SPJA unveils lineup for Anime Expoâ€™s 25th Event
Online PR News – 24-June-2016 – Santa Ana, CA – This year marks the 25th event for Anime Expo produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). This milestone experience will offer a variety of appearances, special events and performances that will not disappoint.
Anime Expo 2016 welcomes the worldâ€™s first Anisong World Matsuri - An event with a variety of live music and experiential performances including but not limited to Flo, JAM Project, Sphere, T.M Revolution, OLDCODEXâ€™ first appearance in America and many more. The Anisong World Matsuri also includes a special celebration for One Punch Man and Love Live! Sunshine!!. Other exclusive performances and special guest stars include TeddyLoid, the electronic pop icon who will DJ a live set during the eventâ€™s fashion show as well as at the legendary Lounge 21. Concerts will include J-pop band, Dempagumi.inc, performing their newly released â€śPhantom of the Killâ€ť along with other hit favorites and The Cowboy Bebop Jazz Cat Experience which will introduce an immersive presentation with music, storytelling and visuals celebrating one of the most influential and celebrated anime of all time, Cowboy Bebop.
This years convention offers a variety of never-before-seen exclusives, and world premieres including Makoto Shinkaiâ€™s â€śyour name.â€ť and â€śPhantom of the Killâ€™sâ€ť. Following an announcement with Toonamiâ€™s co-production for FLCL (Fooly Cooly), a first look at the long anticipated original seriesâ€™ season 2 will be unveiled. Additional industry leaders will be featured in guest panels throughout the weekend including Shoji Kawamori, Kenji Horikawa, Nami Sano, The Ghost in the Shell live action movie producer Ari Arad and others.
The event provides gamers and cosplayers direct access to parties, demos and panels. Attendees can also look forward to the opportunity to meet their favorite Cosplay Senpai participants Stella Chuu, Vampy Bit Me and J. Hart as well as video game creators like Koji Igarashi (Castlevania, Bloodstained), Keiji Inafune (Mega Man) and Kotaro Uchikoshi (Zero Escape). Additional weekend highlights offer cosplayers unique photo opportunities with full sets while gamers can look forward to an exclusive launch party for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithfulness following the much-anticipated release date.
For a schedule of events, speakers and panels visit http://www.anime-expo.org/schedule/.
Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/.
For more information about attending, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration-help/.
For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.daisuki.net/awm2016/.
SPJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit www.spja.org.
About Anime Expo
Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit www.anime-expo.org.
About â€śANISONG WORLD MATSURIâ€ť
Through the direction of 6 Japanese companies, â€śANISONG WORLD MATSURIâ€ť is an Animation/ANISONG event that will take place on July 2nd and July 3rd jointly with ANIME EXPO 2016. Events pertaining to â€śLove Live! Sunshineâ€ť and â€śONE PUNCH MANâ€ť will be held in the Main Events Hall. â€śLove Live! Sunshineâ€ť is slated to be aired as a TV anime program from this summer, and is a new series of â€śLove Live!â€ť which has a tremendous international following. â€śONE PUNCH MANâ€ť was aired in Japan from October to December 2015 and achieved popularity worldwide. Also, at the Microsoft Theater adjacent to Anime Expo, a four-hour long, festival-type live event â€śJapan Super Liveâ€ť featuring 8 popular ANISONG artists such as JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, and sphere. At another venue called The Novo by Microsoft, two popular bands FLOW and OLDCODEX will compete against each other under the title â€śJapan Band Battle.â€ť By actualizing an event that delivers the magic of Anime and the thrill of high-quality ANISONG live entertainment through the collective efforts of 6 Japanese companies that focus on Animation-related contents, the event aims to transmit Japanâ€™s Animation/ANISONG culture, and to maximize its value throughout the world.