Your Name English Dub Revealed, New UK Theatrical Screenings & More!

The train never stops and keeps going with Makoto Shinkai’s latest film dominating both the UK screenings and the Japanese box office. Your Name has already received very positive feedback from critics and achieved a slot for a potential nomination at the Academy Awards. Here’s what’s currently going on for the film!

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MCM London Comic Con October 2016 Anime Licenses Round-Up – Day 3

MCM London Comic Con has now concluded and Anime Limited have continued their last batch of new announcements as well as a second panel. Here’s a round-up of all of the titles revealed for the third day of the weekend.

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MCM London Comic Con October 2016 Anime Licenses Round-Up – Day 2

The second day of MCM London Comic Con has ended and both Manga Animatsu and MVM Entertainment have stepped in to reveal more new additions to their catalogue alongside Anime Limited. Here’s a round-up of all of the titles revealed for the second day of the weekend.

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MCM London Comic Con October 2016 Anime Licenses Round-Up – Day 1

It’s that time again. MCM London Comic Con has now begun and many new pieces of announcements have been unveiled bit by bit. Anime Limited have already started revealing six titles for their catalogue with many more to be announced, while Manga Animatsu have shown off one new title prior to the weekend. Here’s a round-up of all of the titles revealed for the first day of the weekend.

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30th Leeds International Film Festival 2016 Anime Line-Up Revealed!

2016 marks the 30th year for the Leeds International Film Festival and recently they have announced a whole bunch of films that will be screened across Leeds between 3rd to 17th of November 2016. Alongside these art house and cult titles are also some anime feature films; both new and old are included!

What’s in store? Let’s find out!


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RETRO ANIME Book Gets a Kickstarter Project

Fans of retro anime may remember that the writer Roberto Bottazzi was interviewed earlier this year about his book RETRO ANIME – The Roots of Japanese Animation, a project where he attempts to list every anime produced in Japan from 1917 to 1969. This ambitious book now has a Kickstarter project launched this week with the ultimate goal of raising £30,000 by November 2nd.

The Kickstarter project aims to get the book in print both digitally and physically by the end of the year, opening up years’ worth of research into classic anime that has been overlooked or forgotten. Money put into the Kickstarter will ensure that a Japanese translator will check through every title listed, the book will be proof-read by a native English speaker and it will be printed in a high quality format. Roberto, the project’s creator, states on the Kickstarter page, “For the very first time in the western world, the whole (and forgotten) compendium of every Japanese animated work produced in the past it is to be released in a full-coloured book! This is not another boring essay, this is a complete and comprehensive index of everything made and produced until 1969, with titles, directors, durations, synopsis and screenshots, plus biographies, analysis and other chapters as well.”

The Kickstarter page states that there is also more information on: 

the origins of Japanese animation

the creation of the animation

directors’ biographies

a list of what’s available to buy on DVD

information about early TV commercials

information about the most important dates and animation companies

information about Toy Films and Paper Films

Backers can expect rewards such as an Astroboy keychain, bookmarks, and rare pins designed by the world-famous illustrator Ryohei Yanagihara (Uncle Torys). At the time of writing, the project has £150 with 28 days left to go. To find out more head to these links:

Link to the Kickstarter Project

Link to the Interview

This News Article was written by Genkinahito

Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. is the Highest Grossing Film for 2016 in Japan!

It’s official! Your Name (Kimi no Na wa.), the latest film from director Makoto Shinkai, has now become the highest grossing film for 2016 in Japan alone. The film has not only surpassed Kyoto Animation’s latest film A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) but also Hideaki Anno’s Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira), the latest live-action film in the Godzilla franchise.

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Scotland Loves Anime 2016 Line-up Announced! Includes A Silent Voice, Kizumonogatari & More!

In a months time the next Scotland Loves Anime festival will commence and now the full line-up of titles have been revealed for Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Edinburgh is 17th-23rd October and Glasgow is 14th-16th October.

