Kotatsu Festival Launch 2017 Programme

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival starts on September 29th at Chapter Arts in Cardiff with the opening ceremony where festival director Eiko Meredith will introduce Wales to a selection of some of the best animated films to come from Japan over the course of the last year. Indeed, the festival caps what has been a stellar year for anime on the big screen with films such as Your Name and Napping Princess being screened theatrically up and down the UK and there are even more films planned for later in the year. Kotatsu is helping to keep this trend going by bringing together 8 feature films and 14 shorts with 15 Welsh premieres amidst the programme. This year we are hosting the event in the partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Audiences will be thrilled with a selection of stories running from sci-fi to fantasy and the mundane, all told in a variety of styles from a typical slice-of-life anime made special because of its touching story to a weird romance where characters end up in the belly of a whale. The titles we have selected run from the immensely popular and critically acclaimed sci-fi romance Your Name to the touching slice-of-life drama A Silent Voice which examines bullying and forgiveness. For something completely different, we are going retro with a 1970s anime called The Belladonna of Sadness a psycho-sexual mind-trip of a movie with stunning art and a harrowing story. It has toured the international film festival circuit where it has wowed critics but this is the first time it has been screened in Wales.

After hosting two of the Project Itoh films in previous years, Kotatsu brings the trilogy to a close with Genocidal Organ but for something lights and for something for all the family, people can see Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale and Napping Princess. There are many short films on offer from Production I.G and our special guest (more on him below) including Kickheart, one of three films by the director Masaaki Yuasa.

Kotatsu is super excited to be one of the first festivals to show Mind Game and The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, the first of which is rarely shown in cinemas and the second being a recent release in Japan. Audiences will be able to see why anime fans herald him as a great talent as they see romances that involve protagonists experiencing strange and mystical adventures in pursuit of love. See them as they encounter tengu and end up in the belly of a whale through a series of misadventures and misunderstandings all told through unique and lively animation.

We are also excited to be hosting Professor Yuichi Ito of the Tokyo National University of Arts Graduate School. He is a special guest coming all the way from Japan to talk about how he has created many award-winning anime, his ethos, his methods and what he is teaching his students, the future creators of anime. This is a great chance for audiences to interact with an actual animator and learn more about the craft. This programme is supported by The Japan Foundation.

Not only that, we are bringing back the ever-popular market and raffle which will feature special prizes and goods to be bought thanks to Yuichi Ito who is bringing a number of items to Britain and also thanks to our festival staff who scoured the stores of Akihabara and other otaku spots for great gifts for a wide variety of people. There are also plenty of educational activities such as a Calligraphy class and a Manga drawing workshop both of which are hosted by professional artists.

The festival programme is live on the website and tickets are already on sale at the Chapter Arts box-office. Please have a look at the films on offer and we hope to see you at the festival!

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Programme Aberystwyth 2017

For ticket information please contact Aberystwyth Arts Centre on +44(0)1970 62 32 32

Friday 28th October 2017 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
11:00

Napping Princess


Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Duration: 110m
Released: 2017
Rating: PG
Days before the Tokyo Olympics, Kokone, a high school girl from Okayama, has strange dreams about warring machines that seem to be connected to her family in some secret way. All will be revealed as she travels between dreams and reality in order to rescue her father from government agents.
13:15

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale


Director: Tomohiko Itō
Duration: 120m
Released: 2017
Rating: 12A
Sword Art Online continues with “Ordinal Scale”, a new hit game utilizing augmented reality technology to bring a virtual fantasy world to the real one but when people start getting hurt Kirito, Asuna, and their party members must save the day.
15:35

Genocidal Organ


Director: Shukou Murase
Duration: 115m
Released: 2017
Rating: 15
Following the detonation of a home-made nuclear device in Sarajevo, the collapse of the world system has happened amidst a series of genocides and it’s all linked to a mysterious American named John Paul. Intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd is tasked with tracking John Paul down and locating the true heart of darkness – a genocidal organ.
18:00

Raffle Prize Draw


Make sure you get your tickets in advance to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. You may want to check out the raffle page to see what’s on offer.
18:15

Mind Game


Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Duration: 103m
Released: 2004
Rating: 15
Nishi has a simple dream: to become a manga artist and marry his childhood sweetheart Myon but the path to true love is twisting. She has already been proposed to and, after fleeing from a couple of Yakuza, they end up trapped in the belly of a whale where they meet God.
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Programme Cardiff 2017

For ticket information please contact Chapter Box Office on +44(0)29 2030 4400

Friday 29th September 2017 at Chapter Arts Centre (Skip to Saturday)
18:00

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl


Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Duration: 93m (+10m intro)
Released: 2017
Rating: TBC

A black haired girl walks around the streets of Kyoto at night. She is pursued by a male admirer who tries to catch her attention. As this rather one-sided romantic dance unfolds, they experience some surreal
magical-realist moments.

