Anime Expo and FUNimation Announce the U.S. Premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist - The Movie

Jun 22nd 2006
Anaheim, California (June 22, 2006) ‹ Anime Expo® and FUNimation®
Entertainment are pleased to announce that the U.S. premiere of Fullmetal
Alchemist: The Movie ­ Conqueror of Shamballa will be held at Anime Expo in
the Main Events hall in the Anahiem Convention Center on Monday, July 3rd
from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Anime Expo 2006
official Guests of Honor Japanese Movie Director Seiji Mizushima, Japanese
Voice Actor for Edward Elric Romi Paku, U.S. Voice Actor for Edward Elric
Vic Mignogna and FUNimation Guest U.S. English Dub Director Mike McFarland
and Special Guest Masahiko Minami, President of Studio Bones. Following the
movie, a question and answer session with the audience will be held.

³The Fullmetal Alchemist series has transformed the way anime is viewed in
the United States and the Fullmetal Alchemist movie will do the same for
anime features and movies,² said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of
FUNimation Entertainment. ³We knew when we acquired the series that it had
tremendous potential, and we are just getting started.²

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie ­ Conqueror of Shamballa has already received
international accolades. The movie won Animation of the Year, Best Original
Story and Best Music at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2006, Japan¹s
premiere industry event.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie ­ Conqueror of Shamballa takes place in
Munich in 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric¹s sacrifice ripped
him out of his world and into ours, separating him from his younger brother,
Alphonse. In that time, Ed¹s continued research into rocketry has allied
him with Alphons Heiderich, a fellow researcher who oddly resembles Ed¹s
brother. Progress has been slow, however, and Ed has become discouraged.
But when he saves a quiet Gypsy girl with the power to read minds, Ed is
quickly pulled into a plot by the Thule Society and the burgeoning Nazi
Party that could drag both worlds into a terrible war.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie ­ Conqueror of Shamballa is also part of the
programming for FUNimation¹s theatrical initiative, FUNimation Films.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie ­ Conqueror of Shamballa is scheduled to hit
theatres nationwide on September 8, 2006. For more information go to
www.fullmetalalchemist.com .

About Anime Expo
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America¹s 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. More information can be found at its official
website www.anime-expo..

About SPJA
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) 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. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its official website (www.spja.org
).

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation,
is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the
United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from
Japan and for developing some of North America¹s most popular anime series.
The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and
manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including
broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and
distribution.

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