Monday, February 8, 2016

Anime & J-Pop in LA Feb-March

Anison USA 2016
February 20th
Anison USA VIP Party
9410 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

February 21st
Anison USA Live Concert
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057 


Idols in attendance:
Yumi Matsuzawa (Martian Successor Nadesico, Gate Keepers, Saint Seiya)
Momoi Halko (Steins;Gate, Nurse Witch Konugi, Popotan)
Nozomi (Kodomo no Jikan, Martial Hearts, Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin)

Gonna be honest and say the web-site for this looks like complete garbage. However if you're really into anime idols then you have a night to hang out a fan out to them too.

Only Yesterday
Starts Feb 26
Nuarte Theatre

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder and Academy Award-nominee Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, from one of the world's most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary, featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Kizumonogatari is sold out?
Feb 26-27

Special Theater Giveaway Item!
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Memorial Portrait Board (While supplies last)

Sad to say, but as of writing this Kizumonogatari, the prequel to the popular Monogatari series, that keeps having animes, is sold out. Be sure to check the Downtown Independent for future showings, animes sometimes get a few more days if popular.

One fateful evening, second year high school student Koyomi Araragi has a shocking meeting with Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, the “King of Apparitions.” She was blindingly beautiful, yet chillingly terrifying. She was a painfully merciless, legendary vampire, with missing limbs. This is where the “MONOGATARI” (story) begins.Written by NISIOISIN, “KIZUMONOGATARI” is to be adapted into a trilogy: “Tekketsu,” “Nekketsu” and “Reiketsu.”

Brought to you by the renowned director Akiyuki Shimbou and studio SHAFT, the creators of the MONOGATARI series and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this is the origin of the “story of apparitions” depicted in BAKEMONOGATARI.

Not details on locations yet

Oh, we've been waiting for this film since last summer. Dubbed and ready for release in theaters is newest film from Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars.)

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.