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J LHLS Archives: January 2005
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Curse of the Generations, vol. 26
Brothers in Arms, Vol. 26
Based on the comic by Rumiko Takahashi
Produced by Yomuri TV/VIZ.
Review by Kelly Taylor
Imagine that you are a television producer in a hypothetical foreign country. You are in charge of finding programs for young adults. You buy a bundle of American television series that feature teenaged characters. In the box next to "Totally Raven" and Phil of the Future you find Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When you screen the series, you are surprised by the presence of parody, satire, and self-referential jokes in what you assumed was a series aimed at 8-14 year olds. You are horrified by the amount graphic violence and are completely bumfuzzled by the irreverent sexual humor. What do you do? Do you dive in with the scissors and edit like a mad dog? Do you bowdlerize scenes that seem odd or inappropriate? Do you simply let puzzling or troubling lines go untranslated? Do you slap a parental guidance sticker on it and let the chips fall where they may? Do you work for years producing a lovingly accurate translation with footnotes? [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 09:14 PM PST [Link]
Monday, January 24, 2005
By Yumi Tamura
Published by: VIZ
Yumi Tamura presents Shojo offering an insightful and heartfelt viewpoint on the ethereal side of life's possibilities and probabilities.
Yumi proves through wild com. that her awards, 1983 Shogakukan Grand Prize for new artist and 1993 Shogakukan Manga Award for Best Female-Oriented Managa, announced her place in Manga heritage.
Wild Com. contains three short graphic stories. "Psychic Squad Wild Com" tells of a heroine struggling with the denial of her psychic abilities, powers that could spell life or death for those around her. She is faced not only with the challenge to accept and embrace the idea of being different, but what to do with the powers that make her different: good or evil, waste or profit, hide or step out for the betterment of man. Our young heroine has serious decisions at a young age. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:53 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Flight, Volume One
Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Image Comics
Review by Tom Good
"I believed, deep in my heart of hearts, that one day I'd find a genie lamp in a desert - and wish to fly, first thing." (from I Wish by Vera Brosgol)
Have you ever noticed how few out-of-body experiences seem to involve burrowing into the earth? On the other hand, dreams about flying feel inspirational and uplifting. Notice that word: uplifting. Our language encodes our desire for flight into that word, as well as in expressions like "flying high," "walking on air," "on cloud nine," and many others. Why is "earthbound" a disparaging term? What is it about flight that we find so inspiring?
Flight, Vol. 1, a collection of comics by twenty different artists, explores the literal and metaphorical aspects of flight. Flying squirrels take to the sky here, but so do whales, pigs, and penguins. Zeppelins, biplanes, circus performers, and winged girls also appear in these twenty-four stories. There are even a few actual birds. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 02:25 PM PST [Link]
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