Press Releases

April 18, 2006

News for Anime Expo 2006:

Anime Expo announces American voice actor guests

First Time Ever U.S. Industry Guests of Honor

Anaheim, California (April 18, 2006) -- Anime Expo® 2006 (AX2006) proudly announces the attendance of Vic Mignogna and Laura Bailey as the 1st ever official U.S. Guest of Honors, proudly representing the American side of the Anime industry, at this year's convention. The 15th year anniversary convention will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at

Vic Mignogna is a producer, music composer and veteran actor extraordinaire is best known as the voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Most recently he has lent his voice to the role of Hikaru in ADV's Macross. His extensive filmography includes such roles as Dark in DN Angel, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougagai in Saiyuki, Mamoru in Raxaephon, Hiroki in Princess Nine, Goemon in Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Shougou in Megazone 23, and Gawl in Generator Gawl. In addition, Mr. Mignogna has performed in Evangelion (director's cut), Yu Yu Hakasho, Dragonball GT and many, many others.

Laura Bailey is a professional voice actress and ADR (Automatic Dialogue Replacement) director who, among other roles, is well known as the voice of Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket and Sana Kurata in Kodocha. Laura's impressive acting repertoire also consists of popular roles such as Henrietta in Gunslinger Girl, Ayaka in Negima, Serena in Case Closed, Ryoko in Spiral, Alv in Kiddy Grade, Marlene Angel in Blue Gender, and Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, as well as many others.

Individual's can now register via online ( for Anime Expo® 2006.

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 (

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 (