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Sony's Metreon Announces First Metreon Festival of Animation

Bandai Entertainment, ADV Films and Viz Communications, Inc. Join Metreon in Celebrating Japanese Anime & Manga Culture (October 08, 2001)
Metreon--A Sony Entertainment Center in San Francisco, announced that Metreon will host the first annual Metreon Festival of Anime the weekend of October 27-28 inside Metreon's Action Theatre attraction. Anime, or Japanese animation, is one of the hottest new entertainment options among teens and young adults around the globe. The Metreon Festival of Anime will take place in conjunction with the Big Apple Anime Fest scheduled for the same weekend in New York City.

"Anime is a film art that is experiencing extraordinary popularity right now in the Bay Area," explained Eva Miranda, senior vice president and general manager of Metreon. "Metreon is San Francisco's best venue to hold this exciting celebration, and we invite everyone - longtime anime fans or those not yet familiar with this Japanese art form - to come to our festival and experience a full weekend in celebration of anime."

The Metreon Festival of Anime is a unique opportunity for anime fans to gather in an energetic, social atmosphere. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, hundreds of festival attendees will have the opportunity to view screenings, participate in interactive workshops and join lively panel discussions. They will also be able to purchase the latest anime & manga (comics) products at Action Theatre on Metreon's second floor and enjoy exclusive Big Apple Anime Fest programming simultaneously with fans in New York City.

Metreon is partnering with Sony's Animax channel, as well as anime authorities Bandai Entertainment, ADV Films and Viz Communications, Inc. to provide exciting, top-notch anime entertainment for the Festival. Throughout the two-day event, fans will have a chance to watch Sony Pictures' "The Making of Metropolis", Bandai Entertainment's "Love Hina" and the U.S. premiere of "G-Saviour", and ADV Film's "Princess Nine: First Inning" and "Robotech: The Masters - A New Threat." The Festival will also feature an Anime Lounge hosted by ADV Films presenting all the latest music from Sony Music Imports and a Festival Party presented by Viz, featuring karaoke, local DJs and a Cosplay costume contest.

The Metreon Festival of Anime costs $25 through October 19 and $30 tickets will be available at the door. Price of admission includes 25 hours of anime screenings, the Festival Party presented by Viz, free gaming at Metreon's Airtight Garage (600 points), Cosplay costume contest, and insider panel discussions on timely anime issues with representatives from Bandai Entertainment, Viz, and San Jose-based No Name Anime, the premier anime club in the Bay Area. Also featured are how-to-draw manga workshops by Copic, an Anime Lounge hosted by ADV Films, and special offers and prizes. At the Festival, Sony's entertainment robot AIBO(R) will unveil its new cousins "LATTE" and "MACARON" and all festival attendees will be automatically entered to win a robot of their very own.

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