Bandai Visual USA Premieres Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time at Sakura-Con 2008

Torrance, Calif. February 1, 2008 - Bandai Visual USA, is pleased to host the premier of HARUKA:
Beyond the Stream of Time ― A Tale of the Eight Guardians at Sakura-Con 2008!

In honor of the US premiere, the director of HARUKA, Aki Tsunaki, will be a Guest of Honor
at Sakura-Con 2008, March 28th -30th, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle,

Aki Tsunaki belongs to Yumeta Company, an acclaimed anime production company in Japan.
He comes from Kumamoto Prefecture and began his career in the anime industry when he was 20
years old. In addition to directing Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time ― A Tale of the Eight
Guardians, he's also involved as animation director in various titles such as: Go Forward., Pokémon
the Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! TV and Initial D. Sakura-Con is very pleased to host Mr. Tsunaki's first
appearance in the United States.

Bandai Visual USA recently announced the release of “Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time
A Tale of the Eight Guardians” on DVD. “HARUKA” is a hit Japanese romance adventure video game
which has been adapted into an equally popular manga in Japan. The first volume of director Aki
Tsunaki's animated version of HARUKA is set to hit store shelves April 22, 2008. The manga is now
serialized in SHOJO BEAT magazine and vol. 1 of the manga will be in stores April 1, 2008. Both are
published by Viz Media.

Those attending Sakura-Con 2008 have a unique opportunity to see and purchase the
HARUKA before the official DVD release. The first DVD volume will be exclusively available for
purchase at Sakura-Con 2008! Don't miss this chance to see it first and meet the Director in person!
Details about the premier screening will be made available at

For more information on the Haruka DVD please visit Bandai Visual USA's official website to
be made online early this month: and for more information about the
Haruka manga and Shojo Beat please visit

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 VISUAL's international
presence as a producer and content provider in the ever expanding and diversified specialty
programs market.

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