- Fri, 7:00 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Astro Boy (1963 - Nozomi Entertainment; TV-Y7 for mild violence)
- The first anime series ever made, created by “god of manga” Osamu Tezuka, is a classic science fiction Pinocchio tale, in which a mad scientist creates a robot boy to replace his dead son. Astro Boy’s beloved in both Japan and the States, so come see how his story all began (plus an extra secret treat!).
- Fri, 8:00 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1973 - ADV Films; TV-PG for violence)
- Gatchaman’s been seen in several forms on American airwaves, first in the hackdub Battle of the Planets, then in the more faithful but still heavily censored G-Force. We’re showing the original uncut version of Japan’s original super-team (and also something extra for those who stick around).
- Fri, 9:00 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Super Dimension Fortress Macross/Urusei Yatsura (1983 - SDFM - ADV Films; TV-PG for violence; UY - AnimEigo; TV-PG for nudity, innuendo)
- In the 80s, more anime were being made with older audiences in mind, creating what many consider anime’s golden age. We’re showcasing the space opera Macross (which introduced many Americans to anime as part of Robotech) and the comedy Urusei Yatsura (which introduced such great talent as Rumiko Takahashi and Mamoru Oshii).
- Fri, 10:00 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Tenchi Muyo/Yuyu Hakusho (1993 - FUNimation; TM - TV-14 for nudity, sexual humor; YYH - TV-PG for violence, language)
- Hapless space prince Tenchi and punk spirit detective Yusuke
rocked Japan in the early '90s. A decade later, they helped usher in the American anime boom in Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. See the first episodes of these two series here.
- Fri, 11:00 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2003 - Anchor Bay/Manga Entertainment; TV-14 for violence)
- Masumune Shirow’s classic cyberpunk manga (the film adaptation of which served as a major inspiration for The Matrix) got adapted into a high budget TV series around the turn of the millennium. A hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, this futuristic cop show packs in both intense action and thought-provoking philosophy.
- Fri, Midnight, 2 hours, Carlton
Battle Royale (2000 - Anchor Bay/Manga Entertainment; Unrated (think hard R for graphic violence))
- For almost 12 years, this live-action Japanese film was deemed unreleasable in the US. Then The Hunger Games happened, and the once controversial premise of kids forced to kill each other became the flavor of the month. Now Tarantino’s favorite film of the past 20 years has been released here for all to enjoy (well, all who can handle it)!
- Sat, 6:00 PM, 1 hour 45 minutes, Carlton
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (FUNimation Entertainment; G)
- Before her mother died, Haruka received from her a mirror. Having lost it, she ends up following a strange creature named Teo into a magical land of lost items. The first computer-animated feature film from the animators at Production I.G. is an exciting, moving adventure for the whole family.
- Sat, 7:45 PM, 1 hour 15 minutes, Carlton
Tiger and Bunny (2011-Viz Media; TV-14 for violence)
- In American comics, superheroes are sometimes revered like the Justice League, other times feared like the X-Men. Japan’s got it right this time: if superheroes were real, they’d be shamelessly exploited for reality TV!
- Sat, 9:00 PM, 1 hour 25 minutes, Carlton
AnoHana (2011-NIS America; TV-14 for heavy thematic material)
- Menma wants to reconnect with her childhood friends. The only problem? She’s dead, a ghost only seen by childhood crush Jintan, and the circumstances of her death caused her friends’ club, “The Super Peacebusters,” to disband in the first place. You might want to have tissues ready for this one.
- Sat, 10:30 PM, 1 hour 15 minutes, Carlton
Deadman Wonderland (2011-FUNimation Entertainment; TV-MA for graphic violence, language)
- Ganta Igurashi has been falsely accused of the mass slaughter of all his classmates. His sentence: a stay in the for-profit prison/theme park Deadman Wonderland, where convicts fight to the death for the amusement of the masses. The drama’s heavy and the action’s crazy in the bloodiest show on Earth!
- Sat, 11:30 PM, 1 hour, Carlton
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (2010-FUNimation Entertainment; TV-MA for sexual content, language, cartoon violence)
- So the mad geniuses at GAINAX (the studio that did Evangelion and Gurren Lagann) decided to make an homage to American cartoons. Take the art of The Powerpuff Girls, the grossness of Ren and Stimpy, the crudeness of South Park, and throw in a rip-off of GIR from Invader ZIM as a minor character and inspired madness awaits!