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!

Warrior Legend Interview

Link to English version here.

Warrior Legend, Norges svar på en mangasatsing, eller bare en hobby med kvaliteter?

For å følge opp posten jeg la ut her forrige uke om Warrior Legend har jeg fått til et kort intervju med Rising fra prosjektet.

Bakgrunnen til Warrior Legend er rett og slett ren interesse innenfor tegneserier, tegning og fortelling. Prosjektet er en tegneserie som er basert på japansk tegnestil, manga som det heter i bokform der borte, men med en egen tvist!

Gutta bak prosjektet kaller seg selv Rising og Red Lion, prosjektet deres har allerede pågått en årrekke internt dem imellom.

Warrior Legend tar mye tid, men manus er ferdig og karaktergalleriet er så si fastsatt, det er selve produksjonen som gjenstår. Hvor dette vil ta veien blir en interessant ting å se. Rising og Red Lion har valg å lage og skrive WL på engelsk, for å ivareta fortellermåten de har bygd historien på.

Rising som er hovedansvarlig for prosjektet nå, ha har en blogg der han oppdater jevnlig om prosjektet. Der legges det opp blant annet karakterskisser, tegninger og andre ting relatert til Warrior Legend som du kan sjekke ut på linken under.

Besøk: www.RisingDesignWorks.blogspot.com

Så første spørsmål, hva handler dette egentlig om?

Rising: Dette er en fantasihistorie som foregår i en fiksjonell verden veldig lik vår egen tilbake i middelalderen med en egen touch. Historien tar hovedsakelig for seg hovedpersonen Ozias. Ozias vokser opp i en velstående by, Augo, men som samtidig er svært lukket og vanskelig for han siden Ozias ikke opprinnelig er fra Augo og han drømmer om å utforske mer av verden enn bare byen han bor i. En dag skjer det store forandringer da hele verden blir utsatt for en katastrofe; Augo blir utsatt for et angrep. Dette  angrepet fører da videre til at Ozias havner i en situasjon hvor seriens hovedfiende truer hele den verden Ozias kjenner til! Ozias har spesielle evner som han oppdager underveis som vil hjelpe han på veien.

Hvorfor heter det Warrior Legend?

Rising: Vel det er av forskjellige betydninger, men man vil lett forstå det når man kommer et par kapitler inn i historien. Noe av hemligheten ligger allerede i logoen, men er vanskelig å tolke om du ikke har lest historien! Men det er jo noen i serien som må være en Warrior!

Hva er målet med prosjektet?

Rising: Målet er å gi en manga som vi skal gi ut gratis til å begynne med for å fange folks interesse. Hva som skjer fremover er vanskelig å si, bortsett fra at vi kommer til å jobbe med dette, det føles ikke bare lenger som bare en hobby men en storsatsing. Vi mener vi har en såpass bra og gjennomført historie som andre faktisk burde lese og oppleve!

Når regner dere med å være helt ferdig, når kan vi se resultat?

Rising: Vanskelig å si det, og kommer helt an på tiden og resultatene, men WL er delt opp i 14 kapitler. Målet, innen året 2014 er over, er å være ferdig med kapitel 1. I løpet av 2015 så burde en god del mer være gjort, men en slik produksjon tar sin tid. Sjekk ut bloggen så vil det komme dato på ting der når den tid kommer.

Hvordan fungere bloggen som kanal for prosjektet?

Det er hovedsakelig en nettsideside for meg personlig til å promotere det jeg driver med, men det har jo hovedfokuset på dette prosjektet, siden det er det jeg driver med om dagene. Det hender at jeg slenger opp noe annet fra tid til annen.

Tid, det forstår jeg, dere er bare to stykker, stemmer det? Hvordan fungerer det på noe så omfattende?

Rising: Vel det har gått veldig bra hittil, Red Lion er min barndomsvenn og vi har alltid delt disse interessene sammen ved å lage noe slikt som dette, så samarbeid er ikke noe problem. Ja prosjektet har tatt mye tid og det er det jeg føler har gjort det så bra også, for da blir alt mye mer gjennomført.

Driver dere med dette på fulltid?

Rising: Vi begge har jobbet med dette prosjektet ved siden av våre liv og fulltidsjobber. Red Lion kommer til i en periode nå å fungere som assistent og rådgiver mens jeg står for hovedproduksjonen av mangaen. Inntil videre.  Men på fulltid hadde vært drømmen.

Stemmer det at det er mer bak Warrior Legend enn disse 14 kapitelene? Du har nevnt for meg at dette “bare” er en forhistorie til en annen historie!?

