Yes, it's that time of year again when we all get excited as the Madman Anime Festival rolls into Melbourne for 2017. Last year was the debut of the festival, put together by Australia's largest distributor of quality anime, manga and heaps more otaku goodies, Madman. 2017 also saw the festival branch out to Perth and Brisbane before hitting up Melbourne for the last local...
I love my fast cars especially Japanese import cars so better believe I watched classic racing anime, Initial D, like a man possessed. So I'm beyond super excited to hear that the author of Initial D, Shuuichi Shigeno, is launching a new manga and better yet, it's another racing one. The series is called MF Ghost and is set in the future revolving around an era...
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Aug
This past weekend saw SMASH! roll into Rosehill Gardens in NSW. It's an event that everyone at Japandaman HQ looks forward to as it's always such an amazing event with loads to do and see. Throw in some absolutely stunning cosplay, stellar guests and it's not hard to see why SMASH! is an event that everyone waits each year for, drawing massive crowds each time....
WonFes 2017 just wrapped and if you missed it, Japandaman figure expert Kat did a post on it which you can check out here! Apart from the awesome figures that are on display, there's always a massive amount of cosplayers who are all keen to show what they've been working on. Thanks to YouTuber, Rescue The Princess, here's a look at the WonFes cosplay with...
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Oct
The Death Note series has been on a roll lately with the upcoming Death Note movie generating quite a bit of buzz of late. The Death Note manga has now been collected into one massive compendium consisting of 2,400 pages. And it's also a hefty 8cm in thickness which is quite a challenge to carry around with you but if you're a collector, then why...
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Jul
Hugely popular series Gantz has a much loved manga, anime and a couple of live action movies to keep the fans happy. But there's more coming to appease the fans. A trailer has just dropped for Gantz: 0, which follows the events of the "Osaka Arc" from the manga. On top of the, the film is a 3DCG affair which looks absolutely amazing and gorgeous! Check...
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Jul
We already know that Akihabara is Ground Zero for all things otaku, right? https://youtu.be/95GlwrqE44U Well, now there's a new store opening up from a very popular chain. Animate has its main store in Ikebukuro, seen as a more female friendly part of Tokyo, catering for the female otaku. But they now have a new store opening up in Akihabara as of June 2016. The new store...
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Mar
Woke up to this bit of exciting news!! Really get excited when I hear of a new convention coming into town but even better when it's a con aimed at Asian pop culture. This is straight from the press release. Announcing Madman Anime Festival 2016 Two day celebration of anime and Japanese culture at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, presented by Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab ...
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Aug
For those of you who don't know, apart from running this fine site, I also host and produce a TV show on community TV called It's Japan, Man! I'll provide the relevant links at the bottom. We were recently in Sydney covering SMASH! and were lucky enough to get some great interviews with a few of the special guests such as Japanese cosplayer Kaname, musical...
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Apr
The weekend that just passed saw the commencement of the convention season for 2015 with Supanova rolling into Melbourne. Melbourne is the first of many stops for the Supanova train. Always attracting many Supa Star guests, this year was no different. From Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, George Takei from Star Trek, Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, Jason David Frank from Power...