13:00 - 28th November 2012, by David West

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Brings Anime To Wales

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff for a day of screenings, premieres and special events on Saturday 1 December 2012.

The festival was Launched in November 2010 with the aim of screening the best in Japanese Animation, both mainstream and independent.

Each year Kotatsu brings Welsh fans the premieres of the latest anime features alongside animation workshops for children and masterclasses from invited professionals.

This year's festival will feature the Welsh premieres of Journey To Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below) by Makoto Shinkai and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - Egg Of The King directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka.

There will be a special screening of the wonderful stop-motion animation Komaneko followed by Q&A session with the director Tsuneo Goda, the creator of Domo, and stop-motion animator Hirokazu Minegishi, live from Japan via Skype.

There will be two films from Studio Ghibli on the bill, with screenings of Arrietty and the forthcoming From Up On Poppy Hill.

There will be a Manga drawing workshop with Japanese multi-designer Asuka Tanaka, who will be demonstrating how manga characters are created.

In the foyer there will be a Japanese market running throughout the day, with stalls offering anime products and art and crafts with a Japanese flavour from local artists and shops.

A special raffle will be held at the end of the evening with exciting prizes including Stop-motion Pro animation software, a framed art print by Utagawa Hiroshige, DVDs and more.

For the full schedule and ticket information, visit and check out their Facebook page.

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