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August 11, 2006

News for Anime Vegas 2006:

Anime Vegas 2006 announces final guests line-up

August 11, 2006 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Three times a charm, Anime Vegas Convention is weeks away from launching its third annual event scheduled or September 2-4 2006 at the Cashman Center. The organization proudly announces the appearance of several members of the anime and music industry from Japan and the United States. This year Anime Vegas will debut its concert series showcasing the musical talents of Makiko Higuchi, Miami, Samurai Delicatessen, Stephanie Yanez & DJ Jinnai.

Japanese Anime Industry Guests:

Kouta Hirano - Creator of Helsing Manga Series (Credits:Angel Dust, Coyote, Gun Mania, Hi-Tension)

Hideyuki Kurata - Creator & Author of "Read or Die" Novel/Manga Series(Credits: Excel Saga, Battle Athletes, Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, Now and Then, Here and There, Gun Sword, Kamichu)

U.S. Anime Industry Guests:

Laura Bailey - Actress (Credits: Dragon Ball Z, Blue Gender, Fruits Basket, Kiddy Grade, Gunslinger Girl, Full Metal Alchemist)

Troy Baker - Actor (Credits: Case Closed, Trinity Blood, Full Metal Alchemist, Basilisk)

Johnny Yong Bosch - Actor (Credits: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Trigun, Akira, Gate Keepers, Last Exile, Heat Guy, Bleach)

Colleen Clinkenbeard - Actress (Credits: Kiddy Grade, Case Closed, Full Metal Alchemist, Lupin III, Burst Angel, Samurai 7, Kodocha, Dragon Ball Z)

Quiton Flynn - Actor (Credits: Kingdom Hearts 2, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Naruto, Zatch Bell)

Sandy Fox - Actress (Credits: Simpsons, Futurama, King Of The Hill, Betty Boop, Hi Hi Puffy Yumi Ami, Chobits, Astro Boy, Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Risky-Safety, Gundham Movie)

Jerry Jewell - Actor (Credits: Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Blue Gender, Lupin III, Fruits Basket, Case Closed, Kodocha)

Jonathan Klein - Producer, Director, Writer/co-founder of New Generation Pictures (Credits: Gun x Sword, Kamichu, R.O.D. The TV, Hellsing & Hellsing Ultimate, Dear S, I My Me, Brillant Blue)

Lex Lang - Actor (Credits: Naruto, Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin, Lupin lll, Saiyuki Reload, Dot Hack, Scryed, Witch Hunter Robin, Captain Herlock, Magic Knight Rayearth, Ghost in the Shell)

Dominique Martinez - Illustrator & Comic Creator ( Credits: Consumed) Co-creator and illustrator for the webcomic, Consumed, linked sister comic to Building 12 and Misfile. Has been a freelance artist since 1998, and recently became serious in the world of doujinshi online around 2001. She has been into anime for about 14 years, who's favorite titles include CLAMP School, Ayatsuri Sakon, Naruto, Shamanic Princess, and Slayers, along side various others.

Rich McNanna - Actor (Credits: Chihiro Enomoto, Genshiken (TV): [Kujibiki Unbalance] , Gravitation, Gokudo, Heoh and the Blazatrons)

Mike McFarland - Actor & Director (Credits: Master Roshi, Yajirobe, Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Burst Angel)

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - Actress, Writer, Director ( Credits: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, .hack, Wolf's Rain, Vampire Hunter D, Naruto. As a director, Mary Elizabeth is currently directing Naruto for Cartoon Network. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series and the movie, Wolf's Rain, Digimon Tamers and the movie Appleseed.)

Jeff Nimoy - Actor, Writer, Director (Credits: TRIGUN, and is a well respected director of NARUTO (First Season), and the writer/director for the first two seasons of DIGIMON, DIGIMON: THE MOVIE, and ZATCH BELL. Screenwriter BO-BOBO, TOKYO PIG, and SD GUNDAM FORCE, and many others.)

Jennifer Sekiguch - Actress, Director (Credits: Eureka 7, Naruto, Hare and Guu, Gunsword, Kamichu, and IGPX. She can also be heard in FLCL, Koi Kaze, Snow Fairy Sugar, Girls Bravo. Currently, she is directing the English language version to Geneon Entertainment's Paradise Kiss anime series.)

Michael Sinterniklass - Actor, Director and owner of New York based studio NYAV Post (Credits: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Venture Bros., and Yu-Gi-Oh.)

Sonny Strait - Actor, Director, Writer, Illustrator (Credits: Dragonball Z, Full Metal Alchemist and the original Toonami Tom for the Cartoon Network but he has also worked as a writer and director for many favored anime productions including Dragonball, Lupin III, Case Closed, Kodacha and Kiddy Grade.)

Jim "Gozer" Yee - Independent Author and Co-creator of the Web Comic "Consumed", James Yee goes by the online name of Gozer the Carpathian.

Japanese & U.S. Musical Guests

Makiko Higuchi - Songwriter/guitarist - Japan - Higuchi Makiko is no stranger to the Japanese music scene, having toured extensively throughout Japan and other Asian countries. Anime Vegas will be Higuchi Makiko's first appearance in the U.S. Her passionate songs have created many American fans and have consistently appeared in the Top 10. Wherever she plays audiences are captivated.

Miami - A two-girl electro pop duo - Japan - Since forming 3 years ago, the group has experienced a meteoric rise in the Japanese music world. Having recently played shows in the U.S, Taiwan, and Vietnam, Miami is poised to become one of Japan's greatest musical exports. The members, both named Ai, play electronic violins, samplers and perform mind-- blowing Japanese pop. Miami' style is cool, cute, fresh and crazy, and nothing short of high-energy.

Samurai Delicatessen - Blues/Rock Band - Japan - Samurai Delicatessen has been making a name for themselves with their eclectic sound and wild live show. Fresh off the release of their new album "DIAMOND CITY" the band has been touring relentlessly in Japan. Band members Captain Kokoa (Lead Guitar), Yuda Takeaki (Voals), Tamiya Wataru (bass) and Taichi Tanabe (drums) are ready to explode in their first-ever U.S appearance at Anime Vegas.

Stephanie Yanez (aka SLY) - U.S. - Singer, Songwriter - Discovered music at the age of 5. A singer/songwriter, who was born to sing. Her love for music eventually led her to record four songs on Geneon's Anime Karaoke Collection, which included three songs recorded with I'VE, a Japan-based record label. Of course the CD Anime Karaoke Collection has the winning song that Stephanie Yanez performed at AX Idol 2004 "Ningyo Hime" from the top anime series Chobits! She has also worked with the anime company Broccoli! She made her debut as Rabi en Rose at Pacific Media Expo for the Voice acting/singing group DUP(Di Gi Charat). She is also working on the Collaboration "SLY" with Guitarist Full Metal Ninja (Random Ninjas)! Her unique voice has steadily gained fans of anime and music alike.

DJ Jinnai - Anime DJ & Music Producer - U.S. - Djing for 5 years and producing music for over a decade, Dj Jinnai interprets J-pop from a western music perspective without losing the sugar that makes J-pop pop. His remixes are a heavy handed blend of J-pop, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, video game music, Electronica and 80s synth. Djing for years at Anime conventions and spinning sets on popular internet radio stations like and Japan-A-Radio, Jinnai has built a loyal fan following while making a name for himself as a pioneer remixer. Jinnai has remixed many Kristine Sa songs - 3 of which appear on her new album "reBIRTH."

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Anime Vegas is a non-profit organization to promote awareness of Japanese Culture and Entertainment in Las Vegas, providing a public forum for those, who share an interest in Anime, a subculture of animation fans.

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