Records Break as Over 30,000 Attendees Take Over the Anaheim Convention Center

Jul 2nd 2006
Attendance Records Shatter as Opening Ceremonies Usher In the
Beginning of the 15th Anniversary Celebration


Anaheim, California (July 2, 2006) � Over 30,000 individuals stormed
the
halls of the Anaheim Convention Center in colorful costumes of favorite
Anime and Manga characters at Anime Expo� 2006, the nation�s largest
Anime/Manga convention�s 15th year anniversary at the Anaheim
Convention
Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at
http://www.anime-expo.org .

With a sold out Exhibit Hall swarming with eager attendees with money
to
burn, highly anticipated events occur on the very first day of the 15th
Anniversary Convention such as Opening Ceremonies, CLAMP Panel and the
historic 1st Annual Anime Expo� Industry Round Robin.

With Guests of Honors in attendance (such as Seiji Mizushima, Vic
Mignogna,
Laura Bailey, Mick Takeuchi, Yutaka Izubuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Koge-Donbo,
Hiroshi Nagahama, Atsuko Nakajima, yozuca*, Noboru Ishiguro, Toru
Furuya and
Crispin Freeman) of the standing room only Opening Ceremonies
(Approximately
6,000 seats). Anime Expo� has harpooned its way in establishing itself
as a
major attraction for Anime and Manga enthusiasts world wide.

The same could be said of the CLAMP standing room only panel
(Approximately
6,000 seats). CLAMP consists of four female artists, Satsuki Igarashi,
Ageha
Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, who have created their own original
story
and characters in the Japanese graphic novel form known as �manga�.
They
made their debut as manga artists in Japan in 1989. Since then have
become
bestselling authors, and animation films based on their work have been
prominent on both TV and the cinema screen. CLAMP has also been at the
spearhead of the current flux and rise in popularity of Japanese anime
and
manga in the U.S., with titles such as Magic Knight Rayearth,
Cardcaptor
Sakura, and Chobits. Among the manga and anime audience, CLAMP is one
of the
single most recognized names. The two series that they are currently
writing
in Japan, Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, are both being published in English by
Del
Rey Manga.

The historic 1st of its kind anywhere-the Anime Expo� Industry Round
Robin,
moderated by an internationally respected critic and historian of
animation
who has written on the subject of anime for the New York Times, TV
Guide,
Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film
Comment, the Hollywood Reporter, the Manchester Guardian, Amazon.com.
and
National Public Radio's Day To Day. The panel consisted of Eric
Calderon-GDH
International-Vice President of Creative Affairs, Lillian
Diaz-Przybyl-TokyoPop-Edito, Gen Fukunaga-FUNimation
Entertainment-President
& CEO, Matt Greenfield-ADV-Vice President of Creative
Development/Co-Founder., Ken Iyadomi-Bandai Entertainment,
Inc.-President
and CEO, Anthony Jiwa-Viz, LLC-Director of Marketing, Trulee
Karahashi-SPJA-CFO, Shawne P. Kleckner-The Right Stuff
International-President and CEO, Tatsunori Konno-Bandai Visual-CEO,
Robyn
Mukai-Urban Vision Entertainment-Marketing Manager, Hikaru
Sasahara-Digital
Manga, Inc.-President, Eric Sherman-Bang Zoom! Entertainment-President
and
CEO, David Wise-Go! Comi � CEO, Jim Yardley-Geneon Entertainment-Vice
President of Sales


This Round Robin panel, entitled �ANIMATION EXPLOSION!� occurred from
6:30
pm � 7:30 pm to a closed audience of only invited press. Topics
discussed
were the art, culture and commerce of animation while focusing on how
Asian
animation has affected consumer tastes, artistic styles and production
here
in the U.S. Additional topics covered were industry status, industry
obstacles and the future of the anime/manga industry.

As the 24 Hour convention continues. Anticipated events throughout the
remaining days include AX Idol, Masquerade, live concerts, panels,
workshops, nightly dances and Closing ceremonies.

Individuals can now register on site at the Anaheim Convention Center
for
Anime Expo� 2006 (www.anime-expo.org ) and
receive news and streaming video from the convention at
AXBackstage.com.

About Anime Expo�
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo�, the 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. More information can be found at its
official
website (www.anime-expo.org ).

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
).

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