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DigiCube

DigiCube Co. Ltd. was a Japanese company established as a subsidiary of software developer Square on February 6, 1996 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The primary purpose of DigiCube was to market and distribute Square products, most notably video games and related merchandise, including toys and music soundtracks. DigiCube served as a wholesaler to distributors, was noteworthy for pioneering the sale of video games in Japanese convenience stores and vending machine kiosks. At its peak in 1998, DigiCube recorded sales of 8.6 million units, equaling ¥46.8 billion JPY. On February 2, 2000, Digicube announced it would start carrying the PlayStation 2 the following month, expected sales of 100,000 consoles and 400,000 games. In February 2001, after a thaw in relations between Nintendo and Square, Digicube began distributing Game Boy games for the first time. In the following years. Although ownership of DigiCube was passed to the newly created Square Enix following the merger of Square with its former rival Enix in early 2003, it was approximately 9.5 billion yen in debt.

Following the announcement that the much-anticipated Final Fantasy XII would be delayed until sometime in 2004, DigiCube filed for bankruptcy liquidation at the Tokyo District Court on November 26, 2003. The bankruptcy would cost the newly merged Square Enix ¥760 million JPY. Starting with Tobal No. 1 Original Sound Track in 1996, DigiCube published soundtracks of Square and Square Enix video games, as well as a few soundtracks of video games from other companies and a few non-video game-related albums. The last release was Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII in 2003; the planned release of Front Mission 4 Plus 1st Original Soundtrack was cancelled following DigiCube's demise, although it and most of DigiCube's catalog was re-printed by Square Enix. Digicube released 80 video game soundtrack albums during its existence from games developed or published by Square/Square Enix, as well as 8 other albums. Perfect Works is a series of video game-related books published by DigiCube. Only three books were published: the first was dedicated to Xenogears and printed in October 1998 in Japan.

One book dedicated to SaGa Frontier 2 and another one dedicated to Front Mission 3 were released in 1999. These books contain artwork and detailed descriptions of events of the related games; the Xenogears Perfect Works notably contains detailed information of the world where the game is set, giving indepth descriptions of the characters, creatures and historical settings, covering all the intended six episodes of Xenogears. Ultimania is a series of video game books published in Japan by DigiCube and written by Studio BentStuff. Although they are known as a resource for the Final Fantasy series, there have been Ultimania guides published for several other Square Enix titles, including the SaGa series, Legend of Mana, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story and the Kingdom Hearts series. In addition to providing information on how to complete their respective games, the guides focus on commentary from the staff, original art designs and extended information about the game's storyline and characters. After DigiCube's bankruptcy, Square Enix has published the books directly.

DigiCube publishing catalog at MusicBrainz Square Enix Gamebooks Online Studio Bent Stuff Official website

Loita Plains

The Loita Plains are a savanna and pastoral grazing ground in the southern Great Rift Valley in Kenya, just north of the Maasai Mara. The plains and nearby Loita Hills have been the territory of the Maasai peoples since the 19th century and now include ranches and fences. Extensive surveys of the Loita Plains ecosystem were carried out by Vershuren and Misonne, the an experienced taxonomist, in 1962-3. Focusing on small rodents, they found that most specimens were African grass rats or Natal multimammate mice, but that overall species diversity was high. In the northern Loita Plains, a substantial amount of land was converted to wheat field in the 1980s; this practice declined on, but not before reducing the Loita wildebeest migration from 130,000 to only 30,000 individuals within the space of 15 years through blocking migration routes with fences. The Loita Plains were important to wildebeest during wet seasons. East Africa Serengeti

Now You're Taken

"Now You're Taken" is a song by Scottish post-rock group Mogwai, which appeared on the 4 Satin EP in 1997 later on the compilation album EP+6 in 2000. "Now You're Taken" is the first song to feature Aidan Moffat on guest vocals for Mogwai. It is one of the few early Mogwai songs to feature vocals, it was only performed live a few times in 1997 with Aidan Moffat as a live guest on vocals in Stoke-on-Trent and at the Duchess of York pub in Leeds. The song begins with a guitar playing a quiet harmonic-laden melody, with an additional guitar playing a soft counter melody first audible at. At, the main melody of the song begins, being played by guitar and bass: with a ride cymbal keeping the beat. After repeating the melody, a simple drumbeat enters at; the melody is repeated, when Aidan Moffat begins singing. A, the drumbeat ends. At, the drums enter once again, all the instruments repeat the main melody until, when the drums stop, Moffat sings the final lines of the song; the bass continues to play the main melody.

