The Japanese anime movie Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day will be shown in North American cinemas starting January 18. Around 83 cinemas will showcase the rare theatrical release of the movie adaptation of the late-night anime series. It earned more than 1 billion yen (about US$9.66 million) after its launch in Japan on Aug. 31 last year.
The cinema screening will give anime fans in United States and Canada to experience it on big screen as anime has always been released overseas on a Blu-ray Disc, DVD or via online streaming despite its growing popularity. Worldwide simulcasts and streaming has increased appreciation for late-night anime shows outside Japan. Release of the film adaptation in North America was also spurred by the success of the late-night anime “Puella Magi Madoka Magica,” a two-part feature film which was shown in 2012 in North America and its third installment, ‘Madoka Magica The Movie – Rebellion” screened in 2013.
Cinemas including Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, San Francisco’s New People, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will show Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Its release in Canada is slated on February 9 and 12 and will be shown at Vancouver’s Cineplex Odeon International Village and other cinemas.
[via Asahi Shimbun]
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