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Anime at the BFI June 2012

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans will be very pleased to hear about the return of anime at the BFI. The biennial event returns on Friday 8th until Sunday 10th June 2012.

They've got a great line up of films. Currently the tickets are open for Priority booking (BFI members only), tickets will go on sale for the public on Tuesday 8th May 2012.

Fans of Full Metal Alchemist will want to book tickets for the Full Metal Alchemist 2 - The Sacred Star of Milos on Friday 8th June 2012 at 20:00 where director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

The BFI will be showing:

Friday 8th June 2012:

Preview: From Up on Poppy Hill - 18:00 NFT1
UK Premiere Preview + Q&A: Full Metal Alchemist 2 - The Sacred Star of Milos - 20:00 NFT1

Saturday 9th June 2012:

Oblivion Island - 16:00 NFT2
Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below - 18:30 NFT1
Gintama - The Movie - 21:00 NFT1

Sunday 10th June 2012:

A Letter to Momo - 16:00 NFT1
The Princess and the Pilot - 18:30 NFT1
Akira - 20:40 NFT1

All screenings are expected to be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: BFI

Throne of Blood and Cymbeline at London's Barbican

Date: Monday 30th April 2012 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based fans of classic Japanese cinema will want to head over the to Barbican on 2pm Saturday 2nd of June 2012 to catch a special screening of Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. This will include a screen talk by director Yukio Ninagawa.

Yukio Ninagawa also directed Cymbeline, which will be performed the Ninagawa Company and will run at the Barbican Theatre from at 7:15pm on Tuesday 29th May to Saturday 2nd June 2012.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Sci-Fi-London May 2012 Anime All Nighter

Date: Friday 13th April 2012 [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London based anime fans looking for a night of films will be pleased to hear about Sci-fi London's Anime All-Nighter. The famed late night screenings return with 5 films, a goody bag and a few surprises.

The screenings are due to start on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 11:30pm at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus cinema.

They'll be showing -

Bleach 3 : Fade To Black
(Dir: Noriyuki Abe, 2008)

Freedom (the complete series)
(Dir: Shuhei Morita, 2008)

Mardock Scramble 1st Compression
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2010)

Mardock Scramble 2nd Combustion
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2011)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
(Dir: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 2000)

We highly recommend Mardock Scramble 1st Compression and if the second is like the first that alone makes the screenings worth going to.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Mitsuko Delivers UK Cinema Release Details

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2012 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Japanese cinema in the UK will be pleased to hear about Third Window films latest cinema release. Mitsuko Delivers which has a due date of Friday 11th May 2012.

It'll open at the ICA in London and selected regional sites.

Read More... | Source: Third Window films

Terracotta Far East Film Festival - London 2012

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2012 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

For those cinema buffs in London looking for some Far Eastern cinema should head over to the Prince Charles Cinema in Chinatown to cat the Terracotta Film Festival from Thursday 12th April 2012 until Sunday 15th April 2012.

Ghibli fans will be interested in From up on Poppy Hill the studio's latest offering which will be shown on Friday 13th April 2012. It is from Goro Miyazaki, who also directed Tales From Earthsea.

The Terror Cotta Horror night triple bill does look like great fun!

Read More... | Source: Terracotta Far East Film Festival

NEO Magazine Issue 95

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2012 [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's due to hit the shelves on Thursday 23rd February 2012 (available from WH Smith, Tesco and all good newsagents). It features their round up of the greatest anime movies of all time, with their own top 10 list, along with reader contributions.

Plus previews of anime, along with all the usual features and articles you'd expect. K-Pop fans will want to read the article on Korea's Japanese pop invasion with an analysis of the Oricon charts. We're interested in reading the report on the continuing aid efforts in Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge

Date: Tuesday 10th January 2012 [22:57] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge where we talk about Kazé UK's origins, their plans for blu ray anime releases, Anime On Demand and more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tatsumi UK Cinema Details

Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2012 [16:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at Soda Pictures have sent us details of their latest UK cinema release. Tatsumi is an animated feature inspired by the life and work of manga artist Yoshiro Tatsumi, who is well known for this work A Drifting Life.