At the bass stops playing the melody, leaving the guitars to play the counter-melodies, when the song ends. Stuart Braithwaite – guitar Dominic Aitchison – bass guitar John Cummings – guitar Martin Bulloch – drums Aidan Moffat – vocals Jamie Harley – producer, mixer "Now You're Taken" Lyrics "Now You're Taken" on Last.fm Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Oldřich Lajsek

Oldřich Lajsek was a Czech painter, graphic artist and teacher of arts. He became a member of the Union of Czechoslovak Creative Artists in 1954, he was the head of an artistic society named The Group of Eight Artists. In 1985, he was awarded the national honor For Excellent Work. During his life, he created over 3000 productions of which more than 1800 went to private collections. Lajsek was born on February 8, 1925 in Křesetice, a village near Kutná Hora in the central Bohemia in a merchant family. In 1944, he graduated from a machinery industrial high school in Kutná Hora. During World War II, he took part in a rebellious organization "The Fist", where he fought against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. After World War II, he moved to Prague, where he worked in the Czechoslovak Union of Industry. Beginning in 1946, he studied at the Charles University in Prague. During this time, Lajsek discovered his artistic talent, he graduated in 1950. In 1966 he graduated with degree in economy, he worked as a teacher.

He was a professor at the School of Applied Arts in Prague beginning in 1955. Lajsek achieved success in his artistic career quite early. In 1955, he was accepted into the Štursa society, to the VI Center, he took part in a competition for renovation of premises of the National Theatre. Since 1954, he had been a member of the Union of Czechoslovak Creative Artists. In 1960, he established an artistic society named The Group of Eight Artists, in which he acted as the head; the aims of this society were to set up educational, artistic events in the countryside and to look for new places where various exhibitions might be held. In 1985, he was awarded by the president of republic with the national honor For Excellent Work, he died on October 2, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic, at the age of 76. His artistic production was versatile in genres, he was dedicated to abstract painting, surrealism, etc. But his best known production was landscape-painting. In this respect, he was one of the best-known painters of his period in Czechoslovakia.

He inspired himself in his home Central-Bohemian region or in streets of Prague, as well as during his abroad journeys to Greece or Yugoslavia. Hořící Lidice, 1974. Bílá, 1957. Ráno v Praze, 1983. Smutek, 1959. Boučková, J.: Nové tendence v tvorbě mladých českých výtvarníků. Pardubice: Východočeská galerie v Pardubicích, 1968. Boučková, J.: Soudobá česká krajina. Pardubice: Východočeská galerie v Pardubicích, 1968. Hlaváček, J.: 8 výtvarníků. Galerie ČFVU – Purkyně. Praha: Český fond výtvarných umění, 1960, F 151350. Vinter, V.: Krajiny Oldřicha Lajska. Květy, 5. 2. 1987, str. 46-47. Vinter, V.: Oldřich Lajsek. Praha: Svaz českých výtvarných umělců, 1986. Štorkán, K.: Oldřich Lajsek – obrazy. Praha: Podnik českého fondu výtvarných umění, 1981. Bibliothek des Kunstgewerbemuseums: http://katalog.upm.cz/cgi-bin/k6? ST=03&L=03&KOD=02&PZ=02&KDE=016&JAK=L&ADR=0019059646 Online catalogue of paintings of Oldřich Lajsek: http://www.phsoft.cz/lajsek.html Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě: http://gvuostrava.knihovny.net/katalog/l.dll?cll~9110 Signatueres of painters: http://www.signaturymaliru.cz/painter/601.php Východočeská galerie v Pardubicích: http://www.vcg.cz/databaze.html?kat=1&autor=L&PHPSES

Cutie Honey: Tears

Cutie Honey: Tears is a 2016 Japanese film directed by Asai Takeshi. The film is based on the manga series Cutie Honey written and illustrated by Go Nagai and stars Mariya Nishiuchi as the title character, it was released in Japan by Toei Company on October 1, 2016. In the near future, abnormal weather conditions and the spread of a virus has caused man's population to decrease. Artificial intelligence built to help and preserve what was left of humanity by controlling the world's work and economy. In this bleak future, the rich and powerful live above the poor; the poor are suffering on the polluted streets with toxic rain pouring down upon them, caused by the frivolous activities of the wealthy. One man from the upper area, Dr. Kisaragi, plans to change the world for the better by creating an android with A. I. and emotions indistinguishable from a human using the brain memory patterns of his deceased daughter. The android Hitomi Kisaragi is brought down to lower areas at the cost of Dr. Kisaragi's life.

On the surface, Honey pairs up with reporter Seiji Hayami and the resistance leader Kazuhito Uraki to fight against the oppressors of this world, controlled by the evil android Sister Jill. Mariya Nishiuchi as Hitomi Kisaragi/Codename: Cutie Honey Takahiro Miura as Seiji Hayami Nicole Ishida as Jill Sousuke Takaoka as Kazuhito Uraki Tasuku Nagase as Ryuta Kimura Ren Imai as Yukiko Kiyose Eric Jacobsen as Chris Kouichi Iwaki as Dr. Kisaragi Principal photography ended in December 2015; the film was released in Japan by Toei Company on October 1, 2016. Official website Cutie Honey: Tears on IMDb