Catch A Lucky Star And Pierce The Heavens At Anime Expo® 2008 With Bandai And American Cosplay Paradise!

June 5, 2008 (Cypress, CA) - Bandai Entertainment and American Cosplay Paradise are proud to celebrate the US release of LUCKY STAR and GURREN LAGANN at Anime Expo® 2008 in Los Angeles (July 3 ­ 6, 2008; Los Angeles Convention Center; Stop by Bandai's booth on Friday and Saturday in the exhibit hall, where you will be treated to various games testing your otaku knowledge, singing, and random prize giveaways! The highlight will be a performance from the LUCKY STAR Cheerleading Squad, featuring members of American Cosplay Paradise (ACP) as the cast. Whether you're a diehard fan of the show, someone who has no idea what LUCKY STAR is, or just someone that likes cheerleader outfits, there's a little bit of something for everyone, so don't miss out!

For something a little more "manly", be sure to check out the GURREN LAGANN, also at the Bandai booth! Kicking off its US debut, Cosplayers from ACP will be representing the cast of GURREN LAGANN and offering promotional goods to attendees, as well as posing for pictures. There may also be "unexpected surprises" in store for attendees, so be sure to show up! If you have a GURREN LAGANN costume, ACP encourages you to show up for what is to be a gathering of epic proportions.

About Lucky Star
LUCKY STAR is a 24 episode television series from Kyoto Animation, the same anime production company that created the anime series for HARUHI. LUCKY STAR's main character is Konata Izumi, a lazy high school girl who isn't interested in anything besides anime and video games. The series is described as the ultimate "otaku anime" -- it pays tribute to anime culture and other series with in-jokes and hilarious references.

About Gurren Lagann
The 27-episode science fiction, comedy action series centers on Simon, Kamina, and Yoko, youths who live in an underground village on a future earth. They become embroiled in a conflict with surface "Beastmen" who pilot mech known as Gunmen, one of which they take for themselves and name GURREN, and lead the battle against the Beastmen. Recently the series won "best television series" and "best character design' at the 2008 Tokyo Animation Fair (TAF)

About Bandai Entertainment
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, COWBOY BEBOP, OUTLAW STAR, ESCAFLOWNE, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, GUNDAM SEED DESTINY, MY HIME and many more.

About American Cosplay Paradise
Founded in 2000, American Cosplay Paradise (ACP) serves as an extensive database for cosplayers, people who dress up in costumes. Members contribute pictures of their costumes, which are sorted by series and character for easy searching. With live photo and video coverage of the various anime conventions in the US, ACP is one of the leading resources for finding costumes of your favorite anime, manga, and videogame characters. For more information can be found at its website (

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation'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 2008 will be held July 3 ­ July 6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (