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VIZ Announces Anime Expo Lineup

VIZ Media announces its schedule of events -- including special guest appearances, panel discussions, anime screenings and a special K Day celebrating the new anime show K -- for this year’s Anime Expo.

ImageSan Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced a robust schedule of events -- including guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, anime screenings and special promotional giveaways -- for the 2013 Anime Expo.

The 2013 Anime Expo is North America’s largest anime convention and will be held July 4th–7th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. More details are available at VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth 1501.

Celebrate North America’s hottest new anime series – K – as VIZ Media makes Friday, July 5th “K Day!” Festivities start at 11AM in Room LP1 with the special English world premiere of the series, followed by a Behind the Scenes Q&A hosted by staff and 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). The voice cast will also appear at a special autograph session at 2:30PM in the Anime Expo Autograph Area, followed by a photo op at the VIZ Media both at 3:30PM. Finally, cap the day with a photo op at the VIZ Media booth at 5PM with renowned Japanese cosplayer and Anime Expo Industry Guest KANAME☆ (appearing courtesy of King Records) as he portrays his latest creation, K character Saruhiko Fushimi. Fans that purchase a specially selected K item from the Kinokuniya Booth (1401) will receive an exclusive ticket for a one-on-one photo with KANAME☆.

For those who can’t attend K Day, the celebration continues throughout the show. Fans of K are invited to participate in the Neko Hunt. Find the official K anime Neko cosplayer around the Anime Expo grounds and receive a cool Neko bell! Fans can also stop by the VIZ Media booth to play a special K themed version of the King's Game. On Saturday July 5th at 3:30, cosplayer KANAME☆ takes a turn as King! Please check the daily VIZ Media booth schedule for full details.

Fans are also invited to relax with a visit to the Anime Expo Manga Lounge (Room 503), sponsored by VIZ Media! Check out your favorite new manga series in-print, or digitally on an iPad! The digital manga offerings also continue across the VIZ Media booth where fans can also try the digital manga experience close-up on the iPad – delivering the ability to easily carry your entire manga library on the go.

Over 130 series and 1,500 volumes are now available from the VIZ Manga App and, as well as the exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine, which features the latest manga chapters for multiple series released simultaneously with Japan! Fans that purchase an annual subscription to Weekly Shonen Jump also receive a choice of either an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card and the 2013 Shonen Jump Yearbook OR an exclusive glow-in-the dark Weekly Shonen Jump button set! Other booth promotional giveaways will include VIZ Media manga samplers, posters, buttons and more.

Anime fans are invited to sample Neon Alley, VIZ Media’s innovative new 24/7 uncut anime channel.  Complete a Neon Alley survey and receive a free 30-day trial to the channel! Also join Neon Alley and test your gaming skills to win a prize – the higher the score, the more awesome the prize! K is among the exciting anime series featured on Neon Alley.

Visitors to the VIZ Media booth (#1501) may have their show badges scanned to sign up for newsletters on the latest manga and anime releases and also receive an exclusive Tiger & Bunny collectible card pack, Blue Exorcist poster, and a Weekly Shonen Jump button! A variety of fun and exclusive giveaways will also be available for free at the booth, including manga samplers, buttons, bookmarks, and more!

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Other Special Events Include:

Thursday July 4th

1:15 – 2:15PMShonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga (Room LP2) – Special Announcements at Panel! Ever wonder what goes into creating the world's most popular manga? We break down the entire process from where it begins in Japan to how it gets digitally released as Weekly Shonen Jump in North America. Panel will feature former Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Hisashi Sasaki and current American Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani. The panel will be moderated by Weekly Shonen Jump  Editor Urian Brown.

6:30 – 7:30PMInside the Anime Industry – Why We Do What We Do (Room LP3)Join this very special roundtable of industry influencers in a discussion about passion and why we work in the anime and manga business. Seasoned anime and manga industry veterans from Funimation, Dark Horse, The Right Stuf International/ Nozomi Entertainment, Anime News Network, Dark Horse, Aniplex, VIZ Media and more will discuss their personal love of their medium and creating entertainment experiences to remember. Panel will be moderated by Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, VIZ Media. 

Friday July 5th – K Day

11:15 – 12:15pmK English World Premiere (Room LP1)Join the English production staff and voice cast for the hit action anime series K in the world premiere of the first two episodes (dubbed).

12:15 – 1:15pmK – Behind the Scenes Q&A (Room LP1)Following the premiere of Episodes 1 and 2 of K, the staff and cast will host a Q&A panel about the show's production. Meet the U.S. production staff and voice cast along with other surprise guests as they talk about bringing K to North America! Stay through the end to receive an exclusive commemorative item! 

2:30 – 3:30pmK English Voice Cast Autograph Session (AX Autograph Area)

3:45 – 4pmK English Voice Actors Photo Op (VIZ Media Booth)Join the English K voice cast for a special autograph session and meet-and-greet with fans! K autograph posters will be provided. 

3:45pmK Cosplay Gathering (VIZ Media Booth)Show your love for K and come to the VIZ Media booth dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win valuable K prizes!

5 – 6pmK Photo Op with KANAME☆ (VIZ Media Booth)Meet the internationally renowned cosplayer KANAME☆, official Saruhiko Fushimi cosplayer from Japan (appearing courtesy of King Records)!

7 – 8pmPanel: VIZ Anime Featuring Neon Alley (Room LP3) Special Announcements at Panel! Join the VIZ Animation and Neon Alley teams as they present news and announcements for all things anime. If it's animated, we're gonna talk about it here!  Find out what's new, hot and coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray and the 24/7 uncut anime channel, Neon Alley. You won't want to miss our super special announcements and a chance at some cool prizes!

Saturday July 6th

11:00 – 12:00pmNaruto Fan Gathering, Featuring We Love Fine(VIZ Media Booth)Meet other fans of the world’s most popular ninja in this fan meet-up and also sample a variety of custom Naruto products and apparel on display and available from

2:00 – 3:00pmAutograph Session with KANAME☆ (VIZ Media Booth)Celebrate VIZ Media’s hot new anime series K with the cool and suave cosplayer KANAME☆ as he meets fans in person at the VIZ Media booth. K autograph posters will be provided.

3:00 – 3:30pmSpecial KANAME☆ Photo Session (VIZ Media Booth)Have your picture taken in an encore photo session with KANAME☆ as he portrays Saruhiko Fushimi from the hit new anime series K.

4:00pmNeon Alley Fan Gathering (VIZ Media Booth)Stop by the VIZ Media booth to learn about all the hot new anime premieres and other special content coming up on Neon Alley, the new 24/7 anime channel. Meet other fans and also win fun prizes.

Sunday July 7th

11:00amNeon Alley Fan Gathering (VIZ Media Booth) The Neon Alley fun continues into Saturday with new product giveaways and trial memberships to the hottest new 24/7 anime channel available in North America.

12:30 – 1:30PMVIZ Media Panel (Room LP1)Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on new projects, including a sneak peek at the releases in the coming year!

Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I and II, Tiger & Bunny, Accel World, Zetman, Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan, Lagrange: The Flower Of Rin-Ne, and more!

Source: VIZ Media

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.