AM2 Announces Film Festival Screening Titles and More

May 9th 2011
This Summer¹s Most Anticipated Animation, Music and Manga Convention in Southern California Brings Some of the Latest and Newest Anticipated Titles to the 4th of July Weekend! Passport Holders Receive Premier Seating! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 9, 2011) ­ Cosplayers get ready for one of the most exciting events at his summer¹s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention AM2 as it proudly announces its official Masquerade event which will be held in the Official Main Events hall this coming 4th of July weekend. More info and rules can be found at www.am2con.org


Some of the titles (with more to come) that will be screened at this year¹s event include:

Title: ARAKAWA UNDER THE BRIDGE
Synopsis: Ko Ichinomiya's family motto is "Never be indebted to anyone," but after losing his pants and falling into the Arakawa River, he quickly finds himself in debt to his savior, the cutely insane Nino (who happens to live under the bridge). To repay her, he vows to help her with her desire to "experience love." Along the way he'll meet the river's other residents,
including a hot-blooded kappa, a Sister in drag, and a literal rock star. Sorry, Ko‹when you fell into that river, I guess you really got in over your head!
Rating: PG-13

Title: BLUE EXORCIST
Synopsis: TBD
Rating: TBD

Title: DURARARA!!
Synopsis: TBD
Rating: TBD

Title: KATANAGATARI
Synopsis: Yasuri Shichika, seventh successor of the Kyoto Ryu (bladeless) sword art, lives on an isolated island with his older sister, Nanami. One day Shichika is visited by a woman named Togame, who requests his aid in her quest to find and collect the final twelve swords forged by the legendary master swordsmith, Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika and Togame begin their odyssey
by leaving the island he called home for over 20 years. They will face twelve individuals who possess and protect Shikizaki's legendary swords. Join Shichika and Togame on an exciting, epic adventure that defies reality as they discover the true potential of the Kyotu Ryu sword style!
Rating: PG-13

Title: OUR HOME¹S FOX DEITY
Synopsis: The Mizuchi bloodline has long been hunted by Yokai, or monsters. Toru and Noboru Takagami are descendents of this bloodline, and under their grandmother's discretion, are given a secret weapon to combat these monsters. It is Tenko Kugen, a fox deity who can take the shape of a man or woman at will. The mischievous deity is accompanied by a shrine maiden, Ko, who will both live with the Takagami brothers at their house. Life just got complicated.
Rating: PG-13

Title: PANDORAHEARTS
Synopsis: Oz Vessalius, who just turned fifteen, leads a rich and privileged life as the heir to the Vessalius name and estate. Everything changes when, during his Coming of Age ceremony, he is drawn into an eternal prison known as the "Abyss." There he meets and is saved by Alice, the Bloody Black Rabbit, or B-Rabbit for short. Join Oz on this fantasy adventure as he
unravels the mysteries behind Alice, the Abyss, and the "Pandora" organization.
Rating: PG-13

Title: PERSONA ­ TRINITY SOUL -
Synopsis: An original story based off the hit Persona video games, Persona -trinity soul- examines the struggle of a family growing up amidst tragedy. A string of murders, rogue Persona users conducting experiments, and memories long forgotten wait for Shin Kanzato and his younger brother, Jun. The two return to their hometown, Ayanagi City, for the first time in ten
years. Before even getting a chance to reunite with their brother Ryo, Shin finds himself entwined in these incidents, awakening his own Persona in the process, and facing off against his mortality.
Rating: PG-13

Title: PORCO ROSSO
Synopsis: The film tells of the story of Porco Rosso and his would-be romance with Gina, who runs a sea pilots' club and hotel in the Adriatic Sea . The plot revolves around Porco's friendship with a girl named Fio, who is a talented aircraft engineer, and his rivalry with a hotshot American pilot named Curtis. Porco has been cursed with the face of a pig, though the origin and nature of the curse are never fully explained. Originally a World War I ace
pilot in the Italian Air Force , Porco has grown disillusioned and now makes his living as a bounty hunter guarding ships in the Adriatic sea from pirate gangs with planes. Though rivals, Porco and the pirates manage to coexist with a minimum of bloodshed. For relaxation, he and other pilots spend their evenings on neutral ground at the Hotel Adriano, the establishment run by Gina.
Rating: G-General Audience

Title: PONYO
Synopsis: From the Academy Award®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid."

Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, FRANKIE JONAS, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN and BETTY WHITE.
Rating: G-General Audience

Title: ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA
Synopsis: THE EPIC SAGA BEGINS... In the year 1999, an alien battle-fortress crashes on an island in the Pacific.Over the next ten years, mankind repairs and refits this fortress, using the advanced "robo-technology" found aboard it to create fighter planes that can transform into giant robots. As soon as the repaired fortress is ready for launch, the aliens to whom it belongs finally discover its location. Thus begins a series of wars that will devastate the planet earth. An involving and exciting space opera that has been immensely popular since its release, ROBOTECH is a landmark anime series. This special 6 disc collector's edition box set includes digitally re-mastered episodes 01-36 of the series' THE MACROSS SAGA, as well as new opening and closing credits and deleted scenes.
Rating: PG-13

Title: R.O.D. ­ The TV
Synopsis: TBD
Rating: TBD

Title: STREET FIGHTER: ALPHA
Synopsis: Martial arts masters Ken and Ryu are brought together by the mysterious death of their master but now the two warriors must overcome a challenge unlike any they've faced before. Increasingly disturbed by the dark energies building within him, Ryu is unexpectedly confronted with the appearance of Shun - a boy claiming to be the long-lost brother he never
knew. Soon, signs of their common lineage are revealed as Shun enters a martial arts competition and manifests the same fearsome Dark Hadou. But before Ryu has the chance to consider whether Shun's timely appearance might be more than coincidental, agents of the insidious Shadowlaw organization kidnap the boy. To recover the child, Ryu must undertake the ultimate journey of self-discovery and learn to control the power threatening to consume him. But with his confidence waning, will he have what it takes to confront Akuma - the vicious lord of the Dark Hadou - himself? Produced by Manga Entertainment, in association with CAPCOM Co., LTD., Street Fighter Alpha ('Street Fighter Zero' in Japan in accordance with the videogame) is the pulse-pounding sequel to the phenomenally popular Street Fighter IIV Series. This action-packed martial arts anime feature continues the adventures of the popular Ken, Ryu and Chun Li characters while introducing some charismatic new ones from the game. Directed by Dragon Ball veteran Shigeyasu Yamauchi who also contributed the extraordinary background art, Street Fighter Alpha is one of the best-received original video animations ever created.
Rating: PG-13

Title: THE GARDEN OF SINNERS CHAPTER 1
Synopsis: TBD
Rating: TBD

Title: TOKYO ZOMBIE
Synopsis: From the writers and starz of Ichi the Killer and Gozu, comes a hilarious romp through zombie-laden Tokyo! Tadanobu Asano and Show Aikawa star as fulltime slackers and wannabe ju-jitsu champions who bring the body of their murdered boss to Tokyo¹s towering toxic waste dump known as ŒBlack Fuji¹. But when an army of undead rises from the massive trash peak, these bonehead buddies must survive a non-stop onslaught of hasty decapitations, pervert teachers, tasty snack foods, stormy romance and zombie professional wrestling. Can even the most devoted of friendships survive an apocalypse of the undead? Horror manga legend Kazou Umezo co-stars in this wild comedy written and directred by Sakichi Sato‹ and based on the best-selling manga by U-saku Hanakuma ‹ that fans call ³the Japanese SHAUN OF THE DEAD!²
Rating: PG-13

Title: TORADORA!
Synopsis: Toradora! tells the tale of Ryuji (dragon) and Taiga (tiger) helping each other confess to their crushes. From the classroom, to the pool, to a summer vacation house and even the school's culture festival... will Ryuji and Taiga be able to help one another conquer their emotions, or will a new bond be formed in the chaotic war of love?
Rating: PG-13

Title: WAGNARIA!
Synopsis: Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Sota Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who's a year older than Sota, yet easily mistaken for an elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year old store manager who doesn't bother to do any work at all. WAGNARIA!!'s crazy cast will have you head over heels with laughter from the first episode!
Rating: PG-13

Winners will be selected by the public and will be announced at the end of this year¹s event. Winners will also receive cash prizes as well as the pride of receiving the winning titles of Best U.S. Animated Short, Best International Animated Short, Best U.S. Animated Feature, Best International Animated Feature and Best of Show.

Entrance to the event is free, but attendees can avoid the huge lines by obtaining a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks, retailers and local restaurants. Bypass the lines and get your Passport today and experience the difference!

Current Guests of Honors include Scandal, Sadie, Kanon Wakeshima, kanon x kanon, heidi., Gashicon, IBI and MINT.

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV¹s, Arcade, Summer Festival, World Cosplay Summit, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Rum Party Pirates, Masquerade, Cosplay Chess, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, AniMaid Café, AniMaid Café Host Club, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

Partnerships include Ani.ME and Cure Magazine.

Prize sponsors include Atlas Games, Cosplay Wigs USA, FUNimation and Gaia Online.

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Also, 25% of all official Passport sales will be donated directly to Japanese Disaster Relief efforts.

About AM2
Located in Anaheim, California ­ AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3 days) 24 hour event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Nominal fees are charged for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in. AM2 will be held on July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. More information can be found at www.am2con.org

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