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October 17, Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll today announced the live-action film “Fullmetal Alchemist,” adapted from the bestselling Japanese comic series, will have its exclusive U.S. premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention hosted in New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St).

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“Fullmetal Alchemist,” which tells the story of two alchemist brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for anime fans around the world, with the original comic series having sold over 70 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 2001. “Fullmetal Alchemist” director Fumihiko Sori will make a rare appearance at Anime NYC to introduce the film and sign autographs for fans before the debut, which will be the first screening in the U.S. ahead of the film’s premiere in Japanese theaters later this year.

 

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This is one of those events that you don’t want to miss. The cast is full of some of the best actors and actresses in Japan. The director has worked on some really dope anime and liveaction movies. This will be one of those moments of where were you when this dropped in America. I’m thrilled for this and AnimeNYC as a whole. See trailer here!

 

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, bringing fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will serve as the capstone for the weekend, which includes other highlights such as a day-long tribute to “Sailor Moon,” the U.S. premiere ofGundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” and the Anime Diva Night concert featuring exciting performers straight from Tokyo.

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The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will take place at 3PM on Sunday, November 19 on Anime NYC’s Main Stage. The screening is exclusively open to Anime NYC attendees, with tickets for the premiere available for an additional $10. Anime NYC passes and “Fullmetal Alchemist” admission can be purchased at www.animenyc.com. Anime NYC passes range from $35-60.

 

“We’re honored to welcome Fumihiko Sori and the ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ film to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC’s Show Director. “‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ will be one of the biggest films this year in Japan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to debut it in the biggest city in America!”

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©2017 Hiromu Arakawa/SQUARE ENIX ©2017 “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Film Partners

 

“We are truly honored that ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ is chosen as the Closing Film of the very first commemorable Anime NYC,” said director Fumihiko Sori. “In July, we presented six minutes of footage of the film at L.A.’s Anime Expo and at Japan Expo in Paris, and we are so excited to bring the full feature to all of you from various countries. Please come visit us and meet Ed and Al in live action!”

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Fumihiko Sori

 

“Fullmetal Alchemistwill premiere worldwide as the Opening Film of the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25, and it will open in Japanese theaters on December 1. The live-action film features an all-star cast including Ryosuke Yamada (Edward Elric), Tsubasa Honda (Winry Rockbell), Dean Fujioka (Roy Mustang), and Yasuko Matsuyuki (Lust). Japanese singer MISIA performs the film’s theme.

 

The film is based on the original “Fullmetal Alchemist” comic series created by Hiromu Arakawa. Set in a world where alchemy is one of the most advanced sciences, it follows two brothers in search of the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. Published between 2001 and 2010, the comics ranked repeatedly on BookScan and USA Today’s top graphic novel lists, and the series’ first volume was the top-selling graphic novel in America in 2005. Arakawa’s original comic has since given birth to two animated series and movies, with the upcoming live-action film a new telling of this beloved adventure. Fans can read Arakawa’s original comic in the US through VIZ Media and watch its animated adaptations on Blu-ray from Funimation and online at Crunchyroll.

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Hiromu Arakawa

In addition to Fumihiko Sori, Anime NYC’s guests include Masaki Tachibana, Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, TRUE, Cherami Leigh, Cristina Vee, Danny Choo, LeSean Thomas, and Stephanie Sheh, and its partners and sponsors include Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, VIZ Media, Vertical Inc, and Yen Press.

About Fumihiko Sori

While at USC (University of Southern California) Cinematic Arts in 1997, Sori joined the VFX crew for James Cameron’s “Titanic.” He then returned to Japan to make his first feature, “Ping Pong” (2002), which was nominated for Best Picture and Director at the 26th Japan Academy Prizes and won him Best New Director at the 24th Yokohama Film Festival. Sori produced the 3DCG animated film “Appleseed” in 2004. He then directed the 3DCG animated film “Vexille” (2007), which was selected as the Opening Film of the Locarno International Film Festival. This blockbuster film was invited to numerous international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, etc. Sori’s other live-action films include “Ichi” (2008) and “Tomorrow’s Joe” (2011). He is highly considered as a unique talent who can direct a film with a human touch combined with stylish visuals.

