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Category Archives: Anime Talk
This year at SMASH!, or, the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, both Reika and Kaname sat together on a panel with Danny Choo as the host on the main stage during the second day of the convention. During the panel, the group discussed many things, like cosplay, traveling, anime and more. Rather than being a free-flowing interview, it seemed like Danny came prepared with questions, although the spontaneity and humour came through with the banter between the guests. Danny asked Reika how she chooses characters, and how she chooses between male and female characters. He translated her response roughly like this: “For Reika-san, she generally likes to cosplay characters which she really likes. When there are animes with lots of … Continue reading
This year at SMASH!, the cosplay guest from Japan, Reika, hosted a panel on cosplaying on the shows Saturday. In this panel, she discussed a few things, but predominantly talked about wig-styling and utilised a live demonstration on the topic. This talk involved her giving directions to the audience, which was translated on stage by a SMASH! appointed translator, and showing them what she was doing. Some of Reika’s advice was pretty solid, giving out useful hints as to what to do in various stages of the styling process. What was particularly interesting was that she showed how the offcuts from a wig can be utilised to create the spikes coming out of the hair, like with Sephiroth from Final … Continue reading
This year at SMASH! we saw the return of Loverin Tamburin on the Sunday at the convention. The group previously appeared at the 2013 Sydney Manga and Anime Show!. Loverin Tamburin is comprised of two main members, Aya, on vocals; and Akihiro, on keyboard and also arrangement. They’re also joined by Fujio Ryo on Lead Guitar, Fire on what looked like Bass, and Kohta Igarashi on the Drums. You might recognise their work from the video game: Fushigi No Chronicle Furikaerimasen Katsumadewa by Spike Chunsoft. The group played after the Karaoke finals ended, and their performance was incredibly fun! Loverin Tamburin’s performance began with the soundcheck, where they played a short musical piece just to test that their equipment was … Continue reading
SMASH!, or, the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, hosted an awesome night Saturday in the main hall. That nights event was the I LOVE ANISONG X SMASH! concert, which saw a group of amazing performances from Japanese artists being played live on stage. The set included performances from Kz, GARNiDELiA, DJ Hellokitty and Yanaginagi. It was an amazing night full of dancing, jumping, glowsticks and amazing music! Here, we share our thoughts on each of the nights performances. Kz Kz (stylised as kz) is the Japanese DJ that predominantly creates fun electronic tracks and combines them with Vocaloid vocals. Fans of his will remember that he previously played live at the Vocalioid Night back at SMASH! 2013. This year, he … Continue reading
On Sunday at SMASH!, after the Reika and Kaname panel, there was the Karaoke Finals. These were the finals of the karaoke prelimaries held at the convention, as well as a wildcard from the online entries. Sadly, we didn’t enter this year, but you can check out our entry from last year if you like. The show saw a small amount of singers going on stage one at a time to sing their hearts out and win over the judges. The show started with the host of the finals coming out on to the stage. A contestant that people might recognise from the television show, ‘The Voice’, Kiyomi Vella, was the host of these finals. She gave the audience a … Continue reading
It’s been a year since the last Sydney Manga and Anime Show! and it’s been a few hours since this years show has ended for another entire year. This years event was quite a big one for me, with tonnes of things to do, tonnes of things to see, and there was even a few amazing concerts that fans could attend. Even more, there were a tonne of interesting panels being held all over the convention, which made the day an incredibly packed day that really would have made sure that attendees got their monies worth. The following is my experiences of the day at SMASH! Day 2 (Sunday). My day really started at around 11, which is when I … Continue reading
Whenever I have attended SMASH! throughout the years, I have always left absolutely satisfied with my experience. There is so much to absorb. Whether it is the various panels involving the special guests, the various activities or even checking out the different exhibitors, I’ve always had a good time. The first day of SMASH! 2015 continued that trend where the Anime Ninja and myself enjoyed the sights and sounds of the anime and manga convention. Our first port of call was in fact an interview with special guest Hiroaki Yura, violinist and producer of the upcoming Project Phoenix. I can’t go into detail about the interview we conducted, but we both thoroughly enjoyed the interview and the gameplay demo we … Continue reading