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BFI Southbank is to once more host a biennial Anime Weekend.

Running from May the 16th to the 18th this year’s programme boasts one UK premiere and one European premiere and will showcase some of the best anime to come out of Japan in the past two years, including representations from popular franchises Ghost in the Shell, Tiger and Bunny and Evangelion. The event, organisers at the BFI say, will complement their Southbank Studio’s Ghibli retrospective, which runs throughout April and May, showcasing the feature films of one of Japan’s best-loved studios.

Patema Inverted tells the story of the princess of an underground community who embarks on an adventure sparked by her curiosity of the outside world. Also screening will be the third film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo and the European Premiere of Tiger and Bunny: The Rising. Every anime fan’s favourite crime fighting duo Tiger and Bunny return with a new boss who has it in for Tiger, a new ego-fuelled partner for Bunny to contend with, and a new set of super-powered criminals to battle.

Two further films adapted from popular mangas will also screen during the weekend; One Piece: Strong World is the latest in the run of successful features based on the best-selling manga in Japan, while Blue Exorcist: The Movie is based on a popular manga and TV series, and brings the much loved half-demon hero Rin to the big screen.

Completing the line-up is the latest film from Makoto Skinkai, Garden of Words, a chance encounter between a schoolboy and an enigmatic older woman leads to an unusual relationship.

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