By Jason S. Yadao
It seems these days that if a theatrical screening that may be of interest to local anime fans has Eleven Arts attached to it, it's a reasonably safe bet that it'll be making its way to Hawaii eventually. That's proven to be the case with features including The Mystical Laws, the Madoka Magica trilogy and the live-action Ryujin Mabuyer and Space Battleship Yamato.
The latest movie to follow this trend: Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, the third of four films designed to sell more Asuka/Rei/Mari merchandise refresh the story of Neon Genesis Evangelion, perhaps this time with an ending that makes more sense and/or doesn't leave Asuka to go crazy, Rei to get big and everyone to die. Here's the official synopsis to recap where we are in the saga:
Fourteen years after the third impact, Shinji awakens to a world he does not recognize and his body has not aged a single day. Earth lies in ruins and those he once fought valiantly to protect have cruelly turned against him. Nerv is nothing but a distant memory. Trapped in a harrowing cycle of death and rebirth, Shinji continues to courageously battle the angels—even as the world spirals down towards what could be a tragic end.
After a brief, two-screening run at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October, Eva 3.0 is back for more, beginning with a three-day run at the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre next month. Tickets for that Jan. 29-31 engagement recently went on sale, in fact.
... aaaaaaaand the screening at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 promptly sold out.
It's definitely a downer for people who wanted to see this movie in Japanese with English subtitles and can only see movies on weekday evenings, to be sure. The only other subtitled screenings are at 1 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, while both screenings on Jan. 29 -- at 1 and 7:30 p.m. -- will introduce the English dubbed version to Hawaii audiences. Perhaps it isn't an optimal situation for fans who prefer their anime subbed, but, well, it is what it is. Tickets are $12 general admission ($10 art museum members) and can be purchased at ow.ly/rGTnn.
If you can't make any of those screenings, don't despair just yet: There are screenings planned for Consolidated's Ward Stadium 16 theaters and, for those of you who may be reading this blog on Maui, Consolidated's Kaahumanu 6 theaters in Kahului. Those times and dates have yet to be determined, so just sit tight.
While we're talking about movie screenings, there are still tickets remaining for all screenings of Madoka Magica: Rebellion, in both three-film marathon and single-film servings, at the Doris Duke Theatre. For Madoka fans who may still be on the fence, there's a little more incentive to lure you out: There will be drawings for replica shikishi, or autograph boards, with artwork from character designer Ume Aoki at every screening. You can get a closer look at some of the designs -- and marvel at how much people are willing to pay for what are supposed to be giveaway items! -- on this eBay page.