By Jason S. Yadao
It's been a few weeks since I wrote anything in this space. Can you blame me, really: October was super-busy on the local anime/manga fandom front, and thinking about what went right and what needed improvement with Oni-Con Hawaii was enough to send my brain fleeing to the comforts of Candy Crush Saga and other video games in my mile-high backlog. Probably a good thing that November's been fairly quiet by contrast.
Another thing I did during my impromptu vacation: picking up this cutest of cute cuties, Nendoroid's "maiko" version of Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, preordered from MiniQ in Aiea.
This leads to a natural segue: Around eleven months ago, I wrote in this space about Madoka Magica: Beginnings and Eternal, talking about how those two movies were going to arrive at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art in February and retell the entire Madoka Magica epic in one big magical-girl-and-Witch-filled four-hour lump. The double feature arrived, I sat down and watched it all with the Otaku Ohana Anonymous Director of Forced Social Interaction, and -- spoiler text follows, highlight the black box if you're familiar with the franchise or don't mind being spoiled -- everybody died over and over and over again. And it all looked oh so very pretty.
Since then, the third movie that I said was in the works, Rebellion, has been released. Sure, Eternal seemed to tie the story up with the equivalent of one of Madoka's giant pink bows, but nevertheless there's more story content coming down the pipeline. And it's heading back to the Doris Duke Theater next month, in single-serve showings or -- for those of you who either really love yourselves some Madoka Magica and/or have only the day after Christmas free from work like a certain friendly neighborhood anime/manga blogger does -- one big magical-girl-and-Witch-filled six-hour lump (and yes, there are intermissions).
So what will you be getting out of your investment? Kotaku had a tag-team discussion about Rebellion, building from general impressions all the way up to major spoilers, from which I gleaned the following points:
- Do not watch the trailer.
- No, seriously, do not watch the trailer.
- HOLY CATS ARE YOU NOT LISTENING DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER.
- ... but hey, guess what, everybody dies over and over and over again again. And it all still looks oh so very pretty.
All it'll cost you is $16 for just Rebellion or $32 for the trilogy marathon; if you're an art museum member, the cost drops to $15 or $30. The marathon starts at 3 p.m. Dec. 26, while individual showings are at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Marathon tickets are available at http://ow.ly/qZZ1z; Rebellion-only tickets, at http://ow.ly/qZZ62. One note: While the ticket pages say the films are recommended "for ages 6 and up," I'd recommend against taking anyone younger than age 13. Things can get pretty grim and child-unfriendly, let's just say.
In non-Madoka Magica-related movie news, the Doris Duke Theater will also be hosting the one-showing-only return to the big screen of From Up on Poppy Hill, known around these parts as "the Studio Ghibli movie that I saw five times in theaters hoping to catch the English-subtitled reel, all for naught." The screening, at 11:50 a.m. Dec. 22, will be part of the art museum's Family Sunday festivities which means you can catch it for a very family-friendly price -- $3 adults, $1 children ages 13 and under -- and check out museum exhibits for no additional cost. (Tickets aren't available online, though, so show up at the theater and let first-come, first-served rules take over.)