With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, September 15, 2017

Free screening of "Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki" at Japan Society NY on September 29th at 7:00 PM

Japan Society NY
Photo © NHK.
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
(Theatrical Version)
Directed by Kaku Arakawa
Japan, 2017, 70 minutes
DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, September 29th at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets - see below

Special Screening
East Coast Premiere

This intimate, revealing NHK documentary portrait of Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) follows the tireless animator from his announced semi-retirement in 2013 through his decision to develop Boro the Caterpillar, an animated short originally intended for the Ghibli Museum, into his final feature film. An enthusiastic talker full of self-deprecating witticisms and strong opinions about nearly everything, Miyazaki proves himself to be an endlessly fascinating subject, offering generous access to his creative process and life philosophy as he struggles to work out ideas while using CGI for the first time

This is a free screening. Tickets can be reserved at the Japan Society Box Office in person or online at tickets.japansociety.org/film (limit two per customer).

PLEASE NOTE: Registration has reached full capacity. A wait list for standby entry will be offered at the Box Office starting one hour prior to the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is not guaranteed and will be determined by management.

This screening was organized with the cooperation of NHK WORLD.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Aoi hana©Takako Shimura/Ohta Publishing Company
Coming-Of-Age Series Depicts Love
And Friendship Between High School Girls

VIZ Media delivers a poignant story about young girls’ romance and friendship with the release of SWEET BLUE FLOWERS on September 19th.

The series, by creator Takako Shimura, will be published in print and digital editions under the VIZ Signature imprint. SWEET BLUE FLOWERS is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens; Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $33.99 CAN. The series will also be available digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play Store. Subsequent volumes will be published in English on a quarterly basis.

In SWEET BLUE FLOWERS, Akira Okudaira is starting high school and is ready for exciting new experiences. And on the first day of school, she runs into her best friend Fumi from kindergarten at the train station! Now Akira and Fumi have the chance to rekindle their friendship, but life has gotten a lot more complicated since they were kids.

“SWEET BLUE FLOWERS depicts all the agony, excitement, and complications of love as Akira and Fumi navigate young adulthood and their emerging sexualities,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “With its quiet but graceful approach to teenage love and friendship, this noteworthy series will strike a chord with all readers.”

Manga creator Takako Shimura debuted in 1997 with the one-shot Boku wa, Onnanoko (I’m a Girl), a collection of short stories about queer youth. She is widely known for her stories focusing on LGBTQ topics. Wandering Son was a featured selection on the 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and also spawned a 12-episode anime series. Shimura’s landmark yuri (girls’ love) series Sweet Blue Flowers was adapted into anime in 2009.

For additional information on SWEET BLUE FLOWERS and other manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


With Exclusive Premieres, Nationwide and International Rollout

After a highly successful Japanese domestic run, leading distributor of anime programming, Sentai Filmworks, announced that No Game No Life Zero is set to captivate North American audiences with exclusive premiere screenings in Los Angeles during the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF). The English-subtitled U.S. premiere on Saturday, September 16, is already sold out, and the September 15 English-dub grand premiere is rapidly selling out. Immediately following the premieres, in partnership with distributors Azoland Pictures and Fathom Events, No Game No Life Zero will launch in more than 1,000 theaters across North America, with international showings to follow, making this one of the widest releases of its kind.

Already hailed as one of the best animated features to come out this year by Anime News Network, No Game No Life Zero takes place 6,000 years before the events in the television series. War has consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Schwi, a female exiled “ex-machina” android, who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.

“The world of No Game No Life already made a passionate impression on countless fans with the television series’ unique character dynamics and its core theme of the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of impossible circumstances,” said Sentai Filmworks President and CEO, John Ledford. “No Game No Life Zero takes those core elements and amplifies them exponentially. This film will resonate deeply with fans who love the franchise, and filmgoers who will experience a paradoxical world where nothing is certain, except perhaps the strength of the human heart.”

For ticketing, franchise, and event information, please visits NoGameNoLifeZero.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


©Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan/Kitty Films/Pony Canyon
Three RANMA ½ Feature Films And Eleven OVAs Based On
The Beloved Anime Series Debut In Crisp High Definition

VIZ Media offers an exciting new home media release with the debut of the RANMA ½ OVA & Movie Collection on September 19th.

Return to the world of RANMA ½ with this unique collection based on the smash-hit manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi. The RANMA ½ OVA & Movie Collection will be released in DVD and Blu-ray editions and will include eleven episode-length Original Video Animation (OVA) adventures as well as three RANMA ½ theatrical movies.

The RANMA ½ OVA & Movie Collection Blu-ray Edition will carry an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN, and comes packaged in a premium full-color chipboard slipcase. The three-disc set features full 1080p High Definition resolution with 16:9 video aspect ratio. Subtitled and English dubbed dialogue options are available. Bonus content includes a 24-page full-color booklet, upcoming OVA previews, and clean opening and ending segments.

The RANMA ½ OVA & Movie Collection DVD Edition will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN. The three-disc home media set presents content with 16:9 video aspect ratio and also features subtitled and English dubbed dialogue options. Notable bonus features include clean opening and ending segments.

©Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan/Kitty Films/Pony Canyon

Ranma Saotome, the iconic character created by master artist Rumiko Takahashi, is back for new adventures and more than a few hilarious misunderstandings along the way! From mishaps at a holiday party to casual use of mystical trinkets to possession by cursed dolls, what’s in store for Ranma is anyone’s guess in these original anime adventures. Also included in the new home media set are two feature-length RANMA ½ movies and one special OVA-length movie that brought Ranma to theaters to make some big choices with his heart and not his head…which is usually what starts his trouble in the first place!

“We invite anime fans to join Ranma’s adventures in this collection of mystical gender transformations, martial arts mayhem, and comedic and romantic hijinks,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Director of Animation Marketing. “This new home media set is sure to please both long-time and new fans of RANMA ½.”

RANMA ½ manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is one of Japan’s most prolific and respected manga artists and is the creator of several long running series including MAISON IKKOKU, RANMA ½, and INUYASHA, which are all published in North America by VIZ Media. The spotlight on her prolific career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and also spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another— MAISON IKKOKU ran from 1980 to 1987, RANMA ½ from 1987 to 1996, and INUYASHA from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include MERMAID SAGA, RUMIC THEATER, ONE-POUND GOSPEL, and RIN-NE (all also published in North America by VIZ Media).

For more information on RANMA ½ or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

‘New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening’ Speeds Toward North American Theatrical Run with Debut Screening at LA-AFF

Sentai Filmworks has announced the North American debut screening of New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF).

The subtitle-only debut screening will take place on Saturday, September 16. 2017 at 4:30 PM PT.

The first in the new Initial D Legend theatrical triology is a bold retelling of the early stages of Shuichi Shigeno’s long-running manga. The film begins with when aspiring racer Koichiro Iketani witnesses an unplanned street duel between Keisuke Takahashi, a member of a rival race team, and a mysterious Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. What Koichiro doesn’t know is that the driver is fellow gas station attendant Takumi Fujiwara, who was making a late-night tofu delivery for his father, a legendary Mt. Akina driver himself. Unforeseen events are about to springboard Takumi into the center of the street-racing world, turning the rivalry between Iketani’s Akina Speedsters and Takahashi’s Akagi Red Suns into an all-out street war! The legendary series that introduced the west to the sport of drift racing is reinvented in an all new feature film that’s even faster and more furious than ever before.

Tickets will soon be available via https://www.la-aff.com.