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Monthly Newsletter – March 2017 Edition

WELCOME EVERYBODY!! Uni has resumed, and we have an exciting wave of fresh blood in the club to keep things upbeat and fun! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Matt, your communications and publicity officer for 2017 – so you’ll be hearing a lot from me over Facebook, Twitter and here in our monthly newsletters. So without further ado, let’s get the party started!

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A lot of fun things are happening in the world of gaming, not just Breath of the Wild. While I haven’t ordered it or anything it yet, I’m really excited to get my hands on a copy of NieR:Automata as soon as I can. I’ve never played the prequel or any of the related games, but the design and combat looks stunning and it sounds, based on this spoiler-heavy Kotaku article, to be an exemplar of the combo VN-RPG genre, where your actions heavily effect the plot but you also get to actually do things rather than just sit there and make text choices all day. Personally, at this stage, I pretty much only play VNs and RPGs so seeing a well-designed combination of the two is a real thrill for me! Has anyone played any of the related games and could give me an opinion on where my expectations should be~?

On a similar note, the ever-expanding universe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is coming to mobile sometime this spring, in the form of mobile game Magia Record. We don’t know a whole lot so far – there have only been three PVs and some brief details posted on the official site. The first PV shows us the new protagonist, Tamaki Iroha, who wishes for a her sister’s cure in exchange for her powers, and plays us 15 seconds worth of the opening tune. The second PV gives us 30 seconds of the song, along with details on the plot and designs of the other new magical girls who we assume will be playable – although as of yet, only one has been named, in the third PV. Nachiyo Nanami shares her voice with another blue-haired magical girl, namely Aqua from Konosuba, but it seems like this role will be a lot more melancholy. Casting aside, I’m excited to see more of the Madoka universe, even if it never makes it into English (I swear I will learn Japanese properly one day). Anyone planning on play this?

We’ve had a pretty packed event schedule to help welcome you guys in but we’ve calmed down a little bit now :) – that said, we’re not gonna let you get bored! A reminder – we’re going to see Koe no Katachi together on April 7 at 6:15! We’ve bought some discounted tickets through the club, but we’ve had to close that off to guarantee to deal, so if you want to join you will sadly have to fund your own way :( but you’re more than welcome to come!

Keep in touch for more details about our weeklies (we presently don’t have details either thanks to a little bit of bureaucracy holding things up), and save the date for these bigger events!

Episode 4: Ramen Night!

WHEN: Friday, April 14
WHERE: Theatre Lounge (near the Tower Food Court)
WHAT: This spin on Archer’s incantation from Fate/stay night really says it all: I am the noodle of my bowl, toppings are my body and broth is my blood. I have created over a thousand dishes. Unknown to death, nor known to spice. I have withstood pain to evenly break many disposable chopsticks. Yet, these hands will never hold anything. And so I pray, Unlimited Ramen Works! (featuring tea since we’re boiling the bloody kettle anyway)
FB Event: link.

[AnimeSydney] Orientation Party

WHEN: Friday 21st April, 6pm-late
WHERE: UTS Underground
WHAT: What, we’re not the only university with an anime club? Come along and meet our comrades from other societies at USyd, UNSW and Macquarie Uni at our AnimeSydney Orientation Party! There’ll be a bar tab (considerable in size), along with live performances from our band, an anime trivia competition (with prizes), and even more undisclosed fun~

Unfortunately we do have to ticket this event to cover venue hire, so it’s $15 to attend. But it’s great fun I promise!

Check out the FB EVENT!

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I’ve run out of more creative ideas for a month, so I’m gonna write you guys a sample of the anime/manga/fanwork recs we’re seeking out from you guys to feature here! If there’s something that you feel is just way underrated, write us a short review and we’ll feature it here! You’ll find friends with similar taste and hopefully one or two new people will pick it up!

Featured anime: Scrapped Princess, 2003 (Bones)

Adapted from a short and unsuccessful series of light novels, Scrapped Princess is, in my opinion, something of an unsung masterpiece. Pacifica Cassull, the titular “Scrapped Princess” is foretold by an oracle to bring about the end of the world on her 16th birthday, so she’s thrown off a cliff as a baby – but, of course, she survives by happy accident, and is raised in a poor farming family. Protected by the brother Shannon, a skilled swordsman, and sister Raquel, a master magician, she survives assassination attempts to learn the truth of the Scrapped Princess myth – and finds herself embroiled in a mess much bigger than what anyone ever imagined. The series is simultaneously ingeniously broad and achingly personal, building a fascinating science-fantasy world questioning the very fabric of reality but never forgetting to show the lives and feelings of the people in it. A solid 9/10, would recommend to anyone.

Featured manga: No.6, Asano Atsuko and Kino Hinoki

The ultimate doujin-turned-professional manga, No.6 covers a broad range of issues unflinchingly. Shion, raised as genius in the utopian city of No.6, accidentally gets himself caught up with an escaped criminal who calls himself Nezumi. Questioning exactly how utopic No.6 is after he is punished for demonstrating compassion for Nezumi, Shion eventually finds himself forced to abandon the city altogether, and lives with Nezumi in the now-abandoned West Block. Confronting diverse issues like the validity of homosexual romance, separation of romance and sex, the value of the arts, human’s self-destructive relationship with the environment and the exploitative nature of luxury, No.6 is deeply compelling on both a personal and political level, holding its own on the stage with other major works of fiction with strong ideologies. An absolute masterwork on many levels – 10/10.

Featured fan work: Grief Syndrome, Twilight Frontier

An odd addition to this list, Grief Syndrome is a fan-made game based on the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime. It’s a side-scrolling fighter that, essentially, plays you through the labyrinths of the major witches, fighting off room after room of their familiars before taking them on as a boss. The game incorporates elements from the show very cleverly – rather than a health bar, each character has a certain “soul limit”, and they die when that is depleted. It depletes slowly throughout play, rapidly when recovering from injuries, and is cut by a certain percentage when health hits 0. Each character’s maximum soul limit and recovery spending is different, based on the extra information in the series, like their magic potential and recovery ability. The combat system is simple to learn but difficult to master, since all 5 girls have wildly varying movesets that require different strategies. The end result is almost limitless hours of mindless fun, since you can up the difficulty almost limitlessly. And to cap it off, you have multiplayer support! Nothing’s quite the same kind of fun as having Homura stop time and then have her, Madoka and Mami literally fill the screen with bullets and arrows. What it lacks in story, it makes up in simplicity – a good 8/10.

Submit your own short reviews to be featured here in next month’s newsletter! Find me on Facebook or email your entries to publicity@animeuts.activateuts.com.au :)

Fingers crossed for a year of non-stop fun!

Fudanshi extraordinaire,

Matt