Picturehouse Culture Shock – dedicated to bringing you the best in cult and genre films – is pleased to bring a season of the best and brightest Japanese animated releases to Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum, Bradford.

Running from Wednesday 17 May until Tuesday 31 October, the Screen Anime programme consist of the following films: 

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry [15]

Wed 17 May, 6pm

The Fairy Tail guild sets out to capture a magical wand called Dragon Cry on behalf of the Kingdom of Fiore, after it is stolen by Zash and given to Animus of the Stella Kingdom. Dragon Cry is said to be powerful enough to destroy the world – but will Natsu be able to awaken his instincts and save everyone?

Based on the manga and anime series Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima.

‘A fun romp stuffed with all the elements Fairy Tail is known for that fans can enjoy, from visuals to music to characters,’ Anime Now

In This Corner Of The World [12A]

Wed 28 June, 6pm

Based on the manga by Fumiyo Kōno, this award-winning story follows a young girl named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to a small town in Hiroshima where she marries a young clerk who works at the local naval base. Living with his family, Suzu becomes essential to the running of the household, especially during the tough wartime conditions. In 1945, intense bombings by the US military finally reach Kure, with devastating effect to the town’s way of life.

‘A dream-like portrait of what was lost in the blast of Hiroshima’ ★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Napping Princess [12A]

Wed 16 August, 6pm

This genre-bending film from director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex; Eden Of The East) takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Her napping brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and further away from her family?

Perfect Blue (20th Anniversary) [18]

Tue 31 October, 6pm

Leaving the world of J-pop behind, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. After taking a lead role in the show as a rape victim, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima’s Room’, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people from Double Blind turn up dead, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.

‘Strange, stylish and intelligent’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Empire Magazine

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