BFI Southbank offers Massive Theatrical Anime line-up for May 2018

The British Film Institute Southbank cinema in London recently released a guide that covers a whole variety of films that will be available at their location throughout the month of May 2018. In addition a number of titles included in the list are a bunch of anime films!

The guide has split the anime into different sections; the Anime Weekender where most of the titles are listed and Families which includes a couple Studio Ghibli films for the youngsters. To make things even more exciting two of the titles included in the Anime Weekender event will also be shown in IMAX.

You can check out the cinema’s official website, the Anime Weekender main page, the Animation 2018 main page and the film guide for more information.

Tickets will be on sale starting 10th April 2018 at 11:30am BST.

We’ll be listing the anime below by date in which they will appear.


Sunday 6th May

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors

(Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei)

Time: 3:20pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Mitsuyo Seo
Year Released: 1945
Age Rating: PG

Japanese fairy tale hero Momotaro leads a squad of heroic animal soldiers against evil British demons. Believed destroyed after Japan’s surrender, rediscovered in a warehouse in 1983 and digitally restored from the sole surviving negative.

This infamous 1945 black-and-white propaganda film was funded by the Navy Ministry to promote recruitment and Japan’s military agenda in the South Seas.

The film was a landmark event in anime history, and a seminal influence on the generation of animators that followed.

My Neighbour Totoro

(Tonari no Totoro)

Time: 12:45pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Year Released: 1988
Age Rating: U

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei as they discover their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit named Totoro who can only be seen by the eyes of a child. As Totoro introduces the girls to his extraordinary friends, they embark on the journey of a lifetime.


Tuesday 8th May

Belladonna of Sadness

(Kanashimi no Belladonna)

Time: 6:20pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Year Released: 1973
Age Rating: 18

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.K., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci with J.R.R. Tolkien influences.

The last film in the Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his longtime collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. A young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is assaulted by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s RAN) who appears as a sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.


Wednesday 9th May

Akira

Time: 8:30pm
Location: NFT1
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Year Released: 1988
Age Rating: 15

Clandestine army activities threaten the war-torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society that once called him weak.


Saturday 12th May

Princess Mononoke

(Mononoke Hime)

Time: 12:30pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Year Released: 1997
Age Rating: PG

Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out to the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi and a proud clan of humans against the forest’s animal gods… who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves.


Tuesday 15th May

Akira (IMAX Screening)

Time: 6:15pm
Location: IMAX
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Year Released: 1988
Age Rating: 15

Clandestine army activities threaten the war-torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society that once called him weak.

Your Name (IMAX Screening)

(Kimi no Na wa.)

Time: 8:50pm
Location: IMAX
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Year Released: 2016
Age Rating: 12

Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited.

What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai.


Friday 18th May

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation

(Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch I – Koudou)

Time: 6:15pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Goro Taniguchi
Year Released: 2017
Age Rating: 12

In a world dominated by the Holy Empire of Britannia, most of the globe has been conquered and forced into submission by this behemoth of a superpower. Japan, now renamed Area 11 after its defeat at the hands of the Empire, continues to harbour pockets of seemingly futile resistance that seems powerless in the face of the might before them. Enter Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince hidden away under a false name in Area 11 – harbouring a deep hatred for the empire which has forsaken him, he grabs the chance to fight back when a mysterious power known as “Geass” is bestowed upon him, and begins working from the shadows to bring Britannia to its knees as the faceless leader of Area 11’s resistance.

Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution 1

(Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution 1)

Time: 8:50pm
Location: NFT1
Director: Tomoki Kyouda
Year Released: 2017
Age Rating: 12

Ten years ago, the major earth-shaking “First Summer of Love” event occurred. Renton, who lost his father during the event, now attends the army school of the United Federation of Predgio Towers located in the border town of Bellforest. Because his late father is still praised, Renton feels something is lacking as he continues with his ordinary, boring days. Then one day, Nirvash, the world’s oldest LFO, appears in front of him and a girl named Eureka emerges from the cockpit. This was the beginning of the future of humans and Scub Coral, another intelligent lifeform.

Was this encounter all just a coincidence? Or was it fate? Where will Renton and Eureka’s journey end?


Saturday 19th May

Spirited Away

(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Time: 3:00pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Year Released: 2001
Age Rating: PG

A young girl, Chihiro, finds herself trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story, brimming with creativity, Spirited Away will take you on a journey beyond your imagination.

Your Name

(Kimi no Na wa.)

Time: 5:20pm
Location: NFT1
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Year Released: 2016
Age Rating: 12

Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited.

What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

(Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou)

Time: 8:30pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Mari Okada
Year Released: 2018
Age Rating: 12

Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.

The people of Iolph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief.


Sunday 20th May

Lu Over the Wall

(Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta)

Time: 12:45pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Year Released: 2017
Age Rating: PG

Kai has moved from Tokyo to a lonely fishing village with his father and his grandfather. One day, his classmates invite him to join their band. As he reluctantly follows them to Merfolk Island, their practice spot, they meet Lu, the mermaid girl. Since ancient times, the people of Hinashi Town have thought that mermaids brought disaster. Something happens that puts a huge rift between Lu and the townspeople. Will Kai’s cry from the heart save the town?

In This Corner of the World

(Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni)

Time: 6:10pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Year Released: 2016
Age Rating: 12

The award-winning animated feature from the director of Mai Mai Miracle and the producers of Millennium Actress & Tokyo Godfathers

In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card

(Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fuuin Sareta Card)

Time: 3:15pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Morio Asaka
Year Released: 2000
Age Rating: PG

In Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card, Sakura and Syaoran are reunited at last — but as Sakura tries to come to terms with her feelings for Syaoran, the two must face off against the strongest Clow Card ever made!

Paprika

Time: 8:30pm
Location: NFT2
Director: Satoshi Kon
Year Released: 2006
Age Rating: 15

Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination – where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject’s dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device – before it falls into the hands of a “dream terrorist” in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.


Saturday 26th May

Spirited Away

(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Time: 12:30pm
Location: NFT3
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Year Released: 2001
Age Rating: PG

A young girl, Chihiro, finds herself trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story, brimming with creativity, Spirited Away will take you on a journey beyond your imagination.


That’s a lot of films being shown! Don’t forget if you miss out on Mari Okada’s directorial feature film Maquia it will also be available nationwide in cinemas 27th June 2018.

NormanicGrav

Grav is your average generic anime character who went to University, joined and took over the Sheffield Hallam anime society, graduated, got a job, and after various tropes is now back at University. He considers himself a man of culture and likes a lot of anime, even the ones that are considered bad. He likes harems, isekai and pouts too.

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