US premiere of Dokkoida!?, Ikki Tousen, and Last Exile vol. 5 to be shown at Anime Expo


Largest Anime and Manga (Comic Book) Convention in the
U.S. at Anaheim Convention Center from July 2-5

Anaheim, California (June 16, 2004)— Anime Expo 2004
(AX2004) and GENEON ENTERTAINMENT, Inc. announced
today the exclusive premieres of Dokkoida!? Vol. 1 and
Ikki Tousen. Plus, Geneon will debut
never-before-seen episodes of Last Exile Vol. 5, which
currently airs on TechTV. Hosted by The Society for
the Promotion of Japanese Animation, AX2004 takes
place July 2-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

More information and the full film & video programming
schedule is available at

Directed by Hitoyuki Matsui (Inu-Yasha), Dokkoida!?
parodies Japanese pop culture, from magical girls to
mad robot driving scientists to the super hero shows.

In Ikki Tousen, director Takashi Watanabe (Slayers,
Rave Master) introduces the traditional codes and
combat styles of ancient battle to a modern Japanese
high school, pitting buxom and bubbly schoolgirls
against each other.

And discover the unaired episodes of Last Exile, from
acclaimed creator Mahiro Maeda. The story picks up the
when Claus and Lavie 's fathers died attempting to
cross the Grand Stream to deliver a message from
Anatoray to Disith. Empress Sophia obtains a copy of
the original message and discovers it suggested the
two empires join forces to defeat the Guild and obtain
peace in the skies. However, to defeat the Guild, one
must take possession of the Exile, so Empress Sophia
plans to command the Silvana to cross the turbulent
Grand Stream to locate the Exile.

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 Entertainment,
Tofu Records, Newtype USA and Anime Network. Sponsor
hotels include Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott and
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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