The Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 1 Part 1 Review

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Hiromu Arakawa, best known for her work on Fullmetal Alchemist, has released a new manga series called Arslan Senki. This manga series has since been adapted into an anime series by the same name, but is released as The Heroic Legend of Arslan here in the western market. The story follows the young prince of Pars, Arslan, during a time of strife and war in his kingdom. Considering the story is set over 52 episodes, and that this collection only covers 13 of those, some people might find that this particular section isn’t as meaty as most anime series at this point. The story begins with our Prince, Arslan, being instructed in the ways of the sword. But first, before … Continue reading

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Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie Review

Ghost In The Shell has been around for quite some time. It follows a cyborg by the name of Motoko Kusanagi in a futuristic Japan. Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie portrays Motoko right before the start of the original film, which was released back in 1995. As such it is a prequel, but it is also the final chapter in the recent Arise series, which explores Motoko before the events of Ghost In The Shell. The film is great, with an excellent protagonist in Motoko, a great plot with twists and turns and excellent animation. However, it isn’t friendly with newcomers and elements of the story and characters can be quite bland. Ghost In The Shell: The New … Continue reading

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Zelda Informer, Press-Start, and more, possibly lying about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Over the early weekend, a few websites had published some rather interesting articles about this years EB Games Expo and Nintendo’s upcoming video game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The rumours come sourced to a nameless anonymous source at the Expo claiming that fans that have purchased four Zelda games and have proof of purchasing these games at an EB Games store, that they will be able to play a demo build of Breath of the Wild. Obviously, this sounds like a terrible PR move and no sane person at Nintendo would have authorised this kind of move. But still, we have reached out to Nintendo for verification just the same. Below is their response, quoted. Thank … Continue reading

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SMASH! In One Week! Get Pumped!

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It looks like the SVG died when we converted it to .png. Pls SMASH! don’t use SVG, this isn’t 1992. It’s time to get PUMPED! The Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or SMASH!, is set for another big year this year with the convention starting next weekend at the Rosehill Racecourse in Rosehill. Taking a look at all the materials that the organisers of SMASH! have been sending us these past few weeks, and taking a look on their website, it is clear that this years will be a rather interesting treat. Of course, SMASH! has always been our favourite convention here, so be sure to take a look at our past coverage of the convention as to what to … Continue reading

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Go Go Nihon Panel – SMASH! 2016

I have always had the thought of living in Japan cross my mind. I love the otaku culture, especially their video games and anime, but I always knew it would be quite difficult. It wasn’t as simple as jumping on the plane, finding a job and living somewhere as soon as I arrived. When I saw this panel on the Sunday schedule, I knew I had to attend and learn more. I wasn’t disappointed as the Go Go Nihon: Live and Study in Japan panel offered a plethora of information for those who want to live and work in Japan. Go Go Nihon is a service, so the panel was basically an infomercial. Despite that, it did offer some useful … Continue reading

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My Overall Experience – SMASH! 2016

SMASH!, the Sydney Manga & Anime Show, rolled on once again for another year. The convention was held at Rosehill Gardens, the racecourse where the event was held over the last couple of years. Over the years, SMASH! has delivered an excellent convention experience and this year’s iteration was no different. From the international guests, the various activities and panels, the gaming area and the Exhibitor Hall, SMASH! had a lot to offer. My first port of call for this year’s SMASH! convention was, in fact, the Exhibitor Hall. What’s a convention without a place for shop owners to sell their wares. From anime, manga, figurines, video games and weapons (for cosplaying purposes, naturally), the very spacious Exhibitor Hall had … Continue reading

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GAMING PR: PlayStation introduces the DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

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There will be a USB Wireless Adapter available for purchase in Australia on September 16. — PlayStation Australia is pleased to announce that the DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will be available in Australia on 16th September 2016. The Adaptor allows you to connect a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to your Windows PC or Mac via Bluetooth. Simply insert the Adaptor into a USB port on your computer and then follow a quick pairing process to connect your controller. The DUALSHOCK 4 USB Wireless Adaptor is the perfect companion to compatible applications like the PS4 Remote Play app on your PC/Mac, which lets players stream their favourite PS4 games to their computer. The Adaptor makes this experience even better, allowing … Continue reading

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GAMING PR: PlayStation Australia To Bring PlayStation VR To Westfield Shopping Centres

PlayStation Australia and The Scentre Group are teaming up to bring the PlayStation VR to select Westfield shopping centres to try out before the official release in October. — PlayStation Australia and Westfield invite you to step in to the immersive world of PlayStation VR. PlayStation Australia and Westfield are today inviting fans to experience the immersive world of PlayStation®VR (PS VR) for themselves, ahead of the product’s highly anticipated Australian launch on October 13th, 2016. Powered by PlayStation®4 (PS4™), PlayStation VR is a virtual reality system that takes console gaming to the next level of immersion. With PS VR, players will experience games in an entirely new way, at the centre of the action and living every detail of … Continue reading

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GAMING PR: Driveclub VR announced for PlayStation VR in 2016

Driveclub is coming back with a VR version of the racing game coming exclusively for PlayStation VR. — PlayStation Australia are proud to officially announce that DRIVECLUB VR will launch in 2016 exclusively on PlayStation VR, so get ready to jump back behind the wheel! DRIVECLUB VR powers into an extended season of highly immersive virtual reality racing with a bigger, more powerful engine fuelled by PlayStation VR. Real race fans can get closer to the action and closer to reality than they ever thought possible in wild-speed showdowns, seated in the cockpit of some of the most exclusive, high-end cars ever made. DRIVECLUB VR gives players the chance to live out their epic racing fantasies in a fully immersive, … Continue reading

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Yuegene Fay Panel – SMASH! 2016

Over they years, SMASH! has featured a plethora of cosplayers as guests, both Australian and international. At this year’s SMASH! convention, their major international cosplay guest was Yuegene Fay from Thailand. Since her first cosplay in 2000, sixteen years ago, Yuegene Fay has travelled around the world to various conventions as a guest, attendee or even a judge for a cosplay competition. I managed to catch the short panel as it was directly before the Madman Cosplay Competition. Considering I do have an interest in the art of cosplay, I decided to stay and learn more about the inner mind of a world renowned cosplayer. Before I go into the panel itself, I noted that it was a short panel. … Continue reading

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