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Contents: Album Review: BUCK-TICK's momento mori, Favorite Restaurants of the Month: Manna Korean BBQ and the Kogi Korean BBQ truck , Community Spotlight: The Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo Walking Tour, PMX Events ,Contests and Freebies, PMX on Facebook/Twitter

BUCK-TICK's momento mori
by Hikari, contributing writer

BUCK-TICK, going past 21 years now, mediates on mortality with the Latin album title “momento mori”. The satiny ebony paper album sets an upper-class mood with a rainbow-splashed skull. Vocalist Sakurai Atsushi croons in his mature sexy voice, stylish Imai Hisashi rocks out (there’s a dose of Lucy flavor), bassist Higuchi Yutaka chills, drummer Yagami Toll arrives with his mohawk, and peaceful Hoshino Hidehiko provides background strings.

The album is filled with new songs, plus the tracks from the latest “HEAVEN” and “GALAXY” singles. Although BUCK-TICK’s theme for this album is “simplicity”, they cross genres and musical eras. The whole album is also chocked full of inside reference that have inside references themselves. So, what of the music? The fan pick is Old-West-tambourine-filled "Coyote", but the one fans will be curious about first is the sarcastic “Katte ni Shiyagare” (F*ck Off!). Track seven, “momento mori”, sticks out for Atsushi’s Okinawan-style singing about life and death (“Ha! Ha! Ha! Remember to die!", Imai adds), and track eight, filthy “Jonathan Jet-Coaster”, will be a karaoke favorite. “Message” is breathy, achingly lonely; Lullaby "III" is gothic, sultry, bass heavy. There is one good pop song: "Tenshi wa Dare Da" (Who is the angel?). On the flip side, I always skip track “Suzumebachi” because the English lyrics are too goofy. Also, why are two songs named “Umbrella” in some form? The English word “baby” could be less abused as well.

At the end, stick around for the engaging DVD “Making of momento mori”, then put the album back on repeat. Let it grow on you. BUCK-TICK isn’t going anywhere, so support them. Buy this album!

Favorite Restaurants of the Month: Manna Korean BBQ and the Kogi Korean BBQ truck
by Amirah May Limayo, PMX Staff

Unlimited Meat at Manna Korean BBQ

Do you have friends who have not tried all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ? This treasure trove is hidden on the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Wilton Pl. (right after Western Ave) in Koreatown. It is a good place to have a birthday party where the waiter brings you a surprise at the end of your meal. For more information, go to  

Manna BBQ
Mmmmm meat!
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The Taco Truck That Brings Wonder

If you haven’t had enough Korean BBQ, try eating it in a taco! The new buzz on the street says that you can follow this truck around by using Twitter, and you’ll never go hungry again. Don’t believe me? Look up and see for yourself!  

Kogi BBQ
It’s like waiting in line for Pink’s Hotdogs.
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Did You Know …

One of the owners and co-founders of KOGI BBQ is a Filipino guy named Mark Manguera? Read more of his story on a special feature by Asian Journal called “Galing Pinoy”. Just follow the link: 

Community Spotlight: The Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo Walking Tour
by Paula Angeles, PMX Staff

Every last Saturday of the month, the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) hosts a walking tour of Little Tokyo. This tour is $13 for non-members and $8 for members and includes admission to the museum. This wonderful 2-hour tour promises to teach you something new about Little Tokyo even if you're a veteran to the area. The photos below show some of the highlights of this tour. For more information on the museum or this tour, visit the JANM website at and RSVP for the walking tour. Hurry! Space is limited.

The Japanese American National Museum
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Fugetsu-Do has been making mochi for over 100 years.
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Fire Tower
The fire tower.
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George Takei Sculpture
What's George Takei have to do with this sculpture?
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Mochi Ice Cream Invented Here
Mochi ice cream was invented here.
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Buddhist Temple
One of the many beautiful Buddhist temples.
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PMX Events
PMX will be hosting an event in April. Visit our website at for more information about this exciting event.

Contests and FreebiesOtaku Bowl


PMX Freebies at Otaku Bowl! If you're attending the Otaku Bowl on March 21, 2009 at the Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, CA, you're in luck! You know those PMX buttons you have to earn? You can get them here just by showing up! Get other freebies too! Put on your bowling shoes and let's get rolling!

Contest deadline EXTENDED April 30, 2009! PMX is having our first ever Button Design Contest! One stipulation: your design must fit in a one-inch round button. Send us your name and your design by email at marketing(at) and we'll post your design on our forums so that everyone can judge which design is the best. The winner gets 25 buttons with their design (because buttons are never for sale, only earned) and a pair of PMX 2009 Full badge memberships! Send all submissions to marketing(at)

Last Call! We also have a monthly raffle that ends at midnight, March 31, 2009. This month's prizes are: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships!! Go to to enter.

Social Networking with PMX
You already know you can reach PMX at But did you know we're all over Facebook? We even have a Twitter page! So click on the links below to friend us or follow us! You might even get news or in-person freebies faster than other people especially on Twitter (hint)!

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April 17-18 Swap Meet
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February 2010 raffle
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January 2010 raffle
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PMX Holiday Swap Meet
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Event tracking
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At-Con Registration
The Registration page has been completely updated. Click here to see all the Registration policies for 2009. (10.27.09)

Concert tickets
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More music
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October/November 2009 raffle
Win: A framed Suicide Ali postcard and a kitty scarf from Rosaleen Dhu Designs! (October/November Raffle closed on 11.30.09) (10.21.09)

Tea Party Auction
The online parallel auction for Head Table tickets is ready to go! The auction bidder registration page is open NOW. Bids will be accepted starting at Noon today (Oct 18). The original planned closing time of 8pm Oct 22 still applies. (10.18.09)

$35 Pre-Reg extended
The October pre-reg rate for Full memberships has been extended to the 20th. Click here for registration info. (10.16.09)

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Win: Autographed Suicide Ali Poster! (September Raffle closed on 09.30.09) (09.02.09)

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Press and Industry info posted
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July 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Kaya poster! (July Raffle closed on 08.05.09) (07.01.09)

June 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Suicide Ali poster! (June Raffle closed on 06.30.09) (06.22.09)

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New look
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May 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Angelic Pretty poster! (May Raffle closed on 05.31.09) (05.19.09)

April 2009 raffle
Win: Framed and autographed Kaya postcard! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.09) (04.14.09)

PMX Collectors' Swap Meet
Join us at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival (April 18-19, 11 AM - 6 PM). (03.28.09)

March 2009 raffle
Win: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.09) (03.06.09)

February 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Kaya postcard! (February Raffle closed on 02.28.09) (02.10.09)

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January 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Suicide Ali postcard! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.09) (01.02.09)

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