Para Para Hits Maximum at Anime Expo® 2008

Anime Pop Star Returns to Nation's Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (May XX, 2008) —Anime Expo® 2008 in conjunction with Geneon
Entertainment, is ecstatic to announce the return of the highly popular Anime Pop Star
Yoko Ishida to this year's Anime Expo® 2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website

Ms. Ishida will be performing with Anime Expo® 2008 Guest of Honor Jyukai at their
official concert held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Ms. Ishida began her musical career after receiving a Grand Prix Award in an anime singer
contest. Soon after, she made her professional debut with the song “Maiden's Policy” in the hit
TV animation Sailor Moon R. Yoko continued to sing anime theme songs and produced other
hits such as “White Destiny” (Pretear – The New Legend of Snow White TV opening theme),
“Sugar Baby Love” (Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy TV opening theme), “Towa no Hana”/”Eternal
Flower”( Ai Yori Aoshi TV opening theme), “Ienaikara”/”Because I Can't Say it” (Petite
Princess Yucie TV ending theme) and many others.

On February 26, 2003, Ms. Ishida released her first album titled “all of me,” which included five
anime theme songs. Following the release of her hit series “Para Para Max,” she attended Anime
Expo® 2004 and has headlined the Anime Fusion Tour that toured in over six locations on the
east coast in 2005 and several other west coast locations in 2006. “Hyper Yocomix 3,” the long
awaited third addition to the “Para Para Max” series, is set to release on June 25, 2008, and her
sphere of activity is widening both in Japan and abroad.

Current list of official Guests of Honor include up and coming director Masahiro Ando,
legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed Pokemon director Masamitsu
Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the new Japanese “It-Girl” Shokotan in
Anime Expo® 2008's amazing line up of Guests of Honor.

Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add on orders
for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online Registration Area at

Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular non-hotel
attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services during designated hours as
well. All schedules and routes will be posted in the lobby of each shuttle hotel.
Frequency of service is pending local traffic, road conditions and can change without

notice. Also, no shuttle service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the
Figueroa Hotel (both are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage
site of the 2007 convention at

This year's Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television.
Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios. Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga Publishing. Silver
Sponsor is Gaia Online. Patron Sponsors are Central Park Media and COPIC Markers.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, 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 2008 will be held July 3 – July 6, 2008 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website

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 (

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are
based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that
a number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice,
based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly
any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of
unanticipated events.


PHOTO EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: Photos are available to the media. Please call Chase
Wang at (310) 869-8030 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to request materials.


The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Anime presents Anime Expo® 2008.

WHO: Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
Industry giants
Guests from Japan and the U.S.
Exhibit Hall
Main Events
Live Programming
Artist Alley
Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation and Imaginasian TV
Platinum Sponsors include: Imagi Studios
Gold Sponsors include: Digital Manga Publishing
Silver Sponsors include: Gaia Online
Patron Sponsors include: COPIC and Central Park Media

WHAT: Nation's largest 24 Hour anime/manga convention serving over 44,000+ unique
attendees in 2007.

WHEN: Thursday, July 3, 2008 through Sunday, July 6, 2008

WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street; Los Angeles, CA

Registration Type Dates Price
Children ages 5 and under Anytime Free
4-Day Child (children ages 6-12) Anytime $30

Regular March 18th to June 1st
4-Day Attendee $55
2-Day Attendee $45
1-Day Attendee $25

Late June 2nd to July 6th
4-Day Attendee $60
2-Day Attendee $45
1-Day Attendee $25

At the door* July 3rd to July 6th
4-Day Attendee $65
2-Day Attendee $50
1-Day Attendee $25
*At the door registration refers to badges purchased at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the convention. Those who choose to register
at the Anime Expo® registration site will be subject to the fees listed in the “At the door” category. However, online registrations made during
the convention are considered “Late” and will be charged according to the prices listed in the “Late” category. Please note that you will save $5
by registering online!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the Anime Expo® 2008 website at: or call (310) 869-8030

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