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First Impressions: Attack On Titan Season 2 Episode 1

One of the most watched anime’s and a massive fan favourite returned on the weekend for season two, thanks to Anime Lab. Attack On Titan Season Two premiered with a thumping new OP and great action to boot in just the first episode. Farrah and Japandaman break down episode 1, Beast Titan.


Japandaman Breakdown

Ok, I’ll try to keep this spoiler free but first off…Titans have been hiding where?? Right from the first minute, revelations and more questions are raised so if you thought answers were coming after season one, we may have to wait a bit longer. It’s great to see that some fan favourites are back even though we’re yet to see them in action. Also good to see some new characters introduced straight away with some substance to them. The episode starts nicely building the tension and drama that we’ve become accustomed to, however it isn’t long before the Titans show up and start wreaking havoc. We find out early on that Wall Rose has been breached which transitions nicely into some action for the rest of the episode without letting up the pace.

Miche is a character that kicks some ass during this action sequence who we learn is only second to Levi for his fighting skills, he’s amazing. Whether or not he’s around for a while for us to get used to, well… There’s a nice flashback scene with Eren and Mikasa before cutting back to the main storyline but we’re yet to see them in action this early on. The Titans as usual are creepy, scary and just have all sorts of wrong expressions on their faces and yes, there’s already a variety of different ones in the first episode. The animation on the horses when there’s lots happening on screen is quite stunning and the 3D effect comes across very cleanly with an exceptionally high level of wow factor thrown in.

It’s obviously very early in the season but if the rest of the episodes follow the action and tension of this first episode, then anime fans are definitely in for a treat. And oh yeah, keep an eye for the Titan who the episode is named after. He’s something very different in more ways than one. I can wait and see what direction they take him in, I really hope there’s a cool story arc in there around him.

4.5/5

Farrah Breakdown

Attack on Titan is back baby!

I am going to keep this short and sweet and avoid using spoilers because I feel that it wouldn’t be right. If there was one show that made you feel like you have been punched in the face from pure brilliance it was the premiering episode for season two. This show managed to capture my interest from the very start. The slight recap of what has happened previously was welcomed, as it has been many years since the original series has been shown.

The show has this new intensity that I haven’t felt in a while watching an action filled anime. The characters show a new depth and have clearly developed which is something I did wonder we would see. The interesting thing for me though is even though you know that there is some clear progression it still feels like we have never been apart from this world for long.

This first episode was gruesome as hell. If I were to compare this show with a live action this show would clearly be the anime version of ‘The Walking Dead’. Unexpected deaths and shock value hit you straight away (that poor horse). The show is already establishing that things are dark, things are depressing, and that there is the need for a hero.

If I had to find some faults for this episode I would probably say it was the opening theme song. It just didn’t have that same iconic feel as oppose to the previous season but it does seem like a theme that people will grow to love as the series goes on.

It is definitely a show I can see myself watching week after week, leaving me desperately wanting more. I am so glad that we have this show back in our lives and that we have this unique story being unfolded through this medium. It had the right amount of comedy to balance out the seriousness of the story.

For a first impression I give this show a 4/5

Welcome back Attack on Titan, we have missed you.

Madman Anime Festival 2016

Woke up to this bit of exciting news!! Really get excited when I hear of a new convention coming into town but even better when it’s a con aimed at Asian pop culture. This is straight from the press release.

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Announcing Madman Anime Festival 2016

Two day celebration of anime and Japanese culture at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, presented by Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab 

Tuesday 22 March, 2016 – Madman Anime Festival, in its inaugural year, will be held on September 3rd and 4th, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is a celebration of anime and Japanese culture, brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment, together with Australia’s #1 anime streaming service AnimeLab.

With exciting international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, live stage performances, pop-up shops, gaming, screenings, and exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival will have something for all fans!

“Madman was founded because we loved anime and wanted to share it with audiences in Australia. Our twentieth birthday is this year (hip-hip hooray!) and we could think of no better way of celebrating it than creating an amazing event to bring Australian fans even closer to the genre we all love.  We are working hard with Madman’s many partners and contacts to make this event truly an exceptional one!”, says Tim Anderson, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Madman Entertainment.

Confirmed guests

Confirmed special guests so far include Yuko Miyamura (Asuka Langley in Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Tiffany Grant (Nojiko in One Piece, Martel in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). Many more notable names in Japanese anime and pop culture are to be announced as Madman Anime Festival 2016 approaches.

Yuko Miyamura is very excited to meet her fans at the Melbourne Anime Festival and is looking forward to enjoying the festival, greeting and performing for everyone!
Yuko Miyamura is very excited to meet her fans at the Melbourne Anime Festival and is looking forward to enjoying the festival, greeting and performing for everyone!

Games, exhibitions and more!

Bandai Namco Entertainment will also be attending the Madman Anime Festival with the latest new release and forthcoming titles from Square Enix, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and  NIS America, with more details and announcements to be revealed soon!

For the first time ever in Australia, Madman Anime Festival will showcase the Tokyo Ghoul Art Exhibition – featuring original storyboards, sketches, character settings and more straight from the production studio. Check out episode of Tokyo Ghoul and more great anime on Animelab here.

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A celebration of cosplay

Madman Anime Festival will also host the Victorian preliminary round of the Madman National Cosplay Championship. Now in its 8th year, the Madman National Cosplay Championship is Australia’s premiere cosplay contest. The winner of the Victorian preliminary round will go on to the final event at Supanova Expo Brisbane in November.

Ticket details

  • Ticket Prices are $40 for a single day pass, or $60 for a weekend pass
  • Madman MegaFan Passes are available in limited quantities at $290 each
  • Tickets on sale Tuesday 22 March available at www.animefestival.com.au

About Madman Anime Festival 2016

Madman Anime Festival is a celebration of anime and Japanese culture.  Held onSeptember 3rd and 4th, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab, streaming anime hits direct from Japan, anytime, anywhere.