Screen Anime September to October 2020 Line-up Adds Birthday Wonderland, Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Genius Party

Online film festival platform Screen Anime have revealed their next line-up of anime films and a series from 25th September to 25th October 2020.

The titles below will be replacing Children of the Sea, A Letter to Momo, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Napping Princess, and the series Kiss Him, Not Me!.


Birthday Wonderland

Audio: English, Japanese

Birthday Wonderland (also known as The Wonderland in other regions) is the premiere title of the month, replacing Children of the Sea. The film is directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Summer Days with Coo) and animated by studio Signal.MD (Napping Princess). Russian illustrator Ilya Kuvshinov (Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045) provided character designs and Harumi Fuuki composed the music.

Anime Limited will soon release the film as a collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack and standard release this October 2020.

“When young Akane visits her aunt on the eve of her birthday, a visit from the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates sees them transported through their basement door and into a fantastical world full of magic and colour. This world is under threat, however, and it’s Akane’s destiny to save it. The only problem? She just wants to go home!”

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel I. Presage Flower

Audio: English, Japanese

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel I. Presage Flower is the festival favourite, replacing Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms. The film is directed by Tomonori Sudou (Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin) and animated by studio Ufotable (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). Tomonori Sudou also provided character designs and Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online) composed the music.

MVM released the film on Blu-ray and DVD.

“The Holy Grail War – a battle royale fought by mages and heroic spirits from across history – has returned to Fuyuki City. 10 years after a cataclysmic fire changed his life forever, Shirou Emiya is living a peaceful and earnest life with those dear to him, like his quiet underclassman Sakura Matou, until a deadly encounter throws them into the midst of a twisted struggle that’s closer to them than they ever imagined.”

5 Centimeters per Second

Audio: English, Japanese

5 Centimeters per Second (Byousoku 5 Centimeter) is the classic film, replacing A Letter to Momo. The film is directed by Makoto Shinkai (Weathering With You) and animated by studio CoMixWave Films (Flavours of Youth, Your Name). Takayo Nishimura (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) provided the character designs and Tenmon (Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two.) composed the music.

Manga Entertainment once released the film and has now been rescued by Anime Limited for a collector’s edition steelbook release in December 2020 exclusively through AllTheAnime store and Zavvi.

“Takaki and Akari were best friends in elementary school, but became separated after graduation. Time passes by and their feelings for each other are put behind them, but on one snowy day when they’re set to be reunited, memories of love and lost innocence rush through Takaki’s head that span the minutes and months of their lives.”

Genius Party

Audio: Japanese

Genius Party is the curious curation title of the month, replacing Napping Princess. The anthology film provides seven short films from the following directors; Atsuko Fukushima (Key Animator for Akira & Original Character Designer for Giovanni’s Island), Shoji Kawamori (Director for Macross & The Vision of Escaflowne), Shinji Kimura (Art Director for Blood Blockade Battlefront & Project A-Ko), Yoji Fukuyama (Manga author of The Day of the Wolf & Gamurakan), Hideki Futamura (Director for The Animatrix & Halo Legends), Masaaki Yuasa (Director for Lu Over the Wall & The Tatami Galaxy), and Shinichiro Watanabe (Director for Cowboy Bebop & Space Dandy). The anthology is animated by Studio 4°C (Berserk Golden Age Trilogy, Children of the Sea).

Anime Limited released the film with its sequel Genius Party Beyond as a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack.

“The Genius Party collection features stories ranging from a salary man trapped in an endless cycle of work, to a boy trying to return a frog home in a world of zombies!”

Bartender

Audio: Japanese

Bartender is the series marathon title, replacing Kiss Him, Not Me. The television series was directed by Masaki Watanabe (KADO: The Right Answer) and animated by Palm Studio (Genshiken). Hirotaka Kinoshita (Genshiken) provided the character designs and Kaoruko Ohtake composed the music.

Anime Limited will soon officially release the series as a collector’s edition Blu-ray in January 2021 for the UK & USA territories.

“Buried deep in the backstreets of Japan’s Ginza district is a small bar named Eden Hall, where troubled patrons are served by Ryu Sasakura, a bartending prodigy who legend has it, always knows the perfect cocktail to soothe the souls of his troubled patrons. Take a trip to Eden Hall, meet its varied patrons, and listen to their troubles while you sit back and relax.”


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. Previous examples of highlighted films include Children of the Sea, PROMARE, Ride Your Wave, and Weathering With You, as well as Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution, Lu Over the Wall, Maquia, Penguin Highway, and Your Name.

Screen Anime is available to check out with a three-day free trial as well as two subscription model options; £3.99 for 1 month or £39.99 for 12 months. Those who select the annual premium membership will also have access to a 10% store discount on Anime Limited’s website, meaning titles like the upcoming Violet Evergarden collector’s edition can be purchased for £36 instead of £39.99.

Source: Screen Anime

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 went back to do a Masters degree. He considers himself a man of culture and likes a lot of anime, even the ones that are considered bad. Harems, Isekai, Pouts are also stuff he likes.

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