Every year, Nitehawk Cinema offers the chance to catch rarely-screened anime classics lit up large on the big screen. From slick, psychedelic mind-benders to twisted stomach-churners, ANIME AFTER DARK explores anime oddities that push the limits of good sense and good taste.
For our fifth year in Williamsburg, we go all in for teenage angst, existential dread and end-of-the-world robot fights in the first pair of films of Hideki Anno’s REBUILD OF EVANGELION tetralogy; the spider-women and hellfiends creep from the shadows and into the streets of WICKED CITY (1987); AKIRA director Katsuhiro Otomo offers up a trio of sci-fi stunners in the anthology film MEMORIES (1995); and Studio Trigger (GURREN LAGANN, KILL LA KILL) makes its feature length debut with the flashy, fire-fighting robots of PROMARE (2019).
ANIME AFTER DARK marks two big milestones with the first pair of anime screenings at our new digs at Nitehawk Prospect Park: celebrate 40 years of Mobile Suit Gundam with GUNDAM F91 (1991), a richly animated, and sometimes shocking, space opera that follows a group of kids caught up in a violent coup led by an evil masked aristocrat; and, it’s 2019 and Neo-Tokyo is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E! The future is now with Katsuhiro Otomo’s essential AKIRA (1988).