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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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True Live_The Shape of It_album cover True Live - The Shape Of It

Hatchy bypasses the bootyshakers and heads to the snack bar

Publisher: Shock Records

Sun, 8 April 2007

Hatchy by: Hatchy

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We were privileged to get slung a copy of Mintons EP by True Live quite a while ago and yours truly took an immense shine to it. 'The Shape Of It' is True Lives' first long-player follow-up to their debut EP and has arrived with a great deal of expectation.

True Live are from Melbourne Australia and among their members boast several that have performed with the illustrious Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Their music is a very earthy and organic style of hip-hop that blends classical instruments and resists the bling-bling macho tirades of "The Best New R&B Artist" on the commercial video music station of the masses choice.

You're more likely to see some booty shaking models in a Wiggles music video than you will with these guys, and I for one am very grateful.

There is a lot more confidence in this release, evident in the lyrics and the musical stylings, when compared to the Mintons EP.
True Live, it would appear, were perhaps a little conservative in making their debut as The Shape Of It literally explodes off the disc. There are some absolute gems in here. Track 9 starts with a swirling Arabic beat, hits the mid point with some fine organ playing before fading out nicely to the Arabic notes again.

Track 3 is my favourite. It is a pacing, thumping tune with classy rhyming and some menacing percussion overlaid on top.

Bounce may have been the single that got a lot of decent airplay but Track 3 is still my pick of the lot. I could deconstruct every other track on the album but there is no point really, the music is just too good to bother.

Since the release of The Shape Of It, True Live have been picking up gigs and playing in festivals all summer long. Although not privileged myself to have seen the band play, from all accounts they manage to put on a very impressive show.

It's really hard to gauge and measure the quality and talent that exists in this group - they are seriously that good. You do have to like hip-hop music, that's a given, but even the uninitiated may appreciate such a polished Australian interpretation of the genre.

Fans of the music have been spoilt in recent times: The Herd, Hilltop Hoods and (now sadly disbanded) 1200 Techniques have produced some stunning music and in the case of The Hilltop Hoods, cleaned up at several big industry award nights.

True Live have arrived in a time of some very good competition, new releases are now scrutinised closely and if you want to make it - your initial release has got to be good. As their first long player, The Shape Of It is a fine achievement.

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They just don't get much better than this; Australian hip-hop has finally come of age.

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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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