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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Manifest 05 pic 1 Buttonhole's Manifest 05 Report

Ichibod tells us about the show and shares some great photos

Sat, 8 October 2005

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Know those things you swear you are going to go to every year and every year you forget to go? Well, Manifest has always been one of those things for me. So it was on grand final day that I shunned the over priced pies and warm flat beer to finally attend Melbourne's Manifest held at Melbourne University.

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As soon as we walked in and were confronted (maybe a slightly harsh description there) by a giant... ummmm something (I know it was a character from a Myizaki anime just cant remember the name) that made Pokemon seem all cute and cuddly again. A quick look around confirmed we had entered the twilight zone as Alucard (from the Hellsing series) leisurely strolled past. I did think to myself that it was quite funny how Vampires don't seem to mind the sun where there's prizes involved.

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The detail that people had gone to with their costumes was mind blowing and at times a little disconcerting as I started to feel like I was at some kind of bizarre-o world with all these anime characters posing for photographs around me.

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Many of the people that go to the trouble of dressing up for Manifest enter the Cosplay events, which is basically a big fancy dress party on stage. From just walking up on stage and striking a pose to acting out scenes for their chosen character, Cosplay offers those that dress up a time to shine.

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I was told Cosplay was the thing to see in the morning. So off we went down through the video games area (yes video games tournaments with more rules involved than a chess tournament) to the theatre where the cos play was taking place. Only to find we had been beaten there by a couple of hundred others. Begrudgingly we moved off to the screening rooms to watch a bit of the Cosplay being broadcast there.

We then moved through a couple of the screening rooms trying to catch a couple of the different Animes playing. I managed to catch a couple of episodes but kept missing the start of the episodes thinking ill just get the titles from the program not realizing the titles are all in Japanese and I cant remember which screening rooms I was in at what time.

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After an hour or two of getting that all too familiar feeling of what the hell is going on??? It was time to part with the cash over in the trader's hall! Scary place to be when the wallet's loaded and Madman has a giant stand filled with many many goodies. I picked up part four to Texhnolyze and the first part of Ninja Scroll the series for a measly $30 (yes Ichibod does pay for his own anime most of the time) and a swish Madman cap. Turning me into a walking billboard for my favorite distributors (schlurp schlurp)

The whole day had a great atmosphere and those dressed up were more than happy (when asked of course) to strike a pose for the Buttonholers. I only scratched the surface of Manifest and all it has to offer; with multiple screening rooms all showing different animes throughout the whole day, panels on various subjects, trivia contests, an auction and much much more.

There's so much happening that is very difficult to take all in in one day. Next year I will be back and hopefully will have a bit more time to really explore all this wonderful event has to offer.
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by: ichibod

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ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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