I take a look at some of the releases from Madman for the month of May. Check out the video below:
If you want to purchase any of these DVDs click on the DVD image art to be taken directly to the Madman purchase pages.
Sometimes all we need in life is just to have a good laugh. So for me personally there is no better way other than to sit down and watch some anime, but not just any anime I am talking COMEDY! Comedy Anime is a genre that when it is done right, it is generally done well. What you have to love about the genre is that the selected animation and cleaver plot devices bring out the funniest moments at just the right time and with the right conviction, without it seeming too over the top (We don’t need a backing laughing track to tell us what is funny or not!). Watching Comedy Anime is great because when you laugh it is genuine! Here are some personal favourites of mine found on AnimeLab that are guaranteed to make you laugh till your eyes water and your sides start hurting.
1) The Disastrous life of Saiki K
Out of all the comedies on AnimeLab this has to be ranked at number one! This particular show manages to make me laugh to the point where I just cannot stop. Each episode is actually a collection of shorts (ranging from five to ten minutes in length) where we follow the life and mishaps of a teenage psychic. The very witty writing, deliverance of the story/plot and its characters makes this show one not to miss. It’s simple to follow and it is one of those shows that makes you want to go back and watch over and over again!
2. Yuru Yuri
Okay so this show is completely ridiculous for all the right reasons. This to me is what you would consider the ‘Seinfeld’ of the anime world, it is a show about nothing. Well, okay maybe there are moments where we follow these four teenage girls (and their friends). These girls form an school club group just for the sake of hanging out and drinking tea…sounds boring, it’s not. This show was one I binged the two seasons in four days because I couldn’t stop watching. It is that show that every time I watch makes my eyes water and sides hurt just from laughing way too much. Also as the title suggests, there is yuri themes.
3) Nisekoi False Love
I must admit I only got into this show very late and picked it just by luck one evening because I was bored. What I found myself doing for the rest of the night was binge watching all of season one. This comedy just absolutely nails it where it needs to be nailed. We follow the journey of two teens that are matched up by their families to be married off to one another to settle a difference. Of course naturally when something like that happens, comedy was bound to occur. What I loved about this show was the supporting characters; they are just hilarious in their own right and put all of them together it is an absolute crack up. Great thing about this show is that there are moments that stick with you and when you think back you just laugh (the one scene that jumps straight out to me is the ‘Lottery’ scene).
4) Konosuba-God’s blessing on this wonderful world.
Here is another show that I got into very late last year and just by chance at Supanova convention, ironically sitting in the AnimeLab theatre. I sat there and decided to watch this particular show as many of my friends suggested I should watch it, next thing I know I find myself in tears just from laughing. As soon as I got back home from the con I just had to watch it all! Konosuba is such a cleaver anime that surprises viewers with how funny and witty it really is. The great thing about this show is that it is only 10 episodes in length so it is easy to put on a Friday night and binge watch. I don’t know how to explain this fabulous show other than to say ‘EXPLOSSSSSSSION’ (a reference you will get as soon as you will watch the show). Konosuba is currently simulcasting season two on AnimeLab.
5) One Punch Man
If you haven’t heard about One Punch Man you have obviously been living under a rock. This anime is without question one of the funniest shows that has been made in recent years. The animation and witty characters make this show great. Words cannot do this show justice, it’s just one of those shows that you just have to watch and appreciate because it is that good, and with the announcement of a second season that is planned for this year it has made a lot of people very excited. Saitama is basically what men want to be and what women want in a man (okay maybe not all women). It is also a great beginner anime if you have friends who just don’t understand why you watch anime and they think that you are watching ‘tentacle porn’, show them this and they will finally understand!
6) Ouran High School Host Club
This show is an absolute classic. If you haven’t seen this show this is a great starter anime if you are in for some really cheap laughs! Ouran follows a girl who finds herself in a situation where the only way to pay of a debt is to pretend to be a boy for a prestigious school host club. The host club is made up of some very interesting characters that all have hearts of gold and bring out the serious comedy purely from their actions. This is also one of those shows that I find the dub brings out the comedy better than the original Japanese version. Spend a week following these great characters and the hilarious situations that they find themselves in.
