Anime Expo 2012 Kicks Off With Star-Studded Red Carpet And Opening Ceremony

Source: Anime Expo News Release

LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2012) – Anime Expo®  -- North America’s largest anime, manga
and Japanese pop culture celebration -- officially kicks off Thursday, June 28
with a star-studded Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles
Convention Center. Anime Expo Official Guests of Honor will greet fans on the
red carpet at 6 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony to follow at 7 p.m.

Now in its 21st year, Anime Expo 2012 (AX) will present some of today’s most
exciting anime, manga, musical, game and fashion artists from Japan and the
U.S.; main event concerts and contests such as the crowd favorite Masquerade;
new and exciting interactive offerings and even Lounge 21, where over-21
attendees can enjoy wine, beer and cocktails.

Announced Guests of Honors include composer Yuki Kajiura/”FictionJunction;” anime-inspired
heavy metal band ANIMETAL USA; Culture Japan’s Danny Choo; Fate/Zero” creative
team Hikaru Konda, Ei Aoki and Rikiya Koyama; Madhouse creative team Asaka
Morio, Kunihiko Hamada and Takuya Tsunoki; animation director Tatsuo Sato; voice
actors Ryo Horikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Steve Blum,
Joel McDonald and Ian Sinclair; Japanese pop star LiSA, Lolita fashion designer
Cyril Lumboy, Lolita model Misako Aoki; Tokyo-based Gallery of Fantastic Art and
popular cosplayer Jessica Nigri.

The following are highlights of the AX Main Events, all to be held in Hall G of LACC:

Day Zero: June 28, 2012

– 6:40 p.m.                        Red Carpet

p.m. – 8:00 p.m.               Opening Ceremonies

Day One: June 29, 2012

– 6:30 p.m.                        ANIMETAL USA Concert

p.m. – 12:00 a.m.             Anime Music Video (AMV) Contest

Day Two: June 30, 2012

– 8 p.m.                             Yuki Kajiura/”Fiction/Junction” Concert

Day Three: July 1, 2012

– 3:00 p.m.                        LiSA Concert

– 4:00 pm.                         Japan Fashion Mix at AX 2012: Fashion Show
hosted by Misako Aoki and Danny Choo with up-and-coming J-pop singer Kyoka

p.m. – 12:00 a.m.             Masquerade

Day Four: July 2, 2012

– 1:00 p.m.                       Art Auction
– 6:00 p.m.                        SPJA Charity Auction
p.m.                                   Closing Ceremonies

About Anime Expo

Now in its 21st year, Anime Expo is North America’s larges celebration of anime,
manga and Japanese pop culture.  AX 2012 will feature and exciting schedule of
exclusive screenings; artists’ panels; live concerts; cosplay; dance parties,
karaoke, and video competitions; non-stop video gaming and unsurpassed shopping
from more than 3,000 vendors. AX 2012 takes place June 29-July 2, 2012 at the
Los Angeles Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit  Connect with Anime Expo on TwitterFacebook, and Youtube.

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 America 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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