Short Peace and Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising receive Canadian cinema dates
Anime on the small screen has certainly seen better days, but it appears that the opposite is true for the Canadian silver screen. Over the past few years I’ve seen an uptick in nationwide one night only screenings of anime films. It looks like that won’t stop anytime soon, as the next few weeks will see Cineplex cinemas play host to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace anthology as well as the second Tiger & Bunny film. Both will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
From The Creator Of Akira Four Amazing Directors. Four Astounding Animated Films. In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA), as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN). Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!
Short Peace runs on May 14th and the 17th. For a complete theatre listing, check out Eleven Arts and Cineplex‘s pages on the film. As is often the case, Anime News Network is running a contest to win free tickets.
If you can’t make those dates, don’t fret – Sentai Filmworks will be releasing the anthology on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Viz has partnered up with Cineplex for screenings of Tiger & Bunny: The Rising on June 26th and 29th. While the first film was a compilation of events in the TV series, the followup tells a new story:
The heroes of TIGER & BUNNY are back in an all-new feature-length film! Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.’s partnership comes to a sudden end when Apollon Media’s new owner Mark Schneider fires Kotetsu and moves Barnaby back into the First League, pairing him up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When the heroes are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents tied closely to the city’s Goddess Legend, they discover three superpowered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction to Stern Bild.
You can find theatre listings and buy tickets for the screenings here.
In related Viz news, the company recently released a survey about anime consumption habits. With Neon Alley repurposed as a hub for Hulu uploads, Viz’s entire streaming strategy is tied to a US-only platform. They said Canadians should expect news “soon”. That was back in February and we’re still waiting. I’d encourage readers to send them a friendly reminder in the appropriate fields in the survey.