NipPop @FEFF18: The Tiger

Atmosfera frizzante e di grande eccitazione al Teatro Nuovo di Udine ieri sera, in occasione dell'inaugurazione della diciottesima edizione del Far East Film Festival: ad aprire le proiezioni è stato il film sud coreano The Tiger di Park Hoon-jung, splendido kolossal proiettato in anteprima internazionale e simbolo dell'energia impiegata per portare avanti un progetto quale il FEFF, il cui programma quest'anno prevede la presentazione di 72 film nella sezione ufficiale, provenienti da 10 diverse aree geografiche dell'Asia, e tantissimi eventi sparsi per la città.

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NipPop @FEFF18: The Mysterians e Matango

In attesa della premiere di The Tiger di Park Hoon-jung di venerdì 22 aprile, il Far East Film Festival si è aperto con due proiezioni a tema sci-fi nella suggestiva location del Visionario di Udine: The Mysterians (Chikyū bōeigun 地球防衛軍) e Matango (Matango マタンゴ) di Honda Ishiro, regista conosciuto per i suoi  kaijū eiga (怪獣映画, film di mostri), tra cui il celebre Godzilla (Gojira ゴジラ, 1954).

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Art therapy: rediscovering mandala

Lately, did any of you chance upon a book like this one? Art Therapy books have become a staple in bookstores all over the globe. These publications, featuring intricate drawings for the ‘reader’ to color, might seem at first nothing more than child’s play. Yet, they squarely target adults: the craft helps reduce stress and improve quality of life amidst our frantic daily routine.

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Brand New Merchandise for Sailor Moon!

While awaiting springtime for the new season of Sailor Moon Crystal, in which Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Saturn will make their appearance, the series’ 20th anniversary web site is showcasing the brand new merchandise available in Japan - from clothing to glasses, through handbags, keyholders and figures.

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Radio Imagination: leggere sospesi tra i rami

Disorientante. Non riesci a capire se stai leggendo un esercizio da laboratorio di scrittura o un racconto geniale. E rimani con questo dubbio fino alla fine. Anche dopo settimane dall'averlo letto. Eppure qualcosa ti rimane: il ritmo di una voce metafisica che sembra stia parlando proprio a te, con quella cadenza da disc jockey, quel riempire il silenzio con il vuoto delle parole tipico degli intrattenitori radiofonici.

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Otaku Wonderland part 3 – And figures for (almost) all

In our survey of otaku collecting we talked about marketing and figures. This time, we'll explore how figures represent male and female characters; and, as a consequence, the differences in targeting and marketing between men and women.

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Otaku Wonderland Part 2: figures, PVC Dreams

In the first part of our journey through otaku collecting we gave a brief overview of the most relevant types of merchandise tied toanime, manga and video games, focusing on the most commercially widespread examples. This time around we will talk about a more niche, yet very otaku kind of merchandise: figures.

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Tanaka Tatsuya's Miniature World

It was four years ago when photographer and art director Tanaka Tatsuya began work on his Miniature Calendar project, where he creates daily dioramas by using commonly found household objects: in his wildly popular miniatures pasta becomes a playground item and a bush of broccoli a tree, thanks to Tanaka’s skillful use of lighting and perspective.

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Guess the videogame!

Know Your Game is graphic designer and illustrator Aymeric Bernard’s nod to the world of video games: an aesthetically minimalistic series, where famous landmarks from gaming titles are reproduced with as few elements as possible. How many can you recognize? 

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Otaku Wonderland part 1 – Marketing and Collecting

While the anime, manga and videogames industries might make the bulk of their sales through production, publication and sale of the titles themselves, we must not understate the commercial relevance of related merchandise, mostly targeted at the adult otaku market and boasting a number of dedicated outlets, both online and offline (Hobby Search, AmiAmi...).

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