Last-minute weekend event update GO!

May 14th, 2010

Some quick plugs for anime-related events happening around the state today and tomorrow:

First off, for those of you reading this blog today on Maui, I envy you. The Maui Matsuri is taking place today and tomorrow on the University of Hawaii-Maui College campus, and as part of a double feature screening starting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Pilina Building, you can see Howl’s Moving Castle. For free. Let me emphasize that one more time for the rest of the not-on-Maui readership to build our envy for those of you who are there right now: Howl’s Moving Castle. Hayao Miyazaki flick. Oscar-nominated. All-star voice cast. 119 minutes of pure entertainment. Part of a double feature with a film based on the exploits of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Only the Brave. And all of this absolutely, positively, 100 percent free. If I didn’t have this whole “work” thing that I had to do tonight, I would be heading to the airport to fly standby right now.

Can’t make it out tonight? The festival runs tomorrow from 2 to 9 p.m. and will feature appearances by the Kikaida Brothers (from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 6 p.m.). There are also two cosplay contests — a hallway contest (where a picture gets taken and the public votes on their favorites) and a cosplay showcase (where entrants go up on stage and a panel of five judges evaluate them). Registration for those run from 2 to 5 p.m.; the showcase begins at 6 p.m. If that’s not enough for you, there’s also a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament (registration from 2 to 3 p.m.; tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.) and a manga and art competition showcase. Whew! And that’s not even scratching the surface of the more traditional cultural activities! Check out the Maui Matsuri website for more details.

Of course, we here on Oahu get our share of free anime screenings, too. It’s Aiea Library Anime Club meeting time again, and this month librarian Diane Masaki has episodes of Funimation’s Soul Eater cued up and ready to roll. The club meets at 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road; for more information or to RSVP, e-mail Masaki at

Have a fun, safe, anime-filled weekend, everyone!

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