Are you a huge PROMARE fan who’s been itching for an excuse to watch the film again? Did you miss the initial screenings but still want a chance to check out one of the most talked-about anime events of the year? Then you’re in luck, because film distributor GKIDS and Fathom Events are bringing PROMARE back to theaters across the States in December, and they’re doing so in style with special 4DX screenings.
Don’t know what 4DX is? Imagine watching a Godzilla movie and feeling the heat on your skin as the titular nuclear beast unleashes massive nuclear beams. Or imagine seeing Dragon Ball Super: Broly in theaters and feeling your seat shake and the wind howl as Goku and Broly duke it out. 4DX film screenings utilize special real-life gimmicks like mist-spraying, special scents, wind machines, and seat vibrations to take over all of your senses and absolutely immerse you in the movie-going experience. It’s usually reserved for massive, action-packed blockbuster experiences, but the intense anime action of PROMARE is perfectly suited to a 4DX experience.
These screenings also mark the first time in history that GKIDS, the official North American distributor of PROMARE, and Fathom Events, a company that specializes in collaborative movie theater special event experiences, have teamed up to distribute a film to theaters in 4DX. Considering the frequency of anime film screenings in America, and how many of those films end up being action packed hot-blooded Shonen experiences, hopefully this marks the first of many more 4DX film screenings by GKIDS.
Eager fans who want to get immersed in the giant, fire-fighting robot action of PROMARE with a special 4DX screening will be able to catch it at a variety of theaters across the country during the 2nd week of December, with tickets and full theater listings available now via the official PROMARE event pages at GKIDS and Fathom Events. The full screening schedule for the special 4DX presentation of PROMARE, dubbed “PROMARE Redux,” is as follows:
- Sunday, December 08, 2019, at 12:55pm local time (in Japanese with English-language subtitles)
- Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 7:00pm local time (English dubbed version)
- Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (show times will vary depending on location) in 4DX (English dub only)
The official synopsis of PROMARE according to film distributor GKIDS:
Thirty years has passed since the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves Mad Burnish appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish begins.
PROMARE is a co-production headed by XFLAG and industry icons Studio Trigger. XFLAG is a relatively new company, with most of their credits in the last few years being co-production or cooperations on various anime. Their biggest solo production, Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata, premiered in Japan back in December of 2016. Studio Trigger, meanwhile, is a much more recognizable name to anime fans. It was founded by former Gainax employees Horyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka in August 2011, along with a crew of other ex-Gainax creatives who brought their incredible talents to this new, independent studio. These were the animators and directors responsible for classics like Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and even Neon Genesis Evangelion. At Studio Trigger, they’ve developed a number of hits. The director of PROMARE, Hiroyuki Imaishi, previously directed Kill la Kill and Space Patrol Luluco at Studio Trigger. He was also the director of Gurren Lagann, which his new film PROMARE pays major homage to.
PROMARE is written by Kazuki Nakashima, a long-time collaborator of Hiroyuki Imaishi who previously worked with him on Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann. Character designs were handled by Shigeto Koyama, who previously worked on, you guessed it, Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill. The soundtrack of the film was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who’s worked on anime classics such as Attack on Titan, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and… yep, Kill la Kill. The film originally premiered in Japanese theaters on May 24th of 2019, and was distributed by Toho Visual Entertainment. In Japan, PROMARE also received a special 4DX screening re-run after it’s initial run in theaters had ended.