‘The human brain is mysterious... I’m interested in trying to visualise those nonlinear ways of thinking’
– Satoshi Kon

For many filmgoers in the West, anime is all about Studio Ghibli and the incredible body of work helmed by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Part two of our anime season moves the focus on to a trio of contemporary anime auteurs who have successfully created work to rival that of the grandmasters. Satoshi Kon’s films are known for playing with notions of reality and fiction and blurring boundaries. By the time of his death at the age of 46, he left a body of classics behind. Makoto Shinkai is a significant talent who had global success on an unprecedented scale with Your Name, and Mamoru Hosoda surprises and delights with every new film he unveils; each very different in terms of narrative, yet always of the highest quality.

Justin Johnson, lead programmer

Fantasy/Animation Presents: A Live Podcast on Anime and Your Name

A special library event exploring the origins of anime, and the hit film Your Name.

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Anime Classics Part 2

Films that have survived the test of time, and a few recent titles considered by many to be classics of the form (with many screening at the BFI IMAX).

Akira

One of the greatest anime titles of all time deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

A stunningly drawn anime about a magical young girl who charms everyone she meets.

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Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

An alchemist is caught in a parallel world in Germany 1923.

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Tekkonkinkreet

Enjoy a thrilling fusion of Japanese and European styles in the first major anime made by a non-Japanese director.

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Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro

Hayao Miyazaki’s debut feature is a delightful caper about a gentleman thief investigating an evil Count.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Studio Ghibli’s anti-war masterpiece is a stark but beautifully made classic.

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Grave of the Fireflies + intro by Alex Dudok de Wit, author of BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Studio Ghibli’s anti-war masterpiece is a stark but beautifully made classic.

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Memories

Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) produces three sci-fi tales in this thrilling anime anthology.

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Anime at the IMAX

IMAX versions of anime classics, on the UK’s biggest screen.

Belle

An incredible virtual world allows everyday people to become extraordinary.

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

A stunningly drawn anime about a magical young girl who charms everyone she meets.

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Your Name

Teenagers Mitsuha and Taki haven’t met but find their lives intertwined after the arrival of a comet.

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Contemporary Anime Auteurs

A trio of brilliant directors who have raised the bar for contemporary anime.

Perfect Blue

Satoshi Kon’s cult anime sees an ex-actor-singer tormented by an unhinged fan.

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Millennium Actress

A cinema star of yesteryear shares memories from her life and career in this powerful anime.

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Tokyo Godfathers

An extraordinary anime comedy-drama from the hugely talented Satoshi Kon.

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Paprika

Satoshi Kon's final anime film is a visually stunning, surreal fantasy.

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The Place Promised in our Early Days

Makoto Shinkai's early work is heartfelt and beautifully executed.

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5 Centimeters per Second + The Garden of Words

These shorter works by Makoto Shinkai play with narrative form, telling stories of love and loneliness in exquisite settings.

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Playing with time can be fun, but dangers lurk at every corner…

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Summer Wars

An AI with a sadistic leaning is inadvertently unleashed on the world in this anime update of War Games.

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Wolf Children

Mamoru Hosoda's tale of a woman bringing up her wolf children away from the city is a lyrical, beguiling treat.

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Studio Ghibli

A few classic Ghibli titles to revisit on the big screen.

Castle in the Sky

A legendary floating city is the destination for Studio Ghibli’s first feature film.

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Princess Mononoke

When animals and humans find themselves at odds, a young warrior must find a solution before it’s too late.

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Previews

Anime previews screening at BFI Southbank.

Preview: Summer Ghost + Q&A with director Loundraw

Don’t miss the new film from a hotly tipped new anime director.

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Want more?

See our Funday: Castle in the Sky screenings and workshops for families.

See our Anime collections focus in the library.

This season was co-programmed by writer and academic Hanako Miyata.

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