AnimeCons.com Press Releases


April 19, 2006

News for Metrocon 2006:

Metrocon guests and events announced

TAMPA BAY, FL, April 19, 2006 METROCON is pleased to announce a new event at Florida's Largest Anime Convention The Fantasy Masquerade. Formal ballroom dances have always been a tradition at METROCON and this year is no exception. Moving in a new direction, the theme of The Fantasy Masquerade is based on Fantasy oriented Fairy Tales and not a specific continuous show or game. Each year METROCON will be taking a Fairy Tale, reworking it, and retelling it based on popular anime and video game series. The interactive story, told throughout the entire evening by a cast of characters, will range from being on stage, to out in the audience, and to video footage. Expect the Masquerade's use of characters/shows/games to change quite a bit from year to year as we use the best ones that fit the story that will be told.

Since this is a formal dance, METROCON recommends an Exotic mask with a Tuxedo, an Evening gown, Vintage Costume, or some type of formalwear (the minimum dress code is something you would wear to a nice event: shirt and tie or ). Costumes are welcome but since this is a formal dance, it would be interesting to see formal versions of anime/videogame costumes. Masks are required for entry into the Fantasy Masquerade. For those of you without masks, standard ones may be purchased for a small fee outside of the ballroom.

We hope you will join us in making this night a memorable one!

For more information about this new and unique musical offering, go to the METROCON Home Page at www.metroconventions.com.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by "idols") to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year include: - The "Anime Human Chess Match" - Year 3, The Anime Fan Film Festival, "Anime Idol" J-Pop/J-Rock Competition, a concert featuring the alternative rock band Eyeshine, a formal ballroom dance, - Artists' Alley; - A "gong show style" cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room, "DDR Extreme" Tournaments, - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs), - Official convention screenings of new North American releases, - Panels with North American anime industry guests, - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests, - Dances and karaoke, - The METROCADE video game room and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

METROCON is presented by AnimeMetro.com

Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.

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TAMPA BAY, FL, April 19, 2006 The Anime Human Chess Match debuted at METROCON in 2004 and has taken the anime community by storm, with similar events staged at anime conventions around the nation. This live event is a unique fusion of renaissance fair combat chess and a scripted cosplay involving anime characters from multiple shows.

Over 1200 people attended the match last year and this event has proven so popular that, due to space limitations, not everyone has had the chance to see it live. To this end, METROCON is pleased to announce that there will be TWO (2) full performances during the convention weekend. One performance will be on Saturday, June 3 and the second one on the next day, Sunday, June 4. This will hopefully ensure that everyone who wants to see the fun live can do so.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by "idols") to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year include: - The "Anime Human Chess Match" - Year 3, The Anime Fan Film Festival, "Anime Idol" J-Pop/J-Rock Competition, a concert featuring the alternative rock band Eyeshine, a formal ballroom dance, - Artists' Alley; - A "gong show style" cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room, "DDR Extreme" Tournaments, - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs), - Official convention screenings of new North American releases, - Panels with North American anime industry guests, - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests, - Dances and karaoke, - The METROCADE video game room and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

METROCON is presented by AnimeMetro.com

Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.

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TAMPA BAY, FL, April 19, 2006 METROCON is pleased to announce seek and YURAsama, former members of the popular J-rock band Psycho le Cemu (PLC), will make special guest appearances at this year's METROCON. Don't miss out on your chance to meet these amazing artists in person. Full details and Special Event information with seek and YURAsama can be found at www.jhouserock.com.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by "idols") to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year include: - The "Anime Human Chess Match" - Year 3, The Anime Fan Film Festival, "Anime Idol" J-Pop/J-Rock Competition, a concert featuring the alternative rock band Eyeshine, a formal ballroom dance, - Artists' Alley; - A "gong show style" cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room, "DDR Extreme" Tournaments, - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs), - Official convention screenings of new North American releases, - Panels with North American anime industry guests, - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests, - Dances and karaoke, - The METROCADE video game room and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

METROCON is presented by AnimeMetro.com

Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.

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TAMPA BAY, FL, April 19, 2006 METROCON is pleased to announce that online signup to Artist Alley is now open. Artists and small scale publishers may now go to the METROCON Home Page at www.metroconventions.com to register and reserve tables. Information, rules, and guidelines for Artist Alley are available when registering.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by "idols") to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year include: - The "Anime Human Chess Match" - Year 3, The Anime Fan Film Festival, "Anime Idol" J-Pop/J-Rock Competition, a concert featuring the alternative rock band Eyeshine, a formal ballroom dance, - Artists' Alley; - A "gong show style" cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room, "DDR Extreme" Tournaments, - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs), - Official convention screenings of new North American releases, - Panels with North American anime industry guests, - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests, - Dances and karaoke, - The METROCADE video game room and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

METROCON is presented by AnimeMetro.com

Visit www.metroconventions.com for more information.

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