Tokyo Int’l Anime Fair Sneaks in Hollywood

Anime devotees living in the Los Angeles area can get a sneak peek at the Tokyo Int’l Anime Fair with four world premiere screenings on Monday, Feb. 7. The event is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s trade and tourism mission and will include an animation trade fair for media and industry personnel.

The screenings are open to the public and will be held in the Hollywood Ballroom of the Renaissance Hollywood, located at 1755 North Highland Ave.

Karas, a science fiction anime feature, will make its world premiere on Feb. 7 with showings at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, there’ll be sneak previews of Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG and new episodes of Naruto and Tenjho Tenge.

Industry insiders are invited to the anime trade show, taking place Feb. 7-8. Leading anime companies on hand to share their latest works and techniques will include Aniplex (Full Metal Alchemist), Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece), Studio 4C (The Animatrix), Tezuka Prods. (Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo) and CoMix Wave (Voices of a Distant Star).

The trade show program will also include a panel discussion (Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m.-5p.m.) featuring Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, animation producer for Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and Kenji Kamiyama, director of the anime series Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG.

For more information on these events, go to www.taf-la.org.