Sunday, 7 December 2014

Mnet Asian Music Awards 2014 - MAMA In Hong Kong

Wednesday 3rd December saw the sixteenth annual Mnet Asian Music Awards take place at the AsiaWorld Arena in Hong Kong.

Once again, the most popular K-Pop groups and artists were celebrated, with awards being voted on by fans online. As always, it was a star-studded event attended by numerous Korean pop stars.

Award winners plus YouTube videos follow "The Performances" section.
Congratulations to all who took part!

The Performances

The show opened with a performance from Dancing9, with a routine titled "Beat Box", featuring dancers dancing to a medley of songs, including  Bony M's "Sunny", NKOTB's "Step By Step", James Brown's "Get Up", and Michael Jackson's "Beat It".

This was followed by a couple of hip-hop performances "연결고리 YGGR" performed by Illionaire Records featuring rappers BOBBY, The Quiett, and Dok2. They were followed by MASTA WU featuring Dok2 and BOBBY performing "Come Here".

After this came two awards; Best New Artist and Best Dance Performance Solo.

Once these were awarded, we were treated to a performance from Girl's Day and AILEE; this act being called "Last Fantasy". First up was Girl's Day with "Something", and then AILEE with "Don't Touch Me". Both Girl's Day and AILEE then took to the stage together with a joint performance of the song "Problem".

Two more awards followed, and then on came Epik High and WINNER; their section called "Beyond The Screen". Winner performed "Empty", and then Epik High performed "Happen Ending" with the soothing voice of Yoo Inna. They then followed this with the funky sounds of "Born Hater". They were joined on stage by B.I, and then Song Mino of Winner. Soon, BOBBY returned to the stage to perform with them.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

SCANDAL Announce World Tour 2015 『HELLO WORLD』

Japanese girl band SCANDAL have announced dates for their 『HELLO WORLD』 tour, which takes place next year.

They have announced four dates so far, with USA dates to come. These performances follow an extensive tour of Japan.

Tour dates are as follows:

Apr 25 - Le Bataclan, Paris, France
Apr 26 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK (Buy Tickets)
May 10 - Wall, Taiwan
May 29 - Macpherson Stadium, Hong Kong

For more information visit the Sony Music SCANDAL webpage.

Meanwhile, here is their current single, released 19 November 2014.

Image credit: Header - Sony Music SCANDAL webpage

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Crossfaith - Live - The Library At The Institute, Birmingham, England

Friday 21 November saw Japanese metal band Crossfaith, now on their first headlining tour, "Apocalyze Now", play live to a sell out crowd at The Library at the Institute, Birmingham, England.

After support bands Coldrain, and Silent Screams had finished their sets, anticipation for the headliners was huge. When Crossfaith finally entered the stage, one by one, the crowd roared as each member appeared, and what followed was one loud, energy-filled and exciting show!

I only managed to take a few photos; and unfortunately most of them didn't come out so well, as I had to use a compact camera, and the crowd were jumping so much, it was difficult to keep the camera steady. Anyway, here are some of the "least-bad" shots... Apologies for the poor quality...

Coldrain - Live - The Library At The Institute, Birmingham, England

Japanese band Coldrain were supporting Crossfaith on their first headlining tour of Europe, "Apocalyze Now". I managed to catch them last week on 21 November. Coldrain were the first band of the night, and suitably got the crowd going, with a good performance. I thought they were pretty decent; not usually my cup of tea, but the heavier moments of their music sounded good to me.

Unfortunately I could only take my compact camera, so the photo quality isn't the greatest, but I thought I'd upload what few photos I took here anyway... In comparison to the photos of the Crossfaith performance, these are pretty good!

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Mea Kurosaki - Max Factory 1/6 Scale Painted Figure

Back in March, I think, I ended up pre-ordering this figure, after seeing some of the official photos posted online; I thought it looked rather splendid and decided that I had to have one. I thought it was a tad expensive at around 10,000 yen, but it's slightly bigger at 1/6 scale, whereas many other figures are 1/7, so I decided to order it anyway. It arrived in August and here's my review... A little late I know. Sorry about that!

Here's the box and its contents.

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

First Squad (2009) - Anime Review

First Squad is the first Russian anime, and was produced in Japan by STUDIO 4ºC. The movie takes place in Soviet Russia during the Second World War, and tells the story of a teenager named Nadya, a girl who possesses psychic powers.

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What's it about?

Nazi Germany have occupied much of Europe, but Russia continues to resist. After much fighting and heavy losses on both sides, it remains a stalemate. An occult group of Nazi astrologers have determined that a "moment of truth" (a critical point in time, when a certain person's actions will determine the outcome) is drawing near. In this case, that certain person is a Russian soldier, and the "moment of truth" occurs when he decides to attack the German forces.

The chairman of the Nazi group then orders his men to put in motion "Operation: Sword of Vengeance"; a plan which involves using a magic sword to summon its owner grandmaster Baron Von Wolff from the underworld, in order for them to kill the soldier, crush the Russian opposition, and conquer the world.

In order to stop this, the Russians have their own secret occult branch to call upon, namely "the 6th division", and it's up to Nadya, last surviving member of a special unit from this division, known as "First Squad" to take care of it.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Update - Sep 2014

Hello all,
Just a quick update; unfortunately I haven't been able to do much on this blog recently as I've been pretty busy with other stuff. I did find the time to watch an anime, and some Japanese films, and I'm currently in the middle of writing a review to post here, but I just haven't really had the time.

I've also purchased a few anime figures, ready for reviewing at some point soon. I just need to set aside some time to photograph them first.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with MV version 1 of T-ARA's latest; "SUGAR FREE", which I've been listening to quite a bit this week. I can't get it out of my head!

Please check back here again, as I haven't abandoned this blog! I'll definitely post something soon.

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