By Angela Hinck / June 14th, 2013
Japanese anime film director Makoto Shinkai’s latest work, The Garden of Words, just premiered in Japan last month. But this doesn’t mean that eager fans in North America will have to wait long to see the film for themselves — especially if they will be attending Anime Expo 2013 in Los Angeles this coming July.
The Garden of Words English dub will premiere at Anime Expo July 6th at 3 PM, and Makoto Shinkai himself will be there as Sentai Filmworks’ Guest of Honor. On top of attending the premiere, he’ll also be signing autographs at a Green Carpet event for the film taking place at 4:15. Sentai is even providing free cocktails to attendees at the Green Carpet, so make sure you stop by their booth for free VIP tickets before they’re all snatched up.
Garden of Words is the story of a chance encounter between high school student Takao and an older woman named Yukino. When they meet for the first time in a rain-soaked garden, the two strangers strike up an unexpected rapport. They continue to meet by chance in the same garden every time it rains, growing closer with every meeting. But what will happen to the two of them when the rainy season ends?
Yet again, Shinkai seems to have created a visually stunning and emotionally driven film. What do you think of the trailer? Do you intend to attend the dub’s premiere and maybe even meet Shinkai himself?
Anime Expo runs from July 4-7, and Garden of Words is set for DVD and BluRay release this August.
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