Anime Sound & Vision in Chicago

May 31st 2004
ANIME SOUND & VISION PRESENTS UNIQUE ANIME “EVENT”
New event to promote Japanese culture readies for 2004 launch


Chicago, IL - June 1, 2004 - Different from a run-of-the-mill
convention, Anime Sound & Vision (animesoundvision.com) is a true “event” with
the purpose of promoting Japanese culture through the use of Japanese
actors, martial artists, live Japanese "wadaiko" (drum) music, cosplay,
anime industry experts….and more! “Having lived in Japan for eight
years and visited many conventions in both the US and Japan, I've come to
realize that just sitting around watching anime leaves the average fan
unsatisfied,” says Joe Palermo, one of the co-founders of Anime Sound &
Vision. “The worldwide popularity of anime has created a hunger for
knowledge of the Japanese culture and lifestyle. We are striving to
begin filling that void with this event.”

Anime Sound & Vision has already confirmed some major talent in
producer Hiroaki Inoue and martial artist group Kamui as its first two guests
of 2004.

Hiroaki Inoue has been in the anime business for over 25 years and is a
producer at AIC Studios in Japan. He is also one of the co-founders of
Gainax (Evangelion). Among his many production credits are AD Police,
Armitage III (OAV), Blue Gender, Bubblegum Crisis, Macross II, and
Moldiver, amongst many more.

Kamui is an acting group of sword-fighting specialists founded 4 years
ago. They have most recently been featured in the movie KILL BILL and
have done the sword fighting choreography and teaching for that movie as
well.

Tetsuro Shimaguchi, Hiroaki Kawaguchi and Takashi Fukuda from Kamui
will be performing at Anime Sound & Vision. They do a traditional martial
arts show with a collaboration of modern arts and new music.

In their words, they are "trying to keep the original spirit of
Japanese swordmanship alive, and want to preserve this ancient and specialist
type of swordplay as a Japanese art form, which can be shown all over
the world."

Anime Sound & Vision will be held at the Holiday Inn - O'Hare in
Rosemont, IL on Nov. 19 & 20.

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