Category Archives: Pop Culture

Pokémon Show Up For Osaka 2025 World Expo

Nintendo have thrown some weight behind the race for Osaka to host the World Expo in 2025. There are a few contenders in the shortlist covering Yekaterinburg in Russia, Baku in Russia and Osaka.

Osaka is quietly confident of its chances seeing as they previously hosted in 1970 and have the experience needed to host such an event. But just in case, the video below has been put together to fully illustrate the point.

https://youtu.be/PjcT6meSYxA

The video showcases the best spot for the expo which is Yumeshima Island with a beautiful natural landscape. Just in case Osaka does win the bid, preparations are underway which is also shown in the video. And you can’t have a video showcasing Japan without having some Pokémon in there. So expect to see Eevee, Pikachu, Charizard and more!

Even Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe shows up and delivers a speech…albeit in an awkward manner. Hopefully Osaka wins the bid, we’ll let you know how it goes.

MadFest Brisbane ’18: Why it was the party of the Year!

I know I am jumping the gun by claiming that this event is the ‘Party of the Year’ in June, but that is exactly how I feel, and really still feeling. MadFest Brisbane 2018 has left the greatest impression on me. It was such an incredible convention that because I was so busy having fun, I actually didn’t get much footage. I do have some videos, which gives a little taste of what the event was like.

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So I thought I would give my top five moments of MadFest Brisbane..

The Cosplayers

Oh my goodness didn’t Brisbane go all out this year. The amount of cosplayers in comparison to last year was unbelievable. Nearly 70% of the crowd was in cosplay and it was just awesome. I noticed that so many people were going up to other people and complimenting each other on their craft, taking pics and just having fun with it. What was really impressive was how talented people are making these costumes. When it comes to cosplay at a con, Brisbane has really set the benchmark as this being the con to show off and have fun with the cosplay.

The Guests

This to me was one of the big motivations for me to travel across from the other side of the country was indeed the guests. Having J Michael Tatum and Yui Ishikawa as the voice over guests and their entertaining panels/Q&A with the fans was a real treat. Tatum’s panels were hilarious and Ishikawa’s was wonderful. My favourite guests were indeed the cosplay guests, in particular BaoBao, the international cosplay guest who was by far one of the nicest people around. It was fantastic for the fans to be able to meet these guests and have some time interacting with them, particularly Tatum with him participating in the Black Butler fan group photoshoot and BaoBao spending time chatting and interacting with fans.

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The Atmosphere.

IT WAS ELECTIRC!! I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was. It legitimately felt like we were all at one big party celebrating anime. Everyone was welcoming, friendly and kind to each other. The real party atmosphere happened on Sunday were people were more than happy to get up and dance. The amount of random dance gatherings that just happened with heaps of random people is something I have not seen at a con in well ever. People were making friends, inviting people to join in conversations, looking out for each other, being extremely supportive of dance acts when they were on the stage. For me, I truly hope that this is something that carries over into all the other MadFest events because Brisbane has shown us what fun can be like at a con.

Click here to see some of the random dancing 

The Movie Screenings

Weren’t we all the lucky ones that were able to attend these screenings, in particular Maquia. It was a full house with everyone just there to enjoy the film. There is something about being in a crowd with all anime fans watching a film, there is nothing like it. The screenings have become a real must go to event for me when I attend a MadFest event.

The Hospitality 
The staff and volunteers of MadFest deserve a medal for putting on such an incredible event, making sure that it ran smoothly and according to script. Although we don’t see what is happening behind the scenes, what was delivered to us, the fans was just perfect. Volunteers were kind and very helpful and the staff were more than happy to interact and engage with the patrons.

 

Anime fans of Australia, there is no excuse anymore. MadFest was an absolute blast, I am still suffering withdrawal from the event and legit counting down the days till September where I can be in Melbourne for the final one of 2018.

Detective Conan Escape Room For Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan are always bringing out new attractions for the people, from Attack On Titan, Harry Potter and heaps more eye opening experiences. Now they’re going to be releasing a series of attractions based on the hugely popular manga, Detective Conan. In fact, there’s three attractions coming to the theme park. One of them is an escape room called “Meitantei Conan the Escape ~Zero no Prelude~” (Detective Conan the Escape: Zero’s Prelude). This escape room experience will also serve an entry to the next forthcoming animated film, Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkounin (Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner). The film releases on April 13th so expect to see promotions ramping up very soon.

The 2nd attraction is a special dinner and show for the guests called “Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant”. There’s also a cosplayer dressed as Tooru Amuro who will go around the restaurant and take pictures with the diners.

The third attraction is a “Detective Conan Mystery Challenge,” where attendees will be required to collect stamps that are scattered throughout the theme park. Heiji Hattori will also feature in this adventure that has a mystery theme.

And along with the awesome attractions, USJ is also putting together some themed merchandise and snacks which look really cool.

The event kicks off on 19th January 2018 – 24th June 2018 with the restaurant operating from 1st February 2018 – 20th March 2018.