I don’t usually write posts like these, and I am in no way affiliated with SLA or their sponsors, but I am extremely excited about their upcoming event.
SLA stands for Scotland Loves Anime, and is known as the UK’s top Japanese animation festival. SLA is a charity that, as well as premiering the latest Japanese animated films, also provides an ‘Education Day,’ where graduates can network with professionals in the field.
The festival will be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh this October, with a limited run in Aberdeen – I assume they are trialling the event in Aberdeen, with the idea of growing the brand in the future.
5 of the films are EU Premieres, and 9 of them are UK Premieres. This is going to be an exiting event. It’s not often I get to watch Japanese animation on the big screen in my country.
Here is an overview of some of the films I am most looking forward to:
The Murder Case of Alice and Hana
This film uses a technology called Rotoscope to animate the actions of real actors and actresses.
This is the story of how Alice met Hana, Alice who has just arrived in town and is being haunted at school by the spirit of a classmate, and Hana who has not been to school since the ‘Judas Murder.’ Through their join investigation of the boy’s death, they become friends.
Blending elements of murder mystery and ghost story, along with its peculiar style of animation, this film will make for interesting viewing.
Fun Fact: This animation is a prequel to a live-action film called Hana and Alice (2004.)
Expelled from Paradise
Seiji Mizushima, who also directed Fullmetal Alchemist, brings us Expelled from Paradise.
The people have abandoned both the Earth and their physical bodies, and have, instead, populated a cyber universe called DEVA. However, when they discover that someone from Earth is hacking into their mainframe, they send an agent back to the planet to track down and eliminate this threat.
This film uses 3D graphics rendered to look 2D, and deals with the relationship between humanity and AI. Given the nature of my upcoming series of blog posts, and the possibility that I will study for a Masters in Alternative Thoeries of Place in Literature, this movie is ideal for me.
This Annency Award winning film portrays the life of the Edo-period painter Hokusai (a forefather of the modern interest in Japanese animation,) and his family, especially his daughter O-Ei. It is a historical animation, which contains little action, but instead, focuses on the lives of ordinary people.
As such, the artistry of the film is top notch, and emphasises through it’s narrative, how pictures can be used to tell stories.
Attack on Titan: Part 1 (Live Action)
The much talked about, and highly anticipated, live action version of Attack on Titan.
It will be very interesting to see how they render the Titans and the 3D Manoeuvre Gear, although from the trailers I have seen, it doesn’t look too promising.
I enjoyed the live action version of Death Note though, so we shall see, but this could either be disappointing, or life changing (haha.)
The Last: Naruto the Movie
Celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the series, the latest Naruto feature length film fills in the time skip that occurs between book 699 and 700 of the manga series.
The Moon is about to hit the Earth and it is up to Naruto to save the planet.
Since this may well be the last Naruto film to be produced for a while, I might go and watch this one, so that in future I can say that I was there!
Boruto: Naruto the Movie
The UK Premiere of Boruto continues the story Naruto’s son. If you do not know the plot, I won’t spoil it for you. I’m not even a Naruto fan, but even I think this film will be very emotional.
In any case, Boruto sparks the beginning of a new story, which is great since not many series change their protagonist, even though Boruto looks very much like his father, which in my opinion works to soften the blow.
Ghost in the Shell
The first minister has been assassinated, and Motoko Kusanagi puts together a crack team to investigate the incident.
The continuation of Ghost in the Shell: Arise is the first feature-length film in the series since 2004’s Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, and deals with Kusanagi’s earlier life before the implementation of Public Security Section 9.
I’m a big fan of Ghost in the Shell, and will take the opportunity to research the film for my work on virtual/augmented reality.
Empire of Corpses
When this film is shown in Scotland, it will only have been a week since it was Premiered in Japan.
John Watson is tasked with finding the writings of Dr Victor Frankenstein so that the government can create the type of monster that Frankenstein creates in the novel. This mission takes Watson to the other side of the world as he searches for these hallowed papers.
This is quite high on my watch-list, as I’m very interested in 19th century Britain, and gothic works, such as Frankenstein, as you can tell if you read one of my previous posts.
Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Premiering in Japan in January 2015, this film explores what happens when the Sibyl System is introduced to other countries, in the hopes of creating world peace. Needless to say, world peace isn’t that easy to achieve.
This is another film thats subject matter, and intertextual references to other science fiction films, such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell, will be good for my own knowledge and research.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
The positive here is that Akira Toriyama wrote the screenplay, which is often not the case with Dragon Ball films.
However, one review I read a while ago (and can only apologise for the fact that I don’t remember where I read it,) argued that the film was disappointing due to it being made clear early on that Goku has the power to win, especially given that the film was released after Battle of Gods. The reviewer also pointed out that there was not enough time in the feature length production to fully convey the gravity of the situation, and therefore the film labours to an obvious end.
In saying that, I am a big Dragon Ball fan, and the vast majority of reviews have praised the film, despite most agreeing that it is in no way groundbreaking – which for a series that began almost forty years ago, is kind of the best you can hope for.
Madoka Magica – Rebellion (Film 3)
Although I have seen this before, I just wanted to include it, as I am a fan of the anime series, and if I find the time, will probably go and watch this on the cinema screen.
The film’s exploration of memory interests me, as I previously wrote an academic essay on the use of memory in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [fun fact.]
Attack on Titan – Crimson Bow & Arrow
Attack on Titan – The Wings of Freedom
These films are re-mastered versions of the first Attack on Titan anime series.
Personally, I’m not that interested in watching this, but it will be good for people who have heard of the series, but haven’t yet managed to get round to watching it.
Love Live! The Movie
Love Live! taps into the modern phenomenon of idol groups. This film, which is a continuation of the series, explores the Muse’s struggled to cope with forming a new group now that their senior members have graduated from their school.