Anime Expo 2009 Announces AX After Dark and 24 Hour Shuttle Schedules

Jun 10th 2009

Nation's Largest Anime and Manga Convention Brings New Programming to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Anaheim, California (June 10, 2009) — Anime Expo® 2009 is proud to announce its latest programming addition … the AX AFTER DARK program that will be hosted at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the 24 Hour Shuttle Service Program that will also be held during the nation's largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org .

AX AFTER DARK program encompass activities that are open to all attendees that will be held for their convenience at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel starting as early as 6:00 pm every evening. Activities, locations and start times (subject to change) include:

· Tabletop Game Room-Pasadena Foyer; start time: midnight
· Dance-Catalina Ballroom; start time: 6:00 pm
· Karaoke-Hollywood Ballroom; start time: midnight
· Anime Video Room-San Jose Room; start time: 9:00 pm

In addition, Anime Expo® 2009 announces the 24 Hour Shuttle Service Program, which consists of three (3) routes. Each route and Boarding Locations for Hotel Room Block Attendees (and those that purchase shuttle passes-$20/each available at Guest Services in the Registration Hall-Los Angeles Convention Center) include:

· Route 1: For residents of the Los Angeles Marriott/Westin Bonaventure Hotels; Boarding Locations: Westin Bonaventure and curbside on Figueroa
· Route 2: For residents of the Wilshire Grand/Sheraton/Los Angeles Athletic Club; Boarding Locations: Curbside on 7th Street, Curbside on Hope and at the Sheraton
· Route 3: For residents of the Hilton Checkers Hotel/Millennium Biltmore/Kawada Hotel Los Angeles/Omni Hotel Los Angeles; Boarding Locations: At Millennium Biltmore, Curbside on Grand Ave., Curbside on 2nd at Hill Street and Curbside on Olive (& 3rd)

Due to the close walking proximity, shuttle service will not be provided to the Holiday Inn City Center or the Figueroa Hotel between the hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 am. More information can be found online at www.anime-expo.org/general-information/transportation/shuttle-service/.

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC, Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime News Network and UTB Hollywood.

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 2009 will be held July 2 – July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. 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 (www.spja.org ).

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. 


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