Jorel Alvarez

Just your average twenty-something who loves anime, manga, cosplay and gaming!

SMASH! 2011 Nabeshin Panel #2 Recap

The second of the Nabeshin panels was held at one of the Bayside Gallery rooms which overlooks Darling Harbour with Sydney’s skyline in the backdrop. A moderately sized room with a great view, perfect for a fun panel with Nabeshin! This second panel was less structured than the first and mainly consisted of fans asking him questions. The panel should have probably been re-named to “Up close and pe...

SMASH! 2011 The Cosplayers and their Cosplays

When going to conventions, you’ll easily spot hundreds of attendees dressed up from all things fiction, whether it be characters from movies to television series, books to video games, anime to manga. Cosplay is one of the activities many convention goers love to take part in. It’s fun and cosplaying at conventions enables cosplayers to meet and be with other people who share their interest in cos...

SMASH! 2011 Interviews from the Artist Circle

SMASH! brings artists from all over Australia to exhibit their creative works. It was great to have a chat with some of them to tell us about their work and their tips for all of you aspiring artists! First up, we have the sleepy Kurimja! What can you tell us about your work? I’m just an amateur freelance artist. I’m still in uni but I just do it for fun and I’ve been coming to smash pretty much s...

SMASH! 2011 Interviews with JAUWS and AnimeMQ

Like the anime clubs from Genshiken, real-life anime clubs can be considered as great organizations where friends can indulge themselves in everything anime, manga, gaming and Japanese pop-culture in general. They’re a great social meeting with fellow anime fans especially when the next anime convention is months away. It’s a great relief from all the uni work where you can just come in after a lo...

Dream Drops, A Newly Announced MMORPG Based On Twisted Fairy Tales

Gamania Digital Entertainment has announced the development of Dream Drops, a new MMORPG being developed by PlayCoo games. The fantasy world of Dream Drops is based on popular fairy tales that have been wisted and the generally known heroes and heroines of childhood have become sinister and possibly diabolical. Like for example, in this warped world, the graceful kindness of beloved Snow White is ...

SMASH! 2011 Venue Map

The excitement is building up for anime, manga and Japanese pop-culture enthusiasts around Australia with the Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2011 being only 8 days away! The hardworking organisers of SMASH! who continuously make the event bigger and better each year have just released the SMASH! 2011 Venue Map! In conjunction with the SMASH! 2011 Schedule which can be found here, you can plan when an...

Eden Eternal: The Zumi and a Herd of Alpacas

Aeria Games has announced the upcoming release of Eden Eternal’s first major update. The patch for the anime-style MMORPG includes a new playable race, the cute mouse-looking Zumi, new high level dungeons where you can encounter new bosses and treasures; new endgame content; and a ranking reward system where the top players and guilds in every server will be rewarded with prizes each month. It is ...

Celebrate Anime, Manga and Japanese Pop-Culture with SMASH! 2011

All anime, manga and Japanese pop-culture enthusiasts out there! The Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!), is right around the corner! It’s on Saturday July 16th, just two weeks from now at a new venue, the Sydney Convention Centre right in the hub of Darling Harbour! Sydney Town Hall, last year’s venue, filled up to maximum capacity leaving many convention goers who were refused entry with a bad ...

Rusty Hearts MMO to Showcase at Anime Expo

Perfect World Entertainment has announced that it will showcase its latest game, Rusty Hearts, at Anime Expo, which starts tomorrow! The multiplayer online, hack n’ slash fighting game, which debuted at this year’s E3, will get its spot in the limelight at the largest anime and manga convention in the U.S. held annually at Los Angeles Convention Center. Attendees of Anime Expo will be treated to e...

Pokémon U.S. National Championships

Calling all Pokémon trainers in the U.S.!!! The Pokémon U.S. National Championships will be held at Indianapolis, Indiana between July 8th– 10th. Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players will get to battle it out for a chance to obtain places for the 2011 Pokémon World Championships in San Diego, California, August 12th-14th! In its 8th year, the Pokémon Trading Card Game National Ch...

Eden Eternal’s Garnet Server Launched

Just after 2 days since it started Open Beta testing, Aeria Games launched the Garnet server on its latest game, Eden Eternal, earlier today. This free-to-play, anime-styled MMORPG opened its third world due to the popular demand for the game. Garnet joins Eden Eternal’s already existing servers, Emerald and Aquamarine, following the game’s gem theme for naming worlds. Eden Eternal transcends the ...

Just Dance 3 Announcement

Dancing has been a part of humanity since, well, ages ago! It provides enjoyment, entertainment and brings people together, especially at parties! The development of Just Dance 3 has been announced by Ubisoft at E3 and the game will hope to get people’s grove going and keep parties alive! The third game in the Just Dance franchise will be available on the Wii, Kinect for Xbox360 and PlayStation Mo...

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