Han Hyejin and Kim Wonkyung in Johnny Hates Jazz by Hyea W Kang for Vogue Korea Aug 2013
X/1999? Yeah, I remember going out of town with a few friends to see it when it was showing in some select theaters. We’d previously seen it as a rental video but we were stoked on the idea of seeing it on the big screen. As a bonus the theater was giving away free copies of the original graphic novel (I think it was a joint promotion with Viz Media during the tail end of the period when anime was growing in America from a nerd niche to a more mainstream thing) to help promote the movie (I think my copy was volume 3 but I can’t remember for sure). That must’ve been a really expensive screening all things considered, and I kinda feel like those days of cool movie swag + $3 tickets are long gone.
In retrospect though, the movie really wasn’t all that great with its uneven plot, fast pacing, and poor character development, although the animation was very very cool and pretty to watch. The TV series was a lot better IMO and the original manga is fantastic despite still remaining famously unfinished.
Benediction - Crowded Room
UK goth, circa late 80s/early 90s, remastered 2008
Radio Ghoul School flashback tune