Bandai Plans for Anime Expo

Jun 29th 2004
Bandai Entertainment Set to Turn Up the Summer Heat with New Product Launches and Announcements at This Year's Anime Expo 2004

Held July 2-5 in Anaheim, CA

Cypress, CA (June 29, 2004) -Bandai Entertainment, the premiere distributor of Japanese animation in North America and major sponsor for this year's Anime Expo, is set to turn up the summer heat with new product launches and announcements at this years event. As one of the largest participating exhibitors at this year's Anime Expo, Bandai Entertainment (Booth #509) will be hosting a variety of on-going events, gaming demonstrations, and giveaways throughout the weekend.

Planned activities include:

  • Upcoming DVD release promotional giveaways of 'Wolf's Rain' beanies and
    'Gundam Seed' t-shirts throughout the weekend at the show

  • Live Demonstration of Decipher's '.hack//ENEMY' Collectible Card Game

  • Live Demonstration of Bandai America's new anime collectible miniature game, 'Naviadrapt'

  • Demo upcoming video games from Bandai America

  • Check out the latest 'Gundam Seed' and 'Superior Defender Gundam Force' action figures and model kits

  • Special Panel/Autograph Sessions will be held at the Bandai booth featuring English creative/voice casts for some of anime's most popular series. A rare opportunity to meet face to face with the voices behind the characters.

    7-2, Friday - 4:30 PM
    Bang Zoom / 'Please Twins'
    Eric Sherman
    Tony Oliver (ADR writer/director)
    Johnny Bosch (Maiku)
    Lara Jill Miller (Karen)

    7-3, Saturday - 11:00 AM
    Elastic Media / 'Stratos 4'
    Steve Ohno (ADR writer/director)
    Elisa Fiorillo (Ayamo)
    Rachel Kemple (Mikaze)
    Milton Lawerence (Sako)

    7-3, Saturday - 12:30 PM
    New Generation / 'Angel Tales'
    Jonathan Klein
    Reiko Matsuo (ADR writer/director)
    Wendy Lee (Mika)
    Michelle Ruff (Ran)

    7-3, Saturday - 2:00 PM
    ZRO Limits / 'Wolf's Rain'
    Yutaku Maseba
    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (ADR writer, director)
    Bob Buchholz (Hubb)
    Steve Blum (Darcia)

    Please visit the Bandai Booth at Anime Expo for the most updated schedule or visit www.bandai-ent.com


In addition to the events at the booth, Bandai Entertainment will also unveiling new title acquisition announcements at the 'Bandai Entertainment Panel' being held on Sunday 7-4 @ 3:00 PM in Live Programming 2 (Room 304). Panelists include Ken Iyadomi, Executive Vice President of Bandai Entertainment and Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager of Bandai Entertainment. A question and answer period will be held with promotional items and DVD's given away throughout the panel.

Bandai Entertainment will also be hosting its very own video room screening some of the most highly anticipated anime properties throughout the weekend. Be on-hand to check out of the hottest shows of the year including:

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
This all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell which was based on the popular manga by Shirow Masamune. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds. In the first four episodes Kusanagi and Section 9 must resolve a hostage crisis, hunt down a runaway state-of-the-art killing machine, solve a mystery behind recent android suicides and investigate a high level conspiracy involving a mysterious computer hacker. Set in the not too distant future where technology plays a key role in everyday life, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex utilizes the latest in full CG animation presenting illustrious characters and meticulous design along with dramatic animated action. (Manga Entertainment)

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Year 70 of the Cosmic Era, the economic friction between genetically enhanced Coordinators and unmodified Naturals has erupted into a full-scale conflict. The Natural-dominated Earth Alliance struggles to catch up with the Coordinators' superior technology and has secretly developed five Gundam mobile suits at a neutral space colony. Through a twist of fate, a young Coordinator named Kira Yamato becomes the pilot of the Alliance's prototype Strike Gundam and finds himself forced to fight his own people in order to protect his friends. Awarded Best TV Anime Series of the Year - Tokyo Anime Fair!

Wolf's Rain
There is an old legend that speaks of a hidden paradise on Earth - A paradise in which only wolves can find. And while thought to have been extinct for hundreds of years, wolves indeed still walk the Earth…hidden among mankind. Now, a group of outcast wolves set out to find Paradise: Kiba, Hige, Toboe, and Tsume. Each wolf is driven by their own personality and desires, but together they are pursued by humans seeking to quench their own thirst for power. A difficult and long journey lies ahead, with Paradise waiting to be found. Featuring character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop) and music by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne)

Please Twins
A spin-off series of the highly popular 'Please Teacher!' comedy - 'Please Twins' brings back veteran director Yasunori Ide (Please Teacher!) and accomplished writer Yousuke Kuroda (s-CRY-ed, Trigun, Tenchi Muyo!) in this romantic comedy series with a twist. Maiku Kamishiro grew up in an orphanage with no history of his family or of his past. Left with only a childhood picture of himself and another person in front of a house, he believes that the other person in the picture is his long lost twin sister. Discovering a house similar to one in his picture, has Maiku finally returned home? Will he finally be able to settle down and just live his life? Maybe…maybe not! One day, Miina Miyafuji and Karen Onodera show up on his doorstep, both claiming to be his sister! All three of them have the same picture and the same colored eyes, but since there are only two kids in the picture, one of the girls must be a stranger! With two pretty girls living under the same roof as him, how the heck will Maiku be able to keep his mind on school and work, while trying to figure out which one of these girls is his sister and which one is the love of his life?

Anime Expo is one of the largest consumer events of the year for Japanese animation and will be held at the Anaheim convention center from July 2 through July 5.

Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Seed, Witch Hunter Robin, and Wolf's Rain. Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.


 

Friday, 7/2

Saturday, 7/3

Sunday, 7/4

Monday, 7/5

9:00 AM

 

 

 

Anime Club Summit - Addict Panel

@ LP 2 (Room 304)

9:30 AM

 

 

 

 

10:00 AM

 

BEI Upcoming Trailers

BEI Upcoming Trailers

BEI Upcoming Trailers

10:30 AM

 

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Open Wheel Spin

11:00 AM

 

Stratos 4 Panel

Decipher Demo

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

11:30 AM

 

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Open Wheel Spin

Model Kit Building

12:00 PM

BEI Upcoming Trailers

Open Wheel Spin

BEI Upcoming Trailers

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12:30 PM

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Angel Tales Panel

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

Decipher Demo

1:00 PM

Open Wheel Spin

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BEI Upcoming Trailers

BEI Upcoming Trailers

1:30 PM

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BEI Upcoming Trailers

Model Kit Building

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2:00 PM

BEI Upcoming Trailers

Wolf's Rain Panel

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Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

2:30 PM

Decipher Demo

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BEI Upcoming Trailers

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3:00 PM

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

BEI Upcoming Trailers

Bandai Ent Panel

BEI Upcoming Trailers

3:30 PM

BEI Upcoming Trailers

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

@LP 2 (Room 304)

 

4:00 PM

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Decipher Demo

Decipher Demo

 

4:30 PM

Please Twins Panel

Model Kit Building

BEI Upcoming Trailers

 

5:00 PM

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Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

 

5:30 PM

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

Wheel Spin w/ Ticket

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6:00 PM

 

 

 

 


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