Valentine’s dancing gets a ‘DDR’ twist
This week is a special time for couples as Valentine love kicks into high gear.
Some couples undoubtedly will spend some time going out to dance -- a lovely waltz, perhaps, à la that ballroom scene in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." (Or if you're morally opposed to Disney, as I understand some anime fans are, think of the ballroom scene with Squall and Rinoa from the PlayStation game "Final Fantasy VIII." )
But this is a column about anime and manga culture, not sappy stuff like that. So this year's "Cel Shaded"-approved Valentine's dancing idea comes in the form of the "Dance Dance Revolution: Couple's Challenge" tomorrow at the Ewa Beach Public and School Library.
Ninety minutes, 10 couples, prizes for the top three couples ... good times. I'd love to participate alongside tag team partner in anime fandom Wilma J., but the contest is only open to those ages 12 to 19, placing us squarely in the "too over the hill to even think of competing" category. Alas.
The library is located at 91-950 North Road on the Campbell High School campus; festivities begin at 2:45 p.m. in the library's Meeting Room. Admission is free. Call 689-1204 ...
Meeting roll call
MangaBento: Remaining meetings this month for this group of anime- and manga-inspired artists are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 25 at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. For more information, visit mangabento.doomdrgn.com/phpBB2
If you're looking for all the fun of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" without all the whiny angst and psychobabble, then ADV Manga's "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days" is your kind of manga series. Just don't expect more than a clichéd high school romantic comedy -- with robots! -- and you won't be disappointed ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao