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Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron Wins BAFTA Award

Date: 2024 February 19 20:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron has won the BAFTA for Animated Film 2024. It was running against Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, Elemental and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

The Ghibli film was the only anime film running this year, and also the first to win a BAFTA. Interestingly this is the first anime movie to be nominated for this category. Generally only three or four films are nominated each year for the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts are the most coveted awards in the UK entertainment industry.

As we've reported previously The Boy And the Heron won a Golden Globe Award.

Souce: 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards: The Winners and Nominations

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 Japanese Guests Appearances

Date: 2024 February 01 20:52 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks from the The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme have sent us details of special Japanese guest appearances around the UK.

Visiting the festival we have Maeda Tetsu, director of Do Unto Others, Chihara Tetsuya director of Ice Cream Fever, plus Serena Motola, featured in Ice Cream Fever and Voices in the Wind. The 3 Japanese guests will be at various screenings around the touring film programme and available for a Q&A about their films.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme 2024

Blue Giant Movie Review

Date: 2024 January 27 18:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Blue Giant is a new jazz themed anime movie that's based on the award winning manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of aspiring jazz saxophonist Dai Miyamoto. Thanks to the good folks at Anime Limited the film is due to hit selected cinemas in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 31st January 2024.

If you're curious about this movie then read our spoiler free review to find out more about the upcoming release.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training- Movie UK and Ireland Release Details

Date: 2024 January 21 16:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details about the special world tour of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training-.

The film combines episode 11 of the Swordsmith Village Arc which concludes the story arc and then follows on with Episode 1 of the Hashira Training Arc.

It'll hit the UK and Ireland from Friday 23rd February 2024. A special screening will be held on Sunday 25th February 2024 at BFI IMAX in London featuring guests Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado's voice actor) and producer Yuma Takahashi. Tickets will be available soon.

The movie will be released across various countries / territories this February 2024. Read on to find out more...

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Suzume UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2024 January 10 20:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime giants Crunchyroll have sent us details for the UK home video release of Suzume. Makoto Shinkai's latest cinematic outing tells the story of Suzume, a girl pulled into an adventure to close magical disaster causing doors around Japan. The road trip movie will be released on DVD and blu-ray on Monday 1st April 2024.

Initially 4 editions will be available a DVD Regular Edition, a Blu-ray Regular Edition, a DVD & Blu-ray Steelbook Edition and a DVD & Blu-ray Limited Edition. The DVDs and blu-rays are available now for pre-order from your favourite home video retailers. A Blu-ray 4K edition is also scheduled for release later in the year.

You can watch the movie on Cruchyroll now.
You can also read our review of the movie, or our interview with film's creator Makoto Shinkai where we catch up with him and talk about the film.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron Wins Golden Globe Award

Date: 2024 January 09 21:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Animated 2024. The coveted award forms part of Hollywood's Award season. Miyazaki is the first Japanese director to have won this category (which was established in 2007).

Anime has been nominated in the past (such as Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai and Masaaki Yuasa Inu-Oh), but has until now failed to win. This year the film went up against Makoto Shinkai's Suzume, Wish , The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Elemental.

The Boy and the Heron was also nominated for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for Joe Hisaishi's work, however he Ludwig Göransson won this category for the Oppenheimer score.

The Boy and the Heron has been shown in the US and UK will probably get a wider release due to award win.

Hayao Miyazaki was also the first Japanese Animation director to win an Oscar for Spirited Away.

Souce: The Golden Globes

The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme 2024

Date: 2023 December 27 11:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from The Japan Foundation, London have sent us details of the The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. The UK's largest Japanese cinema festival, is set to start from Friday February 2nd 2024 and will run until Sunday 31st March 2024.

This will be the biggest showcase ever with 24 titles from human drama, horror, LGBTQ films, comedy, and sci-fi and so on. Most of them are UK premieres too!

The programme is set to run across 30 cities in the UK including Oxford, Lancaster, Chichester, Liverpool, and as far as Orkney!

