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.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

the brilliant green - The Swingin' Sixties

When it was announced that the brilliant green would be releasing a new album called "The Swingin' Sixties", I was, for a short while, quite excited. That was until I found out it was a self-cover 'best of' album. While I always look forward to any release by the brilliant green, as they are one of my favourite bands, the thought of them releasing the same songs again just didn't really do it for me, especially seeing as they had released a best of album already. I just wanted a new album full of new songs! Of course, I pre-ordered the CD anyway, as I generally buy everything they record.

I got mine from cdjapan for 3000yen (affiliate links below):

The Swingin' Sixties / the brilliant green 
the brilliant green

It was released on 23 July, and my copy of the album arrived through the post seven days later.

It's been described as songs inspired by British sixties pop, and features eleven songs, ten of which are re-recorded versions of some the band’s older songs. The eleventh track is a new song called "A Little World".

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Super Sonico Figure Space Police Ver. by Taito

Back in March this year, I reviewed the Super Sonico Snack Time Special Figure by FuRyu. Five months earlier, towards the end of October, I purchased this Super Sonico Figure Space Police Ver. by Taito. I believe the figure was released a week or two before this. So it's taken about nine months for me to get around to reviewing this! Hmm, I've a few more figures that I bought last year too... Need to get them photographed and reviewed!

Anyway, here are some shots of the box and what's inside:

As you can see, as with most of these types of figures, it doesn't take a genius to work out how to assemble it, with just the base and two arms to slot into the main figure.

The Figure

Excluding the base, the figure stands at 204mm tall (approximately 8"). It's prize figure, so I managed to get this for a fairly low price.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SISTAR - Touch My Body

SISTAR have released a new mini album, "Touch N Move", their first in fourteen months. Their comeback features a brand spanking new music video for track two "Touch My Body". It's a catchy summer song, and the brilliantly coloured video features all the usual summery stuff; surf boards, swimming pool, fake palm trees, etc. There's even an Elvis lookalike saxophonist!

To me, the song kinda reminds me of their summer song from 2012, "Loving U", but ever-so-slightly more upbeat.

Check out the video below:

Here's the tracklist for the mini album:

01. Wow
02. Touch my body
03. 나쁜손 (feat. 버벌진트)
04. But I Love U
05. OK GO!
06. Sunshine

Are you a fan of the new video? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Official SISTAR Facebook page

Sunday, 13 July 2014

One Year On

Yesterday (12 July) AZNPopCulture turned one year old. So I'd just like to say a big thanks to everyone who has visited and read any of the content here. Big thanks to all who have commented on anything and shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

This week also saw the highest number of page views I've ever had, with the majority of visitors viewing the VAMPS live at Download Festival page, and also the recent BABYMETAL London Forum gig review. I hadn't realised how popular VAMPS were, but that post is now the most viewed page so far, with the BABYMETAL post being the third most viewed in just a few days! So thanks to everyone who has read them and shared them.

Incidentally, yesterday was also a birthday for Crayon Pop twin sisters ChoA and Way. So happy birthday to them!

Anyway, please do continue to come back; I really do appreciate it. Please comment on anything you find interesting; it's always interesting to hear others' opinions, and any ideas or suggestions you might have are welcome, so if you do have any, please message me using the contact page.

Thanks again!