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Braaaaiiiins..... *shuffle*

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Braiiiiiiiinnss....

Beware, step aside, get out your Zombrex, heft your baseball bats and chainsaws - we have a zombie infestation!

It's a huge month for our friends in the undead community, and yes we know it's a bit early for Halloween, but that just goes to show, when the zombie apocalypse comes, you might not be expecting it!

First sign of the end being nigh is the harrowing, bloody, alternately heart racingly fast paced, and sometimes tension-creepingly quiet HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD. This amazing series animated by the ever impressive studio Madhouse is streaming FREE right now the Madman Screening Room+ and must not be missed!

Alongside infested schools of shambling dead, the Madman Fanzone is celebrating that undead quiet achiever, the zombie, with an art competition, ZOMBIFICATION THE SECOND, and an amazing DEAD RISING 2 game Giveaway.

The dead have risen, and its time to open our minds and let them into our hearts.

Meanwhile, survivors can dig on the latest anime and manga, first swapping zombies for another kind of resurrection - the almighty DRAGON BALL Z KAI! That's right, Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta and our other Z-Fighters have returned. What is Kai? It's DBZ redone in incredible high definition, and recut into a slimmer running time to more closely match the vision of Akira Toriyama's manga. That makes it a fresher, faster show and more friendly to newcomers - and for the first time, it's on Blu-Ray!

We haven't forgotten our other undead friends as we revisit one of the earliest and coolest vampire stories in BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE on BLU-RAY.

Towering above, the giant mecha of LINEBARRELS OF IRON has dropped in, and ended the life of our "hero", Keita. Things weren't going well for him anyway, being bullied and pushed around, so when he is resurrected and becomes the pilot - well - don't say it wouldn't cross YOUR mind - he doesn't want to save the world, he wants petty revenge!!

For a much more human drama, but absolutely a compelling one, the long awaited DVD release of NANA COLLECTION 1 will strike a chord (literally, music is a big part of the series). Based on the mature, acclaimed manga of the same name, Nana is the story of two friends and the truthful tales of their lives. If just living with someone with the same name as the girls in NANA do is tough, think how it must be to have THREE personalities in your head, in the alien sci fi action of KURAU: PHANTOM MEMORY! With stylish animation from Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist) it's going to be a cool ride to the therapist's couch!

So take it easy, my undead friends and... Um... don’t forget to wipe those giblets hanging out the corner of your mouth. Messy eaters!

Daniel Chlebowczyk
MADMAN ANIME THINK TANK
BRAIN ICE CREAM SCOOPER

See you all at Reel Anime!!!

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REEL ANIME – TICKETS ARE ON SALE! SAVE WITH A GROUP BOOKING!

That’s right, now is the time to contact your local Reel Anime participating cinema and get in on the action! Pro tip – Season Passes will net you some amazing freebies!

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IT’S NOT LUPUS… BUT IT IS HOUSE VS BLACKJACK!

In Japan this will be put to a real test, as the two will go head to head in a series of TV commercials and magazine ads. Who will win?

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TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON & INITIAL D STAGEFRIGHT WINNERS

Who made the most powerful team to take over Cybertron and walk away with the loot of this incredible Transformers game and the movie on Madman DVD? Plus, who had the best downhill race in the STAGEFIGHT competition to win a stack of Initial D?

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AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE WHOLE DANG THING WINNERS

We’ve announced the winners, and there’s more cartoons for grownups in the Adult Swim newsletter! It’s a bumper issue, so make sure you subscribe!

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ART COMP WINNERS + ZOMBIFICATION THE SECOND ART COMP

Taking the theme of Stagefright from Initial D, we had some great pieces with the winners announced here. And, being August of the Undead, enter to show which anime characters have succumbed to the zombie plague in the new competition!

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On The Box
New  BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL
11.05pm Mondays from August 23
ABC2
DRAGON BALL Z
6:30am Saturday
Ten
DEATH NOTE
11:45pm Mondays
ABC2
BAKUGAN
5:05pm, 11:35pm Mon-Thurs, 10:35-11:35 Saturdays
Cartoon Network
 
The Screening Room
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High School of the Dead
The undead apocalypse is here! Don’t miss the bloody and thrilling hit series screening now!
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Kanon
See the first two episodes online now!
Air
See the first two episodes online now!

Ghost Hunt
See the first two episodes online now!
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Initial D Fourth Stage
See the first two episodes online now!
Slayers Revolution
Episodes 1 & 2.

