Back-to-back screening of Shinkai films in Manila on 20 July 2013

As part of the celebrations to mark the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month 2013 and
the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is co-sponsoring a screening of Shinkai Makoto’s films The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second.

According to a press release on the Embassy website, the event will take place at SM CINEMA Center Stage, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on the 20th of July, 2013, from 1 to 5 PM.

Which means that unless the schedule changes, anime fans in the Manila area will have one more reason to haul themselves out of bed before dusk come next Saturday.


ADV’s Shinkai Makoto DVD Collection (pre-review teaser)


Here’s an opinion-free, just-the-facts write-up on ADV’s two-volume Shinkai Collection (US version), which includes three animated films from noted Japanese director Shinkai Makoto. I will post a separate review for each of the collection’s two volumes on Wolf Hurricane within the next few weeks.

The three films included in this collection are – with R1 release titles in parentheses – Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star), Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (She and Her Cat), and Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days).

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