Anime Expo® Announces Famed Gundam 00 and Fullmetal Alchemist Director, Seiji Mizushima, as an Official 2009 Guest of Honor

May 18th 2009

Famed Anime Director Returns to Nation's Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (May 18, 2009) — Highly revered anime director Mr. Seiji Mizushima is announced as an official Anime Expo® 2009 Guest of Honor at 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 .

Mr. Mizushima returns to Anime Expo® this year! A chance of a lifetime to meet the famed director who is currently working on the theatrical version of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 that is set for a 2010 release date. Mr. Mizushima has also worked on many amazing and recognizable titles such as APPLESEED: EX MACHINA, DAI-GUARD, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE MOVIE-CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALLA, GENERATOR GAWL, MADARA, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, OH! EDO ROCKET, SHAMAN KING, SAION: I WISH YOU WERE HERE and many more! Mr. Mizushima last attended Anime Expo® in 2006 in Anaheim, California.

Mr. Mizushima joins Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren 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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