AX2007 PR Round-up II

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES PREMIER CONCERT TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Nation¹s Largest Convention¹s Main Events Ticket Registration Up and Running!

Anaheim, California (June 1, 2007) Premier tickets for Main-Event seats are now available for sale online for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website <http://www.anime-expo.org> .Premier seats are considered the best seats in the Main Events Arena at Anime Expo® 2007 and are limited to several hundred seats. Remaining seats are available to registered convention goers free of charge with a valid Anime Expo® 2007 attendee badge and Main Event ticket.

Pre-registered attendees with a valid registration confirmation number and zip code will be able to access the premium seat ticket purchase system.

The valid registration confirmation number is a six (6) digit code that matches the pre-registered badge with the individual (this is not to be confused with a group code which is a five (5) digit number).

Anime Expo® Premier Ticket Block Attendees

· Premier tickets are offered for sale on the official Anime Expo ®

website in limited quantities to pre-registered attendees only and must be purchased by 11:59 PM, PDT on June 15, 2007.

· Attendees are limited to one (1) ticket per event per unique

registration ID for a maximum of seven (7) unique tickets. Premier tickets cannot be purchased in groups and will not be released back into open distribution.

* Tickets for all events will be available for pickup to attendees who have purchased Premier tickets starting Thursday June 28 at the Anime Expo® Will Call booth in front of the Arena (east side) during the following hours:

· Thursday 6/28 4 pm 8 pm

· Friday 6/29 8 am 4 pm

· Saturday 6/30 8 am 4 pm

· Sunday 7/1 8 am 4 pm

· Monday 7/2 8 am 11 am

1. Visit Anime Expo® Registration to obtain a valid badge and badge holder.

2. Bring (1) a valid badge, (2) badge holder, (3) purchase confirmation printout and (4) photo ID to the Anime Expo® Will Call booth for redemption during operating hours up until 15 minutes before the show¹s scheduled start time. All items are required in order to receive tickets.

3. Doors will open for seating 90 minutes before the event¹s scheduled start time.

Main Events Premier tickets available for purchase at this time include:

· SOS Brigade

· Chiaki Ishikawa

· Halko Momoi

· AX Masquerade

· ORESKABAND

Anime Expo® 2007 Main Events Ticket Registration will be available by 6:00 pm on June 1st, 2007 PST via the link:

https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/concertreg/index.cgi

Please note: attendees interested in purchasing Premier seats for the SKIN concert, please stand by as those tickets will be released at a later date.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES CHIAKI AS OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Nation¹s Largest Convention Welcomes Singer/Song-writer From Victor Entertainment, Inc.

Anaheim, California (June 1, 2007) Singer and songstress Chiaki Ishikawa is newest addition to the hottest line up of Anime Expo® 2007 Guests of Honors for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website <http://www.anime-expo.org> .Ms. Ishikawa started singing from a young age as a member of a choir. Later she joined her elder sister¹s band as a singer and started singing at venues in and around Tokyo. In 1993 she formed ³See-Saw² together with composer, Yuki Kajiura. They released their first single ³Swimmer² and released six singles and two albums over the next three years.

At the same time Chiaki wrote songs for other artists as well. After three years, See-Saw took a break and Chiaki started her career as a solo singer, called herself ³Somali², and released the album ³Magnolia² in 1999. In 2001, See-Saw started their activities again, this time the soundtrack to the TV animation, ŒNoir¹. In 2002 they released a couple of singles and the ending theme to the anime ŒMobile Suit Gundam SEED¹, titled ³Annani Issho Dattanoni², which saw them make it to the Oricon charts for the first time, at number 5.

In 2003 See-Saw released their third album ³Dream Field² and Chiaki released her first solo album, ³Inner Garden². In 2004 she released a solo single ³Ame no Hi ni Koi wo Shita / Haru². In 2005 See-Saw released the single ³Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru² which was the ending theme of ŒMobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny¹ (Oricon Chart no. 4). In 2006 Chiaki released ³Utsukushikereba Sore de Ii², the opening theme song to the TV anime ŒSimoun¹. In July, she performed at Animelo Summer Live 2006 at Nippon Budokan. She sung Utsukushikereba Sore de Ii and Annani Issho Dattanoni in front of 10,000 fans.

This year in June, she will release the single, ³Uninstall² which is the opening theme of TV anime ŒBokurano¹, and is currently recording an original solo album to be released in August.

Victor Entertainment, Inc. will also be presenting savage genius at Anime Expo® 2007 as their official industry guest. savage genius has performed songs for anime titles such as ŒUta-Kata¹, ŒElemental Gelade¹ and the PS2 game ŒGundam True Odyssey-Ushinawareshi G no Densetsu¹. savage genius has been constantly recording and releasing new songs. In April 2006 another single was released ³Inori no Uta², the ending theme to the TV anime ŒSimoun¹ and July saw the release of their first album ³Kaze no Kessho² and their participation in the Animelo Summer Live 2006 at Nippon Budokan. On December 20th 2006, they released ³Aizome Futakomori², a self cover version of the ending theme to the TV anime ŒJigoku Shojo-Futakomori¹. In May 2007 they have just released the opening theme of ŒEL CAZADOR De La Bruja¹, titled ³Hikari no Yukue².

