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The Cel Shaded Report, 2/16: AHHHHH!-rrietty, Second Mix

February 16th, 2012

As you may recall from last week’s Cel Shaded Report, there’s a pretty big movie coming out on Friday. No, not Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, silly (and besides, with Marvel suing and winning a $17,000 judgment against Gary Friedrich, the guy who actually created Ghost Rider in 1972 and who’s now in dire financial straits, I’m somewhat inclined to not want to see that movie, period). We’re talking about The Secret World of Arrietty, the animated film based on the novel The Borrowers which is the latest English-translated work from the house of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo, Studio Ghibli. And as I also established last week, any time I mention Arrietty here in Otaku Ohana, I get another excuse to post one of the pretty film stills that Disney provides to us press types. So here you go.

Although she is very tiny, Arrietty (voice by Bridgit Mendler) is a dauntless teenager who, along with her equally diminutive family, resides peacefully under the floorboards of a country house and "borrows" whatever is required to get by. (Courtesy Disney & GNDHDDTW)

Arrietty’s local screening schedule has been fleshed out considerably since my last post. On Oahu, Consolidated’s Kahala, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearlridge and Ward complexes join the list, and there are more details on showings at Regal’s Dole Cannery and Windward Mall theaters. Fans on Maui can check out screenings at Consolidated’s Queen Kaahumanu Center theaters in Kahului, while those on Hawaii island can visit Hollywood Cinema’s Makalapua Stadium complex in Kailua-Kona. As for Kauai … umm … well … three out of the four major islands isn’t too shabby, I suppose. Sorry, guys.

Here’s when you’ll want to go if you want to see Arrietty any time in the next week:

Dole Cannery: 12:01 a.m. (Friday); 11:10 a.m. and 1:45, 4:10, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Kaahumanu (Maui): 10:40 a.m. and 12:50, 3, 5:10 and 7:30 p.m.; 9:35 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)

Kahala: 10:50 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. (Friday-Monday); 1 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday);  3:20, 5:35 and 7:50 p.m.; 10:10 p.m. (Friday-Sunday)

Kapolei: 9:30 a.m. (Friday) SOLD OUT; 10:40 a.m. (Saturday and Monday); 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 p.m.

Makalapua (Hawaii): 11:50 a.m. (Friday-Monday); 2:10, 4:35, 7:05 and 9:25 p.m.

Mililani: 11:05 a.m. and 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:55 and 10:05 p.m. (Friday-Monday); 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25 and 9:40 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday)

Pearlridge: 10:55 a.m. (Saturday-Monday); 12:05 p.m. (Friday and Tuesday-Thursday); 1:05 p.m. (Saturday-Monday); 3:20, 5:35 and 7:50 p.m.; 10:15 p.m. (Friday-Sunday); 10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

Ward: 11 a.m. (Saturday-Monday); 1:20, 3:40, 6, 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.

Windward Mall: 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55 and 10:20 p.m.

Ghibli films tend not to linger in theaters for too long, so you’ll probably want to check out Arrietty at your earliest convenience. Advance tickets for all shows are available via Fandango. Also note that while all the times above are listed on Fandango, there have been occasions where, like Lucy pulling the football out from under Charlie Brown, they have been changed without warning. (Tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. experienced this some time ago with Tales From Earthsea. She’s never seen it as a result. Thanks a lot, guys.) Enjoy the show, and please be considerate of your neighbors at the theaters.

Anime around town

“Draw the Line”: Friend of the blog and Star-Advertiser “Calabash” cartoonist Jon J. Murakami joins seven other artists for a second year at this fundraising event for Kumu Kahua Theatre. They’ll be drawing for close to two hours, and you can buy whatever they churn out during this extended art jam session for $20 apiece. Check it out from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday at the theater at 46 Merchant St.

“Night Shuffle”: Oahu Anime Explorer president Kell Komatsubara joins host Colleen Ogura for his second show on KZOO 1210 AM. There were a few things I didn’t expect during the first show last week — the fact that half the show featured the host translating everything Kell said into Japanese, for instance, as well as the show lasting an hour instead of the half-hour I said it would last in my post. At least we’re better prepared for what will happen this time, right? If you’re within KZOO’s broadcast range, tune in at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cel Shaded Report, 2/10: AHHHHH!-rrietty

February 10th, 2012

This weekend’s movie buzz may be all about the Rock, a CIA agent on the run, horrible disappointments now rendered in 3-D and the further adventures of sparkly vampires and shirtless werewolves, but we here at Otaku Ohana have pretty much written off all of that in favor of lo0king forward to what’s happening next weekend: the debut of the latest Studio Ghibli film to hit American shores, The Secret World of Arrietty.

