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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day gets a Canadian theatre run in February


Yes, I am aware that the last three posts on this blog have been about theatrical screenings. It’s just been that kind of month. I’m sure I’ll get back to writing about Pokemon, and Beyblade in the weeks ahead. Anyways, Aniplex of America and Eleven Arts have partnered up with Cineplex to do a two night only screening of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day film on February 9th and 12th. The movie recaps the events of the 2011 anime series of the same name. I’m not familiar with this franchise so here’s a plot run down from Aniplex:

She suddenly appeared before us one day… 6 of us…friends…we were always together. During those days, I believed that I can do anything. I believed that I wasn’t afraid of anything. But, then it happened. I just said it without really thinking about it. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I’ll just tell her sorry tomorrow, that’s what I thought.

But… That “tomorrow” never came.
So, time passed by and then one summer day, a miracle happened.

Because of an accident during their childhood, 6 friends’ hearts were closed shut, and they grew apart from one another.

One summer day, their friend who passed away in the accident appears before them.
But, she cannot remember the reason why she came back.
The friends meet once more to figure out just what her “reason” was.
Time that stood still begins to slowly move once more…
Why did she come back?

It was one summer miracle she wished for…
You can meet her if you’re facing forward.

You can find the complete theatre listing here. Cineplex haven’t put up their page on the film yet, so I’ll update this post when they do. Here it is.

Via: Anime News Network

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Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo opens in Canadian cinemas next month

EVA3_320x474After the first two Rebuild of Evangelion films received a limited theatrical release in Canada, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the third film will get one too. Viewers will be able to experience Hideaki Anno’s latest take on the world of Eva on January 11th at 12:55PM, and on January 16th at 7:30PM. There will be screenings for the Japanese version with English subtitles, as well as Funimation’s English dub.

For a complete theatre listing click here, or check out Cineplex’s site.

Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion hits Canadian theatres on December 9th and 15th

After the first two Madoka Magica films received a limited theatrical release in Canada it should have been no surprise that Aniplex of America, Eleven Arts, and Cineplex have announced a run for the third film, Rebellion. Unlike the first two films, Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion covers a new story not found in the TV anime. Aniplex released this synopsis for the film:

Madoka Kaname is a magical girl who sacrificed her very existence to set every magical girl free from their cruel destiny. Homura Akemi is another magical girl who still dreams of the day she can finally see Madoka once again. Were all the magical girls truly saved from despair? Now… the great “Law of Cycles’ leads the magical girls to their new fate. This third film will once again bring together the extraordinary members of the Madoka creative staff. Led by chief director Akiyuki Shimbou, the script will be written by Gen Urobuchi from Nitroplus and the original character concept designs will be by aokiumi. SHAFT will once again be the studio that will be bringing their work to life. With a completely new screenplay and new animation Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie –Rebellion- is a brand new tale of magical girls.

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First two Madoka Magica films to get limited nationwide theatrical releases this month

urlAniplex of America, and Cineplex have partnered up to bring the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films to over 25 Canadian cities this month. The first film will be screened on March 14th, with the second film scheduled for the 20th. Here’s the list of participating theatres:

AB Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
AB Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
AB Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
BC Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas
BC Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
BC Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
BC Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village
BC Victoria SilverCity Tillicum Victoria
MB Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
ON Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
ON Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
ON Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
ON Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Pergola Commons Continue reading

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos goes nationwide January 15th, and 19th

Happy 2012, do you know what’s my New Year’s resolution? To become less of a procrastinator. One might ask why, well, this post is about something I’ve known for a good long while, the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood film is going to be showcased nation-wide in Canada on the 15th, and 19th. Once again courtesy of our friends at Funimation, and Cineplex, who are making quite the habit of nationwide Canadian releases. Continue reading

Pokémon The Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom and Pokémon The Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram not coming to theatres in Canada

Joining the Yu-Gi-Oh! gang, Ash and Pikachu’s latest theatrical adventure unfortunately won’t be taking flight in Canada, despite the recently announced 2-day nationwide US event in December. I have confirmed with a Cinedigm representative that the showcases are indeed US-only for a variety or reasons. Pokemon fans are just going to have to bask in the Black & White YTV broadcast, and watch the latest film release on DVD. Continue reading

TIFF 2011 World Premiere: A Letter To Momo Review

It has been more than 10 years since Hiroyuki Okiura made his mark on the world of anime with the film adaptation of Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. Will he be able to strike lightning once more with a drastically different film in A Letter To Momo? Was the seven year production worth it? The answer is overwhelming yes.

