On March 15, 2019, Sentai Filmworks hosted the Los Angeles red carpet premiere of the dark fantasy and adventure anime film MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14. Journey’s Dawn is the first film in the two-part MADE IN ABYSS compendium.
In attendance was the talented and famed anime director Masayuki Kojima, composer Kevin Penkin, music producer Hiromitsu Iijima and producer Shimpei Yamashita.
Made In Abyss television series took audiences by surprise and garnered ecstatic reviews with its disarming facade that shrouded a dark masterpiece and although the film is a compilation of the series’s episodes, however, it features brand new scenes by Kojima & Yamashita.
We spoke with Made In Abyss film director Masayuki Kojima & the film’s music composer, Kevin Penkin during the red carpet premiere:
The enigmatic Abyss is an unforgiving and deadly place. Despite the dangers, it still captures the imagination of explorers such as Riko who wishes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and trains hard to become a Cave Raider. One day, she receives news that her mother died in the Abyss, yet a mysterious note tells Riko that her mother may still be alive. Vowing to uncover the truth about her mother’s fate, Riko embarks on a journey with a humanoid robot boy name Reg. Together, they will discover if they have what it takes to survive where so many others have perished.
Photo gallery from Sentai Filmworks’ Los Angeles red carpet premiere of MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
The Kitsune Network would like to thank the wonderful and talented people of Sentai Filmworks & Rogers & Cowan.
AniFest is a yearly anime convention and festival dedicated to celebrating the arts and culture of Japanese animation. Cosplayers, vendors, partners, sponsors, performers, and event producers all come together in one day to bring you the best that an anime convention has to offer, but without the high price!
There’ll plenty of activities to part take during this 8-hour event such as Anisong Dance Festival Event, AniFest Cosplay Showcase, Itasha Anime Car Showcase, Pine Wind Japanese Garden Experience & more. (See their official schedule here for more information). All this and more at AniFest! Held at the Torrence Cultural Arts Center in Torrence, CA on March 23rd 2019, in just 16 days!
Gallery Nucleus held a special exhibition in honour of Mamoru Hosoda works, featuring artwork from his various filmed such as Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and more recently, Mirai.
Check out Hosoda’s inspiration for drawing here. Brought to you by GKIDS Films.
Just 8 days after Zootopia’s theater release date, Gallery Nucleus held a Zootopia Art panel and autograph signing event!
Zootopia fans lined up early morning at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA to buy the Zoopia Artbook ($40.00) and attend the artist panel. Special guests artists included:
Matthias Lechner (Art Director Environments)
Cory Loftis (Art Director Character)
Fawn Veerasunthorn (Story Artist)
Normand Lemay (Story Artist)
Kira Lehtomaki (Animation Supervisor)
Benson Shum (Animator Trent)
Trent Correy (Animator)
All of the special guests artists were behind the scenes and part of the development work for the movie, ZOOTOPIA!
During the panel, the artists explained their role and responsibilities during the production of Zootopia, showing us a step by step “In the Making of-” process of their work. Unfortunately, media was not allowed to take photos or videos of during the panel.
After the very informative panel, we were able to get our newly purchased Zootopia Artbook autographed by the artists. The Artbook was sold at the venue for $40.00, alongside art prints sent by Disney for Gallery Nucleus, which be still be purchased here.
I can personally say that by attending this event and with the exclusive information/behind the scenes process demonstrated, it changed the way I watched the movie. From a fan’s point of view to an artistic point of view. For those who didn’t attend the event, we can only hope the DVD will feature a “The Art of Zootopia” segment.