Every year Scotland holds a short anime movie season at various film theatres under the banner "Scotland Loves Animation". This year's programme has finally been firmed up but the bad news is that the festival organisers are still working on their website and it currently returns a "Real Soon Now" banner and nothing else which is kinda worrying since the event starts in less than a month's time. If you're interested you can find actual details on the films being shown on the Edinburgh Filmhouse website and the Glasgow Film Theatre website.

The Edinburgh programme runs for a week, Mon 16 Oct to Sun 22 Oct. The first movies on the schedule are dubbed versions of last year's subtitled releases such as Kimi no na Wa (Your Name) and Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice). I'm not a fan of dubs so I've got tickets instead for three subtitled movies -- the biggie is the Shaft Productions Kizumonogatari part 3, following on from parts 1 and 2 which I saw last year at the 2016 SLA festival. The others are a stab-in-the-dark for me, another Shaft movie Fireworks (actually something like "Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?") and the quirky-looking The Night is Short, Walk On Girl by director Takeuchi Nobuyuki who worked on several of the previous Shaft Monogatari movies and anime series. (Can you tell I like Shaft?)

Reviews to come later.

I just booked my flights to (and from) Helsinki for Worldcon this year.

I'm taking part in two panels and giving a talk:


Anime and manga for SF/F Fans

Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30, 207 (Messukeskus)

What does anime and manga offer for fans of science fiction and fantasy? What are the definitive works everyone should be familiar with and what are the personal favourites of our panelists?

Nojay, Dakkar, Todd Allis, Ciaran Roberts, Ada Palmer (M), Sakuya


Isekai -- Japan invades Fantasy Land

Friday 15:00 - 16:00, Rauhanasema (Messukeskus)

Japan's publishing industry is churning out lots of parallel-universe (isekai) SF stories as light novels, manga and even anime to popular acclaim. Japanese people find themselves in a world of dragons and magic and cat-girls by different means and deal with it in particularly Japanese ways. Hot springs are usually involved.



Western adaptations of Japanese fiction

Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, 203a (Messukeskus)

Western media is adapting Japanese fiction all the time. Ghost in the Shell -movie, All you need is kill -manga translated into the Edge of Tomorrow -movie or Netflix's upcoming Death Note movie. Why is this done and what is being lost/gained in the process?

Bao Shu, Anna Wu, Kyoko Ogushi, Nojay, Kat Takenaka (M)




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