Sergei Lazarev

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Program Revealed

The biggest Japanese Film Festival outside of Japan is set to land in Australia and Auckland this October until December. So far only the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy was confirmed to make an appearance, but now the full list of films has been revealed including a live action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. While closing movies vary on location, the festival will kick...

Siren Visual Given a Piggyback on Madman’s AnimeLab

  Australian anime distributors Madman and Siren Visual have joined forces to offer more content for users of the streaming website AnimeLab. The move offers some much-needed exposure to Siren Visual’s discreet yet quality lineup of anime. Starting with the hilarious The Devil is a Part-Timer which is now screening in both subbed and dubbed iterations, Siren’s catalogue will be ad...

The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase to Screen in Theatres

Anime distributor Madman has announced a special event for fans of Studio Ghibli and Japanese animation with a showcase set to celebrate filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata across Australian cinemas. Check out the trailer below. A selection of four films will screen including The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises, My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. Each animation is consi...

Wastelander Panda Series Coming Exclusively to ABC iview

I’m not sure whose idea it was to put a talking panda into a wasteland resembling like something from a video game, but I’d be happy to buy them a drink. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi western is hitting our very own ABC iview program on Saturday, September 20 and will make its international debut at Fantastic Fesy, Austin TX, September 18-25. Wastelander Panda: Exile is a co-production b...

Haganai NEXT: Season Two Collection Review

Haganai NEXT Studio: AIC Build Publisher: Madman Format: Blu-ray (reviewed), DVD Release Date: July 23, 2014 Price: $59.95 – Available Here Overview Are you feeling lonely? Are you in dire need of more friends of even a friend? The creator of Haganai, an abbreviation of “Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai” or “I Don’t Have Many Friends”, answered the calling of many a...

Japan Expo is Giving Away X Japan Tickets

Fans of Japanese rock or music in general should be aware that legendary rock band X Japan are performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden this October 11. It will be the first international show X Japan has held since their world tour in 2011 and their first time performing in the historic venue. Although band leader, drummer and pianist Yoshiki appeared at Otakon this year along with ba...

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent Review

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent Studio: Studio 4C Publisher: Madman Format: Blu-ray (reviewed), DVD Release Date: July 23, 2014 Price: $34.95 – Available Here Overview Berserk has long been considered a classic amongst old-timers in the anime sphere. Its hyper violent, no-holds barred approach to a European medieval setting made up for an anime which many fans claimed did ...

Japanese Film Festival 2014 Dates, Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Confirmed

The Japanese Film Festival is said to be the largest outside of its homeland, drawing an audience of some 25,000 people last year in theatres across Australia. Although the full program of over 45 films is yet to be revealed, the two-part sequel to Rurouni Kenshin will be making an appearance as a full trilogy. Set to return for the eighteenth time, JFF will kick off mid-October in Adelaide before...

Madman Announces Three New Acquisitions at SMASH!

  SMASH! 2014 at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney, has entered its second day with a range of announcements by Madman including One Piece Film: Z, Giovanni’s Island and, finally, Grave of the Fireflies on Blu-ray for the first time. Check out the details for each title below and let us know if you’ll be picking any of these up! ONE PIECE FILM: Z finds Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirat...

Hanabee Announces Gargantia, Fate/kaleid and more at SMASH!

Australian anime distributor Hanabee has announced five new releases during the SMASH! 2014 convention earlier today. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, RWBY Volume 2, Hatorimonogatari, Red Vs. Blue Season 12 and Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Season 1 will all be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. Hanabee has provided some detailed release info for each title: Gargantia on the Verdurous...

Fairy Tail is Now Streaming on AnimeLab

Madman has begun streaming popular shonen anime series Fairy Tail on its AnimeLab website, launched only recently for Aussie anime fans. Currently, the first season of 48 episodes is viewable on AnimeLab as a subtitled release. Lucy is a 17-year-old girl, who wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of trans...

Madman to Screen Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods This Month

Madman has announced that the new Dragon Ball Z movie, “Battle of Gods”, will screen in our region across Australia and New Zealand during a special Reel Anime theatrical event. The anime publisher has also uploaded it’s own English trailer which you can check out below. The screenings will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the following locations and cinemas: Australia MELBOU...

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