Madman Anime Festival 2017

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The above picture sums up my time at Madman Anime Festival.
Jokes, it wasn’t all that bad …but no, there were some pretty sucky parts about Madman this year. Apart from not winning a good Ichiban Kuji (unlike last year), there were a couple of factors that made the whole event quite disorganised and thus, left quite a sour taste in our mouths!

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The voice actress of Tosaka Rin from the Fate franchise, Kana Ueda came down and Ash being an avid Fate fan was quite excited to see her! Unfortunately, it seemed that unless you were 1) VIP or 2) willing to line up at 6am, there wasn’t any chance of getting her. I think we both agree that we would much rather Supanova’s procedure and just have signings cost so that there isn’t just a MAD RUSH for signature tokens.

We were unfortunately disappointed both days and didn’t receive a signature token for her at all :'(
We did, however, get a signature token each for Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of Cowboy Bepop. He was an excellent sport and even allowed us to take a snap with him. Coincidentally, I also won the Madman twitter contest and won another bluray signed by him (which I gave to Ash, as he likes Cowboy Bepop more than I do)

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We also got to watch the Australian premiere of Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower, which was really awesome! Despite us being far back in the line, we somehow got great seats near the front and although I actually haven’t watched any Fate before, I really enjoyed the movie!

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Our loot! Ash bought a scat nendoroid, while I got a cute Sakura nendoroid co-de!

I’m not sure if we’ll attend Madman Anime Festival next year. That’s two years a in row that we’ve now striked out on guest signature tokens…

Family Luncheon at Balgownie Estate

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One of my responsibilities at work is to organise staff events, and this year, we decided to splurge a bit and go to a winery!

On Saturday 5th August, we held our ‘Family Luncheon’ at Balgownie Estate. Each employee was allowed to bring a plus one, so of course, I dragged this fella along despite his whinging (srsly tho, free lunch and wine tasting!).

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The function started with this lovely gentleman, whose name I have forgotten, educating us on five different wines, whilst providing us with a generous serving of each! Despite not really enjoying wine, I ended up really liking the two sparkling wines that we got to try – NV Premium Cuvee Brut and 2015 Black Label Sparkling Shiraz. I ended up buying both in the end, thankfully with a generous discount from the same gentleman.

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Of course, with such a large group of ladies, it was expected that in between drinking and eating, we would be taking photos! Apart from it being a little bit chilly, the weather was perfect for some fun outdoor photos too.

And no, Ash did not take any of these photos! He was too busy enjoying the warmth of indoors…

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I’m all about the little details, so I not only created a seating plan that encouraged people to chat with people they’re not used to, but also created a lovely place card for everyone that matches with the invites I also made (not pictured).

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I also host trivia every year, and of course, provide prizes for the winning team and runner up!
As can be expected, I don’t always get the biggest budget for purchasing these prizes, so it’s all about finding cheap bulk items and making them look ‘pretty’. If my memory serves me right, everything in the above photo – 5 main prizes and 5 runner up prizes – in total, cost me around $40 to put together.

(Note: Ash’s team won the trivia and no, it was not rigged!)

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Our package consisted of alternating entrees and alternating mains. I unfortunately didn’t manage to get a good photo of each of the dishes, but I dare say they were all quite enjoyable. The worst dish of the lot would probably be my chicken, which I felt was unfortunately a little bit dry, despite the goodflavours.

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It was such a fantastic day and I was really happy with how everything turned out in the end.
Our mini bus of people decided to stop by the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie on the way back, and I seriously cannot believe that I’ve never been before! It was chocolate heaven and I felt like was a kid in a candy chocolate store!

Madman Anime Festival

 Madman Anime Festival was held on 2-4 September 2016 at the MCEC!
I haven’t been to an Anime con in awhile so I was pretty excited to hear Madman announcing their first ever con, especially after I heard they’d be having guests from Animes like Evangelion, One Punch Man and SAO.

The best part was Edel was coming down from Sydney especially to attend the Madman Anime Fes :)

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As pretty much all the cons in Australia, all the same Anime and Hobby shops were there, plus the local Artists area.
However, to ensure the Madman really brought the ‘Japan’ experience, there were some extra attractions and activities to do too! Apart from the awesome stars, there were a Tokyo Ghoul Exhibition, One Punch Man Experience, Itashi car display, Ban Presto and the amazing Ichiban Kuji!

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So Ichiban Kuji is a lottery held monthly by Banpresto! Tickets usually cost around ¥500 and you have the opportunity to win some pretty amazing things! At Madman Anime Festival, they held a couple of lotteries over the weekend that Ash and I were super excited to participate. To start, we both bought tickets for the Dragon Ball lottery!

Dun dun duhhhh…Ash won the G prize and I wont the I prize hahaha!

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Ash’s one actually looks pretty awesome whereas my one isn’t that amazing hahaha! Still cute though!

After walking around a bit more, we decided to try our luck oneeee more time and buy another lottery ticket. While Ash chose the Dragon Ball set again, I decided to try for the One Piece one (even though I stopped watching that ages ago). I remember the attendant asking, which one of us was more lucky, to which I responded with Ash hahaha

…which was true because while I won the B Prize, Ash won the A Prize!! 

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Pretty damn awesome! It is quite unfortunate that I don’t watch OP and Idk what to do with this Mihawk lol!

The rest of the weekend was spent attending panels (the One Punch Man panel was amazing and Makato Furukawa was incredible!); buying random merch; watching Love Live! and not liking it (lol sorry lovelivefans!!!); and getting stuff signed! We were pretty disappointed to unfortunately miss out on autographs from the One Punch Man guests; thankfully I did manage to get a SAO light novel signed by some of the creative staff while Ash got a bluray signed by the Japanese seiyuu of Asuka from Evangelion!

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 Overall, the experience was kind of fun but aside from actually attending signings and panels, there wasn’t that much to do. We would definitely attend again next year but might reconsider a weekend pass depending on the event schedule.

And who knows, maybe I’ll even cosplay again :P