Screen Anime May 2021 Line-up Adds Tokyo Ghoul S, Relative Worlds, Belladonna of Sadness, Psychic School Wars

Online film festival Screen Anime announced their line-up of films that will be available from Sunday 25th April until Tuesday 25th May. This line-up features a live-action Japanese film as well as three anime films and the second half of a television series, continuing from the previous batch.

The titles below will be replacing the films Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, Pigtails & Other Short Stories from Production I.G, 009 Re:Cyborg and the first half of the television series Eureka Seven.

Tokyo Ghoul S (Live-Action)

Audio: Japanese

Screen Anime’s Premiere title is Takuya Kawasaki and Kazuhiko Hiramaki’s 2019 live-action film sequel adaptation of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, continuing from the events of the 2017 live-action film adaptation. The film stars Masataka Kubota (Takashi Miike’s First Love), Maika Yamamoto (Assassination Classroom live-action films) and Shota Matsuda (Liar Game live-action drama series) with screenplay written by Chūji Mikasano and music composed by Tomomi Oda and Naruyoshi Kikuchi.

This marks the first time the film has made an appearance in the UK & Ireland, and currently no distributor has the rights to release the film on home video.

The Relative Worlds

(Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo)

Audio: Japanese

Screen Anime’s Curated title is Yuuhei Sakuragi’s 2019 original anime film from Craftar Studios (INGRESS The Animation). Yuuhei Sakuragi (CGI Director for The Case of Hana and Alice) also wrote the script while the music was composed by Hidehiro Kawai (INGRESS The Animation).

“Shin and Kotori are both third years in high school. Shin lost his mother when he was little, and since then he has a tendency to close himself off. Kotori is his childhood friend who always looks out for him. One day, another “self” from another Japan appears in front of them.”
Plot Synopsis via AnimeNewsNetwork

Anime Limited included the film for Scotland Loves Anime 2019 and will also be making it available for Crunchyroll’s Movie Night at Home for the UK, Ireland and United States on 1st July.

Psychic School Wars

(Nerawareta Gakuen)

Audio: English, Japanese

Screen Anime’s Festival Favourite title is Ryosuke Nakamura’s 2012 anime film from studio Sunrise (Code Geass). The story is based on the 1973 novel written by Taku Mayumura, with the anime’s script written by Ryosuke Nakamura and Yuko Naito and the music composed by Shusei Murai.

“Spring marks the start of another new school year at a junior high school in Kamakura. A new transfer student, Ryoichi Kyogoku joins the 8th grade. Kyogoku has a very special proficiency in telepathy and has been ordered by his father to use this ability to scan other people’s minds and take over the school.

He instantly gains popularity at school from his good looks and charisma and he sets about taking control of the school. As people begin to fall under Kyogoku’s spell, he covertly manipulates his followers and pushes aside anyone who gets in his way.

With the school almost completely under the control of Kyogoku, only one boy seems unaffected – Seki. Does Seki have what it takes to save everyone from the clutches of mind control?”
Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited

Anime Limited licensed Psychic School Wars in 2016 for home video release. The film was released as a collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack and standard DVD in May 2016.

Belladonna of Sadness

(Kanashimi no Belladonna)

Audio: Japanese

Screen Anime’s Classic title is Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 psychedelic anime film from Mushi Productions. This is the third and final adult film in the Animerama trilogy, following A Thousand and One Nights and Cleopatra (these two are available under Third Window Films on Blu-ray). Based on Jules Michelet’s 1862 essay La Sorcière, the film is written by Yoshiyuki Fukuda and Eiichi Yamamoto (Kimba the White Lion) with music composed by Masahiko Satoh.

“One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, 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, BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. A young woman, Jeanne is assaulted by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself who appears as a sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.”
Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited

Anime Limited licensed Belladonna of Sadness in 2016 for home video release. The film was first released as a collector’s edition Blu-ray in June 2017 followed by a standard Blu-ray in May 2019.

Eureka Seven (Part 2)

Audio: English, Japanese

Continuing the TV series choice of the month’s slate is the second half of Tomoki Kyoda’s 2005 series Eureka Seven with episodes 26 to 50. Animated by studio Bones, the series was written by Dai Satou (Listeners) with music composed by Naoki Satou (Rurouni Kenshin live-action films).

“Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father’s heroic footsteps.
When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune-up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mechanic dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.”
Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited

Anime Limited licensed Eureka Seven in 2015 for home video release. The series was released as an ultimate edition Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray in November & December 2017.


Source: Screen Anime Twitter

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