The 2016 line-up includes a couple Manga UK favourites plus many premieres for recently released films from this year!

Scotland Loves Anime 2016

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BFI London Film Festival to screen Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. in competition

Over the past few weeks it was discovered that the new film from director Makoto Shinkai will be screened at a number of theaters throughout the United Kingdom. No one knew who it was that was offering this but today some special news has appeared.

Makoto Shinkai’s newest film Your Name., also known as Kimi no Na wa., has been approved by the British Film Institute to take part in the film festival’s 60th competition in London. This will be the first Japanese animated film ever to take part in this competition.

In addition the distributor Anime Limited have acquired the theatrical rights to the film, and was responsible for providing the cinema screenings across the country. The film will be screened across numerous cinemas nationwide on 24th November, making the UK one of the first countries outside Japan to release the film in theaters. We’ll have the full list of cinemas screening the film below.

The BFI London Film Festival dates that the film will be screening at are:

Embankment Garden Cinema – 6pm on Friday 14th October
Embankment Garden Cinema – 12pm on Saturday 15th October
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2 – 6:15pm on Sunday 16th October

The tickets for all three cinema screenings will be made available on 15th September at 10am via the BFI London’s official website.

The film’s plot synopsis:

Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have
never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live
each other’s lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a
small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy – who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha’s body!

Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and
genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic
shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by
what’s happening, but soon they start enjoying their double
lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though,
one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what’s happening…

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Your Name. was first screened at Anime Expo 2016 in North America back in July followed by Japan’s first theatrical release in August. Your Name. has also topped the Japanese box office charts, earning 1,277,960,000 Yen (about £932,000) in three days since opening plus selling over 688,000 tickets. The film’s original novel has also topped the sales as well as the original soundtrack from Japanese rock band RADWIMPS on the Oricon weekly album chart.

Staff and cast for the film also includes Animation Director Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There), Character Designer Masayoshi Tanaka (The Anthem of the Heart), Actor Ryonosuke Kamiki (Summer Wars) voicing the main male character Taki, and Actress Mone Kamishiraishi (live-action Chihayafuru films) voicing the main female character Mitsuha Miyamizu.

Makoto Shinkai is known for his directorial works on Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices (released in the UK as Journey to Agartha) and The Garden of Words in addition to a number of short films including She and Her Cat and Cross Road. The director was also involved with the popular ef ~ A Fairy Tale of the Two franchise.

Anime Limited will soon be releasing the director’s first two films (Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days) on Blu-ray later this year, and have already released his previous instalment The Garden of Words on Blu-ray also. Manga Entertainment have released 5 Centimeters per Second on DVD and Kaze UK have released Journey to Agartha on Blu-ray.

The cinemas that Your Name. will be made available on 24th November are as follows:

Showcase Cinemas
Bluewater Cinema de Lux
Bristol Avonmeads
Bristol Cinema de Lux
Cardiff Nantgarw
Derby Cinema de Lux
Leeds Cinema de Lux
Leicester Cinema de Lux
Nottingham Cinema de Lux
Reading Cinema de Lux

Vue Cinemas
Basingstoke Festival Place
Cheshire Oaks
Croydon Grant’s
Finchley Road (O2 Centre)
Gateshead Trinity Square
Hull Princes Quay
London – Finchley Road (O2 Centre)
London – Islington
London – Wood Green
Manchester Lowry
Westfield Stratford City
Wood Green



Chapter – 24th & 25th September 2016

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The Largest Festival of Japanese Animation in Wales Announces Dates, Locations and Select Confirmed Films for 6th Annual Instalment

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Wales for its sixth year. Events kick off in Cardiff at Chapter Arts on September 24th before moving to Aberystwyth. Audiences at each venue will be able to enjoy a programme made up of the latest and very best in anime both mainstream and independent as well as a plethora of cultural activities related to Japan. This year’s line-up of films proves once again that Japan is the home to some of the best animation in the world and Japanese artists continue to make daring and experimental works that go beyond 3D CGI Hollywood movies.

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With two venues holding the event there are different programmes available. This one covers Chapter Arts which takes place over two days and features workshops, musical performances and a marketplace.

Saturday 24th

10:30 AM Miss Hokusai

Japan/2015/90 mins/PG. Dir: Keiichi Hara. With Anne Watanabe, Yutaka Matsushige, Shion Shimizu.

 There are several feature films announced so far with Keiichi Hara (Colorful) providing the festival with a strong opening film, Miss Hokusai, an award-winning anime that has featured at many international film festivals. Audiences will be treated to great historical accuracy as they are taken back to 19th Century Japan to get a glimpse of the life of the daughter of Katsushika Hokusai as she trains to be an artist and experiences life in a gorgeously recreated historical setting.

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O-Ei is the third daughter of Katsushika Hokusai, the most sought after artist in Japan and the man who would inspire the French Impressionists. O-Ei helps her father with his art and very often she paints instead of him when not making art of her own. This is the untold story of O-Ei, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, who tries to perfect her own art in Edo period Japan, a place which is teeming with peasants, samurai, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

 12:50 The Murder Case of Hana & Alice  

Japan/2014/110 mins/PG. Dir: Shunji Iwai. With: Yu Aoi, Anne Suzuki, Ryou Kazuji.

The next film is a thoroughly contemporary tale of two girls bonding over the world’s smallest murder case. Newly arrived in small-town suburbia with her divorced mother, school girl Tetsuko Arisugawa (‘Alice’ for short) finds herself the victim of bullying by her classmates and seeks solace through dance. She soon learns of an urban myth about a mysteriously vanished former student called Yuda (Japanese for ‘Judas’) who was allegedly murdered by four of his classmates. Hana, a reclusive girl who lives in a house next door, seems to hold the key to the mystery, and together the pair soon embark on a wild and unpredictable series of suburban escapades.

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The Murder Case of Hana and Alice is the prequel movie to the much beloved coming-of-age live-action drama Hana and Alice. Written and directed by Shunji Iwai, one of the most gifted directors working in contemporary Japanese cinema, this animated film was shot with the original actors but with rotoscoping utilised to ensure that movements and looks are fluid and original which makes the comedy and the touching relationship between the two titular girls feel so lifelike and charming.

A children’s workshop run by the artist Asuka Bochenska Tanaka which is dedicated to teaching the art of drawing manga will take place allowing kids the chance to create their own comic books and get closer to the art form they love.

 17:30 Music

Japanese musician Kina Miyamoto will play a special concert combining a special short film and her piano composition.

18:20 Genius Party

Japan/2007/124 mins/PG/Dir: Shoji Kawamori, Shinichiro Watanabe, Masaaki Yuasa. With: Rinko Kikuchi, Tomoko Kaneda, Yuya Yagira.

Genius Party is a diverse anthology of visually spectacular films from some of the leading names in contemporary Japanese animation like Masaaki Yuasa (Ping-Pong: The Animation, The Tatami Galaxy) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo). With multiple talents with strong visions and tales as diverse as a girl who summons a boy to her dimension making her own explode, the existential drama of a salaryman trapped in an endless cycle of work, and a boy who finds a device who can make his own drawings come to life just in time for an alien invasion.

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There will be a number of short films from independent and student animators that will showcase the inventiveness and originality that thrive in Japan. Oldman and Youngman, SPOON, I Wanna be Your Friend will be screened around the film Genius Party which is itself an anthology film made up of many shorts from creative talents.

20:50 Psycho-Pass The Movie

Japan/2015/120 mins/15/Dir: Katsuyuki Motohiro, Naoyoshi Shiotani. With: Kana Hanazawa, Ayane Sakura, Tomokazu Seki.

