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J LHLS Archives: May 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Gentle Cage
Story by: You Shizaki
Illustrations by: Kumiko Sasaki
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-712-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-712-8

Review by Kris

When it comes to yaoi novels I am truly a novice. My only experience is with Only the Ring Finger Knows novels. And I only read those because I loved the manga. With Gentle Cage there is no manga associated with it, so I had no idea what to expect.

Itsuki Hashimoto was sent on an errand by his boss to convince the sculptor Masatsugu Tokiwa to meet with him (Itsuki's boss). Itsuki works for the famed sculptor Yasuyuki Yamabe. It also turns out that Tokiwa studied under Yamabe as an apprentice. Not only that, Itsuki and Tokiwa have another thing in common. They happen to have a history. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 11:26 PM PST [Link]

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dog Style (vol 1)
Story and art: Modoru Motoni
Publisher: Kitty Media, imprint of Media Blasters
ISBN-10: 1598831259
ISBN-13: 978-1598831252

Review by Cat

I figured that since volume 2 is due out next month, I ought to read volume 1 as it's been a while since I read it (if there is one thing a gadfly and I have in common, it's an inability to remember for long).

When I received Dog Style last year, I had to do with just a skim because I was already on a trip to Christmas Hell, so I remembered very little about it, which in the end is a good thing. So how does it go this time? [more]

Posted by Cat @ 07:34 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vampire Hunter D
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Art by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1595820124
ISBN-13: 9781595820129

Review by Jilly Gee

In this world of the far future created by Hideyuki Kikuchi, vampires are not just vampires; they are the Nobility. Having stepped in to rescue the remaining bits of mankind left over from their nuclear warfare, the vampires became their saviors and their masters, thus claiming for themselves such a title. The nature of mankind is not to just let themselves be ruled, however, and as soon as the Nobility began to show signs of weakness, the humans rebelled. The Nobility fell. While they are not as prominent as they once were, they are still out there. As strong as humans make themselves out to be, they are still terrified of the Nobility. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 09:56 PM PST [Link]

Kiss Blue vol. 1
Story and Art: Keiko Kinoshita
Published by Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-716-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-716-6

Review by Kris

Falling in love with your best friend that you've had since childhood is not a new concept in the world of romance. It is especially popular in the yaoieverse (yes I just made that word up, lay off!). In Kiss Blue vol. 1 it is the introduction to Tomosaka and Noda and their relationship. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 04:27 AM PST [Link]

Red Angel vol.1
Story and Art: Makoto Tateno
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1-56970-724-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-724-1

Review by Kris

According to the back of the book:

"Demons walk among us.

From the streets of modern day New York and the hallways of a Japanese high school to the confines of a British boys' school dormitory, Mika and her twin persona, Eru, have stalked and hunted. The two are vampires - creatures driven by their thirst for blood.

A fateful encounter with the enigmatic Kinsei reveals a clue to a forgotten past. Mika remembers nothing, but Eru knows of a shared past with Kinsei. Though Kinsei seems like a vampire, he also hints at being something more. Are Mika and Eru merely creatures of darkness, or like Kinsei, are they something more ancient and powerful?

Mysteries, intrigues, and a hint of drama unravel in this two-volume masterpiece by Makoto Tateno." [more]

Posted by Kris @ 04:23 AM PST [Link]

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pathos vol. 1
Story and art: Mika Sadahiro
Published by Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-560-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-560-5

Review by Kris

It must be vampire month at DMP. First it's Necratoholic by Maguro Wasabi, then it's Red Angel vol. 1 by Makoto Tateno, finally Pathos by Mika Sadahiro. Pathos is the tale of two vampires who adopt a human boy.

King is a caring and kind older brother. J is a mondo jerk. Ace is our main man who is human, but desires to become a vampire to be closer to J. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 10:59 PM PST [Link]

A Foreign Love Affair
Story and Art by Ayano Yamane
Published by 801 Media, Inc.

ISBN-10: 1-934129-18-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-934129-18-0

Review by Linda Yau

Ever since I had the opportunity to watch the OVA of A Foreign Love Affair and learned of the anime being inspired by the manga, I have been waiting impatiently for the manga to be translated and finally it is. I have read parts of Ayano-senseiís other works like The Viewfinder or Crimson Spell and thought that this is a good side story while waiting for the other two to be finished. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 09:17 PM PST [Link]

Say Please
Story and art: Kano Miyamoto
Publisher: Deux Press
ISBN: 978-1934496176

Review by Cat

For me, there are three interesting things about Say Please:

1. it's the first from Deux Press that I had.
2. it's the first Kano Miyamoto title published in English that I had.
3. Say Please is the only Miyamoto story I haven't read. Or so I thought.

When I began reading Say Please, I thought, "It seems familiar..." A bit of investigating has unearthed a nugget of info: Miyamoto's 2004 work is originally called Please. Her body of works is so huge that it's almost impossible for me to keep track of her stories, let alone remember all these titles. However it's two years since I read it, so I had largely forgotten what the story is about, which is a good thing. [more]

Posted by Cat @ 12:19 PM PST [Link]

Party
Story and art: Tatsumi Kaiya
Publisher: June, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc
ISBN-10: 1569707790
ISBN-13: 978-1569707791

Review by Cat

I thought a character chart on the first page was a nice touch. Mostly because at a glance, Kaiya's characters seem to look alike. However, when I reached the end I was a little confused, so I double checked by creating a list of characters from the story and comparing it with the flow chart. Half of those characters don't appear in the story itself. [more]

Posted by Cat @ 11:55 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Nana
Directed by Kentaro Otani
Based on a manga by Ai Yazawa
Distributed by Viz Media

Review by Jilly Gee

Nana Komatsu is naive, somewhat selfish, and very bubbly. Nana Osaki is willful, proud, and withdrawn. When the two girls with the same name yet vastly different personalities meet on the train, it is the beginning of what Komatsu believes to be a fated relationship. Indeed, the meeting on the train would have been the end of their relationship, with Osaki walking off without a word and Komatsu being distracted by her old school friends, if the two had not been apartment hunting a couple of days later at the exact same time. Komatsu instantly takes to the idea of sharing the apartment, despite not knowing anything about Osaki herself; Osaki, on the other hand, seems to accept being roommates partly out of spite for her realtor. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 02:06 PM PST [Link]

Love*Com
Directed by Kitaji Ishikawa
Based on manga by Aya Nakahara
Distributed by Viz Media

Review by Linda Yau

If you were a girl, would you fall in love with a guy shorter than you? Or if you were a guy would you fall in love with a girl taller than you? This double question was the starting point in the movie Love*Com. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 12:01 AM PST [Link]

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