A Brand New Japanese Entertainment Platform
If you have enjoyed last year's Anime Festival Asia and have been left craving for more, the good people at Sozo have something up their sleeves for you. Not content with the region's largest Anime Event for the past 3 years, SOZO (one of the organisers of AFA) has teamed up Japanese Anime distributor ODEX to bring you a new experiential Japanese entertainment platform called JPLEX.
JPLEX Volume 1 – A Super Weekend of Japanese Entertainment
The first installment of JPLEX, branded as JPLEX Volume 1 will for the first time bring to you direct from Japan, three Anime Blockbusters that includes the latest Naruto Movie Naruto Shippudden: The Lost Tower and Sokyuu No Fafner: Heaven and Earth. Not forgetting mecha fans out there, the thrid installment of the highly acclaimed Gudam Unicorn series will be showing.
But that's not all, coupled with these three exciting movies are two concert performances from top Japanese music groups, anglea and FLOW. Both groups have music featured extensively in the soundtracks of the movie franchises of Naruto and Sokyuu No Fafner. And here at POPCulture Online, we take a look at what to expect at this highly anticipated event.
Three Anime Blockbusters From Japan
Naruto Shippudden: The Lost Tower
The Lost Tower is the seventh feature-length movie of the long running adaptation of Masahi Kishimoto’s hit manga from Shounen Jump Magazine. This movie tells of the tale of Naurto with Yamato, Sakura Haruno, and Sai's mission to capture the mising-nin, Mukade. Their mission takes them to the once glorious historic ruins of Rouran where they come into contact with the power of the Ryūmyaku which leads Naruto into the past where he meets the Fourth Hokage. But it seems that Mukade also traveled back in time to try and plans to take over the world. Will Naruto be able to defeat the evil Mukdae? And Will the meeting with the fourth Hokage reveal any secrets that could change Naruto's life as he knows it?
Sokyuu no Fafner: Heaven and Earth
Sokyuu no Fafner: Heaven and Earth is the sequel to the highly successful television anime of 2004. The movie is set two years after the television anime series where Kazuki is slowly losing hope that Soushi will return to Tatsumiya Island as he promised. At the same time, the awakening of the new core of the island, Misao Kurusu sets into motion a series of events that will put humanity's future into the hands of fate as the mysterious aliens renew their invasion of earth.
Gundam Unicorn: Episode Three – The Ghost of Laplace
The Gundam Unicorn movies are adapted from the series of novels of the same name that continue the highly popular Universal Century Gundam saga. The third episode, Ghost of Laplace, places Unicorn pilot Banagher Links between the many warring factions who want his Gundam for their own means. Can he survive the multiple enemies that will stop at nothing to get what they want?
Two Super Charged Concerts
angela is the brilliant creation of atsuko on vocals and KATSU on guitar. Their signature upbeat tunes and rich arrangements is a dazzling mix of electronica, dance, rock, swing jazz and ska. angela’s energetic stage presence and stunning performance brings together atsuko’s versatile vocals and KATSU’s multi-instrumental skills, instantly winning the hearts of audiences in big scale international events like Otakon and Sakura-Con. Song such as “Shangri-La” from Sokyuu no Fafner and “Asu e no Brilliant Road” from Stellvia no Universe have brought the group Oricon success as well. Most recently, they made their first performance in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 2010.
angela official site – http://style-‐market.com/angela/
FLOW is made of five piece alternative rock band made up of Kohshi (vocals/guitar), Keigo (vocals), Takashi (guitar), Hiroshi (drum) and Yasutaro (Bass). The band dates back to 1998 but only debuted in 2001, with the release of their first single “Flow #0” and mini-albums, and taking the indie charts by storm. Since then, they have released no less than twenty-one singles and six albums, including “Colors”, opening theme to the first season of Code Geass, and “GO!!” And “RE:member”, from the Naruto anime. All three singles have brought them success on the Oricon charts, with “Colors” maxing out at 2nd. Their most recent single was their cover of “1/3 no junjou na kanjou”, ending theme of the Rurouni Kenshin anime. Their performance at JPlex will be their first in South East Asia.
FLOW official site – http://www.flow.mu/
JPLEX Website and Ticketing
With what promises to be an exciting weekend to look forward to, do remember to keep the dates 4th – 6th March 2011 in mind as JPLEX happens at the Republic Polytechnic Campus over that weekend. Ticketing for both the concert and movie screening will be handled by gatecrash.