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Madman Anime Festival 2016

ARE you a proud, certified fan of all things geeky and Japanese? Head over to the first ever Madman Anime Festival which will be bringing Japan’s otaku culture to your doorstep. Samantha Chew has the details.

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Australia’s premier anime distributor, Madman Entertainment, will be bringing their very own festival to Melbourne, celebrating all things anime, manga, gaming and Japanese culture this September!

The inaugural Madman Anime Festival, hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 3 to 4, gives visitors the opportunity to indulge in the geeky side of Japan without having to travel there themselves! If experiencing Japan is on your bucket list, explore a bite sized version here — come in your best cosplay, bring some cash for amazing, and in some cases exclusive, merchandise and meet famous names in the anime and manga industry.

Events will be running continuously throughout each day of the festival so have your pick of anime screenings, workshops, parades and panels galore! Meet other people who speak the same geeky language and fangirl/boy to your heart’s content!

Popular local and international cosplayers will be making an appearance so bring your camera along to capture the beauty behind their craft. If you are a fan of local talent, the creators zone will be filled with local vendors selling creations made by the fans for the fans.

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There are also opportunities to be star-struck by voice actors (or ‘seiyuu’)  such as Makoto Furukawa (Saitama from One Punch Man), Yuko Miyamura (Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Sora Tokui (Chloe Maxwell from Luck & Logic). Meanwhile, the directors of hit series’ such as One Punch Man (Shingo Natsume) and  Sword Art Online (Tomohiko Ito) will also be present to talk about their work.

Gamers won’t be disappointed as major powerhouses Bandai Namco Entertainment and Square-Enix will be present, bringing along unreleased games such as Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Tekken 7 for attendees to demo!

In between all the fun, the festival will also be bringing all your favourite Japanese street foods and for an luxurious and somewhat alternative experience, visit the Mai Wish Maid and Butler Café! Have a maid or butler tend to all your needs, sit back and relax – okaerinasai goshujin-sama! (Welcome home, master!)

If all this sounds right up your alley, hurry and purchase your tickets now! Don’t regret, because time waits for no one! For more information about the Madman Anime Fesival, including ticketing, visit the official website

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