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The greatest of these is love

June 1st, 2013
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This past week has been a week of endings, one with no shortage of topics for me to talk about in this space. Curiosity -- which I can only describe as "iOS/Android virtual bubble wrap, except with cubes instead of bubbles to pop" -- ended. From Up on Poppy Hill's run at the Kahala 8 theaters wrapped up on Thursday (although as I mentioned before, it'll be back on DVD and Blu-ray in September, and it'll come packing that Japanese-language soundtrack that's frustratingly eluded me thus far). On Thursday night, JManga transitioned from being one of the largest legal venues to read manga online to being one of the largest legal venues to view manga covers and nothing else. And Barnes & Noble will be closing its Kahala store, leaving just its Ala Moana store, as well as a scattered handful of comic stores between Aiea and Kaimuki, as the only places left on the island to buy first-run manga.

I may return to one of those topics in due time. Truth be told, I've been struggling all week to hit my writing stride and form anything resembling a coherent post. Part of it is the usual time-constraint problem that's been plaguing this blog since way back in forever. But it's mostly because I've been thinking a lot about something else that'll be ending on Sunday ... and, more importantly, the big ol' katamari ball o' wonderful that will emerge as a result.

To properly discuss this, let's cue up some appropriate music.

As you might note from the embedded title, the song above is "Theme of Love," the version off the Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy album. Final Fantasy Wiki notes that "'Theme of Love' is a leitmotif from Final Fantasy IV for the relationship between Cecil Harvey and Rosa Joanna Farrell."

Now, I've never played FF4. I have no idea whether Cecil and Rosa actually live happily ever after, or if some Aeri(s/th)-esque event happens and one of them ends up at the wrong end of a giant sword wielded by the Ultimate Evil Who Threatens the World They Hold Dear. Sacrilege for an anime/manga blogger, I know. (It is in my Big Horking Pile of Games to Play Eventually if I Ever Stop Getting Distracted by Bejeweled Blitz and Candy Crush Saga, but that's beside the point.). But I do know enough about this song to know that (a) it's a song from the Final Fantasy franchise, and (b) it has the word "love" in it. That's more than enough for me to deem it appropriate as a tribute to my longtime tag-team partner in fandom -- and quietly dedicated ffmusic.info CD chronicler for many years -- Wilma Jandoc.

On Dec. 12, 2009, at an event that was disguised as a karaoke get-together among friends at GS Studios in Waikiki, Wilma got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Zarli Win, a guy who, among other things, is known as a really good photographer around local cosplay circles. Longtime readers of Otaku Ohana may remember this post that I wrote shortly after the events of the evening. Here's one of the only shots I've ever gotten of our happy couple since then, shortly after Wilma's first and only modeling gig at the Japanese Street Fashion Show at HEXXP 2011. I think this is the first time I've ever publicly published this shot. (Like I've said many times before: WAY behind on posting things. WAAAAAAAAY behind.)

Wilma and Zarli

Three years, five months and 20 days later, we're on the verge of reaching the pinnacle of that journey. On Sunday, before their closest family members, friends, coworkers and a certain dorky blogger who'll probably end up chronicling a good chunk of what goes on somewhere, Wilma and Zarli are finally getting married.

Which means that it's the end of an era of sorts: In her personal affairs, she'll be taking Zarli's last name in marriage and becoming Wilma Win. I'm sure she's heard all the possible permutations of "epic Win," "full of Win," "Winning" and "for the Win" by now ... most of them, probably, from her husband-to-be, to which she's probably responded by playfully whacking him. Because that's how she rolls. So yeah, you'll probably want to get that out of your system pretty quickly and move on. Here at Otaku Ohana, though, she'll always be tag-team partner in fandom Wilma Jandoc to us. (She's already committed to keeping that name in print.)

