Free Anime Screenings in Piccadilly August 1

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Day-long London screenings organised by Japan Foundation including '70s Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) movie

The Japan Foundation has made the following announcement:

'On Saturday, 1 August 2015, from 11:30am until 6:30pm, The Japan Foundation will present four programmes of anime film screenings at BAFTA in Piccadilly, London. This family-friendly collection of films has been split into themes, and will provide a colourful introduction to the different aspects of Japanese animated films – a genre popular all around the world. The selected films range in production date from 1978 to 2010 and showcase different styles of animation such as stop motion, computer generated, and hand drawn retro animation. All the films are in Japanese but have English subtitles, and for people who are interested in learning Japanese, there will be some Japanese Language Taster Sessions during the day.

'All the screenings are free to attend but booking is required. To book a place, please visit

Programme Sessions:

Anime for Everyone!


KOMANEKO – The Curious Cat (Tsuneo Goda, 2006, 60min)

This series of charming short films tells the story of a very curious kitten named Komaneko and all of her fun filled adventures!

Recommended for ages 2+

Anime Goes Underground


SOS! TOKYO METRO EXPLORERS: THE NEXT (Shinji Takagi, 2006, 40min)

In the summer of 2006, 5th grader Ryuhei Ozaki finds a mysterious journal titled "Tokyo Exploring Records" which leads him to search for hidden treasure in the Tokyo underground.

Recommended for ages 8+

Anime Meets CG…


Negadon: The Monster from Mars (Jun Awazu, 2005, 25min)

In the year 2025, a returning spaceship to earth crash-lands on the streets of Tokyo, unleashing Negadon, a giant monster from beneath the surface of Mars.

Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (Shuhei Morita, 2005, 24min)

In a twisted version of hide and seek where contestants are believed to be spirted away by demons, Hikora, joins the game with hopes of finding his missing sister, Sorincha.

Planzet (Jun Awazu, 2010, 53min)

After Hiroshi Akishima's father is killed by alien lifeform codenamed FOS, he joins the Planetary Defence Forces Alliance, working his way up to be a pilot of the robot weaponry called ‘GL’.

All recommended for ages 10+

Retro Anime


Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie) (Hisayuki Toriumi, 1978, 110min), pictured above.

Featuring an introduction by Japanese anime expert Helen McCarthy.

Revolving around five teenage superheroes that together form the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, this science fiction film is based on a popular anime series by the same name from the 70s.

Recommended for ages 8+

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