Press Releases

July 5, 2005

News for Anime South 2005:

Anime South 2005 announces more guests and founder membership sell-out

Destin, Florida - Jul. 5, 2005 - Anime South 2005 is pleased to announce 2 additional Guests of Honor, Voice actress/writer Lauren Goodnight from ADV Films and professional photographer Maboroshi of Anime South 2005 is holding its inaugural event on November 18-20, 2005 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

Lauren Goodnight has appeared in Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution (Sarashina, Arayashiki West), Pretear (Natsue Awayuki), Angelic Layer (Narrator), SuperGALS! (Sanae), Sorcerer Hunters: Chocolate, Springs, and Other Hot Things (Shiorina), Evangelion: Director's Cut, Noir, DNAngel, and RahXephon. Anime has always been a part of her life, from watching Voltron and Speed Racer as a child through her Bachelor's Degree thesis on fandom (especially anime fandom)...showing how the love of something central can bind people together. In between all of the anime, she dances, sings for the bands "mit Reiflzahnen" and "Hourglass System", draws the webcomic Status Report: FaerieTale, and writes a regular column for as their Staff Music Reviewer. Lauren is looking forward to earning a PhD in Behavioral Neuropsychology.

Maboroshi of has covered almost every single anime convention in the southeast for the past 5 years. He is a professional photographer who specializes in cosplay photo shoots. He is the Official Photographer of Anime South 2005, as well as MetroCon and MegaCon. The official convention photo shoots will occur on Friday night and Saturday afternoon (exact times to be announced later).

Anime South has sold out of all its Founder memberships. Anime South thanks all 9 of its Founders: Angel Viloria, Kiel Melvin, Brenton Mucklow, Greg Kerby, Sara McColskey, Jess Enochs, Toby Greenberg, Lara Harris, and Jaqueline Dempsey. These individuals have donated generously to allow this convention to be held. There are still a limited number of Sponsor memberships available for 2005, but those are quickly selling out, also. Registration for the 2005 convention is currently open by mail and online at

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the largest luxury hotel on the most beautiful beach in the United States. This 2,400 acre resort boasts 73 holes of championship golf, 13 tennis courts, the country's largest charter fishing boat fleet, 3 indoor and outdoor pools, a private beach, a full service spa, 2 whirlpools, scuba diving, and unparalleled shopping centers. The hotel offers suites with 2 Double Beds, 1 Queen Sofa Bed, and 1 two-level Bunk Bed. The convention has arranged a limited number of these suites at the unbelievably low price of only $99 per night. The $30 resort fee has been waived for individuals reserving their rooms for the convention. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-367-1271 with our group code, ASC, for this special pricing.

Anime South 2005 will be offering for 3 video rooms, a Cosplay contest, anime music videos, panels, video game tournaments, an Artists' Alley, a large Dealers room, karaoke, and a huge Main Events room. Come see why USA Today has ranked Destin as the most beautiful beach in the United States for the past 5 years running.