Mana and Ishiguro Join Anime Expo as Guests of Honor

Creator of Japan¹s Gothic Lolita Fashion Movement and Famed Animation
Director Scheduled to Appear at Nation¹s Largest Anime/Manga Convention¹s
15th Year Anniversary Celebration

Anaheim, California (June 19, 2006) ‹ Malice Mizer front man Mana and Famed
Animation Director Noboru Ishiguro join Anime Expo® 2006 as a Guests of
Honor at the nations largest Anime/Manga convention¹s 15th year anniversary
at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is
available at .

Mana, the central figure of the popular j-rock band, Malice Mizer, is
renowned for his beauty and stylish attire. He is also deemed as the creator
and front man of Japan's Gothic Lolita fashion Movement.

At a very young age, Mana was introduced to classical music by his parents,
though it was in highschool where he decided to pursue music. Fast-forward
to 1992 and the Japanese goth-rock band, Malice Mizer was born. Mana, one of
it's founding members conceived the band name from the term "Malicious
Misery". His band became on the most influencial j-rock bands to rise to
fame in Japan.

Being in such high demand, He is the producer of band Schwarz Stein and of
his own current project, Moi dix Mois. Aside from music, he owns the Gothic
Lolita line known as Moi-même-Moitié, which he formed near the end of 2000.

Mr. Ishiguro has worked on some of the most important works of anime
history. He was the animation director for the first two SPACE BATTLESHIP
YAMATO movies, he also directed the second anime for ATOM BOY (Tetsuwan
Atom). He was also the Chief Director for MACROSS, and the series director

Mr. Ishiguro continues to contribute to the anime industry through his
studio, Artland. He latest work includes MUSHISHI which is based upon the
popular manga. This 26 episode series about the supernatural has received
the ³Outstanding work of TV Animation² award at the Tokyo Animation Fair in

Yozuco* and Mr. Ishiguro join previously announced, CLAMP, Seiji Mizushima,
Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, Mick Takeuchi , Yutaka Izubuchi, Tomoki Kyoda,
Koge-Donbo, Romi Park, Hiroshi Nagahama and Atsuko Nakajima as Anime Expo®
2006 official Guests of Honor.

Individuals can now register via online (
) for Anime Expo® 2006.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America¹s 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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