Scotland Loves…

Today I’m packing for Scotland Loves Anime, two weekends of Japanese cartoonery held in Glasgow and Edinburgh. This year’s line-up has four, count ’em, four Japanese guests, which means I have my work cut out for me interviewing Yumi Sato (Brains Base) and Shuko Yokoyama (Aniplex) about Hotarubi, and Shunsuke Oiji about Colourful. And the cherry on the cake is the legendary Ryosuke Takahashi (that’s him in the picture), father of “real mecha”, and show-runner on Armoured Trooper Votoms, who will be in Edinburgh to show off his new Pailsen Files, and answering questions after the premiere.

I’ll also be talking to him on Sunday 16th about his long career in the Japanese animation business, beginning with his early days at the famous Mushi Production. I might also bring up his segment of The Cockpit anime, since I translated it 16 years ago.

Scotland Loves Anime is actually part of a broader remit called “Scotland Loves Animation”. This is reflected in the education day on Friday 14th which sees a number of animators, directors and producers from the global animation community talking about their work. Also, the Polish animation house Platiges Images are sending Daniel Nenow to talk about his superb dogfight animation Paths of Hate. And all the while, Jonathan Clements, author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis (that’s me), will be darting about on stage imparting Quite Interesting facts and odd anime trivia. At some point, I think that festival organiser Andrew Partridge is interviewing me… or I am interviewing him. We will probably end up interviewing each other, and as per usual it will turn into a stand-up routine about Bonkers Things the Japanese Studios Have Done This Year.

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6 thoughts on “Scotland Loves…

  1. Takahashi is coming there himself? I may well just the pilgrimage down to Edinburgh to be there. Once in a lifetime oppertunity here.

  2. Yes, Takahashi is coming himself — a real coup for SLA. He will be talking about Pailsen Files on the Saturday night, and talking about his career as a whole on the Sunday morning.

  3. I look forward to seeing/hearing your introductions to this years screenings.
    Wonder if any more animators will be plyed with strange bright orange beverages again this year:)

  4. Please share Takahashi’s Q&A session and interviews with us after ! Could you ask him to develop what he thinks about Nishida’s (right wing character) ideology in “Gasaraki” ? That’s one of the hottest topic among Takahashi fans and it would be very interesting to know.

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