Made in Scotland…From Girders

So that’s the first weekend done of Scotland Loves Anime, a mad rush of films and festivities in Glasgow, featuring Satoshi Nishimura and Shigeru Kitayama, the director and producer of Trigun: Badlands Rumble. They were both charming, enthusiastic and informative, and deeply appreciative of the reaction of the Scots to their work. I would say more about it, but I have spent the last three days in a sleepless Japanese haze, and someone else has most meticulous reports that actually remember them better than I do. Follow the links for in-depth accounts of the Summer Wars screening and the Q+A that followed the UK premier of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.

This morning I’m off to Newcastle University to see the people there, but I am back in Edinburgh for Wednesday, when I shall be terrorising and traumatising class Japanese Translation 2B with tales from the anime world. Another lecture open to all university students in the afternoon, and then finally I shall get some sleep… although on Friday it’s the Scotland Loves Anime Education Day, and then another weekend of frolics in Edinburgh.

There’s an article on it all in last week’s Scotsman on Sunday, too. I’ve got to write my next Neo columns while I’m here, so hopefully I will be able to find the time in the middle of all this to sit down and annotate the latest issue of Big Comic Original.

6 thoughts on “Made in Scotland…From Girders

  1. Wait, your coming to my uni? Newcastle? Could you please just elaborate the details a bit more please? I searched in vain for your open student lecture in the modern languages block today, so could you clarify WHEN you’re at Newcastle? Perhaps tell me the time and room you’re lecturing at?

    I’m a fan of your work and would love to hear you speak, but I have heard nothing about this lecture from the student union. If I missed my chance to see you today, all fine and good, but if you’re speaking on Tuesday or coming back to Tyne, could you please respond? Your post doesn’t really make it clear regarding time and places, so could you please respond soon? Thank you.

  2. I wasn’t going to Newcastle for a lecture, I was going there to have lunch with some staff from the School of Modern Languages to talk about, as it turned out: fart gags of the Edo period, inadvisable anime role models, sweaty Chinese men hitting each other, Kazuo Ishiguro, and behind-the-scenes gossip about Japanese propaganda films. I’m in Scotland all week for the next iteration of Scotland Loves Anime, so Dr Laura Moretti, newly installed at Newcastle, thought it might be a nice use of my time to see a bit of the the Newcastle campus. Which I have just done.

    These are the lectures in Edinburgh:

  3. Oh. Well, now I feel like a prat. Still, I didn’t bring my copy of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis with me, so at least I didn’t miss much. Thanks anyway!

  4. Any chance you’ll ever write something about the topic of the “FIVE GIRLS NAMED MOE: The Anime Erotic” lecture for those of us unfortunate not to attend?

    I always find your articles a good read.

  5. Vito, “Five Girls Named Moe” was a repeat performance of an infamous lecture that I first gave in 2007. As a result, there is a complete transcript of the original performance in the book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis. The questions in Edinburgh were different, and went on for much longer, but the text of the lecture was almost identical.

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