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> .