It’s Stream-of-Consciousness Day here at Otaku Ohana, where I try to keep track of all the news that’s poured into Otaku Ohana Central these past few days or so and share it with y’all before the next wave of news washes in. On the road to Kawaii Kon and the beginning of Con-athon 2017, we’ve definitely hit rush hour. Set up your calendars accordingly.
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale in review
“O. M. G. That. Was. AWESOME!” the Otaku Ohana Anonymous Director of Forced Social Interaction fan-gushed to me last night after we saw the big-screen adventures of Kirito and Asuna and their friends, and how yet another video game they’re playing goes rogue and threatens to kill all the players for realsies. (It comes complete with that buzzworthy end-credits teaser, too.) “You’re going to write something about it, right?!?”
Since I’m already writing up all these other news items, I suppose I will touch on it for a bit. If you’re a fan of video games, augmented reality games like Ingress or Pokemon Go, and/or action-adventure-dramas in general, you’ll want to watch this movie. It was $15 well spent. This applies even if you aren’t that familiar with the Sword Art Online franchise to date, and you’ve seen only a five-minute summary of season 1 (warning: the link’s a humorous commentary peppered with NSFW language and situations) like me or fewer. Also, I want a copy of the soundtrack, composed by the always-awesome Yuki Kajiura, nownownow.
If you missed last night’s screening, you have one more chance: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Consolidated Kapolei theaters. There’s also a screening at the same time at Consolidated Ward, but that’s already sold out, so get those tickets quickly. Will there be another chance to see it after that and before it inevitably ends up on home video? Hmm …
Hawaii lands rare Attack on Titan compilation screenings
This story began as most about anime being screened theatrically do: an article from Anime News Network crossing my social media feeds.
“Funimation to Screen Attack on Titan Compilation Films in U.S. Theaters in March,” the headline read.
“English-dubbed screenings scheduled for 19 theaters,” a sub-headline noted.
Whenever I hear about ultra-limited runs like these, my mind automatically starts going through the usual suspects: Somewhere in Los Angeles. Somewhere in San Francisco. New York. Funimation’s hometown of Dallas, of course. Probably a bunch of Alamo Drafthouse theaters. Hawaii? Probably an afterthought.
Well … surprise! Hawaii made it on the list, landing two of what’s since grown to 22 theaters nationwide — Consolidated Ward and Kapolei, specifically. That’s more than New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined (one in New York, none in the other two cities). Because we rock.
So here’s the deal: The English-dubbed movies will be screened over two days — part 1, Guren no Yumiya, on Monday, March 28; part 2, Jiyuu no Tsubasa, on Tuesday, March 29. Both of them recap the events that took place in the first season of the series and offer a preview of the second season.
Tickets aren’t available yet, but I’ll try to keep you updated on when that happens. Tickets are available for Kapolei now! Here’s part 1, and here’s part 2.
Your Name screening update
When last we left our coverage of Makoto Shinkai’s Oscar-ignored masterwork about two strangers whose lives are suddenly intertwined by fate, we knew that screenings in Hawaii were being set up in direct competition with Kawaii Kon weekend as part of ALL THE THINGS April. Even more details have emerged thanks to a Funimation Films update and new ticketing links, and … well, it’s looking more like you’re going to have some serious scheduling conflicts if you’re interested in seeing this movie and attending con. Consider:
- Consolidated Kahala’s site has been updated with screenings listed from April 7-9 only — English dubbed at 11:40 a.m. daily; Japanese with English subtitles at 2:10, 4:40, and 7:10 p.m.; and a 9:10 p.m. show April 7-8.
- Updated 2:30 p.m. 3/10! Consolidated Mililani screenings are available from April 7-9 — English dubbed at 11:20 a.m., Japanese with English subtitles at 1:45, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. daily.
- Updated 2:30 p.m. 3/10! Consolidated Kapolei screenings — the first weeklong run confirmed, April 7-13! — are as follows: English dubbed at noon daily, Japanese with English subtitles at 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. daily.
- Consolidated Ward and the Regal Dole Cannery theaters are also listed, with April 7 opening dates.
The Honolulu Festival’s otaku connection
It’s Honolulu Festival time this weekend, which means it’s time for all of the usual events that come with the annual celebration of Asian and Pacific Rim culture, including:
- Entertainment on stages at the Hawai’i Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk on Saturday (here’s a schedule!)
- A display of mikoshi, decorative floats unique to various prefectures of Japan that are hoisted by celebrants during festivals and parades
- A craft fair and children’s games in the Ennichi Corner at the convention center
- Kawaii Kon representatives on hand to sell three-day badges to next month’s convention (your last chance to buy them in person before the con!)
- MangaBento hosting activities in the Kawaii Kon space
- The Grand Parade down Kalakaua Avenue Sunday afternoon
- The spectacular Nagaoka fireworks display Sunday night
And then there’s this guy.
No, not Mad Moxxi from Borderlands on the right. We’re more concerned with Jibanyan, the spirit cat and one of the main characters from Yo-kai Watch, on the left. He’s been appointed by Hawaii Tourism Japan as children’s ambassador to Hawaii, so he’ll be making his way down to the convention center for the festival. He’ll be available for photo ops from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Cosplay 101 seminar at Pearl City Library
Do you have cosplay questions? Pearl City Library has cosplay answers for anyone interested in dressing up as their favorite characters, whether for Con-athon 2017 or beyond. Learn how to plan, modify and create your cosplay, and get some tips and tricks for a successful cosplay experience.
Interested? The seminar’s from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the library, 1138 Waimano Home Road. Call 453-6566 if you have any other questions about the event.
6 thoughts on “Remember the Titans. Remember Your Name. SO MUCH TO REMEMBER.”
Great post! I’m glad to see another positive review of Ordinal Scale! And that’s awesome that AoT is coming to you guys. If only cali would get that!
Thanks for reading! I believe I saw a theater in Sacramento, one in Bakersfield, and two in San Diego listed for AoT. Pretty unusual for Funi to not go after the traditional theatrical hubs of LA and SF, tho. Wonder why … maybe they figure you guys travel well? ^.^;;;
Those are almost kind of random. I’d much rather see them at bigger urban centers like SF – just because that’s so much closer to me (20 min) LOL.
Ace post! Do you also write on any other sites/forums or just here? Really enjoyed it!
Hi, Samuel! Thanks for reading! This is pretty much the only place I have time to write anything these days, although I do write an article every now and then for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the daily newspaper where I’ve been employed as a copy editor for 15 years now. I also wrote a weekly anime/manga column for the paper from 2005 to 2011 — this is sort of the spiritual online descendant of that.
oh that’s awesome! I run a small but fun anime group on Facebook and if you were ever wanting to share some of your writing in the group, your posts would be more than welcome! 🙂
Here’s the link if you were interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theanimationnation