Anime Expo adds Guests

EXPO 2004 SET FOR JULY 2-5, 2004

First-time Japanese Festival at Anime Expo to Benefit
Local Charities

Anaheim, California (May 17, 2004)— Anime Expo 2004
(AX2004) is set to heat up the Anaheim Convention
Center as it adds legendary voice talent Tomokazu Seki
as another Guest of Honor. With more than 50 anime
credits under his belt, fans may recognize his voice
from Taiho Schichauzo (You're Under Arrest!), Pompoko,
Wedding Peach, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Fushigi Yuugi,
Escaflowne, X, Nadesico, Those Who Hunt Elves,
Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Fruits Basket, Initial D,
to only name a few.

To add to the anime enthusiasm, singing sensation MIQ
will also be added to the Guest of Honor roster. MIQ
(formerly known as MIO), is renowned for her anime
theme titles. With songs such as "Hey You" from Sentou
Mecha Xabungle, “Fly Dunbine” and "Can't You See
Byston Well" opening and ending themes from Aura
Battler Dunbine, and "Time For L-Gaim" and "Starlight
Shower" opening and ending themes from Heavy Metal
L-Gaim, and "Burning Spirit" from Super Robot Taisen

Hosted by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese
Animation, AX2004 takes place July 2-5, and is the
largest anime convention in the United States devoted
to Japanese animation and manga (comic books).

For the first time ever, in an effort to promote
Japanese culture and art, AX2004 will be hosting a
3-day Japanese festival event. During each of the
three days, a raffle will be held and proceeds will be
donated to a local charity organization. Anime Expo
will generously match a percentage of each day's
proceeds. The Japanese festival will feature games and
food organized by local and international
organizations. For more information, visit

AX2004 serves to foster trade, commerce and the
interests of the animation and comics industry by
serving as a key meeting place for members of the
industry to conduct business. Sponsors include Viz
Comics, Animerica, ADV Films, Geneon, Tofu Records,
Newtype USA and Anime Network. Sponsor hotels include
Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, or Anaheim Coast
Hotels. The cost to attend the three-day expo is $45;
One Day Pass: $25; Two Day Pass: $40; Children: $20
(12 years and under; 5 and under free if accompanied
by member). Parental advisory: Some anime and manga
content contains adult themes.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 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

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