Manga UK 20th Anniversary Party
June 16th 2011
“Manga has cultivated the international theatrical market for Japanese animated feature films. Since 1994, Manga has distributed critically acclaimed and award winning anime features including The Wings of Honneamise, Patlabor 1 and 2, and the smash anime sci-fi feature Ghost in the Shell, bringing top-quality anime to the big screen”
I remember watching Akira in the early nineties and was extremely confused by what I saw (my only experience of anime before this was Robotech) but I was also blown away by the story and the animation – especially those awesome motorbikes. So much so when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of the VHS I actually wore it out through playing it too much. I love the character of Kaneda, mainly because he was voiced by Cam Clarke in the English version. I’ve been a fan of him ever since Robotech (1985) where he voiced Lance Belmont and Max Sterling, as well as Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles cartoon (1987-1996).
Some of the first Manga entertainment videos I owned were Ninja Scroll, Ghost in the Shell and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, these 3 remain my favourites to this day and they have been upgraded in my collection to DVD from VHS, and will more than likely be upgraded to Blu-ray at some point as well.
The party was a well organised and awesome evening, and a great chance to meet some interesting people from lots of different industries! Our hosts served up some great sushi along with Asahi, a tasty but dry Japanese beer, and some funky cocktails with anime inspired names, ‘Sex on the Bleach’ was one of them as I recall. I say recall, the Asahi was flowing quite a bit so feel free to update this information! The room was filled with cosplayers, a live band and projectors playing various animes and trailers on the walls. There was also a gaming area with some PS3’s set up.
Have a browse at some pictures below of the night and please forgive my terrible photography skills.
A great evening all round, congratulations to Manga UK on their 20th Anniversary! Keep up the good work!
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Cam Clarke on IMDB
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