Battle of the Bands at Anime Expo

Apr 27th 2007
ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES: BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Nation's Largest Convention Announces the Theme of Music and
Offers New Talent Competition


Anaheim, California (April 27, 2007) — Love Anime? Love Music? Got a Band? With music as the theme of this year's Anime Expo®, the nation's largest convention will be hosting the first ever Anime Expo® Battle of the Bands contest. This exciting and new program will provide amateur bands the chance to perform song choices from two categories (Anime TV series/OVA/Movie and Anime Themed Videogame) to attendees at the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

Anime Expo® Battle of the Bands will be held on the Animatsuri Summer Festival stage from 5:00 pm til 8:00 pm on June 29, 2007 (Friday). Deadline for band submissions is June 1st, 2007 with the top finalists contacted and announced on June 15th. Each audition must include either an audio (CD) or video (DVD/VHS) recording, a picture of all band members and the official entry form (downloadable off the Battle of the Bands website: http://anime-expo.org/botb/index.php?page=about). Additional rules are as follows:
• Auditions must be received no later than June 1st, 2007
• Auditions must include an audio & video recording of your performance and a listing of band members & song info (song name, relevance, etc.).
• Song choices must fall below one of the following categories:
o Anime TV series/OVA/Movie (Opening/Ending/Main Theme/Soundtrack)
o Anime-Themed Videogame (Opening/Ending/Main Theme/Soundtrack)
• Performances must be no longer than 5 min. in length.
• No more than 10 members per band allowed.
• All band members must be present in the recording.
• No professionals are allowed to participate. Any performers who are found out to be as such will be disqualified.
• There must be at least one instrument used during the performance, no acapella.
• The top finalists will be contacted by Battle of the Bands staff by June 15th to confirm their participation in the at-con performance. A list of the finalists will be posted on the Anime Expo® and Battle of the Bands websites on June 1st.
• If chosen as one of the finalists, your performance piece will be the same as your audition piece.



Current Anime Expo® 2007 Guests of Honor include Tetsuro Araki, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and ORESKABAND and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

All registrants who register before the end of April are automatically placed into the drawing. Those who have already pre-registered are also automatically entered into this drawing. Secure pre-registration can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi.

Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at www.AXTravelStore.com.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation'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 2007 will be held June 29 – July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, Informasian TV (iaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
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 website (www.spja.org).

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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