Kotatsu Japanese Animation Film Festival 2019 Announces its Programme

The organisers behind the Wales’ Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival have announced their programme of events for both Cardiff and Aberystwyth and it includes 8 feature films and a short and, alongside the film screenings in Cardiff, are the marketplace and raffle and also two guests from Japan who will conduct a workshop.

The festival begins on Friday, October 04, at 18:00 at Chapter Arts, Cardiff, with a screening of the mecha adventure Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection. This will be followed by an Anime Song Disco hosted by DJ Ryojin at 20:00.

The festival begins again on Saturday, October 05. at 11:00 with the family adventure Birthday Wonderland. The films continue at 16:00 with Tamako Love Story, the first of two titles programmed as a tribute to the studio Kyoto Animation before taking a darker turn with a horror-action double-bill with Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1 at 18:00 and Calamity of a Zombie Girl at 20:15.

The final day of the festival, Sunday, begins at 11:00 with the critically-acclaimed adventure Penguin Highway which is followed by Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution at 14:00. and then a second Kyoto Animation film, A Silent Voice at 17:00.

There are two guests who have travelled from Japan, the award-winning director and stop-motion animator Takeshi Yashiro and his producer Satoshi Akutsu, who are in Britain to present the International Premiere of their film, Gon, The Little Fox. They are at Kotatsu where they are taking part in a Masterclass with a special guest host, Robin Lyons, and they will talk about their careers in the animation world and how they work. From 11:00 to 16:00 on the Sunday is a stop-motion animation workshop conducted by Takeshi Yashiro. It is open to people from the age 8 and up at the cost of £27 (for booking please contact the festival [email protected]) and attendees will have the chance to animate their own scene with professional puppets which Takeshi uses in his works

Running alongside the film screenings and the animation workshop will be a raffle and a Japanese marketplace which sells things such as food, model kits, manga and other goods from Japan.

The festival will then continue in Aberystwyth at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre with a selection of films from the Cardiff run plus one extra, Miss Hokusai, a period drama about the daughter of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, O-Ei.

Here are the times for both festivals:


Friday October 04

18:00: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

20:00: Anime Song Disco with DJ Ryojin


Saturday October 05

11:00: Birthday Wonderland

13:30: Takeshi Yashiro and Satoshi Akutsu Masterclass

16:00: Tamako Love Story

18:00: Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1

20:15: Calamity of a Zombie Girl


Sunday October 06

11:00: Penguin Highway

14:00: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution

16:30: Raffle

17:00: A Silent Voice

11:00 to 16:00: Stop-motion Animation Workshop



Saturday October 19

10:00: Penguin Highway

12:30: Birthday Wonderland

15:15: Miss Hokusai

17:15: Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1

19:45: Raffle


Sunday October 20

14:00: Eureka Seven

16:00: Tamako Love Story

17:30: Code Geass


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I'm a long-time anime and Japanese film and culture fan who has lived in the country and is studying Japanese in an effort to become fluent. I write about films, anime, and work on various things.

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