Madfest 2018


“On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the titans, and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls”

Despite our less than stellar experience last year at Madfest, we decided to go for a weekend pass again.
With the allure of two Fate voice actors (Ayako Kawasumi and Koki Uchiyama), as well as a dedicated FGO booth, Ash was pretty keen and as his supportive gf, so was I.

You can imagine our disappointment when yet again Madfest delivered another less than stellar experience.


There was a limit of 120 Fate signature tokens, and despite having a moment of hope that if we got there early enough to line up, we might get a token, we decided against it. This turned out to be the correct choice, as we soon found out that there was actually 250 VIP tickets, meaning that there wasn’t a chance we would’ve even gotten in the first 120 without being a VIP. It’s quite perplexing why Madman made this decision, but it just made us realise that going VIP was necessary if you were after a signature token, and that Madman was more interested in their profits than their customers, the fans of this franchise.

We understand that people willing to fork out money for a VIP ticket should be given first access to signature tokens, but if they wanted to make it limited to only the VIPs, they really should have said so, rather than providing false hope to non-VIP ticket holders that they may get a signature token.


Apart from that  over allocation mess, which I am glad that we willingly missed, we also experienced other problems at Madfest, most notably these two less than stellar experiences:

1) Upon arriving at Madfest, we wanted to buy the Fate/Grand Order Duel figures and were directed to the signing area. We told the Volunteers that we wanted to buy the merch, to which they pointed out the designated line. After 2 minutes of lining up, we had the same volunteer run towards us to ask what we were doing in line (!?!). After confirming that we wanted merch, he left us alone. We stood in this line for about 30 minutes and the line did not progress at all. We didn’t see anyone from line our reach the merch table, so noting that we were going to definitely miss our panel if we continued to line up, we left.
My only question: WHY WAS THE LINE NOT MOVING? We still don’t have answers to this.

2)  Excited for FGO’s first summoning event, we decided to line up. As the line wrapped around the booth twice, we got to see their wonderful technical difficulties as they tried to get the event up and going. Due to this, I believe the event started 10-15 minutes late, to which the gave us some apologems lolol. When the event finally took off, people cheered (yay), and we made the slow parade around the booth. The hour passed and we were finally at the final corner before getting back to the front of their rectangular shaped booth. You can imagine our utter horror when we, plus about 20 people in front of us and 20 people behind us were turned away because the event was over. Why was the length of the line not monitored and cut off to avoid disappointment? We waited for an hour plus for nothing. We asked the booth staff if we could at least receive the summoning card, or even be given priority in line for the next event, to which they replied no to both requests. The only choice was to line up again for the next summoning event, which we begrudgingly did (as can be seen above) and thankfully, managed to summon.
although I got the only silver ;A; cu alter


Thankfully the rest of Madfest wasn’t too bad. The move to the new Exhibition area was excellent, and it was definitely an upgrade having everything in one location. The mobile app was a great choice too! The Fate/Grand panels were entertaining, and we enjoyed attending the free Luna Haruna concert – we definitely need to work on our light stick moves! AGS102 were also cute and friendly (above).


 We also like that Madman brings in their own food vendors, giving us another option than overpriced MCEC food! Although the South Melbourne dimmies were good, we definitely preferred last year’s food vendor (bring back Dekoboko & Maedaya!). The Duff energy drink booth was also great! And despite the troubles we faced earlier with buying the Fate/Grand Order Duel minis, we got some and enjoyed their cuteness. Also, other awesome merch aka the shirt Ash is wearing above!


Our loot for this year! Not that much compared to previous years, but at least I got some cute pinnys!

Mogu Mogu


 If you have a dog or any sort of pet, you’ll understand that guilty feeling you get when you leave them at home while you go off and have fun. Especially if you’re working throughout the week and they cry when you leave the house. Because of this, whenever I get the chance, I bring Ragnar with me!

On this occasion, Lynn and I were feeling some K-BBQ, but unfortunately despite google images saying otherwise, none of them had outdoor seating (probably due to the cold). Thankfully, a friend who had a fellow had recently posted going to this cute Japanese restaurant nearby.


 Mogu Mogu was a quaint restaurant in Jackson Court, serving up some delicious authentic dishes. I opted for my favourite, chicken katsu bento, while Lynn got their kaisen don. They did not disappoint and we can confirm that their sashimi was very fresh and well worth the $18 price tag! And although Ragnar didn’t get to order anything for himself, he enjoyed frolicking under the table, chasing birds and keeping watch on passerbys!

Ending our lunch on a positive note with one of their ichigo daifukus, we are def keen to come back for more!

Mogu Mogu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Meno Zero: Fruity Desserts!


Earlier on in the year, Lynn and I visited Meno Zero Gelato and Dessert Bar in Doncaster East.
I had personally heard raving reviews about this place and being just down the road from where I work, I was eager to try it out so that I could investigate whether it was worth the sneaky trip down during my lunch break. I had their gelato earlier in the year with Ash so I was keen to try their pretty fruit desserts.



They had quite a selection of desserts on display, and despite their giant Rocher calling out to me, we got the 3 fruity ones – Snow White, Chocolate Pear and Fragolina!

Having moved down from Sydney recently, I was missing KOI’s series of fruit desserts that used to be available right down the street from my house. So finding out Meno Zero had similar offerings was quite exciting!


Fragolina – A base of pistachio sponge with strawberry cheesecake mousse and strawberry ($7.90)

The description for the Fragolina sounded just like something I would enjoy so I was quite excited to try it out. However, to my disappointment, the flavours of the cheesecake was way too strong for my liking. We both agreed that it was just too cheesy, and the pistachio base was an odd combination with the strawberry cheesecake.



Snow White – A base of short bread with apple and salti caramel petit gateau ($7.90)

We were pleasantly surprised to find an actual apple piece inside this dessert, and while somewhat enjoyable, the top apple part had a very bitter taste which was a bit overwhelming at times. However, the caramel tart at the bottom was hands down the best thing I tasted, and dare I say, better than everything else we ordered!


Chocolate Pear – Dark chocolate mousse, pear and vanilla sponge ($7.90)

Finally, the chocolate pear bore a strong resemblance to the one served at KOI, and although I haven’t had the opportunity to try them myself, Lynn raves about it. Unfortunately, it is with a heavy heart that we must report, it did not live up to its appearance, and to be honest, we were very disappointed. Although we both enjoyed the overall flavours of the dessert, it tasted as if it had been kept in the fridge for far too long, which always ruins a dish for me.

Alas, the similarities in Meno Zero’s and KOI’s ‘fruits’ sadly end in their suspiciously similar appearance, right down to the pear’s fruity center. The best way to describe Meno Zero’s fruit desserts, unfortunately, would be that they’re a poor man’s KOI. A very very poor man in fact.

As mentioned, their specialty is gelato, so our advice is to ignore the temptations of the pretty desserts and just go straight for the gelato. However, despite reviews saying their gelato is legit and tastes just like the ones in Italy, I can confirm that these are false reports. I visited Meno Zero to fix my gelato cravings shortly after returning from Italy, and while it was delicious, it no way compares to the ones served in Italy!

Meno Zero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato