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Anime Night! (DVD meetup - no reading required!)

Please join us for our first Anime night! Whether you're a die-hard fan or have never really explored the subgenre, this evening promises to be a lot of fun. Some of the most interesting and creative work in speculative fiction is taking place through anime, and we're very excited about the 2 films we've selected to view. Even if you've already seen one or both, we'd still love to have you join us to share the experience with others.

For the first time, we'll be able to offer a DVD night without an attendance limit or waiting lists or any of that fuss. For this and future DVD/TV nights, we'll be hosting them at Houlihan's. We are asking that each attendee pay a small cost to help us defray the expenses of the A/V equipment we're investing in to make this possible, but we'll only charge for these events until the equipment costs are recovered (hopefully by mid-year). If you'd like to pay online (which we'd appreciate), it will cost $6.50 (the extra 50 cents are to cover 3rd party fees) and you can pay with your PayPal account or a credit/debit card. If you'd prefer to pay at the door, it will cost $6 per person, but we ask that you bring exact change, and please remember to pay for yourself and each of your guests. We will offer refunds for any cancellations up to 10pm the night prior. As always, please keep your RSVP updated and accurate. Lastly, since Houlihan's has been generously cooperative in letting us host events like this in their restaurant, we would appreciate it if everyone does try to order something.

Princess Mononoke

Before it ever arrived in the U.S., this epic, animated 1997 fantasy had already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For international animation and anime fans, Princess Mononoke represents an auspicious next step for its revered creator, Hayao Miyazaki (MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE), an acknowledged anime pioneer, whose painterly style, vivid character design, and stylized approach to storytelling take ambitious, evolutionary steps here.

Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki's original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious "demon god," transformed by human anger. Ashitaka's quest to solve the beast's fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature. - Amazon review

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Based on the graphic novels of Hideyuki Kikuchi, this beautifully drawn anime film melds spaghetti Western style with the gothic settings and flashy violence of 1960s Italian horror flicks to tell the story of a girl kidnapped by a vampire. Determined to get his daughter back, the kidnap victim's wealthy father hires D -- the half-breed spawn of a human mother and vampire father -- to retrieve her. But what if she doesn't want to be brought home? - Netflix

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  • Vijay

    Tonight was a lot of fun. Thank you, Vernieda, for selecting 2 great movies, and thanks to everyone for your patience as we tried out this new format and all the new tech. at Houlihan's for the first time. And in particular, thanks for making collecting money so easy on us, it was much appreciated. Also, great to have some new members join us for the first time. :) Can't wait till the next movie night!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Had a great time:) Thanks to Vijay for procuring both the equipment and a location -- thanks to Prashant for helping set up -- thanks to Smithers for taping -- and special thanks to Vernieda for picking out great movies:)

    2 · January 27, 2013

  • Jacob H.

    Really wish I didn't have other obligations. I was really looking forward to this.

    January 26, 2013

  • Vijay

    We're hoping to get the movies started no later than 6:30pm. Showing up late to a DVD night is like showing up late to a movie theater. We'd prefer everyone show up on time, but if that's not possible, please try to be as quiet and non-disruptive as you can when you slip in. Thanks, and see you all tonight!

    January 26, 2013

    • Shannon

      Sorry all... Friends in town have lead to a change in plans and we can't attend. See you guys soon, have fun tonight.

      January 26, 2013

  • Vernieda

    Just a reminder: If you're paying in person, PLEASE bring exact change.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Mike

    DeLorean! Get a DoLorean!!

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Mike


    January 26, 2013

  • Theodore C.

    Turns out I'm going to be about an hour late. I hope that's not a problem.

    January 26, 2013

  • Mike

    Einstein's theory of special relativity taught us that time is relative to velocity, so go FAST, like TIMERIDER!

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of us who may be a few minutes late due to weather or other commitments (I'll be 15-20 late), when are the movies actually starting? Is it straight up at 6 or a bit later?

    January 25, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hope you're all excited for anime night on Saturday! Just a reminder to please update your RSVP if your availability or guestcount has changed!

    Also, just a reminder that we are asking for $6/attendee to help cover the cost of the equipment we've invested in to make these movie nights possible. You can pay at the event with exact change, or if you'd rather not have to remember cash, you can pay online from the event page using a credit/debit card of PayPal account. Just look for the PAY ONLINE NOW link next to Price on this event page:

    January 24, 2013

  • Mickey

    Have not seen the first one but long been a fan of anime and the Vampire Hunter D series. I spent four years in Japan and really grew to appreciate the medium there.

    1 · January 23, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Anime Night! (DVD meetup - no reading required!)

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 1 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: In order to receive a refund on your payment, you MUST cancel no later than 10pm on January 25. We will not be able to provide a refund for any cancellations after that point.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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