Win a Pair of Tickets to See Masaaki Yuasa’s Mind Game!

In just over a week, Mind Game will hit theaters across the United States. The film, which was directed by Devilman Crybaby‘s Masaaki Yuasa, was an instant darling, thanks to its probing plot and unique visual style that mixes several disparate animation types to present a brilliantly surreal experience. The feature won numerous awards, including 2005’s Mainichi Film Award and the Animation Division Grand Prize at 2004’s Japan Arts Media Festival.

Furthermore, numerous prominent directors, including the late Satoshi Kon, offered high praise for the picture.

On February 16, Mind Game will open in North America with a series of one-night-only events in more than fifteen cities. GKIDS, who are bringing the feature to North America, describe it as:

Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful mages ricochet in rapid fire associations, like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest.


Anime Herald is proud to work with GKIDS as a partner in spreading the word about this fantastic film. Moreover, the folks at GKIDS have prepared a a pair of tickets to the show, which will go out to one lucky fan.

Enter by February 14 for a chance to win!

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Contest Rules:

  1. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  2. Participants must be residents of the United States.
  3. The following individuals are not eligible: employees, contractors, directors, and officers of Anime Herald, GKIDS, or Eleven Arts Media.
  4. The contest ends on February 14, 2018
  5. Winners will be able to select their preferred theater. A representative from our partners will reach out to confirm theater choices after the contest ends.
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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