Animation Fans Gather in San Francisco for Anime Overdose Convention

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Animation convention to offer variety of international content.

This March, fans of Japanese anime, American cartoons, and Korean animation will gather at the Anime Overdose convention in San Francisco. Events at the convention include panel discussions with actors, directors, artists, and producers, Japanese rock concerts, workshops, and a masquerade costume contest.

San Francisco's Anime Overdose takes a new approach to anime conventions by including American cartoons and Korean animation. Attendees will be able to hear popular cartoon and anime actors and professionals speak and get their autographs and photos as well.

While the draw for many people is to meet the stars, many others will attend for costumed character gatherings. A search of popular character costume websites and discussion forums shows that about a dozen such gatherings will occur throughout the weekend.

For film festival buffs, Anime Overdose will also feature a festival of short animated films. With entries from as far away as the Netherlands, fans are in for a special treat of variety, quality, and excitement.

During the convention, Synchronous Entertainment, LLC will be hosting a charity auction to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Industry response has been tremendous, with executives and celebrities donating unique items for auction. All proceeds from sales at the auction will go directly to the foundation.

Anime Overdose 2005 is sponsored by both the consulate general's office of Japan in San Francisco and the consulate general's office of Korea in San Francisco.

Anime Overdose began in 1997 as a small group of fans in Campbell, California, who met on a weekly basis to watch and review anime movies and has since grown into a large convention. Anime Overdose is owned and operated by Synchronous Entertainment, LLC and was established to highlight anime in the context of the great tradition of worldwide animation, and help people from all backgrounds and circumstances recognize anime as something special by presenting animation and animation professionals from America, Japan, and South Korea.

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