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Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue Impressions – EBGames Expo 2016

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Over the weekend at this years EBGames Expo gaming convention, Square Enix and Bandai Namco had a playable build of the latest Kingdom Hearts remake, Kingdom Hearts II.8. This remake, as far as I know, is based on the second Kingdom Hearts game, but presents players with a new control scheme that makes things a bit more fluid and enjoyable. Of course, the core essence of Kingdom Hearts is still there, and you can feel it with every moment that you play. Our gameplay demo began with the main blue-haired girl, whose name I forget, standing before a castle across a broken bridge. It seems that in order to get across, the player would have to take her hunting for … Continue reading

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Seraph Of The End Part 1 Review

Seraph of the End is an anime which plays it safe. In a post apocalyptic world, an orphan by the name of Yu has a desire for revenge against vampires for killing the other orphans in his orphanage. He escapes the underground city of the vampires and is found by members of the Moon Demon Company, which is a division of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. While it is told well, the story and characters are all run of the mill, generic tropes and cliches rehashed in a different way. The first half of the story is all about setting up the world, the characters and the overarching plot. The protagonist is Yuichiro Hyakuya, a sixteen year old orphan hell … Continue reading

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SMASH! 2016 – A Weekend in Photo’s

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This years Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or SMASH!, convention has come and gone. Once again, this year, SMASH! has proven itself to be the best convention out of all the ones that I have been to at the very least. What was there to do? What wasn’t there to do? Read on for my adventure. The day began with my the entrance to the convention, a convention held at the remarkable Rosehill Racecourse and its multiple buildings. These buildings make things so much easier on a navigation scale, because you know that each building has a particular purpose. However, the first building that I, and a friend, checked out was the Vendor Hall. Conveniently located at the first building. … 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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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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Hachioji-P Panel – SMASH! 2016

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Over the weekend at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or SMASH!, convention, the well know Vocaloid DJ and Producer, Hachioji-P, held a Q&A panel. This panel had questions posed from both the audience and the hosts, and proved to be quite an interesting thing to participate in. Hachioji-P, or Eight Prince, answered a lot of questions during the panel. The most important questions of the panel revolved around his career and insights into the Vocaloid scene in Japan. Although he did talk about himself personally a little too. For example, he was asked about some of the steps he takes to make music, to which he answered: “You have to start with something that inspires you, which could be … Continue reading

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