While the last Ghibli film to make it to the U.S., Tales From Earthsea, lasted in theaters about as long as it’ll take you to read this sentence, Disney appears to have much more confidence in Arrietty. So much so, in fact, that the film’s bowing in more than 1,200 theaters, the most of any Ghibli film to date (the previous high was Ponyo in 2009, which opened at more than 900 theaters). Even though a first-time director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, is at the helm, there’s a solid pedigree behind it: Toshio Suzuki produced as always, Hayao Miyazaki handled the planning and screenplay, and it’s based on the classic Mary Norton novel The Borrowers. Plus, the promotional stills coming out of the film just have that lovely Ghibli sheen all over them. Here, have a picture of Shawn (renamed from the original Japanese “Sho”) and Arrietty:

Human boy Shawn (right, voice of David Henrie) is astonished when he visits the garden and discovers Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) a tiny person who lives hidden with her family under the floorboards of the house where he's staying. (Courtesy Disney & GNDHDDTW)

Pretty, huh?

While there aren’t a whole lot of details as of now as to where Arrietty is showing — Consolidated hasn’t even acknowledged the film exists on its website yet, although posters spotted at the Ward and Pearlridge complexes would seem to indicate that those two sites will be showing it, at least — there are a few sites where advance tickets are already being sold. At least one midnight showing has been confirmed, at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters as Thursday rolls over into Friday. If you don’t feel like staying up that late, the only other theater selling advance tickets as of now is the Regal Windward Stadium 10 complex, for showings at 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55 and 10:15 p.m. Feb. 17-20. I’ll have more updates on showtimes here as they’re warranted.

Anime around town

MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit

Aiea Library Anime Club: 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road. This month, librarian Diane Masaki will be screening Howl’s Moving Castle, the perfect Ghibli appetizer for Arrietty. For more information or to RSVP, call 483-7333 or email

Kawaii Kon: Final orientation meeting for volunteer staff members will be held at 11 a.m. at Kakaako Waterfront Park. You have to attend two meetings to qualify as a volunteer, so if you’ve only attended one so far, this is your last chance. Visit

Whole Foods Market Kahala: Yes, Whole Foods does have something going on that may be of interest to anime fans, even though it’s not directly related to anime: the “Style Your Valentine” event, where you can buy a pair of TOMS shoes and have local artists, including friend of the blog and Star-Advertiser Calabash cartoonist Jon J. Murakami, customize them for you. And as the flyer I linked to notes, for every pair you buy, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. Check it out Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Kahala Mall’s center stage.

Fine-tuned radio frequency

February 7th, 2012

If there’s any radio station on local airwaves that’s played Japanese music, the chances are high that I’ve listened to it for some amount of time. When KTUH had a contemporary music block, I listened to that. When one FM station converted to tourist information radio in the mid-’90s — I want to say it was 99.5 FM; all I remember is that some of the DJs included Jeff Kino, Rodney Villanueva and chirpy Eri-san providing the Japanese translations for pretty much everything those two guys said — I listened to that, too. And, of course, I’ve listened to a few episodes of Anime in the Limelight. More recently, KORL’s been broadcasting J-pop on 97.1 FM and K-pop on 107.5 FM for several weeks, the latter of which has gotten this song earwormed into my brain.

Then there’s the granddaddy of them all, KZOO, on the air since 1963, good ol’ reliable “Ichi-Ni-Ichi-Maru in Honolulu, Hawaii,” as the jingle goes. (That’s 1210 AM, for those of you who may not be up on your Japanese.) My most recent memories of KZOO programming have included two music blocks — one hosted by a rather cheerful-sounding DJ, Mosquito Yamasaki; the other, something called “Yoshi and Sabu’s Cruise Control.”

The schedule’s evolving though, with a new weeknight show debuting recently: “Night Shuffle,” with a rotating crew of hosts, airing from 9 p.m. to midnight. And starting tonight at 11 p.m. — and, for now, every other Tuesday to come — host Colleen Ogura will be welcoming Oahu Anime Explorer president Kell Komatsubara for a half hour as a recurring guest.

Kell told me he’s planning to talk about Japanese pop culture in general during his guest stints — not just anime — so he could discuss J-rock one week, racing culture the next, and so forth. Tonight’s all about introductions, though, so expect him to talk about his background in anime fandom and spin some of his favorite themes. Expect a heavy dose of old-school coolness, too. I have a copy of his likely set list for tonight sitting in front of me, and the newest song on here is “Rage Your Dream,” the original ending theme for Initial D … which aired in Japan starting in March 1998. That THWOMP you hear is me fainting over the realization that that song is close to 14 years old at this point. (Also, the realization that I am way old.) Looks like songs from Gundam Wing, Space Battleship Yamato and Sailor Moon, among many other series around the ’80s and ’90s, are part of the plan for the first show as well.

I can’t find any station livestream, and I’m not sure whether any podcasts will be posted, so you’ll just have to (a) be within range of KZOO’s broadcast signal and (b) tune in at the appointed hour to hear the show. And if you miss tonight’s show — which may be possible, considering how short in advance I’m posting this — you can catch Kell on the next show on Feb. 21.