The Cel Shaded report, 6/16: Messages in a bottle (updated)

June 16th, 2011

Aloha! You’ve reached the Otaku Ohana weekly Cel Shaded report. Unfortunately, all our operators are busy right now; Jason is marathon-reading through Kazuya Minekura’s Wild Adapter in hopes of joining in on the fun of the June Manga Movable Feast running next week, while Wilma is super-busy as well. Please hold while we process the following news tidbits for your convenience (as well as your planning purposes over the next week):

  • Borders Express stores in the Mililani Town Center and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki are currently running “buy four, get one free” sales on all books — manga included. This could be the last pre-closeout hurrah for the stores, considering they (as well as the Pearlridge Borders) are on the “might close” list, that June 22 date is looming larger, and subsequent reprieves have failed to ease those concerns. So if you have your eye on fleshing out a few series and would prefer not to have your bar codes slashed through with giant markers, now may be the time to act for the best selection. [Updated 7:30 a.m. 6/16: Looks like we can call off the dogs — the Wall Street Journal is reporting a deal to stave off immediate closure. Getting manga for cheaper is always nice, though.]
  • Remember Trigun: Badlands Rumble? Of course you do; there was an item here just yesterday about voting to demand that Funimation and Eventful bring that movie to Honolulu for a theatrical screening. That vote’s still going on — the count was up to 22 people as of this writing; yay, power of the press and social media! — but even if we don’t get it in a theater, you’ll at least be able to view it in the comfort of your own home: Funimation scheduled a Sept. 27 release date for the DVD ($29.98 MSRP) and Blu-ray ($34.98). Still, though, keep voting. Because watching anime on the big screen is cool, and support now sends a positive message that we want more experiences like this later (crosses fingers and hopes the CGI Space Pirate Captain Harlock comes our way after that’s released).
  • Linda Mediati, young adult librarian at Liliha Library, called attention to another in the growing list of free library summer activities: The library will be celebrating International Game Day on Saturday by setting up a bunch of board games to play, including Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Parcheesi, chess and many more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 1515 Liliha St. Oh, and while you’re over there, you may as well turn in some entries for the Anime Art Contest, too. (Sure, you have until July 15, but seize the day!)
  • Also gathering on Saturday: The Aiea Library Anime Club, meeting at 3 p.m. at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road. This month, librarian Diane Masaki will be screening Kaleido Star. For more information or to RSVP, call 483-7333 or e-mail
  • Finally, the Art & Flea Market returns to Fresh Cafe (831 Queen St.) next Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 10 p.m. This month’s theme: superheroes! Come dressed as a favorite superhero and take on the Superhero Arm Wrestling Challenge (the winner receiving a $100 In4mation), or sign up to be a real-life superhero and mentor to a young person at the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth. [Updated 7:30 a.m. 6/16: It should be noted that there’s a $2 admission fee. Credit the eagle eyes of tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. for spotting that. I will now go sit in the “time out” corner for bad copy editors.] Visit

2 Responses to “The Cel Shaded report, 6/16: Messages in a bottle (updated)”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    Looks like the demand for the TriGun movie has stalled at 25. :(

  2. AniMatsuri:

    OK, now we’re up to 26. Not exactly going to impress Funimation with numbers like that.

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