Anime Expo® 2010 Announces Japanese Voice Actresses, Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura as Official Guests of Honor

May 26th 2010

Anaheim, CA – May 26, 2010 – Anime Expo® is pleased to announce today that Japanese voice actresses Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura will be official Guests of Honor at its July convention. Anime Expo, North America's largest anime and manga convention, is scheduled for July 1 – 4, 2010, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura will participate in attendee panels, meet-and-greets and autograph sessions.

Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura come to Anime Expo in a joint appearance to promote their work in the upcoming North American release of Toradora!, an anime published by NIS America, Inc. Ms. Horie and Ms. Kitamura voice the roles of Minori Kushieda and Ami Kawashima, respectively.

Yui Horie has been an integral part of the voice acting industry since her debut. She has been featured in more than 125 popular anime titles, including Love Hina (Naru Narusegawa), Fruits Basket (Tōru Honda), School Rumble (Eri Sawachika) and Negima! (Makie Sasaki). Also an accomplished singer, Ms. Horie has performed the theme song for anime titles such as Toradora!, Love Hina Again and Otoboku.

Eri Kitamura found success in her first major role as Saya Otonashi in the anime Blood+. Soon after, her list of credits grew to include several well-known anime titles, most notably Minami-ke (Yuka Uchida), Ga-Rei: Zero (Natsuki Kasuga), Queen's Blade (Alleyne) and Kodomo no Jikan (Rin Kokonoe).

Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura join Anime Expo's 2010 guest line-up along with Internet sensation Danny Choo; musical artists Megumi Nakajima and May'n; manga artist Rei Hiroe; musical artist MELL; supergroup AKB48; voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi; Eden of the East trio Kenji Kamiyama, Satoru Nakamura and Tomohiko Ishii; voice actor Kyle Hebert; animation director Toshihiro Kawamoto; seiyuu Yuu Asakawa; J-rock band Sophia; and anime director Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe. To stay updated on all of the latest Anime Expo 2010 news, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and check us out on YouTube.

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About Anime Expo®

Anime Expo is located in Los Angeles and is the nation's largest anime and manga convention. The Expo serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of both anime and manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2010 will be held July 1 – July 4, 2010, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at www.anime-expo.org.

About the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is 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 www.spja.org.


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