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Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival 2012

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by Lindsay Law (subscribe)
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I've loved Anime since the first time I watched Akira, but the pressures of parenthood mean I have very little time for watching films or going to the cinema any more.

This October, I think I might need to secure a babysitter or two and change all that.

The Edinburgh Filmhouse is, for its third year, presenting a festival celebrating anime films: the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival. Anime films are a tradition in Japan dating back to the early part of the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers started experimenting with animation techniques. The industry has built and built until anime-influenced tv shows would become familiar to every school-child who's ever watched the Cartoon Network. One of the collaborations between Western and Japanese animators was my favourite cartoon ever: Dungeons and Dragons.

Ninja Scroll
A still from Ninja Scroll, set during Japan's Tokugawa period.

The festival isn't celebrating anime-influenced films though. It's celebrating Japanese anime in its purest form. This year, the Festival has attracted more Scottish premieres than in previous years, and also includes the world premiere of Nerawareta Gakuen.

The programme includes the adaptation of a Nintendo DS video game, Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney, which is apparently an incredibly faithful to the original script from the game.

As well as a full programme of feature length films, there are also Anime Shorts, and a showing of the Anime Mirai Project.

The Project is designed to provide a platform to display the work of some of the youngest and freshest Japanese animators, and is a collective venture by 4 Japanese film studios. There are four short films in the Project. I especially like the sound of L'il Spider Girl.

Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
A still from Wolf Children Ame and Yuku, who need to make a choice to grow up as children or wolves.

You can find a link to the full programme of films here.

If you'd like to try something a little different from the usual multiplex fodder, then get along to the Filmhouse and get acquainted with anime.
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Why? Instead of the multiplex, try out anime
When: Varies
Where: The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
Cost: 2.60-7.50
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