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J LHLS Archives: July 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
GAME: Game & Anime Music Emotions
by Piano Squall
Review by Tom Good
Piano Squall, a.k.a. Michael Gluck, just released his debut CD, featuring his piano arrangements of anime and video game music. I have heard Mr. Gluck perform several times at anime conventions, and he is always a hit with the crowd. This CD contains 18 songs, including themes from popular anime such as Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, InuYasha, and Cowboy Bebop. The video game themes come mainly from the Final Fantasy series, though he also includes one of my favorite old-school themes from Super Mario World. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:03 PM PST [Link]
Monday, July 2, 2007
Dragon Drive, Vol. 2
By Ken-ichi Sakura
Review by Tom Good
It's amazing how Japanese schoolboys have any time to study, given all the spectacular fighting tournaments they must constantly compete in, with the fate of one or more worlds hanging in the balance. Yes, Dragon Drive employs the popular fighting tournament theme, with the twist that it takes place within a virtual-reality game where kids like Reiji Ozora do battle using dragons. Our hero's dragon is an adorable but tiny and weak-looking creature named Chibi, who luckily can transform into a giant, powerful monster in combat. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 10:07 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Here's day 1.
Oh, Lordy, it's July 1, 2007. So, after making my annual and expensive pilgrimage to the Sawdust Festival, I got to AX about 2, parked and hung out until the "Death Note 2" showing. I liked it; it gets a little weird at the end, but I'd gladly see it again. I'm told it's way different from the manga, so I won't spoil it for anyone. Somehow I thought 141 minutes was an hour and 41 minutes (I've no idea why) and missed half of the Satoru Kannagi panel, so I got there for the end of the Q&A and the start of the raffle and then the question elimination contest for a dinner with Ms. Kannagi. They asked some hard questions, like: Name two subtitles in the "Only the Ring Finger Knows" novel series (you can look it up); what's Kannagi's favorite kanji (I'll give you this one, it's Rin); and so on. Kannagi herself said she couldn't answer all the questions. The contestants were people who'd asked a question during the Q&A, a nice lady won it, so she'll have a nice dinner with a nice lady and the wonderful DMP gang. Speaking of the DMP gang, they're not going to have a booth at Comic Con San Diego because Comic Con sold all the space to Nintendo and companies like that. I'm starting to wonder what CCSD is turning into. Here's my interview with Satoru Kannagi from June 28, 2007. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:36 PM PST [Link]
I must be livin' right because I was lucky enough to get to interview my favorite Boys Love novelist, Satoru Kannagi at the Digital Manga headquarters on June 28, 2007. Ms. Kannagi is in town as Digital Manga's guest at Anime Expo, this year being held at the Long Beach Convention Center. We were ably assisted in this interview by translator Shinobu Kadokura. (pdf file)
Ginger Mayerson: How did you become a Boys Love (BL) writer?
Satoru Kannagi: I used to help my friends make doujinshi by providing the stories but some publishers saw these manga and asked me to write novels.
GM: That's amazing. What's your motivation for and enjoyment of writing BL?
SK: Are you familiar with the term moeh?
GM: Sort of.
SK: When I write, I'm always thinking of what my readers will like in the characters and story.
GM: What's your definition of moeh?
SK: That's a difficult question. My idea of moeh is that when I write about a character, I want to appeal to the readers imagination of this character. I also like my characters and try to make them more... more... [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:32 PM PST [Link]
By Jeffrey Brown
Top Shelf Productions
Review by Tom Good
This collection contains a funny scene about a 3:00am showing of Star Wars: Episode III. Jeffrey Brown sits in the audience, fueled by massive amounts of coffee and by the inflated expectations of a fan: "We've been waiting 25 years for this!" With huge bags under his eyes and cheeks covered with stubble, he stares at the screen while Anakin Skywalker proclaims, "I love you, because love is loving my love for you -- with love!" Brown thinks, "Now I understand why he becomes Darth Vader." This bit reminded me of the movie Clerks, as did another scene about Brown's experience working in retail, called "My Conspiracy To Not Sell You The New 'Garden State' DVD." [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 06:20 PM PST [Link]
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