Random acts of anime: News & notes

September 15th, 2010
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Since Cel Shaded won’t be running this week, I thought I’d get these tidbits in now:

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Oahu Anime Explorer is planning a quick trip to Japan later this year — looks like around early December — to catch the live-action Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato) and do a bit of sightseeing in Tokyo. Interested? Shoot an e-mail to info@oahuanimeexplorer.com or go to the group’s next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at HMC Academy, 555 N. King St. (Sorry about the lack of hyperlinkage on the e-mail address, but belive me, I’ve seen this blog’s spam filter working on comments, and I don’t want to subject the group’s e-mail to the same kind of spam we get.)

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Speaking of meetings, here’s a quick refresher on everything happening on what looks to be a very busy weekend this weekend:

  • Kawaii Kon: First volunteer staff meeting, 11 a.m. Saturday, Kakaako Waterfront Park
  • Aiea Library Anime Club: Screening Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street, 3 p.m. Saturday, 99-143 Moanalua Road
  • HEXXP: Final staff orientation meeting, 3 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St.
  • Mangabento: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200

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I first noticed this from “Rentarou” over on the Kawaii Kon forums, and now I’ve seen it pop up on the Consolidated Theatres website: For the first time since it was first announced back in April, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya has finally reappeared on the theater chain’s radar. (I’m happy about this development, because Lord knows I wasn’t getting anywhere learning about the movie’s fate through official channels.) No dates are set yet, but it looks like fans will be getting their Haruhi on at the Kahala 8 complex.

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Finally, I received this e-mail shortly after my column about director Satoshi Kon ran. The writer graciously allowed me to reprint it for my readers, so here you go:

Sorry to hear Satoshi Kon had to go before he was finished with what he
had to do. I’m an oncology (cancer) pharmacist in her sixties with
little to no knowledge of manga and anime, but with WAY TOO MUCH
knowledge of pancreatic cancer.

You’ve probably seen all the pink ribbons, runs, walks, donations, etc.
for breast cancer, which has  a zillion supporters, websites. But did
you know that, in Hawaii, more people die each year of pancreatic cancer
than breast cancer? We must have over a hundred therapies for breast
cancer, but only two for pancreatic cancer, and neither of them does
very much towards a cure. The average patient lives about one year, and
the 5-year survival is less than 5%.  That’s about as bad as it can get.

So, the next time someone asks you for a donation to cure breast cancer,
or some other cancer, how about asking “What are you doing to keep
people from dying from pancreatic cancer four months after they are
diagnosed, like Satoshi Kon did?”

Awareness is everything.

Thanks,
Mari Macmillan
Chemo pharmacist


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