Ms. Ishikawa will be performing a full one hour live concert at Anime Expo® on Sunday; July 1, 2007 at the Anime Expo® Main Events Hall (Long Beach Arena).

Chiaki Ishikawa joins Tetsuro Araki, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto, Aya Hirano, Eisaku Inoue, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Halko Momoi and ORESKABAND as Anime Expo® 2007 Official Guests of Honor.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANIME EXPO® 2007 WELCOMES THE QUEEN OF AKIHABARA

Nation’s Largest Convention Announces Newest Guest of Honor

Anaheim, California (May 31, 2007) Famous Akihabara Street Performer, singer and celebrity Halko Momoi is the latest addition to the hottest line up of Anime Expo® 2007 Guests of Honors for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website <http://www.anime-expo.org> .From a very young age, Ms. Momoi has always had an interest in anime, video games and computers. In high school, Ms. Momoi discovered internet communications and began her on-line journal. Her on-line journal caught the eye of a magazine editor, and was published as a serial column that led to more and more requests for writing contributions and interviews.

She was also the MC (Mistress of Ceremonies) for various idol events and appeared in the regular live talk program; “Haruko no Himitsu (Haruko’s Secret)” at Shinjuku’s Loft Plus One. In 1997, she produced a name clone of herself called; “Indie Virtual Mobidol Moai Haruko”.

Ms. Momoi’s live street performances has gathered major attention from media which has launched her career as a TV/radio/anime voice actress, lyricist, songwriter, and as a singer soon thereafter. The single “Mail Me” marked her major singing debut in 2000. It was during this time that Ms. Momoi applied her experiences as a popular street performer in the Akihabara area and was soon dubbed the “Queen of Akihabara.”

In 2001, Ms. Momoi made history as the role of Komugi Nakahara in the historic world’s first ever anime internet radio show NAKAHARA KOMUGI NO KONGURI.

In February 2002, she joined the unit UNDER17, and was the glasses-wearing lead vocalist until its disbandment in 2004. Ms. Momoi’s performance of anime and game songs at her Final Tour at Yokohama Blitz is considered legendary by fans with Ms. Momoi’s famous signature final bow of leaving her glasses on stage at the very end of the concert performance. In 2005, in conjunction with her maxi single “Wonder momo-i~New recording~”, she held the hugely successful “Wonder momo-I Live Tour” in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Since then, Ms. Momoi has released her chart busting first solo album, a 2-part autobiographical DVD drama “HarukoUP DATE” Part 1 & 2 and self-authored a book “Akhiaba LOVE-Growing Up Together with Akihabara”.Ms. Momoi will be performing a full one hour live concert at Anime Expo® on Monday; July 2, 2007 at the Anime Expo® Main Events Hall (Long Beach Arena).

Halko Momoi joins Tetsuro Araki, Michael Arias, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto, Aya Hirano, Eisaku Inoue, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and ORESKABAND as Anime Expo® 2007 Official Guests of Honor.

Secure pre-registration can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at  <http://www.AXTravelStore.com> .AVEX OFFICIAL Website:

http://avexmovie.jp/lineup/momo-i/

U.S. iTMS Website:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=157172232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER OTAKU PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE Nation¹s Largest Convention Provides New Programming and Fun for All!

Anaheim, California (May 30, 2007) Ever had a debate with a friend or family member about Anime, Games, or Manga? Have you ever stood in line and encountered someone that was just plain ³wrong² on an Anime topic and just had to interject yourself to point his or her fallacies? Do you think you know everything that there is to know about the Anime and Manga world? Want to prove it to the world itself? Well look no further, Anime Expo® is please to announce the first annual Otaku Parliamentary Debate at this year¹s convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website <http://www.anime-expo.org> .What is Otaku Parliamentary Debate?

* Otaku Parliamentary Debate, OPD for short, is the first debate contest at Anime Expo® that will run from Day One (June 29, 2007) to Day Three (July 1, 2007) of the con.

> * Day One First Rounds. Eight teams will be randomly chosen to

> participate in the OPD, so please put your foot forward.

> * Day two Semifinal Rounds. Those who won on the previous day will

> compete to go to the next round.

> * Day Three – The Finals. The winners of the semifinals will face off

> to find out ³whose debate skills reign supreme².

* It runs similar to Parliamentary debate, where two teams argue either in favor or oppose on the topic. The only difference is that all the topics will be related to Anime, Manga, and Video Games!

Those who are interested in competing please send an email application by June 16, 2007 to: AXOPDebate@gmail.com. Please provide your full names, age, team name (PG appropriate Please), and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers). In addition, please provide a brief background of yourselves along with any information of your debate skills (such as have you done Parliamentary Debate before, etc.). You will shortly be contacted with more information about the tournament.

Winners of this year tournament will receive passes to Anime Expo® 2008 to defend their title. The runners up will receive a Japanese snack basket.

Secure pre-registration to attend Anime Expo® 2007 can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at <http://www.AXTravelStore.com> .About Anime Expo®

Located in Long Beach, California – Anime Expo®, the nation¹s 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 2007 will be held June 29 July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go!

Media, Infinity Studios, Imaginasian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times.

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®/SPJA¹s 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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