I know we’re going back and forth but…

•November 3, 2008 • 6 Comments

The last few days have been a flurry of discussion between Rae and I…do we continue JR and Vk like we just said we were? Or do we let it die? Is there a place for it? Does it really need to exist?

Today, finally we’ve reached our decision, and it’s one that makes us sad.

Jrockvisual.com is gone.

While I, at least, want to continue on bringing news and things to the American listeners of Japanese Music, I don’t think that keeping jrvk up is the thing to do. I can’t speak for Rae in this part, as I’m not sure of her feelings on the matter. What I do know is that we both have kept our love of Japanese music, we just aren’t feeling the jrockvisual.com love anymore.

So what does the gibberish I’m spewing forth mean, exactly?

The site will no longer be updated, at all…I’m not sure that we’ll even visit it anymore.

We’ll be taking the front page announcement down, and leaving the recent posts (or homepage) up front, like it used to be…for easier browsing.

We’ll be leaving the site up, though whether permanently, I’m not sure…it’ll be up at least until December.

This is a very hard decision for us…jrvk is kind of like our child. So abandoning it is very very sad, and hard to do. But it’s what needs to be done. There are just SO MANY sites out there that bring news…and most of them are bigger than us, and though we had aspirations to be bigger at some point neither one of us really had the time or money to put into making it bigger. When we first started, we were one of the ONLY sites out there…and so it was easy to post news and information about new releases…but as America’s love of Jrock grew so did their requirement for more news…and that’s just something that neither Rae nor I could provide.

So we’re letting it go…

If you have questions, comments, concerns or anything else you’d like to tell me, you can email me at samehada <at> jrockvisual.com.



So.. its November.. I know what we said and we didn’t do it. You know why? Its not for some of the comments from certain losers. Its not because we don’t know what Jrock or Visual is. I’d rather read about the news of Girugamesh disbanding or how utterly horrible Kyo’s vocals sound than to compete with a bunch of other people in order to make a name for ourself.

Has it been fun? Of course it has. Its just impossible to try to balance out your life when its become the center of attention to where you can’t do it anymore. It saddens me to know what some people think, like in a letter I received recently..

“I hope JRVK stays open even though the the reaction was less than perfect or what I expected anyways.”
~ AJ

Yeah, I had that hope too, but it just cannot happen anymore. Some of you will be jumping for fucking joy, and I don’t really care. Some of you will be upset, & I’m sorry for that, but its like putting a veggie on life support knowing it does nothing.

So what happens now?
Well.. the site stays as it has and will be until the domain runs out in December. From which point it will not be renewed. Nothing will be updated from this point of posting, everything will remain as is, not edited, nothing added. More than likely we will not check any comments, which will give certain idiots a field day.

If you’d like to send me hate mail I’m despairsrae <at> jrockvisual.com



•October 9, 2008 • 1 Comment

Check front page and love it. 😉

/this post contains laziness and no color format. ~Rae

Sakura goes bye bye

•July 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Following SKULL‘s September 15th performance at Takadanobaba AREA, their bassist, Sakura, will leave the band. Though their mini-album, Ugly Black Showcase, is scheduled for release on August 15th, the band’s activities following Sakura‘s departure have yet to be determined.


Takuya Angel fashion show, feat. SiSeN.

•July 17, 2008 • 1 Comment
Alamode Night #32 Fashion Show.

As some of you may know, Takuya Angel is a respectable fashion designer/model in Japan dealing with the visual and cyber generation.

Fan art & Fan fiction Contest

•July 12, 2008 • 1 Comment

Samehada and I have decided to launch a fan art and fan fiction contest with the end prize of a 3000 yen CD Japan gift certificate for each. Rules are under the more.. continue reading for all the information you need.

To enter the contest, you must send your entries to contest@jrockvisual.com.

Continue reading ‘Fan art & Fan fiction Contest’

Versailles in the East Coast

•July 11, 2008 • 1 Comment

The east coast is getting lucky this year during the fall, that is for sure.

