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Select Tampa Bay area movie theaters will present screenings of anime films in the coming months. Among the films scheduled to be screened are, above, from left, “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly,” “Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

 

This year is shaping up to be a good one for fans of anime.

Last month saw the premiere of “Alita: Battle Angel,” a live-action adaptation of the popular 1990s manga series “Gunnm.” Though the film was not animated, both the main character and the style of the film clearly evoked common anime traits.

For hardcore anime fans eager to catch films on the big screen, several special releases will be shown at select movie theaters in the Tampa Bay area.

Leading the pack is a Japanese anime film with a complicated title: “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly.”

Presented by Fathom Events and Aniplex of America, the nationwide release of the film will hit select theaters Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.

The film is the latest installment of the beloved series from the creators of the wildly popular “Fate” franchise that gave anime fans “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works,” “Fate/Zero,” “Fate/Apocrypha” and the hit mobile game “Fate/Grand Order.”

The current trilogy follows the third route, known as the Sakura Route, of the “Fate/stay night” visual novel game, with the first chapter of the Heaven’s Feel trilogy, “I. presage flower,” released in 2017 to much fanfare.

“Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly” will be shown in the following Tampa Bay area theaters:

  • Regal Park Place 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park
  • AMC Sundial, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg
  • AMC Woodland Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar
  • Regal Citrus Park 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa
  • AMC Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon

Though not officially rated, this title should be treated as an R-rated movie. For information and tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.

Next, Fathom Events will present special screenings of “Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn” Wednesday, March 20; and Monday, March 25, 7 p.m., at select theaters.

The Wednesday showing will have subtitles. The Monday showing will be dubbed.

The tale involves the enigmatic and deadly Abyss. Despite the dangers, it still captures the imagination of explorers such as Riko who wishes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and trains hard to become a Cave Raider. Riko is told her mother died in the Abyss, but a mysterious note suggests that she may still be alive.

Eager to discover what really happened to her mother, Riko embarks on a journey with Reg, a humanoid robot.

This special event will include exclusive interviews with Japanese creators and behind-the-scenes content with Japanese studio Kinema Citrus.

“Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn” will be shown in the following Tampa Bay area theaters:

  • Regal Park Place 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park
  • AMC Sundial, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg
  • AMC Woodland Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar
  • Regal Citrus Park 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa
  • Hyde Park Cinebistro, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa
  • AMC Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon

Though not officially rated, this title should be treated as a PG-13-rated movie. For information and tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.

This year’s Studio Ghibli Fest will kick off with the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure “Howl’s Moving Castle,” scheduled to hit select theaters April 7, 8 and 10.

After kicking off in 2017 and returning for an even more successful 2018, Studio Ghibli Fest is back for 2019. GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, will continue their collaboration and deliver a new and expanded selection of celebrated animated films to U.S. cinemas throughout the year.

This year’s series will feature nine of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces. Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest can be purchased online beginning Thursday, March 7, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, www.ghiblifest.com or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website March 7.

“After two extraordinary years of Studio Ghibli Fests, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with GKIDS once again,” said Ray Nutt in a press release. Nutt is Fathom Events CEO. “The 2019 anime series gives fans across the nation a unique opportunity to experience these renowned titles together at their local cinemas and we’re proud to be able to make these communal viewings possible.”

“GKIDS is extremely proud to be bringing the beloved Studio Ghibli films back to the big screen with Fathom Events, so fans can discover and rejoice in these wonderful, iconic animated works throughout 2019,” said Eric Beckman, GKIDS co-founder and president.

The Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • “Howl’s Moving Castle: 15th Anniversary” – Sunday, April 7; Monday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 10.
  • “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: 35th Anniversary” – Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21.
  • “Whisper of the Heart” – Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2.
  • “Kiki’s Delivery Service: 30th Anniversary” – Sunday, July 28; Monday, July 29; and Wednesday, July 31.
  • “My Neighbor Totoro” – Sunday, Aug. 25; Monday, Aug. 26; and Wednesday, Aug. 28.
  • “The Secret World of Arrietty” – Sunday, Sept. 29 and Monday, Sept. 30
  • “Spirited Away” – Sunday, Oct. 27; Monday, Oct. 28; and Wednesday, Oct. 30.
  • “Princess Mononoke” – Sunday, Nov. 17; Monday, Nov. 18; and Wednesday, Nov. 20.
  • “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” – Monday, Dec. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Coming to select theaters in April is “Okko’s Inn,” the latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli.

Fathom Events and GKIDS will present “Okko’s Inn” Monday, April 22; and Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., at select theaters.

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.

“Okko’s Inn” will be shown in the following Tampa Bay area theaters:

  • Regal Park Place 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park
  • AMC Sundial, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg
  • AMC Woodland Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar
  • Regal Citrus Park 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa
  • AMC Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon

Though not officially rated, this title should be treated as a PG-rated movie. For information and tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.