The first day ends with Psycho-Pass the Movie, directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro and Naoyoshi Shiotani and animated by Production I.G. It is the continuation of their massively popular sci-fi tale of a world where people are highly regulated by a computer system which constantly monitors their psychological states. Expect great action and heavy philosophising in the vein of Philip K. Dick in this exciting sci-fi action tale.

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The year is 2116 and Japan has become the safest country on the planet due to the Sibyl System, technology which monitors the mental stability of every citizen who is registered. The Japanese government wants to export the Sibyl System throughout the world but terrorists slip into Japan to halt these plans and attack from within. Akane Tsunemori, a leading police officer must stop the violence before it topples the country. 

Sunday 25th

11:00 Anthem of the Heart

Japan/2016/119 mins/PG. Dir: Tatsuyuki Nagai. With: Inori Minase, Kouki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya.

The second day begins with Anthem of the Heart, a touching drama directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, two people who specialise in dramas. In this sensitively crafted tale a young girl named Jun must overcome a childhood trauma that has literally locked away her voice and work together with fellow students to make a school play. Things will be difficult since each student has problems of their own but perhaps these difficulties will aid Jun in growing as a person. Audiences get to watch what happens in this movingly told and beautiful-looking film which has charmed many people worldwide.

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Jun was once a happy girl but her family broke up after she carelessly uttered some words and she believed she was to blame. After that incident the ‘egg fairy’ appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun only communicates through e-mail messages on her phone. She has reached the second year of high school like this but things change when Jun is appointed to play the main lead in a musical whose cast all suffer emotional trauma like Jun. Friendship creates bonds and Jun may find her voice again.

The artist Asuka Bochenska Tanaka will run a workshop dedicated to teaching the art of drawing manga to children. This will allow kids the chance to create their own comic books and get closer to one of the art forms they love.

The festival then ends with a one-two punch from two of the sci-fi infused tales of Project Itoh. Empire of Corpses and Harmony form two-thirds of an ambitious triptych of novels that the writer Satoshi Itoh crafted just before his tragic death at the age of 34 due to cancer, something that informed his writing. 

15:15 Harmony

Japan/2015/120 mins/12a. Dir: Michael Arias, Takashi Nakamura. With: Miyuki Sawashiro, Akio Ohtsuka, Reina Ueda.

Following a massive nuclear war humanity has rebuilt itself and utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and government surveillance but this perfect world of totalitarian kindness and super-medicine has its enemies. Tuan Kirie once tried to commit suicide to escape this new society but now she is a disaffected agent for the World Health Organization trying to escape her doubts through work but she is forced to face her past as she tracks a terrorist who may be a friend who she thought was dead. With deep philosophical themes and gorgeous imagery there is plenty for audiences to analyse and enjoy.

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17:45 Empire of Corpses

Japan/2015/120 mins/15/Dir: Ryuotarou Makihara. With Yoshimasa Hosoya, Akio Ohtsuka, Kana Hanazawa.

It is the 19th Century and “corpse reanimation technology” has revolutionised the British Empire but trouble is brewing as foreign empires seek to surpass this science. Brilliant medical student John Watson is recruited by the British government to search for the legendary writings of Victor Frankenstein which allegedly detail the technology behind a more sophisticated reanimated corpse – the original – that could speak and even had free will. Accompanied by Friday, a corpse which records all his activities, Watson will go on a globe-trotting mission, fighting foreign agents for those papers.

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Empire of Corpses is a rip-roaring alternate history adventure made up of equal parts horror and action, this is a fine ending to a festival with many different contrasting stories and styles.

Running alongside the film screenings are a series of Japanese-themed events such as a special music performance and a Japanese market place which sells things such as food, model kits, video games and manga. Just before the final film screening the results of the annual raffle will be announced with prizes such as film flyers signed by Michihiko Suwa, the producer of the extremely popular Detective Conan anime series, on offer.

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