Scotland Loves Anime To Screen Two Berserk Films Plus Sunrise's Nerawareta Gakuen
posted on by Andrew Osmond
The current SFX Anime Special magazine, entitled The Ultimate Guide to Anime reports on the first confirmed titles for this year's Scotland Loves Anime event in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The films will include the first two parts of the new Berserk cinema trilogy, as well as Sunrise's adaptation of the SF novel Nerawareta Gakuen. The Cinema Today website streamed a 30-second teaser video for the film (see above), featuring the creator group supercell's opening theme song.
Other Scotland Loves Anime titles confirmed so far are the new HD remaster of Ninja Scroll, and Makoto Shinkai's Journey to Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.) The article indicates that further screenings, and guests for both Glasgow and Edinburgh sessions of the event, are awaiting confirmation.
The Berserk films are based on the "Golden Age" arc in Kentaro Miura's epic dark fantasy, previously adapted in the 1997 Berserk TV series by the Madhouse studio. The first two films are Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King), released in Japanese cinemas in February 2012; and Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Doldrey War), which followed in June.
Nerawareta Gakuen, produced by Sunrise's Studio 8 (My-Hime, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Accel World) is due for release in Japan this Fall. According to the magazine, it will open in Japan this October, the same month as the Scotland Loves Anime event. The film adapted from a children's SF novel, which has already inspired four live-action television adaptations and two live-action films.
The story is set in Abeno 6th Middle School, a prep school attended by the main character Kōji Seki. The school puts a high emphasis on studying, but the resulting stress leads to unruly students. Michiru Takamizawa is elected the student council president, and she begins ruling over the school with a brutal iron fist. Kōji rises up against Michiru, and Kazumi Kusumoto joins him in the battle with the student council.
Scotland Loves Anime will also screen a "mystery" film at the Edinburgh weekend, and short anime works including Combustible by Katsuhiro Otomo and Tsukumo by Shuhei Morita (Freedom).
The event will run at the Glasgow Film Theatre from 12-14 October, and at the Edinburgh Filmhouse from 19-21 October.
Clarification - While the phrasing of the magazine article suggests that only the first Berserk film will be shown, ANN has confirmed with Scotland Loves Anime that actually the first and second films will both be shown.
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