There's plenty to choose from whatever your taste in films. There's also lots of interesting movies to try if you're curious and looking for something new!

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme 2024

Blue Giant Hits UK and Ireland Cinemas January 2024

Date: 2023 December 21 20:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just announced the UK and Ireland cinema release details for Blue Giant. The jazz themed anime movie is based on the award winning manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of aspiring jazz saxophonist Dai Miyamoto.

The film is due to hit selected cinemas in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 31st January 2024 and as you'd expect it features a stunning jazz soundtrack. So it's a film for anime and jazz fans!

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Godzilla Minus One Expands to Over 400 Cinemas in the UK and Ireland

Date: 2023 December 13 20:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us details of the up coming UK cinema release of Godzilla Minus One. It's due out on Friday 15th December 2023 and screenings have now expanded to over 400 screens across the UK and Ireland.

The movie has already proved to be a smash in the US becoming the all-time highest grossing Japanese live-action film in North America.

To find a cinema near you showing the movie visit godzillafilm.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Godzilla Minus One Film Website

Spirited Away Stage Play Adaptation London Performance Details

Date: 2023 December 01 20:43 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

We've just heard news that the stage adaptation of Spirited Away has been extended by 5 weeks due to huge demand. It's set to run in London from Tuesday 30th April 2024 until Saturday 24th August 2024. They've made an extra 90,000 (yes ninety thousand) extra tickets on sale!

You can catch this performance at the London Coliseum. The stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's much loved Spirited Away closely follows the original movie and does feature singing and dancing, but is not a musical. It will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles visible from each seat.

You can visit the London Coliseum website book tickets

If you want to catch more Miyazaki on the London stage, don't forget about the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican. This second run of the truly fantastic stage play is set to run from Tuesday 21st November 2023 until Saturday 23rd March 2024. We saw the run last year and you can read our review if you're curious to know more about the 2022 run.

Read More... | Souce: Spirited Away Stage Play Adaptation London Coliseum Official Website

Godzilla Minus One UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 November 22 20:56 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just got in touch to tell us about their upcoming cinema release. Godzilla Minus One will burst into cinemas, IMAX, 4DX, Screen X and Dolby Cinema across the UK and Ireland from Friday 15th December 2023.

Toho's latest incarnation of the worlds most well known giant reptile sees mass destruction across a post-war setting. It's being pitched as one of those films best enjoyed on the big screen.

To find a cinema near you showing the movie visit godzillafilm.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Godzilla Minus One Film Website

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Hits Crunchyroll from 16th November 2023

Date: 2023 November 13 20:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us news that Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Suzume will be available on the streaming platform from Thursday 16th November 2023.

The director is best known for anime box office smash hits Your Name and Weathering With You. Suzume is his latest offering in with the titular character must travel around various ruins across Japan closing doors that are the cause of devastation. The film went on to gross over $300 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film of all time.

If you want to know more about the movie you can read our spoiler free Suzume movie review or our interview with Makoto Shinkai about the film.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 October 04 19:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us a reminder that Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time will hit select cinemas across the UK and Ireland from Friday 6th October 2023.

It's the epic conclusion of the Rebuild of EVANGELION. It's also out on home video at the end of the month.

If you're familiar with Evangelion, but haven't seen it, you should take the chance to see it on the big screen! To find a screening near you and book tickets visit https://evangelion.alltheanime.com.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2023 Details

Date: 2023 September 09 17:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will return this autumn 2023. Wale's premier event for Japanese anime is set to run 30th September - 1 October 2023 Chapter Cardiff, 20th - 22nd October 2023 Aberystwyth Arts Centre and 10th - 16th November 2023 Pontio Bangor.

You can see the details for each venue on the programme page. Highlights this year are the truly fantastic The First Slam Dunk, the Liz and the Blue Bird, Miss Hokusai and many more.

