Press Releases

May 26, 2006

News for Anime Expo 2006:

Anime Expo announces 8th guest of honor

Koge-Donbo To Join Others as Official Guest of Honor

Anaheim, California (May 26, 2006) -- Anime Expo® 2006 (AX2006) and Broccoli Co., Ltd. announce the attendance of Koge-Donbo to the 15th year anniversary convention at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at

Koge-Donbo will be unveiling an exclusive world premiere of a new DI GI CHARAT anime to be released later this year at the DI GI CHARAT panel (details of the panel are TBD).

Koge-Donbo is one of the most popular illustrators, manga artists and character designers in Japan. Her claim to fame is creating DI GI CHARAT, whose popularity spawned a line of character merchandise, anime, manga and video games. She also drew the manga PITA-TEN which inspired an anime version of the same title. Her other works include character designs for SNOW FAIRY SUGAR and PRINCESS CONCERTO. Her manga works include DI GI CHARAT, DEJIKO'S CHAMPION CUP, DEJIKO DA NYO, PITA-TEN, KAMICHAMA KARIN and YOKI KOTO KIKU. She is currently working on KON KON KOKON, which is a story about a little fox girl who tries to help a country bumpkin become the coolest guy in his school.

Ms. Donbo joins, previously announced, CLAMP, Seiji Mizushima, Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, Mick Takeuchi, Yutaka Izubuchi and Tomoki Kyoda as Anime Expo® 2006 official Guests of Honor.

Individuals can now register via online ( for Anime Expo® 2006. All attendees that register prior to June 1, 2006 will be automatically placed into the 2nd Annual Pre-Registration Contest to win DVD's, Posters and other amazing prizes.

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 (

About Broccoli Co., Ltd.
Established in 1994, Broccoli Co., Ltd. is the pioneer of the otaku character merchandise business in Japan. Broccoli Co. is built on a four-pillar model for character merchandising business - content development, merchandising, communication through events, and distribution. Broccoli International USA, Inc. is a US subsidiary of Broccoli Co. Broccoli Co. Website: Broccoli International USA Website: