April Collab: Kotatsu at Cardiff Animation Festival

Get ready for a double dose of Japanese cinematic brilliance this April as Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival joins forces with Cardiff Animation Festival to bring you an exclusive bundle of Japanese animation goodness, featuring two remarkable films, BLUE GIANT and Lonely Castle in the Mirror.

Cardiff Animation Festival kicks off 25th April 2024, bringing you another great selection of all things animation. Check out their complete programme line-up over at https://www.cardiffanimation.com, or search using #CAF24.

Saturday 27th April

3:50pm Lonely Castle in the Mirror

©2022 “Lonely Castle in the Mirror” Film Partners

Cinema 2

Seven teens discover their bedroom mirrors are portals, and they’re pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways and watchful portraits. A girl in a wolf mask invites them to play a game.

For ticket information please contact Chapter Box Office Box Office on +44(0)1970 62 32 32

Japan | 2022 | 116m | 12A | Keiichi Hara | F-Rated | Japanese with English subtitles | Trailer (TBC)


©2023 BLUE GIANT Movie Project
©2013 Shinichi Ishizuka, Shogakukan

Cinema 1

Dai Miyamoto is in the basketball club in middle school. One day, his friend takes him to a live jazz performance, which touches him on a deep level. From that point on, he begins to practice the tenor sax by himself, with no formal education, and no ability to read sheet music. He aims to become the world’s best saxophone player.

For ticket information please contact Chapter Box Office Box Office on +44(0)1970 62 32 32

Japan | 2023 | 120m | 12A | Yuzuru Tachikawa | Japanese with English subtitles | Trailer

Join us this April as Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Cardiff Animation Festival proudly present these two exceptional films. With captivating storytelling and stunning animation, this showcase is sure to delight. Don’t miss out on this unique cinematic experience!

Also available in our Marketplace – open all day (11am – 5pm)

Kotatsu Festival Stand

A selection of Japan/Anime/Manga related goods. All money raised on this stand will be used to help fund future Kotatsu Festival events. To reduce the use of plastic bags, please bring your own bags if possible.


Hand made bags, small pouches, Japan-themed items.


Selection of cute amigurumi – hand made characters, and Japan-themed items.

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