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Hyuna – Live in Montreal – Kpopme

Despite the popularity of Kpop in North America, shows are still uncommon on this continent although there are definitely more in USA than Canada. Even within the land of maple leaves and beavers music acts only go to the usual cities, Toronto and Vancouver. The last big Asian star I remember to headline their own show in Montreal was Eason Chan. There have been other acts in Montreal but usually part of a bigger festival or as opening acts for other bands like One OK Rock, BabyMetal (I regret missing that to this day) and Crayon Pop.

Much to my surprise, Hyuna will be performing in Montreal on Sunday, February 26 at 8pm at L’Olympia. She will also be touring the other Canadian cities (Vancouver on the 22nd and Toronto on the 24th before she comes to Montreal) and then USA. It’s organized by Kpopme.

Also local Kpop dance cover group East2West won the chance to perform as the opening act for Hyuna.

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Posted in Games, Video

VesperArcade – Fighting game youtube channel

VesperArcade is a youtube channel hosted by Vesper, an Asian Canadian. He covers various fighting games. I’ve been watching mostly his Street Fighter V videos since I find his commentary interesting. As someone who played Street Fighter II: Special Champion’s Ed on the Genesis, I have been watching competitive Street Fighter matches recently and been enjoying them.

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Rachel interviews Chika and Melodee

Rachel interviews Chika (youtube channels Japanagos / Bilingirl) and Melodee, a TV reporter & ballet dancer, who also has a youtube channel. The main topic being about their experiences in Japan and the difficulties they encountered due to not having grown up in Japan. A Japanese term, Kikokushijo, describes a Japanese person who returns to Japan from a long time living aboard. Interesting stuff.

and part 2…

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Random post about Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy, perhaps the most popular Japanese RPG video game series, has been on my mind lately. Part of that is due to the upcoming Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert tour stop in Montreal on February 11, 2017, which I hope to go to. However, what really rekindled my interest were the releases of some of the games on PC via Steam last spring, namely FFIX and FFX & X-2. I ended up purchasing both and also FFVI during Steam’s Christmas sale. I spent some time in December and January playing them.

My JRPG experience isn’t very extensive. During the 16-bit era, I had a Sega Genesis, which didn’t have many RPG games (like the SNES did) but I did rent Phantasy Star IV. Despite not knowing what the heck to do (the rental copy didn’t have the instruction manual) I was actually very enthralled with it. I ended up dying in some dungeon all the time because I didn’t know how to heal myself. Before this game, I had zero interest in RPGs but it would be a while before I would play another one.

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New Super-Man – Issues 1-6 review

newsuper-man1New Super-Man is a comic book about a Chinese Superman. The original Superman, Clark Kent aka Kal-El, is still around so this one’s not a replacement but understandably the idea of making an “insert race here” version of an iconic superhero is a controversial one. The only reason I even considered buying this was because of the writer that was hired for this series. His name is Gene Luen Yang who is an award-winning writer & cartoonist who wrote American Born Chinese, a graphic novel that achieved much success. It is also one of my favorite graphic novels ever. Even Mr. Yang himself initially rejected the job of writing a Chinese Superman but after some further thought he came to realize some of the storytelling potential. Issues 1-6 comprise the first story arc titled, “Made in China.” How did the team, which includes artist Viktor Bogdanovic, behind New Super-Man do? First, I’ll write a brief plot summary of the issues, which will contain some spoilers (but no major ones) and then proceed with my impressions.

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