The 10th annual AniFest in Teplice, Czech Republic will be hosting anime director Shinichiro Watanabe and his musical collaberator on Cowboy Bebop and Macross Plus, Yoko Kanno. Event organizer Marie Heřmanová told the Prague Post "Personally, I'm looking forward to the Japanese animé section. We have director Shinichiro Watanabe coming April 26. It will be a wonderful thing for fans of the genre. It's something that's really growing in popularity here."
The anime programming was described on Facebook
On Wednesday 27th April and Thursday 28th the cult movies from this specific realm of animation will be screened in Teplice.
We start on Wednesday with the projection of “Animatrix“ – movie composed of short stories based on the Hollywood blockbuster Matrix by Wachovski Brothers. The directors of the original movie are also authors of four from nine short stories, the rest was created completely by Japanese filmmakers, among them Shinichiro Watanabe, the excentric author from the Studio 4°C company Koji Morimoto or the classic author of action anime Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Shinichiro Watanabe will come to visit the festival together with the composer Yoko Kanno – author of the music from many anime movies and series, most importantly Watanabe´s “Cowboy Bebop“. This space opera with “western“ atmosphere will be screened on Thursday 28th April
The music from “Cowboy Bebop“ was also the original core of Kanno´s band Seat Belts, which unfortunately split up in 2004. Yoko Kanno however continues to play live untill today and will held a piano concert for the visitors of AniFest on Thursday 28th April.
Episodes from Watanabe´s serie “Samurai Champloo“ will be also screened on Thursday. The serie combines elements of samurai drama with hip hop and tells a story about a incongrous group of people who mostly try to stay “hip hop“, “cool“ and disinterested.
Other programming includes prominent Czech works Autopohádky (Car Fairytales) and Fimfárum - Do třetice všeho dobrého (Third Time Lucky), a look at Latvian cinema and a "subversive and vulgar" showcase of Midnight Animations that includes biblical porn parody Judas & Jesus.