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AKIRA 4K Details, Yashahime, Scream Street and More

Manga Entertainment have confirmed that the new 4K restoration of Akira will screen in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from October 7. Katsuhiro Otomo's towering 1988 classic has been given the 4K treatment for 2020 and will look better than ever. The film will screen in over 200 locations, including select IMAX venues. Previews take place October 7 and 8,  opening fully on October 9. All screenings will be in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

Darcy Giles, Manga's PR and Soical Media Manager says:

Prepare your eyeballs! We’re thrilled to announce that Akira is coming to IMAX this October for a very limited time only. Grab your tickets as soon as possible – you don’t want to miss this.

You can find your nearest screening and book for the majority of locations on the website now- the rest will be available shortly. In the US, Funimation will screen the restoration in select locations from September 24, with a 4K UHD Blu-Ray release this December. Find your nearest screening here.

Viz Media have announced release details for upcoming anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, the new sequel series to Rumiko Takahashi's hugely popular Inu-Yasha.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon follows the daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha as they set out on a journey transcending time. Set in feudal Japan, half-demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family.

Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a demon slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa’s shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister. Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.

Yashahime will launch on October 3, and will be available on Crunchyroll and Funimation in North and Latin American territories and Hulu (United States only). The subtitled version will be available as a simulcast, with an English dubbed version to follow shortly after.


Cardiff Animation Festival will take part in the third edition of the Pop-Up Palladium virtual puppet show, taking place via Zoom on October 4. CAF will present a mini version on their Animation Nights short film screenings as part of the nights entertainment, which will also feature showcases of puppetry. Pop-Up Paladium is in support of puppeteers across the arts industry and is raising funds for the MS Society, Cymru. Details and tickets here.

Stop-motion series Scream Street is returning to UK screens just in time for Halloween! The series (based upon a book series from Tommy Donbavand) features a teenage werewolf and his friends who include a vampire, a trainee witch, a zombie and a 2000 year old mummy.

The series is produced by animation studio Factory (The Clangers, Strange Hill High) and the show-runner is British comedy veteran and cartoonist Giles Pilbrow (Spitting Image, Horrible Histories, 2DTV).  The voice cast is full of established names including Tyger Drew-Honey and Clare Skinner (Outnumbered), The Fast Show and Cold Feet's John Thomson, as well as Debra Stephenson, Claire Skinner, Rasmus Hardiker, Tala Gouveia, and Jim Howick. Scream Street returns with 26 all new episodes on CBBC and iPlayer this Autumn.

This October innovative animated documentary series The Adventures Of Modern Art will be available on Ovid, the curated streaming service for art-house film and documentaries. A hit in its native France, the series uses a mix of animation, illustration and original archives to recreate life in turn-of the-20th-century Paris, exploring the lives and work of Picassso, Dali, Apollinaire, Man Ray, Kiki and others. The six part series is available from October 9.  Ovid offers a 14-day free trial for new users.