Monthly Archives: June 2008

BLAZBLUE LOCATION TEST TOUR ANNOUNCED

On behalf of Arc System Works, Aksys Games, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment products, is pleased to announce the very first Location Test Tour for BLAZBLUE (Arcade version) in
America!  To commemorate the tour, Aksys Games will be working with the biggest anime convention in America, to host our very first location test. The location test will last for all four days of Anime Expo®, at the console gaming room.

³ This is a very big year for fighting games, so we’re very excited to be working with Arc System Works in bringing you this very rare opportunity to let U.S. gamers try out BLAZBLUE at Anime Expo®, ³ said Akibo Shieh, president of Aksys Games. ³If you’re a fighting game fan, you owe it to yourself to come check out one of the most beautiful 2D games ever made. ³  ³Anime Expo® is proud and honored to have Arc System Works premier and test their latest fighting game, BLAZBLUE, in our console gaming room.  In the tradition of Arc System Works¹ GUILTY GEAR series, BLAZBLUE will stun with it¹s amazing character designs and non stop action. Our attendees are in for a special treat!² states Anime Expo® 2008 Interactive Division Director Joe Woo.

BLAZBLUE LOCATION TEST TOUR INFO

1st  Location Test  

WHAT: BLAZBLUE Location Test

WHEN:     July 3 ­ July 6 10 AM ­ 5 PM

WHERE:   Anime Expo® 2008 
              Los Angeles Convention Center 
              Console Gaming Room

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2007 convention at www.AXBackstage.org <http://www.AXBackstage.org> .

ANIME EXPO® 2008 ALTERNATES YOUR VISION

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Launches New ³Sneak Peek² Videos 

Anime Expo® 2008 and Alternate
Vision Productions presents a new promotional video with a ³sneak peek² of Anime Expo® 2008 will be 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> .

Three current (3) videos are available for viewing on the convention¹s official website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .  There is an initial ³welcome² piece, a ³Sneak Peek² on the highly popular Masquerade/AX Idol Events and a quick introduction to some of the 2008
Guests of Honor.

More original videos and unique programming will be available on the AXBackstage site (www.axbackstage.org <http://www.axbackstage.org> ) and on select Anime Expo® Official hotel Dark Channels. 

The full list of official Anime Expo® 2008 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, renowned animator Hiromi Kato, celebrated veteran voice actor Toshihiko Seki, the new Japanese ³It-Girl² Shokotan and the legendary character
designer Takada Akemi.

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> . Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular non-hotel attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services during designated hours as well. All schedules and routes will be posted in the lobby of each shuttle hotel. Frequency of service is pending local traffic, road conditions and can change without notice.  Also, no shuttle service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the Figueroa Hotel (both are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center). 

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2007 convention at www.AXBackstage.org <http://www.AXBackstage.org> . 
This year¹s Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television. Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios.  Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga Publishing.  Silver Sponsor is Gaia Online.  Patron Sponsors are Central Park Media and COPIC Markers.
 

ANIME EXPO® 2008 PRESENTS THE 3RD ANNUAL SPJA INDUSTRY CONFERENCE KEY NOTES AND PANELS

Executives Gather to Discuss Relevant Industry Issues of Present and Ideas for the Future of Anime and Manga

With questions about the industries and its future, the 3rd Annual SPJA Industry Conference will be
presenting key note speeches from industry leaders as well as panel discussions regarding pertinent industry issues of the present and possible solutions for the future.  The 3rd Annual SPJA Industry Conference at Anime Expo® 2008 will be 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> .

Key note speeches will be provided by representatives from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Japan External Trade Organization, FUNimation and Crunchyroll.

Panel will be moderated by key editors and journalists from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Anime Insider, Otaku U.S.A. and the Anime News Network.  Participants include executives from Anime News Network, Axis Entertainment, CMX, Crunchyroll, Dark Horse Comics, Digital Manga
Publishing, FUNimation, GDH K.K., Go! Comi, MTV, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Spike TV, The Right Stuf International, TokyoPop, Tomy Corporation and Viz Media, LLC. Panel topics include:

ANIME IN THE U.S.: FANSUBS-THE DEATH OF ANIME?
Fansubs: they’re the giant pink elephant in the room that no one wants to
talk about. But with the anime DVD industry declining at a rate of 20% a
year in the States–while anime fandom continues to boom as indicated by
increasing convention attendance numbers and expanding TV anime hours–it’s
time to talk problems and solutions.