Saturday 30th September 2017 at Chapter Arts Centre (Skip to Sunday)
11:00

Napping Princess


Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Duration: 110m
Released: 2017
Rating: PG

Days before the Tokyo Olympics, Kokone, a high school girl from Okayama, has strange dreams about warring machines that seem to be connected to her family in some secret way. All will be revealed as she travels between dreams and reality in order to rescue her father from government agents.

11:00

Manga Drawing Workshop


Manga Drawing Workshop
Tutor: Asuka Bochanski Tanaka
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Price: £20
Level: Beginners
Age: 12+
Due to popular demand, we have added an extra workshop for Beginners!

Let’s draw your character! Learn how to draw your very own manga character with expert guidance from manga designer Asuka Bochanska Tanaka.

To book your place please visit:

https://goo.gl/forms/IfL1cc7zGHNw8hEh1

You can also email Asuka directly on:

kropla.asuka@gmail.com.

13:30

Manga Drawing Workshop


Manga Drawing Workshop

 

Tutor: Asuka Bochanski Tanaka
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Price: £20
Level: Beginners
Age: 12+

Let’s draw your character! Learn how to draw your very own manga character with expert guidance from manga designer Asuka Bochanska Tanaka.

To book your place please visit:

https://goo.gl/forms/IfL1cc7zGHNw8hEh1

You can also email Asuka directly on:

kropla.asuka@gmail.com.

13:30

Neo-Craft Animation – A Certain Japanese Stop-motion Animation

 


Hosted by: Professor Yuicihi Ito
Duration: 100m

Professor Yuichi Ito
Yuichi Ito is an award-winning animation director and a professor in the department of animation at Tokyo National University of Arts Graduate School. His work spans TV animation, commercials, and music videos. Following a presentation of his work, he will conduct a masterclass and will explain more about his creative process and different animation techniques from CGI to puppet animation. Also screening is work from his students at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate Schools Film and New Media, Department of Animation.

Supported by The Japan Foundation.

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KNYACKI!!

Selected Episode: Macaroni
Created: 2007
Duration: 5m

KNYACKI!! Screenshot
Broadcast since 1995, Knyacki is a children’s animation about the small adventures of a little mint-green caterpillar and his friends.

NORABBITS MINUTES

Selected Episodes: Piano (Ep2) & Art and Skating (Ep3)
Created: 2006
Duration: 3m

Norabbits Minutes Screenshot
Bosom rabbit brothers Norabbits and Minutes are living in their underground apartment in the woods, in this cute, surreal, heartwarming premium short film.

You Are My Friend

Created: 2004
Duration: 5m

Kimiha Tomodachi Screenshot
This is a music video for Mr Ken Hirai, a Japanese singer, released in May 2004. An animation depicting the strong friendship between a boy and a dragon.

HARBOR TALE

Created: 2011
Duration: 18m5s

Harbor Tale Screenshot
This animation makes full use of the “neo-craft animation” technique of combining stop-motion animation with CGI.
In the port town of “Y” (modelled on Yokohama), a piece of red brick in a western-styled building has been looking down on the town for 100 years.
One day it finally slipped away from the building.

YOKOHAMA TALE

Title: Chat – The White Sea Mew
Created: 2011
Duration: 1m

Harbor Tale Screenshot
This is an animation planned for commemorating the century-old red brick warehouse in Yokohama, Japan.

Blue Eyes in HARBOR TALE

Created: 2014
Duration: 7m40s

Harbor Tale Screenshot
This is a continuation of “HARBOR TALE”. In the scene of the port town “Y”, new picture representation mingles with a very strange drama. A little story begins with bisque doll that one day came out of the boathouse moored to the bank of the canal.

Doron Coron

Created: 2004
Duration: 5m

Doron Coron Screenshot
The earth “Doron Coron” got life in a strange way. This is a story about his small adventures and miracles.

Candy.zip

Director: Tomoki Misato
Created: 2017
Duration: 4m30s

Doron Coron Screenshot
Aoko is confident about the documents she creates at work, but doesn’t get any positive feedback. Then, she witnesses her colleague secretly changing the documents she created. Aoko is turned into a piece of candy to keep her quiet…

Mind Room

Director: Moe Kuribara
Created: 2017
Duration: 4m11s

Doron Coron Screenshot
Little by little, something has gone wrong with a career woman’s personal life. But these little things are what fill the big hole in her heart.

