Anime Expo® Announces Kari Wahlgren as an Official 2009 American Guest of Honor

May 5th 2009
Nation's Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes Voice Actress of FLCL,
LUCKY STAR, BLOOD+, WITCH HUNTER ROBIN, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, WOLF'S RAIN, LAST
EXILE, EUREKA 7, SCRAPPED PRINCESS, IGPX: IMMORTAL GRAND PRIX, NARUTO,
ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES, STEAMBOY and Many More!

Anaheim, California (May 5, 2009) — Anime Expo® is proud to announce Ms.
Kari Wahlfren as an official Guest of Honor of the nation's largest anime
and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention
Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org
.

Ms. Wahlgren has entertained millions of anime audiences. First as the
Vespa-riding, guitar-bashing Haruko in FLCL. Since then, she has played a
number of significant anime roles including Kagami in LUCKY STAR, Saya in
BLOOD+, Robin in WITCH HUNTER ROBIN, Fuu in SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, Cher in WOLF'S
RAIN, Lavie in LAST EXILE, Anemone in EUREKA 7, Pacifica in SCRAPPED
PRINCESS, Satomi and Luca the Cat in IGPX: IMMORTAL GRAND PRIX, and Tayuya
in NARUTO. Ms. Wahlgren also provided the voice of Ariel in the movie
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles,” Scarlett in the anime feature “Steamboy,”
and the Princess in the movie “Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow.”

Ms. Wahlgren has also done voicework for a number of video games including
Prince of Persia, Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerebus, Dead or Alive Extreme 2,
Spiderman II, Justice League Heroes and James Bond: From Russia with Love.
Other games that Ms. Wahlgren worked on include Tales from Symphonia, Metal
Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Tekken 5, Command and Conquer III, Star Wars: the
Force Unleashed, Star Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars Episode III: Return of
the Sith, Armored Core IV, Guild Wars III and IV, Transformers, and all
three games in the Xenosaga series.

Ms. Wahlgren is also active in original animation; she plays Emma Frost in
the animated “Wolverine and the X-Men” series, she provided the voices of
Li'l Condi and Li'l Hillary on season 2 of Comedy Central's “Li'l Bush” and
was Saturn Girl, Triplicate Girl/ Duo Damsel and Shrinking Violet on the
Kids WB's “Legion of Superheroes.” Ms. Wahlgren also voices the role of
Jeera on Nickelodeon's “Tak and the Power of JUJU” and played Nova, the
Yellow Monkey, in “Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!” Ms. Wahlgren has
appeared on Ben 10, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Kim Possible,
Disney's feature films “BOLT” and “The Little Mermaid III” and Dreamwork's
“Shrek III.”

Ms. Wahlgren joins Daisuke Ishiwatari, Toshimichi Mori and Morning Musume as
official Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of Honor.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
.

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC,
Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian
TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.


About Anime Expo®

Located in Los Angeles, 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 2009 will be held July 2 – July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. 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
).

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