The animated movie is in Japanese with English subtitles. It's been produced in Singapore by an international team of animators (Phil Mitchel is one of the founders of Mainframe who are best known for Reboot and Transformers - Beast Wars).

The film is due out in cinemas on Friday 13th January 2012. It's been rated 15.

Read More... | Source: Soda Pictures

Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 Screening in London

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2011 [16:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Hatsune Miku fans in the UK will want to visit London's Apollo Cinema Piccadilly for an exclusive screening of the vocaloid's exclusive premiere event. They'll be showing Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 39's Live in Sapporo, which features a holographic light show of the virtual diva.

The Sapporo performance was recorded in August 2011. It's set for a London screening on 28th November at 6.30pm and 29th November at 8.30pm.

The same venue will also be screening L'Arc-en-Ciel in December 2011.

Read More... | Source: Apollo Cinemas

Zipangu Fest reveals full programme: nuclear reactions, retro, animation and horror

Date: Sunday 16th October 2011 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier coverage of the Zipangu Film Fest, we've just been sent the details of the full programme. The festival kicks off in London at the ICA from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011.

They've got lots of interesting things to watch. If you fancy some alternative animation then Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits will appeal.

Shirome has been described as somewhere between the Blair Witch Project and the X-Factor!

There's plenty more to enjoy, including some horror, retro films.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival London November 2011 Details

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese cinema and culture will want to head over to the ICA in from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the start of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. We've been sent details of the film line up.

For it's London premiere and the festival's opening night they'll be showing KanZeOn, which looks at religious traditions in locations far from Tokyo. This screening on 6:30pm on Friday 18th November 2011 will be followed by a launch party with musicians from Japan.

Fans of avant-garde and experimental music will want to catch We Don't Care About Music Anyway... which documents the Japanese music scene on 5pm on Sunday 20th November 2011.

As always with popular screenings we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Sci-Fi-London Anime All Nighter October 2011 Details

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2011 [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans who like staying up past their bedtimes will be interested in the famed Anime All Nighter at Sci-Fi-London. It's set to run from 11:30pm on Saturday 8th October 2011 and ends about 8am on the Sunday. The venue for this year is the Odeon Cinema Camden.

They'll be showing -

Trigun Badlands Rumble
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
Welcome To The Space Show
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Tekken Blood Vengeance

There's a 350 seat capacity, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Original Ghost in the Shell showing tonight in Brighton

Date: Friday 16th September 2011 [8:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton to show original Ghost in the Shell film on 16th of September.

Read More... | Source: The Grindhouse Project

Influential Japanese Group Set to Rock London's Raindance Film Festival 2011

Date: Thursday 15th September 2011 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese music and movies will want to go to the Raindance Film Festival 2011 to catch Control Tower (Kanseitou). The film is inspired by music of the Japanese band Galileo Galilei. It's European premier at the festival on Thursday 6th October 2011.

Read More... | Source: Raindance Film Festival 2011

Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below London Screening Details

Date: Saturday 10th September 2011 [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

If you can get to London, you'll want to head over to the BFI London Film Festival to catch Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below on Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 18:15, or Saturday 22nd October 2011 at 12:45.

We've seen it and you can read a review here.

As always with popular film screenings, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks goes to the good folks at AnimeUKNews.net for the tip off.

Source: 55th BFI London Film Festival

Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival London November 2011

Date: Monday 5th September 2011 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of cutting edge Japanese cinema will want to head over to the ICA from Thursday 17th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the return of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. The festival will then move around the UK.

They'll have lots of treats lined up, including two titles that have never been shown in the UK, one being especially subtitled for the festival.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Mardock Scramble showing at Scotland Loves Anime Festival

Date: Friday 19th August 2011 [19:22] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

Scotland Loves Anime Festival returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh in October with Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble.

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Animation

Hoshi o Ou Kodomo Japanese blu ray to have English subtitles

Date: Thursday 11th August 2011 [20:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

Upcoming Japanese blu ray release of Makoto Shinkai's latest film to include English subtitles.

