Anime Selects to Host Interactive Shows at Anime Expo

Jun 20th 2006
Featuring Cosplay Legend, Man-Faye, and
Japanese Action Comic Punk Rockers, PEELANDER-Z

Comcast's Anime Selects ON DEMAND network will escalate its presence at Anime Expo this year with a killer lineup of special events at their studios on the convention floor. The annual extravaganza for fans of Japanese-style animation and its print sibling, manga, Anime Expo celebrates its 15th anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California, July 1-4.

In a historic coup, Anime Selects has negotiated exclusive access to the controversial and popular cosplay cult figure, Man-Faye, who will host several of the network's events during the week and act as on-air correspondent for the coverage of AX2006. Cosplay, short for costume play, is a popular tradition among fans who don the elaborate and fantastical costumes of their favorite anime characters, and conventions always have a big contingent of attendees in full regalia.

Anime Selects also snagged PEELANDER-Z, the Japanese “Action Comic Punk” band “from the Z area of Planet Peelander.” The group is touring to promote their latest release, “Happee Mania,” and their notoriously insane live antics are a huge draw at anime events.

Convention goers will have lots of other cool opportunities courtesy of Anime Selects, including a chance to try anime voiceover acting, meet their true Otaku soul mate, prove their supremacy at Dance Dance Revolution, and show off their chops at Amateur Comedy and Karaoke Open Mics.

AX2006 HIGHLIGHTS

Unless otherwise noted, all events are in the morning or afternoon, in the Select On Demand studio on the convention floor.

Saturday, July 1

NOON Artist Alley Spotlight with Henry Lao

12:30 Anime Selects Presents Musical Guest PEELANDER-Z in LP3 (room 207CD)

1:30 Otaku Quiz Show. Are you truly Otaku?

2:00 Meet & Greet PEELANDER-Z, interview and signing session at AS Studio.

3:45 Bang Zoom! VO Event. Try your hand at voice over acting. (You never know what famous voice over actor could drop by!)

5:30 Anime News Network Wrap-up and Fan Panel/Sound-off. Our friends at ANN will stop by and give us the low-down on the biggest news of the day. They will also open up the floor for fan feedback. This event goes on July 1 to 3.

Sunday, July 2

11:00 The Man-Faye Show. Heee's Baaack! Don't miss Man-Faye's triumphant return to the Anime Expo floor!

11:30 "Best of the Best" Cosplay Challenge. Hosted by Angela and Man-Faye. Are you the best cosplayer at AX? Prove it!

12:30/

5:00 "I Love Otaku" Matchmaking Challenge

2:00 Dance Dance Revolution Challenge. Beat your opponent and prove to the AX crowd that you ARE the ultimate DDR player.

3:00 Otaku Amateur Comedy Open Mic

4:15 Karaoke Open Mic

Monday, July 3

10:00 Meet the Bandai EUREKA SEVEN Cast! ...And producers of the latest, hottest anime show. Plus awesome prizes and giveaways to boot!

11:00 Workshop & Artist Alley demos. See talent at work.

ABOUT ANIME SELECTS

Anime Selects is one of 19 VOD (Video-On-Demand) channels available to Comcast and Cox digital subscribers through Select ON DEMAND. Since its launch in 2004, Anime Selects has been one of the most watched VOD channels and continues to grow. KARE KANO, SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA and SUPERGALS are just a few of the hits available from Anime Selects, which also airs original programming, covering major anime conventions in the U.S. as well as Japan.

ABOUT SELECT ON DEMAND

Select On Demand is ushering in the next generation of television programming with the development of new digital cable networks designed exclusively for on-demand viewing. With a growing portfolio of digital networks from Anime to Fitness to Home Improvement and Gambling, Select On Demand is revolutionizing a whole new way of watching television through VOD technology.

VOD, short for Video-on-Demand, is a service being offered through digital cable that allows viewers to select videos from a menu on their televisions and get instant viewing access. Viewers can fast forward, rewind and pause the programming they're watching, just as they would while watching a DVD. This interactivity allows complete control of personal viewing time.

About Anime Expo®

[Reprinted from www.anime-expo.org]

Located in Anaheim, California—Anime Expo®, North America'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 2006 will be held July 1 – 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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