ANIME EXPO(r) 2007 ANNOUNCES FAMED GUEST OF HONOR
FROM TOEI ANIMATION'S ONE PIECE
Nation's Expo Brings Famed Director to Highly Anticipated Convention
Anaheim, California (May 16, 2007) — Animation director Eisaku Inoue is the
latest addition to the hottest line up of Anime Expo(r) 2007 Guests of Honors
for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach
Convention Center. More information can be found on the website
As a child, born in the Kanagawa prefecture, Eisaku Inoue was hooked on
drawing his favorite robot characters including classics like Mazinger Z.
It was the Leiji Matsumoto's pioneering Space Battleship Yamato that
galvanized Mr. Inoue's intentions on pursuing his passions professionally in
the animation industry.
Mr. Inoue has been involved in a great number of projects most notably,
Devil Boy (Akuma-kun), Saint Seiya, Madoh Oh Granzort, Tenchi Muyo!
Ryo-Ohki, DNA², Street Fighter, B'TX, and Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter
-Sanctuary, etc. on which he served as animation director. Also, he served
as key animator on Gunbuster, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 - Digimon Hurricane,
DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 - Revenge of Diaboromon、Iriya's Sky, the Summer with
UFO, etc. On One Piece, he serves as chief animation director while creating
the storyboards for the TV series. Moreover, Mr. Inoue has served as chief
character designer and chief animation director for One Piece movies One
Piece - Adventure of Spiral Island, One Piece the Movie: The Mecha Soldier
of Karakuri Castle and the recent hit One Piece the Movie: Episode of
Alabasta Kingdom – The Pirates and the Princess of the Desert.
Eisaku Inoue joins Tetsuro Araki, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and
ORESKABAND as Anime Expo(r) 2007 Official Guests of Honor.
First time exhibitor, Toei Animation, will also bring renowned animation
director, Konosuke Uda, to the convention as their special guest. Uda has
director numerous series including One Piece, Sailormoon, Ge-Ge-Ge no
Kitaro, Young Kindaichi's Case Book and Moon Guardian.
All registrants who register before the end of May are automatically placed
into the drawing. Those who have already pre-registered are also
automatically entered into this drawing. Secure pre-registration can be
done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi.
Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for
Anime Expo(r) 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at
About Anime Expo(r)
Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo(r), the nation's largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as
a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2007 will be held June 29 – July 2, 2007 at
the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV
Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go!
Media, Infinity Studios, Informasian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times.
More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo(r). More
information can be found at its website (www.spja.org).
About Toei Animation Inc.
Coming off the heels of Toei Animation's 50th anniversary, Toei Animation
Inc. (TAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
established in Los Angeles in 2004, looks forward to spreading the
world-renowned Japanese animation studio's extensive library and pursuing
co-production projects in North and Latin America and other English-speaking
territories worldwide. With a rich catalogue of unique animated properties
including such famous titles and franchises as Digimon, Dragonball,
Sailormoon, Saint Seiya, One Piece, Magical DoReMi, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and
Beet the Vandel Buster, Toei Animation offers children all over the world
the ability to dream. With an eye on the global market, Toei Animation is
focusing its efforts in the company's Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los
Angeles offices. The main business operations of TAI include film licensing
in all media and emerging platforms, merchandise licensing and
co-productions with local establishments. Looking ahead to the next 50
years, TAI is committed to the challenge of marrying its carious assets with
cutting edge technologies such as VOD, the Internet and mobile media to best
deliver the company's message of unbound dreams to this and future
generations. Dream Ahead – Toei Animation.
The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Anime Expo(r)/SPJA's actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
In addition, if you pre-register for it before May 31, 2007,
Anaheim, California (May 15, 2007) — Anime Expo continues bringing amazing prizes the month of May. By just registering for the nation’s largest Anime/Manga convention (June 29, 2007-July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center), fans can win amazing prizes from eFrontier, Square Enix and Toei Animation. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
• Anime Studio 5 (Standard Edition) Create Your Own Cartoons & Animations from eFrontier
• Manga Studio 3.0 Debut from eFrontier
• FINAL FANTASY XI Online PC- Vana’Diel Collection 2007 from Square Enix-Includes the complete original game plus three expansion packs
• ONE PIECE figure key chains (Luffy and Zoro) from Banpresto provided by Toei Animation, Inc.
All registrants who register before the end of May are automatically placed into the drawing. Those who have already pre-registered are also automatically entered into this drawing. Secure pre-registration can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi.
More info to come… maybe.