Read More... | Source: Asian Blu Ray Guide

Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Date: Wednesday 3rd August 2011 [18:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

The story centres on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Arrietty Kids' Club preview at Bath Little Theatre Picture House Cinema

Date: Monday 18th July 2011 [18:04] | Posted By: Molly Drury
Category: > Anime > Film

The Little Theatre in Bath is having a preview screening of Studio Ghibli's Arrietty on Saturday 23rd July at 1 PM for their Kids' Club, a week before the nationwide release!

General audiences can see Arrietty on the Friday 5th August at the Little Theatre.

Source: Bath Little Theatre

Free London Anime Screenings at Canary Wharf - August 2011

Date: Monday 18th July 2011 [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans looking for something to do at the beginning of August will be pleased to hear that there will be some free screenings at Canary Wharf.

Manga Entertainment UK and the folks at the Barbican have teamed up to show these titles.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Tuesday 2nd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva - Wednesday 3rd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Summer Wars - Thursday 4 August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

As they're free screenings we suggest you arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you're coming to Canary Wharf from Central London, we suggest you take the DLR from Bank or Tower Gateway. DLR Trains going to Lewisham will stop at Canary Wharf. The Jubilee Line also goes to Canary Wharf, but we advise you to take the DLR if you've got the choice.

Please note space is unreserved and sometimes limited. Portable furniture, glass bottles or glasses are not permitted.

Source: My Canary Wharf

Arrietty London Screenings - Review

Date: Sunday 10th July 2011 [13:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

On Wednesday 6th July 2011 we went to the London Barbican sell out screenings of the latest Ghibli movie to make it over to the UK.

Arrietty is due for a wider cinema release in the UK on 29th July 2011.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Redline (2010)

Date: Thursday 19th May 2011 [0:12] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Red Line is about the biggest racing game of the universe and it's only held once every 5 years. And naturally everyone wants to take part. Follow the racing skills of men and women alike.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

London Barbican July 2011 Anime Screenings

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2011 [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London anime fans have got a lot to look forward over at the Barbican. They'll be showing the latest Ghibli movie - Arrietty on Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 7pm which is the UK Premier and on Saturday 9th July 2011 at 11 am (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

On Thursday 7th July 2011 the Barbican will be showing -
Laputa: Castle in the Sky at 6pm. It'll be introduced by anime expert and Ghibli fan Helen McCarthy.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be shown at 8:45pm. Both films are part of the We Love Anime Tour.

More lovely Ghibli features can be seen at the Barbican throughout July -

Saturday 9th July 2011 - 2pm - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Sunday 10th July 2011 - 4pm - Princess Mononoke

Saturday 16th July 2011 - 11am - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 23rd July 2011 - 11am Kiki's Delivery Service (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 30th July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbour Totoro

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbours the Yamadas

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - Spirited Away

I've you've never seen any of these films before, or never seen a Ghibli feature on a proper cinema screen, then now's your chance. These movies are special and always deserve watching in the cinema.

The Barbican have a full listing of all the Ghibli features this July here.

As always with such features, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Barbican

Terracotta Far East Film Festival - London May 2011

Date: Sunday 17th April 2011 [10:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based Cinema fans are in for a treat at start of May as that's when the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is set to start. Scheduled from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May 2011, it has a great selection of films at the Prince Charles Cinema.

They'll be showing a mix of Chinese, Japanese and South Korean movies many of which are either the European or UK Premieres.

Thanks to Helen McCarthy for reminding us about this festival.

Source: Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Eden Of The East: King Of Eden Blu-ray and DVD release details

Date: Saturday 9th April 2011 [18:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of Eden of the East the excellent anime series from Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G. will be pleased to hear that the first movie Eden Of The East: The King of Eden is out soon. The highly anticipated release follows on from the series.

It's due out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday April 26th 2011 in the USA from Funimation. While the Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled Monday 6th June 2011 in the UK from Manga Entertainment UK.

As always you can pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon and take advantage of their pre-order price guarantee.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.com in the USA.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com in the USA.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Source: Funimation

Zipangu Fest Japanese Tsunami Relief Charity Screening

Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2011 [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been impressed with the UK Zipangu Fest line up so far. But we believe that this latest screening is something special.

Londoners will be treated to Beyond Anime: CALF Animation, at 6pm, Sunday 3rd April 2011 at the ROXY Bar and Screen.

Apart from a rare chance to see an alternative side to anime, what makes the event so special is the ticket pricing. There is no set price for admission, you pay what you want with all proceeds going toward the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

ROXY Bar and Screen
128-132 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1LB

Nearest Tubes Borough and London Bridge.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Uniqlo presents: We Love Anime

Date: Tuesday 15th February 2011 [17:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at Uniqlo and Manga Entertainment have teamed up to sponsor the We Love Anime Film Festival across the UK. Appropriately the festival was launched on the 14th of February.

Screenings will be held across the following locations in 2011.

Edinburgh: Filmhouse (March 26th-27th)
Birmingham: Appearing at The Electric Cinema as part of Flatpack Film Festival (March 26th)
Leeds: Appearing at The Hyde Park Cinema as part of Leeds Young People’s Film Festival (April 2nd)
Bexley: Appearing as part of BAM 2011
Dublin: Appearing at Cineworld as a part of Cinemagic (May 13th-15th)
Dumfries: Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (June)
Newcastle: Tyneside Cinema (Date TBC)
London: The Barbican (July)

The films being screened will vary at each location. They do have a great line up including:
Redline
Summer Wars
King of Thorn
Laputa Castle in the Sky
Sword of the Stranger
The Disappeance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Additionally, if you're keen to see Redline in London, you can catch it at the Barbican on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 as part of the centre's regular Japanimation season.

Read More... | Source: We Love Anime

Japanese Cinema Screenings in London's ICA - February 2011

Date: Sunday 16th January 2011 [12:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London's ICA will be showing a season of Japanese cinema since the Mid 1990's. They've called the season Back to the Future: Japanese Cinema Since the Mid-90s. It's set to run from the 4th to 13th February 2011.

Read More... | Source: ICA

My Neighbour Totoro on Film 4 today at 3:05pm (Sunday 21st November 2010)

Date: Sunday 21st November 2010 [8:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK based anime fans who can receive Film 4 will want to tune in today (Sunday 21st November 2010) at 3:05pm to enjoy the Miyazaki classic My Neighbour Totoro.

Film 4 can be seen on the following channels:
Freeview - 15
Freesat - 300
Sky - 315
Virgin - 428
Virgin (HD) - 429

If you've missed it, don't forget Film 4 + 1, so you can catch it at 4:05pm on the following channels -
Freesat - 301
Sky - 316
Virgin - 430

Failing that you can always buy Totoro on DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £7.

Source: Film 4

Anime at Thought Bubble: The Leeds Sequential Art Festival 2010

Date: Monday 8th November 2010 [2:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans who can get to Leeds from 18th to 21st November 2010 are in a for a real treat. Thought Bubble and Leeds International Film Festival have some great anime features to enjoy. Including some European Premieres such as Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (review here), Gintama The Movie, along with some great anime titles you should see if you haven't already. -

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Gintama The Movie
One Piece: Strong World
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Redline
Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Normally at this stage we'd cherry pick a title or two for suggestion as to what to watch, but they're all good, Interstella 5555 is always worth watching one more time too. ^_-

There's also some live action adventures with - Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City.

The Thought Bubble Festival are offering £20 passes for a day, or Individual tickets for £6.50/£5.00.

Read More... | Source: Thought Bubble

Zipangu Fest UK programme announced

Date: Friday 29th October 2010 [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK based fans of Japanese cinema are in for a treat as the Zipangu Fest programme has been announced.

Those in Bethnal Green should keep Tuesday 23rd November 2010 free for a special event - Nippon Year Zero: Japanese Experimental Film from the 1960s‐1970s at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

Things then kick off on Wednesday 24th November 2010 on Brick Lane at Cafe 1001 along with the UK premiere of Pyuupiru 2001 - 2008, plus a selection of shorts and a screening of Rackgaki: Japanese Graffiti.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Zipangu Fest - Japanese film festival details

Date: Monday 18th October 2010 [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese cinema will be pleased to hear about Zipangu Fest. A UK-wide festival devoted to Japanese Cinema. It's set to start from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 28th November 2010 in London's East End, before touring the country.

Highlights include some spooky horror movies as part of the Barbican's Japanese Halloween Schlockfest.

There's also a tie in with the 24th Leeds International Film Festival with a rare screening of Children of the Beehive (1948).

