The Speakeasy #073: One Piece, Star Wars, When Marnie Was There, The Oscars

Ongoing Investigations: Star Wars the Force Awakens from Disney, Aquarion Logos from Satelight, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, The Magicians from SyFy.

Food for Thought: Who is your favorite One Piece Villain?

Topics: When Marnie Was There and the Oscars, Lots of Anime on the Big Screen, Otakon Teams Up with Omakase, Sailor Moon Pop-up Cafe in NYC, Netflix Adds Detective Conan.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Han Solo

  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz Irish Cream
  • 2.25 oz vodka

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

 

NYICFF 2015: When Marnie Was There

narutaki_icon_4040 This year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival started off on a pretty high note, especially as an anime fan. The opening night premiere was the latest film from an anime production team that needs no introduction: Studio Ghilbi.

When Marnie Was There (pronounced: MAR-knee) begins with one of the classic setups for children’s stories: moving from the city to the country and discovering a bit of magic in the process. Tween Anna is living in the city but after another bad attack of her asthma her mother decides to send her to the country. Anna makes her way from the bustling streets of Sapporo to a small seaside village to stay with relatives she barely knows.

Once Anna arrives, she falls in love with a beautiful foreign mansion overlooking the marsh. I understood her because I too wanted to paint the house and walk its halls. Anna spends most of her days exploring the area, drawing, and playing with the little girl who lives there, Marnie.

At the same time, reality starts to get blurry.

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