2010年10月17日

A bit more about "DISILLUSION"

A bit more about "DISILLUSION"

This album was recorded in London. They also recorded on English version of this album. They released this album in January '87, and six month later, they released the English version of this album. It was like they were preparing to travel around the world.

After this album, many of their songs and albums were recorded in Japanese and English. And their next album, "Thunder In The East", was released world-wide. So I believe many metal fans have listened to their songs once or more.
And still many people remember them. In the 1980s and 1990s, I think it was the ultimate time for them.

But now, their drummer died in 2008. I'm so disappointed I won't be able to enjoy. I can't get new songs by original members any more. But I hope they will continue to play hot metal.

You can check out more information about Loudness here:
http://loudness.jp/index.html (Their official site : Japanese)



Gotta Fight / Odin

These two Loudness songs were on the soundtrack of the "Odin Light-seal ship Starlight". "Odin Light-seal ship Starlight" is a SF animation movie.
It was released theaterplay in 1985.

I don't know details of the movie, but I saw the film's trailer.
On the trailer, I saw a dog fight by small fighters in space. It matched the music perfectry. I saw chases fire, shooting with Metal sound!

Just before the movie was released on screen in 1985, I saw Loudness, they were playing a music program on TV. I remember I was so shocked when I saw them on the TV because they were a hevy metal band, And I didn't think they were going to become populer. But, also I remember I felt honered that even their kind of music could be showen in public.

It's difficult to get the DVD of the "Odin Light-seal ship Starlight", but both songs are on Loudness's albums "Thander in the East"(2004 Ver.) and "Early Singles".


(Text by Tomoki)


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2009年02月21日

Toshokan Sensou (The Library War)

"Toshokan Sensou"(The Library War) is a Japanese novel written by Hiro Arikawa(有川 浩). An animated version was released in April 2008. It has now been released on DVD.
In August 2008 at the 47th Japan Science Fiction Convention, "Toshokan Sensou"(The Library War) was awarded the "Seiun"Award(星雲賞) in the novel category.
The scene of the story is set in the year 2019. The military has been given the power to use force to impose censorship so libraries have armed themselves to defended books against censorship.
A chief charactor of this novel is a menber of the library's defence. The story is also about her romantic relationship.


(text by meg.daisy)
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COWBOY BEBOP

"COWBOY BEBOP" is a popular anime. This anime was mede by SUNRISE Inc.. SUNRISE Inc. is famous for making "GUNDAM". In 2000 at the 39th Japan Science Fiction Convention, "COWBOY BEBOP" was awarded the "Seiun"Award(星雲賞)in the media category.
The scene of the story is set in the year 2071. The human race has left the Earth and lives on other planets. There is much crime in space. The main character uses his spaceship to chase and capture criminals. He is bounty hunter. Bounty hunters are called "COWBOYS".
"COWBOY BEBOP" 's actions and music are cool.



(text by meg.daisy)
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2009年02月15日

Sergeant Keroro-(Keroro Gunso)

  "Sergeant Keroro" is a comic that has also been made into an anime.
  Sergeant Keroro is a space alien from the planet "Keron." He looks like a frog, is under one meter tall, and speaks Japanese, but he is a real soldier. He is the leader of a platoon from Keron. The scientific capability of Keron is much better than that of the Earth.
  The purpose of the platoon is to conquer the Earth.
  But, he hasn't conquered the earth yet. In fact, he hasn't even conquered one family on the Earth. On the contrary, he has been conquered by the Hinata family! Now, he is the servant of the Hinata's in Japan.
  He likes putting together plastic models of "Gundam", a popular anime series. He must conquer the earth, but he would rather put together the models than conquer the earth.
  He sometime makes plans to conquer the earth and tries to carry them out, but all of the plans are so poor that he has never succeeded in any of them.
  We can enjoy watching the failures of his poor plans and his activities as not a sergeant but a servant.

