Yutaka Izubuchi, Patlabor 2 Movie at AX

Jun 26th 2006
Pioneering Japanese Animation Mecha Designer and Director Makes Rare
U.S.
Appearance: Expo Attendees Get First Look at Limited Edition DVD Boxed
Set


LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2006 ­ Bandai Visual USA Inc., a leading
innovator in
Japanese animation, will be highlighting its presence at the 15th
annual
Anime Expo® being held July 1-4 at the Anaheim Convention Center in
Anaheim,
Calif., with a rare U.S. appearance of legendary anime mecha designer
Yutaka
Izubuchi. Bandai Visual USA will also be showcasing the anime
masterpiece
³Patlabor 2: The Movie² (www.bandaivisual.us/patlabor/
) limited edition DVD that will
be
released by Bandai Visual USA and Image Entertainment in retail stores
across the country on July 11.

³Patlabor 2² was directed by acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (³Patlabor
The
Movie,² ³Ghost in the Shell,² ³Avalon²), written by Kazunori Ito
.hack//SIGN,² ³Avalon²), with music by Kenji Kawai (³Ghost in the
Shell,²
³Avalon,² ³Ringu²) and mechanical design by Yutaka Izubuchi.

³This is going to be my second time to attend the Anime Expo and I am
looking forward to seeing the enthusiastic American anime fans in
Anaheim,²
said Yutaka Izubuchi.


³Mr. Izubuchi is arguably the leading artist among anime creators in
Japan
and his creation has won him many fans across the globe,² said
Tatsunori
Konno, president and CEO of Bandai Visual USA. ³As one of the great
originators of the anime, he designed Mechas for the ŒPatlabor¹ series,
which is the first title that Bandai Visual USA has launched under the
Honneamise label. It gives Bandai Visual USA great pleasure to
introduce
Mr. Izubuchi to the 15th annual Anime Expo.²

The DVD will be released in both a single disc edition (SRP $29.99) and
a
limited collector¹s edition (SRP $89.99). The limited collector¹s
edition
is numbered with a limited run of only 10,000 units. The cover art was
illustrated especially for the DVD release by Yutaka Izubuchi.

Bandai Visual USA will be exhibiting throughout the show at booth #111.
In
addition, Bandai Visual USA will be featured in the following Anime
Expo®
events:




Anime Explosion (July 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Live Program Room 3): Bandai
Visual
USA president and CEO Tatsunori Konno participates in and industry
roundtable.

Focus Panel (July 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Live Programming Room 1): Yutaka
Izubuchi discusses his work and answers questions.

Industry Panel (July 2, 4:00-4:50 p.m., Live Programming Room 2):
Bandai
Visual USA vice president Takenari Maeda and Yutaka Izubuchi discuss
the
Patlabor movies. Bandai Visual USA will raffle-off Patlabor items
signed by
Yutaka Izubuchi and also introduce future Bandai Visual USA titles to
be
distributed in the U.S. and Canada.

³Patlabor 2: The Movie² Screening (July 2, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Video Room
1):
Screening of ³Patlabor 2: The Movie, with an in-person introduction by
Yutaka
Izubuchi.

Autograph Sessions (dates and times to be announced): Yutaka Izubuchi
meets
attendees and signs autographs.

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 (www.anime-expo.org ).

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 (www.spja.org
).

About Bandai Visual USA Inc.:
Bandai Visual USA Inc. was established in 2005 as a wholly owned
subsidiary
of Bandai Visual Co.,Ltd with a mission to facilitate stronger, more
active involvement in positioning, marketing and distribution of Bandai
Visual programs in North America. From its base in Torrance,
California,
Bandai Visual USA seeks to form new alliances and reinforce existing
ties in
an effort to strengthen Bandai Visual¹s international presence as a
producer
and content provider in the ever expanding and diversified specialty
programs market. Bandai Visual USA titles are released on DVD under
its
Honneamise label, named after the 1987 animation film that Bandai
Visual
first produced. More information is available at www.bandaivisual.us
.

bookmark/share with:

Press Release archives

Around The Web