Tainted Reality presents Versailles at Anime USA 08 during October 10-12. They will have a full autograph session, fan Q&A, and, of course, a full concert. Make sure you pre-register for this event or you would not gain entry to any of these events.

Also, Tainted Reality is bringing Versailles to New York City because of JASMINE YOU’s disappointment when he did not see the Statue of Liberity the first time around. The date is not set for their live in NYC, so it is to be announced.


World Debut of Versailles’ Album, NOBLE

•July 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Tainted Reality presents the world debut of the first full length album, NOBLE, from Versailles a week and a half before it hit stores in Japan. The broadcast is tonight, and I hope you all heard about this ahead of time. During the broadcast, there will be comments from the band that were specially recorded for Tainted Reality.

Also, during the course of the broadcast, Tainted Reality will make a major Versailles announcement.

Tune in at http://www.taintedreality.net. You do not want to miss out on something such as this. Airing time is 5 PM PST and 8 PM EST.

I apologize for posting this information during the day of the broadcast.


•July 7, 2008 • 6 Comments

the cover art for the GLASS SKIN single has recently been released. In all honesty, I think Toshiya made it (since he likes to draw and stuff) with finger paints (just my guess).

My personal feelings on the art though, is that it is ugly as hell.

GPKISM First Maxi Single [Illuminatum]

•July 4, 2008 • 5 Comments

That is right, GPKISM will have their first maxi single avaliable during the beginning of September. The copies are limited, and the release date is announced. This news was posted on a Myspace bulletin, but I am sure the information will be posted on their website as well.


GPKISM 1st Maxi single [Illuminatum]
Disc number: CRKK-2
Price: 1,500yen
Limit: 666 copies
Sep 3rd, 2008 Online shop pre-sale
Sep 17th, 2008 in store

01. Illuminatum
02. Infernum
03. Ultimatus
04. Kenosis

official WebSite


•July 4, 2008 • 5 Comments

“Glass Skin” is up for preorder on CDJapan:

“To secure your first press copy of any of the items listed
below, preorder on or before July 11.”


Dir en grey/Glass Skin[Limited Edition] CDA
1500 yen US$14/107.04 Release Date:2008/09/10
Description:New single release from Dir en grey featuring the brittle, delicately melancholic title track “Glass Skin.” B-sides include a remake of the song “undecided” to match the band’s current sound and the unpredicatble “Agitated Screams Of Maggots – Unplugged-.” Limited edition includes bonus track “Ryojoku no Ame” recorded live May 23, 2008 at the Yokohama Blitz.Will also include a B3-size poster.
Dir en grey/Glass Skin[Regular Edition] CDA
1200 yen US$11/107.04 Release Date:2008/09/10
Description:New single release from Dir en grey featuring the brittle, delicately melancholic title track “Glass Skin.” B-sides include a remake of the song “undecided” to match the band’s current sound and the unpredicatble “Agitated Screams Of Maggots – Unplugged-.”

More on LM.C at AX ’08

•July 1, 2008 • 1 Comment

LM.C is doing Battle of the Bands 2008 at Anime Expo this Thursday night at 11:00 PM PST. This is not the only time that you can catch them at AX ’08. You may also see them during their panel and autograph sessions on July 4th. No photography is allowed though, so you may only request an autograph and a possible hand shake.


Friday, July ï¼”th from 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Location: LP3 (LACC 515A)


Please come and stop by our PANEL!

☆LM.C Autograph Session☆

Friday, July 4th from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Location: Autograph 1 area

※NO Camera’s allowed in the Panel or autograph session.

If you have a camera phone, you will be asked to turn it off.

If you are caught with taking photo’s or recording you will be asked to delete it and asked to leave the room.

☆LM.C CDs/DVDs/Merchandises☆

CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, Posters, and tour goods are all available at “MARU MUSIC” booth #634 in exhibit hall

LM.C Original★Bandana (limited) is also available at “KINOKUNIYA / MARUIONE ” booth #1109