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First Madman Anime Festival on in Melbourne This Weekend

posted on by Jon Hayward
The first Madman Anime Festival will be on this weekend the 3rd and 4th of September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Madman Anime Festival has the largest list of anime guests to grace a anime convention in Australia with over 13 different guests from Japanese voice actors, animators and directors to special cosplay guests. This is alongside special spotlight panels on One-Punch Man, Sword Art Online and Evangelion, special screenings, shopping opportunities, anime premieres and the Tokyo Ghoul Art Exhibition among many many more features and events.


  • Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006.
  • When: Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of September 2016. Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
  • Cost: Tickets start from $40 for a day or $60 for the weekend.
  • Website: http://www.animefestival.com.au/.


Christina Vee

Christina Vee is a USA English voice actor with over 100 different roles in animation and video games.

Cristina Vee (USA) The voice actress of over 100 animation and video game characters! Since getting her first break through attending Anime Expo as a fan Christina's first major role was as Kanaria in Rozen Maiden in 2007. She went onto to voice Louise in the Familar of Zero, Nanoha in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Mio Akiyama in K-On!, Homura Akemi Madoka Magica, Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Hawk in the Seven Deadly Sins, Nagisa Saito in Squid Girl.

She has also voice Noel Vermillion, Compa in Neputinua, Cerebella in Skullgirls, Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Shantae in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Half-Genie Hero, Four in Drakengard 3 and Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0.

Most recently you would have heard Christina as the voice of Kotori Minami in Love Live! School idol project, Marinette / Ladybug in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir and Sailor and most importantly the voice of Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal!

You can check out Christina's profile at animefestival.com.au

Atsushi Kaneko

Atsushi Kaneko is a producer for A1 Pictures who has worked on Angel Beats, Sword Art Online and the upcoming Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale.

You can view Atsushi Kaneko's profile at animefestival.com.au

Shingo Adachi

Shingo Adachi has a long history in animation with character design credits on Wagnaria!! Rockman.EXE Beast+ and Galilei Donna. Character design and chief animation director on Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II and Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale projects. And key animation credits on everything from Beelzebub to Zoids and everything inbetween (Love Hina, Durarara!!, Hand Maid May, Negima!, Shaman King, and Vividred Operation to name a few).

You can view Shingo Adachi's profile at animefestival.com.au

Tomohiko Ito

An accomplished director, Tomohiko Ito made his directorial debut with Occult Academy in 2010 and has since went onto direct Silver Spoon, both Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II, Erased and most recently Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale. Ito-san also worked as an assistant director to Mamori Hosada on (The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars.

You can view Tomohiko Ito's profile at animefestival.com.au

Shingo Natsume

While Shingo Natsume came from key animation and storyboarding work, he made his mark as a director for 2012's Hori-san to Miyamura-kun. Natsume has been involved with Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, The Tatami Galaxy, Gurren Lagann and Welcome to the NHK among others. But after he directed anarchic sci-fi comedy Space Dandy alongside anime legend Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope) he went on to direct the popular anime adaptation of One-Punch Man at MADHOUSE.

You can view more on Shingo at animefestival.com.au

Makoto Furukawa

Makoto Furukawa is the voice of Saitama in One-Punch Man but his work as a seiyuu includes Yūtarō Kindaichi in Haikyu!!, Shigou Kakei in Aldnoah.Zero, Hiroto Suwa in Orange and will soon be voicing Zack Law in the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

You can view Makoto Furukawa's profile at animefestival.com.au

Sora Tokui

A talented singer and voice actor, Sora Tokui has a varied career involving roles like Nico Yazawa in Love Live! School idol project, Katia in Fantasista Doll, Nero Yuzurisaki in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Paruko Nanana in Future Card Buddyfight, Junna Daitoku in Robotics;Notes, Sasami Sasasegawa in Little Busters! and Chloe Maxwell in Luck & Logic. Sora has also performed themes for Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes and of course Love Live! School idol project.

Sora Tokui is attending Madman Anime Festival with thanks to Bushiroad. You can view her profile at animefestival.com.au

Yuko Miyamura

Yuko Miyamura is an actress, j-pop singer and director. She is famously known as the Japanese voice-actor for Asuka Langley Shikinami in Neon Genesis Evangelion and the rebuild of Evangelion films including most recently Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Yuko Miyamura has voiced characters in a long list of anime and video games including Casca in Berserk, Kazuha Toyama in Detective Conan, Alyssa Searrs in My-HiME and NieA in NieA_7. Miyamura is also well-known for voicing Chun-Li in the Street Fighter game series.

You can find more on what Yuko will be doing at the festival here.

Tiffany Grant

Tiffany is quoted as being the first voice actor hired by ADV back in 1994 and since then she has been responsible for the iconic voice of Asuka Langley in Neon Genesis Evanglion and most recently the Rebuild of Evangelion film series (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) and Akame Ga Kill. However Tiffany has over 160 voice acting credits to her name including Koko in tsuritama, Christiane Friedrich in Majikoi - Oh! Samurai Girls, Kaorin in Azumanga Daioh, Kudryavka Noumi in Little Busters! Nojiko in One Piece and Martel in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. And she has a couple of English translation scripts under her belt with over 200 credits encompassing series like Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy, Infinite Stratos, Angelic Layer, Parasyte-the-maxim, Dennocoil and The Wallflower.

