Ah, the power of torrents! Its fantastic actually. You miss an episode or ten and you can download them whenever you want from the internet. I have downloaded TV eps before, but not a lot, and so when I bought the Stargate SG1: Season 9 DVD boxset, I felt like I was missing something. I had seen a couple of episodes of Stargate Atlantis but had never watched it on TV because our free-to-air station completely sucks with their programming, but obviously there was some tie-in between the two series so after watching all of Season 9, I downloaded Season 10 – well the bulk of it anyway lol, and then thought to myself that I should really watch Atlantis just to catch up on things and see whether the two shows intersect. So far I’m almost finished Season 2, and thanks mostly to downloading batch torrents of Season 1 and 2 from the internet. I would buy the DVD box set but all stores are out of stock due to Season 2 about to be released on DVD here (and they’re saving Season 1 boxsets to re-release at a cheaper sale price). But that’s not what I was going to talk about lol, no, I did see all these ads over the past few months of something called Jericho but had no friggin idea what the heck it was. Eventually I worked out it was a TV series and after a quick search online learned that it was going to air (almost) simultaneously around the world – which is kind of cool considering most US shows take months to get here. So anyway, I was looking forward to watching it, but come Thursday night I really ended up not being in the mood to watch any TV. I was tired, grumpy from a bad week at work, and really wasn’t feeling like watching TV. I don’t really watch a lot anyway. So of course this week, I’ve been seeing the adverts for Episode 2 and thought to myself “Maybe I should have watched it after all!”. Meh, why regret missing it when you can download a copy from the net! So I did, and now I have watched episode 1 of the series. Not too bad I must say, its my kind of series so far, but it is only Episode 1 and things can either get progressively worse, stay the same (and get boring) or possibly get better. I’m a fan of ‘odd’ shows like Supernatural, which is currently off air at the moment here (boo!) – and that reminds me, I missed the bulk of the last episode of Season 1, I should go and download it!!! ;-p Anyway, enough of that drivel. I was rather pissed off last week. I had ordered girugamesh’s first album “13′s reborn” which came out last week in Japan. I was really looking forward to it and cdjapan were usually pretty good at getting their new stuff out to me, despite being on the other side of the world. In most cases, it takes two days from when they post it to when it arrives in my letterbox. Of course that’s only because I choose Express post! Anyhoo, usually when something comes out in Japan on Wednesday, I can see on my order on Tuesday night that the order is currently “in shipping process”. This means that they send it out on the actual release date and I usually get it by Friday of the same week. Happy for me! But this time around it got to Tuesday night and it was still saying “not yet shipped”. Wednesday night… same thing. Thursday night… same thing again. It wasn’t until Friday night that the ruddy thing changed to “in shipping process”, which meant that I had to wait over a weekend, in fact it was a looong weekend since we had Labour Day on Monday. Of course, I should actually pay more attention to the little shipping notice under each release. For the 12012 single, it had under it “Ships on release date”. For the next order (which is already ‘in shipping process and is probably moved to ‘shipped’) Alice Nine’s “Number 6″, it has under the release date “Ships on release date”. What did it have under the girugamesh album? “Ships in 1-4 days after release”. Obviously mine just managed to make it into that 1-4 days afterwards… Most unimpressed though… Of course, yay!, it arrived today! And I’ve already listened to it. I did have the opportunity to try and grab it from another site but nooo, I want mine and will only listen to mine It’s a great album too. They have released a number of EPs and singles but this is their first actual album release. My favourite songs were on there including “Mouja no Koushin” though its been redone for the album version, and “Fukai no Yami”, both of which I’ve heard on previous releases. The bulk of their songs that they released previously have been redone, although the last song “Kaisen Sengen” seems to be the only one that hasn’t been redone. They aren’t completely different, they just have a slightly different sound to them. Anyway its an awesome album and I’m looking forward to more releases by the band. I have already heard the new Alice Nine single and it seems okay, but its already ordered and on its way so I’ll probably get to like it a bit more once I hear it again. The next one after that that’s on order is Nightmare’s Alumina single. I’ve ordered it twice, but each version has a different PV on it, one for the a-side release and the other for the b-side song. And then finally after that will be the two singles I’ve been hanging out for Gazette’s “Regret” and “Filth In The Beauty”. Oh but in between Alice Nine and Nightmare’s releases there’s a 12012 release too, the second of 3 titled “Wana”. October seems like a great month to me! For Japanese/Visual Kei releases that is… not sure about everything else… >_>
