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More Than Miyazaki - Japanese Anime Season

Thu 16 - Sun 19 Nov
More Than Miyazaki - Japanese Anime Season

2017 marks 100 years since the birth of Japanese animation - please join us to pay homage to an art form Japan has made its own and what's more, there isn't a single Studio Ghibli film in sight. Sure, we love Hayao Miyazaki (legendary Ghibli co-founder), Totoro, and Princess Mononoke as much as the next fan, but this is a chance for the rest of the anime kingdom to shine.

We begin by welcoming back the hugely popular Your Name, the body-swapping romance that has beaten Ghibli's very own Spirited Away to become the highest grossing anime film of all time. Discover two long lost masterpieces in the shape of psychedelic 70s experiment Belladonna of Sadness and 1945 propaganda Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (Japan's very first feature length anime), plus immerse yourself in the creepily timely Perfect Blue (now celebrating its 20th anniversary), and there's fun for all the family with lush fantasy Wolf Children and quirky mermaid musical Lu Over The Wall.

There's also a FREE family drop-in event exploring the themes of Wolf Children, where children and their families can build their own plushie beasts, craft origami animals in our Japanese-style home and indoor forest, and get creative at our animation stations!

This season is curated by Louise Milsom, a student at the University of West of England who is splitting her time between UWE and Watershed whilst studying for an MA in Curating, mentored by the Watershed team.

Upcoming screenings & events in this Season

An incredibly rare chance to see nothing less than the birth of anime itself: Japan's very first feature-length animation, a landmark in anime history and a masterpiece of propaganda, believed lost for several decades and now finally available to view.

Read More - Momotaro, Sacred Sailors

The latest from Masaaki Yuasa is a quirky and colourful family-friendly anime about a musical mermaid named Lu.

Read More - Preview: Lu Over the Wall

Previous screenings & events in this Season

An interesting critique of idol culture in Japan, this psychological thriller of a singer-turned-actress stalked by an obsessed fan and forced to question her own reality still unsettles and intrigues 20 years after its initial release.

Read More - Perfect Blue

A lovely family tale of a young mother who finds herself bringing up two half-wolf children - a great mix of fantasy and real-life issues.

Read More - Wolf Children

UWE and Watershed have collaborated to bring you a special FREE family Drop-in event exploring creative technology and arts and crafts with a great line-up of activity inspired by animated fantasy Wolf Children.

Read More - Call of The Wild Family Drop-In

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese anime, Belladonna of Sadness is a psychedelic, erotic experiment that has been hailed as one of the most innovative and imaginative animated films of all time.

Read More - Belladonna of Sadness

Now the highest grossing anime film of all time, this dazzling body-swap romance confirms director Makoto Shinkai’s reputation as Japan’s new anime king.

Read More - Your Name