Kotatsu Festival Celebrates its 10th Year

This year’s Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival has 8 feature films packed with adventure, emotions, action and awesome animation.

Alongside the film screenings are the marketplace and raffle and the festival welcomes two special guests from Japan.

The festival begins on October 4th at 18:00 at Chapter Arts, Cardiff, with a screening of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, the reintroduction and continuation of the Code Geass mecha saga where giant robots and political intrigue provide the drama. This will be followed by the Reception and an Anime Song Disco hosted by DJ Ryojin at 20:00 where guests can mingle and show off their moves on the dancefloor.

The festival continues on October 5th at 11:00 with Birthday Wonderland, a family adventure where a shy girl from Japan gets taken to a fantastical world under threat from dark forces. At 13:30 Kotatsu welcomes two special guests, 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 have kindly travelled to Kotatsu to present a Masterclass where they will talk about their careers in the animation world and how they work with our special guest Robin Lyons.

The films continue at 16:00 with Tamako Love Story, the first of our two films programmed as a tribute to the studio Kyoto Animation who suffered a tragedy earlier this year. The film is a love story that will serve as a reminder of their ability to create sweet and loveable stories filled with characters that audiences are sure to care about. The late Saturday evening slot is reserved for darker stories and this is where there are two horror inflected action films, Fate / Stay Night - Heaven's Feel Film 1 at 18:00 and Calamity of a Zombie Girl at 20:15, the first featuring heart-stopping action scenes and gory action while the second is a more tongue-in-cheek B-movie experience with creative death scenes.

The final day of the festival begins at 11:00 with the critically-acclaimed adventure Penguin Highway where a precocious schoolboy and an intriguing older woman investigate the source of an invasion of penguins in their town. Running alongside this film, from 11:00 to 16:00 is a stop-motion animation workshop conducted by special guest Takeshi Yashiro. It is open to people from the age 8 and up at the cost of £27 (for booking please contact the festival This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and attendees will have the chance to animate their own scene with professional puppets which Takeshi uses in his works.

The next film to be screened is Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution which tells a new variation of the popular franchise’s story where two teens pilot a giant robot. Just before the final film screening the results of the ever-popular raffle will be announced with prizes on offer with some gifts being brought over from Japan by the guests.

The Kotatsu festival in Cardiff then closes with a screening of A Silent Voice at 17:00. There was no hesitation in our choosing this title because it is a beautifully told heartfelt story of overcoming painful moments that went down well with the audience and we trust it will go down well again as we screen it as a tribute to Kyoto Animation.

Running alongside the film screenings and the animation workshop will be a series of Japanese-themed events 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 with a selection of films from the Cardiff run that fans of animation are sure to enjoy and there will also be the raffle for people to have the chance of winning some excellent goods.

Find out more at www.kotatsufestival.com