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'Children Of The Sea', 'Maquia' Lead August/September Screen Anime Line Up

UK audiences will be among the first English-speakers to get the chance to see Studio 4°C's Children Of The Sea when it joins rolling online film festival Screen Anime this month. The hotly anticipated film was due to arrive in the US this Spring, but (for obvious reasons) had to have its original screenings cancelled. The film will hit Blu-Ray, digital and DVD in the United States later in September, but Brits will get a sneak peek when it arrives as part of Screen Anime's new line-up on August 25.

Screen Anime is a unique service from Anime Limited, designed to replicate the festival experience all year round. Each month, subscribers can watch a curated selection that includes one premiere, one classic, one festival favourite and a TV series, as well as a selection of special features.  Subscribers have been previously able to watch new hits Promare and Weathering With You ahead of their UK home releases. In the case of Children Of The Sea, however, this will be UK audience's first chance to see the film anywhere outside a handful of festival screenings and the home release date has not yet been announced.

Making up the rest of the selection are Mari Okada's directorial debut Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms,  Napping Princess from Kenji Kamiyama, Letter To Momo and TV series Kiss Him, Not Me.

This month's line-up will be available from August 25-September 25 on the Screen Anime website. Passes are £3.98 a month or £39.99 a year, with a free three-day trial available. The current line-up (available until August 24) is Ride Your Wave, Lu Over The Wall,  Mai Mai Miracle and Eureka Seven.

The full details of the films is below.

★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

A breathtaking out-of-body experience from the studio behind MIND GAME. Ever since she saw a ghost in its waters, young Ruka has been drawn to the aquarium where her dad works. There, she meets Umi and Sora, two mysterious boys who were raised by dugongs, and hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing, and how it could tie into the mystery of fish disappearing from oceans worldwide.

Features the music of acclaimed Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi.


A touching tribute to motherhood and the connections we make over a lifetime. Maquia is a young member of the Iorph tribe, known for their longevity and peaceful lives weaving tapestry. When their home is invaded by a hostile kingdom seeking the Iorph’s immortal blood, Maquia loses not only her friends, but a place to return to. Lost in mind and body, she stumbles into a dark forest and upon Ariel, an orphaned baby boy. Taking him in as her own, the two embark on an emotional journey of the bond between the ageless and the mortal. The directorial debut of Mari Okada, the writer of Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart.

“Full of magic and emotion” The Guardian

The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.


An imaginative fantasy adventure about Kokone, a young girl who should be studying for exams, but just can’t stay awake! Her napping is more than just a risk to her grades, however, as it brings strange dreams that transport her to a world of warring machines that may hint at family secrets left dormant for years. She can’t ask her hipster mechanic father, who’s always busy modifying motorcycles in flights of fancy, so could these visions lead Kokone closer to, or further away from, her family? From the director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.


A manic romantic comedy about an anime fan who wishes reality was more like the Boys’ Love series she loves. Kae Serinuma believes one thing - princes belong together! She loves nothing more than fantasizing about faux relationships between the boys at her school, but when the stress of her favourite anime character’s sudden death causes her to lose weight, the boys want… her?! From pretty average to prettiest girl, Kae just wants these boys to date each other, not her! From the studio behind Anonymous Noise and Durarara!!

Screen Anime is available in the UK & Ireland for only £3.98/mo or £39.98/yr. Members can take advantage of benefits including discounts at Anime Limited’s online store and more. Screen Anime is currently available via your web browser, with apps for TVos, iOS, Android & Amazon to follow over the coming months.

Join the curated online anime anime film festival like no other - try your three day free trial at screenanime.com