven Vollfied in the series, Black Cat. Since then he’s appeared in scores of shows like One Piece, Dragonball Z, School Rumble, Space Dandy, Aquarion, Darker than Black, Eureka Seven: AO, Michiko and Hatchin, and Tokyo Ghoul. Not only is he prolific voice actor he’s also written for a number of shows, most notably, One Piece. He even gets to direct from time to time. Basically, for the last 10 years Brandon has been working at Funimation making silly voices in a dark booth, or helping other people make silly voices in a dark booth.

We are very excited to have him with us this year, so come meet Brandon at Anime USA this Halloween weekend, October 30th – November 1st!

Anime USA Welcomes Wendee Lee

Wendee LeeWendee Lee is one of the premiere American voice artists and voice directors in anime, games and films. With a career spanning over three decades she holds a record as one the most credited voice actresses in North America, and was recently named one of the Top Twenty voice artists of all time.

Her characters include Haruhi from “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” Queen Serenity in “Sailor Moon,” Yoruichi, Tatsuki & Ururu in “Bleach,” Kagero in “Ninja Scroll,” Kei in “Akira,” Charlotte in “Vampire Hunter D,” and the iconic femme fatale Faye Valentine from “Cowboy Bebop.”  She recently teamed up with Steve Blum once again in the leading role of Angela in the feature film “Expelled from Paradise.”  Her credits also include Captain Kobayashi in “Knights of Sidonia,” Shura in “Blue Exorcist,” Svetlana Belikova in “Resident Evil Damnation,” Nefera De Nile in “Monster High,” and Chrissie in “Polly Pockets.”  For a full listing of her work, check her out on Wikipedia.

Anime USA is very excited to have her with us this year, so come meet her this Halloween weekend, October 30th – November 1st!