In any case, it's certainly going to take a bit of getting used to on my part. Then again, so much has changed in our respective worlds over the lifespan of this engagement, changes that I think have been reflected in the ongoing evolution of Otaku Ohana into the blog that you see today, that another change is really par for the course. Her role with Otaku Ohana has evolved over the years, as evidenced by the handful of posts she's contributed during our time on the staradvertiserblogs.com server: more posts about video games and video game-related entities, less about anime and manga. And for good reason: With Gunslinger Girl wrapping up its manga run next month, I think the only two continuing series left for which she's eagerly awaiting new installments are Case Closed and the Vampire Hunter D novels. (Well, okay, that and hoping beyond all hope that someone eventually resurrects Initial D and Musashi #9, but with JManga going pfft and U.S. publishers thumbing their noses at long series, those seem like impossible dreams at this stage.) Anime's been pretty much limited to theatrical productions like From Up on Poppy Hill.

And yet ... it would take a lot for me to rebrand this blog in my mind as anything but "Otaku Ohana by Wilma Jandoc and Jason S. Yadao," her name always coming first, even though I've been the primary writer here for a while now. Because as I noted in that 2009 post, I owe my entire side career of writing about anime and manga and the local community of cartoonists and artists and fans to her and our friendship over the years, and I never want to stop paying tribute to that. Sure, our fandoms may change, and her name may be changing, but when it gets right down to it, she's just Wilma, my dearest friend, a cool gal who loves her ramen and shoyu chicken and chocolate, and someone who's just a few hours away from marrying the love of her life.

Again, congratulations, Wilma and Zarli. Now if you'll excuse me, I must go work on writing their card ... and stock up on some packets of tissue.

Because I can pretty much guarantee you that I'll be bawling like a baby on Sunday.

P.S. Looking for the Ota-Cool Incoming! calendar? It's right here, the same edition I posted last week. (Just mentally shift the MangaBento meeting in your mind to June 9.) I did get word of some new events, but that's happening later this month and deserves its own post, so there you go.

The Cel Shaded Report, 5/17: Rock the cosplay or comic vote

May 17th, 2013
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Ahhh, Anime Expo. Largest anime convention in the U.S., usually held Fourth of July weekend in Los Angeles, tons of people lining up for everything, enough that I'll probably never go to it (Fanime's probably the largest show I'll ever willingly visit, thankyewverymuch ... and after last year's experience, even that is a bit iffy now).

This year is AX's 22nd year, and along with the usual pre-con activities -- guest announcements! Room expansions! Preregistration deals! -- they're currently hosting a cosplay photography contest on their Facebook page. The winner will receive $250 and a badge for AX 2014 and have their photo reprinted in the AX 2013 program guide, while the top 15 photos will be on display at this year's convention.

Normally this wouldn't be of much interest save for the hardest of hard-core AX devotees, but there's a local angle to this contest: The fourth picture in the gallery was taken at Kawaii Kon, with a bunch of local cosplayers, in the Hawai'i Convention Center parking garage. Here's the picture and the listed description:

Via the Anime Expo Facebook page. Click on the photo to jump over to Facebook and vote!

Photographer’s Name: Chris Kwock
Photo Title: Wolf Pack
Cosplay Model’s Name: Kim Mazyck, Jon Minami, Shaughnessy Birgado, Gina Maeda-Caluya, Anthony Ragil, Jolene Kanesaki
Character and series: Bertha, Beltway, Spectre, Lupo, Vector, Four Eyes / Resident Evil

As of Thursday night, when I was writing this post, Team Wolf Pack was running in 11th place with 251 votes -- 15 behind Kirito & Silica from Sword Art Online in 10th, 24 ahead of the Onceler from The Lorax. Now, I freely admit that this blog can't muster up enough votes to push Team Wolf Pack into the top spot, with this Diablo 3 Demon Hunter already at 1,241 votes. We have only a few dozen loyal readers, plus I've had experience pushing for something in the past, only to have it fall way, way, way, way, waaaaaaaay short of its goal. But if this post can help nudge our local cosplayers up a space, I've done my job.

To vote, just go to the contest page on Facebook -- I've direct-linked the photo above to their page, or you can click here -- and "like" it. You have until May 22 to vote, so have at it.

