Marvel Anime on Netflix

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As a long time superhero enthusiast and a fan of anime I was pleased, if not ecstatic, to discover that the full Marvel Anime series  is available on Netflix. The series mixes well-known superheroes from the Marvel Universe with anime style animation. The premise for the show was to introduce Marvel superheroes for a Japanese audience.

And it really works, to see the Marvel heroes as anime characters is in itself pretty awesome, but also the animation is so awesome that this series is one of the best animated superhero shows I have ever seen. Unlike most of the American superhero animated series Marvel Anime doesn’t completely underestimate the audience.

Most superhero animated shows that I have seen from Marvel and DC are lacking both in plot and animation quality. Marvel Anime is a huge improvement!

 

The Full Mangapolis Section at Films from the South Festival Released

In October from the 10th to the 20th seven anime movies will hit the cinemas in Oslo as part of the Mangapolis section at Films from the South film festival. Two of the titles have already been leaked on this site, but now the full program has been released (earlier than planned)!

This year Mangapolis has a total of seven titles to offer anime fans that would like to watch anime movies on the big screen. Here´s a quick count of the anime titles. And to help keeping track of the count we have no other that Winston Churchill! You ready, Winston?

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Wait, we haven´t started the count yet! Focus, Winston!

Here we go:

The audience favorite from last year, Mamoru Hosoda´s Wolf Children, makes an appearance this year as well. This excellent anime is destined for  a norwegian release November 15th, so this is like a pre-release, and everyone likes pre-releases, right? Also from Mamoru Hosoda is the bizarre Summer Wars. 

What´s the count so far Winston?

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Thank you, Winston.

Moving on, Makoto Shinkai also had a title last year with Children Who Chase Voices from Deep Below; this year it is his latest masterpiece Garden of Words that you will be able to enjoy.

Last week I announced that Miyazaki´s The Wind Rises will be a part of the Mangapolis program and this is really the jewel in the crown at this year Films from the South festival as far as anime goes. Don´t miss out on this one! Also from Studio Ghibli is the classic Whisper of the Heart, directed by Yoshifumi Kondō. 

Hit it, Winston!

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…Winston…you´re fired…

So, before we lose count, the last two titles this year are 009 RE:Cyborg and Blood-C: The Last Dark. If you enjoy epic fighting and things getting blown up and shot at (of course you do), you have no reason to miss out on these!

There you go, seven anime titles!

Keep tuning in for, if not in-depth professional reviews, at least some sort of immature amateurish commentaries on each of these titles!

 

 

 

Instagram Sketches

For those that have been following my twitter and instagram account over the summer would have noticed that I have posted sketches that I have drawn. They might seem completely random, but in fact they can give clues to future content in the Mangapolis Comic that I announced last week. There will be more of these sketches, so remember to follow the Mangapolis instagram and twitter account for an instant (no pun intended) update on the development of the Mangapolis Comic.

For those that missed out this summer, here are some of the concept sketches:

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Big Announcement (with TheNotoriousGorilla)

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I, the most feared and infamous of gorilla themed super villains, has been elected to announce perhaps the biggest news of the century! When I first came to the city of Mangapolis I was just another run of the mill super intelligent gorilla, but Mangapolis made me so much more! I am truly a child of this city.

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Whatever your desire, Mangapolis is the place to find it!

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Ok, almost every desire…go away, Perv-Comet!

So what is this great news, you ask? Well, I think it is only one way to announce this…

BOOM! Mangapolis The Comic!

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Well, maybe this doesn´t really work with a script after all…it looked better in the mirror…ok, here´s a close-up:

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Excited yet? 

Wouldn´t it be great to get the chance to dive into the fantastic world of Mangapolis?

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So stay tuned, folks!

 

The Wind Rises Ready for Films from the South!

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Greetings! For those that already visited filmfrasor.no today might have read the news that Hayao Miyazaki´s latest (and possibly last) film The Wind Rises is ready for Films from the South 2013! That will be the first screening of The Wind Rises in Norway before it is ready for regular cinema screenings in 2014.

The Wind Rises is a story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the legendary Japanese Zero fighter aircraft that played a key role during WW2. All you history buffs out there will know how feared and efficient killing machine the Zero was; obviously a hell of a design. The movie is however not about the Zero, but rather a story of a young boy dreaming of taking to the skies. This dream leads him to study engineering and eventually become an aircraft designer. Which takes him into employment at an aircraft manufacturer where he is put to work on fighter plane designs. Weapons of war. Needless to say, the subject of the movie is controversial. But the movie is more about one man´s dream and a  how he makes that particular dream come true than a political commentary on war and peace.

In any case it is simply amazing that this movie will screen at Films from the South 2013 and not only that, it is the closing movie of the festival. The first anime to have that honor. Let´s make it annual, I´ll say!

The Wind Rises is the second anime movie that is officially ready for Films from the South 2013, the first was 009 RE:Cyborg confirmed way back in June. There will be more Japanese anime at the festival as part of the Mangapolis programme. All the anime titles will be released with the rest of the titles for the festival on filmfrasor.no on September 27th, so make sure you drop by there then!

 

Also, keep your eyes peeled for possible early sneak peeks here as well. wink wink nudge nudgeEricTerry