Sergei Lazarev

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Concludes, Sets Record Attendance

The 18th Japanese Film Festival has finally ended in Australia and New Zealand with applause as the event celebrates a total attendance of over 33,000 cinema goers. Additionally, the 2014 Audience Choice Award has been given to the final film in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. The JFF program stretched across 16 cities, including Auckland, New Zealand for the first time, with 67 Japanese movies scree...

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Series Collection Review

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Series Collection Studio: Sunrise Publisher: Madman Format: DVD Release Date: October 10, 2014 Price: $59.95 – Available Here Overview The original Mobile Suit Gundam started a franchise that’s still going to this day, spawning sequels, alternate timelines, OVAs and movies. The classic Universal Century timeline is considered to be the pure Gundam experience, wi...

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed PS4 Review

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed Developer: Acquire Publisher: XSEED Games Platforms: PS4 (reviewed), PS3, PS Vita Release Date: November 25, 2014 Price: US$49.99 – Available Here AUD $59.95 – Available Here Overview The PlayStation family of consoles has always been home to some of the wackiest games from Japan. While hundreds of titles remain within the Land of the Rising S...

Mobile Suit Gundam Series Collection Review

Mobile Suit Gundam Series Collection Studio: Sunrise Publisher: Madman Format: DVD Release Date: October 15, 2014 Price: $59.99 – Available Here Overview Since the late 1970s the venerable Mobile Suit Gundam series has been ever-present in the anime industry and is widely known as the flagship of the “mecha” or giant robot genre. Although it’s important to note that the ear...

Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! Review

Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! Developer: 773 Publisher: Nyu Media Platforms: PC Release Date: November 20, 2014 Price: $3.99 – Available Here Overview There is somewhat of a localisation renaissance happening on the PC right now with quirky Japanese games and visual novels cropping up out of nowhere, all in English for our benefit. It’s great to see the visual novel market, no matter ...

Madman Acquires Log Horizon and Lupin the Third Film

Anime distributor Madman announced two new acquisitions from the floor of the Supanova Pop Culture Convention in Adelaide. The virtual MMO anime Log Horizon and the live action film Lupin the Third. Easing off on the acquisition accelerator a bit, Madman opted for just two new titles this time. Log Horizon follows the popular online game genre of anime with the world of Elder Tales and 30,000 play...

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 1 and 2 Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 1 & 2 Studio: SHAFT Publisher: Madman Format: Blu-ray Release Date: November 12, 2014 Price: $69.95 – Available Here Overview Anime movies that summarise an entire show’s worth of content into two hours are a fickle thing. To put it bluntly, I’m hardly a fan. History shows us that they straddle a very fine line between offering newcom...

Rurouni Kenshin Director to Appear in Melbourne

The Japanese Film Festival is in full swing here in Australia, offering cinema goers a huge selection of Japanese movies, both animated and live action, to enjoy during these sweltering months. Additionally, Director Keishi Otomo is making an appearance in Melbourne. With the samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin trilogy screening during JFF, Director Otomo is holding a Q&A session on Saturday, Novembe...

More Than a Dozen Shows Added to AnimeLab

  Australian anime fans are going to have a lot less time on their hands thanks to Madman and its online streaming service AnimeLab. A total of thirteen anime, both currently airing as well as older series, have been added to its already-exhaustive catalogue. The latest crop of additions have something for everyone with sci-fi detective thriller Psycho-Pass II (see what we thought of the orig...

World of Tanks Adds French Armour on Xbox 360

Wargaming has finally released the Vive La France content update for free-to-play game World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition. The free patch is available for all Xbox Live Gold members and for those holding a seven-day trial of the online service on Xbox 360. France is often forgotten when it comes to vehicular warfare, with emphasis placed on Nazi Germany’s finesse and the USSR’s monstrous...

Angels Beats is Now Showing on AnimeLab

First published by Siren Visual, Angel Beats! has now joined Madman’s AnimeLab streaming service in a continuing sign of partnership between the two Australian anime distributors. All 14 episodes are viewable from the get-go in both subbed and dubbed iterations. Animated by P.A. Works, Angel Beats! is an original anime project by Key, the makers of the hit visual novel-turned anime Clannad. ...

‘Gundam Reconguista in G’ Now Showing on AnimeLab

Madman has announced that it has acquired the latest series in the long-running Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, Gundam Reconguista in G. The anime has exploded onto AnimeLab earlier today and will stream every Friday, 7:30am AEST shortly after the Japanese broadcast. That’s good news for us early birds looking for an anime fix right before work. 35 years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam w...

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