Metrocon 5 Dates Announced

July 6-8, 2007

TAMPA BAY, FL, August 17, 2006 – officially announces METROCON 5 – Florida's largest anime convention – will take place on the weekend of July 6-8, 2007, at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment – from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-Rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by “idols”) to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year includes: - The “Anime Human Chess Match”- Year 4, “Anime Idol” J-Pop/J-Rock Competition; - A “gong show style” cosplay competition and a costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room; - Artists' Alley; “DDR Extreme” Tournaments; - An Anime Music Video contest; - the Second Annual Anime Fan Film Festival; - Official convention screenings of new North American releases; - Panels with North American anime industry guests; - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests;- Dances and karaoke; - The METROCADE video game room; and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

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