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.
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