Anime Expo 2011 Announces “Year of the Fan” Benefits as Part of 20th Anniversary Celebration

LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2011) — Anime Expo's 20th Anniversary at the L.A. Convention Center from July 1 – 4, 2011 will include several special features aimed at reinforcing this year's theme of celebrating the “Year Of The Fan.”

In effort to make the experience even more “fan friendly” to our attendees, Anime Expo introduces the addition of a Dance or Exhibit Hall Only Pass ticket, carpet in the Exhibit Hall, and free entrance to the Exhibit Hall after 3:33 p.m.

Dance-Only Passes are priced between $5-$20 online until June 29 and $10-$25 on-site (good for one night of dance). Exhibit Hall-Only Passes are priced at $20 online until June 30th and $25 on-site (good for one day). In addition to the above, Anime Expo continues to offer 1, 2 and 4-day passes to Anime Expo which enable fans to not only check out the exhibit hall and attend dance events, but also experience all else AX has to offer including live panels, 24-hour video programming, gaming, karaoke, cosplay competitions, celebrity guest meet-and-greets, autograph signings and much more.

All options can be found online here. Any and all AX attendees who would like to either switch to the newly added options or receive a full refund prior to the convention can do so by contacting Customer Service at (805) 290-1341 or email: [email protected]

“We love our fans,” said CEO and President of The Society For The Promotion Of Japanese Animation Marc Perez. “Our goal is to give the fans exactly what they want and demonstrate that we wish to provide a great experience for all.”

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. The roster of Anime Expo 2011 Guests of Honor includes Japanese pop trio Kalafina; singing sensation Maon Kurosaki; techno pop band Nirgilis; “LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing-“ production team Koichi Chigira, Makoto Kobayashi, Takaaki Suzuki and Hiroyuki Birukawa; Japanese TV Host and blogger Danny Choo; voice actress and singer Miyuki Sawashiro; voice actors Vic Mignogna, Toshiyuki Morikawa and Taliesin Jaffe; stars of the Power Rangers series and movies; video game developer Sohei Niikawa; Crypton Future Media CEO Hiroyuki Itoh and Producer Wataru Sasaki; Vocaloid songwriter Onyx Kobayashi; manga artists Izumi Matsumoto and Fred Gallagher and anime director Seiji Mizushima. Anime Expo has announced Hatsune Miku as its first ever Virtual Guest of Honor.

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About Anime Expo

Held annually in Los Angeles, Anime Expo is North America's largest anime and manga celebration. 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

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

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