After its successful inaugural launch in 2017, the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (“LA-AFF” in short) announced its return for a second year this coming September. The LA-AFF 2018 will take place over a durational span of three days from 21 September 2018 to 23 September 2018 at the Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Centre in downtown Los Angeles.
Throughout the 3-days’ duration of the event, attendees and anime fans may expect to be immersed in a unique experience of a line-up of over 10 well-known/popular Japanese anime titles being screened, including the North American screen premiere of KyoAni’s popular “Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! –Take on Me –” animated movie directed by Tatsuya Ishihara in both English subtitled and English-dubbed versions; as well as Makoto Shinkai’s internationally acclaimed “Your Name”. As a tribute to Director Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli who passed away in April 2018, the Festival will also screen five of the works he has directed.
The full list of films lined-up for LA-AFF 2018 is:
Animated movie “Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! –Take on Me–” (North American premiere)
“Shonen Hollywood – Holly Stage for You” – Complete Edition (North American premiere)
“Kimi no Na wa” (Your Name)
“Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo, Otome” (Night is Short, Walk on Girl)
“Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta” (Lu Over the Wall)
“Mary to Majo no Hana” (Mary and the Witch’s Flower )
“Hotaru no Haka (1988)” (Grave of the Fireflies (1988)) – a tribute to Isao Takahata
“Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (2013)” (The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)) – a tribute to Isao Takahata
“Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pom Poko (1994)” (Pom Poko (1994)) – a tribute to Isao Takahata
“Omohide Poroporo (1991)” (Only Yesterday (1991)) – a tribute to Isao Takahata
“Ho-hokekyo・ Tonari no Yamada-kun (1999)” (My Neighbour the Yamadas (1999)) – a tribute to Isao Takahata
“Evangelion New Theatrical Version: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone”
“Evangelion New Theatrical Version: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance”
“Evangelion New Theatrical Version: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo”
Besides the above list of anime film-screenings lined-up, fans will also get the opportunity to attend special talk/Q-and-A sessions – including an exclusive opening night red-carpet gala function with featured industry guests like film directors and producers, voice actors, etc.
The event is a joint cooperative project between Rydgen Inc., Azoland Pictures and the non-profit organisation Japan Entertainment Exchange (JEX) and was launched to showcase the unique art-form of Japanese animation/anime to fans and audiences of all ages outside of Japan – specifically those in the North American region.
Interested fans may check out LA-AFF 2018’s official website for more details on event schedules.