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Cosplayer Of The Month June 2016: Chibi Mage & Koneko Chan

Midway through the month, must be time for an update on one of my new segments…Cosplayer Of The Month! And this time for something different, we have our first duo to make it. It’s Melbourne based duo, Chibi Mage & Koneko Chan. These young ladies are virtual chameleons with many a varied cosplay spanning anime, movie and video games.

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From Dragon Ball Z to Naruto, the Legend of Zelda and more, check our their versatility in the gallery below and for more of them, give their Facebook page a like.

Supanova Melbourne 2015 Video Highlights

The weekend that just passed saw the commencement of the convention season for 2015 with Supanova rolling into Melbourne. Melbourne is the first of many stops for the Supanova train. Always attracting many Supa Star guests, this year was no different. From Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, George Takei from Star Trek, Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, Jason David Frank from Power Rangers and loads more!

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A convention of this calibre is always a great spot for cosplayers to converge and show off what they’ve been working on, sometimes up to months before the actual event. They come from all over Australia to meet up and arrange photoshoots and make new friends. Here’s a photo album from the IJM Facebook page.

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Japandaman was on site doing his duties for TV show It’s Japan, Man!ย along with co-host, the always kawaii Neko. This year IJM decided to put together a little cosplayer highlights video so even if you couldn’t make it, this video will give you an idea of the fun that went down.

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Hope you’ve had a look at the photo gallery above, now here’s the It’s Japan, Man! cosplay video highlight reel.

Supanova 2012 Sunday 15/04

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo for 2012 in Melbourne, Australia continued on into Sunday, during the past weekend with what appeared to be an even bigger crowd than on Saturday. As usual, Melbourne put on a spectacular display with the fantastic weather ensuring that no one was kept away.

The cosplayers were out in force and it was great to see new characters being represented as well as seeing some familiar faces from Saturday too.

I made it to a few of the guest panels seeing Oliver and James Phelps otherwise known as the Weasley Twins from Harry Potter fame as well as gifted young actor, Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl in The Walking Dead. Both panels were fun to attend with interesting questions being asked and at times hilarious answers being given by the guests.

I will go on record right now and say that next year, I will be cosplaying…as what, well I haven’t quite figured that part out as yet but I’ll keep you posted.

Farewell Supanova for another year, it was great seeing you again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Supanova 2012 Saturday 14/04

Apologies for the late update but the photos have decided to play nice and let themselves be seen by the public at large at long last.

Well, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Melbourne, Australia, kicked off with a lonnng queue to buy tickets, must remember to pre-register next time, but it was worth it. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Supanova has been handled by expanding the pop culture festival with far more floor space than it has ever occupied which explains why it’s changed halls from where it’s normally been held.

We saw a few of the stars in attendance from Summer Glau of ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ to Peter Facinelli or Carlisle Cullen as the Twihards like to call him. Apparently, the Weasley Twins, Oliver and James Phelps from the Harry Potter universe, were also there but commanded the largest lines with waits for autographs well over 2 hours! Didn’t catch a glimpse of them at all, far too many people around them at all times.

Tons of cosplayers which is always great to see, see for yourself in the pics below. Vids will follow but they require some touching up before they’re ready. The pics in the gallery below speak a thousand words so check them out and a big thank you to the cosplayers for posing for me, greatly appreciated!!

More tomorrow from the last day at Supanova!

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Japandaman Dailies Will Be @ Supanova

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo rolls into town this weekend and Japandaman Dailies will be there to cover the event for you. So make sure to check back over this weekend to check out the special guests, sights, cosplayers and just what goes on at one of the largest pop culture events that Australia hosts!

We’ll be there from about midday onwards on both days with a recap at the end of each day full of pics and maybe the odd video and hopefully some star gazing will be had.

Hope to see you all there!

 

The state of Expos in Australia :(

2 days off work means more reviews to come for my new buddies over at Otaku Fuel…I’d kill to be going to Anime Expo ’11 but once upon a time I wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show and that ended up happening last year ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks once again to Aussie Gamer for the press hookup so I’m guessing if I play my cards right, I’ll end up at Anime Expo sooner rather than later. We really are starved for these kinds of expos in Australia, I mean, sure we have Supanova, Armagedon and Manifest as the three big ones but the space they occupy is minute compared to what takes place overseas. I’m fairly certain those three expos are the only big ones unless I’m missing one? The point being that while these shows do draw big names from the entertainment world, I’d give my left nut for something more anime/manga/J-pop culture related with a bigger emphasis on cosplay…maybe Japandaman needs to do something about this. Get some sponsorship happening, pay for some big names to come Down Under and get some people dragging themselves to a proper big show with vendors peddling their wares, the whole works. Good Smile Company, Max Factory and then maybe even Japanese pop culture blogger himself, Danny Choo. I’m sure he’d love it down here and people would definitely come from interstate to see him judging by the amount of Australian visitors to his site. And if we’re going that path, maybe even have a Japanese car culture section where Itasha would be introduced to the masses. If you don’t know what itasha is or what it means, have a click here or here.

But I digress as EB or Electronics Boutique themselves are planning an expo themselves at the end of the year, which in lieu of going to TGS this year, may be a distinct possibility on the Gold Coast. Link here to the website for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about.

Of course something of this undertaking would require massive planning and I’d be doing market research for a lonnnng time to make sure this thing had the best chance of success and I’d probably call it Japania or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚ So who’s with me, does anyone want to see a massive event like this here? So instead of us flying overseas, which we’d still do, it’d be great to see international fans coming here for the expo!

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