Read More... | Souce: Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

The First Slam Dunk Movie Review

Date: 2023 August 25 18:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The First Slam Dunk Movie is set to bounce into cinemas across the UK from Wednesday 30th August 2023. We were lucky enough to catch it at an advance press screening earlier. We're now able to publish what we think of the film. Is it worth watching? Is it worth watching if you've not encountered any Slam Dunk before? Well read on and out!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero x Crunchyroll Competition

Date: 2023 July 23 15:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is available to watch now exclusively via streaming service Crunchyroll.

To celebrate the streaming launch we've teamed up with Crunchyroll to give away a free months subscriptions as well as a commemorative postcard to 5 lucky people.

To enter all you have to do, is e-mail us at dbzcomp@otakunews.com and answer the following question: Who is the original creator of Dragon Ball? The competition is open to those living in the UK and Ireland only. 5 lucky winners will be picked at random after the competition closes. Full terms and conditions are below.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Yakuza Graveyard Now Streaming on Arrow

Date: 2023 July 16 13:55 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good people from alternative streaming service Arrow have sent us details about a film just released this July. Yakuza Graveyard tells the story of detective Kuroiwa who falls for the beautiful wife of a jailed yakuza boss. It stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) and featuring Nagisa Oshima the film is directed by Kinji Fukasaku.

Arrow also has some other interesting collections for fans of Japan including the Takashi Miike Collection and Third Window Films to name a few.

Subscriptions to Arrow cost £4.99 a month or £49.99 a year.

Read More... | Souce: Arrow

Edinburgh Film Festival to Host UK Premiere of new Slam Dunk Movie

Date: 2023 July 16 11:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime firm Anime Limited have just sent us some details about the upcoming Slam Dunk Movie. The UK Premier will be hosted by the Edinburgh Film Festival on Tuesday 22nd - Wednesday 23rd August 2023. The film will then go onto a wider release across the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 30th August 2023.

This basketball drama was directed and written by Takehiko Inoue the creator of the original Slam Dunk manga.

To date it's the 5th highest grossing anime film worldwide.

To find a screening near you visit slamdunkfilm.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Wins Paul Grimault Award at the Annecy International Film Festival

Date: 2023 June 21 19:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just sent us news that the movie Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes has just won the Paul Grimault Award at this years Annecy International Film Festival.

The film tells the tale of teenagers Kaoru and Anzu who stumble upon a mysterious tunnel. Angst and adventure follow.

The movie is due to hit the UK and Ireland next month from 14th July 2023. Tickets are on sale now take a look at http://tunneltosummerfilm.co.uk/ for more details.

Read More... | Souce: Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Website

Psycho-Pass: Providence Movie UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 June 03 17:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have just revealed the UK cinema release date for PSYCHO-PASS: Providence. The movie is due to 85 cinemas around the UK on Wednesday 2nd August 2023. It's due out in the US from July 14th 2023.

The events of the movie bridge the gap between Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case 3: On the Other Side of Love and Hate and season 3 of the Psycho-Pass TV series.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes UK and Ireland Cinema Details

Date: 2023 May 30 19:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Anime Limited have just announcement the cinema details for The Tunnel To Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes. Inspired by the award winning novel of the same name it's the time travelling tale of teenagers in a tunnel!

Two misfit teenagers Kaoru and Anzu start to investigate a tunnel that grants the wishes of whoever ventures through it, but the is a cost being aged dramatically for your wish as a result. An interesting twist on not getting quite what you wished for with a genie, in this story the duo must figure out if what they wish for is worth the price.

The film is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 14th July 2023 with tickets on sale from 7th June 2023. Check out tunneltosummerfilm.co.uk for more details.

Read More... | Souce: Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Website

All The Anime May 2023 MCM Comic Con London Announcements

Date: 2023 May 28 15:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have revealed a ton of announcements at MCM Comic Con London.

Highlights include the cinema release of Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time, home video release of Great Pretender along with anime classic Gunbuster. They also had reminders about the Slam Dunk Movie (which bounces into cinemas on 30th August 2023) and The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes (which cinemas from 14th July 2023).

