Haruhi American Voice Actors and ASOS Brigade Members Join Anime Expo®


June 18, 2007 (Cypress, Ca) – Bandai Entertainment Inc., and Kadokawa Pictures USA and Anime Expo 2007 ® announced today that Haruhi's American voice actors Wendee Lee (Haruhi), Crispin Freeman (Kyon), Johnny Yong Bosch (Itsuki) and Stephanie Sheh (Mikuru) will be appearing as part of the “SOS Brigade Invasion Tour,” held at the Long Beach Convention Center June 29-July 2, 2007 at Anime Expo 2007 ®.

They will join their voice acting counterparts from Japan: Aya Hirano (Haruhi), Yuko Goto (Mikuru), and Minori Chihara (Yuki) in a live concert on Saturday June 30th 2007 at 4:30 pm at the Long Beach Arena, next to the convention center.

In additional fan favorite ASOS Brigade members Paddy, Haruka, and Kana, will also be part of the concert.

“It's exciting to have east meet west at the SOS Brigade Invasion Tour,” said Ken Iyadomi, President of Bandai Entertainment. “This is an event Haruhi fans won't want to miss.”

Aya Hirano, Yuko Goto and Minori Chihara join Tetsuro Araki, Eisaku Inoue, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and ORESKABAND as Anime Expo® 2007 Official Guests of Honor.

For more information, please visit www.anime-expo.org or www.asosbrigade.com

About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more. Additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) the Los Angeles-based arm of the Japanese Kadokawa Group Holdings, Inc. (KGH, Inc) expands its brand of content in the growing international world of multimedia. KPUSA, remakes films and distributes its film libraries of live-action and anime from over 1700 film titles. KGH, Inc. includes Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, one of the largest publishers in Japan with over 60 year history, Japan's major production and distribution division, Kadokawa Pictures and a physical film studio, Kadokawa Daiei Film Studio.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation'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 2007 will be held June 29 – July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, Imaginasian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
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 website ( HYPERLINK "http://www.spja.org" www.spja.org).

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