From a charming fantasy, the darkest timeline, and even the intimate comfort of a bar, the Screen Anime channel invites you to experience stories only possible in animation with their most imaginative line-up to date. From 25th September 2020, embark on a journey to save a magical kingdom with the first wide release of Birthday Wonderland in the UK & Ireland, celebrate an iconic franchise with the bloody battle for the Holy Grail in Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel 1: presage flower, and more!
Joining them this month are classics from now-renowned directors who have proven themselves Screen Anime favourites: 5 Centimeters Per Second, a romance anthology from Makoto Shinkai (Your Name, Weathering With You), and the eclectic anthology Genius Party, featuring short films by Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop). This month’s bingeable series also sees the English-language digital debut of Bartender, a personal favourite of Anime Limited President Andrew Partridge!
The Screen Anime September/October curated line-up will be available from 25th September until 25th October 2020. All titles will be available in Japanese with English subtitles, while Birthday Wonderland, Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel 1: presage flower, and 5 Centimeters Per Second will also be available with an English language dub.
PREMIERE: BIRTHDAY WONDERLAND (PG)
A delightful, Ghibli-esque fantasy adventure from Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai). When young Akane visits her aunt on the eve of her birthday, a visit from the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates sees them transported through their basement door and into a fantastical world full of magic and colour.
This world is under threat, however, and it’s Akane’s destiny to save it. The only problem? She just wants to go home!
Screened in competition at the 2019 Annecy International Film Festival.
FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: FATE/STAY NIGHT HEAVEN’S FEEL 1: PRESAGE FLOWER (15)
The Holy Grail War - a battle royale fought by mages and heroic spirits from across history - has returned to Fuyuki City. 10 years after a cataclysmic fire changed his life forever, Shirou Emiya is living a peaceful and earnest life with those dear to him, like his quiet underclassman Sakura Matou, until a deadly encounter throws them into the midst of a twisted struggle that’s closer to them than they ever imagined.
The highly anticipated adaptation of the iconic video game, from the studio behind Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
CLASSIC FILM: 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (U)
A romantic anthology from Makoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name and Weathering With You. Takaki and Akari were best friends in elementary school, but became separated after graduation. Time passes by and their feelings for each other are put behind them, but on one snowy day when they’re set to be reunited, memories of love and lost innocence rush through Takaki’s head that span the minutes and months of their lives.
Winner of Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
CURATED: GENIUS PARTY (15)
An eclectic anthology of 7 short films from some of the most celebrated directors in anime, including Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop). The Genius Party collection features stories ranging from a salary man trapped in an endless cycle of work, to a boy trying to return a frog home in a world of zombies! Produced by Studio 4°C, the studio behind Children of the Sea.
SERIES MARATHON: BARTENDER (12)
(TV SERIES- 11 EPISODES)
A curious classic making its English-language streaming debut. Buried deep in the backstreets of Japan’s Ginza district is a small bar named Eden Hall, where troubled patrons are served by Ryu Sasakura, a bartending prodigy who legend has it, always knows the perfect cocktail to soothe the souls of his troubled patrons. Take a trip to Eden Hall, meet its varied patrons, and listen to their troubles while you sit back and relax. But remember: drink - and watch - responsibly.
A personal favourite of Anime Limited founder Andrew Partridge.
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