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J LHLS Archives: January 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Crushing Love
By Ritsu Natsumizu
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

Crushing Love is an anthology of four stories, each shorter than the one before it. Every story seems to follow a formulaic plotline, but they work well as short stories.

The first story boils down to a seme who has an icy heart because a previous lover betrayed him, whose heart is melted by a pure and honest uke. Kuroda is the cold-hearted seme. His ex-lover who betrayed him asks him for help with some financial problems. Kuroda doesn't want to help his ex, but he wants to play around with him so Kuroda tells him that he will put five milliion yen on a park bench. If someone actually returns the money to the police instead of taking it for themselves, then Kuroda will help his ex. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 06:58 PM PST [Link]

Cute Beast
By Amayo Tsuge
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

Cute Beast is an anthology of cute short stories. Aside from the last one, all the rest have light action, mostly kissing and touching with some sweet moments. If you're looking for light reading, this anthology would be perfect for that.

The first story, "Cute Beast," is about Onizuka and Kisaki. Onizuka is a giant, and because he loses his glasses easily, he constantly runs into walls and it makes it seem like he's purposely head butting walls. He scares all the students but Kisaki got to know him better and learned to like him. This is a good beginning story and sets the tone for the rest of the book. The way Kisaki compares Onizuka to a large bear is also very endearing. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 06:49 PM PST [Link]

Invisible Boy 2
By Hotaru Odagiri
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

This volume is pretty long, like volume one, and has similar contents. Invisible Boy is not yaoi. I'm not even sure it's shounen-ai. At most it is just very very slashy. There were some changes in the characters that made no sense at all, but overall, the experience was like reading the first volume.

Invisible Boy is about a student council that has a special president. In volume one, Nagi has self-esteem issues. The president, Kitou, seems to have a special place in his heart for Nagi and goes to great lengths to make Nagi feel better about himself. In this second volume, someone is determined to ruin the president's good reputation and get him recalled from his position as president. Katakura from the journalism club is convinced that Kitou did nothing to help his friend Kei when Kei was facing expulsion. In his eyes, Kitou is an incompetent representitive of the student body. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 06:42 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Shazam!
The Monster Society of Evil

By Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker
Published by DC Comics

Review by Logan

I had a tough time getting into this comic. It's mostly a relaunch of the Captain Marvel story. I found it a little weird that Billy Batson is a homeless kid who gets picked on by street thugs. And why the heck was this kid chosen to be the new host to Captain Marvel? The wizard never really explains his reasoning. And to make matters even more confusing, at the end of the first chapter, Billy climbs the Rock of Eternity (which is a no-no). When he passes through the Moment of Creation at the peak of the Rock, a whole new story starts. [more]

Posted by Logan @ 11:39 PM PST [Link]

Monday, January 7, 2008

Death Note 1 (Movie)
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Screenplay by Tetsuya Oishi
Based on the manga by Tsugumi ‘ba and Takeshi Obata

Review by Tom Good

This live-action movie version of the Death Note manga efficiently captures the involving and complex plot of the original story. Light Yagami, a young student, finds a notebook called the Death Note that once belonged to a shinigami, or god of death. Writing someone's name in the Death Note causes the person to die. Light realizes he can now commit undetectable murders, and when he hacks into a police computer system, he finds out that many cases are being dropped, so he decides to use his new power to rid the world of evil criminals. When the authorities notice the mysterious deaths, a detective named "L" takes the case and tries to find the person responsible. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:07 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Words of Devotion, vol. 2
Art and story by Keiko Konno
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Cat

I was surprised to discover that Volume 2 is a prequel to Volume 1. I'm not sure why this took me by surprise. I suppose it's because I thought there wasn't a need to explore their past, but I was wrong. Not in a way I expected, though. [more]

Posted by Catya W @ 11:02 AM PST [Link]

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