We are pleased to announce the following special premiere showings that will take place at Otakon 2013!
Keep an eye out for the schedule of events on our website, and be sure to check your programming guide for these great premieres!
Anime Mirai is sponsored by the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) and the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs, and is in part a response to increased outsourcing of Japanese animation projects. The intention is to ensure that up-and-coming animators have opportunities to pursue their own works and gain experience leading projects. Each year, four studios are selected to produce short films, which play in theaters and may serve as springboards to larger projects. The first showcase was in 2010, and two more showcases appeared in 2012 and 2013.
The following shorts were produced in 2010.
Anime Mirai 2012
The following shorts were produced for Anime Mirai 2012.
Anime Mirai 2013
The following shorts were produced for Anime Mirai 2013.
Otakon will screen Evangelion 3.0: You Can (not) Redo, the third installment in the popular Rebuild of Evangelion series, in HD with English subtitles. Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and SEELE proceed the secret project that involves both Rei and Shinji. This hotly anticipated title continues the reinvention of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series by acclaimed director Hideki Anno -- a series which arguably changed the face of anime in the late 1990s and became a favorite among US audiences. This screening is courtesy of Funimation.
Do you love Idol groups? Do you hate Idol groups? Either way, you're sure to be amused by IDOL IS DEAD, an over-the-top satire of the polished, synchronized musical phenomena. Played by real-life, subversive, gore-obsessed idol group BiS (Brand-new Idol Society), a hastily-assembled group of talent-deficient girls has to contend with murder, mutants, zombies and obsessed fans as they set out to top the charts--or at least reach the bottom rung. An Otakon exclusive of a film to be released next year.
This film is presented courtesy of Tidepoint Pictures
Aniplex of America Inc., in collaboration with Otakon Inc., has announced that the final three episodes of Oreimo 2 will make its worldwide debut at Otakon in Baltimore, MD on Friday August 9th. Following the announcement that the episodes are scheduled to stream worldwide on Crunchyroll on August 17th, Otakon will be the first to screen the OVA episodes 14 through the final episode 16 before its initial airing in Japan. The Oreimo 2 OVAs will be shown in HD on August 9th, Friday Afternoon at 3PM*. To celebrate this special event, Oreimo Author Tsukasa Fushimi, Director Hiroyuki Kambe and Editor Kazuma Miki will be in attendance as special guests at the world premiere. In addition, there will be a talk session immediately following the Oreimo 2 OVA screening and an autograph session hosted by Otakon.
"We are very excited to host the world premiere of the Oreimo 2 final episodes at Otakon" says Hideki Goto, the president of Animation Business of Aniplex of America. "We would like to thank Otakon for this opportunity to watch the finale of Oreimo 2"
For more information on the Oreimo 2 worldwide premiere event, please visit: www.AniplexUSA.com/oreimo
Oreimo 2 is © Tsukasa Fushimi/ASCII MEDIA WORKS/OIP2.
*Scheduled airing time subject to change
The convention will screen the live action Rurouni Kenshin film, which opened in 2012 to rave reviews in Japan. Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's long-running and critically acclaimed manga, the film follows the story of a wandering former assassin near the beginning of the Meiji era, as he struggles to atone for his past by helping ordinary people caught up in that era's sweeping cultural shifts. The film will be introduced by Watsuki-sensei's wife and sometime collaborator, Kaoru Kurosaki. It is produced by Warner Brothers. This will be the first official convention screening of the film on the East Coast.
In a special, one-of-a-kind event, improvisational musician Tatsuya Nakatani will perform a live soundtrack to accompany the near-silent, avant-garde feature SANGUIVOROUS. Stark, stylish and very, very out-there, the film is a zero-budget, arty vampire reverie from maverick indie writer-director Naoki Yoshimoto, co-starring butoh dancer Ko Murobushi. More a parade of creative imagery spiraling into abstraction than a conventional narrative, it won't be playing anytime soon at a mall near you.
Accompanist Tatsuya Nakatani is a highly respected, multi-talented musician who combines manufactured and homemade instruments including hand hammered Chinese gongs, Japanese Buddhist bowls and hardwood bows. Originally from Osaka, he has collaborated with a long list of notable performers in the US, Europe and Asia and is featured on over 60 CDs, and we're delighted to welcome him to Otakon.
This film is presented courtesy of Tidepoint Pictures
Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself and her children. Wolf Children was the winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
This Premier is the North American English dub of Wolf Children, featuring its ADR Director Mike McFarland.