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Inside the Industry: ANIME
Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings new
Takehisa Kosugi: SPACINGS

Inside the Industry: ANIME   org

Anime is one of Japan’s most popular and prolific cultural exports. Across a wide range of productions and vast number of styles and genres, it has developed to become an iconic aspect of Japanese culture, continuing to attract legions of fans and inspire animators worldwide. But where exactly do our favourite TV series and films begin before becoming domestic and international hits and what makes them successful?

This event will bring together seminal figures in the anime industry to discuss the practical aspects of their respective positions in the business, and outline the challenges which animators, writers and producers face today. The speakers will take you on a journey through the tough but fascinating world of anime production, right from the very earliest sketches to the finished product in all its animated glory.

Following on from a successful event held in 2012, this talk will provide you further with (almost!) everything you always wanted to know about the anime industry.

Hirokatsu Kihara began working at Top Craft, which produced Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, before joining Studio Ghibli in 1985, working with Hayao Miyazaki on Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. After leaving Studio Ghibli in 1990, Kihara made his writing debut with the ghost story Shin Mimi Bukuro, which went on to sell over 1,200,000 copies and has since gone on to complete 10 volumes.

Michihiko Suwa is Chief Producer at the Animation Department of Yomiuri TV and self-proclaimed manga-fanatic, and has been working as an animation producer since in 1986. His first work as a producer was the anime television series Robotan, before working on a number of hit television series and film adaptations including Detective Conan (Case Closed), City Hunter, InuYasha, Black Jack, Yawara! and Magic Knight Rayearth.

Aya Suzuki is a 2D Character/FX animator, layout artist and animation lecturer. Projects Suzuki has worked on in Japan and overseas include Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (2013) at Studio Ghibli, The Illusionist (2010) (Dir. Sylvain Chomet, Django Films), Wolf Children (2012) (Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Studio Chizu) and The Dreaming Machine (Dir. Satoshi Kon, Madhouse).

Stephen Cavalier (chair) has two decades experience in the animation and games industries, during which time he has worked as series director / animation director on TV series' for Disney, BBC and Channel4 and has written and directed award winning short films, music videos and TV commercials in both animation and live action. His book The World History of Animation and his animated storybook game Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World were published recently and he is currently directing a CG preschool series for Disney in London.

Date: 13 July 2015 from 6.30pm

London Metropolitan University, Moorgate Campus
Electra House, 84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ

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This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here.

Image credits (left to right): © 志水アキ/木原浩勝; © 鯛夢/ホーム社/KADOKAWA; © 武若丸/神楽坂淳/木原浩勝/ホーム社/集英社;  © 東毅/小学館・読売テレビ・A-1 Pictures 2015; © 2015青山剛昌/名探偵コナン製作委員会
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Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings   org

This summer the Japan Foundation have organised a day packed full of special anime film screenings, all of which can be enjoyed on the big screen! 

11:30am: Anime for Everyone! (Recommended for ages 2+)
KOMANEKO – The Curious Cat

1:00pm: Anime Goes Underground (Recommended for ages 8+)

2:10pm: Anime Meets (Recommended for ages 10+)
Negadon: The Monster from Mars
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

4:15pm: Retro Anime (Recommended for ages 8+)
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie
Featuring an intro by Japanese anime expert Helen McCarthy

Date: 1 August 2015 from 11.30am

BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park

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These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place, please visit:

Main image (from top to bottom): Negadon: The Monster from Mars (© Jun Awazu/CoMix Wave Films) (part); KOMANEKO - The Curious Cat (© amis de Komaneko) (part); Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie (© TATSUNOKO PRODUCTION Co., Ltd.) (part); Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (© YAMATOWORKS/D.I.C) (part)

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Takehisa Kosugi: SPACINGS   JPsupported

The Ikon Gallery present the first major exhibition by Japanese composer and artist Takehisa Kosugi. Kosugi was a pioneer of experimental music in Japan in the early 1960s and is considered to be one of the most influential artists of his generation. The exhibition will feature three of the artist’s sound installations, involving everyday materials and radio electronics, and interacting with wind, electricity and light.

Date: 22 July 2015 - 27 September 2015

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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Image: Takehisa Kosugi. Interspersion for Light and Sound, 2000 (detail). Audio generator, light pulse generator, piezo transducer, LED, sugar, plastic container. Courtesy the artist.

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