The Bexley Anime and Manga Festival, which is due to be held in February in 2010 recently confirmed their lineup with some impressive anime movies along with some manga workshops with UK Sweatdrop Studio artists such as Sonia Leong, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon competitions and a Cosplay workshop with Kelly Batchelor.
Their film line-up with be held in the Cineworld cinema in Bexley Heath and all films are free for anyone aged between 11-19, although they do require pre-booking. The films are:
Supernatural Fantasy. Join Chihiro on a strange and mesmerising journey into a world of Japanese spirits. This magical movie stands out as one of the best loved animated fi lms of all time. From acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature.
Date: 1st February 2010
Howl’s Moving Castle
Fantasy Adventure. Travel to a breathtakingly beautiful world and discover the adventure, romance and fantasy of this highly rated film. From acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature.
Date: 4th February
Comedy-Drama. An anime masterpiece, this beautiful film vividly portrays a cold winter in Tokyo as three homeless friends find an abandoned baby in a dumpster and set out on a journey of discovery as they seek to find the parents of the child. Moving, funny and exciting.
Date: 8th February
The Cat Returns
Fantasy. From Studio Ghibli, this acclaimed and entertaining film will charm viewers of all ages. After she saves a cat from an oncoming truck, 17 year old Haru discovers she’s actually saved Lune, Prince of the Cat Kingdom. A whimsical, fun adventure.
Date: 18th February
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Sci-Fi Action. This cult classic is a thrill ride of epic proportions. Action packed with a nail-biting finale, this film is not to be missed at this rare cinema screening. A perfect introduction to anime for new fans and awesome fun for those already devoted.
Date: 11th February
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Sci-Fi Romance. What would you do if you could leap back in time? When Makoto stumbles upon this very power she seizes the chance to get better exam scores and put right certain personal mishaps from her past! A journey of self discovery and romance follows. Acclaimed as one of the greatest anime movies of recent years, this outstanding movie is a festival highlight.
Date: 22nd February
Our review of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is available here.
Sci-Fi. An intense new movie from Ghost in the Shell director, Mamoru Oshii. Stunning state of the art animation and an intelligent story make this a modern anime masterpiece. In a peaceful world a never ending war is fought in the skies by kildren – young people who never grow old. Discover the secrets of this strange yet familiar world in this important new movie. Presented by Manga Entertainment.
Date: 25th February
5cm Per Second
Romance. From Makato Shinkai, this trio of interconnected short stories explores the excitement and melancholy of young love. The title refers to the speed it takes a cherry blossom to fall from the trees to the ground. Visually stunning, absolutely mesmerising and distinctly Japanese. Presented by Manga Entertainment.
K20: Legend of the Mask
Action. A live action Japanese superhero movie with international star Takeshi Kaneshiro. Fight scenes, stunts and a lighthearted plot – the perfect night out at the cinema and an exclusive presentation at the BAM Festival! A superb example of Japan taking on Hollywood and winning. Presented by Manga Entertainment.
Date: 1st March
Time: 1800 for Sky Crawlers followed directly by 5cm Per Second
How to book
Advance booking is recommended for all festival events.
To book your place at any event either:
- Visit any Bexley library to book tickets in person.
- Call 020 8303 7777 (option 4) to reserve tickets for all events.
- Text event title/date with your name and age to 07837 269967.
- Email email@example.com stating the event title/date and your name and age.