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J LHLS Archives: April 2005

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Full Metal Alchemist, vol 1
Story and Art: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: VIZ

Review by Chad Denton

As is often the case with such things, Hiromu Arakawa's Full Metal Alchemist first became known in the United States through the anime, even though in its native Japan it first appeared as a manga published by Square-Enix, best known as the producers of the "Final Fantasy" and "Dragon Quest" video game RPG series. In fact, to my knowledge, the manga comes to American shores not only after the anime has gone through about half of its 51-episode run on Cartoon Network's Saturday night Adult Swim line-up, but after two video game adaptations have been released. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 10:41 PM PST [Link]

Sokora Refugees
Story: Segamu
Art: Melissa DeJesus
Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

When I found out that Sokora Refugees stars Kana, a flat-chested high school girl who goes through a portal in the girls shower room into a magical world where she mysteriously has much larger breasts, I lowered my expectations for it. I figured it would be at best pointless, at worst unbearably juvenile, but I was completely wrong. Actually, this is a very entertaining and impressive first graphic novel by artist Melissa DeJesus and writer Segamu. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:33 PM PST [Link]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Based on the film by Mamoru Oshii
Published by VIZ

Review by Ginger Mayerson

I think this ani-manga edition of "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" is just for me. I saw "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" three times (twice paying retail) and still couldn't take it all in. The first time I saw it, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of it. There are moments in this anime that will simply take your breath away. The second time I saw it, I was trying to reconcile the visuals with the soundtrack, which is also impressive in and of itself. The third time I saw it, I was trying to follow the nuances in the dialogue subtitles while on visual and aural sensory overload. The plot is a fairly straight forward futuristic police/government tale; someone is breaking laws we here in the present could never imagine and breaking them for reasons I'm still not clear on. However, this ani-manga clears up many points in the dialogue that I was longing to have cleared up. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:25 PM PST [Link]

On the Border
By Michel Warschawski
Publisher: South End Press

Review by Allison Burnett

The Third Way

Before the United States declared its global war on terror, no subject could more quickly inflame and divide a gathering of the politically aware than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today, it's a tie. Hardly surprising, when you consider how much the two conflicts have in common. After all, both involve questions of national security, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, colonialism, and the struggle for basic human rights, and more recently, since the invasion of Iraq, the two conflicts are entwined to the point of being almost indistinguishable. [more]

Posted by Allison Burnett @ 02:34 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

February 9, 2006: UPDATE ON THE NOVEL!
The Lonely Ring Finger (Pre-Order*)
Only the Ring Finger Knows Novel
Author/Artist: Satoru Kannagi, Hotaru Odagiri
ISBN: 1569709041
246 pages
Dimensions: 4 1/8" x 6 3/4"
Release Date: Mar 15, 2006
SRP: $8.95
More info! or Leave a comment!

*Powells has the description wrong, but everything else is right.

End of update.

Edit 070105: I don't know if it's been announced elsewhere, but Isaac Lew of Digital Manga told me today at AnimeExpo that the "Only the Ring Finger Knows" novels will be published in May 2006. Lucky us! Thank you, Digital Manga! Yay!

"Petition for Only the Ring Finger Knows Novel

"There is more story behind the ring finger than what anyone knows...

"The genre of Boy's Love novels is well known in Japan but is almost unrepresented here in the United States. Now that the growing trend towards publishing yaoi is occurring in the translated manga market, we would like to bring one of our most popular yaoi titles to our readers in its original form. "Only The Ring Finger Knows", the novel.

"So let your voice be heard! For those fans of the OTRFK manga, if you wish to see this title, and possibly other BL novels published in an English format, please fill out the online petition listed here."

Message from Ginger:
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSE sign this, I'm DYING to know the whole Kazuki/Wataru story. Tell eveyone you know, too, please, okay? Thanks! GM

Here's my review from last year.

EDIT June 24, 2005: Hey there, yaoi lovers, don't miss the fabulous Lene Taylor's wonderful podcasts on Only the Ring Finger Knows and Desire. They're great!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:28 PM PST [Link]

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