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Promare poster

Hiroyuki Imaishi’s anime smash hit Promare is back for another round of screenings!

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of 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 “Burning Rescue” team member Galo Thymos and the leader of the mutants begins.

Imaishi uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works. Coming in the wake of such previous offerings from TRIGGER as Little Witch Academia and Kill la Kill, Promare is a worthy addition to the anime sub-genre.

“In making the leap to the big screen, Imaishi and Nakashima have retained the sensibilities that made their TV shows fan favorites: a lovable cast of ragtag heroes and delightfully over-the-top storytelling.” — Matt Schley, The Japan Times

Promare is a ridiculously feel-good movie; by the end of it, you’ll probably be in the mood to take on the world.” — Kim Morrisy, Anime News Network

“Think of Promare as a vast feast with too many flavorful offerings to taste in one seating, and where all the intricate details of how everything was put where it is are less important than the overall sensory overload you’ll experience. Have a bite without asking many questions about the dish’s origin, and you’ll have a much better time. Repeated servings, or viewings in this case, are encouraged.” — Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap