Some of you may have heard something about a recent movement to storm Area 51, which originated from a Facebook event wherein the description said, "If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets." Now, for those unfamiliar, Naruto is an anime series about ninjas, and they pretty infamously run like this.
I used to watch this show, and I still couldn't tell you why they're drawn to run like that. It's just a silly quirk that the universe may never totally unravel.
This bit of inane anime trivia is brought to you by my misspent teenage years, where I was all about that anime life. While I've fallen off the bandwagon a bit in the past decade or so, anime still holds a special nostalgic place in my heart, and I consider certain entries in the medium as unassailable classics in their own right. So maybe it's that Naruto-obsessed teen that finds today's announcement from the Alamo Drafthouse so exciting.
Via Alamo's press release, we're proud to present ANIME-ZING:
Austin, TX --- July 22, 2019 --- Anime delivers a colorful world of giant robots, giggling wizards, and post-apocalyptic death machines – but it's also so much more. Beginning in August, Alamo Drafthouse will bring the best of the Japanese artform back to the big screen with ANIME-ZING, a new monthly programming series. ANIME-ZING is dedicated to sharing the wonders of anime with everyone – die-hard enthusiasts and those just curious to see what all the hype is about.
Starting with titles like NINJA SCROLL, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and VAMPIRE HUNTER D, ANIME-ZING takes a deep dive into the amazing archive of Japanese animation, from the genre-soaked universe of science fiction and fantasy to the emotionally rich dramas about the world right outside our window.
Now, personally, I haven't seen Millenium Actress, but Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D are exactly the sorts of classics I was referring to. If you don't know them, both are exceptionally bloody period pieces about fighting demonic forces, with ninja and vampire protagonists respectively. And if Alamo is bringing this caliber of gonzo anime spectacle to the screen right off the bat, it makes me especially excited for what this programming series has to offer in the future.
At the very least, it's safer than trying to Naruto-run into Area 51!