Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie, and continued with shows including: Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential. She was also Assistant Director for stage productions such as Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Batboy the Musical, as well as the Greek comedy, Lysistrata.
Within that world behind the Mic: As a Voice-over Actress, she is most known for roles such as Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5, Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend, Kyoko Sakura in Madoka Magica, Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V, Little Queen in Tales of Graces, Boiboi in REDLINE, Squigly in Skullgirls, Leia in Tales of Xillia, Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians!
She has had several 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!
Sho Asano was born in March of 1990. He started playing Tsugaru shamisen at the age of five.
In 2004, at the age of 14, he became the youngest champion in Class A of the Tsugaru shamisen national contest, which is the most competitive of its kind in Japan. Then, three successive victories were achieved between 2004 and 2006, winning him wide acclaim as Japan’s young NO.1 Tsugaru shamisen player.
He has performed in the Netherlands, Canada, the United States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and France. His new album, recorded in New York in September 2012, is now available in music stores.
Taishi Yamabe, born in 1988 in Kurashiki City of the Okayama prefecture, has been performing the Taiko since he was three years old. At age six, he became a member of a local Taiko group, "Kurashiki Tenryou Taiko", and performed on stage for his first time.
In 2004, Mr. Yamabe participated in the Tokyo International Japanese Taiko contest held by and left with a gold prize as the youngest champion. Since then, people have been noticing him as a young genius. With his outstanding sense of rhythm and skilled drum techniques, Mr. Yamabe is able to express music at will. His original form of playing the Taiko is a technique that he has developed by repeating powerful performances day after day.
Currently, Mr. Yamabe performs not only in Japan but in foreign countries, has founded the Taiko group "Yamabe Taishi and Tenryou Taiko 'Ittou' ", composes music, and actively performs together with other music genres.
Mr. Yoh Yoshinari - Director of Little Witch Academia and Set Design of Kill la Kill
Mr. Yuji Kaneko - Art Director of Little Witch Academia and Kill la Kill
Mr. Takafumi Hori - Animator of Little Witch Academia and Kill la Kill
KOTOKO has performed numerous anime theme songs including “Re-sublimity” from Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (8th on the Oricon charts), “Being” from Shakugan no Shana (4th on the Oricon charts), and “Hayate no Gotoku” from Hayate the combat Butler! (7th on the Oricon charts). Many of her songs have hit the top of the charts, and she continues to enthuse her fans with her music.
KOTOKO has also had many successful solo concerts in some of the biggest concert halls in Japan. In December of 2006, she performed a solo concert in Yokohama Arena. In January of 2010, she performed a solo concert in Nippon Budoukan. Also popular overseas, in North American KOTOKO has performed at Anime EXPO 2005 in Anaheim, California, Anime North 2006 in Toronto, Canada, and A-kon in Dallas, Texas. In 2011, KOTKO left the creator group called “I’ve” to seek out new challenges and possibilities. In October of 2011, her 5th album “Hiraku Uchuu Pocket” and 20th single “Light My Fire”, in May of 2012, the newest single, “→unfinished→” came out. From March of 2012, her concerts were succeeded in Tokyo, Osaka, Chiba, Shanghai, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In 2014, her major debut 10th year anniversary, KOTOKO announced the tour all over Japan.