There are a few new Visual-Kei bands popping up in Japan lately, and 12012 are one of them. They have been around for a couple of years but more recently their music is getting more and more recognised. Their visual style is changing slightly, but their music is still full-rokku style! I’ve just received my pre-ordered copy of their latest single titled “PISTOL” and I am impressed. There are only 2 tracks on the single, the title track and the b-side song “want, want, want”. Both are good rock songs, though the second song is a bit of a rock-ballad (almost), but it doesn’t detract from the single itself. The title track is a fast-paced rock song, though its not a heavy song like some of their past songs. In fact they have almost steered away from true heavy style that they had released previously. Their last single “Heart”, released in 3 versions with 3 different b-side tracks, showed them moving away from the heavier style and keeping more in tune with their rock stylings. I enjoy both styles from the band, though I think just this type of rock suits them better. Vocalist Miyawaki Wataru has a great voice, and I love his scream, though I noticed a bit closely that he tends to sing a bit off-key most times. Though this is more of a style for singers like him. It suits the band and the songs they release so its not a bad thing! On another note, one of my other favourite V-Kei bands The GazettE are about to release two new singles (within a week of each other). The singles are actually due out at the end of October/beginning of November, though the PVs for both songs have already been released. I managed to grab both and I’m extremely impressed! They are both awesome songs though I think out of the two of them “Filth in the Beauty” would have to be their best. I’ve pre-ordered both songs (which both come with a DVD with the PV of each single) and can’t wait until they are released. “Filth in the Beauty” would have to be one of my favourite Gazette songs next to “Nausea & Shudder” and “D.L.N”
This book took me less time to read than the other book did, mostly because I spent almost every day on the bus to and from work reading chapters. I tried to read whole chapters if I could though there were some chapters that were pretty monstrous. Once again, however, I felt like the ending of this part of the saga had rushed in a bit too quickly in the last few pages. It was all leading up to something and then whoosh! There it was… The story itself is still amazing and I loved it bringing my imagination to the forefront, mostly in the description of the countrysides, the towns and the houses/manors the characters dwell or pass through. The two main characters – Kaede and Takeo – have definitely grown both in their characteristics, personality and temperament. They have seemingly grown up a lot quicker due to the surrounding events and its leading them towards their goal. Though they remain keeping some secrets from one another, they are now preparing for what may be a very short life together. War is on their doorstep, and Takeo is being hunted by the Tribe. He has been shown his future and while it is prosperous and bright, there is also a darker side that will be his inevitable end. Next up is book 3 – Brilliance of the Moon. On checking out the official site I’ve learned that a fourth installment has been released, though I’ve yet to see it any bookstore here (it could be that it was on the brink of being released though). And there is another book which will be a type of prequel, whereby it follows Lord Shigeru as he grows up, fights at the battle of Yaegehara, sees his father killed and is furious over the betrayal of his uncles. The fourth book is apparently more of a sequel rather than ‘another part’, as the three current books are a trilogy (which is basically one whole story split into three parts). The fourth book is titled “The Harsh Cry of the Heron”.
At the moment the world is still reeling from the tragic death of Steve Irwin often referred to as “The Crocodile Hunter”. We’re all pretty shocked by it, including myself. At the time I was coming back from my lunchbreak when someone in the office mentioned he was dead. It probably took me a few moments to sink in that it was really true and then the news had spread throughout the office. Various reports and rumours were coming out about how the stingray had killed him and what he was doing at the time, but I think most people were still surprised that something like that had actually happened to someone who was such a strong voice for the animals. A few years back I went to Queensland for a holiday. We have been past the area where Steve actually died on Monday. I also managed to get to Australia Zoo, though I remember that when we arrived there we were told that the liklihood of actually seeing Steve there was pretty low. Regardless, we saw a great deal of his heart and soul that he put into creating such a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. We even managed to catch a couple of the crocodile shows that the keepers put on for tourists. On TV they showed some footage from Steve’s TV series and he introduced a couple of crocs “Monty” and “Aggro”, both of whom I remember seeing at the Australia Zoo when we were there. I think we all have come to believe that he died doing what he loved best, working closely with nature and showing their beauty to the world. Unfortunately he leaves behind a lovely family including his adorable two kids. His death has affected so many people around the world and we are seeing images of people pouring into Australia Zoo and placing flowers at the front entrance, just in front of his larger than life portrait. The Queensland government have set up some condolence books for people to write in and donations are coming in to his charities. Yeah, he was a larrikin, but he was an Aussie larrikin and he was a fair dinkum bloke with a true blue aussie personality. We’ll all miss his famous catch cry and seeing him wrestle all those crocs he loved.