"Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising" will be shown at theaters in 20 U.S. cities starting from March 14, barely one month after its Feb. 8 Japanese premiere.
As a licensor of Japanese manga and anime, leading publisher VIZ Media LLC is working with independent distributor Eleven Arts Inc. to jointly handle the latest feature film adaptation of the popular animated TV series.
The special theatrical screenings will be held in Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Chicago, New York and other cities.
The Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles will show the film for one week from March 14 to 20. Screenings will be held for a day or two at many other theaters.
Tickets are priced at $15 each, and moviegoers will receive a postcard and a plastic folder.
In San Francisco, where VIZ Media is based, a special screening will be held on March 22 at the New People Cinema.
"Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising" is an all-new episode of the "Tiger & Bunny" anime TV series, which drew fans with its stylish looks apparently influenced by U.S. comics. Set in a futuristic city, the TV series mainly focuses on old hand superhero Wild Tiger and rookie partner Barnaby Brooks Jr., aka Bunny.
VIZ Media has been handling the anime through online streaming and on DVD products in the United States.
Eleven Arts has been distributing Japanese anime titles, including "Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo," "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" and "Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion."
For a complete list of screenings and theaters, go to Eleven Arts' website at (http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/tigerandbunny-therising/).
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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of Anime Anime (http://animeanime.jp/).
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