Macross Plus: Movie Edition will return to the big screens. While fans of the gentleman thief Lupin III will be pleased to hear about Lupin the 3rd Part 6. Gundam fans aren't left out either with Mobile Suit Gundam - Movie Trilogy and Gundam Build Fighters.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Psycho-Pass: Providence Movie Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 May 21 16:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of the cinematic release of the new Psycho-Pass: Providence movie. It's due out in the US from July 14th 2023 (with sneak-peak screenings on 11th & 13th July). The UK release date has yet to be announced, but will be announced soon.

The events of the movie bridge the gap between Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case 3: On the Other Side of Love and Hate and season 3 of the Psycho-Pass TV series.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum Hits UK Cinemas This May for One Day Only

Date: 2023 May 11 19:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have revealed that they'll be releasing Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum in the UK exclusively at Odeon Cinemas for one-day only on Saturday 20th May 2023.

This is a re-imagining 2011 television series Mawaru Penguindrum and is presented as a double bill which consists of Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum - Part 1 Your Train Is the Survival Tactic and Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum - Part 2 I Love You, with a 10 minute intermission in-between. This will be shown exclusively at Odeon Cinemas for one day only.

So if you're interested head over to your nearest Odeon to catch it!

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Crunchyroll Announces New Movies to the Platform for April 2023

Date: 2023 April 24 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details of their upcoming film slate available for home streaming. Normally when you think of the service series come to mind, but don't forget they've also got a great line up of movies to watch on the streaming service too.

They headline with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime The Movie: Scarlet Bond (which is out now), The Quintessential Quintuplets movie (which it out 28th April 2023).

Also out is the promising To Every You I've Loved Before and To Me, The One Who Loved You.

Plus for Gundam fans on 28th April 2023, they'll be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan's Island.

The press release mentions various movies available, but it does vary by region, with the Mamoru Hosoda back catalogue not currently available in the UK.

If you are looking for something light, fluffy futuristic and enjoyable then give the Sing a Bit of Harmony film a try, we really enjoyed it.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Anime Limited to Release The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes in UK Cinemas

Date: 2023 April 14 15:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have revealed that they have the rights for the cinema distribution of The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes. The sci-fi romance is from director Tomohisa Taguchi and is based on the Japanese novel of the same name from Mei Hachimoku. The film was produced at animation studio CLAP who also made the truly excellent Pompo the Cinephile.

Anime Limited have said that they have the cinematic distribution rights for the UK, Ireland and Malta. They'll reveal more at a later date. For now you can check out the Official The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes website to register your interest.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Movie Review

Date: 2023 April 10 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Makoto Shinkai's latest cinematic offering Suzume hits cinemas from Friday 14th April 2023 in the UK, Ireland and North America. It's released by Crunchyroll. If you're curious about this animated marvel then you'll be pleased to know we've got a review ready for you!

Makoto Shinkai's latest cinematic offering Suzume hits cinemas from Friday 14th April 2023 in the UK, Ireland and North America. It's released by Crunchyroll. If you're curious about this animated marvel then you'll be pleased to know we've got a review ready for you!

If you want to know more about Suzume you can also read our interview with director Makoto Shinkai.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Crunchyroll casts actress Nichole Sakura as English voice of the title role in Makoto Shinkai's film Suzume

Date: 2023 April 04 19:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The new anime film from hit director Makoto Shinkai - Suzume is due to hit the cinemas next week from Friday 14th April 2023. Crunchyroll have just sent us details of the dub cast.

Nichole Sakura is cast as Suzume. You may have seen her as Cheyenne on Superstore or heard her other voice acting work on Star Wars: Visions.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 Online Talk Series

Date: 2023 March 15 19:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from the Japan Foundation London have sent us details of some up coming online events they'll be hosting. As part of their touring film programme, they'll be hosting a series of online talks with various directors from the movies shown.

Talks include in conversation with director Nishikawa Miwa, who directed Under the Open Sky. This is set to run on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at 13:00 (GMT).

