The 2nd Dimension

Friday, January 13, 2006

Shinichiro Watanabe in Detroit!!!!!

One of my all-time favorite anime directors EVER is coming to my hometown! The master behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo is going to be giving a talk at the Detroit Film Theatre on Thursday February 9 at 7:00pm. Here's the details from the Detroit Film Theatre website:

Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:00 PM

Special Event

The critically acclaimed animation (anime) director Shinichiro Watanabe will make a very special appearance at the Detroit Film Theatre, sponsored by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, the Japan America Society and the DIA Friends of Asian Art. Best known for his Cowboy Bebop television series (1998), which combined elements of traditional American westerns, 40's crime films and a classic jazz score, Mr. Watanabe will discuss the aesthetic and technical aspects of this work, and show clips from Animatrix (2003) and Samurai Champloo (2004). This newest series tells the story of a ronin samurai, a womanizing warrior and a teahouse waitress who band together to search for a "samurai who smells of sunflowers." Samurai Champloo harnesses the kinetic poetry of classic “chambara” sword epics, but is also wildly anachronistic with a musical score recorded by contemporary Japanese hip-hop artists. The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the world's most innovative and important anime directors working today.

Click here to purchase tickets.

I had heard a while ago that he was going to have a talk in Houston. At the time, I couldn't help but think, "Those lucky punks. Wouldn't it be so nice if he came to Detroit too?" And now he's coming. Sweet! Hmm... Wouldn't it be nice to have a cool billion dollars cash fall on my lap right now? ...

[Source: Anime News Network]


straightfromthecask said...

Lucky you.
Watanabe's works are my favourite.
There is an obvious and calm talent in anything he creates. It seems effortless and natural, even though it must require a hell of a work.
I like to think that Jin is as crazy as Mugen by the way.

Bob said...

Yeah. Calm talent is a good way to put it. I remember seeing an interview with one of the voice actresses where she said that with most shows, the staff is always tense and rushed. But the Bebop staff was always calm and cool. Watanabe has to be a cool guy to work with. I can't wait to see him!