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In the September issue of MANIA we bust out some fidget spinner tricks, checkout the latest Mario game, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and express ourselves in time for The Emoji Movie. There’s also cool skate tricks and LEGO City Jungle puzzles. Enter our competitions for the chance to win a PS4 console and Monster Jam prize packs!

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POWER UP WITH STEPHANIE NADOLNY

April 3rd, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime, AWSM |

We caught up with voice-actress Stephanie Nadolny, who you might now better as the voice of Kid Goku and Kid Gohan from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT! We also learn a bit about the upcoming Cartoon Network show OK K.O! Check out our AWSM interview below!

MANIA: How did you get into voice acting?
STEPH: “I used to record voices on a tape-recorder when I was a child. I didn’t even know voice-acting was a career! I was really into music and watched a lot of cartoons. I would mimic the characters I would hear. I’d use the voices to make my friends laugh.

“As I got older I got more into theatre and singing. I went to college for drama because I wanted to be a serious actor. What ended up happening is that I worked on an album project called The Cookies with Carl Finch, who is from an award winning polka band called Brave Combo. We made an album that was never released, but I met Barry Watson who was recording voices for the English-dub of Dragon Ball Z. He called me in to audition and I was cast as Kid Gohan!”

M: Are people surprised when they realise you voiced kid Goku and Gohan?
S: “I do from time to time. When I first started appearing at conventions no one knew who what I looked like, so I had to prove to people that I was young Gohan! The reactions were priceless! They’d be like, ‘No way!!!'”

M: Who do you like more: Goku or Gohan?
S: “Love’em both, but I think I’m fond of Goku. He has such a precious innocence. He’s hilarious!”

M: You’re voicing the lead in an upcoming Cartoon Network show, OK K.O. Can you tell Are you voicing him in the same way?
S: “The show’s creator, Ian Jones-Quartey, was a big Dragon Ball fan while growing up! He put the show together and had Kid Goku in mind, so he reached out to me to be a voice. Originally it was called Lakewood Plaza Turbo and then made some shorts.”

M: Do you think KO is similar to Goku?
S: “They’re very similar. He’s a quirky off-shot of what the show’s creator likes about Goku. It’s been a lot of fun. When I voice KO, I can’t help but feel he’s a distant cousin of Goku!”

M: A lot of people geek out over you – is there anything you really geek out about?
S: “Of course! Usually it’s the other guests I’m appearing with at conventions. In 2012, I was on the same guest list as Christopher Lloyd and I was freaking out! He’s so talent and funny! Growing up I loved disco music and my idol was Donna Summer, and I got to meet her! Anyone who does amazing characters voices as well!”

M: You’ve been to Australia a couple of times, so have you tried Vegemite before?
S: “Yes; it was good! It was very salty and different. It reminds me of hummus. I’m looking forward to trying it again. I’m hoping I get to see some kangaroos and koalas too!”

M: Do you have a favourite movie?
S: “Grease and The Sound of Music!”

M: Do you have a favourite snack?
S: “Oh, that’s a tough one! Cheese! Nachos! And I know it sounds crazy, but broccoli!”


Catch Stephanie at Gold Coast Supanova (April 21st–23rd) and Melbourne Supanova (April 28th–30th)!

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WIN AN IRON MAN DVD!

April 22nd, 2013 by Ange | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime, Screen, Win |

We’re Iron Man obsessed at the moment and are pumped for the release of the rad anime flick Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 24.

Iron Man gets blamed for a deadly attack and goes on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. Can he dodge Black Widow and Hawkeye and stop cray-cray villain, Ezekiel Stone and his new bio tech weapon, Technovore from wiping out the planet?

To celebrate the release of Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore we’ve got 20 DVDs up for grabs! To enter, grab MANIA’s May issue (#150 with Iron Man on the cover) and fill out the form below!

– This comp is now closed –

Terms and Conditions:
1. Competition is open to Australian residents only. 2. Starts on April 22, 2013 and ends May 22, 2013 at 5pm. 3. 20 winners will receive a copy of Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore DVD. 4. Entries will be judged on May 23, 2013 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065. 5. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. All email addresses collected in this entry form will be added to the MANIA Magazine newsletter database. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time. 6. Winners will receive their prize sent in the mail at the postal address provided on the form.

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Anime Fest!

September 3rd, 2012 by Ange | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime |

Calling all anime fans, Reel Anime 2012 is happening around Australia from September 13-26. This festival will be screening fresh anime flicks, so if you’re into anime you won’t want to miss this!

Reel Anime 2012 will be taking place at these locations:

  • Sydney: Dendy Newtown. 261-263 King St, Newtown
  • Melbourne: Cinema Nova. 380 Lygon St, Carlton
  • Brisbane: Dendy Portside. Portside Wharf, Remora Rd, Hamilton
  • Canberra: Dendy Canberra. Level 2, North Quarter, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra City
  • Adelaide: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas. 251 Rundle St, Adelaide
  • Avoca Beach: Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. 69 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach
  • Hobart: State Cinema. 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
  • Perth: Luna Leederville. 155 Oxford St, Leederville

For more deets, check out: http://www.reelanime.com/!

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Have yourself a Gundam Christmas!

December 13th, 2010 by MANIA | 1 Comment | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime |

Who needs a Christmas tree when you have your very own larger than life Gundam figure that you can light up instead? The 15 metre tall Gundam figure at the Chengdu Guosetianxiang amusement park in Sichuan, China, will be decorated just like a Christmas tree to spread holiday cheer and light up the night sky!

ANIMANIA 2010!

April 5th, 2010 by MANIA | 2 Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime |

True to our word in finding you all the latest anime news and goss, we MANIACS got along to the 2010 ANIMANIA festival in Sydney, and what a wikkid time we had. We got to sit in on the costume judging of the World Preliminary Cosplay Championships, to send an aussie cosplayer to Japan! Check out all the rad costumes in our June issue, on sale May 10!

DELTORA QUEST

March 31st, 2010 by MANIA | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Anime |

There’s a new word flying around anime circles in Japan, and we MANIACS love it! Are you ready for it…drum roll please… AUSSIME! “What in the blazers is Aussime?,” you ask.  Aussime is quite simply an Australian anime, like Deltora Quest, written by an aussie and made by an anime studio in Japan! The Deltora Quest anime first aired in Japan in 2005 and the books have been around even longer. There’s a strong fan base overseas and now this rad anime is heading home to premiere on Cartoon Network in May, and we can’t wait to see it! Find out more about DQ in MANIA’s May issue, on sale April 12, YAKS!