Symposium to discuss future of anime

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The future of Japan’s anime and film industries will be discussed by critics, academics and industry insiders at a symposium on Oct. 28 organized in conjunction with the Tokyo International Film Festival.

The event, titled “Movie Campus,” is part of the Bunka-cho Film Week hosted by the government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, which will also feature screenings of award-winning films, two talk shows and an award ceremony.

The first part of the symposium will focus on the future of Japanese animation films and will include Yuji Nunokawa, president of anime studio Pierrot Corp., and anime critic Ryusuke Hikawa on the panel. Mitsuko Okamoto, a professor in the Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Film and New Media’s animation department, will serve as moderator.

The second part of the symposium will look at the film industry more generally, featuring Shuji Abe, the founder and adviser of production company Robot Communications Inc., film producer Genki Kawamura and Aya Umezu, head of entertainment analysis and strategy company GEM Partners Inc.

Kawamura produced “Friends: Mononokejima no Naki” (Friends: Naki on Monster Island), a new full CG anime feature slated to hit cinemas in December. Film journalist Morihiko Saito will act as moderator.

The symposium will start at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Roppongi Academy Hills 49’s Tower Hall.

Prominent figures from outside the film industry will take part in two “Film Navigators” talks on Oct. 24 and Oct. 29 at the Tokyo International Film Festival Movie Cafe at the Roppongi Hills complex.

Admission is free but pre-booking is required. The Bunka-cho Film Week will be held from Oct. 22 to Oct 29. For more information, visit (

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