Bandai Entertainment Prepares for Metreon Festival of Anime

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 22, 2003) – Metreon—A Sony Entertainment Center presents the 3rd Annual Metreon Festival of Anime on Saturday, October 11 from 10am-11pm. The festival will offer an exciting line-up of the latest anime films, a preview of the newest products in Bandai America's expanded shop, panel discussions, and costume and model building contests.

This year's Metreon Festival of Anime features screenings from anime authority, Bandai Entertainment, like “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” and “s-CRY-ed,” and culminates with the haunting debut of "Witch Hunter Robin," which fans will experience in 4-D rumble seats. Festival goers can take part in activities hosted by Bandai Shop, including a Q&A panel and autograph session with Kari Wahlgren, the voice of ‘Robin Sena’ from “Witch Hunter Robin”. The Festival will include a “Gundam” model building contest, and “Jagun Fighters” game demos, a new toy line that combines action figures with intricately crafted game pieces called Power Eye Stones. Chronicle Books will host a presentation by Academy Award-winning artist Doug Chiang, creator of “Robota.”

Astro Boy - the classic icon of Japanese animation - will be making a special appearance to give a sneak peek at his new series coming to the Kids WB in early 2004. Astro Boy is the story of a robot boy in Metro City, a futuristic town inhabited by humans and robots alike. Astro is a reluctant hero, fighting for peace and justice for all the city's inhabitants against those seeking their destruction. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Tezuka Productions, and distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Television.

Just in time for the Festival, Bandai America and Bandai Entertainment will unveil their newly expanded store on Level Two of Metreon. The Bandai Shop is increasing its offering of anime DVD titles, like “Cowboy Bebop” and “Escaflowne”, model kits, toys and collectibles from Gundam, the company's 24-year-old Japanese saga, as well as other favorite Bandai America properties, including Superior Defender, Power Rangers, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Tickets to Metreon Festival of Anime are $15 and can be purchased online at Price of admission includes entry to all film screenings in Action Theatre, workshops, guest appearances and tournaments, Metreon Festival of Anime lunch specials at In the Night Kitchen, a 1200-point gaming passport to Portal 1, $2 drink specials and $1 Pepsi products at the Metreon Festival of Anime after-party in Portal 1, and a Goodie Bag. The first 100 attendees will receive a “Witch Hunter Robin” theatrical poster.

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Kari Wahlgren is thrilled to have a chance to meet fans of Japanese animation at the Metreon Festival of Anime. As the voice of Robin Sena in the upcoming "Witch Hunter Robin" release - Her credits also include: Liz in the new "IGPX" series on Cartoon Network, Haruko from "Fooly Cooly" (FLCL), and she is currently preparing for her role as Cher in the upcoming production from Bandai Entertainment, “Wolf's Rain”.

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