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 expect the general feel of the show to be like.
For this year, it seems as though SMASH! will be host to a few honored guests. Some of these are cosplay guests, while others are musical guests, and even voice actors. In full these are: Hideo Ishikawa, Ai Nonaka, Takahiro ‘Goldie’ Sakai, Yuegene Faya, DJ Catalystic, Hachioji P and IA. According to the guest list page on the website, some guests haven’t been listed. But we haven’t heard of any others besides these ourselves, so O.o.
In particular, we’re interested in seeing Hideo Ishikawa, Ai Nonaka and Hachioji P, as they’re all big names in the industry. But we’re also interested in seeing the cosplay guests, Takahiro ‘Goldie’ Sakai and Yuegene Faya, because cosplay is cool! DJ Catalystic is a cool guy, and I’ve been to Neko Nation too many times, so he’s kinda normal to me now. But I definitely recommend checking out Neko Nation if you’re into anime and partying! You might recognise the voice actor, Hideo Ishikawa, as the voice of Sasuke from Naruto, and a few other characters from shows like Bleach and Slum Dunk. While Ai Nonaka you will know from Puella Magi Madoka Magica as Kyoko, or One Piece’s Mansherry. Of course, Hachioji P is a vocaloid legend that needs no other introduction.
We were going to suggest entering the online auditions for the karaoke contest, but it looks as though they are no longer accepting registrants. Too bad because it is a lot of fun. Check out our entry from ages ago, we were going to do one this year too. But… entry time is over ;_;.
Much like usual, there are a bunch of panels and things on this year. Judging by the panels on offer from the past few years, these are always fun and informative. Even the smaller ones held by fans with specialised knowledge. This year lacks Danny Choo, but we’re sure they’ll still be just as fun! Because, they were before. But still. Here’s a screenshot of all the events. Notice how there is so much more to do than crappy Supanova that is a crappy convention that no-one should go to. And the picture cuts off like half the panels.
Dude! Why am I paying to see Kingsglaive in cinema when SMASH! is hosting it? Also, Yuri panel! Yussss! I don’t see how or why a convention as big as Supanova can’t have this much content. SMASH! knows how to give value for money, and there’s no way we’re going to be able to cover everything at this years event. Although, notice the fail in the card games section. It should read: “It’s time to d-d-d-d-d-dd–d-d-d-d-d-d-dddddddddddddd-dddd-d-d-d-d-duel” 😛
We also want to mention that Anime at Abbotsford will be hosting the first ever Good Smile Company stall at an Australian convention. There you’ll be able to pickup some “rare” Nendoroids, including a limited Snow Hatsune Miku figure. Definitely check that out and be first in line to grab one!
The last thing I want to talk about is the SMASH! Anniversary event. SMASH! has hit an important milestone and so they’re celebrating with a bit of an after-party. You had better be there! We will be. It looks like they have sold out. So if you’re already going it’s going to be great. There’s going to be live music, cosplay contest, and more! Awww yeah!
This year is looking like a great year for SMASH! It’s already so much more awesome than Supanova and it hasn’t even started. I hope that SMASH! this year will continue to set the standard for niche interest conventions, like anime and manga, across the country. It certainly has in the past, and seeing how things have gone for them, it’s unlikely that they will stop being the very best, like no-one ever was.