Celebration North in Grand Rapids, part of the Jack Loeks chain that we like, is doing two special two-day events of movies based on manga/anime. And no, we're not talking about Speed Racer
Currently in rotation on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Saturday nights, Death Note takes a live-action, 150 minute, R-rated turn on the big screen on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20-21 May 2008. This isn't just this theatre -- Morning Edition on NPR today had a piece about this two-day event. I bought my ticket online the other week when I found out about it. I'm hoping it's good.
Description: DEATH NOTE is based on the hit supernatural action-mystery manga, and follows the story of Light Yagami, an ace student who finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective "L" to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his noble goal. Both Light and L believe themselves to be on the side of justice, and the two match wits as they attempt to prove which one of them is "good" and which one of them is "evil." This exclusive event includes a specially produced 20-minute feature on how the popular manga translates to live action as well as the hit theme song "Dani California" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers!
Bleach: Memories of Nobody
The second event looks more conventional. 87 minutes, anime movie. We're up to like episode 64 in the anime on Adult Swim and instead of winding down like we thought, now it's off in a new direction.
This one is scheduled for 11-12 June 2008.