Programme Aberystwyth 2019

Summary Kotatsu Festival Aberystwyth 2019

Sat 19th Oct

10am Penguin Highway
12:30pm Birthday Wonderland
3:15pm Miss Hokusai
5:15pm Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1
7:45pm Raffle

Sun 20th Oct

2pm Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution
4pm Tamako Love Story
5:30pm Raffle / Code Geass: Lelouch of the re;surrection

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
For ticket information please contact
Aberystwyth Arts Centre on +44(0)1970 62 32 32

Saturday 19th October 2019

10am Penguin Highway

Screenshot from Penguin Highway
Penguin Highway

Audience Award 2019 Winner
Best Film

Aoyama is a precocious and confident schoolboy who loves to think. This particular summer will see him tackle his biggest puzzle yet when a colony of penguins mysteriously materialises in his sleepy little town. With the help of an intriguing older woman he met at his dentist’s office, he aims to figure out where on Earth they came from in this charming adventure that proves to be out of this world.

PENGUIN HIGHWAY © 2018 Tomihiko Morimi, KADOKAWA / Penguin Highway Production Committee

Dir: Hiroyasu Ishida / 119m / 2018
Rating: 12 – mild sexual reference
In Japanese with English subtitles

12:30pm Birthday Wonderland

Screenshot from Birthday Wonderland
Birthday Wonderland

Akane is a young shy girl who lacks confidence. A day before her birthday she goes to her aunt Chi’s antique shop to collect her present. She gets more than she bargained for when she meets a mysterious man named Hippocrates the Alchemist, who believes that Akane is the Goddess of the Green Wind, and can save their world, “Wonderland”.

BIRTHDAY WONDERLAND © Sachiko Kawashiba, Kodansha/2019 “Birthday Wonderland” Production Committee

Dir: Keiichi Hara / 120m / 2019
Rating: U (8+) – mild peril / violence
In Japanese with English subtitles

3:15pm Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei spends the bulk of her time assisting her divorced father who cares about his art and not much else.

Dir: Keiichi Hara / 90m / 2015
Rating: 12A
In Japanese with English subtitles

5:15pm Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1

Screenshot from Heavens Feel
Fate / Stay Night – Heaven’s Feel Film 1

The latest movie adaptation of the visual novel “Fate/stay night” focuses on a high schooler named Shirou Emiya who takes part in an explosive conflict known as the Holy Grail War. This is a battle between mages and their summoned warriors known as Servants. Shirou, together with his Servant, Saber, fight to win the war and stop mysterious gruesome murders that are plaguing his home town.


Tomonori Sudo / 120m / 2017
Rating: 15
In Japanese with English subtitles

7:45pm Raffle

Take part in the Kotatsu raffle for a chance to win a variety of prizes from the UK and Japan. Make sure to get your tickets in advance from Eiko Meredith.

Sunday 20th October 2019

2pm Eureka Seven Hi Evolution

Screenshot from Eureka Seven Hi Evolution
Eureka Seven Hi Evolution

Renton Thurston is a teen in a boring town. He has a hover-board and a dream of joining a group of guerilla fighters named Gekkostate in their exciting adventures. Their leader is a man named Holland, a pro hoverboarder that Renton idolises. He gets his chance when a mysterious girl named Eureka crashes into his house in a mech called Nirvash and sets in motion an astounding adventure.


Dir: Tomoki Kyoda / 109m / 2017
Rating: 12
In Japanese with English subtitles

4pm Tamako Love Story

Tamako Love Story
Tamako Love Story

Third year high school girl Tamako has never really thought long term.  She figures she will continue to work at her family’s mochi shop. Her neighbour and long-time admirer Mochizou, on the other hand, is planning to go to university in Tokyo, leaving behind everyone he knows, including his beloved Tamako who he is desperate to confess his feelings to. Will she understand? Kyoto Animation brings to life a sweet romance with this movie sequel to “Tamako Market”.

Dir: Naoko Yamada / 83m / 2014
Rating: 12A – mild sexual reference
In Japanese with English subtitles

5:30pm Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Screenshot from Lelouch Resurrection
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re:surrection

When Lelouch vi Brittannia died the world found peace, but a terrorist attack threatens everything as his sister Princess Nunnally is kidnapped. Fate, and the immortal witch C.C., once again brings the legend of Lelouch back to save everyone in a film that reunites old characters for a new beginning full of mecha action and political intrigue.


Dir: Goro Taniguchi / 114m / 2019
Rating: 15 – violence and bloodshed
In Japanese with English subtitles

Japanese Marketplace

Various market stalls offering a fantastic selection of Japan-related paraphernalia, from comics and DVDs, toys and other kawaii goods.

Robin’s Nest Comics – We are pleased to welcome this Aberystwyth-based comic shop who will be on site to cater to all your comic/manga needs, from Comics, Magazines, Manga and Graphic Novels, to Trading Cards, Board Games, Toys and Gifts. Be sure sure check them out.

Please note that in order to reduce the use of plastic bags, we kindly ask that you bring your own if possible.

Kotatsu Festival Stand

A selection of new and second-hand Japanese books, comics, magazines and DVDs. All money raised on this stand will be used to help fund future Kotatsu Festival events.

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