It’s that time of year again! Scotland Loves Anime have announced their lineup for 2014, with 11 films playing across both venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh between October 10th and 19th.
Headlining this year is Dragonball Z: Battle of the Gods, dusting off Goku & co. for the first new DBZ feature film in seventeen years. Also playing are Appleseed Alpha, newest 3D CGI iteration of Masamune Shirow’s early hit manga, WW2-set drama Giovanni’s Island, action game adaptation Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, super-powered gang fighting fantasy K: Legend of Kings and crime-caper franchise crossover Lupin vs. Detective Conan.
A few classic titles have also reared their heads, with Royal Space Force (aka Wings of Honneamise) playing both venues, Time of Eve and Sword of the Stranger for Edinburgh, while Glasgow gets Mamoru Oshii’s original Ghost in the Shell, playing in its original cut, rather than the much maligned 2.0 version.
In addition to the main programme, Edinburgh will have the now traditional mystery film, as well as a special Q&A event, showing two episodes from the currently airing series Space Dandy, followed by a talk from president of animation studio BONES (Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, Eureka Seven), Masahiko Minami. Also guesting will be Jonathan Clements (frankly, it wouldn’t be SLA without him) and director Mizuho Nishikubo, who will be giving a Q&A session after the Glasgow showing of Giovanni’s Island.
Booking in advance for screenings is strongly advised, with the more popular films generally playing to packed screens in past years. Tickets for the Glasgow showings are already available here, with a new ‘season pass’ ticket covering all the films also available. Tickets for Edinburgh showings will be available in September from the Filmhouse website.