Free screenings of Japanese Anime at Oslo Comics Expo June 11th -13th

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Yes, free. FREE! No catch. Promise.

Mangapolis, Films from the South and The Japan Foundation are, together with Oslo Comics Expo, planing to host free screenings of Japanese Anime at Ringen Kino in Oslo.

The movies in question are Mind Game (2004), Genius Party (2007) and Genius Party Beyond (2008). Free Screenings is exactly what it sounds like, no entrance fee to see the movie! To avoid complete chaos, you will still have to claim a free ticket at Ringen Kino from May 29th

First come, first serve.

 

Poke a Pokemon

FilmFraSør has a thing going on where they’ll show Pokémon: The First Movie on the big screen at Cinemateket in Oslo 12th of October, and therefore Mangapolis will be featuring a few articles on Pokémon until that happens! And I thought what better way to write an article about Pokémon than to talk about the upcoming remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
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A lot of people probably remember these games; they were the biggest thing when they came out. A lot of changes happened to the game. Pokémon finally had colors, double battles, abilities and natures. Genders were no longer based on the attack IV, which allowed females to be as strong as men. Yaay, equality for both genders.

Ancient Devolution!
If you’ve been keeping an eye on OmegaRuby and Alpha Sapphire, you might have heard about the Mega forms of Groudon and Kyogre, Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. This could explain the dark, mysterious area above Lilycove City that looks like distortion world. Game Freak have never brought back a map from the older games since Gold and Silver where you could visit Kanto, so they wouldn’t do that here, but this could mean that OR/AS is set back in time! Usually the games are set two years apart from eachother, but what if you could travel back in time to when Groudon and Kyogre’s legendary and … groundbreaking fight took place?

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Mirage Island
Remember that crazy old dude in Pacifidlog City that never saw an island? It was said that this island hosted the Liechi Berry, a berry known for its excellent use in blending and poffin making. In later generations it’s been easier to get a hold of this berry. Look at the clouds at the bottom right, do you see what island could be hiding there? That’s right; once again you’ll get the chance to NOT finding goddamn island, but now in 3D!
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To The Moon And Beyond!

A rumour back in the days said that if you waited until one of the scientists in Mossdeep City told you there had been 99 successful launches you would get to travel to the moon to catch the legendary pokémon Deoxys or Jirachi. Now it seems like it could be a thing, because the trailer from E3 features a big rocket ready for launch!

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And what about this weird path? It could be the path that leads up to Champion Steven that took forever in the original games. Whatever it leads to in the upcoming games, it’s in 3D!

Anime at Frame by Frame March 15th at Filmens Hus

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The annual Frame by Frame animation seminar is back at Filmens Hus/Cinemateket March 15th. The great thing about FxF is the intimate and laid-back format of the seminar. A great place to get familiar with the animation industry and to have conversations with both the veterans and rookies in animation. If you have a good idea for an animation and looking for a place to discuss it with those in the industry; FxF is the place for you. Bring your portfolio!

This year Japanese animation is represented by a screening of Miyazaki´s The Wind Rises (2013) and special guest Aya Suzuki. Tickets for the movie is included in the seminar pass.

For those not familiar with Aya Suzuki; she is an animator that has worked on some of the major anime productions in Japan, including The Wind Rises (2013) and Wolf Children (2012) that are both titles which has screened under the Mangapolis Anime Programme at Films from the South.

Please check out Aya´s blog here.

Together with Films from the South we at Mangapolis will hold an interview with Aya Suzuki that will be posted both at this site and over at filmfrasor.no. So after you meet her at FxF you get another chance to know more about her in our interview.

Oh yeah, before I forget to mention it; Lars Hemmingby will hold a short presentation of the Mangapolis Comic at FxF. A showcase of concept art from the horror-gothic-steam punk-weird science-film noiresque-murder mystery-zombie-extravaganza-o-rama-tron-o-matic that is Mangapolis: The Comic.

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Wolf Children To-Do List

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As hinted at in the previous post Film fra Sør Distribusjon has decided to distribute Wolf Children for the big screen in Norway. And the movie is already ready for screenings in Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo from the November 15th 2013, with more norwegian cities pending.

Firstly, one of the reasons Films from the South decided to distribute Wolf Children at all was because the incredible reception the movie has enjoyed at Films from the South Festival in 2012 and 2013. So all those that took the time to drop by to watch Wolf Children has indirectly helped the launch of Wolf Children to commercial cinema.

