By Jason S. Yadao
From Up on Poppy Hill -- the film that, if you don't know it's the latest Studio Ghibli film to reach U.S. shores by now, you clearly haven't been reading this blog -- opened on April 5 at the Consolidated's Kahala 8 theater complex. Two other movies opened their nationwide runs on that day: the Evil Dead remake and the Jurassic Park 3-D-make.
Here we are, five weeks later. Evil Dead was apparently bad enough that it's already gone from theaters. (You know it's bad when two films that debuted before it, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods, are still being screened around town.) Jurassic Park was designed for a brief theatrical run before popping up on 3-D Blu-ray. And Poppy Hill? Despite all my prior predictions that it would be leaving soon, it's still there, with Umi's flags wishing passing boats a pleasant journey flapping for at least one screening daily.
So now that we've established that I'm more psycho than psychic, I've concluded that if I don't make any more predictions on whether Poppy Hill will stay or go, maybe it'll just quietly walk away on its own. Not that we want it to leave, of course, but seeing as it's already pretty much defied all my expectations on its longevity at Kahala, I'm willing at this stage to just let it do whatever it wants.
Oh yes, and good news for those of you who missed out on the Japanese-with-English subtitles version of Poppy Hill (as your friendly neighborhood anime/manga blogger sadly raises his hand, as that's the main reason why there still isn't a review up of that movie yet, *sob*): You have another chance, as Consolidated's Koolau Stadium 10 theaters in Kaneohe -- that's at the Temple Valley Shopping Center at 47-260 Hui Iwa St. -- will be screening that version over the next week. Better get down there quickly to watch it, though, because Star Trek Into Darkness opens next week. And as Iron Man 3 proved last week, theaters kinda like making money over screening niche anime. Just sayin'.
Fandango showtime time!
Friday-Sunday: 10:40 a.m.
Monday through Wednesday: 11:45 a.m.
Koolau Stadium 10
Friday-Wednesday: 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m.
And as always, you can buy your tickets in advance here.
We've hit a bit of a pre-summer lull as far as events for the otaku community are concerned. But that's okay ... more time to watch anime and read manga, right?
MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists usually meets every second and fourth Sunday of the month at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St., room 200). Visit www.manga-bento.com. Next meeting: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Comic Jam Hawaii: This group of collaborative cartoon artists meets every first and third Sunday of the month at Pearlridge Center; locations within the mall may vary. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/ComicJamHawaii (Facebook login required). Next meeting: 1 to 4 p.m. May 19.
Tomo-E-Ame: Friends-Drawings-Candy: MangaBento's 2013 exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, June 16-July 14.
Taku Taku Matsuri: A summer festival with an anime/manga slant at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu. Aug. 25.
Oni-Con Hawaii: With guest Yuko Ashizawa, a fashion designer with Atelier Pierrot. Also featuring the Cosplay Chess Brigade and Yu x Me Maid Cafe & Host Club. Preregistration open now; $35 for a three-day pass. Artist Alley applications also being accepted (it's $110 per table, which includes two three-day passes). Hawai'i Convention Center, Nov. 1-3.
Kawaii Kon 2014: Guests include voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh. Preregistration open now; $37 for a three-day pass for children ages 5-12, $42 general admission. Hawai'i Convention Center, April 4-6, 2014.