Of course there are many great comedy anime out there, but if you need a good pick as starters into this genre then look no further than these shows. What are some of your favourite comedy anime? let us know in the comments below! All these shows are available right now for our Australian/New Zealand fans on AnimeLab, so what are you waiting for!
I am going to start of my review and say: ‘Madman must be completely MAD!’
This past weekend we had the first ‘MadFest’ for 2017. For those who are unaware ‘Madman Entertainment’ in conjunction with ‘AnimeLab’ (the official anime streaming service for Madman’s Australia/New Zealand fans) held their second Madman Anime Festival; otherwise known as ‘MadFest’. The first one was held last September in Melbourne, the home of Australian anime and Madman Entertainment. This year Madman was going to do something that was completely unexpected, they were going to hold three festivals in three different states; Perth, Brisbane and rounding out in Melbourne at the end of the year. I was a bit sceptical at first thinking how they could pull off a con in six months after the last one and did at time think that this could either end as a complete mess, however my expectations were blown away.
So the first festival for 2017 was held in my home state of Perth, Australia’s most isolated city. When it was announced last year I nearly lost my mind. I firmly believed that I was probably the only anime fan left in the state and was a bit concerned as to whether or not the festival was biting off more than they could chew with having the festival here in Perth, however what surprised me was the amount of people that did attend over the course of the weekend. It started of slow with the number of people walking through the convention doors, but once it hit midday on the first day then the festival truly was alive. In comparison to the first MadFest that was held in Melbourne the guest list was very small. At this MadFest we had two American dub actors (Erica Mendez and Crispin Freeman) and two international famed cosplayers (Knitemaya and Angie) who would be the main guests of the festival. The biggest draw card for the festival was the Australian Premiere of the much anticipated movie ‘Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale’ which is out this week for a limited time. Unfortunately for fans there were no Japanese voice actors or anyone from the Japanese anime film industry at this festival, which I must admit was a bit of a let down as a lot of fans crave the chance of being in the audience listening to their favourite creators of anime.
So I thought I would just give a run down on some of the things to happen over the weekend:
Sword Art Online Australia Premiere:
The hype for this movie was insane, I have never seen so many anime fans come together in one spot to see a movie. The crowd was insane and they were the most well behaved audience. Everyone was super excited and we were lucky to have Erica Mendez and the international cosplay guests introduce the movie to the audience. Mendez also announced at this premiere that the dub for the movie will be released later this year. The movie itself is damn good. As a fan of the series it was brilliant to see our favourite characters again in a new story on our screens again. If you get the opportunity to see it, you need to go! Also I wont spoil the story, but it is advised that you stay till the very end of the credits as something is revealed!
Perth did not disappoint in terms of anime cosplayers. We had a huge variety from all sorts of anime. It was amazing the turn out for the cosplayers as the weather was not kind to those poor fans who had to wear layers upon layers of costume, however they still did it and it was just incredible. It was amazing seeing all of them being so nice and happy to take photos with everyone. I’ll also mention that they had a special photo area where cosplayers could go and take photos with the international cosplayers and have their photos printed out thanks to Canon photography services.
Mai Wish- Maid and Butler Café
Exactly like last year, the Mai Wish café made its presence known in Perth. The best thing about this particular café was that it was separate and not in the expo hall like it was in Melbourne. It created a much nicer and welcoming environment for all the patrons. The maids and butlers were extremely interactive and very friendly and tried to do their best to make sure that everyone had a fun time.
Now, unlike the Melbourne MadFest where they had lots of opportunities for people to go and play the latest games being released, at this festival we saw a lot of ‘old school’ gaming opportunities as well as some new stuff. I really enjoyed this as people got to have a go at some of the old consoles that they might have forgotten or used when they were growing up as kids in the late 90’s/Early 00’s. Very interactive area and it was constantly packed with people wanting to have a go.
