The boys, the beasts and the dystopian societies
Last week was supposed to be the week that we here in the 808 state would get to see the English dub of one of the last Studio Ghibli films yet to see wide release in the United States, Only Yesterday. If you looked at the official website's theater listing through last week, it insisted Feb. 26 would be when the movie opened at the Consolidated Kahala 8 theaters, followed by a March 18 opening at the Palace Theater in Hilo.
Well, the Hilo date remains the same. Tickets ($8 general, $7 students and seniors) for the five-day run are on sale now, in fact. Oahu, though? Apparently you're going to have to wait until March 11 at the earliest to see it. And that's not even factoring in how, as I was looking up the ticket information for Only Yesterday early last week, I found out the movie will also be part of Consolidated Theaters' Studio Ghibli Festival, where every Ghibli movie ever will be playing across all of Consolidated's theaters on Oahu and Maui for about a month starting in April.
So we'll save our discussion of the Ghibli stuff for my next post. For now, though, let's turn our attention to the other anime-related movies of March. It was already shaping up to be a busy month with three movies on the docket -- two from Funimation, one from Aniplex.
Those of you who follow anime closely -- or at least more closely than I've been able to as of late -- know that there have been a lot of series with the -monogatari suffix attached to them as of late: Bakamonogatari. Nisemonogatari. Nekomonogatari Black. Hanamonogatari. And so on. All of them focus on Koyomi Araragi, a nondescript high school student who was once bitten by a powerful vampire and is only now regaining most of his humanity. Now, however, there are a number of girls afflicted by "oddities" whom he must help.
The franchise is based on a series of light novels by Nisio Isin; the third novel in the series and the one that recounts Koyomi's origin story of sorts, Kizumonogatari, is available now in English from Vertical. The book is now being adapted into a movie trilogy, and that's the journey we're embarking on starting with Part 1: Tekketsu.
Consolidated Ward Stadium 16 and Mililani 14: Japanese with English subtitles, 7:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday
This movie, the latest project from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children) to be translated and released in the United States, appeared at the Hawaii International Film Festival in November. It features Kyuta -- yet another loner anime protagonist! -- embarking on an adventure-filled journey with Kumatetsu, a supernatural beast also isolated in an imaginary world.
Consolidated Kahala 8: Friday and Saturday -- English dubbed, 11:10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.; Japanese with English subtitles, 4:30, 7:10 and 9:50 p.m. Sunday -- dub 1:50 p.m.; sub 4:30 and 7:10 p.m.
Regal Dole Cannery: Friday-Monday -- English dubbed, 12:30 and 3:50 p.m.; Japanese with English subtitles, 7 and 10 p.m.
You've seen two seasons' worth of Akane Tsunemori fighting crime in a dystopian future society while rising from being a rookie inspector in Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigations Division to leading the unit. (Or maybe you haven't. Just roll with me here.) In this movie, set two years after the end of the second season, Japan has begun exporting the technology used to power the society-monitoring Sibyl System to countries worldwide. There's certainly nothing that could go horribly wrong with that to spur Akane and her unit to action ... right?
Consolidated Mililani, Ward, and Pearlridge: English dubbed, 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 16
Elsewhere around town
Comic Jam Hawaii: This group of collaborative cartoon artists meets every first and third Sunday of the month at Pearlridge Center; for their next meeting, they'll be on the Downtown side of the mall, Center Court. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/ComicJamHawaii (Facebook login required). Next meeting: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.