Japanese Films at the Leeds International Film Festival 2013 Part 1: Anime

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The 27th Leeds International Film Festival takes place from November 06th to the 21st and there is plenty of anime getting screened on the Fanomenon Anime Day on Sunday, November 17th. There are so many Japanese live-action films that they will get a separate post. Here is the selection of anime titles on offer and these are just as great. Just click on the titles to get more information such as times and ticket prices: 

11:00 a.m.

The Garden of Words                     Garden of Words Film Poster          

Running Time: 46 mins

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Writer: Makoto Shinkai

Starring: Kana Hanazawa (Yukino), Miyu Irino (Takao)

Makoto Shinkai’s latest film is typically visually and audibly stunning and is set to get a UK release thanks to Anime Limited. Why wait for the DVD when you can see it at the festival on the big screen.

“We met, for each of us to walk forward.

Takao is a 15-year-old boy with dreams of becoming a professional shoe designer and was skipping high school, sketching shoes in a Japanese garden when he encounters a mysterious older woman, a 27-year-old named Yukino. Without arranging it they end up meeting again and again, but only on rainy days, deepening their relationship and opening up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches…


HAL                                  Hal Film Poster

Running Time: 50 mins

Running Time:

Director: Ryōtarō Makihara

Writer: Izumi Kizara (Screenplay),

Starring: Yōko Hikasa (Kurumi), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Haru), Mamoru Miyano (Ryuu)

This near-future romance is called Hal and it sounds like a romantic Time of Eve with its mixture of androids and falling in love.  It stars the voices of Yōko Hikasa (Saeki in Aku no Hana), Mamoru Miyano and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Level E). The director Ryōtarō Makihara has a lot of experience with TV anime like directing an episode of Tatami Galaxy and MonsterSummer Wars and Le Chevalier D’Eon. Music comes from Michiru Oshima who scored the awesome flamenco inspired Fuse: A Gungirl’s Detective Story and the melancholy Le Chevalier D’Eon. The anime is produced by Wit Studio who are bringing a thrillingly dark title to television screens with Attack on Titan.


Kurumi (Hikasa) likes Haru (Hosoya) but their seemingly happy life ends when a plane accident takes Haru from the mortal world. A robot version of Haru, Hal, emerges as a substitute. As the two live together Kurumi gradually opens her memories and mind to him.

1 p.m.

Patema Inverted                               Patema Inverted Film Poster

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura

Writer: Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Screenplay/Original Creator)

Starring: Yukiyo Fujii (Patema), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Age), Shintarou Oohata (Porta), Shinya Fukumatsu (G), Masayuki Katou (Lagos),

Surely this is getting a UK release. It has popped up at two festivals already and the ONA is freely available… I’m excited about it because it comes from Yasuhiro Yoshiura who was the director/creator of the wonderful Time of Eve, a futuristic drama about androids in a café and the humans that visit them. It sounds flakey but it was a whimsical and humanistic show full of great details and gorgeous animation and do you know what was best of all? The characters were relatable and funny. This is his latest film and it looks to be just as good. I still love that poster!

The story takes place in an underground world where the inhabitants exist in tunnels and confined spaces and must wear protective clothing. Despite this, these underground people still enjoy life, especially Patema, the princess of her underground village who loves to explore. If she were ever to leave the tunnels she might find herself plunging into what we consider the sky! Nevertheless, her fascination with exploration leads her to a forbidden area where she meets a boy named Age who operates under different gravitational circumstances – he walks on the ground! The two may come from very different societies but will face strange situations together!




3 p.m.

Steins;Gate The Movie    

Steins;Gate Movie Poster 2

Running Time: 90 mins

Director: Kanji Wakabayashi (Director), Hiroshi Hamasaki, Takuya Satō (Chief Directors),

Writer: Jukki Hanada

Starring: Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe), Asami Imai (Kurisu Makise) Kana Hanazawa (Mayuri Shiina), Halko Momoi (Faris Nyannyan),

Steins;Gate was my second favourite anime of 2011 and it is getting a UK release thanks to Manga Entertainment. The movie version sees us revisit Okabe and Makise and Mayuri. The film has the vocal talents of Mamoru Miyano (Fuse:  A Gun Girl’s Detective Story) and Kana Hanazawa (Bakemonogatari) and Halko Momoi who composed and performed the awesome song Mail Me which was used in Suicide Club.


