Fifth Floor Productions Launches Hanami Anime Festival

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri will showcase Japanese Animation this May

New York, NY (April 21, 2004) ~ Fifth Floor Productions, a new company promoting cultural and educational events, proudly presents Hanami Anime Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 23rd Annual Sakura Matsuri Festival.

Hanami Anime Festival will showcase anime (Japanese animation) heralding the arrival of spring, as well as celebrating the blossoming of the sakura (cherry blossoms). Screeners include popular titles such as Sailor Moon, His & Her Circumstances, Magic Knight Rayearth, and the critically acclaimed film Spring and Chaos. All screeners will be shown at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Auditorium and are recommended for ages 13 and up.

"We, at Fifth Floor Productions, are both honored and excited to participate with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 23rd annual cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri, and to bring anime to such a great event," said Mel Villafuerte, Programming Director for Fifth Floor Productions. "The art and tradition of the Japanese culture can be appreciated and shared through the art form of anime, which is recognized worldwide as a unique Japanese artistic expression."

Hanami Anime Festival 2004 Line-up

Spring and Chaos (Ihatov no Kenso: Kenji no Haru) ~ This is a biopic on the life and work of one of Japan's most loved poet and children's author, Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933). Miyazawa's world comes to life in this dramatic and allegorical masterpiece by acclaimed anime writer-director Shouji Kawamori (Macross and Vision of Escaflowne). (TOKYOPOP, 57 min.)

Fruits Basket (Furuba) ~ Episode 8 16-year-old Tohru Honda must keep the Sohma family secret or else! In Episode 8, Tohru is asked to see the family doctor, Hatori, where he reveals the tragic story of a man who dreamt of spring.
Director: Akitaroh Daichi (FUNimation, 24 min.)

His & Her Circumstances (Kare Kano) ~ Act 8: Her Day/More Beautiful
Than Peach Blossoms For Yukino success and popularity is everything, but when Arima arrives, her high pedestal is tumbled. In Act 8, a romantic surprise reveals Arima's true feelings, as he recalls first falling in love with Yukino under the blossoming cherry trees.
Director: Hideki Anno (The Right Stuf International Inc., 24 min.)

Magic Knight Rayearth (Mahou Kishi Rayearth)
Umi, Fuu and Hikaru make a wish beneath an enchanted cherry tree, to remain friends forever, but their friendship is tested in ways they never expected.
Director: Keitaro Motonaga and Toshiki Hirano (Manga Entertainment Inc., 22 min.)

Magic User's Club (Mahou Tsukai Tai)
High school wouldn't be complete without after-school clubs, even magical ones! The Magic User 's Club must deal with a skyscraper-sized cherry tree in the middle of Tokyo.
Director: Junichi Sato (Media Blasters, 24 min.)

Pretear (Shin Shirayuki Hime Densetsu Pretear) ~ Episode 4: A Promise Made Under the Sunlight
16-year-old Himeno wants a happy life. But when the Princess of Disaster intends to destroy the Leafe—the life force of the world—nothing is normal! In Episode 4, Himeno and the seven Knights of Leafe search for the demon larva in the scariest of places-Himeno's backyard!
Director Kenichi Tajiri and Kiyoko Sayama (ADV Films, 24 min.)

Sailor Moon R (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R) ~ Episode 51: A New
Transformation! Usagi Powers Up!
Serena is your average 14-year-old girl: she loves sweets, sleeping,
and having fun with her friends. But she's also Sailor Moon, protector
of Earth. In Episode 51, Sailor Moon and her friends, the Sailor
Scouts, are enjoying the blossoming cherry trees when the aliens Ail
and Ann unleash a deadly Doom Cherry Tree monster!
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara (ADV Films, 22 min.)

Visit Hanami Anime Festival at or email [email protected] for more information on screening times.

Event: Hanami Anime Festival at the 23rd Annual Sakura Matsuri
Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2, 2004
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auditorium (Brooklyn, NY)
Admission: Free with general admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
(Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

For further information, schedule of events, and directions to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden visit or call the public event hotline at 718-623-7333.

Hanami Anime Festival is made possible through the generous support of ADV Films, AnimEigo, Bandai, DreamWorks, FUNimation, Hirameki International Group Inc., Manga Entertainment Inc., Media Blasters, The Right Stuf International Inc., Synch-Point, and TOKYOPOP.

About Fifth Floor Productions ~
Fifth Floor Productions is an event planning and promotions company dedicated in producing and promoting cultural and educational events, serving both businesses and non-profit organizations. Hanami Anime Festival was produced by Fifth Floor Productions for the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to promote the art and tradition of the Japanese culture through public screenings of anime.

About Brooklyn Botanic Garden ~
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a non-profit organization, became the first public Japanese garden in the United States in 1915. Its mission is to actively bring public awareness of the natural environment's fragility by providing information on conservation. Sakura Matsuri, an annual cherry blossom festival, is a weekend-long celebration, with over 50 activities, promoting the arts and traditions of the Japanese culture and care of nature during the cherry blossom season.

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