Also screening: Slayers, Slayers Next and Slayers Try

Ikki Tousen and
Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny 1+2

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Kurau Phantom Memory
See the first two episodes online now!
Kurokami
See the first two episodes online now!
My Bride is a Mermaid
See the first episode online now!
Plus! Many exclusive extras and many more FULL episodes on Madman's Screening Room Plus!
Fanzone

For all the fan-filled fun, visit the Fanzone on the Madman website.

Join in the current art competition, ZOMBIFICATION THE SECOND. As always, top prizes are up for grabs for winners and bonuses for honourable mentions!

Here are some images from the entrants so far:

 
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Anime Snacktime

With your excited new hosts finding their stride, the podcast episodes for July (53) and August (54) are ready to be drip fed through your ears into your brain.

Call in to our Skype number animesnacktime or write to us at snacktime@madman.com.au, and answer our question of the month, who would win – schoolgirls or robots?!

Read on for more or listen to the latest episode.

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BLOOD : THE LAST VAMPIRE (BLU-RAY)

The classic vampire tale reborn! The thrilling action of Production IG’s slick anime is in high definition for the first time. A mysterious young woman named Saya, in the guise of a Japanese schoolgirl, must uncover the origin of a demonic plague and eliminate the ghastly beasts. She is the last remaining original!

$24.95
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  Lucky subscriber Rodney Renzella wins BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE

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DRAGON BALL Z KAI COLLECTION 1 (DVD & BLU-RAY)

The mighty Dragon Ball Z returns! This all new edit of the show for the High Definition era, redone with new scenes, not only remastered by many scenes have been redrawn! Reworked to fit the vision of manga creator Akira Toriyama, Goku’s tale is trimmed to a more explosive and satisfying action story!

DVD: $59.95
Blu-ray: $64.95
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  Lucky subscriber Lyndal Walker wins DRAGON BALL Z KAI COLLECTION 1
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LINEBARRELS OF IRON COLLECTION 1

He’s everything you never wanted in a hero! Kouchi dreams of greatness, but he’s always being bullied. Until the mysteriously naked Emi crashes into his life, and he gets control of the giant mecha, Linebarrel. All the power goes to his head as instead of saving the world, he’s focused on getting revenge! Can Kouchi be a true hero of justice?

$59.95
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  Lucky subscriber Kylie Rose wins LINEBARRELS OF IRON COLLECTION 1
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NANA COLLECTION 1

Two girls, both named Nana, leave their old lives behind and come to Tokyo to start fresh. When they become roommates and then best friends, the party has just begun! Based on the acclaimed manga by Ai Yazawa, released by Madman Manga!

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KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY COLLECTION

Her name is Kurau and she's the cream of the elite mercenaries; a master martial artist and thief so skilled that no secret or objective is beyond her grasp. The greatest secret of all, however, is the one Kurau conceals inside. The ultimate agent is the ultimate target. Super cool sci fi from Studio BONES!

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GURREN LAGANN COLLECTION

Speaking of super cool, it’s time to bust through with your soul and enjoy the energy of GURREN LAGANN. The bombastic giant robot action/comedy/drama series by the masters at STUDIO GAINAX is finally collected – don’t miss the adventures of Simon, Kamina, Yoko and Team Gurren in this instant classic!

$79.95
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More Anime Highlights:
BLEACH V25
IKKI TOUSEN DRAGON DESTINY (SEASON 2) VOL 3
SOUL EATER COLLECTION 3

View Madman Anime Catalogue »
View All August Anime Releases »

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Adult Swim Highlights:
MORAL OREL VOL 2

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Also available from Madman:
YU-GI-OH! 5D'S COLLECTION 3
SKINS SERIES 4
TNA WRESTLING - FANDIMONIUM: BEST OF BEER MONEY & MOTORCITY MACHINE GUNS
TNA WRESTLING - SACRIFICE 2010
SUBWAY
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
THE LAST BATTLE
GOOD HAIR

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Coming Soon

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ONE PIECE UNCUT COLLECTION 1

Ahoy mateys! The much awaited return of ONE PIECE is here and it’s completely uncut as it was meant to be seen! Join Luffy and the Straw Hat crew as the traverse the Grand Line, looking for the greatest pirate treasure of them all! It won’t be easy, with dastardly Devil-Fruit powered pirate captains in the way.

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BAKI THE GRAPPLER COLLECTION 1 & 2

The three Bs - Brutal, Bonecrushing, BAKI! It’s a fighting anime month, and this is a great example not to be overlooked! Every warrior's life is but a moment. These fearless fighters exist knowing all too well that each moment could be their last. There is always someone stronger, or faster. There is always someone unafraid to go to any length to ensure victory, or survival.



