March 17 – MEGAZONE 23 at Hollywood Theatre

Mecha Panic presents the first two films in the groundbreaking MEGAZONE 23 OVA series on the big screen!

(poster art by Wren McDonald)

Floating World Comics will be on hand with riso posters by Wren McDonald and a trove of imported Megazone 23 treasures. The Sleeves will have shirts and Gunpla community info. Otakubell will have anime VHS for sale.

SUN, MAR 17, 7:30PM
Get tickets HERE

Making its debut in 1985, Megazone 23 ignited the Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) boom. It proved there was a market for direct-to-video anime films, and paved the way for anime to become not just a niche genre, but a world-wide phenomenon.

The team that created Megazone 23 includes a Who’s Who of anime legends, including (just to name a few) ISHIGURO Noboru (Macross, Yamato), ITANO Ichiro (creator of the “Macross Missile Massacre”), MIYAO Gaku (Devil Hunter Yoko), MIKIMOTO Haruhiko (Macross, Gunbuster), ANNO Hideaki (Evangelion), YATAGAI Kenichi (Bubblegum Crisis), ARAMAKI Shinji (Appleseed), HOSHIYAMA Hiroyuki (Dirty Pair), ARII Emu (Bubblegum Crash), SAGISU Shiro (Evangelion), MORIMOTO Koji (The Animatrix), YUKI Nobuteru (Vision of Escaflowne), KAKINOUCHI Narumi and HIRANO Toshiki (Vampire Princess Miyu), UMETSU Yasuomi (Kite), and KITAZUME Hiroyuki (Gundam).

Synopsis: YAHAGI Shogo is a young man living in Tokyo in the mid-80s, enjoying life during a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Or so he thinks…

When Shogo stumbles upon the secret of Megazone 23, the military decides that he and his friends need to be silenced. Shogo only has two things going for him – a motorcycle that is much more than it seems, and an acquaintance who is much less so!

– Synopsis taken from the AnimEigo website. AnimEigo Kickstarted the loving restoration of these films in 2019. They have never looked better!