Anime events this January and February!

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Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Wednesday 6th January 2010

Well the party season is now behind us along with a great year of events. With more conventions then ever before, anime fans were definitely spoiled for choice and it was encouraging to see such a varied calendar throughout the year. Hopefully 2010 will turn out to be event better!

Included below is a quick run down of all the events you might be interested in throughout January and February.

Sadly though there are not many events in January, but this is unsurprising given that it is always the dullest month of the year whatever your hobby might be. The only real anime event this month is a screening of Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone at the Barbican Cinema in London on 26th January. Never mind though as there is lots to come in February which is jammed packed with events!

The Bexley Anime & Manga (BAM!) Festival will run throughout the month in various locations around Bexley in London, which will consist of cinema screenings, panels and workshops. It is a great range of events and all of them are free!

February also sees the return of 'mini-con' Animeleague Club London on the 6th. Held at Slug & Lettuce, America Square, London it is an event which offers everything a big con does but in just one day, good for those who can only spare one day rather then a full weekend and will contain the first cosplay masquerade of 2010.

Those in Scotland may wish to check out the Glasgow Film Festival, which will be screening of the latest Ghibli masterpiece Ponyo on 7th February and the UK premiere of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance on 15th February. The premiere will contain an introduction by renowned anime writer Jonathan Clements and will be preceeded by a showing of Evangelion 1.0.

20th February sees another MCM Midlands Expo at the Telford International Centre, which will be the first big anime event for many in the Midlands. Like the London Expo, it also a great event at which to meet fellow fans and cosplayers.

If that all wasn't enough the Barbican Cinema in London is screening the new Astro Boy film on 23rd February. Introduced by the excellent Helen McCarthy, this Hollywood imagining a manga classic is sure to be an interesting watch.

Finally the ever-growing Japanese Arts Festival held in Richmond Adult Community College, London is a great way to round the month off. As well as a cosplay masquerade there will be several artists in attendance, with a chance to buy original art pieces from them. There will also be manga workshops, screenings, guests and a host of Japanese cultural performances. Plus it will all be free!

So there may not be much happening in January then, but there is certainly a lot to look forward to in February. A good start to 2010 then!