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    Anime Expo to Host Exclusive Screening of POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION!

    Source: Anime Expo press release

    Anime Expo is excited to announce an exclusive screening of the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise, POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION (???????? EVOLUTION, Myuuts? no Gyakush? EVOLUTION), to be held at Anime Expo 2019! Joining the event for their first overseas convention appearances are directors Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara. Additionally, voice actress/singer Rica Matsumoto (Ash) will participate in the event! They will also participate in autograph sessions (schedule TBA). Event Details Date: Thursday, July 4 Time: 3:30 PM – 5:45 PM Room: LACC / Main Events (Hall B)

    About Kunihiko Yuyama Kunihiko Yuyama is best known for his work on the Pokémon series, having directed 21 films so far, from POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE to the upcoming POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION. His other works include MAGICAL PRINCESS MINKY MOMO and THE THREE MUSKETEERS Anime. Yuyama is also the general director of the POKÉMON animated television series.

    About Motonori Sakakibara Motonori Sakakibara co-directed POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION, overseeing the CGI for the film. Sakakibara also co-directed RUDOLF THE BLACK CAT (2016) with Kunihiko Yuyama. In addition, he directed BBC’s TINPO series (2019) and PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES (2013), and co-directed FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (2001).

    About Rica Matsumoto Japanese voice actor, actor, and singer Rica Matsumoto has played Ash, the main character of the POKÉMON the Series, since 1997. She is also the singer of many of the theme songs for the series. Her fifth single, Mezase Pokémon Master, which includes songs from the first season of POKÉMON the Series, is the best-selling single ever released by a voice actor, having sold over 1 million copies in Japan. Additionally, she has appeared in various stage plays such as The Wizard of Oz.

    About Anime Expo

    Anime Expo (AX) started in 1991 as “Anime Con” by the members of UC Berkeley’s anime club, Cal Animage Alpha. While AX has grown drastically over the years, the core goal has remained the same: to welcome attendees for a fun and memorable experience. Each year, Anime Expo brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. Anime Expo is organized by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the world through Japanese animation and culture.

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