Online film festival platform Screen Anime have revealed their next line-up of anime films and a series from 25th August to 25th September 2020.
The premiere choice of the month to replace Ride Your Wave will be Ayumu Watanabe’s 2019 anime film Children of the Sea (Kaijuu no kodomo). The film was animated by Studio 4°C and had received a festival screening at Scotland Loves Anime in October 2019 and was recently acquired by Anime Limited for a collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD release in the near future. It will be available to watch in Japanese with English subtitles (an English dub does exist but will not be available in time for this online film festival screening).
“When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever.”
Taking over from Lu Over the Wall for the festival favourite section will be Mari Okada’s 2018 anime film Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou). This is Mari Okada’s first directorial debut for film and was animated by studio P.A.Works. Anime Limited released the film theatrically and for home video on Blu-ray & DVD in 2019. It will be available to watch in English and Japanese languages.
“The people of Iorph 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.”
The classic film replacing Mai Mai Miracle will be Hiroyuki Okiura’s 2011 anime film A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami). Animated by Production I.G, the film was released by Anime Limited in 2016 on Blu-ray & DVD. It will be available to watch in English and Japanese languages.
“The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words “Dear Momo,” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.”
Taking over from Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution for the curious curation will be Kenji Kamiyama’s 2017 anime film Napping Princess (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari). Animated by Signal MD, the film was released by Anime Limited for both theatrical in 2017 and for home video in 2018 on Blu-ray & DVD. It will be available to watch in English and Japanese languages.
“Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years.
She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family?”
Last but not least we have the series marathon section. Replacing Silver Spoon Season 2 will be the romance comedy reverse harem series Kiss Him, Not Me! (Watashi ga Motete Dousunda). Anime Limited released the series on Blu-ray & DVD in 2018. It will be available to watch in English and Japanese languages.
“Kae Serinuma believes one thing – princes belong together! As an avid boys’ love fan, she loves nothing more than fantasizing about faux relationships between the boys at her school. But when she loses weight due to the stress of her favorite anime character suddenly dying, the boys want…her?! From pretty average to prettiest girl, Kae just wants these boys to date each other, not her!”
Screen Anime is an online film festival dedicated to bridging the gap between theatrical and home video, allowing those who live at home to watch some of the latest and older anime films when they can. Examples of films included in previous line-ups were PROMARE, Penguin Highway, Patema Inverted, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise as well as the television series Wolf’s Rain. It is available with a three-day trial and two subscription model options; £3.99 for 1 month or £39.99 for 12 months. Those who select the Premium membership will also be able to receive a 10% store discount on Anime Limited’s website or unique deals including acquiring Weathering With You’s 4K Deluxe Edition variant for £39.99.
Source: Screen Anime