Category Archives: Anime Talk

Anime PR: SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 Smashes Its Way To World-Class Status


SMASH!, the Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is getting closer by the day and the event looks like to be a cracker once again. Attack On Gaming will be covering the two day J-pop extravaganza on August 8 and 9 at Rosehill Gardens. For now, check out the latest details on the event, as well as some photos of last year’s event below. For those who are new to SMASH!, it might be a good idea to check out our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2 of last year.   SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 smashes its way to world-class status Sydney, NSW, July 20, 2015 – Let the countdown begin! Now in its ninth year, SMASH! SYDNEY … Continue reading

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The “Senpai Notice Me” JPF X SMASH! Cosplay Workshops! Was Pretty Fun


Over the weekend, on Saturday July 11, 2015, SMASH! and the Japan Foundation in Sydney held a trio of pre-SMASH! panels for people that RSVP’d to a Facebook event focused on Cosplay called “”Senpai Notice Me” JPF X SMASH! Cosplay Workshops!“. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend one of the workshops, the make-up application one, but I did attend both the Wig-Styling and the Casting workshops. As you can tell, each workshop focused primarily on one thing each, but went for about an hour or so each, with plenty of time for nuance. As we mentioned in the OP, we didn’t attend the Make-up workshop, so were not too sure about what happened in that. However, it was the first … Continue reading


Anime PR: ‘I LOVE ANISONG X SMASH!’ Announced


SMASH!, the Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is breaking new ground with ‘I LOVE ANISONG X SMASH!’, the first anime music concert in Australia. Now that would be one heck of a concert. Check out all the details, as well as the announcement video below: — Australia’s first ever anime music concert I ❤ ANISONG X SMASH! to hit SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 Sydney, NSW, June 26, 2015 — Get ready for the ultimate Japanese pop-culture experience as SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is set to host Australia’s FIRST ever anime music concert ‘I ❤ ANISONG X SMASH!’ this August. For one night only, fans of anime and Japanese pop-culture can look forward to a vivid music … Continue reading

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Bluray Review

The final installment of the live action Rurouni Kenshin trilogy is finally available on Bluray and I couldn’t be more excited. I have considered Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends as my favourite of the three despite all three being excellent movies. However, I believe The Legend Ends stands taller above the other two due to the action sequences pushing the envelope, the character development and relationships shown throughout and the plot of the movie itself. It is one heck of an experience to enjoy, especially from the living room couch. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends starts off where Kyoto Inferno, the previous installment of the trilogy, ended. Himura Kenshin is lying on the beach after escaping Makoto Shishio’s battleship, which … Continue reading

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Higurashi When They Cry Chapter 1 Onkakushi Review

Higurashi When They Cry is a game described by 07th Expansion, the developers of the game, as a “sound novel.” Where a visual novel relies on the visual aspects, such as character design and background art, the sound novel relies on music and background noise to set the atmosphere and the tone of the story. The series dates back to 2002, when the first chapter, Onikakushi, was released in Japan, with an English release back in 2009 by MangaGamer themselves. Since then, another seven chapters have been created, with various spin offs and fan created chapters developed for various platforms such as PC, Playstation 3 and even the Playstation Vita. The series also has a PSP fighting game. In this … Continue reading

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Humanity Has Declined DVD Review

I was pleasantly surprised by Humanity Has Declined. The anime, licensed by Hanabee in Australia, seemed to have the look of a cutsey human and fairy story. However, the old rule of judging a book by its cover is in full effect as Humanity Has Declined proves to be a clever dark comedy on the foils of humanity. The humans are in a decline in a post-apocalyptic world. As a way to survive, they live alongside the fairies. To act as a mediator between the two, there is a female protagonist simply referred to as the Mediator. The series doesn’t have an overarching story, like most anime. Instead, ten of the twelve episodes feature a mini story of their own … Continue reading

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Review (DVD)

After watching Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3, I wondered where this would rate on my enjoyment scale. Developed by Gainax, the same studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gurren Lagann, this Slice of Life anime follows the adventures of a group of high school students with a passion for airsoft, called “survival games” by the club. For a “cute girls doing something for fun” type of anime,  it divulges into deeper themes, especially when it comes to the main character Yura Yamato. While I applaud the desire in exploring something deeper, I felt it was a little disjointed rather than a flowing narrative. The series focuses on one of the newest students at Stella Women’s Academy, Yura … Continue reading

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