Anime Screening for Motor City Comiccon

Schedule is subject to change as time and situation forces us to make adaptations as the convention gets closer. Changes will be posted by the anime room door. This year, because this room is located in the  Diamond Center area, it is not tied to the Dealer Room hours. This means that it will be starting before the dealer room opens and can run later Friday and Saturday.  This will give the pre-reg something to do besides standing in line.

So sit back and enjoy the show!

Friday Anime Programming Schedule

Just a Reminder:  Times are approximate. Features rarely finish up on the hour or half hour. So there maybe lag time from one to the next.

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11:30 Urusei Yatsura – (aka: Those Annoying Aliens, Lum) (Back in those distant days when  anime was washing up on American shores, this was one of the earliest show to come over. This show became the archetype of love triangles.) “Unremovable Magic Lipstick” – After watching a television advertising campaign for a new lipstick, Lun decides to concoct her own version.  It causes people to be attracted to each other. (This is an exceptionally weird episode. This series (this episode) got its first mass exposure in this country, (outside of the CFO) at the first Baycon.  Thus forever warping the perceptions of what anime in America was, and could be.) 

12:00 Dirty Pair – This is the original show that started the legend of Kei and Yuri. (Not Dirty Pair Flash, not Dirty Pair OVA, not the Dirty Pair Movie aka: Project Eden, but the original  television show from the mid ’80s that very few people knew about and has only recently been available on DVD.)

12:55 Bodacious Space Pirates  - Most families have a skeleton or two in the closet, but Marika is understandably shocked to learn that what her mom has been hiding all these years is a skull and crossbones! While the revelation that her late father was a space pirate would have been earthshaking enough for most teenage girls, discovering that he was the captain of the notorious pirate ship Benten Maru changes Marika’s life forever.  As the captain’s daughter, she just inherits the position of captain. You see, pirating is a family business, and her father’s former crew is quite intent on making sure Marika accepts the job!, because only she can file for a new Letter of Marque, and keep the ship in business.

2:10 Shinesmen  – Its corporate “Super Sentai” ( Power Ranger style shows) heros to the rescue as… yep, you guessed it – invading aliens.

3:10 Saint Seiya -  It started off a as single elimination ring style combat.  The prize, a golden armor.  But it turned into something much bigger, a battle between the Greek Gods.

4:30 Tiger & Bunny- The Movie  Stern City, not only if you do the crime; you do the time, but you also may find you staring down the barrel of a camera lens as one of the cities super powered protectors apprehends you. Welcome to Hero TV.  Super powered individuals battle it out for bragging rights as a reality television show follows them around, televising their exploits.

Once again, Kotetsu (Wild Tiger), finds himself at the bottom of the season rankings as his sponsoring company, (yes, heros have sponsoring companies), get bought out.  Finding out that a new company not only bought his contract, supplies him with a new costume, but they also wants to sidekick him to the newly discoverer Barnaby Brooks Jr.

Barnaby has his own ideas. He goes against the normal conventions of maintaining a secret identity and goes public for his own reasons.

As for Kotetsu,  he is not to keen on taking on a partner and tags Barnaby with the nickname, Bunny, (hence the title.)

6:00 Read Or Die – A lost Beethoven manuscript calls Yomiko Readman ,”The Paper”, a secret underground operative for the British Library, back to duty. With an incredible power over paper, including the ability to make it solid as steel, she is asked to recover this manuscript. Going with two other operatives, she attempts to take it back and save the world.

The run time of this is 90 minutes, 30 minutes after the Dealer’s room closes.

Saturday Anime Programming Schedule

10:30 Little Witch Academia – This first selection of the day is a product of the newly formed Trigger Animation which is responsible for the series, Kill La Kill.

11:00 Fairy Tail – Lucy Heartfelt has the talent of a celestial mage but to make money with her talents she needs to join a Guild.  But in her journey to Magnolia, to check out Guilds, she runs across another magician named Natsu, who just happens to know a guild always looking for new members.