Warning, as this is based on the world premiere screening, very few people will have seen this film. As such, the plot will be spoiled if you continue to read on. If you’d like to read on without spoilers, I suggest skipping the next 6 paragraphs, which deal with the plot. Continue reading

Letters to Momo, and From Up On Poppy Hill to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

This year’s TIFF has a distinctly anime flair. Hiroyuki Okiura and Production IG’s “A Letter To Momo” will make its world premiere, and Goro Miyazaki’s sophomore Ghilbi effort, “From Up On Poppy Hill” will make its international premiere at the Toronto film festival. Previously, the fest has played host to some unique anime productions, but this year it has scored some major premieres.

Hiroyuki Okiura’s “A Letter To Momo” is a tale about a girl struggling with the aftermath of her father’s passing. She finds a letter from her father, simple reading “Dear Momo”. She ponders what her father would have written. But she has deal with moving from Tokyo, into the family home in the small island of Shio. There she notices weird happenings going on. Things are disappearing, and she doesn’t know why. Here Momo decides to find out what’s causing this, and in turn takes part in her own coming of age story. After more than ten years, the director of “Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade” returns with this beautifully animated tale seven years in the making. It makes its world premiere at TIFF September 10 at 4PM in the AMC 6 venue. To see all show times click here.

After the tumultuous production of “Tales of Earthsea”, many may have thought Goro Miyazaki would hang up the directing chair, and pursue another line of work at Studio Ghili. Well, it seems many were wrong, as the young director has returned with his sophomore effort, “From Up On Poppy Hill”. This film chronicles the story of 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the promise it brought to Japan, centred by shy highschool student Umi. Umi lives a very empty live. Her father was killed in the war, and her mother travels a lot. She’s often left to think to herself in her job managing a boarding house. But this boarding house is scheduled for demolition in the city’s modernization projects. Umi, and those of the boarding house derided this decision, and will attempt to keep their history at any cost. Goro Miyazaki’s sophomore effort tells the tale of love flourishing in even the most unexpected of places, and unlike “Tales of Earthsea”, this film has conquered Japanese audiences. “From Up On Poppy Hill” will make its first non-Japanese debut September 8 at 9:30 PM in the Bell sponsored TIFF Lightbox. To see all show times, click here

The festival will also play host to the world premiere of manga-based Smuggler, as well as premieres for Himizu, Kotoko, Monsters Club, Cut, and Space is the Place. All films will be played in their original Japanese audio, with English subtitles.

2011′s Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 8 through the 18.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble Canadian Theatre List Announced

Presented in Japanese, with English subtitles, Funimation and Cineplex Odeon continue their trend of bringing anime-films Canadian anime fans shouldn’t really care about to a theatre near you! Okay, that’s not entirely fair as Trigun did receive a Canadian broadcast on G4 TechTV back in the Anime Current days, but still.

Here’s the entire theatre listing for the June 22, one night-only screening:

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
6455 Macleod trail S.W

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton
1525-99th St. N.W.

Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
#3030, 8882-170 Street

EMPIRE Theatres City Centre 9 Cinemas
10200 102nd Avenue

Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
501-1st Avenue S.W.

SilverCity Cross Iron Mills & XSCAPE
Unit #528, 261055 Cross Iron Blvd.
Rocky View

SilverCity Metropolis
4700 Kingsway Ave

SilverCity Coquitlam
170 Schoolhouse Street

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo
213 – 4750 Rutherford Rd

SilverCity Riverport
14211 Entertainment Way

Cineplex Odeon International Village
88 West Pender Street, 3rd Floor

SilverCity Tillicum Victoria
3130 Tillicum Road

SilverCity Polo Park
817 ST. James

SilverCity Ancaster
771 Golf Links Road

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
72 Commerce Park Drive

SilverCity Brampton
50 Great Lakes DR.

Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
300 King George Road

SilverCity Burlington
1250 Brant Street

Cineplex Odeon Queensway
1025 The Queensway

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
485 Woodlawn Rd West

Cineplex Odeon Gardiner’s Road
626 Gardiner’s Road

SilverCity London
1680 Richmond Street, P.O. Box 23

Cineplex Odeon First Markham
3275 Hwy 7

EMPIRE Studio 10 at Square One – #91
100 City Centre Drive

Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square
7555 Montrose Road
Niagara Falls

Galaxy Cinemas North Bay
300 Lakeshore Dr.
North Bay

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa
1351 Grandview Street North

SilverCity Gloucester
2385 City Park Drive

SilverCity Richmond Hill
8725 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill

Coliseum Scarborough
Scarborough Town Centre , 300 Borough Drive, Unit 765

SilverCity Fairview Mall
1800 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit Y007

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
259 Richmond Street West

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
550 King St. N.

SilverCity Windsor
4611 Walker Road

Scotiabank Theatre Montreal
977 Ste-Catherine West

Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy
1200 Boul. Duplessis

Galaxy Cinemas Moose Jaw
1235 Main Street N
Moose Jaw

Galaxy Cinemas Regina
420 McCarthy Blvd N. Unit 26

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
347 2nd Avenue S.

EMPIRE Studio 10 Regent Mall
1381 Regent Street

EMPIRE 18 Cinemas & Imax Theatre – Bayers Lake
190 Chain Lake Drive

EMPIRE Studio 12 – #26
48 Kenmount Road
St. John’s

To make sure you’re up to date on any theatre additions, or changes make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Cineplex, and Funimation pages.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time won’t be going beyond in Canada this month

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is the third theatrical film based on Kazuki Takahashi’s world famous Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise after 1998′s Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japan-only), and the 4Kids Entertainment backed Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie – Pyramid of Light (2004). This film unites the stars of the previous three Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yugi Moto (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jaden Yuki (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds) as they battle a common foe in Paradox. This movie has been positioned as the main attraction in the anniversary celebrations, with viewers receiving free trading cards, and manga just for watching. The film opened in January 2010 in Japan, but is receiving another run with an extended cut, and a preview of the next Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The English version will be released in the next few weeks, and will be based on this extended cut, with what may be an English exclusive 10 minute recap, though it is unknown if the Zexal preview will remain. For Canadian Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, it appears they won’t be jumping in this celebration in theatres.

InuYasha The Movie: Affections Touching Through Time

For the 10th Anniversary film, rather than allowing the film to getting a mainstream full film distributor, like the 2004 release (which was handled by Warner), licensee 4Kids decided to go for a limited 4 -day event with specialty distributor Cinedigm, on the 26, and 27 of February, alongside the 5 and 6 of March. The thing is, Cinedigm’s clients are all US based theatre chains, leaving us Canadians out of luck.

4Kids Entertainment, and the other associated companies with the English release of the film haven’t actually confirmed a Canadian theatrical screening won’t happen, but it appears if one were to happen it would be well after the Cinedigm release as no Canadian theatres I’m aware of are listing the film. 4Kids, and the rest of the companies involved have also neglected to mention if Canada is part of what they perceive the international community to be, as a UK, and other European countries have a theatrical release set in for 2012, to celebrate the franchise’s tenth anniversary in those markets (the various press releases 4Kids has released use very vague wording like “North American version”, etc.). The only issue is that Canada received Yu-Gi-Oh! in the same year as the US… As well, as an aside, it should be noted that the first trailer for the film on its official site was geo-locked, and Canadian viewers were greeted with a “This content is currently unavailable” message. A 4Kids rep did confirm that this wasn’t meant to happen, but that error wasn’t corrected until the second trailer (embedded below) was released.

I’m actually really disappointed that it appears we won’t be getting the movie. I’m not exactly the world’s largest Yu-Gi-Oh! fan or anything, but still, I would’ve went just for the novelty of seeing the three main protagonists interacting with each other. Not to mention that seeing 2D animation in 3D would be very cool. I do hope 4Kids is able to make it work, because it would be quite silly when a movie based on a series which never aired in Canada was able to get on so many screens when a film based on a media franchise that still airs on mainstream TV can’t.


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