Phantom Ice Cream truckMeanwhile, over in the world of kids' comics, Audra Furuichi's nemu*nemu is up for a pair of awards in the 2013 Kids Comic Revolution comic awards: "Favorite Webcomic" and "Special Award for Excellence in Drawing Delicious-Looking Food" (the latter for the Phantom Ice Cream Truck strip in February 2012). Babymouse and Squish artist Matthew Holm -- in town a few months ago as a guest at McCully-Moiliili Library -- is also up for a few awards, including "Favorite Graphic Novel" (for Squish volume 4), "Favorite Cartoonist/Author" (with his sister Jennifer) and "Cutest Comic Character" (Babymouse).

Now, I would say to go out and vote for Audra and Matt just as I voted for them, but there's just one small problem: I'm not a kid. Perhaps my mental age is such, what with all these anime and manga and video games and other firmly-young-adult material surrounding me at the moment, but physically, I haven't been a kid in years. And that's the thing: The Kids Comic Revolution awards can only be voted on by kids. And I'm not sure if anyone regularly reading this blog -- save, perhaps, the librarian faction -- has access to anyone in that valuable voter demographic. But if you do know any kids, send them over to mlatcomics.com/krc/kcrawards13 to vote. You can also find a PDF version of the ballot there, which you can fill out and mail in; details on where to send it are available on the site.

Poppy Hill: The saga continues

poppy hill newYup, From Up on Poppy Hill is still here, screening for a sixth week at the Kahala 8 theaters and a second at the Koolau Stadium 10. The question is whether you'll be able to see it in Japanese; your friendly neighborhood anime/manga blogger tried on Wednesday, visiting both the Koolau theaters and the Laie Palms Cinemas, and the net result is that he has now seen it four times in English. It's probably a good thing that Anime News Network reported on Thursday that Amazon has listings for DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo packs from Cinedigm, the home video branch of Poppy Hill distributor GKids. (Main takeaways: Release date is Sept. 3; retail price is $29.95 for the DVD, $34.95 for the combo pack, but you can save 30 percent by preordering now; and if you're a Blu-ray guy or gal, while you're at it, why not throw in orders for Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, out on Tuesday.)

On the bright side, watching it that many times, one starts noticing certain subtle things about the movie. More details on that after the weekend.

Fandango showtimes!

Kahala
Friday-Saturday: 11:45 a.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday: Noon

Koolau Stadium 10
Friday-Wednesday: 11:05 a.m. and 1:05 and 3:20 p.m.

And as always, you can buy your tickets in advance here.

Ota-cool incoming!

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. Sunday.

Anime Manga Society at UH-Manoa: Meetings during Summer Session 1 are every Friday starting May 24 through June 28. in Kuykendall Hall, room 306. Screenings TBA. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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. May 26.

Tomo-E-Ame: Friends-Drawings-Candy: We're now in the submissions period for MangaBento's 2013 exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, with 2-D piece that are 11 inches by 17 inches or smaller now being accepted during MangaBento meetings. Larger 2-D pieces and art in other media will be accepted on June 9 in the art school's mezzanine gallery. As for the exhibit itself? That's June 16-July 14.

Summer Reading Program at public libraries: Register. Read books. Win prizes. Yay! I'm pretty sure more details will emerge about special programs at the various branches in coming days, but if I may just offer this initial thought: McCully-Moiliili branch manager Hillary Chang's already claimed the prize for coolest regular Summer Reading Program incentive EVER. LOOK AT THESE:

mccully exclusive buttons

Five nemu*nemu pins. Exclusive designs. Exclusively at McCully-Moiliili. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant. General program runs June 2-July 6, with registration beginning May 28; check your local library for exact dates.

Future attractions

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.

The Cel Shaded Report, 5/10: 'Poppy Hill.' Again. Yup.

May 9th, 2013
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poppy hill newFrom 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!

Kahala
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.

Ota-cool incoming!

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.

Future attractions

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.

The Cel Shaded Report, 5/2: Comics comics comics COMICS!

May 2nd, 2013
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Iron Man 3 opens on Friday.

Star Wars Day -- "May the Fourth be with you," get it? -- is on Saturday.

And comic book geekery, let's face it, can just be downright fun.