(Reviewer: Yokota)
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2009年01月18日

Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn

Title: Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn
Author: Harutoshi Fukui
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Official site : http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/ (only in Japanese)

If you're a fan of Mobile Suit Gundam, you have probably heard of the new Gundam story, Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn.
This is a novel written by popular writer Harutoshi Fukui, who is the author of Shusen no Lorelei and Boukoku no Igisu etc.and a big fan of the Gundam world.
Gundam Unicorn started as a new serial novel in the monthly magazine Gundam Ace in 2006 and has subsequently been published as a book. 6 volumes of the book have been released so far and the story is continuing. It is a sad thing that we haven't got an English translated version yet.

Gundam Unicorn takes place in Gundam’s Universal Century. It is the original universe timeline of the Gundam anime series. U.C.(abbreviation of Universal Century) is usually used. The very first Gundam series (One Year War) takes place in U.C.0079, the second one (Gundam Z) in U.C.0087, the third one (Gundam ZZ) in U.C.0088, and Char's Counterattack in U.C.0093.
The novel of Gundam unicorn begins in U.C.0001, starting with the human immigration to the first space colony. The main story though takes place in U.C.0096. Recently released Gundam series such as Gundam Seed and Gundam 00 take place in their own universes/timelines. For example, the Gundam Seed timeline was in the Cosmic Era and Gundam 00 timeline is in the Dominical Year, which is the same as our real world. But this novel is a saga of the Universal Century. We have been expecting a story taking place in the Universal Century for long time.
Character designs are provided by Yoshikazu Kazuhiko, who also created the characters for the first Gundam and Gundam Z.
Mechanical designs are provided by Hajime Katoki.
Gundam Unicorn is a big present for the first Gundam generation who has become adults.

[Spoiler] the synopsis is as follows.
U.C.0001, a poor young terrorist named Siam Vist discovered a strange box during a terrorist activity at the space station "Laplace", an official residence of the Prime Minister of the Earth Federation. Later the box was called "Laplace's Box". No one knows what the box is for. It is secret. It is said that it has the power to overturn the world.
U.C.0096, when Barnage Lynx, a high school student living in the colony Industrial 7, meets a mysterious girl, Audley Burn, he gets involved in a conflict.
Neo Zeon, the Earth Federation and the Vist family are in a fight against each other centering on the Laplace's Box. During the battle, Barnage encounters a white mobile suite, Gundam Unicorn, and then his power as a New Type awakens.
What will happen next ? The story is continuing...

(Text by pastel blue)
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God never keeps silence by Hiroshi Yamamoto / 神々は沈黙せず 著者 山本弘

   "Does God exist ? "
If so, why is the world filled with disasters, terrible diseases and a lot of unhappiness ?
God has mighty power, doesn't he ?
Then why doesn't God try to save the world ?
Why has God been harassing people mercilessly for such a long time and why will continue it in the future ?
Doesn't God have a warm and gentle mind ?
No!
Gods is never good.
Gods never knows human minds.
Gods never saves the world.

"God never keeps silence"
This is a book published in 2003.
The author is Hiroshi Yamamoto.
He is also famous as the chairman of The Society of TO, the purpose of which is to study crazy and maniac books, comics, goods and movies etc, including paranormal events.