You can view more on Tiffany at animefestival.com.au

Matt Greenfield

Matt is an anime producer, part-time voice actor and co-founder of anime company A.D. Vision which, amongst many other titles, first released Neon Genesis Evangelion outside Japan. Since ADV Films shut down Matt has continued to produce and localise anime through his production company Seraphim Digital in Houston, Texas. Matt has handled ADR scripting and directed the English dub of over 100 different anime series including Excel Saga, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 and Neon Genesis Evangelion and has personally provided voice acting in a much smaller number of titles.

More recently Matt has been releasing new and classic anime and live-action titles in the U.S. via Kraken Releasing (Godzilla Vs. Hedorah), Maiden Japan (Patlabor, Royal Space Force, Denno Coil) and Switchblade Pictures (Corpse Party, Iron Girl 1&2), and produced/directed dubs for companies such as Sentai Filmworks (Infinite Stratos 1 & 2, Tears To Tiara, And Vampire Hunter D).

You can view more on Matt at animefestival.com.au

Anime Spotlights

One-Punch Man

Join director Shingo Natsume and the voice of Saitama, Makoto Furukawa, as they discuss One-Punch Man on stage. You can catch this spotlight on Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 11:00am in the AnimeLab Arena.

Sword Art Online

Director Tomohiko Ito, character designer Shingo Adachi and producer Atsushi Kaneko will be talking about industry, creative process and more focusing on their work with both Sword Art Online series and the upcoming 2017 movie, Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.

Also in association with Tokyo Otaku Mode and Aniplex there will be a mini gallery from the series on display.

This spotlight will be running on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm in the AnimeLab Arena.


Join both Asukas, Tiffany Grant and Yuko Miyamura alongside Matt Greenfield as they discuss the Evangelion Franchise. This will be held at 2:00pm in the AnimeLab Arena on Sunday.


Tokyo Ghoul Art Exhibition

A showcase of original storyboards, sketches, character settings and more from Tokyo Ghoul.

Death Note: Light Up The New World Exhibition

Props used in the making of the new live-action film, Death Note: Light Up The New World.

Square Enix and Bandai Namco Games

Both companies will be in attendance showing of several of their upcoming games including Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, God Eater 2: Rage Burst and Tekken 7.


Madman National Cosplay Championship

The Victorian preliminary round will be held at the Madman Anime Festival for it's 8th year. The competition will be run from 4:00pm in the AnimeLab Arena on Saturday.

Mai Wish! Maid and Butler Café

Madman Anime Festival will be running a Maid and Butler cafe both days of the festival, seat reservations can be made from 10am each day and sessions will run for up to an hour. You can view more information here.

2016 Bushiroad World Championship Australian Finals

Bushiroad will be in attendance running Australian final tournaments for Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight and Weiss Schwarz (English and Japanese) with the winners of each tournament recieving flights and accomodation alongside an invite to the regional qualifies in South East Asia. They will also be running a Luck & Logic side tournament. You can view the schedule here.


Ichiban Kuji

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji merchandise range will be available in Australia for the first time. They will be running a dedicated stall where attendees can purchase a ticket for a particular set and exchange the ticket for the winning good displayed. Sets including Yowamushi Pedal, Kuroko's Basketball, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece will be available. Find out more here.

Dagashi Shop

The Dagashi Shop will be stocking japanese snacks including Kit-Kat, Meiji chocolate, Pocky, Ramune, Hello Panda and more.


One Piece Film Gold - Australian Premiere

Known as the “moving country of dreams”, Gran Tesoro is a massive ship that operates as the world's greatest entertainment city. The ship is so large and wealthy, that it is acknowledged by the World Government as an independent state and doubles as a demilitarised zone, offering pirates, marines and millionaires alike absolute sanctuary.

It is here that Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates take on Gild Tesoro, the captain and ruler of Gran Tesoro. As the golden emperor of the famed city on the water, and the richest man in the world, he easily wins all over to his side with his substantial fortune. However, he is about to raise the stakes to satisfy his bottomless ambition, which will have dire consequences for the New World if our heroes fail their mission!

The screening will run from 8pm on Saturday in the AnimeLab Arena. You will need to obtain a ticket to watch the premiere, Madman VIP pass holders can get tickets for free while regular festival attendees will need to pay $15 for a ticket. Both can be obtained from the Madman Anime Festival ticket booth from 8:30am on Saturday. More information can be found here.


IA is a virtual artist brought to life as part of the VOCALOID™3 library “IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES-” and “IA ROCKS -ARIA ON THE PLANETES”, which are both ranked #1 on Amazon Japan Music Software chart.

IA has also provided vocals for anime such as MEKAKUCITY ACTORS as well as the CD included with the final volume of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION manga. IA is also the featured singer of KAGEROU PROJECT, a multi-content project created by the multi-talented JIN. IA will also have a merchandise booth at the event for you to pick up some amazing original goods!

IA's concert will be screened with thanks to the Japan Foundation on Sunday at 5:30pm in the AnimeLab Arena.

Love Live! Μ's→next Lovelive! 2014~endless Parade~

A 120-minute special screening of the February 9, 2014, concert held in Japan*. This was also the 4th solo performance by μ's (pronounced “muse”) members from the wildly popular anime series! This concert includes popular songs from the nine μ's members, but also the music from sub-units Printemps, BiBi, and lily white!

Fans are encouraged to come along and cheer on μ's with pen lights, and glow sticks. These are amazing performances that cannot be missed!

The screening will be in the AnimeLab Arena from 5:30pm on Saturday.

Final Details

You can find the schedule for Madman Anime Festival here and further information on MadFest including location, travel and parking, floor-map & ticket prices.

And finally you can visit MadFest's website or facebook page or twitter for further information.

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