So it is that we've come to the annual celebration of comics, downright fun and WOO HOO FREE STUFF known as Free Comic Book Day, happening on Saturday. It's one of those days when even comic creators can be fans. Why, here's team nemu*nemu, Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, with McCully-Moiliili librarian Linnel Yamashita from FCBD 2012.

Audra Furuichi, Scott Yoshinaga and Linnel Yamashita

Of course there will be regular comics -- you can scan the full list of possible giveaways (keeping in mind that not everywhere will have the full range of comics) here. Here's a picture that Aiea Library young adult librarian Diane Masaki sent along of some of the comics that she received to distribute to the various libraries (more on that in a bit).

FCBD 2013 comics

But as the anime/manga blog of record in the Star-Advertiser blogosphere, I'd be remiss if I didn't show you Viz's manga contribution to the comic party: samplers from Dragon Ball (that's the original series, showing Goku as a young boy) and Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration (Nobuhiro Watsuki's remixed take on his samurai series, currently being serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump USA).

Dragonball and Rurouni Kenshin Restoration

FCBD_nodateSo where can you go to get your comics? Several comic book stores are participating:

  • Collector Maniacs, 3571 Waialae Ave., ste. 102A (Kaimuki)
  • Gecko Books, 1151 12th Ave. (Kaimuki)
  • Other Realms, Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • Jelly's, 98-023 Hekaha St. (Aiea) and 670 Auahi St. (Kakaako)

If you visit any of these stores, don't forget to throw some money at them and buy something in appreciation, too -- supporting local small businesses is always a good thing.

Also participating will be 16 libraries, spread out across four islands -- 10 on Oahu, three on Maui, two on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai. Not only will there be free comics available, there also will be various cosplayers from the Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion of Hawaii and the Costumers Guild of Hawaii at some branches. You can expect anyone from Stormtroopers to Homestuck characters to superheroes to Resident Evil STARS Rebecca Chambers and Jill Valentine to show up. The appearances were coordinated by Diane, who also said, and I quote, "Don't forget to bring your camera!" (Yes, that quote was in a press release I was handed. Yes, I actually asked her to repeat that line for me, verbatim, so I could include it in here. I'm just all about journalistic integrity like that.)

I've learned some rudimentary HTML coding and cobbled together a handy table with the participating libraries, addresses and phone numbers, and whether they'll have special cosplayer appearances. (Times are subject to change.)

Address Phone number Cosplayers?
Aiea 99-143 Moanalua Road 483-7333 Yes (10 a.m. and mid-afternoon)
Aina Haina 5246 Kalanianaole Highway 377-2456 Yes (2 p.m.)
Hawaii Kai 249 Lunalilo Home Road 397-5833 --
Kailua 239 Kuulei Road 266-9911 Yes (noon)
Kalihi-Palama 1325 Kalihi St. 832-3466 --
Kapolei 1020 Manawai St. 693-7050 Yes (10 a.m.)
Liliha 1515 Liliha St. 587-7577 Yes (10 a.m.)
McCully-Moiliili 2211 S. King St. 973-1099 ***
Mililani 95-450 Makaimoimo St. 627-7470 Yes (2 p.m.)
Waimanalo 41-1320 Kalanianaole Highway 259-2610 Yes (10 a.m.)
NEIGHBOR ISLANDS
Hilo (Hawaii) 300 Waianuenue Ave. 933-8888 --
Kihei (Maui) 35 Waimahaihai St. 875-6833 --
Lahaina (Maui) 680 Wharf St. 662-3950 Yes (11 a.m.)
Makawao (Maui) 1159 Makawao Ave. 573-8785 Yes (11 a.m.)
Princeville (Kauai) 4343 Emmalani Dr. 826-4310 --
Thelma Parker (Waimea, Hawaii) 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway 887-6067 --

And then there's McCully-Moiliili, where there's a series of three asterisks instead of a regular dash in its row because branch manager Hillary Chang has a whole program planned to go along with the free swagfest. At 10:30 a.m., cartoonist Ray Friesen will talk about Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken, an all-ages graphic novel series that's actually one of the series featured in Top Shelf Comix's Top Shelf Kids Club anthology being given out during FCBD 2013.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., local anime/manga-inspired art group Pen & Ink Works will be hosting a sketch meet, demonstrations and games. Drawing supplies will be provided; just bring enthusiasm and a creative spirit. And since members Brady Evans, Tara Tamayori and Rose Dela Cruz also happen to be three-quarters of the creative team behind local manga anthology Hachi Maru Hachi, they'll be joining writer Jordan Takemoto and talking about the process of putting the latest issue together.

