By Janice Eck
(Victor Valley)– Fans and artists who love the world of Japanese Animation will come together for Anime Expo 2013 (AX) at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4 – July 7, in an array of cosplays, music, video games, arts, and so much more. AX, the largest anime convention, is an annual 4-day event that runs around the clock with panel discussions, special guest interviews, and exhibits during the day, and dancing, all night video programming, gaming rooms and Karaoke at night.
AX has a long list of special guests. Among the guests of honor, get a chance to meet Kyle Hebert who voiced Ryu in Wreck-It- Ralph, Kazuhiko Inoue who voiced Prince Eric in Little Mermaid, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Johnny Yong Bosch, who played the Black Ranger, Adam Park, and many more guests who have made an impact in the anime world.
Bang Zoom! Studios will give you a chance to be a voiceover actor with open auditions for a highly anticipated anime series. Join Bang Zoom in voice acting workshops, guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions and special promotional giveaways. Look for them on the main convention floor in Booth 1601.
VIZ Media celebrates its new North American anime series, “K.” Watch a special English world premiere of the series, followed by a Behind the Scenes Q&A hosted by staff and the English voice cast, including Patrick Seitz (voice of Reisi Munakata), Stephanie Sheh (voice of Neko), Matt Mercer (voice of Kuroh Yatogami and Keith Silverstein (voice of Mikoto Suoh). VIZ Media also invites fans to sample Neon Alley – an innovative new 24/7 uncut anime channel. Visit VIZ Media in Booth 1501.
In an industry-first, SimulTV combines social networking and streaming in a “social TV everywhere service.” Watch exclusive streaming content from AX on any web-enabled device together with voice and video chat, Twitter, Facebook, and online search all on the same screen. Chat with friends as you virtually watch AX highlights such as rock concert performances, opening and closing ceremonies, and fashion shows. SimulTV is also selling tickets to AX at www.simultv.com and offering a free 14-day subscription to anime fans who register for a SimulTV subscription during the conference online or by using the QR code that will be provided at AX in SimulTV’s Screening Room 405. To learn more about SimulTV, visit www.simultv.com.
There is still time to purchase badges for the 2013 Anime Expo depending on how many days you plan to attend or if you decide to tour only through the Exhibit Hall. Get dressed up in your favorite cosplay (or not) and enjoy the air conditioning in the Los Angeles Convention Center or enjoy AX from the comfort of your own home via SimulTV. For more information, visit http://www.anime-expo.org/ .