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Why aren't there more theaters that show anime movies?
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Posted 1/31/13

S_droopy_j wrote:

I would love to see the new one piece or evangelion movies released here on a later date with subs


I don't know what is usually done with anime movies in the place where you live but I live near Toronto and when the second Evangelion movie came out they held a special one night premier of that movie in a couple of theatres in Toronto so just look for special days where an anime movie will probably get a one night showing somewhere around where you live.
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Posted 1/31/13
already looked into it there isn't any
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Posted 1/31/13

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The only anime I've seen in theaters were Wicked City and Akira (both at art house cinemas), and Princess Mononoke and Ponyo. I did see the live action version of Gantz courtesy of a contest I won. There were like 13 people in the theater. It all comes down to money in the end....


I've seen Akira and Princess Mononoke, I think I was pretty young back then. Also Spirited Away. My first thought was how unique those movies were, compared to the American animated films I had seen in the past.

I think they're in the process of making a live-action Akira, which makes me nervous. Especially after that Dragon Ball movie.


Yeah, that rumor has been circulating for years. The last I heard they're doing away with the Neo-Tokyo setting and going for Manhattan instead. I doubt it will ever come about. I think it's virtually impossible to do as a live action vehicle. Plus they would have to dumb it down so much for the general audience that it would be practically pointless...
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Posted 1/31/13
I know right? and you won't really know where they are showing because of poor advertisements. I've actually seen one and the advertisement was on facebook.
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Posted 1/31/13

Winterfells wrote:


moneygrip3030 wrote:

The only anime I've seen in theaters were Wicked City and Akira (both at art house cinemas), and Princess Mononoke and Ponyo. I did see the live action version of Gantz courtesy of a contest I won. There were like 13 people in the theater. It all comes down to money in the end....


I've seen Akira and Princess Mononoke, I think I was pretty young back then. Also Spirited Away. My first thought was how unique those movies were, compared to the American animated films I had seen in the past.

I think they're in the process of making a live-action Akira, which makes me nervous. Especially after that Dragon Ball movie.


Perhaps it is best that Akira stays in development hell.
I am more worried about the possible live action Ghost in the Shell.
Lets face it, anime has a bad track record for live action adaptations.
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Posted 1/31/13
I kind of wish that something besides Ghibli releases would make it to cinemas.
I mean Ghibli releases are usually great but there are better animes out there that would benefit from more exposure.
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Posted 2/8/13
All anime release in America is dubbed. Thats no bueno sauce for me. I like to watch every movie in its original language
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Posted 2/8/13

lordkira361 wrote:

All anime release in America is dubbed. Thats no bueno sauce for me. I like to watch every movie in its original language

If an anime movie gets a wide cinema release, then it will almost certainly be dubbed. But the smaller events like film festivals and screening events are usually subbed.

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You need; an official subbing/dubbing cast, official liscensing company, a lot of money, loopholes in copyright laws, time for the subbing/dubbing, enough otaku to make a profit, a way too deal with prejudice and stereotypes from the non-anime lovers, fit in today's society with today's generation of people, the anime has to be well known or mainstream, increase the popularity of animated films, make it "appropriate" for us, to appeal to the entire fanbase, ability to avoid lawsuits from all these government agencies, a way to make anime more well known and popular, and whether to use the sub or dub.

Also... the theatre business is not doing so well nowadays, and you can get almost any anime movie off a streaming site, anime movie site, or blu-ray or dvd. I think they might sell them at conventions already, too.


Winterfells wrote:

Unless it's incredibly mainstream and popular and ensures that a lot of non-Japanese theaters could draw consistently large crowds, it probably wouldn't make it into theaters. Examples like the Pokemon, Digimon movies, etc. where a lot of money can be made by the theaters, distributors, producers, etc.


Basically everything this guy said...

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Posted 2/8/13 , edited 2/8/13
Like others have said It's not a crowd bringer unless it's Hayao Miyazaki. Although I do remember theaters airing the first Naruto movie. I'd love it if there was a smaller cinema that catered to anime fans.
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Posted 2/8/13

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They LOVED The Secret World Of Arietty until I told them that it was created by Studio Ghibli, which is in Japan, just dubbed over.
Eh I wouldn't exactly call it dubbed over in the sense that the original track is japanese and an english track is traded in. Studio Ghibli makes all of its movies with the intention of having voice tracks in both tracks to begin with. They spend just as much in house time with the english VA as the japanese ones.

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Posted 2/8/13 , edited 2/8/13

lorddisick wrote:

Its not considered a crowd bringer.
Like seriously.


This, basically. Even though it'd be a cool concept, it'd just be a waste of money for the anime companies. Although there are quite a few anime loving people in the world, it's just a small percentage. Most people don't even know what anime is. They haven't even heard of the term. Yeah, they probably have heard of stuff like Dragon Ball Z, but they'd think of it as just some cartoon on Cartoon Network (which it was technically).

I've seen a VERY few amount of anime in theaters, and they didn't even gross to amount a million. Average citizens who saw an anime poster in the theaters would probably think it's weird (because of course, they are unaware).

I forgot what it was called, but there was only one anime I think that came into our movie theaters in all its history, which was the one that had the same director as Spirited Away. I heard it was really good, but I didn't have that much spare time.
Posted 2/8/13
Funimation did, or still does, show anime in their own theaters.
Posted 2/10/13
Because money.
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Posted 2/10/13
The anime community isn't big enough for theaters to sell out. If the anime community were bigger, and anime more popular, we'd probably see more movies coming out in theaters. At least for the more popular ones.
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