Anime Expo 2004: Digimon Director Mamoru Hosoda to Headline

Apr 20th 2004
DIGIMON DIRECTOR MAMORU HOSODA TO HEADLINE
13TH ANNUAL ANIME EXPO, JULY 2-5, 2004

Viz Comics/Animerica, Geneon, and A.D. Vision Lead
Japanese Animation Invasion of
More than 20,000 Anime Fans and Professionals


Anaheim, California (April 20, 2004)—The Society for
the Promotion of Japanese Animation today officially
kicked off the 13th Annual Anime Expo 2004 (AX2004) by
announcing anime director Mamoru Hosoda as their
headline guest. Best known as the director for
"Digimon: The Movie" as well as the international hit
"Digimon" television series, Mr. Hosoda has also
worked extensively in commercial direction. His
credits include television commercials for firms such
as Louis Vuitton. This is his first visit to an
American anime convention.

Anime Expo 2004 (AX2004) is the largest anime
convention in the United States devoted to anime
(Japanese animation) and manga (comic books). More
than 20,000 fans and professionals from across the
country are expected to converge on the Anaheim
Convention Center July 2nd-5th, 2004. It's the
premiere anime event of the year that brings together
professionals and fans to discuss the latest
developments in anime, as it continues to take center
stage here in the U.S.

For more information, visit
http://www.anime-expo.org/.

Anime Expo serves to foster trade, commerce and the
interests of the animation and comics industry by
serving as a key meeting place for members of the
industry to conduct business. Almost all of the major
animation companies from Japan are represented at
Anime Expo, including A.D. Vision, Geneon, and Viz
Comics.

AX2004 will host panel discussions, video and film
programming, workshops, masquerade events, karaoke
contests, anime art exhibitions and much more. A
center piece of the Expo are the Cosplay (costume
play) events, where participants dress up and compete
as their favorite anime characters.

The cost to attend the three-day expo is $45; One Day
Pass: $25; Two Day Pass: $40; Children: $20 (12 years
and under; 5 and under free if accompanied by member).
Parental advisory: Some anime and manga content
contains adult themes.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 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.

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