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Third Annual “Anime Milwaukee” convenes Feb 15-17

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Third Annual “Anime Milwaukee” convenes Feb 15-17

Colorful, costumed fans to celebrate “anime” culture

MILWAUKEE – February 13, 2013 – From Speed Racer to Pokémon to Dragon Ball Z and Evangelion, Japanese animation or “anime” is now a multibillion dollar industry ranging from TV, DVDs and video games to toys and trinkets. Fascination with anime (pronounced “animay”) has skyrocketed via the internet, where a devoted fan base transcending age and gender revels in its complex plots dealing with emotions, relationship struggles and adventurous quests. Anime and its emerging counterculture will be celebrated at Anime Milwaukee, a colorful three-day event open to the public at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Delta Center from February 15-17.

Founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and now run by the Entertainment and Cultural Promotions Society, Anime Milwaukee celebrates the culture of Japan, anime and comics (manga), as well as other related sub-cultures. Anime Milwaukee drew 3,500 attendees in 2012, many dressed as their favorite heroes. This year’s convention features celebrity guests in the industry, informative fan and guest panels, a costume contest, 24-hr video game and table-top game rooms, children’s programming, the Hoshi no Yume maid café with a 360 degree view of the city, a Japanese Lolita fashion show, a rave dance, karaoke, Pokémon events, and so much more.

Celebrity guests include nationally known anime voice actors Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn, Chris Cason and Ian Sinclair, as well as comic artists Trevor Mueller, Alan Evans and Russell Lissau.

This year, Anime Milwaukee is partnering with the Distant Worlds Concert, which features music from the popular Final Fantasy video game series. World-renowned composer of Distant Worlds, Nobuo Uematsu, will be in attendance at the concert on Thursday, February 14th at the Milwaukee Theatre. Mr. Uematsu will also delight attendees with a Q&A session on Friday evening of questions submitted on the Anime Milwaukee Facebook page.

For the full schedule of events, see: http://www.animemilwaukee.com/

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011 and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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