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J LHLS Archives: February 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Princess Ninja Scroll Tenka Muso, Volume 1 and Volume 2
by Akane Sasaki
Digital Manga Publishing
Review by Tom Good
Imagine a tale of the American wild West where Wyatt Earp is a little girl, Wild Bill Hickok is a talking iguana, Billy the Kid is a sasquatch, and the Dalton Gang is made up of androids. This story is just as weird as that, but set in Japan instead of America. The publisher describes these books as "inspired by the true life events of one Hattori Hanzo, recognized as Japan's greatest ninja and accomplished samurai." That may be its inspiration, but that description omits any hint of how wacky this version is. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:36 PM PST [Link]
Monday, February 20, 2006
Geneon Launches Video Podcast
Geneon Entertainment, the publisher of some of my favorite anime including Jubei-chan and Starship Operators, have launched a free video podcast available at iTunes. Right now it consists of video trailers for upcoming releases, but Geneon plans to expand the content to include behind-the-scenes features, sneak previews and exclusive footage only available through the podcast. I tried this out on my video iPod and it looks pretty good. My only issue with it is that letterboxed content makes the iPod's already tiny screen seem even smaller, so this is one of the few cases where I would prefer to see a "pan and scan" version. But I still found it worth adding to my subscribed podcasts.
Posted by Tom Good @ 08:27 AM PST [Link]
Sunday, February 19, 2006
baobab, Vol. 1
Review by Tom Good
This graphic novel tells parallel stories that take place in Japan and South America in the year 1910. In Japan's Chiba prefecture, a young boy named Hiroshi listens to his grandmother tell spooky stories of her years in Africa, where the villagers believed that a monkey god lived in a baobab tree. A family disappeared into the tree and only a newborn baby emerged. As the grandmother tells the story, the eerie shape of the tree seems to appear as a shadow on the wall behind her. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 12:03 PM PST [Link]
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