The 2014 Anime De Summer Festival will be screening the first episode of the Doraemon anime series along with the Giovanni’s Island anime film.

Doraemon has long been such a pop cultural phenomenon in Asia and we’re grateful to be able to debut the first episode during the Anime De Summer Festival, well before its U.S. digital cable broadcast,” said Tetsu Shiota, owner of Anime Jungle and festival sponsor. “Doraemon’s charm is that it can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of whether one is an anime fan or not.”

Giovanni’s Island is an unforgettably, moving film that’s drawn early, rave reviews and just won an award at the Annecy Animation Film Festival in France,” remarked Japan Plus Inc. director and veteran animation industry producer Ken Duer. “We’re looking forward to sharing this exceptional movie with our summer festival attendees.”

The festival will be taking place on the plaza grounds of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) on July 5, 2014. The screening of the English dub of the first episode of the Doraemon anime series is scheduled for 11:00-11:30 a.m. PDT and 3:00-3:30 p.m. PDT, while Giovanni’s Island (also making its English dub debut) is scheduled from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT and 3:45-5:30 p.m. PDT.

After the first Doraemon screening, Doraemon himself will be appearing in person to meet and take photos with festival attendees from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PDT.