The story is as follows:
Yuka Waku, the heroine of this story, lost her parents in an unreasonable disaster when she was a child. Because of this event, she couldn't believe in God. She worked for a magazine production compnay after graduating from a university. Two years later she left the company and became a freelance writer. She spied on a religious UFO cult to gather materials for her articles. One day she experienced a kind of paranormal event in which many lightening bolts were falling down from the sky. After this, she began to have an interest in other paranormal events and wonder if God actually does exist somewhere.
On the other hand, her elder brother, Ryousuke became an AI researcher and made a very popular simulation game of evolution using a method of genetic algorithms. He couldn't believe God as well. One day he saw a UFO and began to gather any information of paranormal events of the world that he could and tried to explain them theoretically as a scientist. He came up with the hypothesis that our universe was a simulation game of evolution played by someone with a high level of intelligence who was called God. According to Ryosuke's hypothesis, God seemed to expose us to a lot of paranormal events in order to show us his own existence.
If God has a real existence, why is the world filled with disasters, terrible diseases and a lot of unhappiness ? Why doesn't God save the world ? Is God good or not ? Yuka and Ryousuke had not been able to find an answer yet.
In 2012, suddenly God began to reveal his true character. The world fell into a mess. Paranormal events increased day by day. Scientists proved that the universe was only in a simulation system. They said there was nothing outside the solar system. Ryosuke proceeded to upgrade AI and finally found the answer to why God didn't save the world. Then at the same time he went missing. The answer was really simple. It has already been written in the Old Testament.

   The idea that God is a game player and simulates the world is not a fresh and original one. However, the explanation that God's simulations are expanding on a global scale is very interesting. This book deals with a massive amount of information about religion, evolution, AI, virtual reality and actual supernatural events such as UFOs, fafrotskies (fall from the skies), ESP and ghosts. And the collapsing political situation of Japanese government and the world economic crisis described in this novel are so similar to the condition of recent actual world.
Hiroshi Yamamoto combines fiction and non-fiction and succeeds to give this near-future novel in the 2010's a real taste. When reading the book, you get the feeling that it is the real world.

   What would you think about God after finishing this book ?
Will you still believe in God ?
On the last page, Yuka said, “I believe that humans can walk the path of righteousness without God.”
This is a happy ending.
                               (text by pastel blue)

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2009年01月15日

LOUDNESS "DISILLUSION"

In 1984, the album "DISILLUSION" was released by
LOUDNESS. LOUDNESS is a famous Japanese Heavy Metal Band.
"DISILLUSION" is their 4th album. They debuted in 1981,
and with "DISILLUSION" their sound style fully matured.
The first song of this album, "CRAZY DOCTOR", really
brings to mind H.G.Wells's "The Island of Dr. Moreau".
And it's a hot song with a heavy guitar riff that even
today is considered one of their defining songs. And
there are also other songs on the album with strong
SF/Fantasy connections such as "ESPER","MILKY WAY", and
"ARES' LAMENT".

(Text by Tomoki)
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2009年01月08日

"Space Marine Force" Gigas

"Space Marine Force" Gigas
宇宙海兵隊ギガース
Uchu Kaiheitai Gigas
Author: Bin Konno
Published:2008/07/15 
A6size 266pages. Not translated into English

About the Author:
Bin Konnno has been publishing a wide-range of
stories since 1978. He has been wrighting not only SF but
also police fiction and mysteries, including 2
award-wining books :"Inpei Sousa (The Investigation in
Disguise)" which won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New
Writers (2006), "Kadan-Inpei Sousa2 (Decisiveness)" which
one the Yamamoto Shugoro Award (2008) and Mystery Writers
of Japan award (2008). He is known as huge fan of Gundam.
He also published the Z Gundam spin-off Novel "Titans No
Hata No Moto Ni (Under the Banner of Titans)"

Story Description
The Earth coalition faces an uphill battle against
the insurgents who emerged from colonial rule in Jovian
system. They decided to bring
out their newest weapon, code-named "G" for "Gigas". The
pilot is a young intelligence officer, Leana Sean Mizuki.
The force members felt disturbed about the recruitment of
female pilot, but they soon learn how quick she could
control the Gigas. They felt that they would open up a new
dimension for space battle. However, no one knows the
truth about why Leana came and why the Jupiterians
launched an offensive against the Earth.

(Reviewer: Chie)
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2009年01月03日

Ryu Murakami "Kibou no kuni no Exodus" 「希望の国のエクソダス」村上龍



Ryu Murakami sets his novel "Kibou no kuni no Exodus" in
the near future (A.D.2000).

