FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GAINAX AND ANIPLEX PRESENTS THE US PREMIER OF GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE CHILDHOOD¹S END- AT ANIME EXPO® 2009
U.S. Debut of Film to Appear at Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Over the 4th of July Weekend
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 4, 2009) – Aniplex announces a partnership with GAINAX to present the US Premier Screening of GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE Childhood¹s End- at Anime Expo® 2009 the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention occurring over the 4th of July week (July 2-5, 2009) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found at www.gurren-lagann-movie.net/gurren/
and www.anime -expo.org.
GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE CHILDHOOD¹S END – was re-created from the hit Japanese anime TV series ³Gurren Lagann² for theatrical release in Japan and was broadcasted in the US in 2008 on the SciFi Channel. GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE Childhood¹s End is the first of two (2) films in which the title¹s sequel is currently on theatre screens in Japan.
GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE Childhood¹s End- is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, written by Kazuki Nakashima, Animation production by GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion and FLCL) and shares the creative staff from the franchise TV series.
The movie will be presented with English subtitles-Thursday; July 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm PST. Please check Anime Expo® website (www.anime-expo.org) for screening schedule and location.
GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE Childhood¹s End-
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for himŠ.
Far in the future, human live underground quietly and restlessly for hundreds of years, suffering from frequent earthquake and land subsidence.
In Giha Village, one of such underground communities, there are two young men. One is called Simon who is shy and naïve, the other is called Kamina who believes in existence of a ³surface² world above their heads. Destiny of the two starts moving drastically when the ceiling falls, and a gigantic ³Gunmen² and a beautiful girl Yoko with a superconductive rifle come from the surface. Kamina, Simon and Yoko get on ³Lagann² that Simon digs out from the ground, and jump out to the surface!
However, the surface is not such a dreamland as Kamina imagined. The world is reined by the Spiral King and his army beastmen. Kamina and Simon, along with their comrades challenge the Spiral King to change the desperate world to the one with hope for the future by GURREN LAGANN!
About ANIPLEX Inc.
ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. in 1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment
(Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc.
has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as ³Gurren Lagann,² ³Fullmetal Alchemist,² ³Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),² ³R.O.D THE TV-,² ³Blood+,² all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched ANIPLEX of AMERICA in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most technically advanced animation studio in Japan.
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 2009 will be held July 2 July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org ).
Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren.