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Sakura-Con Announces World Premiere of Trigun Movie and New Guests

Sakura-Con 2010 announces World Premiere of Trigun movie-Badlands Rumble-and new Japanese Guests!

Seattle, WA 02-22-2010 - ANCEA (Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association) is proud to present the thirteenth annual Sakura-Con April 2-4 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Downtown Seattle Washington.

Trigun the Movie -Badlands Rumble – Makes its world Premiere at Sakura-Con 2010!
See this movie before it is released in theaters by attending Sakura-Con 2010.

What's "TRIGUN"?
The legend of an unparalleled gunman, wrapped in a crimson coat...
Vash the Stampede is not a stranger to anime fans.

"TRIGUN", serialized in "Monthly Young King Ours", was Yasuhiro Nightow's original science fiction cyber Western comic, becoming a smash hit TV anime in 1998. This exceptional gunman, though a outlaw with a bounty on his head, chants "Love & Peace" as the main character, Vash the Stampede, and is an absolute pacifist. Though aloof and carefree at first glance, he is a beacon of hope for humanity and their struggles, a person whose fans empathize with regardless of their gender.

The original work and TV animation was widely introduced overseas, and has gained popularity internationally, and is particularly popular in the United States.

After the conclusion of the comic book, TRIGUN received the 2009 Nebula Award.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble is the first movie from the franchise and is much anticipated by fans.

In honor of the premiere, guests of honor from the project are expected. Our first two confirmed guests are Satoshi Nishimura and Takahiro Yoshimatsu.

Satoshi Nishimura worked for years as an animator on numerous anime titles providing key animation and story board work. Some popular series he did such work on include Alien Nine, Card Captor Sakura, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Paradise Kiss, Revolutionary Girl Utena and more. Later, Mr. Nishimura became a Director with several equally notable titles to his credit, including TRIGUN TV, and Hajime no Ippo. Mr. Nishimura's latest title is Trigun: Badlands Rumble.

Takahiro Yoshimatsu is an animator with numerous character design and animation credits to his name. He's worked on many titles, including Future GPX Cyber Formula, Slayers the Movie, TRIGUN, Jubei-chan, Muryou Gakuen Senki, Ninja Scroll, Fullmetal Alchemist Chibi Party, Panyo Panyo Digi Carat, and Digi Carat, the Super Milk Chan Show and many more. Mr. Yoshimatsu is also famous as a manga author named “Something Yoshimatu”, known for "Sega no Game wa Sekai Ichio". Mr. Yoshimatsu's lastest work is the movie Trigun: Badlands Rumble in which he is the Character Designer.

Sakura-Con is the Northwest's first and largest convention devoted to Japanese animation (anime), comics (manga), gaming and Asian culture (established 1998). It is the destination event for an expected attendance of over 18,000 fans, industry leaders, celebrities, and artists. Sakura-Con is one of the largest events of it's kind in the United States-ranking in the top 5 for attendance.

Sakura-Con features artists, performers, educators, musicians, authors, directors, producers, and more from anime, manga, j-pop, the Asian cultural community and gaming. The event runs 24 hours a day, round the clock from start to finish and is packed with programming including: 4 theaters, concerts, the largest console and video gaming suite of any event in the Northwest, fan panels, industry panels, cultural panels, guest appearances, art show, cultural performers, educational panels, and an exhibitors hall with over 250 vendors.

To attend Sakura-Con you must become a member of the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association. Once a member you will be able to attend ANCEA's main event and will additionally receive members benefits including a local mailing list to keep you in touch with Japanese cultural events in the Greater Puget Sound area, a Member's Newsletter, and discounts for special ANCEA/Sakura-Con events and offers as available.

To Register just visit www.sakuracon.org. Memberships are priced to encourage early registration to help ANCEA put on the best Sakura-Con possible-as well as to provide the most benefits to our members.

ANCEA is a state and federal non profit organization dedicated to educating about traditional and contemporary Asian Media-with a special focus on Japanese anime, manga, music and gaming. ANCEA and Sakura-Con is entirely volunteer run, “for the fans, by the fans.”

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