The festival kicks off Friday, July 14th at 6:00 PM. The first anime film of the festival, Howl’s Moving Castle, airs at 7:30 PM. This 2004 film features an unconfident young woman who is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch. Her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged walking castle.
Saturday, the 15th the doors will open at 11:00 AM. The first feature of the day, original Speed Racer episodes, begins at 12:00PM. In these episodes, watch teenager Go Mifune as he aspires to be the world’s best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father’s high tech race-car, the Mach 5. At 2:30 the film Grave of the Fireflies airs. This movie is about a young boy and his little sister who struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.
Do you have amazing costuming skills or a costume ready to wear? Come participate in the COSPLAY COMPETITION during the Anime Film Festival weekend. Have fun dressing up with your friends and family for the chance to win amazing prizes! At 4:30 the cosplay competition begins, and will include Best Accessory, Best Make-Up, Best Genderbent, Most Original, and Best Overall Cosplay Character Costume. At 6:30, Children Who Chase Lost Voices starts. This anime film is a coming to age story involving young love and mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a momento by an absent father. At 9:00, the after party begins. There will be a DJ, food, lighting, and hours of fun!
For the last day of the event, the doors open at 12:00 PM on Sunday, the 16th. The day starts off with a 1:00 PM showing of Princess Mononoke. At 4:30 PM, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance will begin. This sci-fi anime introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Finishing off the festival, the original Ghost in the Shell, begins at 7:45 PM. The movie is about a cyborg policewoman and her partner who hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Have you ever tried SPECIALTY CONCESSIONS at an anime festival? The weekend will showcase concessions including: Pocky, Yan Yan, Hello Panda, Hi Chew, Bubble Tea, other candies and foods, etc.
For more information on the 2017 Anime Festival or if you would like to purchase tickets, visit cantonpalacetheatre.org. Weekend passes are $45 or $55 that includes a festival t-shirt(includes admission to all films and ticket for the Saturday after party). Daily admission is $20 (covers an entire day of films on Saturday or Sunday). Individual film tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. After party only admission is $10 and an entry into the cosplay contest is $7.