Anime Expo® 2009 Rides on a High for Its Second Day in Los Angeles

Jul 3rd 2009
2009 SPJA Industry Award Recipients Announced at the Nation's Largest Anime
and Manga Convention

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 3, 2009 – Following a highly energized Opening Ceremony, an epic concert by the world famous visual kei band Moi dix Mois and a rocking Battle of the Bands Event, Anime Expo® 2009 continues into its second day with highly anticipated Main Events consisting of the Morning Musume concert and the Anime Music Video Contest for the nation's largest
anime and manga convention, Anime Expo® 2009, from July 2 – July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found at www.anime-expo.org .

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) also announced this year's winners for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards. Winners and their categories include:

Category 01: Best Voice Actor (Japanese)
Kappei YamaguchiDEATH NOTE - L

Category 02: Best Voice Actor (English)
Kyla Hebert – GURREN LAGAAN - Kamina

Category 03: Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
Junko Takeuchi - NARUTO - Naruto Uzumaki

Category 04: Best Voice Actress (English)
Michelle RuffBLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY - Rukia Kuchiki

Category 05: Best Casting Director
Jaime Simone - BLEACH

Category 06: Best Character Design
Masaru Kitao of Mad HouseDEATH NOTE

Category 07: Best Mechanical Design
Yoh Yoshirari – GURREN LAGAAN

Category 08: Best Male Character
L – DEATH NOTE

Category 09: Best Female Character
Rukia Kuchiki – BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY

Category 10: Best Mascot Character
Mokona – xxxHOLiC

Category 11: Best Backround Design
Minoru Nakamura of Studio Pierrot - BLEACH

Category 12: Best Original Video Animation
LUCKY STAR OVA - Bandai Entertainment

Category 13: Best Feature Film
THE GIRL WHO LEPT THROUGH TIME - Bandai Entertainment

Category 14: Best Television Series
GURREN LAGAAN - Bandai Entertainment

Category 15: Best Original Score
DEATH NOTE Score – DEATH NOTE - Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi

Category 16: Best Original Song
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" - Bleach - Beat Crusaders - Aniplex Inc. – BEAT
CRUSADERS

Category 17: Best Director (Japanese)
Tetsuro ArakiDEATH NOTE

Category 18: Best Director (American)
Karl Willems - DEATH NOTE

Category 19: Best Manga - Action
TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE - Del Rey Manga - Clamp

Category 20: Best Manga - Comedy
FAIRY TAIL - Del Rey Manga - Hiro Mashima

Category 21: Best Manga - Drama
MONSTER - Viz Media - Naoki Urasawa

Category 22: Best Publication
Shonen Jump - Viz Media

Category 23: Best Full Motion Video in Video Game
FINAL FANTASY IV - Square Enix


Over 40,000+ unique attendees are expected to attend this year's convention and a incredible slate of fourteen (14) power-house Guests of Honors, 50+ Industry Guests, a full exhibit hall and 24 hours of pure anime fun! Attendees will have the time of their lives at this year's highly anticipated event.



Tickets are still available for at-door pricing!

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Moi dix Mois, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura, Takashi Okazaki and Kari Wahlgren.

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, Anime News Network and UTB Hollywood.

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.

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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