I Think You’re A Little Confused

Director: Iku Ogawa
Created: 2016
Duration: 8m30s

Doron Coron Screenshot
One day a letter takes a blood-sausage to his friend, liver-sausage. So, he went…

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16:00

Your Name


Director: Makoto Shinkai
Duration: 106m
Released: 2016
Rating: 12A
Mitsuha and Taki are two teens living parallel lives in different parts of Japan but their destinies are connected when they witness the first visible comet for a thousand years approach Japan and they begin to switch bodies. Fate unites them for a dark journey which lies ahead.
18:20

Genocidal Organ


Director: Shukou Murase
Duration: 115m
Released: 2017
Rating: 15
Following the detonation of a home-made nuclear device in Sarajevo, the collapse of the world system has happened amidst a series of genocides and it’s all linked to a mysterious American named John Paul. Intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd is tasked with tracking John Paul down and locating the true heart of darkness – a genocidal organ.
20:50

Belladonna of Sadness


Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Duration: 86m
Released: 1973, HD re-master 2016
Rating: 18
Beautiful peasant woman Jeanne is ravaged by the local lord and in her distress she meets and makes a pact with the Devil. This is the start of a tale of sexual frenzy and misery in medieval France.
All Day

Japanese Marketplace


Full details at bottom of page

Sunday 1st October 2017 at Chapter Arts Centre (Skip to Friday)
11:00

A Silent Voice


Director: Naoko Yamada
Duration: 129m
Released: 2016
Rating: 12A
Elementary school kid Shoya targets the new transfer student Shoko because of her deafness. The class soon turn on him for his lack of compassion. Years later, Shoya is tormented by his past and so he decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins.
13:00

Manga Drawing Workshop


Manga Drawing Workshop
Tutor: Asuka Bochanski Tanaka
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Price: £20
Level: Intermediate
Age: 12+
Let’s draw your character! Learn how to draw your very own manga character with expert guidance from manga designer Asuka Bochanska Tanaka.

To book your place please visit:

https://goo.gl/forms/IfL1cc7zGHNw8hEh1

You can also email Asuka directly on:

kropla.asuka@gmail.com.

14:00

Pigtails, and other short films from Production IG


Director: Production IG
Duration: 80m
Released: N/A
Rating: TBC
Poster - Pigtails
A selection of short films from leading Japanese anime studio Production IG.

Pigtails
Director: Yoshimi Itazu
Running Time: 28 minutes

Drawer Hobs
Director: Kazuchika Kise
Running Time: 24 minutes

Lil’ Spider Girl
Director: Toshihisa Kaiya
Running Time: 24 minutes

Kickheart
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Running Time: 14 minutes

15:00

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop


Manga Drawing Workshop
Tutor: Yukiko Ayres
Duration: 1hr 30m
Price: £20
Age: All Ages Welcome

Learn how to write in Japanese with expert tuition from Yukiko Ayres, who recently did a workshop at University of Cambridge.

For booking please contact the festival via e-mail on info@kotatsufestival.com

16:30

Raffle Prize Draw


Make sure you get your tickets in advance to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

17:30

Mind Game


Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Duration: 103m
Released: 2004
Rating: 15
Nishi has a simple dream: to become a manga artist and marry his childhood sweetheart Myon but the path to true love is twisting. She has already been proposed to and, after fleeing from a couple of Yakuza, they end up trapped in the belly of a whale where they meet God.

Japanese Marketplace

Various market stalls offering a fantastic selection of Japan-related paraphernalia, from comics and DVDs to food, toys and other kawaii goods.


Kotatsu Festival Stand

A selection of new and second-hand Japanese books, comics, magazines and DVDs, Kimono cloth remnant offcut. All money raised on this stand will be used to help fund future Kotatsu Festival events.


Kotatsu Display

Come and join us and try out an actual Kotatsu table. Unique to Japan, a Kotatsu is a table which is draped in a blanket, futon or quilt, with a heater underneath. It’s ideal to keep your legs and feet warm on the cold winter nights. (Saturday only)
Kindly supplied by Kaori Onoda.


Super Tomato

Cardiff based specialist retailer of retro videogames, manga, comicbooks, and toys – both from the UK and imported directly from Japan.


Keep It Secret
(Saturday Only)

Kawaii goodies to suit your tastes, stocking; Kawaii Fashion, Kawaii Stationery, Tasty Japanese Sweets & Snacks, lot’s of plush toys from famous Ghibli Films, Phone Charms, life-style products, all from this Kawaii UK Based Store!

