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Monthly Newsletter – February 2017 Edition

Well, here we are. Uni is about to go back and we’re all still used to bingeing until 3am and sleeping till noon. Are we screwed? Definitely! But here’s your monthly dose of weeb news to try and ease the transition a little bit.

First of all, an exciting bit of sponsor news! Many of you would know that Madman has been a wonderful sponsor to us for the past 5 years – giving us free tickets to movies and other cool things, like a 15% discount on monthly orders made through AnimeSydney. The only issue has been that, in that 5 years, we have never once placed a monthly order through AnimeSydney. But that’s about to change! We have an order system for you guys ready to roll out soon – give us a week or two to iron out the last kinks and you can be getting discount anime and manga by the end of March. Details are coming soon~

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There have been a lot of interesting interviews going about on Twitter recently – mostly about some Gainax high-ups and conversations that have been had involving renewing some popular anime. Long story short, there’s a lot of projects in the works and there’s a bit of red tape in regards to rights and ownership (not that anyone cares) but it seems like, in addition to FLCL seasons 2 and 3, we might be seeing more of Panty and Stocking down the line, which is something I find exciting. Does this sound as good to everyone else?

Speaking of Panty and Stocking, which received considerable critical acclaim for its dub, another big comedy has gotten dubbed recently: Gintama. Of course, this brought forth fan backlash about how it’s “too Japanese to translate” – the question then of course being, how did the subs do it? This report takes an interesting angle at many of the complaints levelled against dubs. Realistically, a lot of us are just scarred by 4Kids, so we’re reluctant to trust a dub again – but the biggest thing for me is that the dub voice actors are just so vastly inferior to the Japanese ones on average it’s not worth chancing it. But then, of course, we do have our famous “jelly donuts” and more subtle things like the Gamergate reference in the Prison School dub, so I guess it just becomes a question of how much work the dubbers are willing to put into the script. Does anyone else have impassioned opinions on this?

Madman will debuting the new Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie at MadFest Perth next weekend, ahead of a cinematic release on the 9th of March. So far, the fan response from the US seems to be going pretty well, with an 8.6 average rating on MAL. This brings it about equal to series like Natsume Yuujinchou, Madoka and AnoHana, as well as equal to some of the Gintama movies and Ghost in the Shell. Will it live up to this rating? That remains to be seen, but frankly, given my opinion of SAO in the past, I can’t imagine that anything to come out this will be better than the opening theme: Catch the Moment by LiSA.

A bigger question in my mind is another recently announced anime movie release. For some reason, it’s Bungou Stray Dogs. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually quite like the series. I think the concept is pretty fresh and the atmosphere is really interesting but just… a movie? Why? It’ll either be too short or too long and the focus will be all over the shop. When there are other series that Bones could have chosen, like Boku no Hero Academia, Noragami or even an older property like Scrapped Princess that would benefit so much more from movies than Bungou will I just find myself scratching my head. That said, I’m still gonna be watching it so maybe I’m the fool here. Has anyone else here had an experience like this? Please tell me I’m not alone.

More importantly, here’s our orientation event calendar so far:

PV: O’DAY 2017

WHEN: Thusday 2nd March, 9am-4pm
WHERE: UTS Tower
WHAT: In order to have access to our events for this year, as well as all our amazing sponsor offers, you’ll have to sign up for membership – and there’s no better time than O’Day! Come and sign up and you’ll even receive a free goody bag* complete with sponsor materials. And, just quietly, there may be a few extra special prizes hiding in there for some lucky people… I guess you’ll just have to come sign up to find out! We’ll also have free food and board games running in a separate room so you can relax rather than keep fighting the crowds.

(*while stocks last. Sorry.)

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Episode 1: Orientation Barbeque!

WHEN: Saturday 4th March, 12pm-6pm
WHERE: UTS Concourse
WHAT: What better opportunity to meet all the other new members than the weekend right after O’Day! Make some good friends before uni starts for real at our Orientation Barbeque! There will be a barbeque, obviously, as well as tabletop games and puzzles and some team-building events (which may or may not have prizes attached for the most successful teams~)

Check out the FB EVENT!

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You guys know I’m dedicated to bringing y’all quality content that is no way biased by my own tastes. Well, this week, we’re going with a fun trend that’s evolved out of the Miku Miku Dance community – Pokemon dance covers. Unfortunately they’re hosted almost uniquely on Nico Nico, meaning you’ll need to make an account to see the full video (or link in your Facebook/Google+ like my dorky self has done). I’ve given you little snapshots here, but trust me, the full thing is so worth it. With gold like the following, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Aggron and Tyranitar (sometimes Mega Evolved) cover Dee” (“Ai Dee”) by MitchieM 

They are ~so~ working this.

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Regigas and the Three Golems cover “ポーカーフェイス” (“Poker Face”) by Yucha-P

Arceus must be so proud of its creation.

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And, my personal favourite, Psyduck covers Lamb by GARNiDELiA. Little thing doesn’t even have legs but that doesn’t stop it from trying.

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Do you wanna be featured in our next omake section? Make a recommendation for an anime, manga or any kind of fan content, along with a 100-or-so word explanation of why you think other people should watch it. And voila!

 

We’re excited to see you all back for another year!

Fudanshi extraordinaire,

Matt