Hanabee announce Beyond the Boundary, Toradora Dub and a Maid Cafe

Hanabee have just officially announced at Supanova Gold Coast that they have acquired the rights to distribute and release Beyond the Boundary and the upcoming Toradora English dub. On top of those title acquisitions they also revealed that they will be running a ‘Beyond the Boundary‘ Maid Cafe in Melbourne Supanova. Unfortunately at this time Hanabee has yet to confirm release details...

Maid Café Smart Phone Web Portal For Akihabara

Don’t you just hate it when you’re in Japan and are unsure about where the nearest maid cafe is? well if you have a smartphone then you’re in luck because now there’s an application for that. Maid+Plus is a smartphone web portal that gives you information on 11 different maid cafes in Akihabara allowing you to search by location, theme, average price and even maid characteristics. The range of caf...

SMASH! 2013 Recap

The 2013 SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show has come to a close, and – pardon the pun – but we had a smashing time at the convention. This year, the Sydney Convention Centre was host to a packed house, and for good reason, with special guests, great panels and workshops, awesome vendors on the show floor and fantastic cosplay. Want it all in one place? Well here is our coverage recap! ...

SMASH! 2013 – A Delightful Maid Cafe

This year at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, much like the last few years, there was a maid cafe set up to service attendees that made bookings. At the cafe, participants were served by both maids and butlers some fine treats and other kinds of delectables. The maid cafe is well known as an event based on the Japanese maid cafes that are favourited by otaku types. Typically the staff are dress...

Pirates and Maid Café Combined Into One In Akihabara

When we anime fans think of Akihabara, the thought of maid cafes occasionally slips into our minds. Well now we can imagine a maid cafe mixed with a bit of Treasure Island thanks to the strangely intriguing Grand Pirates maid cafe. Located in Soto-Kanda (part of the Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo), the maid cafe adopts all the themes of the scurvy seven seas right down to the pirate themed costumes worn by...

SMASH! 2012 Maid Cafe Impressions

It was an amazing day at SMASH! this weekend. There was a large variety of events to participate and interact with, as well as some amazing panels. One of the highlights of the convention though, was the popular Maid Cafe. This was so popular that you had to actually book a session to even get into the cafe. The bookings were for a High Tea session that involved cakes, tea and interaction with the...

Nerdy Niches – SMASH!

Sooo I’m going to be different this time and I’m actually going to talk about an event. One of the best events for the anime lovers just like me, Smash! I love Smash ever since I first went to it and I plan to go to it till I’m like way too old to cosplay or something. Why do I love Smash so much well… that’s what I’m here to talk about. Today I’m specifically looking at the Smash which just...

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...

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...

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