12:15 To be announced…

1:00 Tales of the Abyss - A child of a noble house finds his life a total fabrication and in time, he comes to realize he shouldn’t exist.

This epic adventure tale is an anime adaptation of the computer game by the same name, Tales of the Abyss.

2:15 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - The World’s Fair, Paris, 1889: a young inventor crosses paths with an enigmatic girl and her pet lion. Suddenly they find themselves pursued by villainous trio intent upon stealing the magical Blue Water. Thus begins an epic adventure inspired by Jules Verne’s masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Join Nadia and Jean as they travel the high seas in search of Nadia’s homeland and her past, their only clue the mysterious jewel Nadia wears.

3:30 To be announced…

4:45 Level E -  Anime is full of Alien Royality finding their way to Earth. (Urusei Yatsura, Tenchi Miru, To LovRu, here’s something different, he is on the run from his own people.

Prince Baka Ki El Dogra, from Dogura is on his way to a diplomatic meeting when he escapes from his ship and hightails to earth. (Earth is galacticly known to be a good hiding place to many intergalactic species.)  He has an exceptionally high IQ and has little interest other than using it to torment those around him for his own amusement.

As we get into the late afternoon programing, there will be a shift in material as this is for a more mature audience. 

5:30 To be announced…

6:15 Good Luck Girl - Pretty, busty rich girl Sakura Ichiko has been blessed with an inordinate amount of good fortune, so much so that she’s actually sucking the fortune from those around her. To correct that massive imbalance, Momiji, a God of Misfortune, has come to Earth to “treat” Sakura—only Sakura isn’t so willing to cooperate. As part of an ongoing effort to remedy the problem, Momiji starts living with Sakura.

7:30 Akira – This is the classic cyberpunk film that came out in the late 70′s and proved that animation was not just for kids, but could entertain an older audience. 

In the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the outbreak of World War III. In Neo-Tokyo, all authority is waging a never-ending struggle against the underground that virtually rules the shattered city. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the minds breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. The incident triggers psychic powers within one of the members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army and experimented on. His mind has been warped and is now on the path of war, exacting revenge on the society that once called him weak.

9:30 High School of the Dead – Its the zombie apocalypse! As people try to escape the infection, a group of high schoolers, try to find their own way to safety.

10:30 Space Adventure Cobra – With the Pirate Space Guild after Cobra, events were getting a bit hot.  So he had his appearance changed, and personality altered.  When his altered personality starts craving the old adventures, he visits a virtual vacation spa, and stats remembering his past. (Shades of Total Recall or as some remember it as “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, but the anime was done in 1982, with the manga even earlier.)

Sunday Anime Programming Schedule

10:30 Akira Toriyama Retrospective – This manga artist has establish several iconic anime series over the past few decades. Think something looks familiar? It just may be from and older series.

11:45 Vision of Escaflowne’ – Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical high school problems. When a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, she finds herself involved in events and life changes that will stay with her forever as she adventures on Gaea.

12:35 First Look – new shows Back in April we screened several of the new anime for the summer season. This is some of the positive responses. Yes, we are going to make you come down to the anime room in the Diamond Center to find out what they are.

1:25 Bakuman – Top student Akito is willing to do anything to become a hit writer in the Japanese comics industry, including manipulating his unsure classmate Mashiro into becoming his illustrator. Before long, the pair have their backs up against the wall, fighting for a chance to get noticed in the intense world of manga publishing. But then, an unlikely series of events puts them face-to-face with what real comic artists have to give up: love, health, and maybe even their futures.

2:15 Second Look – new shows Back in April we screened several of the new anime for the summer season. This is some of the positive responses. Yes, we are going to make you come down to the anime room in the Diamond Center to find out what they are.

3:05 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – Alibaba is a young carrier who dreams of gaining enough money to buy a whole country. To achieve this goal he must venture into a mysterious tower called a “dungeon,” which is said to hold secret treasures deep within its labyrinth. Just a dream until he meets a mysterious boy named Aladdin.

4:20 Last call – audience choice