There'll be lots more exciting things for UK readers to enjoy at Zipangu Fest.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Free London Screening of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Date: Wednesday 6th October 2010 [14:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans are in for a special treat thanks to the good folks at The Embassy of Japan. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time will be screened on Wednesday 10th November 2010 at The Embassy of Japan (101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT). The screening will begin at 6:30pm, doors open at 5:45pm. There will be no admittance after 7pm. Admission is free, but prior registration is essential.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a real delight to watch, if you haven't seen it already it's worth making the effort of going to see it. As always with popular events we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

Source: The Embassy of Japan

Sci-Fi-London Oktoberfest 2010

Date: Monday 27th September 2010 [16:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

As is tradition in October Sci-Fi-London will be screening a great selection of anime as part of their Oktoberfest. The festival starts on Thursday 14th October and ends early in the morning of Sunday 17th October 2010 (this is because of their great Saturday all nighters).

Friday 15th at 7:30pm they'll be screening Technotise: Edit & I, which is billed as Serbia's first animated feature film crossing Ghost in the Shell with Waltz with Bashir.

On Saturday 16th October at 3pm they'll be screening Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the live action take of the Sci-Fi novel that inspired an anime feature film version along with a TV drama, manga and other feature films.

Saturday night from 10:30pm is when the fun starts for Studio Ghibli fans, with an all-nighter with the following features -
Spirited Away
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
The Cat Returns
Howl's Moving Castle

At the same time at 10:30pm there is an anime all-nighter as an alternative, screening 2 Ghibli features plus Eden of the East -
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
The Cat Returns
Eden of the East

As always with great events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Sci-Fi-London Oktoberfest 2010

London Barbican Aspects of Japanese Cinema Season

Date: Tuesday 21st September 2010 [14:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've mentioned it before, but it's always worth being reminded about from Tuesday 19th October to Sunday 19th December 2010 the Barbican in London will be running an Aspects of Japanese Cinema season. It's also worth noting that the screening of Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Water Magician is accompanied, for the first time in the UK, with traditional benshi narration and live music on a koto.

Benshi narration is the traditional form of Japanese silent film story-telling: the performer, or benshi, stands beside the screen and reads the intertitles as well as voicing the characters and commenting on the action.

The koto is the traditional 13-stringed zither of Japan whose shape has been likened to a crouching dragon. The history of the instrument spans at least twelve centuries during which time its form has changed little. It is made from the wood of the paulownia tree (or ‘Royal Empress tree’) and generally plucked with plectra worn on the right hand.

For those interested in the season, we suggest you look at our previous post, about the highlights (which is pretty much the whole season)!

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Scotland Loves Animation guests announced

Date: Sunday 5th September 2010 [12:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at Scotland Loves Animation has sent us the details of their guests for the film festival. Anime expert Jonathan Clements will be appearing at both weekends, while anime director Satoshi Nishimura and anime producer Shigeru Kitayama will be attending the Glasgow weekend only.

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Animation

Jonathan Clements' obituary on Satoshi Kon

Date: Sunday 5th September 2010 [11:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime Expert Jonathan Clements has written an obituary on Satoshi Kon for Sci-Fi and fantasy magazine Salon Futura along with one for British Film Institute's Sight and Sound Magazine.

Source: Jonathan Clements' Blog

Anime director Satoshi Kon passes away

Date: Thursday 26th August 2010 [12:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon passed away 2 days ago on 24th August 2010. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on 18th May 2010.

Satoshi Kon has directed several popular films which generally have a cerebral dream like element to them, where the imagination, dreams and reality all mix together. He directed the films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the TV series Paranoia Agent. Satoshi Kon was working on a feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai, which is unofficially known as Dream Machine in English.

News of death spread like wild fire on the internet, with many anime fans expressing their sadness of his death.

Prominent food and bento blogger Makiko Itoh has translated Satoshi Kon's last words.

The New York Times also have a detailed obituary.

Anime expert Helen McCarthy points out that "at that age Miyazaki hadn't finished Totoro, Tezuka hadn't created Black Jack, Kurosawa hadn't made Yojimbo."

The Anime News Network have details from his wife.

