On Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm, the Florence Community Library’s Monthly Movie presentation will focus on the rise of Japanese animation (“anime”) in America. The discussion will be followed by a showing of an acclaimed animated memoir about a boy and his sister struggling to survive the hardships of World War II era Japan.

Anime began at the start of the 20th century, and developed along a very different path than Western animation. By the 1980s, it was part of mainstream Japanese culture, covering a variety of genres and aimed at age groups ranging from children to adults. Its rise in the US started with television programs in the 1980s, then boomed in the 1990s thanks in large part to the Internet. It remains a popular niche genre today.

The presentation will be followed by a showing of the movie. Popcorn and water will be available free to all who attend. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own food or soft drink to the show.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact the library at (520) 868 – 8311.