Show them a manga page you've drawn -- whether at the sketch meet or elsewhere -- and you can get a postcard with some official Hachi Maru Hachi art, too. Here's an idea of what they look like.

HMH postcards

I'll update this post if there's any more news of FCBD events or online giveaways, but for more on the day itself, visit www.freecomicbookday.com. And don't forget: Be polite and stay within whatever limits each venue sets for the number of comics you can snag for free. No one likes a greedy person getting in the way.

Update 5/3, 2:40 p.m.: Freebie added to the Aiea Library festivities: Trading card packs, featuring art by some of the Comic Jam Hawaii artists.

Update 5/3, 6:30 p.m.: Lime Media Hawaii is offering free digital copies of Hawaii Star Manga Project issue #5. Visit www.limemediahawaii.com. Also, don't forget to bring your library card if you're visiting the libraries for your free comics.

Update 5/4, 7:15 a.m.: Over at The Beat, Heidi MacDonald has previews and recommendations for every single FCBD book available today. It's a great guide to take on the go if you have the technological means to do so! Part 1 covers Gold sponsor books, while part 2 and part 3 cover Silver sponsors.

Also through May 5, Nao Yazawa -- the manga artist whose series include Wedding Peach and Moon & Blood -- is offering her 77-page autobiographical  manga, Go Go Nao-P!, for free on Kindle devices. (After that, it'll cost $2.99.) According to Anime News Network, Yazawa has said the English version seems to be working only on Fire and Paperwhite models at the moment; I've tested it through the Kindle app on my iPad, and it works fine. It's a collection of 4-koma manga that she first published on her blog starting in 2010. She even translated it to English herself, so while the sentences are a bit stilted, it's still an impressive feat.

The last days of Poppy Hill (no, really this time)

poppy hill newI'd have to imagine that with the English dubbed version of Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill entering its fifth week at the Kahala 8 theaters, these are the final days for this film's run in Hawaii. Then again, I said that in last week's Cel Shaded Report, and we all know how that prediction fared. It's a bit more cut-and-dry for the Japanese audio/English subtitled version that quietly landed at the Pearlridge West 16 theaters, though. You have six more chances to see it -- three today, three more over the weekend -- because that version is being nudged out after Sunday. (Looking at the schedule, I think it's to free up an auditorium for another set of Iron Man 3 screenings on weekdays.) (Update 5/3, 2:40 p.m.: It's already gone in favor of more Iron Man 3 screenings. Sadness.) Such is life, though, and I certainly applaud Consolidated for bringing in the subbed reel in the first place.

Here are your showtimes, via Fandango. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Kahala
Friday and Saturday: Noon and 2:10 p.m.
Sunday: 2:10 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: Noon and 2:10 p.m.

Pearlridge
Friday through Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Ota-cool incoming!

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. Sunday.

Anime Manga Society at UH-Manoa: Meets every Thursday and Friday in Kuykendall Hall, room 305. Catch Cyborg 009, Kuroko no Basket and Hanasaku Iroha on Thursdays, or Magi, Psycho Pass and Toriko on Fridays. Social time/announcements 4:30 p.m.: screenings 5 to 7 p.m.

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. May 12.

Future attractions

Maui Matsuri: Annual Japanese festival held on the University of Hawaii-Maui College campus. May 11.

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.

The Cel Shaded Report, 4/26: Shirt tales

April 26th, 2013
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One of the things I was sadly negligent in talking about in this space in the past few weeks was the nemu*nemu custom Gelaskins order that Kimonokitsy Studios -- artist Audra Furuichi and husband Scott Yoshinaga -- was running. I actually bought a few -- some for technology I don't even have yet, but which I'm planning to buy in the next few weeks! -- and threw one of 'em on when it arrived earlier this week, and then ... well, if you saw what happened over on Facebook when the nemu*nemu plushie foursome arrived at the office, you can kinda guess what happened next.

Yes, Anpan and Nemu got their paws on a Gelaskinned Nintendo DSi XL.

Anpan & Nemu with DSi XL

Anpan & Nemu with DSi XL-interior

And yes, that's the camera app that they're playing with. Here's the proof from their perspective.

Heyos!

... and yes, I am such a dork for taking the time to take pictures like this. But that's okay. My inner child and I have been BFFs for ... well, pretty much my entire otaku journalism career.

The reason I bring up this story is because Audra and Scott are gathering orders for another custom print job -- not Gelaskins this time, but Spreadshirt T-shirts. That design above, their "7th Anniversary" style? That's the newest design to be added to a stack that also includes King of Pizza Anpan, Danish Donut King Nemu and Galaxy Explorer Enchilada. Those join several other online-exclusive designs in a variety of colors, in styles for men, women, children and toddlers. So you definitely have options.

Group orders will be accepted through May 3; visit ow.ly/ksUwn for details on how to order. In case you're reading this post after May 3, you can order directly at nemunemu.spreadshirt.com.

The last days of 'Poppy Hill'

New movie poster image! This is hanging in the hallway outside the Kahala 8 Theaters. And yes, that really IS a "Coming Soon" sign underneath. Even though, y'know, it's been playing for almost a week now.I've been talking about From Up on Poppy Hill for several weeks now, encouraging people to go out and see it before, well, they can't, considering the only legitimate home video option for the film to date is a Region 2 DVD with English subtitles, currently selling for about $47 on CDJapan. (Then again, considering how much Aniplex USA wants $89.98 for the Madoka Magica movies on Blu-ray at Right Stuf and Namco Bandai wants $54.99 for each one of three Idolm@ster games on iOS, perhaps that's a relative bargain.)

We're heading into week 4 of Poppy Hill screenings at the Kahala 8 theaters, and given the sharp cutback in the number of screenings, I feel fairly confident in saying that these will probably be your last chances of seeing this movie for a while. There are only 14 screenings over the week -- less than half the number we saw these past three weeks -- and if you were hoping to catch it at night, it looks like you've missed that opportunity.

Courtesy of Fandango, here are the showtimes:

Today and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.
Sunday: 12:40 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: 12:30 a.m. and 2:40 p.m.

As usual, here's your online ticket link. I'm running a bit short on time in writing this post, so my full reflections on Poppy Hill and where it stands in the grand Ghibli canon are going to have to wait a few days. They are coming soon, though! (I hope, anyway. If office workloads are favorable. Fingers crossed.)

Ota-cool incoming!

Monster Drawing Workshop: April has been the month to learn how to design your own manga characters (courtesy of Hachi Maru Hachi artist Tara Tamayori) and how to add manga faces to them (courtesy of MangaBento). To put a neat little bow on things, perhaps you'd like to learn how to create your own monsters to harass your manga creations (or befriend them, because hey, it's your story)? Comic Jam Hawaii has you covered in this free workshop at Aiea Library. Paper, pencils and crayons will be provided, or bring your own art supplies if you wish. Recommended for ages 8 and older. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Anime Manga Society at UH-Manoa: Meets every Thursday and Friday in Kuykendall Hall, room 305. Catch Cyborg 009, Kuroko no Basket and Hanasaku Iroha on Thursdays, or Magi, Psycho Pass and Toriko on Fridays. Social time/announcements 4:30 p.m.: screenings 5 to 7 p.m.

Free Comic Book Day: The name pretty much says it all. Full details coming in next week's Cel Shaded Report, but for now, let's just say that there will be costumed characters aplenty, possibly at a library near you. May 4.

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 5.

Future attractions

Maui Matsuri: Annual Japanese festival held on the University of Hawaii-Maui College campus. May 11.

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. Hawai'i Convention Center, Nov. 1-3.

Kawaii Kon 2014: Guests include voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh. Preregistration opens Wednesday. Hawai'i Convention Center, April 4-6, 2014.