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Every October Scotland becomes anime heaven and it’s no different this year round. Scotland Loves Anime has announced the programme for its 2013 edition, offering a first indication that the autumn festival season is about to descend upon us in the UK –  Raindance (September 25-October 6) is due to reveal its programme on September 3, the London Film Festival (October 9-20) will follow on September 4. Plus plenty of other film festivals (Japan Touring Film Programme, London Korean Film Festival, East Winds Film Festival, etc.) will be coming our way soon as well.

As every year, Scotland Loves Anime takes place in both Glasgow (October 11-13) and Edinburgh (October 14-20) and the programme, slightly different for each location, is looking fabulous:

Scotland Loves Anime Glasgow: Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow (October 11-13, 2013)

  • 「雲のむこう、約束の場所」 (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho/The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004) – Dir. by Shinkai Makoto.

One of Shinkai Makoto’s earlier films – my favourite one of his in fact.

  • 「グスコーブドリの伝記」 (Gusukōbudori no denki/The Life of Guskou Budori, Japan, 2012)

A tale about a cat, which I have had on my to-watch list for a while. Oguri Shun fans: the Japanese actor voices Guskou Budori, the lead cat.

  • 「劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影-ファントム・ルージュ」(Gekijō-ban HUNTER×HUNTER Hiiro no Genei -Fantomu Rūju/Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Sato Yuzo.

  • 「サカサマのパテマ」 (Sakasama no Patema/Patema Inverted, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Yoshiura Yasuhiro

  • Mystery Film

For those who like surprises. Apparently it’s a European premiere, which is quite exciting…. Anyone want to make a guess?

  • 「伏 鉄砲娘の捕物帳」(Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō/Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story, Japan, 2012)

This is another one I would be interested in seeing, even more so after reading Genki Jason’s review.

  • 「パーフェクト・ブルー」 (Pāfekuto burū/Perfect Blue, Japan, 1998) – Dir. by Kon Satoshi.


One of the gems from the late Kon Satoshi. Haven’t seen this one yet, but I have only  heard good things (about all of Kon’s films).

  • 「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū/Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Japan, 2012)

Scotland Loves Anime Edinburgh: Filmhouse Edinburgh, Edinburgh (October 14-20, 2013)

  • 「ハル」(Haru/Hal, Japan, 2013) and Mystery OVA

  • 「シュタインズ・ゲート」(Shutainzu Gēto/Stein’s Gate, Japan, 2013)

  • 「AURA ~魔竜院光牙最後の闘い~」(Aura: Maryūin Kōga Saigo no Tatakai/Aura, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Kishi Seiji.

  • 「言の葉の庭」(Kotonoha no Niwa/Garden of Words, Japan, 2013) + Stage Discussion

Shinkai Makoto’s most recent film comes to Scotland and it’s listed as a “European Premiere” – I guess this means it will be a no-show at the London Film Festival? I kind of expected this… It could still pop up at LFF, but simply screen at a later date than at Scotland Loves Anime, but given that at 40 minutes Kotonoha no Niwa is not a full-length feature film I have my doubts.

  • 「グスコーブドリの伝記」 (Gusukōbudori no denki/The Life of Guskou Budori, Japan, 2012)

  • 「サカサマのパテマ」 (Sakasama no Patema/Patema Inverted, Japan, 2013) – Dir. by Yoshiura Yasuhiro

  • Mystery Film

For those who like surprises, presumably it’ll be the same film as in Glasgow.

  • 「伏 鉄砲娘の捕物帳」 (Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō/Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story, Japan, 2012)

  • Evangelion (Dir. by Anno Hideaki, Tsurumaki Kazuya, Masayuki, Maeda Mahiro), all three parts:

「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo/Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Japan, 2007)
「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha/Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Japan, 2007)
「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q」(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū/Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Japan, 2012)

Guests

Scotland Loves Anime is more than film screenings however, and usually also includes an education day. No details about this yet, however we do know that Jonathan Clements, a renown writer on anime, will be attending both the Glasgow and Edinburgh events and director Shinkai Makoto (!) the Edinburgh one.

And what’s not there…

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What’s noticeably missing? Miyazaki Hayao’s「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013) of course. Somehow I’m not surprised – and I’m reading this as another confirmation that Kaze Tachinu will premiere at the London Film Festival instead. While last year Hosoda Mamoru’s「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」(Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki/Wof Children) screened both at both events, the dates of LFF (Oct 9-20) and SLA (Oct 11-20) overlap this year so that a London premiere, with a window of a single day, might have been impossible – and I’m certain that Studio Ghibli would want a first screening at the bigger festival, which LFF undeniably is.

Unless the mystery film is Kaze Tachinu… but somehow I think they would want to announce such a big-name film beforehand.

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