Megazone 23: Parts 1 + 2

Series: Mecha Panic

Mecha Panic presents the first two films in the groundbreaking MEGAZONE 23 OVA series on the big screen!

Making its debut in 1985, Megazone 23 ignited the Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) boom. It proved there was a market for direct-to-video anime films, and paved the way for anime to become not just a niche genre, but a world-wide phenomenon.

The team that created Megazone 23 includes a Who's Who of anime legends, including (just to name a few) ISHIGURO Noboru (Macross, Yamato), ITANO Ichiro (creator of the “Macross Missile Massacre”), MIYAO Gaku (Devil Hunter Yoko), MIKIMOTO Haruhiko (Macross, Gunbuster), ANNO Hideaki (Evangelion), YATAGAI Kenichi (Bubblegum Crisis), ARAMAKI Shinji (Appleseed), HOSHIYAMA Hiroyuki (Dirty Pair), ARII Emu (Bubblegum Crash), SAGISU Shiro (Evangelion), MORIMOTO Koji (The Animatrix), YUKI Nobuteru (Vision of Escaflowne), KAKINOUCHI Narumi and HIRANO Toshiki (Vampire Princess Miyu), UMETSU Yasuomi (Kite), and KITAZUME Hiroyuki (Gundam).

Synopsis: YAHAGI Shogo is a young man living in Tokyo in the mid-80s, enjoying life during a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Or so he thinks...

In reality he, and everyone he knows, are living in a carefully maintained illusion. Almost all are blissfully unaware that they are aboard a massive spaceship, Megazone 23. Only a few of the inhabitants of Megazone 23 know the truth -- that not only is the city a ship, but that it is controlled by Bahamut, an AI, and is in danger of attack from the mysterious Dezalg.

When Shogo stumbles upon the secret of Megazone 23, the military decides that he and his friends need to be silenced before they can interfere with their plans to hack Bahamut. Shogo only has two things going for him – a motorcycle that is much more than it seems, and an acquaintance who is much less so!

- Synopsis taken from the AnimEigo website. AnimEigo Kickstarted the loving restoration of these films in 2019. They have never looked better!

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Year
1985/1986
Language
Japanese with English Subtitles
Director
Noboru Ishiguro & Ichiro Itano
Runtime
163 mins
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Open Captions (subtitles)
Yes
Assistive Listening
Available
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Showtimes

Sunday, March 17