New York-based Japan Society will present a two-day festival of panel discussions, anime new-release screenings, and demonstrations later this month. The symposium, which will be held the weekend of January 23 and 24, 1999, will be titled "Anime: The World of Japanese Animation." The group started advertising the event during the fall of last year in such newspapers as the New York Times, but only recently was a more complete event and guest listing made available.
The first day of the symposium will be devoted to anime's history and influences on Japan and the world, as well as its increasingly mainstream market in the United States. The second day will take a look at the creative aspects, involving the video game markets, and toy spin-offs, as well as the anime itself. Each day will conclude with screenings: these include recent Central Park Media releases Revolutionary Girl Utena and Birdy the Mighty, as well as Funimation/Pioneer's Dragonball Z and the yet unlicensed Evangelion movies. (The format that the films will be presented in was not noted.)
Among the guests are:
Those wishing for more information should call (212) 715-1243.