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SMASH! 2014 – Day 2 Of Fun!

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As we have previously written, we’ve been attending the Sydney Manga and Anime SHow!, or SMASH!, convention this weekend which was held at Rosehill Gardens. The convention itself is dedicated to the culture of Anime, Manga and other things Japanese, as well as the people that partake in that culture within Australia. This year is the first year that the show has been held across two days, and so it had a slightly more prolonged feel to it. Yesterday, The Consultant was in attendance at the event, today, was I! Anime Ninja! Kwacha! One of the first things we did at the show was check out all of the panels that we wanted to cover at the show. Fortunately for … Continue reading

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Madman Panel – SMASH! 2014

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This year at SMASH! Madman had a huge presence with a massive booth almost right near the entrance of the vendor hall, as well as hosting their Anime Lab video room for Anime screenings all weekend. As a part of their presence, Sly from Madman hosted a pretty cool panel on Madman’s current, and future lineup, as well as showcasing their new Anime Lab streaming service. There was also a Question and Answers segment, as well as a massive game of Janken, or Scissors-Paper-Rock as it is known here. Madman easily has a massive lineup of titles coming out in the coming months, such as Kill La Kill, Attack On Titan and many more sweet and interesting looking titles. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Cosplay Props, Armour & 3D Printing – SMASH! 2014

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Earlier today at the SMASH! convention in Sydney was a Cosplay Props, Armour & 3D Printing panel where a group of cosplayers and prop designers– Jarrah Brouwer, Chris Wolfe, Newton Thaiposri and Kayla Erin– sat down and talked about making replica and prop armour and weapons and some of the techniques used to do so. The talk was incredibly interesting and the guys brought along a fair few of their creations to share around with the audience to showcase various materials and quality that they could achieve by using different methods. The panels itself was very interesting and it was cool hearing about the different ways in which armour and weapons could be made. For example, there was a big … Continue reading

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Introduction to Cosplay Panel – SMASH! 2014

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Earlier today at the SMASH! convention was the panel for guiding people getting into cosplay called: ‘Introduction To Cosplay’, which was hosted by the cosplayer, Aly Sael. The panel itself saw the host, Aly, giving tips on cosplaying. These tips ranged from actually making costumes, down to the kind of attitude and expectations that they could bring into a con and into their own cosplays as well. After Alys presentation, she opened the floor to some questions for a Question and Answer segment, which was cool. Some of the key points that Aly seemed to be getting at was that cosplaying is really for yourself first and foremost, and as such, it is best to cosplay characters that you want … Continue reading

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SMASH! 2014 – Day 1 Of Fun!

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Today saw the first day of the new two day SMASH! event held in Rosehill Gardens, in Rosehill this year. The SMASH!, or Sydney Manga And Anime SHow!, plays host to easily our favourite convention in the Sydney region. The show, as the name suggests, is focused primarily on Anime and Manga, while also focusing on the culture surrounding it. As a part of this culture, things like Cosplaying and collecting figures are pretty prevalent. At the show, one could readily see hundreds of cosplayers attending the event and showing off their fandom in a sea of like-minded individuals. Actually, the cosplaying was of incredibly high quality, with Sydney cosplayers showing that they are some of the best in the … Continue reading

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Yaoi / Yuri Shipping Panel – SMASH! 2014

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At SMASH! this year, there was a strange panel listed on the guidebook that came with our swag bags given to us at the entrance. This strange panel was one that we thought would be a little controversial to have at a convention, but was one that definitely fit within the fandom. The Yaoi/Yuri Pairing Battle Panel, was its name. However, when we arrived at the panel, we must have missed the shipping wars as it had a very mellow and welcoming atmosphere where attendees were discussing their OTPs mainly. Because we didn’t really witness any kinds of battles or arguments at all, it was more of a shipping panel in general, or at least, that was our experience. The … Continue reading

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Hanabee Live! Panel – SMASH! 2014

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This year at the Sydney Manga and Anime SHow!, or SMASH!, convention, Hanabee held a panel where they discussed some of their upcoming anime titles and other things that the audience should know about. Alongside these announcements was an interesting segment where attendees could work out the finer details of a character based on their state, in our case, Sydney, as well as hosting a Question and Answer section with prizes. Announced at the convention were the following titles – Fate/Kalied Hatorimonogatari and Gargantia of the arduous planet. They also showcased and talked a bit about their titles on their latest Video on Demand service and highlighted some of the shows that are currently airing, such as RWBY on Friday … Continue reading

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