History-themed anime, games highlighted at Kyoto festival

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

Featuring history-themed anime, videogames and movies, the sixth annual Uzumasa Sengoku Matsuri festival will take place Nov. 26-27 at Toei Kyoto Studio Park in the nation’s ancient capital, festival officials said.

Under the theme “Hero and Legend,” the Uzumasa event will be held as part of the Kyoto “Historica” International Film Festival, which will take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1 at various venues across the city, the officials said.

The filmfest will comprise the Historica Screenings program, which showcases the latest history-related films from around the world, the Kyoto Filmmaker’s Lab workshop that offers young filmmakers at home and abroad a chance to shoot a samurai movie, and the Pitching Films in the Kyoto market seminar.

The Uzumasa Sengoku Matsuri festival will focus more on the entertainment aspect of the work. One of the highlights of the festival is anime- and videogame-related booths set up in the Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The booths will feature videogames such as “Sengoku IXA,” “Sengoku Basara 3: Utage” and “Sengoku Paradise,” as well as samurai manga “Dullahan: The Inheritor of the Crescent Moon” and the “Rurouni Kenshin” anime series.

In addition to screenings of video clips, production materials will be put on display and related products will be sold at each booth.

Also, various topical discussions will be held at the venue.

Producers of the “Sengoku Basara” videogame series will make guest appearances at a talk show, while voice cast members of the now-airing animated TV series adaptation of “Sengoku Paradise” will also be on hand.

The festival will also hold an awards ceremony to recognize history-related events held across the country to promote local communities and present a live concert by pop duo MOSAIC.WAV. Other programs will also take place to entertain visitors of all ages.

For more information, visit the Historica official website at (http://www.joraku.jp/index.html) and the Uzumasa festival website at (http://historica-kyoto.com/?lang=en).

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