Not a Tokikake post without this pose.
Well, barely a week after my viewing of Evangelion 1.0 in Cathay, GSC’s Japanese film festival brought in Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo to local theaters. Makes me wonder, what will be next? I would die if Byosoku 5cm got aired here, lol.
Anyways, the real experience wasn’t really that awesome though, because due to the weekend and the unexpected popularity of the show, me and my friends from AnimeShrine only got the front row seats, seriously the first row from the screen, mind you, so we have to crane our necks quite a bit to watch T_T. My other fellow Emina Cyber friends couldn’t even get any tickets, bless their poor souls :(.
Aside from that too, I suspect they used a HK or Taiwan bootleg DVD for the screening, since the picture quality was DEFINITELY not 9mm and they even had the black letterbox bars too! This also resulted in quite some pixelation, compounded by the fact I was seating right below the screen too. The subs and the typeface was a dead giveaway as well, but thankfully, the translations weren’t too terrible although they took some lines out of context.
There was also additional problems with the sound as well, since the back channels were kinda missing, so I suspect they chose the 5.1 surround and outputted the sound wrongly. It was a bit irritating for my first time watching friends, but wasn’t too pronounced with me because I’ve already watched it.
As for the movie, it’s definitely a good watch, suitable for families too, and I’m not kidding when I say the cinema had a lot of kids and families watching the movie. I think it’s a good exposure for them, although Makoto’s long running scene did elicit quite some naughty laughs in the cinema (you know you did it!). Some of my friends even nearly cried near the end too, lulz.
Otherwise, it was a pretty nice outing for me, and I’m quite surprised to be actually going to the cinema two weeks in a row lol. Finances are kinda fucked up right now though, unfortunately :X.