Rising: Ja det er det, jeg vil ikke fortelle hva det bygger opp til, men Warrior Legend foregår 800år før noe annet! Jeg vil ikke at folk skal tenke på Warrior Legend som en forløper til noe annet, det er bare noe som har hendt tidligere.

Noe du vil si til de som har lest dette intervjuet og kanskje fanget interesse for WL?

Rising: Vel, først vil jeg takke for at de har lest alt dette, for at de kanskje går inn på bloggen og følger med på hva som skjer fremover og gleder seg like mye som oss til at dette kommer ut!

Det kommer til å bli postet mer om Warrior Legend her i løpet av kort tid så, følg med på Mangapolis.com eller bloggen min.

Zombie Manga?

So I posted a thread on /r/manga on reddit requesting tips about any good manga in the zombie genre. Prior to my inquiry with the /r/manga community I had tried to do some research into this on my own without really finding what I was looking for (I have never really read any zombie manga comics so I did not know where to start). Not wanting to waste too much time in the blind I decided to ask the community to get some pointers.

If you too want some pointers to some zombie manga and you really don´t know where to start (like me), I recommend to read the thread for yourselves.

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Let´s talk anime with Aya Suzuki

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At this years annual Frame by Frame animation seminar in Oslo one of the guests were Aya Suzuki, a british-japanese animator, that gave us a talk about her experiences working on anime in Japan. Aya has had the pleasure of working with both Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda on such films as The Wind Rises and Wolf Children.

Mangapolis didn´t miss the opportunity to have a chat with Aya Suzuki. Quite naturally the conversation started off with Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda; how many times do you talk to anyone that has worked with the two names anyway? The topic had to come up at some point, and there can´t be a better topic to break the ice.

Having worked with both of the famous directors Suzuki could tell that Miyazaki and Hosoda couldn´t be more different in the way they work. Where Miyazaki likes to have full control and is involved in all the stages and aspects of the movie; Hosoda manage to rely more on the people around him and he trust them to do their part. Miyazaki will redo everything himself if he´s not satisfied; while Hosoda gives animators a very brief instructions of what he wants, and trust the animators to produce the best possible result.

Aya Suzuki´s dream to become an animator started when she was a teenager. In Japan “everybody” watch anime and the interest doesn´t end in childhood. While in Europe most people will stop watching animated series when they enter the teenage years the Japanese has a completely different culture; there is an anime aimed at all ages, so when you grow out of one series, there is always another waiting. In Japan no one ever has the chance to grow out of anime, it´s a brilliant business strategy, Suzuki laughs.

Of the animators between the age of twenty and thirty the majority are female animators, but the numbers even out as many of the female animators marry and “retire” as they enter their thirties. Suzuki feels that Miyazaki´s movies influenced both girls and boys of her generation in a great way; so Suzuki was not the only one that developed a dream of becoming an animator.

Every animator has his or hers speciality within animation, Suzuki reveals, there are basically two main categories that animators fall into: There are those that grew up with Bruce Lee movies (she smiles as she says this) and are extremely good at animating action scenes. For those in this category action scenes comes naturally and they master the movement of the action like they are choreographing a dance. But usually the same animators come short when asked to do “every-day scenes”; these scenes are the other category where Aya Suzuki feels more comfortable.

There are those animators that can master both categories like Takeshi Honda and Toshiyuki Inoue.

Aya Suzuki tries to challenge herself and develop as an animator by taking on projects where she has to animate action. Even though she claims that action scenes is not her speciality I was extremely impressed by her action scene from Death Billiards (2013) that she screened at the Frame by Frame seminar.

Like most animators in Japan Aya Suzuki works as a freelance and has been involved on many different projects for many different studios. At the same time is very usual for freelance animators to work exclusively for one studio even though they are not directly employed by them. It is extremely hard to get into the big studios, like Studio Ghibli, and it is impossible to get a job there by normal means. You will have to be recommended by someone.

Suzuki was recommended to join the team working on Wolf Children because she had worked on Sylvan Chomet´s The Illusionist which is a movie Hosoda happens to be influenced by. And from there she was recommended to other studios, and this is the usual arrangement between the big studios in Japan, Suzuki says. To be recommended by one studio is a sign of quality and in this way freelance animators can jump between the studios.

These days Aya Suzuki has a permanent job in Europe on the weekdays and works as a freelance from her bedroom in London in the weekends. She has often planed that she will have to say no when they call from Japan, but usually she somehow ends up accepting more projects instead. There is always some project that sound tempting, she laughs.

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.

Frame by Frame poster by Christopher Nielsen

 

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.