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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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Toons
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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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Toons
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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Eminence Logo Eminence - Destiny Reunion

Music to soothe your rageaholic tendencies

Fri, 20 July 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Another performance by the Eminence orchestra is on its way. Concerts will be held in both Sydney and Melbourne. The tickets to see this popular orchestra won't last long so do the smart thing and snatch them up while you can.

For those who don't already know, Eminence is an orchestra that is well known for playing music from popular video-games, Anime and whatever else they feel like playing.


"Classical music must not be left to languish in dusty corners or to be appreciated only by an older demographic. It needs to find a new face and be aggressively showcased into expanded genres and permutations in order to capture a larger audience. This said we do not want to limit our audience to young people, only to encourage them to join in as well as to expand the audience."


Previous concerts have included musical pieces from games such as Super Mario Brothers, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Shadow of the Colossus, Zelda, Halo and Animes such as Spirited Away, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Howl's Moving Castle.


This play list for the new concert Destiny Reunion includes (but not limited to):


My Neigbour Totoro
Chrono Cross
.hack//Liminality
Princess Mononoke
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Xenosaga
Romeo x Juliet
Noir
Gundam Seed
Deltora Quest



This wily reviewing Ninja has already bought his ticket for the Melbourne concert from Ticketek (with thanks to previous concert attendee and forum regular Borgieman for some useful info). This will be my first Eminence concert and you can bet I won't be able to shut up about it after experiencing it firsthand.

That means more needlessly long and wordy exposition in a future Buttonhole feature from your truly. Honestly though, it won't be too long to read (maybe).

Head on over to www.eminenceonline.com to book yourself a ticket and for those too lazy to click just now, here are dates for the upcoming concerts:


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Verbrugghen Hall,
Sydney Conversatorium of Music
6:30 PM Saturady 28th July 2007

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
BMW Edge - Federation Square
7:00 PM Saturday 11 August 2007



by: Australian Ninja

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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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