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J LHLS Archives: March 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wizard World LA 2006
Los Angeles Convention Center

Report by Ginger Mayerson

So, okay, I wasn't going to go. Okay, then WW moved it from Long Beach to downtown LA. Okay, so I decided to fill out the press forms and go, but press registration link from the main page didn't work. I sent an email, saying I was trying to get to that page, and got an email back saying there'd be a press pass waiting for me at the convention. Wow, I thought, thank you, Wizard World LA! Why isn't everything this easy? [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:56 PM PST [Link]

Doki Doki High School, Volume 1
English language version produced by Geneon

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

A high school is perhaps anime's most commonly used setting. For situations dramatic, romantic, or horrific, most anime characters will spend at least a little time inside a classroom. Despite the familiarity of the setting, Doki Doki High School will probably manage to surprise most viewers and leave them trying to picture the target audience for this show.

The story's premise is interesting. This is one of the very few anime series with a high school setting that features the teacher as the main character. Our heroine is Mika Suzuki, an unmarried 27 year-old who still lives at home with her parents. She stands only 4' 10" and looks like a little girl. Although it's difficult to believe that in this day and age there are still classroom situations that weren't already old and tired when our Miss Brooks was still in braids, the teacher-who-looks-younger-than-her-students scenario hasn't been completely strip-mined yet. Lots of potential for dramatic, and comedic tension there, I think. (So if you're a would-be WB exec looking to create the next Beverly Hills 90210 clone!) Doki Doki High School, as anime frequently does, takes an interesting idea and goes totally oddball with it. Forget The Breakfast Club style melo-trauma. Doki Doki High School is as zany as Jim Carey on a unicycle in a monkey costume. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 08:18 AM PST [Link]

Kimagure Orange Road, Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.
Based on the Comics by Matsumoto Izumi
Distribtured by AnimEigo

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

For me, the most surprising thing about this series is how quaint it makes the 1980's look. Seeing its schoolgirls in knee-length skirts and boys in pastels, you'd never know they were making White Snake videos just across the big pond. My mention of the Reagan decade should set your radar to buzzing with warnings that Kimagure Orange Road is an anime oldie-but-goodie. So buckle in, kids. This review is going to be chocked full of caveats, "taking into considerations" and "appreciating the legacy of this series" type comments. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 08:16 AM PST [Link]

Bottle Fairy, Volume 1
English Language version produced by Geneon

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

Diabetics beware! Bottle Fairy is so cute and sweet, it's been scientifically determined that there's more than an 80% chance it'll make you plotz. If words like "precious" and "adorable" bother you, turn back now! If you're disturbed by images of characters with eyes bigger than their hands, read no further!

Still with me? Okay, then Bottle Fairy is a precious little series starring four adorable little fairies with eyes almost twice the size of their tiny, chiba hands. (Can't say I didn't warn you!) These miniature moppets live inside the desk drawer of a teen-aged boy (which sounds a little Michael Jackson to me, but we see very little of him and are given no explanation as to how or why the fairies came to be in his desk.) [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 08:14 AM PST [Link]

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