Monthly Archives: May 2008

SEIYUU SEKI TO ATTEND ANIME EXPO® 2008

Prolific Voice Actor of Over 180 Roles To Attend Nation’s Largest Anime/Manga Convention As An Official Guest of Honor
Anime Expo® 2008 announces the
attendance of the extremely popular and prolific seiyuu (seiyū, seiyuu or
seiyu (声優) is a Japanese vocal actor) Toshihiko Seki as an official Guest
of Honor to this year’s Anime Expo® 2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los
Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.  More information can be found
on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> . 

Born on June 11 in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan, Toshihiko Seki first debuted as a voice actor during college in a radio drama series.  Mr. Seki’s first lead voice actor role was in a television science fiction anime series  Akai Koudan Zillion (Red Photon Zillion).  Amongst his many roles, Mr. Seki’s best known voice acting role is that of Genjo Sanzo from the animation Saiyuki and as Shurato from Tenku Senki Shurato.  Mr. Seki also has a long running radio program called Ruby ni Kichizuke (Kissing
Ruby-Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc.) and has also appeared in educational television programs as the character Toshi-kun in Fue wa Utau (Recorder Sings-NHK). Mr. Seki was also awarded the Synergy Award for Kamen Rider Denoh in the Seiyuu Awards of 2008.
Mr. Seki has appeared in other major titles including:

·     Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula (Bleed Kaga)
·     Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Duo Maxwell)
·     F (Akagi Gunma)
·     YAWARA! (Matsuda Kosaku)
·     Nintama Rantaro (Doi Hansuke)
·     Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (Rau Le Creuset)
·     Angelique (Luva)
·     Mirage of Blaze (Ougi Takaya)
·     Ranma 1/2 Netto-hen (Mousse)
·     Naruto (Iruka)
·     Kamen Rider Denoh (Momotarosu)

Toshihiko Seki joins up and coming director Masahiro Ando, legendary
American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka,
the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the new Japanese “It-Girl” Shokotan in
Anime Expo® 2008’s amazing line up of Guests of Honor.

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NATION¹S BEST MASQUERADE SHOW GOES ONLINE

‹Anime Expo® 2008 will be accepting
online applications for one of the most highlighted and enduring traditions
of the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention-the Masquerade held at
this year¹s Anime Expo® 2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the
website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> . 

Amateur costumers hailing from around the world have graced our stage with
their wonderful costumes and performances. Interested parties will be able
to register, as a contestant, online on May 19, 2008 after 6:00 pm PST at
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> 

Masquerade contestants come for the fame, the glory and that huge trophy,
³Best of Show².  Some of the other coveted Masquerade awards are: 

* Top 4 Awards: These category of awards are presented to the entries that
have shown the best combination of both Presentation and Costume
Craftsmanship. To be eligible for these awards, all costumes of an entry
must be presented at the Preliminary Costume Judging. Any entry that fails
this requirement will not be eligible for any Top 4 Awards. 

* Craftsmanship Awards: These category of awards are presented to the
entries that have shown excellent costume craftsmanship and construction.
The awards are separated by Group and Individual achievement. Individual
entries are further separated into the four skill levels as previously
defined. There are two awards per skill level. To be eligible for these
awards, all costumes of an entry must be presented at the Preliminary
Costume Judging. Any entry that fails this requirement will not be
considered for the Craftsmanship Awards. 

* Presentation Awards: These category of awards are presented to the entries
that have shown excellent stage presentation. This can be either by a
performance or a simple exhibition of a costume. The awards are separated by
Group and Individual achievement. Skill levels are not factored into these
awards. 

* Judges Awards: These category of awards are selected by the Judges for
entries they deem worthy of award but did not fit any of the previous
categories. Each Judge may present one award based on their personal
selection. 

Additional award categories and information can be found at
www.anime-expo.org. 

Current list of official Guests of Honor include up and coming director
Masahiro Ando, legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON
director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the new
Japanese ³It-Girl² Shokotan in Anime Expo® 2008¹s amazing line up of Guests
of Honor. 

Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add
on orders for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online
Registration Area at www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Anime Expo Announces the Latest Guest of Honor

Anime Expo® 2008 announces the attendance
of Masahiro Ando as an official Guest of Honor to this year¹s Anime Expo®
2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los
Angeles, CA.  More information can be found on the website
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> . 

Masahiro Ando 

 Born in Hokkaido, Masahiro Ando has played a key role in the creation of
 many popular animation features and TV series.  He has also been involved in
 production, mainly with BONES. Mr. Ando is most well known for his
 involvement with such features as COWBOY BEBOP: KNOCKIN¹ ON HEAVEN¹S DOOR,
 JIN-ROH, METROPOLIS and GHOST IN THE SHELL.  He has also worked on the
 storyboard and production of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (TV/Film)². 

 Mr. Ando¹s current work includes his debut as the director of SWORD OF THE
 STRANGER-a historical action animation set in feudal Japan five hundred
 years ago revolving around the friendship between two people with tragic
 pasts, a fiercely powerful warrior ³No Name² (Ronin) who has vowed to give
 up his sword and a ³boy² who has lost his parents and has a contract out on
 his life. 

 Masahiro Ando joins legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed
POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the
new Japanese ³It-Girl² Shokotan in Anime Expo® 2008¹s amazing line up of
Guests of Honor.