There's also talks with Tanada Yuki who directed My Broken Mariko. This talk is set to run on Monday 27th March 2023 at 13:00 (BST).

They have plenty of interesting talks lined up, The events are free to attend online and registration is required.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

Junk Head UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 February 23 16:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us the details of their latest cinematic release. Junk Head is an stop-motion sci-fi action thriller set in a dystopian future. The film took Takahide Hori seven years to make. He crafted everything, sets, puppets, sound, music and special effects then animated it all!

The film is set to hits selected cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland from Monday 24th April 2023.

Read More... | Souce: Junk Head Offical UK Movie Website

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Special UK Film Screening and Director Q and A

Date: 2023 February 15 17:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of a special UK anime screening of Makato Shinkai's latest movie Suzume.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2023 at 18:00 the BFI Southbank in London. Not only will this be a chance to catch the movie more than a month ahead of it's national release, but the director himself will be there for a special Questions and Answers session. This is a rare opportunity to be able to get a chance to pitch questions at the director! Makoto Shinkai is best know for his two major films Your Name and Weathering With You. Tickets are on sale now and we expect them to sell out quickly. So book early to avoid disappointment.

The movie will be released across the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

Read More... | Souce: BFI

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba- To The Swordsmith Village- UK and Ireland Cinema Details

Date: 2023 February 13 20:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Fancy watching some Demon Slayer in the cinema? Well the good folks from Crunchyroll have sent us details of the upcoming Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba- To The Swordsmith Village- movie. It's due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 1st March 2023. Tickets will go on sale from Friday 17th February 2023.

The movie consists of episodes 10 and 11 of the series' Entertainment District Arc as well as the extended Episode 1 of the Swordsmith Village Arc all remastered into a feature length adventure in 4K.

If you haven't seen Demon Slayer yet, you can catch it on Crunchyroll. You can also get the whole manga in a nice boxset.

Read More... | Souce: Demon Slayer Movie Website

Discotek Media Announce 2023 Licences

Date: 2023 February 05 12:56 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

US anime boutique label Discotek Media announced their upcoming titles for 2023 in their usual Twitch live stream channel on Monday night, the 30th of January 2023. It included some long-anticipated releases, some surprises, and clarifications on existing titles.

Read More... | Souce: Discotek Media twitch stream

Anime Limited To Distribute Suzume Movie Soundtrack

Date: 2023 February 01 20:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us some news that they have the rights to distribute the Suzume soundtrack. Makoto Shinkai's latest movie is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland this April 2023. The director joins forces again with RADWIMPS to create the soundtrack for this film and also brings in Kazuma Jinnouchi.

Anime Limited are currently taking pre-orders for the Japanese Import edition on vinyl. It's currently priced at £59.99 (on offer from £69.99). An official western version is due for release sometime early Q3 2023.

You can also stream/download the soundtrack from many popular official streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Although an primarily an anime company, Anime Limited are also a record label with an excellent catalogue of anime soundtracks.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme 2023

Date: 2022 December 24 11:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from the UK branch of the Japan Foundation have sent us details of their much loved Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary, this nationwide film programme will be touring to 24 cities, visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is the largest Japanese Film Season in the UK. It's set to start at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London from Friday 3rd February 2023.

For fans of Japanese cinema there's so much good stuff to enjoy. Fans of manga will also want to see the cinematic adaptions, including BL Metamorphosis, a story about a 17 year-old Boys Love fan, who introduces an old lady to the genre, friendship over fandom ensues. We read and really enjoyed the original source manga and a live action cinema adaption makes sense for the story.

We're also looking forward to My Broken Mariko as manga is good. But for something manga themed we're intrigued by Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? a story about a manga artist who discovers her husband is having and affair, so rather than confront him she decides to create a manga about adultery.

Anime wise there's Blue Thermal a coming of age tale about a university student who in search of romance accidentality joins the university's aviation club.

