Anime Expo Announces 2nd Time Around for Distinguished Guest of Honor

Famed Character Designer and Animation Director Makes a Second Appearance as
Guest of Honor for Anime Expo®'s 15th Year Anniversary Celebration

Anaheim, California (June 14, 2006) — Gracing us with her second appearance, Anime Expo® 2006 (AX2006) announces Atsuko Nakajima as a Guest of Honor at the nations largest Anime/Manga convention's 15th year anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at

Ms. Atsuko Nakajima is one of the most sought out Character Designers and Animation Directors in the anime industry. As a character designer, she has provided us with many memorable designs for television series such as RANMA 1/2, YOU'RE UNDER ARREST and GETBACKERS.

Ms. Nakajima's credits as an animation director are even more extensive. Highlights from her career include URUSEI YATSURA, YOU'RE UNDER ARREST, RANMA 1/2, GETBACKERS, HAUNTED JUNCTION and we could go on. She has also worked as an painter, key animator and finisher on a plethora of other titles.

“It is rare to find an artist with credits both as extensive and prestigious as hers. We are truly delighted to have her return as a Guest of Honor,” states Ms. Marita Rivera, Anime Expo® 2006's Guest Relations Director.

Ms. Nakajima joins, previously announced, CLAMP, Seiji Mizushima, Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, Mick Takeuchi , Yutaka Izubuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Koge-Donbo, Romi Paku and Hiroshi Nagahama as Anime Expo® 2006 official Guests of Honor.

Individuals can now register via online ( for Anime Expo® 2006. All attendees that register prior to June 1, 2006 will be automatically placed into the 2nd Annual Pre-Registration Contest to win DVD's, Posters and other amazing prizes.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2006 will be held July 1 – 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More information can be found at its official website (

About SPJA
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) 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 fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its official website (

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