MANGA IN THE U.S.: MANGA-ULTIMATE PUBLISHER SHOWDOWN 2008
The American manga industry is still going strong, but what¹s next? Will
OEL, manhwa and digital delivery change the future? What about the shakeups
and magazine cancellations sweeping the manga industry in Japan? Join
America¹s premiere manga publishers for a no-holds-barred discussion.

TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT AND LICENSING
The stage is being set for massive change in technology, electronic
entertainment and licensing. New technologies, such as BluRay, have been
disrupting current business models and are creating entirely new ones in
their place. Mobile operators have aggressively pursued services and
channels, including games and programs, to boost data spending.
Cross-licensing, synchronized releases of products, combined with marketing
plans designed to leverage shared audiences, are rewriting the way companies
market properties, drive revenues and, most importantly, work in
partnerships with others. Mobile entertainment, product development, and
electronic entertainment executives discuss how their interests and
objectives dovetail with those of the anime and manga industries. What are
they looking for from their alliance with the growing industry? How do anime
and manga enhance their own brands? Where are the untapped opportunities for
collaboration? Are there efforts to develop original and unique Intellectual
Properties through early collaboration? How are these other industries
enhancing their profits by maximizing their relationship with the anime and
manga industries? As the success of each entertainment silo begins to depend
increasingly gains of others, knowing how our potential partners think can
only translate into better business opportunities for all.

THE FUTURE OF ANIME IN MOVIES, TELEVISION, VIDEO GAMES, ONLINE AND CABLE
Anime and manga have infiltrated mainstream entertainment with major movie
releases, TV programming and even dedicated channels. As the success of each
entertainment silo begins to depend increasingly on the gains of others,
knowing how our potential partners think can only translate into better
business opportunities for all. Executives from the film, television,
electronic entertainment, cable and internet industries will discuss their
interests and objectives with respect to anime and manga. What are they
looking for from their alliance with the industry? How do anime and manga
enhance their own brands? Where are the untapped opportunities for
collaboration? Are their efforts to develop original and unique Intellectual
Properties through early collaboration? In what ways are their relationships
with the anime and manga industries enhancing their profits?

SCHEDULE:

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS/PANELISTS
THURSDAY; 11:00 am
Trulee Karahashi-Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Chief
Executive Officer

THURSDAY; 3:30 pm
Shigeru Kimura-Japan External Trade Organization, Chief Executive Director

FRIDAY; 10:00 am
Gen Fukunaga-FUNimation, Chief Executive Officer

Saturday; 10:00 am
Vu Nguyen-Crunchyroll, Vice President-Business Development and Strategy

ANIME IN THE U.S.: FANSUBS-THE DEATH OF ANIME?
Date, Time:  Thursday; 11:30 am

MANGA IN THE U.S.: MANGA-ULTIMATE PUBLISHER SHOWDOWN 2008
Date, Time: 4:00 pm

TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT AND LICENSING
Date, Time:  Friday; 10:30 am

THE FUTURE OF ANIME IN MOVIES, TELEVISION, VIDEO GAMES, ONLINE AND CABLE
Date, Time:  Saturday; 10:30 am

The 3rd Annual SPJA Industry Conference is ONLY open to members of the Press
and Industry. Location of events are listed in the Industry and Press
offices during the convention.

 

CRUNCHYROLL AND T.O ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ONLINE DISTRIBUTION AND PROMOTION PARTNERSHIP

Exclusive Previews and Videos to Precede Online World Première of EGG MAN

Crunchyroll (www.crunchyroll.com), the leading destination for Asian content on the Internet, and T.O Entertainment, a leading Tokyo-based media production and literary management company, have entered into a strategic partnership to showcase the upcoming computer animated, EGG MAN on Crunchyroll’s service.

³By partnering with Crunchyroll in a controlled release, we will be able to build and then capitalize on the awareness of our content,² said Takeichi Honda, President & CEO of T.O Entertainment. ³We are looking forward to not just showcasing our film, but being able to be a part of the community and
provide them what they want.² In July, T.O Entertainment’s digital channel on Crunchyroll will début a
never before seen trailer for the upcoming EGG MAN film, a computer animated film based off of story in the book, ³ Monologues of Universal Transverse Mercator,² published by Kobunsha. During the rest of the Summer, T.O will continue to release clips, trailers, and behind the scenes footage, leading
up to the Fall where T.O will make the entirety of EGG MAN available outside of Japan on Crunchyroll along with exclusive merchandise just for Crunchyroll.

