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Anime Expo 2009

Guilty Gear creator and Blazblue composer Daisuke Ishiwatari a guest of honour at LA convention.


Anaheim, California and Tokyo, Japan (March XX, 2009) - Anime Expo® is proud to announce the attendance of the world re-known South African born producer and composer Daisuke Ishiwatari to the nation's largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org .

Mr. Daisuke Ishiwatari is famed for single-handedly creating the first GUILTY GEAR game, but he says it wasn't all just him and shares this credit, "That is not quite true. In fact, it is a big misunderstanding. The core development team consisted of about five people. I was entertained by the idea that I could create a game, and got my toes wet in areas like concept, planning, direction, design, music, writing, and voice acting, so that may be where the rumors stem from.

However, by no means did I 'single-handedly' create this game ... In fact, I often came to my colleagues for help."

Mr. Ishiwatari is currently working on the Aksys Games title BLAZBLUE as its composer.

Daisuke Ishiwatari joins Toshimichi Mori and Morning Musume as official Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of Honor.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC and Central Park Media, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.

About Aksys Games

Based in Torrance, California, Aksys Games is a leading video game publisher with extensive knowledge of localization. Lead by Akibo Shieh and a group of talented professionals, Aksys Games is renowned for its collaborative work with Namco Bandai, XSEED, Atlus USA, Sonic Games, Gaijin Games, and Arc System Works.

The Aksys Games portfolio includes popular work on the DIGIMON® series, the Naruto™ series, and the Jake Hunter series. The company is also responsible for bringing one of the leading fighting game franchises in the world, Guilty Gear, to the United States, and will soon be releasing the much-anticipated fighting game BlazBlue.

About Anime Expo®

Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's 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).

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 ( www.spja.org ).

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Harry Chang Chase Wang

Brand and Public Relations Manager Anime Expo / BAM!

Aksys Games chase@bam-mp.com

(310) 212-6724

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