Ota-cool! October, part 4 of 3: No tricks, more treats

October 24th, 2013
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Here's the Space Battleship Yamato theatrical poster. It's being given away at screenings across the U.S. ... but not here in Hawaii. Boo, I say, BOO.Remember around the beginning of this month, when I said that the Ota-cool Incoming! calendar for October would be broken up into three parts because it was packed chock full of events? That proved to be underestimating things a bit. Thanks to the power of LAST-MINUTE EVENTS AHOOOOOY~!, this month has firmly staked its claim as the busiest month I can remember ever. Remember this as we head into November, because that month is looking pretty quiet after the 3rd, aside from the holiday craft fair season kicking into full swing.

Here now is yet even still more stuff going on over the next few days:

Space Battleship Yamato takes flight: Perhaps lost a bit amid all the Hawaii International Film Festival buzz was the announcement that the 2010 live-action adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato would have a limited-engagement run at Consolidated's Ward Stadium 16 complex. Well, that screening window has finally arrived -- it starts Friday and runs through Halloween -- and so has the showtime schedule: 12:45, 3:45, 7:05 and 10:15 p.m. daily. Tickets are available via Fandango (not to be confused with this Fandango, and don't forget, with him, you have to let the "a's" breeeathe).

Here, have a synopsis from film distributor Eleven Arts:

Year 2199. A mysterious enemy from the stars has been decimating the Earth to unlivable and irradiated conditions for the past 5 years. Humankind now lives underground with only a few more months until extinction.

A chosen few Earthlings will be saved and the rest left to perish unless the last Space Battleship Captain, Okita, can journey to another galaxy in response to cryptic coordinates sent by a distant planet. The Captainʼs dark past comes back to haunt him when the quests success depends on the brother of a fellow Captain he coldly used as a shield in battle, to save himself and his ship. This epic journey through space to save their people from extinction will push the crew to the edge of survival, and with nothing left to lose, the Space Battleship Yamato dares the universe to try and stop them.

And here's a trailer from Manga UK that serves as further proof that we here in the U.S. can't have nice things as quickly as the U.K. anymore, considering they already have the movie licensed and on home video while we don't:

Kawaii Christmas Capsule Drive: Kawaii Kon has a super-secret, super-special-awesome Christmas project coming up. It's so super-secret, I don't even know what it is, but I'm sure it'll be cool. In any event, con staff will be collecting gently loved, complete anime figures and plushies (meaning no defects, please) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center, room 308, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Bring in three figures or more and you can get a free malasada, too, while supplies last. And for each figure/plushie donated, you can get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free pass to Kawaii Kon X next year. Check out the event page at www.facebook.com/events/455877617861352/ (no Facebook login required).

"Haunted Harajuku Halloween": Next Thursday is National Cosplay Recognition Day, more commonly known to the average layperson as "Halloween," or to a certain subset of local fandom, "the day before Oni-Con Hawaii kicks off." Con attendees ages 21 and older can get the party started early at this event at YuZu Hawaii in the Ala Moana Hotel. There's a cosplay parade at 10 p.m., a costume contest at 11 p.m. and music and dancing throughout the night. Normal entry cost is $50 (includes heavy pupus and two drink tickets), but show proof that you bought an Oni-Con Hawaii ticket (the ticket, a badge or a PayPal receipt) and you can get in for $40. 9 p.m. Call 943-1155 or visit YuZu Hawaii at their website or Facebook page9 p.m. Oct. 31-1 a.m. Nov. 1.

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