Archive for October, 2010

Keeping a finger on the Pulse of HIFF

October 15th, 2010

The Hawaii International Film Festival is underway, and, as I mentioned in Cel Shaded a few weeks ago, there are a number of movies screening over the next few days that will likely be of interest to you, the anime and manga fans of the world. And I … will be working on most of the nights those films are screening. *sigh* *sob*

Fortunately, through the magic of technology (namely, a bunch of advance screeners provided by HIFF), I was able to watch all of those films anyway. Those reviews are going up over on our new entertainment portal, Honolulu Pulse. The site’s worth checking out on its own merits (shameless plug), but if you want a one-stop place for my reviews — which probably will come in handy when HIFF is over and these movies return either for limited local runs or on home video — look no further than this post. I’ll be updating it throughout the next week with the latest review links and information.

(Update 5:02 p.m. 10/15: Added Beck link.)

(Update 8:48 a.m. 10/23: Added Welcome to the Space Show link.)

Without further ado, here we go:

Redline: The manly man’s anime, where you will believe that a guy in a Trans Am can score the hot babe and hold his own against aliens with far more souped-up machines and an entire planet’s military. Already screened, but perhaps the review will come in handy for whenever confirmed licensor Manga Entertainment releases it on DVD.

Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Yup, there’s still a girl, and she’s still leaping through time. But this ain’t your Bandai anime brand of leaping.

Beck: If movies were music, this would be the “greatest hits” album.

Welcome to the Space Show: Packed chock-full of whimsy and imagination. Pity the story seems half-baked in places. Screens at 7:15 p.m. today.

HEX(XP)-n-effect: What’s shakin’?

October 8th, 2010

A recent note in my e-mail box reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve checked on what’s going on with the upcoming Hawaii Entertainment Expo Experience, aka HEXXP. Almost three months ago, to be exact. With a little over a month away from the pop culture convention’s debut (Nov. 13-14 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall), things have seemed quiet on that front — aside from a few volunteer orientation meetings — but a quick peek at the show’s website reveals several events have popped up on the schedule that may be of interest to readers of this blog, particularly cosplayers and cosplay fans.

But first, the contents of that note, a reminder to anyone who signed up to volunteer at the event: The first of what I’m told are two mandatory training meetings will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St. in Kalihi. Food and drinks will be provided, the organizational and communications structure among volunteers will be detailed, and the various departments will discuss what needs to be done.

Now, about that schedule.For the 19 hours HEXXP will be open — 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 — there are a lot of cosplay events planned. Highlights of the first day includes Bleach, Naruto and Hetalia photo shoots, three fashion shows held back-to-back-to-back and a panel on “How to Build a Mecha Costume on a Limited Budget.” The second day features photo shoots for gothic lolita fashions, Chobits, Halo and other first-person shooters, One Piece and Kingdom Hearts. Fans who aren’t into cosplaying or watching other people cosplay — and if you’re one of these types of fans, I just have to say, really? Are you serious? What kind of fan are you? — can watch the Initial D: Third Stage movie, take in a panel by professional drift driver Ken Maeda about the difference between how drifting is depicted in anime and video games and how it is to do it in real life, or learn more about the Hawaii Star Manga Project.

I’ve noted before that HEXXP isn’t a full-fledged anime convention per se, so that’s all I’ll discuss here … but the full schedule of events to date is posted right here. Standard disclaimers about things possibly changing between now and showtime certainly apply, but I will say this for now: It looks like a rather intriguing mix for a debut effort. I’m interested in seeing how this all plays out.