After launching their Screen Anime online film festival, Anime Limited have announced the UK digital premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s smash hit Weathering with You. The film is set to headline the festival from 25th June 2020. With a curated theme of “extra-ordinary high school life”, Weathering With You will be joined by a showcase of the unique experiences that can unfold within one of anime’s staple and most enduring settings.
Experience Makoto Shinkai’s break-out hit with the body-swapping sensation Your Name, discover your voice with Anthem of the Heart, an emotional drama from screenwriter Mari Okada (Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms), or elope with the youthful summer of Fireworks. Those wanting a more tranquil youth, however, can enrol in the rather more agricultural themed school of this month’s bingeable TV series, the hilarious Silver Spoon, based on the manga by Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa.
Following its premiere at Scotland Loves Anime 2019, fans expressed their desire to experience Weathering With You and Your Name back to back, and after successful double-bill screenings earlier this year, we’re delighted to give you that same opportunity at home! You can also enjoy Weathering With You alongside the Screen Anime community, with a #ScreenAnimeParty Twitter watch-a-long on Thursday 2nd July at 7:30pm!
Weathering With You established itself as a certified fan favourite following its limited theatrical release in January 2020, proving itself a worthy successor to the worldwide phenomenon Your Name, with both grossing over £550,000 each at the box office. Audiences being able to enjoy great anime films at home soon after theatrical release is a rare opportunity, and one of the guiding principles behind the Screen Anime film festival platform, which successfully launched in the UK & Ireland last month.
The Screen Anime June/July curated festival bill line-up will be available from 25th June until 25th July 2020. All titles will be available in Japanese with English subtitles, with Your Name and Fireworks also having English dubbed options.
PREMIERE: WEATHERING WITH YOU (CERT 12)
Brighten your day with the highly anticipated successor to Your Name. When Hodaka runs away from home and finds himself in the back streets of a rain-drenched Tokyo, he meets Hina, a strong-willed Sunshine Girl who possesses the mysterious power to clear the skies. When the two join forces to bring sunshine to those around them, however, they may just find a way to end their own rainy days. Winner of the Scotland Loves Anime 2019 Audience Award.
BONUS: An introduction, and Q&A, with director Makoto Shinkai.
FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: YOUR NAME (CERT 12)
The body-swapping romance that became a worldwide sensation. Mitsuha and Taki have never met, but when the country girl and city boy start switching lives, cultures and genders, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable. But what will happen once they discover the red string of fate dying them together? Winner of the Scotland Loves Anime 2016 Jury Award.
CLASSIC FILM: ANTHEM OF THE HEART (CERT PG)
Find your voice with an emotional coming-of-age drama from the screenwriter behind Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. Jun Naruse has been left unable to talk ever since her words unwittingly exposed her father’s affair and destroyed her family, but when she and other class misfits are straggled together to compose a musical, she might just find a way to overcome the pain caused by her words.
BONUS: An article exploring the film.
CURATED: FIREWORKS (CERT 12)
Get swept up in a time-travelling summer romance from the studio behind the Monogatari series. When friends Norimichi and Yusuke race for a chance to date the class beauty Nazuna, could the outcome affect more than just a teen love triangle, and chart a new future for the troubled Nazuna? The first original feature film from a beloved, fan favourite studio.
BONUS: Behind the Scenes with the English Cast
SERIES MARATHON: SILVER SPOON (CERT 12)
(TV SERIES – SEASON 1 – 11 EPISODES)
Yugo Hachiken thought he was headed for an easy life when he snubbed the responsibilities of academia for an agricultural high school in rural Hokkaido, but the early mornings and facts about the origins of eggs will be the least of the aimless Yugo’s worries when he finds himself surrounded by classmates with clear goals in mind. Together, however, they will grow in this delightful, unexpected comedy from the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist.
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