Scotland loves anime

The Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaThe Filmhouse is hosting a celebration of Japanese animation in conjunction with Scotland Loves Animation this weekend.

The weekend includes workshops, exhibitions, special guests and opportunities to meet the people behind the films. The programme features the EU Premiere of ‘The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya’ and a special screening of ‘Evangelion 2.0’.

Jonathan Clements

Anime guru Jonathan Clements, who wrote Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade,  will return to the festival to give enthusiasts an insiders view of the Japanese animation industry. He described the Glasgow anime weekend as a “mad rush of film and festivities…a sleepless Japanese haze” on his blog; also attending will be director, voice actor and president of New York AV Post, Michael Sinterniklass.

Scotland Loves Animation promote animation worldwide, with 2010’s focus on Japan, and say: “Most of all we love the potential inspired in our own animators, scriptwriter and digital artists.

We had an amazing first weekend in Glasgow and are already being asked about 2011 We’re looking forward to seeing more people in Edinburgh.”

James Rice, from the Filmhouse, said: Scotland Loves Anime is an important event for film lovers in Edinburgh for a number of reasons.  Japanese animation has a large and devoted following in Edinburgh and around Scotland, but the films are hardly ever shown on cinema screens in the UK.  So, this event provides a rare opportunity for the committed Anime audience to see key recent works on the big screen, and also gives a wider audience, we hope, a chance to sample new films from one of the most distinctive and vibrant strands in modern animation.”

The festival kicks off tonight with showings of Redline, billed as “an adult version of Wacky Races” and One Piece Strong World, a film written by the author of the original One Piece manga which celebrates the tenth anniversary of the series.

Tickets for the events over 15-17 October are available at the Filmhouse, through their website and box office line: 0131 228 2668. Most events are expected to sell out.