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J LHLS Archives: April 2006

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Hikaru No Go, Vol. 1 (DVD)
VIZ Media

Review by Tom Good

I have enjoyed the Hikaru No Go manga series, so I was curious to see how it would translate into an anime. The game of Go, while fascinating, is not exactly full of hard-hitting action visuals, so I wondered whether the story would really work as a video. Much like the manga, the anime sticks to a very straightforward visual approach that does not take a lot of chances, but works well and allows the strength of the story to shine through. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:32 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Lake Anita
By Allison Burnett

Late one night, driving cross-country, my friend and I stopped at a campsite in Lake Anita, Iowa. The attendant had already fallen asleep, so we drove our station wagon slowly over the gravel drive, past the admission gate, and up a winding road to a hill overlooking miles of low, dark countryside. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:15 PM PST [Link]

Wanted: Hunter and Gatherer
By Jessica Groper

Five months after graduating from college, Andrew and I were frozen in our lives of unemployment. Our windfall high-paying summer internships had not led to permanent jobs as we'd hoped and the money we'd saved on the off chance that we'd be unemployed was beginning to run out. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:14 PM PST [Link]

More Minimalist Fiction
By Marlene Taylor

Janice decided one day to become a heroine, since that was what Nancy Drew was. She went for a long walk around her town and looked for mysteries to solve or people to help, but there really wasn't much to do. So she went home again then just decided to just be herself. Little did she know. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:13 PM PST [Link]

French For Dancers
By Jessica Groper

Chaînés -- Chains, links. A series of rapid turns done in a straight line or circle. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:10 PM PST [Link]

Mara and the Dragon
By Kathryn L. Ramage

This excerpt is from an unfinished fantasy novel, "Mara Sonnedragon," set on an alternate-history medieval Earth. Mara is the only daughter and heir of the Grand Duke of Noreland, and therefore titled Prince in spite of her gender. She is also the leader of the Shieldmaids, a quasi-religious group of women warriors, but unlike many of her fellow Shieldmaids, has not yet received a vision of the talisman beast that will serve as her battle symbol and personal spirit-guide.

Click here to read more. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:10 PM PST [Link]

The Ring
By Allison Burnett

Stefan Kline lay in bed naked, his arms behind his head, staring at the ceiling. Projected on the wavy and crumbling surface were images of perfection. He was not one to gloat, but he felt he had every right to, because that morning he had decided that his evening would be perfect and it had been. Never before had he felt so secure in the power of his will.

Click here to read more. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:06 PM PST [Link]

Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow
By Kitty Johnson

"Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow" is a chapter from "Promised Land", a work-in-progress fictive biography of Bill Clinton set in the twenty-four hours before he has tell Hillary about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 10:05 PM PST [Link]

Monday, April 3, 2006

Interview with Noboru Ishiguro

By Tom Good

Noboru Ishiguro, director of such anime classics as Astro Boy and Macross, appeared at Sakuracon in Seattle to talk about his new project, Mushishi, which had just won an award in the TV Series category at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. He is currently working on 6 new episodes. The following press interview was conducted through an interpreter.

What is the series about?

It is hard to explain what the series is about. Probably the best way to explain is to actually watch it, but even then you might not be able to understand it. But notice the visual backgrounds. A lot of emphasis was put there, and they are much prettier than most. It has about twice the amount of frames as most anime. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:04 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Crowd at SakuraconSakuracon 2006

By Tom Good

Sakuracon, the largest anime convention in the Pacific Northwest, took place in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, its first year in this location. Noboru Ishiguro, director of such anime classics as Astroboy and Macross, appeared to talk about his new project, Mushishi, which had just won an award in the TV Series category at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. Other guests included anime voice-over actors David Vincent, Jessica Boone and Jennifer Sekiguchi. Michael "Piano Squall" Gluck entertained the crowd with his piano arrangements of music from anime and video games (read the interview elsewhere on this site). [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 09:37 AM PST [Link]

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