The Guardian also has a good write up.

Source: Anime News Network

London Barbican Aspects of Japanese Cinema - October to December 2010

Date: Friday 20th August 2010 [14:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London's Barbican has always been a great place to visit for fans of Japanese cinema with their monthly Japanimation screenings, but some fans may want to move into the arts centre from October to December as they'll be shown a whole host of Japanese films, anime and even a cosplay event! There's so much good stuff to see!

Movie buffs will be delighted to with the great range of movies.
There's so much to recommend here, we suggest you take a look at the full listing.

Shojo fans will be interested see the live action version of Nana on Thursday 21st October 2010 at 6pm.

Cosplayers will want to keep Saturday 6th November on 11.00pm – Kamikaze Girls screening and cosplay event.

Fans of cheesy movies will want to keep an eye on the 18 rated RoboGeisha showing at 7:30pm as part of the Halloween Shlockfest on Friday 29th October.

Beat Takeshi fans have a lot to look forward to on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th November 2010. They'll be showing Hana bi, Brother, Dolls and Zatoichi.

Those who enjoy classic Japanese cinema will enjoy the Akira Kurosawa season too.

Anime fans aren't left out either with a CLAMP themed screening of XxxHOLiC The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tsubasa The Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom – Tuesday 19th October 2010. As always resident expert and author Helen McCarthy will be on hand to introduce the movies.

As always with popular events we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Scotland Loves Anime October 2010 - Film Festival

Date: Tuesday 10th August 2010 [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Scottish anime fans will have a great selection of anime screenings to look forward to with the Scotland Loves Anime October 2010 Festival. Set to run in Glasgow on Friday, October 8th to Sunday, October 10th and Edinburgh Friday, October 15th to Sunday, October 17th as well as part of the DCA Discovery Film Festival in Dundee October 22nd-26th.


They've got a great line up films some classics and some new

GLASGOW - Glasgow Film Theatre:

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (UK premiere, HDCAM)
One Piece Strong World (UK premiere, HDCAM)
Summer Wars (Scottish premiere, Digital Cinema Print)
Redline (Scottish premiere, HDCAM)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Scottish premiere, Digital Cinema Print)
Cowboy Bebop the Movie (Special screening, 35mm)

EDINBURGH - Filmhouse Cinema:

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (UK premiere, 35mm)
Evangelion 2.0 (Special screening, Digital Betacam)
Summer Wars (Digital Cinema Print)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (HDCAM)
One Piece Strong World (HDCAM)
Redline (HDCAM)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Digital Cinema Print)

Dundee - DCA:

Summer Wars (Digital Cinema Print)

They're all worth watching, but if you haven't seen them already we highly recommend Summer Wars, the Cowboy Bebop Movie and Evangelion 2.0. As always with popular events, we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Anime

Eureka Seven: The Movie London Screening Details

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2010 [14:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans in London will want to head over to the Barbican on Friday 24th of September 2010 to see their screening of Eureka Seven: The Movie. Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be at hand to introduce the feature.

As always with popular features, we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture at London's BFI Southbank

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2010 [15:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of futuristic technology and anime who can get to London will want to head over to the BFI Southbank on Sunday 11th July 2010 for their special lecture on the world saturated with technology. Called The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture by Thomas Lamarre it's set to start at 6pm. You can also get a joint ticket for a screening of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Fans of more tradional Japanese cinema will want to consider the BFI Southbank season of Akira Kurosawa and His Influence.

As always we advise booking in advance for such events to avoid disappointment.

Source: BFI Southbank

London Mobile Suit Z Gundam Movie Screening details

Date: Tuesday 25th May 2010 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based anime fans will want to head over to the Barbican on Tuesday 20th July 2010 at 8:30pm for their screening of Mobile Suit Z Gundam: A New Translation - Heirs to the Stars. Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be introducing the film. As always, we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

London Barbican Screenings for May and June 2010

Date: Monday 19th April 2010 [14:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at the London Barbican have sent us details for their anime line up in May and June 2010. On Tuesday 25th of May anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce an action packed double bill of Summer Wars at 6:15pm and Dante's Inferno at 8:45pm.

