Bushiroad Card Games Workshops and Tournaments at SMASH! 2013

Card game fanatics were in for a real treat at SMASH! 2013 with the Bushiroad card games room catering to both newbies and veterans. With card games workshops to help introduce and teach players to the several types of games and even a series of highly competitive tournaments, they had players of all skill levels covered. Whether it is Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwartz, Yu-Gi-Oh! or even Pokemo...

Madman Cosplay Competition – SMASH! 2013

With SMASH! 2013 coming to a close it was time for one last performance. Only this time, it wasn’t guests or panelists taking to the stage, it was the cosplayers. The fans who go the extra mile and create costumes that make you wonder how they did it. For the Madman Cosplay Competition, costumed attendees gathered from across the convention hall in order to win the grand prize: a return flig...

Cosplay Battle Royale – SMASH! 2013

This year at the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show held in Sydney, there was an entertaining event for cosplayers called the Cosplay Battle Royale. This particular event was held outside of the event-hall on the patio and saw costumed combatants duke-it-out in a sort of turn-based pokemon-esque battle. This might sound a bit strange, but you had an arena drawn on the ground and on each side of th...

Armour Making Panel – SMASH! 2013

At the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show this year there was a panel on armour making held upstairs in the Siren Visual panel room. The panel was presented by a Matthew Klimenko, who is an expert in the armour making process. The panel was a discussion on the armour making process and also included a live demonstration of a cold casting session. Cold Casting is the process of making plastic feel ...

Haruko Momoi Concert – SMASH! 2013

At the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show this year, fans were treated to an excellent performance by the talented Haruko Momoi pop singer from Japan. What was interesting about this particular performance was that fans were given some great concert programmes before the start of the concert. Over the course of the concert Haruko Momoi performed some great songs, including Wonder Momo-i, Ai no med...

Paul Caggegi’s 3D Illustration Panel at SMASH! 2013

The 2013 SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show featured multiple panels and workshops, with topics such as Cosplay Life Drawing and Improving Your Drawing, to How to Produce Manga and 3D Illustration – the latter of which will be detailed in this article. Paul Caggegi was the special guest and host of this particular panel. Paul  has been a freelance motion graphics designer for over a decade. ...

Street Fighter IV Competition Results at SMASH! 2013

The SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is not all about, well, just that…anime and manga. It’s also about celebrating some of Japan’s most beloved gaming franchises, with Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter all having a presence at the convention this year, and all of which were played in tournaments on the day. The Street Fighter IV competition was played over the cour...

Pokemon DS Tournament Results at SMASH! 2013

The SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is not all about, well, just that…anime and manga. It’s also about celebrating some of Japan’s most beloved gaming franchises, with Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter all having a presence at the convention this year, and all of which were played in tournaments on the day. The Pokemon DS tournament lasted for nearly two hours, fea...

SMASH! 2013 – Gunpla Builders World Cup

Gunpla, a word combining the phrase “Gundam plastic model”, is recognised not only in Japan but overseas as well. Gunpla Builders World Cup events are held all throughout the world. Just like last year, SMASH! once again played host to the talented Gundam model builders of Australia, giving the rest of us some awesome works of art and dioramas to enjoy. Right across from the Gundam Hob...

Hidenori Matsubara Q&A Panel – SMASH! 2013

  Hidenori Matsubara was one of the few headline guests at SMASH! 2013 and I was lucky enough to nab a seat and to be there for the entirety of his Q and A Panel as well as his Live Drawing in the Art Room yesterday at the convention. It was quite a small affair, it was held on the main stage of the Art Room, but that’s not to say that the place didn’t fill to the brim with eager ...

Masakazu Morita Panel – SMASH! 2013

The main stage. SMASH! 2013. Masakazu Morita enters the room. People applauded, girls cheered. Once the sound subsided, it was time for the panel to begin with a Q and A, exploring the life of one of Japan’s most popular voice actors. Having been involved in the Final Fantasy franchise “since the eighth series”, Morita was asked about his experiences from both his role as a voice...

Rurouni Kenshin Panel – SMASH! 2013

Amongst the many panels of SMASH! 2013 was Rurouni Kenshin: Where the Spirits of the Past and the Future Meet. Headed by Dr Mio Bryce, Head of Japanese Studies at Macquarie University, Amy Plumb and Terence “Tel” Porter, students within the same program, the panel focused on the complex themes of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story as well as their relevance and impact on c...

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