Masahiro Ando attending AX2008

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 Latest Guest of Honor Announced for Nation¹s Largest Anime/Manga Convention

 Anaheim, California (May 9, 2008)


Anime Expo® 2008 announces the attendance of Masahiro Ando as an official Guest of Honor to this year¹s Anime Expo®2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website <

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Born in Hokkaido, Masahiro Ando has played a key role in the creation of many popular animation features and TV series. He has also been involved in production, mainly with BONES. Mr. Ando is most well known for his involvement with such features as COWBOY BEBOP: KNOCKIN¹ ON HEAVEN¹S DOOR, JIN-ROH, METROPOLIS and GHOST IN THE SHELL. He has also worked on the storyboard and production of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (TV/Film)².


Mr. Ando¹s current work includes his debut as the director of SWORD OF THE STRANGER-a historical action animation set in feudal Japan five hundred years ago revolving around the friendship between two people with tragic pasts, a fiercely powerful warrior ³No Name² (Ronin) who has vowed to give up his sword and a ³boy² who has lost his parents and has a contract out on his life.


Masahiro Ando joins legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the new Japanese ³It-Girl² Shokotan in Anime Expo® 2008¹s amazing line up of Guests of Honor.


Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add on orders for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online Registration Area at <

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Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular non-hotel attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services during designated hours as well. All schedules and routes will be posted in the lobby of each shuttle hotel. Frequency of service is pending local traffic, road conditions and can change without notice. Also, no shuttle service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the Figueroa Hotel (both are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center).


Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2007 convention at <

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This year¹s Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television.

Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios. Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga Publishing. Silver Sponsor is Gaia Online. Patron Sponsors are Central Park Media and COPIC Markers.


About Anime Expo®

Located in Los Angeles, 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 2008 will be held July 3 July 6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (


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 ( <> ).

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