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J LHLS Archives: September 2005
Friday, September 2, 2005
Scrapped Princess Vol. 1
Story: Ichiro Sakaki
Art: Go Yabuki
Character plan: Yukinobu Azumi
Translation: Alethea Nibley
English Adaptation: Liesl M. Bradner
Published by TOKYOPOP
Review by Tom Good
Ah, oracles. Their prophecies about children so often involve extreme events like saving the world or destroying it. They rarely reveal destinies like becoming a good cook or finding a puppy, although that might be nice for a change now and then. Oracles like the one at the beginning of this story tend to stick with tradition, and so this one predicts that the Scrapped Princess will become "the poison that destroys this world" unless she is killed. The Royal Knight Recita gets assigned to perform the assassination, and she rides out in search of the princess, but winds up befriending her and her siblings before she realizes who they are. Thus begins the first of many ethical dilemmas in the story: can Recita kill these people now that they are her friends? [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 09:09 PM PST [Link]
My favorite Goth perfumers - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - perfume review.
What they say about it:
AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA (Love Potions)
A pale, delicate, truly angelic blend. A scent created to emulate Adonis' halo of beauty: fragile, distant, and radiant. Rosewood with Sicilian lemon peel, red Mysore sandalwood, pale musks, sweet mountain sage and a dusting of lily, night-blooming jasmine and orris.
What I thought:
This is the best perfume so far. Good rose tone and everything else smells simply divine on me. I don't know how they blended this, but however they did, they did it right, if not more so. This scent would wear well in an office or for going out in the evening. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:54 PM PST [Link]
Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 15
by Nobuhiro Watsuki
English Adaptation by Gerard Jones
Translation by Kenichiro Yagi
Published by VIZ Media
Review by Tom Good
A book made almost entirely of fight scenes risks falling into a boring, repetitive rhythm, but this volume of Rurouni Kenshin sidesteps that problem by bringing out a great mixture of characters, weapons, and styles of combat. Kenshin's friend Myojin Yahiko does battle with the freakish Henya, a skeletally thin man who throws sticks of dynamite, and with each explosion he soars into the air using wings strapped to his back. The art in this sequence emphasizes sharp angles and brute force. Then when pretty Kaoru and Misao take on the effeminate young man called Kamatari "The Scythe," the fight seems more elegant. The weapons move in graceful arcs, especially the swirling chain attached to Kamatari's scythe. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 04:22 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Bizenghast, vol. 1
By M. Alice LeGrow
Published by TOKYOPOP
Review by Kathryn Ramage
This gothic-horror fairytale in manga form tells the tales of a teenaged girl named Dinah, who has been orphaned and sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Bizenghast, Massachusetts -- a ghost town in more ways than one. Not only is Bizenghast abandoned and falling into decay, but it is haunted to the rafters with ghosts that only Dinah can see. Her aunt thinks the girl is seriously disturbed.
With the help of her friend Vincent, Dinah escapes her auntís house one evening, and the two young people stumble upon a lost graveyard and towering mausoleum in the woods. (Newspaper clippings between the story chapters helpfully inform readers that "a large number of death certificates officiated in the town between 1701 and 1950 do not match up to any of the plots in the residential graveyard.") While exploring the mausoleum, Dinah discovers a key and a plaque, which opens to reveal a contract that reads:
"The undersigned does hereby agree to be owned body and soul until such time as this mausoleumís vaults are emptied of captive spirits or by the undersignedís sudden death, whichever comes first."
Her name is already at the bottom. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 05:39 AM PST [Link]
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