The Girl Who Leapt Through Time DVD Launch Party at Anime Jungle November 18th; Voice Actor Andrew Francis to Appear; Theatrical Poster Giveaway; Contest

October 27, 2008 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment, INC. and Kadokawa Pictures USA announced today that the English language version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time will have a DVD launch party at the Los Angeles store ANIME JUNGLE on Tuesday November 18th from 6 to 8pm.

Voice actor Andrew Francis who plays Chiaki Mamiya in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time English version will be appearing at the event to sign autographs. Mr. Francis has had numerous anime roles which include “Dilandau” in the TV and movie versions of Escaflowne, “Hiten' in Inuyasha, “Haseo” in .hack//Roots and many, more. Mr. Francis' appearance has been arranged with the cooperation of Ocean Studios.

During the event the regular edition and Limited Edition DVDs will be on sale at a discounted price. Patrons can have their DVDs autographed and everyone attending will also receive a free theatrical sized poster from the film. There will also be a “pudding eating” contest honoring the lead character's first time leap from the story -- the winner of the contest will receive a signed Limited Edition DVD box set!

Anime Jungle is located at 319 E 2nd St. #103, Los Angeles, Ca 90012 in the heart of Little Tokyo. (213) 621-1661.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (also known as TokiKake) was directed by Mamoru Hosoda with original character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion) and features animation from Studio Madhouse. A continuation of the novel The Little Girl Who Conquered Time by Tsutsui Yasutaka, the film centers on a high school girl, Makoto, who gains the power to go backward in time after a near- death accident at a train crossing. Since its release, the film has received great critical accolades and international awards including the “Best Animated Film” at the thirty-ninth Sitges International Film Festival, “Animation Grand Award” at the sixty-first Mainichi Film Awards, “Animation of the Year” at the thirtieth Japan Academy Prize, and received “Animation of the Year” at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

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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 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more.

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, and Kadokawa Pictures, Japan's major production and distribution division.

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