Then on Tuesday 15th June at 8:30pm the Barbican will screen King of Thorn (which is also introduced by Helen McCarthy). As always with popular events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

BFI Southbank London Anime Season Screening Details

Date: Thursday 1st April 2010 [0:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at the BFI Southbank in London have sent us the exclusive details of their up coming anime season. They've got a special selection of screenings in May along with some speical guests. To get warmed up for the event they'll be having a preview screening of The Sky Crawlers at 8:40pm on Friday 16th April 2010.

The anime season in May is going to be a real treat, it'll have the first and second new Evangelion movies, Summer Wars (a must for fans of the Girl Who Leapt Through Time) along with a whole host of other great films.

They'll also have a special screening of Welcome to the Space Show along with on-stage guests Koji Masanuri (Director) and Tomonori Ochikoshi (Chief Producer of the studio) for a Questions and Answers session!

Booking for the May anime season opens in a few weeks and we really can't stress enough the importance of booking early to avoid disappoint. These screenings are likely to sell out quickly.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Snow Totoros all round!

Date: Saturday 9th January 2010 [10:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

While most of the world is caked in snow, numerous Otaku News friends and readers have sent us links of Totoros made of snow.

The most common one we got sent was this one on the site Epic Win FTW (from the same people behind I Can Has Cheezburger?) .

One keen eyed Otaku News reader also sent us:
A snow Catbus
dorkiicakes' snow Totoro
Temple of the wrong found a pair of snow Totoro
graout's snow Totoro

A huge selection of Snow Totoros can also be found on photographic sharing website Flickr.

Ghibli fans will know that the first snow Totoro ever made can been seen in the end credits of the original film.

Source: Otaku News

Barbican Ponyo Screening Reminder and 2010 anime lineup.

Date: Friday 20th November 2009 [17:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've been sent a reminder by nice the people at the Barbican in London about their Ponyo screenings. We've mentioned it before, however due to demand they've added another subtitled screening to the Saturday 28th of November at 5:30pm to the London Children's Film Festival 2009. The other two screenings sold out quickly, so we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that as it's a children's film festival, all adults must by accompanied by a child.

Those who can't take children to watch Ponyo with them will want to consider the screening on Thursday 26th November 2009 at 6pm. It sold out initially, but it seems that a few seats are now available again.

Excitingly the Barbican have also revealed their up coming 2010 anime screenings, which aren't yet on their website. The biggest highlight is Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, which is scheduled for Tuesday 26th January 2010 at 8:30pm. Again we advise booking as soon as the tickets are available.

We're also keen on seeing The Sky Crawler, but that's not going to show in the Barbican until February. ^_^

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Sci-Fi-London October 2009 Anime All-Nighter Details

Date: Wednesday 16th September 2009 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Weekend of 23rd - 24th October 2009 is great for anime fans to visit London, with the London MCM Expo. There's also the traditional Anime All-Nigther at Sci-Fi-London.

The film festival has run for many years now and always proves popular. They've got an extra special line up for this all night long anime screening, starting Saturday night 23rd October 2009. They'll be showing:

Evangelion 1.0
Time of Eve
The Sky Crawlers

We're most excited about the Evangelion 1.0 screening. Spike's already seen it and posted an Evangelion 1.0 review up when it first came out in Japan.

The Sky Crawlers also sounds promising as it's directed by Mamoru Oshii (who is best known as directing the Ghost in the Shell Movies).

Tickets will be available soon. We advise you book early to avoid disappointment as it's a great chance to seem some excellent features.

Source: Sci-Fi London

Ponyo London Screening Details

Date: Thursday 10th September 2009 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The moment many UK anime fans have been waiting for is finally here.

Helen McCarthy's November Japanimation screening will be Hayao Miyazaki's new film Ponyo.

The screening will be on the last week of November at the London Barbican, time to yet be confirmed. Booking won't open for this screening until 11th October 2009. They expect a very high demand for these tickets. We cannot stress enough in this case if you want to see this movie to book early to avoid disappointment.

Otaku parents with young kids will be pleased to hear that Ponyo will also be screened a few days before as part of the London Children's Film Festival at the Barbican. Please note that with all screenings at the London Children's Festival, adults must be accompanied by a child.

Source: Barbican

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