Second, you might not realize this, but if Film fra Sør Distribusjon picked Wolf Children by those criteria, there is no reason not to think that more anime will be picked in the same way in the future if people keep showing interest for anime at film festivals.

Film festivals are the perfect place to test films for the market. And as it stands now the anime films in the Mangapolis program, during Films from the South, has had two great years audience-wise. If this keeps up, we could help more anime films reach commercial cinema in Norway.

Oh yeah, the to-do list:

1. Go see Wolf Children on the big screen to support anime

2. Visit the Wolf Children Norge Facebook page and like it

3. Support anime at your local film festival to help influence the distribution of anime in Norway

Cheers!

 

Mangapolis at Desucon: Cosplay & Japan 2013

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It´s that time again folks! A short report from Desucon: Cosplay & Japan 2013!

This is the second time I have been to Desucon: Cospay in Oslo, some might remember my first visit last year. At this time around my experience at the event would be a bit different. First of all, I had the experience from last year´s Desucon: Cosplay and Desucon 8 this summer, so I felt more prepared. Second, this year I was actually in the official event program with a short presentation of the Mangapolis Anime Program at Films from the South 2013 and also to talk a bit about the recently announced Mangapolis Comic.

Obviously, Desucon being Desucon, I had a whale of a time this year as well! The people were just as friendly and just as awesome as last year, if not even more so. My presentation went swimmingly and I had a great time hanging out in the “Chillrom” during both the drawing competitions.

This year I was accompanied by Frank Nam Kha Nguyễn, that was armed with his camera and as trigger-happy as humanly possible. All photos in this post are all shot by Frank.

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Above is a photo of the “Chillrom” where the drawing competitions took place and where I, for that reason, spent a lot of my time at Desucon: Cosplay. I did not win any of the competitions btw.

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Cosplay Speed Dating in process

The fun thing about Cosplay Speed Dating is that you must stay in character, so better hope you are not paired up with your arch nemesis!

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Some of all the awesome merchandise available at some of the many stands.

One of the main events at Desucon: Cosplay is of course the Desucon Cosplay Championship where the winner will go on to compete in EuroCosplay 2014.

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The three finalists on stage, waiting for the verdict

 

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The winner of Desucon Cosplay Championship that will go on to compete at EuroCosplay 2014 in the form of a Death Knight from World of Warcraft

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The winner announced!

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Master cosplayer and cosplay judge at Desucon: Cosplay, Tine Marie Riis. Here in a Spellthief Lux costume from League of Legends. Check out her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CosplayerTineMarieRiis

At Desu.no you can see even more photos from Desucon: Cosplay and even more costumes to admire. Perhaps you will be inspired to join the Cosplay Championship next year!

First Weekend with Anime at Films from the South

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At Films from the South this weekend Sunday was Mangapolis day with a total of six screenings of anime at Oslo Kino. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those cool people that came to the screenings. And there was a lot of you! As last year Japanese Anime attract an audience. Not any audience either, the best audience in my opinion! And here is why: As I introduced several of the Mangapolis screenings I recognized that a lot of you were present at several of the anime screenings. Meaning that you must have had a very busy day, indeed! Thanks to you all!

Next weekend will not only be a Mangapolis day, it will be a Mangapolis WEEKEND! A total of ten anime screenings during the weekend. It´s mad! But you awesome people are just mad enough to handle it!

As always, check out Film from the South´s festival webpage for the full Mangapolis program (remember that you can also buy tickets directly from the site). And don´t forget to vote on your favorite movie at the festival to win the audience award (it is possible to vote at filmfrasor.no). I´m not gonna try to influence your votes, but last year the anime Wolf Children won the audience award, and it would be really cool if an anime ran away with the award this year as well.

A Few Easy Steps to Watch Anime at Films from the South

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To make it super easy for all of us to get our injection of Anime during the Films from the South Festival you can now order tickets directly from filmfrasor.no. Just browse through the easy-to-use interface on the festival site and find the movies you like to watch; and simply order the tickets. It has never been easier!

See the full Mangapolis program here with trailers.

And don´t forget the Gotta Watch ´em All competition! Collect tickets stubs from six of the Anime films during the film festival and have a chance to win prices from Neo Tokyo and Oslo Kino. Read here for more info.