There's so many good films at the JPF Touring Film Programme, you're bound to find something that you'll really enjoy. The touring film programme is set to run from 3 February - 31 March 2023.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2022 December 06 20:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming giant Crunchyroll have revealed that they have the UK and Ireland Streaming rights for Makoto Shinkai's latest film Suzume. The director is best known for anime box office smash hits Your Name and Weathering With You. Suzume is his latest offering in with the titular character must travel around various ruins across Japan closing doors that are the cause of devastation.

So far Suzume has earned 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD) staying #1 at the box office in Japan for three consecutive weeks.

The movie is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

Looking at the official trailer it's clear it has all the elements you'd expect in a Makoto Shinkai block. Detailed sets, bright blues, lush greens and golden sunshine. It's a look, an atheistic that has become the directors signature.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Anime Limited Announce New Titles for 2023

Date: 2022 November 29 19:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime Limited teases new titles on its annual Cloud Matsuri 2022 YouTube event. The company showcased their up-and-coming releases for 2023, using their three-day Cloud Matsuri streaming event. All The Anime staffers Andy Hanley, Miles Atherton, Demi Rodriguez, Keith Copping, and Kat Hall were on hand to give their usual quirky and funny announcements. The releases are a mixture of new material and new remasters of previous releases.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited YouTube channel

One Piece Film: Red London Landmark Takeover

Date: 2022 November 23 20:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us details of a One Piece Film: Red London Landmark takeover. On Saturday 26th November 2022 between 18:00 - 23:00 video projections of the iconic anime pirates will appear opposite the London Eye and other key locations.

This follows a similar bit publicity at London's Kings Cross and a recent take over of New York's Times Square.

Visit onepiece.red to find screening near you in the UK and Ireland or go to https://ado.lnk.to/UtasSongsSO to enjoy the soundtrack.

You can also read our One Piece Film: Red movie review.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Goodbye, DonGlees! Movie Review

Date: 2022 November 23 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Goodbye Don Glees is due to hit cinema screens around the UK and Ireland from 30th November 2022.

The anime film is a about a group of friends who have little local adventures they call themselves Don Glees. One day the trio get blamed for a nearby forest fire, so they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. A coming-of-age adventure ensues. We've seen the film and enjoyed it, but enough of that, read our review to find out more!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Laid-Back Camp The Movie Streaming Release Details

Date: 2022 November 16 20:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming service Crunchyroll have sent us details of the up coming release of Laid-Back Camp: The Movie. The film will hit the streaming service from Thursday 24th November 2022. We really enjoyed the relaxing slice of life story in which high school girls go camping around various bits of Japan, if you like slower shows like K-On, this one is for you.

You can watch the official trailer, or catch up with the series before the movie streams.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

My Neighbour Totoro Stage Play Review

Date: 2022 November 13 14:07 | Posted By:

Category > Features

When The Royal Shakespeare Company announced that they were doing a live action stage play of My Neighbour Totoro, we got very excited. It had all the hallmarks of something great! It was done in collaboration with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Improbable and Nippon TV. Joe Hisaishi, composer and long term Studio Ghibli collaborator, is the executive producer tasked by Totoro director Hayao Miyazaki to bring his much loved and highly influential film to the stage. If this wasn't enough, Jim Henson's Creature Shop was brought in to create all the puppets for this production!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

One Piece Film: Red Opens with Over £500,000 at UK and Ireland Weekend Box Office

Date: 2022 November 09 17:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of the weekend box office for One Piece Film: Red. The movie has earned over £500,000 in its opening weekend, becoming the biggest One Piece film in the UK and Ireland. It's always nice to see numbers like this for anime film.

In promoting the film in the UK, travellers passing through Kings Cross Station could also see the iconic straw hat on display promoting the film.

One Piece Film: Red is in cinemas now, showing in both Japanese with English subtitles, as well as an English language dub. To book tickets, please visit onepiece.red.
Listen to the soundtrack: https://ado.lnk.to/UtasSongsSO.

