Otaku Unite! Premiere

posted on by Isaac Alexander
Documentary of otaku in North America.

Kosaikon, the new convention happenning in the Philadelphia area in May, has just announced that they will be showing the premiere of Otaku Unite, a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United States.

Press release excerpts:


A test screening of Otaku Unite!, the highly anticipated feature-length documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United States, will be taking place at Kosaikon in Valley Forge, PA on May 31, 2003. Two and a half years in the making, Otaku Unite! features interviews with anime-related celebrities, die-hard fans, studios, distributors, plus a full year of anime convention coverage.

Just a few of the familiar faces that appear in this documentary include Steve Bennett and I.C. Entertainment (formerly Studio Ironcat), Carl Macek (creator, Robotech), Fred Patten (co-founder, C.F.O.), Carl Gustav Horn (anime scholar, Viz Communications), Trish LeDoux (writer, Viz Communications), Gilles Poitras (author, The Anime Companion), Frederik L. Schodt (author, Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan), Helen McCarthy (co-author, The Anime Encyclopedia), Dave Merrill (chairman, Anime Weekend Atlanta), Kaiju Big Battel (anime/kaiju inspired monster wrestling)...the list goes on and on.

The director of Otaku Unite! as well as OU! crew members will be on hand for a question and answer session following the film and will be handing out free OU! goodies to all in attendance. Once again, this is a TEST SCREENING and will be used by the filmmakers as a forum for feedback from the anime fans in attendance. Look for the official premiere of OU! to take place later this year.


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