The autumn is a-coming and it’s not just the colourful leaves on the ground that are telling me that: the first programme announcements for various film festivals are dropping. Scotland Loves Anime (SLA), which is scheduled for October, was revealed its line-up a few days ago, with Raindance (September) followed yesterday, while the London Film Festival (October) programme is due today and the London Korean Film Festival (October/November) one on September 15.
The dates for this year’s SLA are October 10-13 for Glasgow (venue: Glasgow Film Theatre) and October 13-19 for Edinburgh (Filmhouse Cinema). That exactly overlaps with the London Film Festival, meaning that it’s pretty much a choice between one or the other – a pity.
As every year, the offerings at Scotland Loves Anime are a diverse medley, although they do seem to be a bit heavy on action and sci-fi this time round. As always, there will be film screenings as well as a number of special events, including the by now traditional Education Day as well as some special guest talks (details on the official website). Fans in both Glasgow and Edinburgh can attend screenings of the following films:
- 「ジョバンニの島」 (Giovanni no Shima/Giovanni’s Island, 2014)
Dir. by Nishikubo Mizuho.
This is the film I would be most interested in seeing – I have heard lots of good things about it and really hope it will get a wider UK release soon.
- Appleseed Alpha (Japan, USA, 2014)
Dir. by Aramaki Shinji.
- 「ドラゴンボールZ 神と神」 (Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kami to Kami/Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Japan, 2013)
Dir. by Hosoda Masahiro.
- 「ベヨネッタ ブラッディフェイト」(Beyonetta: Buraddi Feito/Bayonetta, Japan, 2013)
Dir. by Kizaki Fuminori.
- 「王立宇宙軍 オネアミスの翼」(Ōritsu Uchūgun: Oneamisu no Tsubasa/Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Japan, 1987)
Dir. by Yamaga Hiroyuki.
- 「K Missing Kings」aka 「劇場版 K」(K Missing Kings aka K – The Movie, Japan, 2014)
Dir. by Suzuki Shingo.
- 「ルパン三世VS名探偵コナン The Movie」(Rupan Sansei Bāsasu Meitantei Konan The Movie/Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie, Japan, 2013)
Dir. by Kamegaki Hajime.
Glasgow fans also get a Ghost in the Shell screening, while Edinburgh gets Sword of the Stranger, Time of Eve, a talk show with Studio Bones director, plus a mystery film.
- 「攻殻機動隊」 (Gōsuto In Za Sheru – Kōkaku Kidōtai/Ghost in the Shell, Japan, 1995)
Dir. by Oshii Mamoru.
My REVIEW. Go see it!
- 「ストレンヂア 無皇刃譚」(Sutorenjia Mukōhadan/Sword of the Stranger, Japan, 2007)
Dir. by Andō Masahiro.
- 「イヴの時間」(Ivu no Jikan/Time of Eve, Japan, 2010)
Dir. by Yoshiura Yasuhiro.
- Studio Bones: Talk Show, with two episodes of 「スペース☆ダンディ」(Supēsu Dandi/Spacy Dandy, Japan, 2014) and Q&A with Studio Bones president Minami Masahiko.
Genki Jason from Genkinahito is constantly tweeting about Supēsu Dandi, so I would take that as a recommend.