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Japanese Pop Trio Kalafina at Anime Expo 2011



LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2010) -- Anime Expo, North America's largest anime and manga celebration, is proud to present a live concert with the chart-topping, female Japanese pop trio, Kalafina, when it returns to the L.A. Convention Center from July 1 - 4, 2011. Along with the hit-making sound producer Yuki Kajiura, Kalafina has provided memorable songs for popular anime series including "Kara no KyoukaiThe Garden of Sinners," "Kuroshitsuji -- Black Butler," and “PUELLA MAGI MADOKA☆MAGICA.”

Since their debut in 2008, Kalafina has had an impressive string of hits with seven singles reaching the Top 15 on the Japanese Oricon Charts while the group's two albums have claimed #5 and #8 spots. Since 2009, the group has toured extensively throughout Japan and overseas, building a passionate following that often breaks into a chorus of Kalafina's lyrics. Tickets for Kalafina's most recent tour in Japan sold out within one day.

Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru, the three voices of Kalafina will take the stage of Club Nokia for an exclusive concert on July 2, 2011. Kalafina will also participate in a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and focus panel giving fans multiple opportunities to see and hear from these captivating performers.

Kalafina joins the line-up of Anime Expo 2011 Guests of Honor that includes Japanese pop culture sensation Danny Choo and voice actor Vic Mignogna. Themed the “Year of the Fan,” Anime Expo 2011 will fully immerse guests into the world of Japanese animation, manga (comic books), music and fashion. Anime Expo is a non-stop marathon of Japanese pop culture that's been likened to Halloween in July.

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About Anime Expo

Held annually in Los Angeles, Anime Expo is North America's largest anime and manga event. Anime Expo gives fans the rare opportunity to meet and hear from some of the most famous anime, manga and musical artists from Japan and get into the action through everything from costume play, karaoke and video competitions to exclusive screenings, non-stop video gaming competitions and the wildly popular Masquerade, in which fans transform themselves into their favorite characters through creative costuming, accessories and make-up and put on their own show before an audience of thousands. AX 2011 will be held July 1 – July 4, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit www.anime-expo.org.

About The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is 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®. For more information, please visit www.spja.org.

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