Yunmao Ayakawa, Cosplay ‘Top Model’, to Debut Cove Pirate Mercenary Character

Japanese celebrity cosplay model to appear as Tenbu Production's undisclosed manga character, Toki Takahasu;

Posh Japanese-designed costume to be an attraction at Anime Mid-Atlantic

Springfield, VA – June 7, 2006 -TenBu Productions, a new independent production studio and Asian entertainment licensing company, announced today that Yunmao Ayakawa (Japan), top Japanese cosplay model, will make her American debut as Cove, Pirate Mercenary's 7th character Toki Takahasu. Ayakawa's appearance is one of several special highlights planned to promote the new title during this year's Anime Mid-Atlantic conference in Richmond Virginia.

Yunmao Ayakawa is well-known in Japan as a top “cosplay idol”. Hailing from the Akihabara region of Tokyo Japan, Ayakawa has earned international bragging rights making appearances on TV Tokyo's “Moete Mucho”, serving as a spokesperson on BBC's “Japanorama”, and appearing in “Otaku” in Spain. In addition to her modeling credentials, she is a costume designer and illustrator.

Ayakawa will debut in the United States as the eccentric female mercenary, Toki Takahasu, courtesy of TenBu Productions and Big Fighter Project for the Cove, Pirate Mercenary release. The lavish costume to be worn by the model was specially designed by a Japanese firm, “All Japan Team”, for the launch of the title. Anime Mid-Atlantic attendees will have an opportunity to be photographed with the model and costume at scheduled times during the event.

Ayakawa will be featured in several panels during the event including:

- TenBu Productions Project [Friday, May 16, 2006 at 4:00 PM]

- Cosplay from Japan [Saturday, May 17, 2006 at 3:00 PM]

- Akihabara, Japan: Home of Anime [Sunday, May 18, 2006 at 1 PM]

She will also be on hand at the TenBu Productions booth autographing copies of Cove, Pirate Mercenary. The new graphic novel, written and illustrated by Austell Callwood, is written in both English and Japanese. The limited edition package will feature 96 black & white pages of the manga, an ashcan (pre-story), production notes and posters. The title, classified as fantasy adventure, is appropriate for readers 16 years old and older.

The Cove, Pirate Mercenary package will be available for sale at the Anime Mid-Atlantic conference June 16-18, 2006 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in Richmond Virginia. The title will also be available for sale at the company's retail store, Anime FX and online at, beginning June 19, 2006. The full release is scheduled for December 2006.

Complete press information is available online at

Press information and review copies should be requested from Chandra Briggman at cbriggman [at] imarkinnovations [dot] com or 703-879-5825.

About TenBu Productions

TenBu Productions is a new entertainment venture created by anime veteran Austell Callwood. Tenbu is a unique production studio and entertainment company. As a production studio, TenBu brings animation concepts to life through its professional design team. The entertainment licensing arm of the company specializes in the exclusive distribution of Asian music, videos, and entertainment merchandise in the U.S. market. TenBu also promotes and exports in-house talent and products to international markets. Visit for more information.

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