I was extremely lucky to have purchased a VIP pass for this festival as I found it extremely handy last year at the first festival, and this year it was just as good. The VIP purchasers were treated like VIP’s. They were given a lot of perks, goodies, being able to use photography equipment, early access to everything and easy access to meet the guests. I recommend this pass as it was very reasonably priced and they give you so much in return.
Now admittedly this is one of my favourite parts of any convention and these panels were conducted extremely well and ran in appropriate time without seemingly stale and boring. They were fantastic opportunities for fans to be able to interact with their favourite guest and ask all those burning questions they have probably been dying to ask for years. Erica Mendez held two fantastic Q&A panels; Andy Trieu of SBS Pop Asia moderated them both. Crispin Freeman held a Q&A on the Saturday and on the Sunday a fantastic lecture panel on the mythology of Japanese and Western animation. I absolutely loved all the panels and the way the guests were more than accommodating to answering questions and interacting with the crowds. Erica Mendez even gave a small performance on stage singing ‘History Maker’ the opening theme to the hit anime ‘Yuri on Ice’ to the delight of the audience. Cosplay panels were also held and were a big draw card for the beginner to professional cosplayers. In comparison to other cons, the way the panels were conducted was extremely professional and of a high standard, respectful of all audience members.
Probably the best panel for the anime nerds and geeks like myself who are dying to find out the latest news and information from Madman entertainment. The panel was hosted by Madman’s own Sly and Jess, who revealed upcoming DVD/BR releases as well as upcoming anime movies that will be released extremely soon. The biggest shock for me was definitely ‘Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry’ with the first trailer being shown at the panel itself. They also revealed the next guests for Brisbane MadFest; including Cherami Leigh and a select group of international cosplay stars (with more announcements to come soon). The best thing with this panel was they wanted to get feedback and opinions from the audience as to how the festival could improve and what they liked and did not like it. The panel were also good sports in participating in a singing challenge, seeing Jess getting the crowd cheering (and getting out their glow sticks) at her rendition of ‘History Maker’.
Exhibits in Expo Hall:
Extremely interactive exhibits and games for fans to go in and enjoy, plenty of room for fans to kick back and relax as well as spend lots of money. They had the ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ exhibition that debuted at MadFest Melbourne as well as the ‘One Punch Man’ experience. Of course it wouldn’t be Madman if they didn’t promote ‘Love Live’ and ‘Love Live Sunshine’ in all it’s school idol glory with opportunities for fans to take photos at the idol displays. This festival had the addition of the ‘Sword Art Online’ exhibit, which allowed fans to go pose with the SAO cosplayers and build the hype for the new movie. Artist alley promoted a lot of local talented artists. Expo hall was smaller, however it had a much nicer feel as appose to the Melbourne Expo hall. The staff and volunteers were extremely nice and more than accommodating to all fans.
This is just a taste of what I experienced at Perth MadFest, and that was just the start. There were lots of things for fans to do and it catered for all age groups. People were extremely friendly and welcoming and it was just nice seeing the passionate Perth anime fans come together to this event and show it so much love. I cannot wait to check out Brisbane MadFest if this is what we were able to experience at this event. If you are the beginner anime fan, this is the place to be, if you are the extreme anime fan, again this is the festival to go to. The atmosphere and general attitude of the festival was extremely positive and it would be a shame if the festival doesn’t come back here, it was without a doubt one of the best festivals I have attended!
I rate it 4.5/5
It was the first time the festival was held out of state and done in less than six months of the original MadFest, Madman entertainment should be applauded for providing fans the opportunity to make their city come alive with anime again.
Reel Anime is a movie festival which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, also in New Zealand, used to show off some of the best up and coming movies that we may not normally see in mainstream release. Past films have included Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 as well as Ghibli classic, 5 Centimeters Per Second.
This year seems to be no different with some massive titles coming to the land Down Under. First off, Madman Entertainment has confirmed that Ghost in the Shell: Arise will be showing as well the latest in the Evangelion franchise, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
For more info, check out the official Reel Anime site.