Japan Society New York has announced its latest monthly screening series running April 15 to July 22 and featuring four anime classics from Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi landmark Ghost in the Shell through to Masaaki Yuasa’s wild night in Kyoto, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.

April 15: Ghost in the Shell

Preceded by a 6PM pre-screening party with Japanese foods and snacks provided by Kikkoman plus Sapporo beer

Mamoru Oshii’s landmark adaptation of the manga by Shirow Masamume in which cybernetically enhanced police officer Major Motoko Kusanagi finds herself hunting down the elusive Puppetmaster following a spate of cyberbrain hackings.

May 27: The Animatrix

Screening on 35mm in English (original language)

Produced as a companion piece to the Matrix: Reloaded, this nine-part anthology film features contributions from Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Ninja Scroll’s Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Redline’s Takeshi Koike. Screening on 35mm in its original English-language voice track.

June 17: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Adapted from the novel by Tomihiko Morimi, Maasaki Yuasa’s madcap odyssey through a single night in Kyoto follows college student Otome on her quest for a book from her childhood all while a young man goes on a few adventures of his own hoping to win her heart. Review.

July 22: Princess Mononoke

Screening on 35mm

25th anniversary screening of the Studio Ghibli classic set the 14th century in which a young warrior cursed by a diseased boar spirit finds himself swept into a local conflict between a forest princess and the neighbouring iron town hellbent on destroying the Earth.

The series runs monthly April 15 to July 22 at Japan Society New York where tickets are already on sale.

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