KOTATSU JAPANESE ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2016

I write PR for a film festival that takes place in Wales. The festival has grown over the last few years and this edition has a large slate of some of the latest films. I’ll be in Japan when it takes place but I want to promote it here because I think there will be a lot for people to enjoy:

KOTATSU JAPANESE ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2016

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Chapter

24th & 25th September 2016

Box Office: +44 (0)29 2030 4400 email: enquiry@chapter.org

 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

15th October 2016

Box Office: 01970 62 32 32 email: artstaff@aber.ac.uk

 

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.

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.

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2016 Nippon Connection Film Festival Preview

The 16th edition of the Japanese film festival Nippon Connection will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 24th to the 29th. Over the course of six days audiences will get the chance to watch more than 100 short and feature films and this incudes indies, anime, blockbusters, and documentaries. This is the biggest festival dedicated to Japanese films and so filmmakers are going to attend the event to present their works.

On top of the films there are guests who are coming over from Japan so that means there are also workshops, lectures, panel discussions, performances, exhibitions, and there is also a Japanese market with food on sale. It’s a huge event with lots to see and do.

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Happy Toy, `Tokyo- no Yoru’ no Asa, Harmony, Foujita, Three Stories of Love, The Motors, Durarara!!x2 Ten Special, and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

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This post is early because I’m feeling a bit off this week which explains the lack of film reviews. There’s a backlog of reviews to write and a stack of films to watch but my thoughts are elsewhere – Japan, work. I will get back into blogging but for now I want to practice my Japanese more – transitive/intransitive again.

I am watching lots of anime like Osomatsu-san, Subete ga F ni naru: The Perfect Insider, and One Punch Man. I’ve gone back to listening to Shibuya-kei after a long absence as well.

There are plenty of great films released this weekend with “Tokyo no Yoru” no Asa, The Motors and Three Stories of Love. I hope I get the chance to see them!

What’s released this weekend?

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Chonoryoku Kenkyu-bu no 3-nin, ESP Research Club’s 3 Members, Kinki, Nouka no Yome Anata ni Aitakute, Oneness Unmei Hikiyose no Kogane Ritsu, Harmony, Over The L’Arc-en-Ciel, The Message from Kato-Kun, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear audience!

I hope you are well and prepped for another Saturday full of trailers and badly translated rambling notes (I should work with a native Japanese speaker…).

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It’s coming up to that time of the year where everyone throws out their Top Ten whatever lists and I’ll try and do that. I’ve also given some serious though about actually going to Japan instead of constantly writing about it and promising to go. I have started to compile lists of places to visit and contacted friends in Japan. I’ve also taken to speaking Japanese a lot with friends from Japan a lot more than usual. I can go through whole conversations speaking nothing but 日本語 - basic stuff like polite form and describing things, desires and so on (ために practice today) because I find it’s easiest when speaking on the fly – even if some of it is wrong. Well, that’s for next year, coming up next is Christmas and I get a few days off to write a lot and merriment and whatever.

In terms of films, I watched Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno for a Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno Film Postersecond time at the cinema and took a friend from Japan with me. We both loved every bit of it and we’re eagerly anticipating the next instalment as is my mother who I took the first time round. Kyoto Inferno is going to be my first review for the New Year (one more Western film and then a lot of Japanese films). I also watched Ichi the Killer and posted about the film Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Yuri Kuma Arashi Key ImageUp over on Anime UK News are the previews for the winter 2015 season of anime. Part One and Part Two have key images and PVs!!!

Also… Episode 10 of Parasyte was brilliant. That was one of the most excruciatingly tense and scary episode of anime I have seen in a long time.

Parasyte Episode 10 Shinichi Saves the Day

What’s released in Tokyo this weekend? The films released over this weekend are diverse but there are only two killer titles for me: ESP Research Club’s 3 Members and Hoozuki no Reitetsu.

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