Press Releases

June 21, 2006

News for Anime Expo 2006:

Crispin Freeman to return to Anime Expo

Freeman Announced as an American Guest of Honor

Anaheim, California (June 21, 2006) -- Celebrated American voice actor Crispin Freeman joins Anime Expo® 2006 as a Guest of Honor at the nations largest Anime/Manga convention's 15th year anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at

Mr. Freeman has been a voice actor in animation and video games for over 8 years. He got his start playing Zelgadis in the anime series The Slayers and since then has portrayed many popular roles including Alucard in Hellsing, Amon in Witch Hunter Robin, Fuma in X, Tsume in Wolf's Rain, Togusa in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Prince Turnip in the Miyazaki film Howl's Moving Castle. Most recently, he portrayed Rude in Final Fantasy: Advent Children.

In addition, Crispin has directed and starred in I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs and Scrapped Princess. He's also worked as a script adaptor on many shows including Pokemon, Witch Hunter Robin, Assemble Insert, and Boogie Pop Phantom. He's also done a number of video game roles including Albedo in Xenosaga and playing Disney's Will Turner as well as Final Fantasy's Setzer in Kingdom Hearts II.

Mr. Freeman joins previously announced CLAMP, Seiji Mizushima, Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, Mick Takeuchi, Yutaka Izubuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Koge-Donbo and Romi Paku, Hiroshi Nagahama, Atsuko Nakajima, yozuca*, Mana, Noboru Ishiguro and Toru Furuya as Anime Expo® 2006 official Guests of Honor.

Individuals can now register via online ( for Anime Expo® 2006.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America'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 2006 will be held July 1 - 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More information can be found at its official website (

About SPJA
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 official website (