Two weeks to Global Shinkai Day 2011

Global Shinkai Day 2011 will be held on the 12th of March.

Crunchyroll are spearheading preparations with their brand-new DVD release of Shinkai’s most recent film, 5 Centimetres Per Second. The site is also running a competition in which one talented fan can win an autographed poster featuring Shinkai’s upcoming project Hoshi o Ou Kodomo (check this page for details on how to enter).

In addition to Crunchyroll, I’m keeping a watchful eye on the Shinkai fan forum Cherry Blossoms Falling for more information as the event approaches.

Note: For broader coverage, this post has also been published on Wolf Hurricane. Mark your calendars and spread the word, comrades.

Methinks Kagami doth protest too much

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Prithee, good sirrah, take heed of these glad tidings which unto thine ears I hasten to bear.

I learned, a little too late to take part in the festivities, that yesterday was Talk Like Shakespeare Day. (It still is, depending on one’s time zone.) We’ve had unofficial observances of this kind before – remember International Talk Like a Pirate Day? – but another calendar-filler can’t do any harm, especially when the person on the other end of the conversation doesn’t realise that “clamperton” is an insult.

And if you’ve got loads of time on your hands, waste some of it by editing a softsub or two to make your favourite anime characters spout Elizabethanisms like the Bard himself. (Got no softsubs? Try scrubbing out and rewriting manga dialogue bubbles.) Hearing – or rather reading – Kyon reprimand Haruhi with a fancy “What hath thee wrought!” would be a refreshing change from the usual.

Now if thou wouldst kindly give me leave, I must hie me off to pare down mine growing anime backlog, for in sooth it shall not by itself be watchéd. And if thou wilt not, then I say thou art cupshot and fie on thee, shandy rapscallion!

Exeunt omnes.

Studio Rikka all-night screening on 28 March – more details now available

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So, you lads couldn’t get tickets either, huh? Guess there’s nothing left for us to do but juice up on Evlend, stay up all night and listen to myself babble like a broken record.

More details have emerged about the all-night screening of Studio Rikka films scheduled to take place at Theatre Shinjuku on Saturday, 28 March 2009. In addition to the first three acts of Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve, 2008-ongoing), the screening will feature the earlier Yoshiura Yasuhiro films Kikumana (2001), Mizu no Kotoba (Aquatic Language, 2002) and Pale Cocoon (2006). If I’m reading the event listing correctly (someone better in JP than I am help me out here!), it appears that an advance sale of the third Eve no Jikan DVD will also take place at the same event.

The doors will open at a quarter to midnight and the event is expected to begin when the clock strikes twelve – or, this being Japan, when the digital display flashes 24:00:00. Tickets will be sold through Ticket Pia at JPY2,800 each.

I will be in Tokyo on the 28th, although I’m not optimistic about my chances of landing a ticket since I’m scheduled to arrive just a few days before the event; by that time they’ll probably be sold out. Naturally, I plan to try my luck anyway.

Anyone out there knows how to purchase a pass from Ticket Pia (and if there’s an outlet somewhere in the Ueno area)? I’ve heard their tickets can be purchased through the Loppi machines in Lawson stores, but I’m not sure about this.

Note: Tip of the hat to icie for first mentioning this event back in January.

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Night at the Movies – Eiga Sai 2008

Mark your calendars: this year’s Eiga Sai kicks off tonight with an invitational screening of We Shall Overcome Someday.

Anime enthusiasts will want to block off the 26th and 27th of July for the J-Pop Anime Matsuri, which will feature three animated films – including the highly acclaimed 2006 movie Toki o Kakeru Shoujo.

Screening times, synopses and other details are available at the official website of the Japan Foundation (Manila).

From the Japan Foundation’s official website:
Press Release
Flyer (PDF document with film synopses and a full timetable)
Screening Schedule