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.

 

Facts about 5 pokémon’s true origin

While we’re waiting for Pokémon: The First Movie to be shown in Cinemateket, just so we can cry about it like we did the first time watching it, I made a list of facts about 5 Pokémon’s origin. Not the kind of facts like Gastly not having arms and still be able to learn Ice Punch, I’m talking about a majestic Dragonair evolving into a sloppy Dragonite and why Ash is always ten. I’ll explain the Dratini evolutionary line in this article, but wait for the next article where I’ll write about 5 disturbing facts about Pokémon to find out why Ash is always ten. So tune in next week, or stay ten!

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Jynx

Ok, so everyone probably thought Jynx was based on fashionable black women, because she was black in the first generation. The Pokémon Company ended up in big trouble because someone actually filed a complaint about this character. But did you know that Jynx is based off on a Japanese snow hag called Yuki-Onna? She’s like a Japanese version of Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, but Yuki-Onna’s tale is a lot darker. Some legends say that Yuki-Onna, much like Jynx, doesn’t have feet and she wanders around on snowy mountains looking for young men. She then asks the men to carry her and then she freezes them to death. This would also explain Jynx’s ice-powers and psychic abilities. Yuki-Onna might be evil,but in the Anime Jynx is actually Santa’s helper!

Seviper

Did you know that Seviper was supposed to be the fully evolved form of Ekans? It was shown in the 77th episode of Advanced Generations during the Trainer’s Choice that this could be the case, but most fans just deemed it wrong because they didn’t know. This is confirmed in its early designs, its eyes were different. The shape of its body totally reminds us of Arbok, while the hexagons on its back is kept on the Seviper we know today. Another thing that proves it was in the same evolutionary line as Ekans and Arbok, are its divided sections underneath it. Game Freak changed it so it could be rivals with Zangoose instead just like mongooses and hubu vipers, because they thought it would be weird if Zangoose didn’t have an evolutionary line.

Mareep

 

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Mareep

Not only does its name reference to Mary’s little lamb while it is combined with sheep, its name is also an anagram of Ampere, the SI-unit of electric current! Mareep and its evolutionary line might be based on Philip K. Dick’s famous science fiction novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but Mareep itself has golden fleece because of Jason’s Golden Fleece from Greek and Roman Mythology. Originally the Golden Fleece didn’t do much except guaranteeing Jason the throne, but in Rick Riordan’s book, The Sea of Monsters, it had healing abilities and is used to recover Thalia’s Tree, the tree that protects the camp. What’s cool about this is that Mareep learns Cotton Guard as it levels up, a grass type move that raises the user’s defense!

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Arcanine

Did you know that originally Arcanine was in the legendary trio with Articuno and Zapdos. On a tablet behind the counter in Viridian City Pokémon Center, Arcanine was shown with the three legendary birds of Kanto. What on earth was it doing there? The fact is, it can actually fly. Yes, it’s legs aren’t even on the earth because when Arcanine runs, according to the pokédex, “it runs aegily as if on wings”. So why isn’t Arcanine a legendary Pokémon? Arcanine was downgraded to only being species legendary, because Game Freak thought it would be weird having two birds and a dog. So they gave Arcanine a pre-evolution and replaced him with Moltres.

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Dragonair

Dragonair’s backstory is about a tiny girl that is discovered by a bamboo cutter, INSIDE OF A FRIGGIN BAMBOO!! Believing she’s a gift from the above, he and his wife adopts this little girl and she grows rapidly every day becoming more and more beautiful. They call her Kaguya, princess in Japanese, and as the days go by her parents find richness in various bamboos just like how they found her, but the story takes a drastic turn when a king has taken notice of her, and the the mood saddens for everyone when she reveals she is from THE MOON!! She then begs her parents of help to go back to the moon, and confesses that she has grown very attached to the earth. Imagine not only being rejected by a girl, but she tells everyone she is an alien just to get away from you!

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Find out exactly how she is related to Dragonair by watching her Studio Ghibli produced movie, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, at Cinemateket October the 12th 16:00. I’ll be there so be sure to talk to me if still don’t get it and I’ll explain everything to you!! :D

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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!