LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept. 24, 2011). Animation, Manga and Music announced a pre-registration contest for their Passport system. According to a press release by Chase Wang on Friday, attendees that register for a Passport will be automatically entered for a drawing to win prizes including tickets to see Miyavi and Dir En Grey in concert. Admission to AM^2’s second year event is still free, but Passports allow its holders to fastrack lines and receive discounts at restaurants, retailers and amusement parks. Source: AM^2 Website (http://delivr.com/191xn).
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ANAHEIM, CA (Sept. 14, 2011). Southern California’s only free convention in the anime community on Asian music, animation and comics announces their second year for Father’s Day Weekend. With over 8,000+ unique attendees at its 2011 event, Animation, Manga and Music- Also known as AM²- returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on June 15-17, 2012. In a press release by AM² Representative Chase Wang, he states that “Fans are going to be so thrilled with this announcement.”
AM²’s free events will include the Exhibit Hall, Arcade, Summer Festival, Tabletop and Console Gaming and Dance. Admission to the convention is free except for concerts and main events, which will require an event ticket or AM²’s Passport starting at a $25.00 pre-reg price until December 31st. ”…We are proud to bring back this amazing 3 day event that celebrates Japanese music, anime and manga,” exclaims Wang. ”We hope everyone comes down and joins us for this truly amazing and fun fan event!”
Canoga Park, CA (Sept. 2, 2011). San Fernando Valley anime and Japanese goods retailer Sugoi Life closes its final store in Canoga Park. In a statement posted on the Sugoi Life website by President Rich Nakajima, ”It is now time for our business to take another step forward and tackle the wholesale industry. Our business has been supporting many of our retail partners by supplying today’s most popular items to placement/displays of the products, to the “Sugoi Life” style of customer service. We hope to continue this legacy through wholesale and stay in touch with all of our customers.”
Sugoi Life’s Canoga Park retail location will close on September 25th, but its online store will continue operations. The only remaining retailer serving San Fernando Valley is Toy Mandala in Sherman Oaks.