Evangelion 3.0/anohana The Movie [Jan 2014]

The weekend after wrapping Looking for Miku, I unwound by taking in not one, but two anime films at the Downtown Independent over by Little Tokyo!

The first was Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the third in the Neon Genesis Evangelion reboot series of films. Cherry-Jelly Productions ran a cosplay contest for this screening and it was a great way to make up for my missing Anime Los Angeles the weekend before.

There were quite a few Shinjis and Kaworus!

During the judging, there was a crowd karaoke rendition of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis”, the theme song to the original TV series. You’ll have to visit the album on Facebook (linked below) to see who won the contest! 😉

Cosplay contest contestants examine their spoils while audience members vie for Evangelion one-sheet posters.

I managed to score one of the theatrical posters and was surprised that it was a full one-sheet (27″x41″ as opposed to 27″x40″) and by how heavy the stock was. Even though the image itself is pretty bland, the poster is certainly well made!

After the screening, it was time for another look at the cosplayers!

Cherry-Jelly’s Risa Light and Taka show off the Evangelion poster on display.

The following day I checked out anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie, a sequel/recap/retelling of the TV series of the same name. anohana is one of my favorite series, and it was great to revisit the story and characters and to see how their lives had changed since that fateful summer.

While the film was great, I was very disappointed that the signboards Aniplex was giving away were just sheets of paper and that they “ran out” of the letters from Menma. If I’d known they were going to ration them for each showing (as opposed to first-come, first-serve like for the Madoka screenings), I would’ve gone to the screening on Sunday, which featured a Q&A with one of the film’s producers. They changed how that was handled also; the Q&A after the Madoka -Rebellion- premiere had questions screened ahead of time while the anohana Q&A was live. Have some consistency, people! ><

At least I was able to console myself with the company of great friends and great food afterwards. We grabbed noms at Zencu in nearby Little Tokyo. Apparently there had been a Lolita Fashion Walk earlier in the day so I ran into many other friends as well!

After noms at Zencu it was time for noms at Chynna! ^^ A friend wanted to try out this place, so we went to check it out. It has such an interesting decor!

Despite the little hiccups, it was fun to see these films on the big screen with appreciative audiences; one of the perks of living so close to Little Tokyo! As always, more in the album on my Facebook Page!

2014 01 17 Fri/01 18 Sat: Evangelion 3.0/anohana The Movie

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