There is no fandom like anime fandom. It’s enormous, yet strangely isolated from popular culture. While even non-geeks can name drop Luke Skywalker or Batman few anime characters have cracked into the mainstream. Whereas many fandoms constantly clamor for recognition, anime fans are happy to remain in their own club, sharing their enthusiasm with one another.
But we like anime, and we like anime fans. We’d like to have a place for them to experience big screen adaptations, feel comfortable, and even come in costume if they wish. That’s why we’re excited to screen BLUE EXORCIST: THE MOVIE on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 and 9:30. It will be the English dub of the film.
Based on the popular manga series by Kazue Kato, BLUE EXORCIST was adapted into an anime series in 2011. It's the saga of Rin Okumura, a teenager who possesses incredible strength and endurance. He and his twin brother, Yukio, were raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, and are ignorant of their true origins. But all special teens have an origin story, and Rin learns he’s the son of Satan. When Shiro dies to protect him, Rin draws the demon-slaying blade Kurikata, gains a slightly more demonic appearance, and vows to defeat Satan. He enrolls at the True Cross Academy to become an Exorcist.
Though the series bowed after twenty-five episodes, fans wanted more, and their demand led to BLUE EXORCIST: THE MOVIE. The film plays as a standalone episode, as Rin and his academy friends prepare for a festival which is celebrated once every 11 years. As everyone in True Cross town is busy preparing, a ghost train goes rogue, and the barriers protecting the city from demonic invasion fail. It’s up to Rin, Yukio and a stranger named Cheng-Long Liu to protect the city, but the situation grows complicated thanks to a little demon boy, and the twists of fate.
Alamo Drafthouse Littleton is the only theater that will be playing BLUE EXORCIST: THE MOVIE, and we’ve scheduled it to celebrate Nan Desu Kan, Colorado’s anime convention, which kicks off September 13 – 15. As fans already know, voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Rin Okumura), Todd Haberkorn (Cheng-Long Liu), Cherami Leigh (Yuri Egin), and David Vincent (Arthur August Angel) will be appearing at the convention, which will make this screening even more special.
Join us for some big screen BLUE EXORCIST: THE MOVIE on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 or 9:30, and relive a little of Nan Desu Kan in our theater! Tickets are on sale now.