Geek It! Spotlight: SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015

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Let the countdown begin! Now in its ninth year, SMASH! SYDNEY MANGA AND ANIME SHOW promises to deliver more colour, action and entertainment for fans of cosplay, geek, manga, and anime in Australia. Taking Japanese pop-culture to the next level, Australia’s #1 Japanese pop-culture convention is set to impress attendees with its spectacular event on August 8 and 9 at Rosehill Gardens. 

Bringing back fan-favourite events and attractions, convention-goers will have the chance to experience a lively pop-culture environment featuring signature events such as cosplay, ball-jointed dolls, karaoke, gaming, vendors, guest panels, and Gundam modelling.

Ctrl+GeekPod takes a look at the TOP 5 reasons why you should go to SMASH! 2015 …


Hosting the biggest line-up ever with international guests from the worlds of animation, cosplay, and pop-culture, headlining SMASH! 2015 is none other than the prolific Naruto voice-actor NORIAKI SUGIYAMA; Japanese industry presenter DANNY CHOO (Culture Japan); and video games producer HIROAKI YURA (Project Phoenix). And to wrap it up, world-class cosplayer REIKA will be making a return to SMASH!, accompanied by renowned cosplayer KANAME☆ for his Australian debut appearance.

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The authentic Japanese pop-culture experience doesn’t end there as SMASH! 2015 is gearing up to be the most extravagant year in SMASH! entertainment history.  What’s the surprise? SMASH! will be hosting Australia’s first anime music concert: I LOVE ANISONG X SMASH!.

I LOVE ANISONG X SMASH! concert features a star-studded line-up including J-pop duo GARNiDELiA (Kill la Kill, Gunslinger Stratos), DJ Hello Kitty, anime music producer kz(livetune), and J-pop artist yanaginagi (Waiting in the Summer, Jormungand, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU).


Besides fangirling over Reika and Kaname, and the thought of being surrounded by thousands of talented cosplayers, SMASH! is the BEST convention to be when it comes to cosplay.

For all aspiring cosplayers out there, fans will be delighted to hear that SMASH! will be hosting two major cosplay events again: the annual Madman Cosplay Competition, and the Australian Preliminary Finals of World Cosplay Summit 2015. It’s cosplay madness — there will be other cool Cosplay events on the weekend such as Cosplay Battle Royale, Cosplay Catwalk and Cosplay Photobooth!



For the first time ever, SMASH! will have their own dedicated fighting games section with set-ups for casual play for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3 and XBOX 360), Under Night In-Birth: Exe-Late (PS3), Guilty Gear Xrd (PS3) and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3). That’s not all! Gamers will be able to challenge one another in the ultimate Super Smash Bros. Tournament plus get an exclusive look at Hiroaki Yura’s Project Phoenix.

And if you’re rundown from all the walking and hardcore gaming, you can relax at the Handheld Chillout Lounge with your friends. Not only do you get to play your DS and Vita, but you can charge your phones and consoles at the same time!


And for the first time ever, SMASH! will be collaborating with Madman Entertainment for The Love Love! School Idol Project Celebration. Based on the popular anime series, the Love Live! School Idol Cafe is a must-see attraction where fans will be able to experience Sydney’s ultimate Maid Cafe with themed food served by maids and butlers. In addition to this, Madman will be hosting screenings; the Love Live! School Idol Project Costume Exhibition; and exclusive merchandise for fans to purchase for the first time in Australia.

SMASH! is the #1 event that we look forward to every year, and it’s no doubt that SMASH! 2015 is the biggest year yet in SMASH! history. We absolutely cannot wait to bask in the hype and glorious colours of the weekend! For more information, visit

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