Bandai Visual's Titles at Summer Conventions—Gundam UC and Hipira

Jul 22nd 2010
Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2010 – Bandai Visual Co.,Ltd, a leader in the development and production of Japanese animation announced today their appearances at upcoming US summer conventions. At Anime Expo®, they screened “Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn)”—the smash hit show—in addition to an autograph session with Stephanie Sheh, voice of heroine Audrey, which was a very successful event.

Gundam
At San Diego Comic-Con International, which will be held from July 22 to 25, the first episode of “Gundam UC” will be screened in English on July 23 at 3:40PM at Marriott Hall Room 6.

The Blu-ray Disc will be available at Anime Depot booth (Booth #328 (right under the 300 sign) ). A set of four free postcards will be given to those who purchase the disc while supplies last.

To introduce the East Coast to “Gundam UC,” Otakon (July 30 – August 1 in Baltimore, Maryland) was selected for its premiere. The very first screening on the East Coast for “Gundam UC” will be held on Friday, July 30 at 8PM in the HD theater. It will be played in HD quality with English audio and will be available for purchase on Blu-ray at Bandai Entertainment's booth (Booth “C”). Free postcards will be provided for those who purchased the product as well while supplies last. For more information about “Gundam UC,” visit its official website: http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/en/. The Blu-ray Disc is also sold at amazon.com and Bandai Entertainment's The Store (http://store.bandai-ent.com/). If you have a PlayStation® device and live in the US or Canada, visit your PS Store for rental downloads.

Hipira
A new 3D anime named Hipira: The Little Vampire, which was created based on an entertaining and a bit frightening picture book “HIPIRA” created by Katsuhiro Otomo and Shinji Kimura, is also scheduled to be screened at Otakon. The show consists of 12 episodes, and its festival version in DVD quality will be shown with English subtitles. The screening begins at 9PM, Saturday July 31 in the HD theater.
Animation version of “HIPIRA” was made by creator Katsuhiro Otomo (“STEAMBOY”, “MEMORIES”, “AKIRA”) and Shinji Kimura (“Genius PartyDEATHTIC 4”, “TEKKON KINKREET”). The original book has been highly noticed in various countries and its English edition became the best seller among picture books. The animation “HIPIRA” is produced by SUNRISE's Ogikubo Studio known for “STEAMBOY” and “FREEDOM” and its state-of-art 3D CGI animation technique depicts the world of “HIPIRA” beautifully. For more information about “HIPIRA”, visit http://www.hipira.net/index.html (English subtitles to be added on some videos).

About Bandai Visual Co.,Ltd
Bandai Visual Co.,Ltd, founded in August 1983, is a Japanese company that develops, produces and distributes film, TV and home entertainment media. As a pioneer of the Japanese animation scene Bandai Visual has constantly held the top market share in the genre and continues to lead the market. Bandai Visual has also proven its expertise in creating and delivering quality home entertainment media packaging in Japan. Using such key strategies, Bandai Visual hopes to expand and emulate its success in North American and other international markets. Bandai Visual Co.,Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings.

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