Prove You're Gundam at Anime Expo® 2009 with Bandai and American Cosplay Paradise

Jun 17th 2009
June 17, 2009 (Cypress, CA) - Bandai Entertainment and American Cosplay Paradise are proud to celebrate the US release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 at Anime Expo® 2009 in Los Angeles (July 2 – 5, 2009; Los Angeles Convention Center; http://www.anime-expo.org) with a costume contest! If you have a costume from GUNDAM 00, this is something you don't want to miss. Interested participants can enter the contest at http://www.acparadise.com/acp/contests.php. Users will vote for their top five favorite entries!

The top five entries will be invited as guests to the GUNDAM 00 Focus Panel featuring director Seiji Mizushima, writer Yosuke Kuroda, and Yun Kouga. They will then choose the 1st and 2nd place winners. Prizes include a complete set of Gundam 00 Season 1 and more!

About Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest installment in the long running franchise and takes place in the year 2307 A.D. When fossil fuels have been completely depleted and humanity has turned to solar energy to maintain its way of life, the controlling nations of the solar power find themselves at war with more impoverished countries. These sun-deprived countries threaten the promised land of God, which leads to the formation of a group called the Celestial Being, whose purpose is to end war and unite humanity through the use of four Gundam mech. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose past credits as a director and storyboard artist include Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, and Appleseed: Ex Machina.

About Bandai Entertainment
Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more.

About American Cosplay Paradise
Founded in 2000, American Cosplay Paradise (ACP) serves as an extensive database for cosplayers, people who dress up in costumes. Members contribute pictures of their costumes, which are sorted by series and character for easy searching. ACP also offers live photo and video coverage of conventions across the US, and works exclusively with industry partners in using cosplayers to promote anime, manga, and videogame titles. More information can be found at its website (www.acparadise.com)

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, 2008 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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