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Gundam Thunderbolt’s Big Splash

Hey, my anime love dolls. Anyway, we’re here again talking about another anime show I love. Gundam Thunderbolt, have you seen any of it or heard about it? No? Well, when I first heard about it I thought, “Oh, another Gundam Anime!” Each one has its own storyline, unique Gundam, and characters. I happen to love Gundam from the animes to the video games. So, I caught a few episodes of Gundam Thunderbolt.

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My first impression was the rich old-school art with the new school animation. Then when the action scenes came up, boom a rush of nice fast paced Jazz to go with the speed of the Gundam itself. I was floored and jumped off my couch like yes, go Gundam kick some arse!! It had the same feel as Cowboy Bebop gave me back in the day. Go check it out and if you’re in New York around Nov. here’s an idea.

July 18th LeftField Media and SUNRISE Inc. announced the inaugural Anime NYC festival will play host to the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, the second film in the Gundam Thunderbolt series, and that this premiere will be accompanied by a live concert featuring the music of Gundam Thunderbolt led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi.

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a new Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, 2017 in New York’s Javits Center, and it will bring fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. SUNRISE’s Gundam Thunderbolt premiere and concert will take place within Anime NYC on Sunday, November 19th.

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is a sci-fi story grounded in the warfare of today and uniquely brought to life by the music of Naruyoshi Kikuchi. One of Japan’s greatest jazz composers and musicians, Mr. Kikuchi is acclaimed at home in Japan and around the world, and no stranger to anime, he’s also the composer of the Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine soundtrack and his saxophone can be heard in the music of Cowboy Bebop.

Mr. Kikuchi will appear at Anime NYC as an Official Guest, leading and performing in the Gundam Thunderbolt series concert, as well as speaking on panels and signing autographs.

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Naruyoshi Kikuchi

“We’re deeply honored to welcome our friends at SUNRISE and Mr. Kikuchi to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s VP of Anime Events. “Gundam is one of the most iconic sagas in the history of anime, and we’re excited to launch its newest chapter together with its fans in New York!”

“When you think jazz, you think New York,” said Thunderbolt series Producer Naohiro Ogata at SUNRISE. “Jazz is crucial to the Gundam Thunderbolt story, and there’s no better place for us to debut the new Gundam Thunderbolt film than in the heart of New York City!”

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The Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower premiere and concert will be free for all Anime NYC attendees, with no additional ticket required to attend, but for loyal Gundam fans, a limited Premium Package is available now for $75, offering reserved premiere and concert seats, a private autograph session, exclusive print, and original Japanese Gundam Thunderbolt soundtrack CD.

The Mobile Suit Gundam saga from SUNRISE is one of the most prolific titles in the history of Japanese animation. It spans over 35 years and more than 50 television series and movies, and Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is the latest entry into this universe. Based on the Gundam Thunderbolt comic by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower continues the story of rival pilots Daryl Lorenz and Io Fleming. With their battlefield now on Earth, they each face a new enemy.

The Gundam Thunderbolt comic is published in the US by VIZ Media, and the first Gundam Thunderbolt film, December Sky, is available now on Blu-ray from Right Stuf. Bluefin, the official American distributor of many anime and pop culture brands including Bandai’s Gundam collectibles and model kits, will also be appearing at Anime NYC with a number of Gundam Thunderbolt model kits for sale.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll will continue to announce guests, premieres, and special events throughout the summer and fall, and fans can expect to three days and nights of anime, manga, and cosplay featuring SUNRISE, Crunchyroll, VIZ Media, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, Yen Press, and more. Tickets to Anime NYC are available now at animenyc.com, and fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter.

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