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 🙂 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 🙂 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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Ghost in the shell goodness!!

Just another, of the many hundred reasons, why I want to live in Japan either permanently or for a couple of years, earthquakes be damned!! Popular Japanese blogger, Danny Choo, has posted an awesome feature on the release of Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society in Japanese theatres in 3D! The trailer below looks absolutely awesome but the best part is the Parco in Shibuya has an entire store dedicated to Ghost In The Shell paraphernalia…loads of goodies, artwork and merchandise for anime lovers and otakus everywhere! Unfortunately the store is temporary and will only be there until May 8th *tear* Yet another reason to be there right now!!! 🙂

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And lastly a trailer of the original 1995 classic that spawned all this goodness, Ghost In The Shell!

More Japan Quake "reporting"

Found another site that showcases the international news sources that are reporting the recent events in Japan and completely blowing using sensationalist tactics to create fear and panic amongst the rest of the world. It’s keeping a tally of such sites and giving them a score out of ten to rate how badly they are exaggerating the facts…once again I’m not denying the facts but when you have a well respected Japan based blogger like Danny Choo also saying the same things, it makes you wonder…have a read and post comments below.

Journalist Wall of Shame