³Through close collaboration with T.O Entertainment, we will be able to support their content not just in video, but in the full spectrum of media,² said Vu Nguyen, co-founder of Crunchyroll. ³We are excited about being able to give the fans what they want.² Winner of the prestigious Japanese Konomys award for mystery literature, ³Monologues of Universal Transverse Mercator² is written by the critically-acclaimed Mr. Yumeaki Hirayama.

 

CLASS IN SESSION! ANIME EXPO® & BANG ZOOM ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT VOICE ACTING 101 CLASSES

Learn to Voice Act at Anime Expo® 2008 with Bang Zoom! Entertainment

This year, Anime Expo® has teamed with Bang Zoom!® Entertainment to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo® 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom!® Entertainment¹s new DVD release of
ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING-Volume One; there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders¹ tips, general discussions and chances to dub with a professional audio engineer. Anime Expo® 2008 will be 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> .   Participants will gain insights into practical dubbing techniques; be able to interact with accomplished figures in the industry and have the
opportunity to ask questions within an intimate setting. Several attendees who register early may even be able to perform live! The workshops will be held throughout all four days of the convention with limited spaces available for attendees. To pre-register and obtain more information, please
go to Bang Zoom!® Entertainment¹s Exhibit Hall booth (#811) at this year¹s Anime Expo® 2008.

The Adventures in Voice Acting DVD, exclusively available for purchase at the Bang Zoom® booth, is the perfect companion for aspiring voice actors who are interested in these workshops. The Adventures in Voice Acting DVD is an episodic view into the world of voice artistry.  Aspiring voice actors and enthusiasts interested in voice acting get advice and perspective from pros such as Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Square Pants), Michelle Rodriguez (Lost), Lance Henricksen (Aliens), Wendee Lee, Steve Blum and many more.   Never before documented, professional voice artists share personal stories, struggles, successes and practical tips on what it takes to make it in this
competitive business.

ANIME EXPO® 2008 & INTERMIXI TOURS TO GIVE AWAY TRIP TO JAPAN AT JYUKAI CONCERT

One Lucky Winner Will Experience the Ultimate Japan Trip

Love Jyukai? Fans of Yoko Ishida?  Want to experience Kyoto?  Get wild in Osaka? See the all that is anime/manga in Tokyo?  Attend the Tokyo Anime Fair?  Be part of the Tokyo Game Show?  Anime
Expo® 2008 and Intermixi Japan Tours will be giving away an ultimate trip to Japan to a Jyukai Concert premium ticket holder at the Jyukai Concert with special guest Yoko Ishida at Anime Expo® 2008!  The lucky winner will be announced at the Jyukai Concert held at Anime Expo® 2008.  Anime Expo® 2008
will be 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> .

One (1) lucky Jyukai Concert premium ticket attendee will win an all expense paid trip (including roundtrip airfare, hotel, excursions, some meals and much more) courtesy of Intermixi Japan Tours.  Winners will be able to choose from the following seasonal tours (as available): 
·     Kame Hame Kansai Tour
·     Neo Tokyo Tour
·     Tokyo Game Show Tour

For full description of tours, please go to www.intermixi.com.

ANIME EXPO® 2008 PURSUES BEAUTY AND CUTENESS

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes Famed Character Designer

Anime Expo® proudly announces famed
character designer Akemi Takada 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> .

Ms. Takada¹s has always pursued the theme of ³beauty and cuteness² throughout her career as a character designer.  She studied graphic design at Tama Art University and joined the Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd upon graduation.  Some of Ms. Takada¹s work include such memorable titles like
URUSEI YATSURA, CREAMY MAMI, KIMAGURE ORAGNE ROAD and MOBILE POLICE
PATLABOR. 

Akemi Takada joins up and coming director Masahiro Ando, legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai, renowned animator Hiromi Kato, celebrated veteran voice actor Toshihiko Seki and the new Japanese ³It-Girl² Shokotan in Anime Expo® 2008¹s amazing line up of Guests of Honor.