Ghibliotheque podcast team celebrates 35th anniversary of Akira with special screening and book signing

The team behind the Ghibliotheque podcast will celebrate the 35th anniversary of director Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s iconic and game-changing anime, Akira, introducing a special screening of the film in Lancaster this Saturday, 28th January 2023.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school dropouts, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon – telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project’s most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed again.

Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham, hosts of the animation-focused podcast Ghibliotheque

This screening will be introduced by Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham, hosts of the animation-focused podcast Ghibliotheque, whose most recent book, The Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide, released last October, takes readers on a journey through Japanese feature-length animation from Akira to Your Name and beyond.

The book can be pre-ordered online with your ticket and Michael and Jake will also be selling and signing copies after the screening.

Akira – Anniversary Screening with Ghibliotheque 5.00pm Saturday 28th January 2023, The Dukes, Lancaster | More details and tickets

Buy The Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide: The Essential Guide to Japanese Animated Cinema from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Explore the magical world of anime through 30 classic films in this new book from the authors of Ghibliotheque.

From box office hits such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Your Name to a host of deeper cuts, hidden gems and future classics, this revealing guide lifts the lid on Japanese animated cinema.

Join Jake Cunningham and Michael Leader, hosts of the acclaimed Ghilbiotheque podcast, as they review 30 of the best anime movies ever created, explaining why each is a must-see and detailing the intriguing stories behind their creation.

An insight into a unique artform, this stunning book is packed with film stills, movie posters and director portraits, and offers an enchanting, enlightening and meticulously researched guide for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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