Anime Alert!

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Heads up, East-coasters! Several worthwhile anime screenings are scheduled for later this month.

The Japan Society, in New York, presents Dawn of Japanese Animation from February 13th through the 16th. animeclassicsmall.jpgDigital Meme will coordinate the screening of 38 animated films culled from Japanese Anime Classic Collection, a DVD anthology released last year. It will be the first time ever such a large number of prewar Japanese animated films is shown in the US. Each screening will be accompanying with a live benshi narration by Ms. Midori Sawato. More details here.


The Japan Information and Culture Center in association with the DC Anime Club will be presenting the screening of two anime specials from Production IG: xxxholic (pictured above) and Tsubasa Chronicle on Thursday Febuary 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm. The screening will take place at the Japanese Embassy, at 1155 21st Street, NW, in Washington, DC.

Both Movies are based upon manga by Clamp, and both movies will be shown in Japanese with English Subtitles. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and granted on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are required. RSVP to jiccrsvpwinter08-at-embjapan.org
For more information visit the Japanese Information and Culture Center website.


  • GinnyN

    About Tsubasa and xXxHolic, you can say it’s actually the same movie. Both movies are connected, just like the Mangas are too. It’s better xXxHolic if you ask me.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    On a related note: hate to say it, but I think the Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE television series is pretty terrible… Rather than coming across as an impressive cross-universe epic feature CLAMP’s latest and greatest heroes, it often feels like a generic, fantasy mish-mash. The dialogue isn’t that great either.

  • Russell H

    I have the Digital Meme boxset, and these cartoons are fascinating–a strange and wonderful mix of traditional Asian art styles sometimes mixed with American-style animation reminscent of Fleischer or Terrytoons. Also, a mix of media–conventional cel animation, paper-cutout animation, live-action, stop-motion, etc. Some are done in entirely in silhouette, like Asian shadow-puppet plays. Subjects run from traditional Japanese folklore to baseball games (with some gags uncannily similar to those in US cartoons).

  • H Park

    Too bad that I don’t live in the East Coast. If I had access to either one of the showings, I would select Japan Society’s showing of prewar Japanese animation. Why? It would be interesting to see how prewar Japanese animators made animations before Osamu Tezuka cut corners.
    Despite the technical mastery of Production I.G., I really think that CLAMP animations are overrated and they became a kind of brand name for stereotypical Japanese animations.

    On Aaron H. Bynum’s comment, I can’t agree with him more. Seriously, dialogs used in many Anime titles are sound immature and generic because there aren’t good screenwriters in Japan. From what I read from a Japanese source, many young creative people in Japan want to be comic book artist rather than screenwriters. Vice Versa in America. When Manga makes transition to animated film, there aren’t good enough screenwriters who can improve existing comic book dialogs to better format.