Cherry Slug

Selling original hand-made artworks inspired by video games and anime. The WeaponShop, an exhibition and pop-up trading platform, attempts to bridge the gap between video-game nostalgia and real life. Offering hand produced items, inspired by popular games in the same manner they are offered in video-land.


Iconic Toos

Specialise in geeky tatoos, from ant man to Zelda and everything in between


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Raffle Aberystwyth 2017

Below are the raffle prizes to be won at Aberystwyth. Raffle tickets will be available at the Box Office on the day of the event.


Star Prize


Harbor Tale DVD Cover

Harbor Tale DVD – Signed by Yuichi Ito

Courtesy of Itoon.

This animation makes full use of the “neo-craft animation” technique of combining stop-motion animation with CGI. In the port town of “Y” (modelled on Yokohama), a piece of red brick in a western-styled building has been looking down on the town for 100 years. One day it finally slipped away from the building.


Miscellaneous


MVM DVD cover - Maid Sama

DVD Set from MVM

Courtesy of MVM Entertainment.

  • Total Eclipse Blu-ray
  • Maid Sama! Collection 1
  • MICHIKO & HATCHIN
  • Hakuoki

Komaneko Toys

Courtesy of Dwarf.

“Komaneko The Curious Cat” is a stop motion movie directed by Tsuneo Goda.


Image of Pencil Case and Handkerchief From Kiriko Kubo

Pencil Case and Handkerchief

Courtesy of Kiriko Kubo.

Kiriko Kubo is a very famous Japanese cartoonist living in London. She recently published e-books of ‘Cynical Hysterie Hour’ in English. Her comics are available on Amazon.

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Raffle Cardiff 2017

Below are the raffle prizes to be won. Raffle tickets are available at Super Tomato and Chapter Box office from beginning of September for 50p each.


Star Prizes


DVD Cover - Case Closed (Detective Conan) Signed Flyers

Yuichi Ito Goods

Courtesy of Itoon.
Various goods and a book signed by Yuichi Ito. Yuichi Ito is an award-winning animator and a professor in the department of animation at Tokyo National University of Arts Graduate School. His work spans TV animation, commercials, and music videos.


StopMate Armature

StopMate Motion Animation Armature

Courtesy of Tetsu’s Armature.

The StopMate SM-005 is a ball & socket armature kit which can be assembled to create the internal skeleton for your humanoid puppets. Designed by Tetsu, a skilled Japanese machinist, they are the main stop motion armatures used in univertisies such as Tokyo’s University of the Arts animation program. They are also used professionaly for films, TV series, and adverts in the Japanese animation industry. The armature moves really smoothly and is very strong, making it ideal for professional animation projects. Sold worldwide by Stop Motion Store.



Vouchers


TK Trading Gift VoucherTK Trading Gift Voucher

£20 Voucher for TK Trading (2 vouchers up for grabs)

Courtesy of T.K Trading
The biggest online Japanese food shop in UK.
We have 2 gift vouchers to give away, each worth £20!


Yakiniku Food VoucherYakiniku Food Voucher

Yakiniku Gift Vouchers

Courtesy of Seoul House Restaurant.

Treat yourself to some excellent cuisine at the reknowned Japanese and Korean restaurant on the east side of Cardiff.
We have 4 gift vouchers to give away, 1 x £20, and 3 x £10.


Cynical Hysterie Hour

Japanese Food Hamper

Courtesy of Ren Japanese Food.
A voucher for a food hamper, such as this beautiful Bento box.


Books & DVDs


MVM DVD cover - Nobunaga The Fool

DVD Set from MVM

Courtesy of MVM Entertainment.

Set A

  • Nobunaga The Fool – Bluray
  • Total Eclipse – DVD
  • Log Horizon (Part 1)
  • A Lulu In The Sea

MVM DVD cover - God Eater

DVD Set from MVM

Courtesy of MVM Entertainment.

Set B

  • God Eater
  • Fate Zero
  • From the New World Part 1
  • Nobunaga The Fool – DVD

Neo Magazine Issue Subscription

1 year’s subscription to NEO Magazine

Courtesy of NEO Magazine.


Miscellaneous


Domo Kun T-Shirt

Domo Kun T-Shirt

Courtesy of Dwarf.

Domo Kun T-Shirt
Size:M


Komaneko Toys

Courtesy of Dwarf.
“Komaneko The Curious Cat” is a stop motion movie directed by Tsuneo Goda.


Image of Bag From Kiriko Kubo

Bag

Courtesy of Kiriko Kubo.
Kiriko Kubo is a very famous Japanese cartoonist living in London. She recently published e-books of ‘Cynical Hysterie Hour’ in English. Her comics are available on Amazon.


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