Sci-fi festival presented it’s mini anime all nighter festival recently giving us a mix of classics and new films at the Stratford Picture House Cinema. Sponsored by Manga UK, Jeremy was asking people for their opinions of the movies so watch out for future video footage. We also received a small goody bag with two books, free popcorn, energy drink and lots of free coffee and tea to keep us awake. This years lineup was as follows:
Wolf Children, a Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda released in 2012. The film stars the voices of Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki and Yukito Nishii. It is a story narrated by one of the Wolf children explaining that her mother, Hana, falls in love with a Wolf Man. It is a heart felt drama of everything that comes with a unique family. For the sake of her children Hana makes a lot of sacrifices. The animation is cute but dark when necessary and by all means the themes are serious.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
It is the first of four films released in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy based on the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The film focuses on a young teenager named Shinji Ikari, who is asked to pilot a mecha known as ‘Evangelion Unit-01’ to protect the world from mysterious creatures known as Angels. A classic but not my favourite, perhaps a good place to nap and stay alert through the rest of the all nighter.
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
The movie opens with a new Evangelion pilot, Mari Illustrious Makinami, being launched in Provisional Unit-05 to destroy the resuscitated skeleton of the Third Angel. We are also introduced to Kaworu.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
It’s the third film in the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series. The story begins 14 years after the events of the previous film. Most of Nerv’s original adult staff, sans Gendo and Fuyutsuki, now belong to an organisation called Wille (German for ‘will’), led by Captain Misato Katsurag. Asuka with one eye) and Mari, Toji’s sister Sakura, and several new characters are pilots. Shinji has been absorbed inside Eva-01 all this time…seems this is a premise for another film.
Lastly a film to wake us up with blood and breasts. A Satoshi Kon thriller classic often compared to works of Alfred Hithcock. This nineties movie shows the mental trauma of Japanese idol Mima-rin transitioning into an actress and the sordid things she must do. This doesn’t go well, especially for her idol fans, one in particular would rather keep the old Mimi and destroy this new impostor. Who Is the real Mima?
To find out why founder Louis Savvy decided on this lineup watch Aisha’s interview here: