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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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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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How to Become a Professional Video Game Artist Panel – SMASH! 2016

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Today at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or SMASH!, convention, there was a panel at the mini-stage about becoming a video game artist and get some work in the industry. The panel was hosted by Katie Huang who has been working for 7 years as an artist and has vast experience making games in many games and currently works with Blowfish Studios. The panel showcased a lot of her work and advice for convention-goers to take in and use to help get their start in the industry. Apologies if this article is a bit weird to read, I was trying to get as much info out as easily as possible while she was talking. Katie Huang started her work … Continue reading

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Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV Preview Recap – SMASH! 2016

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At SMASH! this year, there was a screening of the upcoming Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV film. The screening showcased 15 minutes of the film, which encompassed some pretty interesting moments.I’m not too sure if this was just the opening sequence, or a bunch of random points. The opening sequences showcased a dramatic opening battle between some evil looking dudes,a young Noctis and some blonde looking girl in a forest. It was very dramatic and had fire effects. After, it soon becomes 12 years later and there is an even bigger battle involving some cool looking dudes, monsters and what appears to be an Assassin’s Creed character. For some reason they are trying to breach a wall and lots of missiles … Continue reading

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Hideo Ishikawa Panel – SMASH! 2016

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Today at the SMASH! 2016 convention, the voice actor most notable for their role as Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Hideo Ishikawa, held a panel at the main stage. The panel began with a bit of a Q&A session for fans, and was then proceeded by a session of Live Dubbing where the voice actor read over some lines from a rather interesting scene from Naruto Shippudden. “I like to do other scenes, but this one felt much cooler!” he responded to a question about why he chose that particular scene. “That scene when he was young, I’m not good at acting when he is young.” After the crowd clapped, he was embarassed. “I am embarrassed.” He stated. After the Live … Continue reading

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