This year, 2017, marks the hundred year anniversary of Japanese animation! The first Los Angeles Anime Film Festival was held in celebration of the occasion, featuring distinguished anime films such as Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, My Neighbor Totoro, AKIRA and more. A special event for the premiere of No Game No Life: Zero English dub opened the festival, featuring a red carpet ceremony and guests from across the industry.
The festival was held from September 15 to 17 at the Regal L.A Live, in Downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Film Festival describes the No Game No Life: Zero:
The film takes place six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard. War consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled “ex-machina” android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
We got the fantastic opportunity to see many special guests such as Scott Gibbs, the English voice of “Riku”; Caitlynn French, the English voice of “Shuvi”; and Kyle Colby Jones, the ADR Director of the film as they arrived. No Game No Life: Zero’s producer Sho Tanaka was also at the red carpet event and we got the chance to briefly interview him.
Thank you for coming to the United States! How does it feel to being able to watch No Game No Life: Zero here and see how popular it is abroad?
Sho Tanaka: I’m really surprised by how many people have been touched by No Game No Life. I’m very happy to be here.
Is it too soon for No Game No Life Season 2?
Tanaka: Well… maybe there’s a lot to look forward to but we don’t know!!
You’ve produced a lot of other TV anime shows including Re:Zero and Bungo Stray Dogs. How does it feel doing an anime movie compared to a TV series?
Tanka: When I was making the film, I wanted to appeal to even more people. I want to bring out an even bigger fan base and I was really thinking about that while making the film.
Check out all our photos from the Anime Film Festival!
Thank you Los Angeles Anime Film Festival for the opportunity. We look forward to next year’s festival!