First L.A. Anime Fest Tomorrow

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre kicks off the 1st Annual Los Angeles Anime Festival tomorrow. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the fest will run from May 2-15. Audiences will be introduced to some of the newest and most challenging works from Japan, including the U.S. premieres of the latest Studio Ghibli feature The Cat Returns, the mondo-insane Tamala2010: A Punk Cat In Space, the fable Princess Arete, the long-awaited 3-part anthology film Memories and Miramax Films’ Pokémon 5.

The series also features sneak previews of unreleased episodes from several cult-hit series, including Crush Gear Turbo, Aura Battler Dunbine, Brigadoon, Scryed, Please, Teacher, You’re Under Arrest, DNA, Read Or Die, Rahxephon and Parasite Dolls.

Matrix fans dying to see The Animatrix in its entirety on the big screen will be happy to learn that all nine episodes will be screened for a general audience for the first time on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:15 p.m.

Other highlights include special one-night tributes to legendary manga artist Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inu Yasha), erotic fantasy master Toshio Maeda (Legend Of The Overfiend, Demon Warrior Koji), lost anime gems like Jack & The Beanstalk and special late-night programs of triple X-rated hentai adult animation.

All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, unless otherwise noted, at the historic Egyptian at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas in Hollywood. For a complete schedule of screenings, visit http://www.egyptiantheatre.com.