Three Japanese animated films will take part in free screenings of animated movies from around the world as part of Animahenasyon 2014: The 8th Philippine Animation Festival.
These films will be shown throughout the four (4) day event together with other animated movies from the United States, Italy and Spain.
Komaneko is Japan’s first stop-motion animated feature film and is directed by Tsuneo Gouda, the man behind NHK‘s popular mascot Domo-kun.
The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, November 26, between 04:00pm to 05:45pm at Room 602-603 (6th Floor) and on Thursday, November 27, between 10:00am to 11:45pm at 6th Floor Library.
When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS? (Synopsis from Sentai Filmworks)
The Garden of Words is a Japanese anime film produced by anime studio CoMix Wave Films, which was written & directed by Makoto Shinkai. The movie was first screened in Australia for Gold Coast Film Festival in April 2013, and premiered in Japan in May of the same year.
The cast are lead by Miyu Irino (Daisuke Niwa, D.N.Angel) as Takao, and Kana Hanazawa (Kobato Hasegawa, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) as Yukino.
The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, November 26, between 07:30pm to 09:45pm at Room 602-603 (6th Floor) and on Thursday, November 27, between 02:00pm to 03:45pm at 6th Floor Library.
A female mecha pilot tries to keep in touch with her boyfriend on earth while she is in space using cell phone text messages. The farther away they get from each other, the harder it is for the text messages to get to each other. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Voices of a Distant Star is a Japanese original video animation (OVA) also produced by anime studio CoMix Wave Films, which was written & directed by Makoto Shinkai. It was first released in February 2002.
The series was earned awards such as Animation Kobe awards for packaged work in 2002, as well as Seiun Award for best media in 2003.
The series has two versions, where the first version was voiced by Shinkai (as Noboru Terao) and his then-girlfriend Mika Shinohara (Mikako Nagamine), while the second version for DVD release was voiced by Chihiro Suzuki (Yuuto Sakaeguchi, Big Wind-Up!) as Noboru Terao and Sumi Mutoh (Kei Amemiya, Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade) as Mikako Nagamine.
The OVA series is set to be screened on Wednesday, November 26, between 07:30pm to 09:45pm at Room 602-603 (6th Floor) and on Thursday, November 27, between 02:00pm to 03:45pm at 6th Floor Library.
Animated movies from the U.S. such as The Croods, Brave, Despicable Me 2 and American Legends will also be screened for free, along with Italy’s La Gabbianella e il Gatto (The Seagull and the Cat) and Spain’s Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones (The Adventures of Tadeo Jones).
Animahenasyon 2014: 8th Philippine Animation Festival is happening from November 25-28 at the iAcademy Plaza (formerly Mondragon House), 324 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati City.
Anime Pilipinas is a proud media partner of Animahenasyon 2014.