Will Baki Hanma learn the hard lessons and achieve his potential?


Find out by grabbing either or both collections for half price! They are only $40 each by using the code GRAPPLEGRIP on the Madman website. Enter the code on page 2 of the checkout and click ACTIVATE.

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Acquisitions

We have announced an exciting clutch of of titles at AVCON which includes:

Shikabane Hime
Hetalia Axis Powers
Kite Liberator
Birdy The Mighty Decode


Look out for our announcements at MANIFEST!

Manga

It is a truly August month of Manga as we see the completion of BIZENGHAST and BURST ANGEL, another volume of favourites like OURAN HIGH, ONE PIECE and NANA, and we debut the dimension crossing supernatural story of 07 GHOST, the demon binding adventure of NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS, and the latest class is explored in WARCRAFT: MAGE.

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07 GHOST (MANGA) VOL. 01

Teito Klein is a former slave of a fallen kingdom recruited into the Barsburg Empire's military academy due to his ability to use Zaiphon: a prized and rare power. With recurring dreams becoming more vivid by the day, his suppressed memories are slowly starting to unravel the life he has known.

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NATSUME'S BOOK OF FRIENDS (MANGA) VOL. 01

When Reiko was Takashi's age, she bound the names of demons and spirits in her Book of Friends, enslaving them to her capricious whim. Now Takashi is the owner of the book, and the creatures will do anything to get their names back.

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WARCRAFT: MAGE (MANGA) VOL. 01 (END)

On the heels of WARCRAFT: DEATH KNIGHT, this class-based manga follows a young mage who faces his greatest challenge when he is forced to confront a foe only he can stop.

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More Madman Manga:
BLACK LAGOON (MANGA) VOL. 06
BLOODY MONDAY (MANGA) VOL. 03
DRAGON BALL Z (VIZBIG EDITION) (MANGA) VOL. 08
KIMI NI TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU (MANGA) VOL. 05
LA CORDA D'ORO (MANGA) VOL. 10
MARIA HOLIC (MANGA) VOL. 03
NANA (MANGA) VOL. 11
ONE PIECE (MANGA) VOL. 54
OTOMEN (MANGA) VOL. 02
OURAN HIGH HOST CLUB (MANGA) VOL. 16
REBORN! (MANGA) VOL. 04
ULTIMO (MANGA) VOL. 02
VAGABOND (MANGA) VOL. 21

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Acquisitions

The latest volume is now available from anime clubs and in selected releases – get the lowdown on ONE PIECE UNCUT, EDEN OF THE EAST, SENGOKU BASARA and all the regular features you love!

Offer Of The Month

DRAGON BALL COMPLETE COLLECTION PART 1 and PART 2

Goku's epic journey begins here! To celebrate the release of DRAGON BALL Z KAI, we’re taking you back to the adventure that launched the Dragon Ball epic, and the story of the innocent young boy Goku, on a mystical journey with his friends to find the Dragon Balls.

We are offering both collections (DRAGON BALL COMPLETE COLLECTION PART 1 and PART 2) until the end of August for only $70 each (down from $99.95 SRP)! This is huge value as each collection has over 10 discs!

After adding the title(s) to your checkout, use the code FLYINGCLOUD in the Voucher section of the Checkout page 2, and make sure you click ACTIVATE.

Events
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MANIFEST – Melbourne
August 20-22

Melbourne Anime Festival is back, and it’s on this weekend! Alongside the anime screenings, cosplay and much more, Manifest 2010 will be hosting international guest, voice actor Spike Spencer, voice of Shinji Ikari from NEON GENESIS EVANGELION!

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Check out the Events section of the Madman Fanzone for more information on upcoming events.
Free Stuff
Competition

ZOMBIE OUTBREAK! DEAD RISING 2 GAME GIVEAWAY (PS3+XBOX 360)

Enter now for your chance to WIN the zombie smashing action game DEAD RISING 2 - Outbreak Editions for Xbox360 & PS3 plus MADMAN ASYLUM horror DVDS!

Battle thousands of zombies using over-the-top combination weapons as Chuck Greene attempts to survive a zombie apocalypse in Fortune City!

Enter the competition now »

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KAMUI

Once a powerful ninja, Kamui walks away from his violent and murderous ways. His travels bring him to a seashore village, but his peaceful life will not last when a band of pirates arrive, and his past catches up to him!

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THE GRUDGE: WHITE GHOST/BLACK GHOST

It is 10 years since the original Grudge movies appeared in Japan. We return once more to the dreaded house, to where the evil of the Grudge is spreading in two new feature films.

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