Manifest: A Noob Perspective

My only experience with anime – ever – was with Pokemon in grade six, and the masterpieces from that Pixar of the East, Studio Ghibli. Other than that, I’ve just never really gotten into it, despite recommendations for various series from various sources. My girlfriend and her friends had been planning to go to Manifest, Melbourne’s annual anime festival, for months, and I was of the mindset that ...

SMASH! 2011: Capsule Computers Cosplay Hunt!

SMASH! 2011: Capsule Computers Cosplay Hunt! It sucks to miss out on an awesome event, isn’t it? Well have no fear, Capsule Computers is here! Sure, video games are our passion, but video games are a major aspect of pop culture which we also love to cover. So we decided this year to bring SMASH! 2011 to everyone at home who couldn’t make it, by covering as much as we could of the entir...

SMASH 2011: Alex Ngai Strikes Back!

One of the most memorable moment’s of last year’s SMASH! was when cosplayer/preformer Alex Ngai took the stage and preformed his highly popular dance preformance sketch, taken from the Xbox 360 game Idol M@ster, where even the judges joined in! Check it out here. This year Alex Ngai returns from Japan to preform yet another a dance, this time from the sequal Idol M@ster 2, infront of a...

SMASH 2011: Interview with ParraNOIA

How good are clubs? They’re full of stuff like people and… clubs. Seriously, they’re great. A lot of us SMASH! people used to be in clubs and look what happened to us!-SMASH! Official Website Amoungst all the various vendors and booths at SMASH!, a few were occupied by various clubs and groups. I spoke to a member named William of a club parramatta-based group of University students called ParraNO...

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:Recap By Matt Vella

      SMASH! 2011 was INSANE this year! After last year’s venue selling out and reaching maximum capacity, you can tell the organisers knew they were going to have to step things up, and oh man, these guys brought their A game! They put together an outstanding atmosphere for anime and manga lovers alike. It was organised nicely and everything seemed to go to plan. Here’s...

SMASH 2011: Interview with Street Fighter II Tournament Winner

Meet Chyna: The SMASH 2011 World Warrior! SMASH this year contained many high-energy moments, from the deafening screams of excited Little Kuriboh fans, to the insane dance moves during the cosplay contest, to even Nabeshin inviting audience members to touch his ‘skin’ in his hotel room tonight. However one of the most exciting highlights for me was the Street Fighter II tournament. People would c...

SMASH 2011 Super Street Fighter 2 And Mario Kart 64 Tournament Rules

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m heaps pumped for the Super Street Fighter 2 And Mario Kart 64 Tournaments taking place at SMASH 2011 this year! However winning a tournament of your favorite retro game can be a massive challenge, especially if you don’t know the rules. But have no fear, your buddies here at Capsule Computers are here to help you out! Below you’ll find t...

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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