September 26, 2017


Latest Guest of Honor Announced for Nation’s Largest Anime/Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (May 9, 2008) ‹Anime Expo® 2008 announces the attendance
of Masahiro Ando as an official Guest of Honor to this year’s Anime Expo®
2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los
Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website

Born in Hokkaido, Masahiro Ando has played a key role in the creation of
many popular animation features and TV series. He has also been involved in
production, mainly with BONES. Mr. Ando is most well known for his
involvement with such features as COWBOY BEBOP: KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR,
JIN-ROH, METROPOLIS and GHOST IN THE SHELL. He has also worked on the
storyboard and production of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (TV/Film).

Mr. Ando’s current work includes his debut as the director of SWORD OF THE
STRANGER-a historical action animation set in feudal Japan five hundred
years ago revolving around the friendship between two people with tragic
pasts, a fiercely powerful warrior “No Name” (Ronin) who has vowed to give
up his sword and a “boy” who has lost his parents and has a contract out on
his life.

Masahiro Ando joins legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed
POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai and the
new Japanese “It-Girl” Shokotan in Anime Expo® 2008’s amazing line up of
Guests of Honor.

Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add
on orders for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online
Registration Area at

Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular
non-hotel attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services
during designated hours as well. All schedules and routes will be posted in
the lobby of each shuttle hotel. Frequency of service is pending local
traffic, road conditions and can change without notice. Also, no shuttle
service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the Figueroa Hotel (both
are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center).

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2007 convention at

This year’s Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television.
Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios. Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga
Publishing. Silver Sponsor is Gaia Online. Patron Sponsors are Central
Park Media and COPIC Markers.

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 2008 will be held July 3 ­ July 6, 2008 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (

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 (

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