Liliha Library adds monthly anime event


POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm always happy to add another group to “;Meeting Roll Call,”; this column's regular roundup of anime/manga fan gatherings.

In the vein of young-adult librarian Diane Masaki's anime club at Aiea Library comes the startup of another library-based club, this time at Liliha Library. There, another young-adult librarian, Tina Arakawa, plans to hold an anime-related gathering on the fourth Saturday of every month. The club kicked off last month with a screening of the first volume of “;Mushi-shi”; - which showed a bit of unplanned synergy with this columnist's work, considering my rave review of that series appeared earlier that week.

This month's gathering will be a bit different. Instead of a traditional anime screening, Arakawa has invited a guest speaker: Roy “;Buma”; Bann, director of the Video Arts Showcase Theater for Kawaii Kon and the musical mastermind behind the “;Buma's Butishake”; dances at the annual anime convention.

Bann will be putting on his VAST hat this time, talking about anime music videos - fan creations where footage from one or more anime series is edited together to match a particular song. Longtime readers of this column will remember one AMV that I recommended in August 2007, Koopiskeva's “;Skittles,”; blending “;The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”; clips with the Japanese hip-hop song “;Candypop”; by the Heartsdales and SOUL'd OUT. (If you haven't seen it yet, check it out at www.hsblinks.com/ck ... it still holds up remarkably well, and the song is STILL lodged firmly in my brain.)

The presentation, recommended for ages 12 and up, will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in the meeting room at the library, located at 1515 Liliha St. Call 587-7577.

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If you thought manga for children began and ended with “;Pokemon”; books and “;ani-manga”; with still frames of children's movies printed in comic book format, you haven't been looking at bookshelves lately U.S. publishers are releasing more manga for younger audiences, and some are actually pretty good. Join me for “;Drawn & Quartered”; in the Sunday Today section, where I'll be looking at “;Leave it to PET,”; “;The Big Adventures of Majoko”; and “;Ninja Baseball Kyuma.”;

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