It’s been a while since I’ve written about anime, but I just found out about a free event and would love to share the details with you. The Paley Center for Media (in conjunction with Anime NYC and GKIDS) is holding “An Anime Afternoon” on Saturday, August 4th. The center will have a screening of Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service with the option of watching the film dubbed or subbed in the original Japanese language. There is a limit of four tickets per person and they are ABSOLUTELY FREE!
For those of you who may not know, Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyubin, 魔女の宅急便 ) is a 1989 Studio Ghibli film that follows a young witch who leaves home and settles in a seaside town for a year as part of her magical training. Kiki, along with her black cat Jiji, initially have a rough time being alone but they gradually make friends and gain confidence within themselves. It’s a great film and may actually be my favorite.
When I was younger, I’d often watch the film along with Spirited Away each time it rained outside. There was no particular reason why, I just thought it was comforting to sit in front of the TV and daydream about far off places and adventures.
I’ve signed up for a pair of tickets, as I feel the need to be reminded that venturing off alone isn’t so scary. It’s something exciting and can lead to change.
The Paley Center’s website seems to detail a day of events centered around arts, crafts, and contests surrounding its sponsors.
The tickets are currently available, so if you plan to be in New York in early August and would like to catch a film and have a good time: here’s your chance.
I’m a very big fan of Shinkai Makoto, who happens to draw inspiration from Miyazaki. His ode to the director, Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, is one of my personal favorites. (Kimi no Na Wa was also amazing! One of his new top films!) I may also be drawn to Shinkai’s work because he seems to be a fellow tetsudo fan, or lover of trains. Although, ‘railfan’ may be a more common usage…
Have you been attending Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 these past few months? Princess Mononoke is the next upcoming film that will be shown July 22-25th in select theatres. I’ve never actually seen the film, but I think I should watch it. I’ve heard it’s an anime movie with themes similar to the aforementioned.
Has anyone seen that film? What is your favorite animated film in general? Leave your thoughts in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more anime related news!