Metrocon 2004 Announces Anime Human Chess Match

Feb 26th 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2004



CASTING CALL!

Cat Girls and School Girls Face-Off at

METROCON 2's Anime Human Chess Match

July 9-11, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza – Tampa at Sabal Park



TAMPA BAY, FL, February 26, 2004 – “Cat Girls versus School Girls” will be just one of showdowns at METROCON'S Anime Human Chess Match, which will take place during the Tampa Bay, Florida-based anime convention, during the weekend of July 9-11, 2004, at the Crowne Plaza - Tampa at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave.



METROCON 2004 is now accepting applications for a variety of in-costume roles. Interested cosplayers and actors can visit www.metroconventions.com for more details about cast member responsibilities and requirements, as well as images of the anime characters participating in the chess match. Applications are due by Saturday, April 3, and cast members will be announced shortly afterward.



METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment – from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by “idols”) to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games. More than 1,600 Japanese animation fans turned out for 2003's inaugural event, establishing a new, first-year attendance record for Florida anime conventions.



This year's events are scheduled to include: - The second edition of the “Anime Idol” J-Pop/J-Rock Competition; - An art show and Artists' Alley; - A cosplay competition and a runway-style costume contest; - A dealers'/exhibition room; - “DDR Extreme” Tournaments; - An Anime Music Video contest; - Panels with North American anime industry guests including Greg Ayres, Katie Bair, Robert and Emily DeJesus, Vic Mignogna, Christopher Patton and Monica Rial; - Dances and karaoke; - The METROCADE video game room; and last – but certainly not least – 212 continuous hours of Japanese animation and related programming.



Membership rates for METROCON 2004 are as follows:

- Three-Day Membership (Friday, Saturday and Sunday):

o Adults: $25 advance (through June 26, 2004) | $30 at-the-door;

o Children, 6-10: $10 advance (through June 26, 2004) | $15 at-the-door, with paid adult admission;

o Children, under 5: Free, with paid adult admission.



- Two-Day Membership (Two of the three days):

o Adults: $20 advance (through June 26, 2004) | $25 at-the-door;

o Children, 6-10: $8 advance (through June 26, 2004) | $10 at-the-door, with paid adult admission;

o Children, under 5: Free, with paid adult admission.



- One-Day Membership (One of the three days):

o Adults: $10 per day, advance (through June 26, 2004) |

$15 per day, at-the-door;

o Children, 6-10: $5 per day, advance (through June 26, 2004) |

$8 per day, at-the-door, with paid adult admission;

o Children, under 5: Free, with paid adult admission.



For information about pre-registration rates for groups of 10 or more, e-mail [email protected] The METROCON site also includes information about hotel reservations, including the special METROCON room rate of $78 per night.



Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.



METROCON is presented by AnimeMetro.com, AnimeNation and AN Entertainment, and Available Sound.

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