You can also read our One Piece Film: Red review to find out what we thought of the movie.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

One Piece Film: Red Movie Review

Date: 2022 October 30 20:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The new One Piece Film : Red hits cinema screens across the UK and Ireland from Friday 4th November 2022. We've seen it and can tell you all about this great shonen movie. So read our spoiler free review to find out more!

You can also visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Discotek Media Announce Winter 2023 Licenses

Date: 2022 October 30 20:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Discotek Media, the US boutique anime label, has announced its upcoming licenses for Winter 2023 as well as updates on their upcoming releases.

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One Piece Film: Red Expands to Over 270 Screens Across UK and Ireland

Date: 2022 October 24 20:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks at Anime Limited have sent us a reminder about the upcoming new One Piece Film: Red which has now expanded it's screenings to over 270 cinemas and IMAX screens across the United Kingdom and Ireland from 4 November 2022.

Visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you

Read More... | Souce: One Piece Film: Red Offical Website

Anime Limited Acquired by Plaion Pictures

Date: 2022 October 24 20:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime Limited have announced they've joined the PLAION group.

UK and French divisions of anime label purchased by division of Embracer Group for an undisclosed sum.

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Goodbye, DonGlees UK and Ireland Screening Details

Date: 2022 October 19 18:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just been sent the details from the good folks at Anime Limited about the cinema release of Goodbye, DonGlees!. It's due to hit cinema screens around the UK and Ireland from 30th November 2022. Tickets on sale now.

The movie is from Atsuko Ishizuka who was responsible for the truly fantastic A Place Further Than The Universe.

Goodbye, DonGlees! is a about a group of friends who have little local adventures they call themselves Don Glees. One day the trio get blamed for a nearby forest fire, so they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. A coming-of-age adventure ensues.

You can find a screening near you and book tickets at dongleesfilm.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Goodbye, DonGlees UK and Ireland Website

Kotatsu Festival 2022 Details

Date: 2022 October 11 21:10 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks from The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival have revealed their film line up for this autumn 2022. The long running Welsh Anime film festival always proves popular!

The festival will be hosted at the following venues:

Chapter Arts, Cardiff 1st - 2nd Oct 2022
Aberystwyth Arts Centre 28th Oct - 1st Nov 2022
Pontio, Bangor 31st Oct - 5th Nov 2022.

Each venue has pretty much something for everyone.
If you haven't caught them yet, we strongly recommend Inu-Oh, Pompo the Cinephile and Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko.

There's plenty of other titles to discover and explore!

Read More... | Souce: Kotatsu Festival

One Piece Film: Red Takes Over New York's Times Square

Date: 2022 October 04 19:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The new One Piece Film Red is about to hit the big screens this November 2022. To celebrate in New York, they're going to take over Times Square!

The One Piece production committee have announced that a large-scale takeover ad campaign in New York's Times Square will run exclusively on Saturday, October 8 2022 between 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (EST). Set to launch during New York Comic Con, this isn't one bill board. This is going to be the whole of Times Square.

Visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: One Piece Production Committee

Inu-Oh Movie Review

Date: 2022 September 26 19:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

There's lots of anime coming out in cinemas in the UK and Ireland this year. Anime Limited have been the driving force releasing the bulk of titles recently. Their latest cinematic offering Inu-Oh hits cinemas on Wednesday 28th September 2022.

The movie is an electric eclectic mix of Japanese History, traditional music fused with a rock musical. That's not something you'd consider everyday! The film is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, whose other works include the brilliant Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Lu over the Wall, Ride Your Wave and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

If you're curious and want to know more about Inu-Oh the read our spoiler free review to find out more!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

One Piece Film: Red UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2022 September 21 20:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folk from anime distributors Anime Limited have revealed the release date for the new One Piece Film: Red. Due out in cinemas around the UK and Ireland from Friday 4th November 2022. The long awaited movie features an original story from series creator Eiichiro Oda.

The music filled film proved a huge success when released in Japan earlier this year making it the number 1 film in the box office for over 6 weeks!

Visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: One Piece Film: Red Offical Website

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