The story:
Japan had entered a recession after the bursting of
the nation's asset-inflation economic bubble. Behaviour
problems and group truancy broke out among Japan's junior
high school students. One Japanese boy named "Namamugi"
showed up in Pashtun, the area that exists in the
borderland belt of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Junior high
school students influenced by his way of life caused a
revolt in Japanese society.

At first, adults did not understand the situation.
Soon the students came to realise that just not coming to
school would not change anything so they returned with the
purpose of changing the schools. However, they were
excluded by adults. Then a leader showed up from among
junior high school students. He was a boy named KUSUDA
JOHICHI, nicknamed "Pon-chan".

He was not specially chosen to be the leader however.
Something he did at his private middle school made him
into a symbol for the truant junior high school students.
The incident was his capturing and "executing" the
principle of the school. He did not actually kill the
principle though. Instead he showed that the principal
had politically become a corpse by shooting a target that
he had placed on the Principal's bottom.

They established an organisation named "ASUNARO"
afterwards and develop it as a business. The purpose of
ASUNARO was for them to become economically independent in
order to evade dangers to their lives caused by being
bound to the same old school system and Japanese society.
After they acquired money, they built further equity by
producing a monetary crisis. Finally, the undertook an
"Exodus" from Japanese society to establish an independent
country in Hokkaido.

This novel was published in 2000. Japan had actually
fallen into an economic crisis. And now again we are in
another economic crisis like then.
Ryu Murakami is insisting in the novel that "It is foolish
not to think in a crisis. " Adults had stopped thinking,
and were grumbling things like "Back in the good in old
times...". But children had a sense of the crisis.
Adults did not indicate the future that we should live in.
Japan had become a country of the adults who were just
frustrated and crushed, so the children fled. The
children of "ASUNARO" that found community connected with
the world. But their appearance was somehow sad. By
themselves, the children who were not able to have adults
who acted as examples for them could do nothing but cut
tomorrow open. Japan today is in the same state as when
this novel was published. Not much has changed.
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2008年12月14日

"Haruhi Suzumiya series"---涼宮ハルヒ シリーズ

   "Haruhi Suzumiya" is the graphic novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa. The novel was made into an anime in 2006 called "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiyah". It has an inordinate level of popularity among otaku.
   The heroine, "Haruhi Suzumiya", is a high school girl. She has strong fighting instincts and she is very cute. She is also very eccentric and strongly interested in the paranormal, for example: space aliens, humans from the future, possessors of supernatural powers, and so on. She has wished that they could appear on earth and that she could play with them.
   One day when she was in seventh grade, she got the ability to make her wishes come true. No one knows how she got it. She hasn't noticed the ability yet, but the ability made space aliens, humans from the future, and possessors of supernatural powers appear on the earth, because she wished that they would appear. They try to find out the secret of her mysterious ability, while trying to not let her notice the ability and their identities.
   A normal high school boy "Kyon" became her first friend in her school. Since her ability seemed to make him her first friend, he is the interest of the three paranoramal characters. Each one of them tell Kyon their identity. At first he didn't believe it, but he came to believe it because he was attacked by a space alien with a knife in the outer space, something that he had never imagined possible.
   Haruhi made a club in her school. The club's name is the "SOS Brigade". The members are Haruhi, Kyon, and three paranormal people that her power created. They are all students at the school, but one of the three is an alien girl, another is a girl from future, and the other is a boy who has supernatural powers. Haruhi doesn't know their identities, but Knon does know. In fact, the ability to make her wish come true made them the members of "SOS Brigade", because she wished that she could play with people like them.
   The three paranormal people are afraid of one common thing. It is the possibility that this world/universe, could be destroyed by her. If she thinks of this world as a dull place and wants to make a new world, this universe may be destroyed by her ability. Kyon knows about both the possibility of the end of the world and the ability to make her wishes come true, but Haruhi herself knows neither. Knon gets involved in various troubles with both the paranormal people and the heroine ---"Haruhi Suzumiya."

(Reviewer: Yokota)
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