Kurisu has returned to Akihabara after a year in America and meets up with Okabe but it does not last lone because he soon has images of other timelines, and disappears. Kurisu must fight against her own heart to decide whether to follow the path of a scientist and follow Okabe’s words to not go back in time to get him back, or let her emotions drive her to save him, no matter what dangerous effects it may have on the world.


5 p.m.

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo    Evangelion 3 Film Poster

Director: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda

Writer:  Hideaki Anno

Starring: Megumi Hayashibara (Shinji Ikari), Megumi Ogata (Rei Ayanami), Akira Ishida (Kaworu Nagisa), Yuko Miyamura (Asuka Langley Shikinami), Maaya Sakamoto (Mari Makinami Illustrious), Kotono Mitsuishi (Misato Katsuragi), Fumihiko Tachiki (Gendo Ikari), Yuriko Yamaguchi (Ritsuko Akagi),

This is the latest of the Neon Genesis Evangelion films that aim to reboot one of the most important mecha anime in history. With the post-angel invasion world already introduced and the characters firmly in place we see The cast has the familiar seiyuu from the television show including Megumi Hayashibara (The Wolf Children) who voices Rei Ayanami and Pen Pen, Megumi Ogata who plays Shinji Ikari, Akira Ishida (Keiju Tabuki in Mawaru Penguindrum), Yuko Miyamura (Casca in Berserk), Hiro Yuuki (Takaomi in Mysterious Girlfriend X), Miki Nagasawa (Mutio in Blue Submarine No.6), and Maaya Sakamoto (Hitomi in Escaflowne).



7.30 p.m.


Akira     Akira End

Running time: 124 mins.

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo,

Writer: Katsuhiro Otomo

Starring: Mami Koyaa, Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, 

Starring: Mami Koyaa, Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, 

This is a classic. Like Ridley Scott’s movies Alien and Blade Runner, its aesthetics have influenced the look of a lot of animation and film. I have seen it on multiple occasions and I highly recommend it.

The year is 2019 and thirty-one years have passed since World War III. Neo-Tokyo is wracked with riots and clashes between the authorities and extreme political opponents. A child from a top secret government project interested in psychic powers is spirited away by one of these political extremist groups but gets caught up in a clash between young delinquent motorcycle gangs. This gang finds itself suddenly catching the interest of the authorities when one of the gang-members, Tetsuo, exhibits psychic powers. He is taken by the army to be experimented on but his mind might be more powerful than anybody could have guessed.


Also screening at the festival, but not as part of Fanone Day, is After School Midnighters which screens on the 09th and 18th.

After School Midnighters                             After School Midnighters Poster      

Running Time:

Director: Hitoshi Takekiyo

Writer: Yōichi Komori

Starring: Hiromasa Taguchi (Goth), Haruka Tomatsu (Mako), Kouichi Yamadera (Kunstlijk), Sakiko Uran (Miko), Minako Kotobuki (Mutsuko), Chafurin (Bach), Hiroshi Yanaka (Mozart), Dai Matsumoto (Beethoven), Hozumi Goda (Schubert)

The CGI film After School Midnighters is directed by Hitoshi Takekiyo and stars some famous seiyuu: Hiromasa Taguchi (Father in Kaasan), Haruka Tomatsu (Yunyun in CANAAN, Asuna in Sword Art Online), Minako Kotobuki (Yūko in A-Channel, Hamaji in Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story) and Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop).

When midnight arrives a human anatomical model named Kunstlijk comes to life in a school science classroom and goes on to have fun with a skeleton named Goth (Taguchi) and three girls Miko (Uran), Mako (Tomatsu) and Mutsuko (Kotobuki).

 Tickets are already on sale at the website so head on over if you want to get some.

4 thoughts on “Japanese Films at the Leeds International Film Festival 2013 Part 1: Anime

  1. Are you intending going along?? Looks like plenty going on for sure.
    Been meaning to mention a film to you that I watched recently (twice in fact) – Untouchable. Have you seen it? I absolutely love it!
    Lynn 😀

    1. Alas, no, I won’t be going. I’ve used up a lot of my holidays in work and I want to save money. The only films I really want to see are The Garden of Words and Patema Inverted but I have plans about those ones… The ending for the TV anime Steins;Gate was perfect so I don’t want to ruin that by watching the film…

      Not seeing Untouchable in a cinema was one of my regrets for last year. I still haven’t watched it.

    1. It’s a nice line-up.

      I think it might be a case of being brave enough to try making your own festival or seeing if one near you would be interested. The closer I get to the film industry the more I realise that you just have to be willing to talk to people and organise this stuff. I might give it a try one day…


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