Review Routine

I need to mention this first. I went to the Glay concert up in San Francisco last month and of course, the concert was great. To all of you western Glay fans, they will do what they can to be back out in the west, but I don’t know if this only applies to San Francisco and Hollywood.

I mentioned already that I will place up at least one review each month. What I didn’t mention was that there will be a rotation. By that, I mean that for my case, the odd numbered month will be of old materials and the even number months will be of the new materials.

Last month, I did “The King of Fighters 1998 Ultimate Match” and “Soul Calibur IV”, two games from this year. For this month, seeing that “Megaman 9″ will be out later in the month, I figured that I should take on the last numbered game. Then, I will take on “9″ next month, unless I somehow get the urge to work on that game too this month.

Well, that’s that. I’m probably going to get started on my “8″ review now. By the way, I didn’t play it on its original source, but rather on the anniversary collection.

- Jackie “Manila” Baker

About Manila

Columnist, News Editor - A native of San Jose, Jackie Baker (his pen name)/Manila/Praha ( has always been a person that has loved various forms of entertainment, as he loves anime, manga, games and music, and he's always doing various tasks as well as trying to learn more in the entertainment world. Jackie has been a game player ever since he was six and though he discovered subjects like "Dragonball Z" and "Sailor Moon", he didn't fully get to know Japanese music, anime and manga until around his junior year in high school. He's one of the first people you should go to in regards of original seiyuu. Being discovered as an blogger, Manila joined J-Pop Express in 2007 to do various tasks like giving details on the latest games to come out in Japan for the monthly game column. Prior to joining, he was involved with various works including Anipike's magazine and various game guides, and he has been involved with various anime/manga clubs also along with having experience with Fanime and with Anime Expo. Unlike every staff member here, you will not see him a lot because these days, he works on Manila's Universe, his official site (which has changed its location). Whenever Jackie is not dealing with the usual forms of entertainment, he enjoys relaxing moments by himself, his knowledge of San Francisco Giants baseball and baseball overall, and various cards games. (He will wear hats or clothes of other teams, but he prefers wearing Giants apparel whether it would be the ones of San Francisco [major], San Jose [minor], or Yomiuri [Japan].) Some of the subjects of entertainment he loves are "Black/Matrix" (where he got his secondary nickname from and part of his first), "Justice Academy", "Espgaluda", "Love Hina", "Full Moon wo Sagashite", "Mizuiro Jidai", "Area 88", art from Arina Tanemura, music from Yuzo Koshiro and Puffy, and performances from Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Takehito Koyasu, Yui Horie and Yukari Tamura.


  • September 16, 2008 | Permalink |

    Hey Manila, do you think you could maybe post some pics of the Glay tour poster and shirt when you get a chance? That would be awesome ;) .

  • September 4, 2008 | Permalink |

    Oh and of course, I had a good time.

  • September 4, 2008 | Permalink |

    As much as I want to do a review of the Glay concert, I don’t remember a lot about it. I did get a free poster and I got the tour shirt. Also, despite the fact that Glay was one of the first bands I got to know when I was learning Japanese music as a fan years ago (thanks to a site that no longer exists for the most part), unfortunately, my knowledge of the band now is really, really limited.

  • September 3, 2008 | Permalink |

    Hey Manila – great! Any chance we can see a review of that Glay concert in SF? Thanks a bunch, and hope you had a good time ;) .

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