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J LHLS Archives: September 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Manic Love
Story by Satomi Yamagata
Art by Satomi Yamagata
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Manic Love is the very painful story of Maki, who, in his last year of high school, begins a passionate affair with his prep school tutor, Haruji, and falls in love with him. Too bad Maki is the only one in love. Turns out the tutor had a Maki-like experience himself when he was Maki’s age and is still in love with the guy. As the coincidences pile up, it turns out Haruji’s former lover is one of Maki’s high school teachers, Mizuguchi, and, yes, alas, Haruji and Mizuguchi get together and live happily ever after.

But what about Maki? [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:30 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"The black-clad club-goers are out for a night of drinking, dancing, and drugs. However, others also lurk in the night, dark creatures that are not the glamorous things others wish they were. Lord Byron, poser and Vincent Price worshiper, craves the attention of his peers, but soon finds the attention of something far more dark and insidious."

Hey, kids! Be in with the In-Crowd. Or something. Buy Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous TPB from SLG Publishing!
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Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:53 PM PST [Link]

Pop Japan Travel: Essential Otaku Guide
by Makoto Nakajima
Digital Manga Publishing
Pop Japan Travel

Review by Tom Good

This travel guide in manga form tells the story of a group of Americans who journey to Japan to get their geek on. Some go for the anime, others for cosplay or collectible figurines, but they all love Japanese culture and want to see it firsthand. Though the book does contain some travel essentials, it won't replace a Lonely Planet or Fodor's guide. Instead, it concentrates on conveying the confusion and excitement of being a foreigner in Japan for the first time. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:28 PM PST [Link]

VIZ Licenses Death Note Anime to Adult Swim

by Tom Good

VIZ announced today that they have licensed the DEATH NOTE anime series to Adult Swim for domestic broadcast. It all starts at midnight (EST) on Saturday, October 20 at midnight (EST), with new episodes following each week. “The domestic broadcast debut of DEATH NOTE has been patiently awaited by fans across the country and we are pleased to team with Adult Swim to facilitate it,” states William Germain, Director, Animation Production, VIZ Media., “The mix of drama, mystery and action has already made the Shonen Jump DEATH NOTE manga a hit and the anime series takes the characters and plot to the next level with a captivating visual style. We look forward to fans tuning in each week for the latest adventures of L and Light as they struggle to outwit each other and demonstrate conflicting ideas about right and wrong.”

DEATH NOTE has long been one of my favorite manga series; I consider it one of the best written manga of all time. And the costumes at this year's Kumoricon revealed a growing interest in the series. This show will be essential Fall viewing for anime fans.

See also:

Death Note Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 reviews by Tom Good
Death Note Vol 10. review by Tom Good

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Posted by Tom Good @ 07:53 PM PST [Link]

Hero
By Perry Moore
Published by Hyperion

Review by Logan

One night while on vacation in Utah, I picked up Hero by Perry Moore and didn't put it down until I'd finished reading it. It wasn't that difficult, what with no TV, cell phone reception, or internet. What's a boy to do? (Besides *that*! Get your mind out of the gutters...)

Hero is about a young teenage kid, Thom, who discovers he has super powers. At the same time he is coming to grips with the fact that he's gay. Thom battles with coming out as a super hero to his father who hung up his own cape in shame years previous. His father disdains the super hero world almost as much as he detests homosexuals. To make matters worse, Thom's mom split the scene, leaving him with a homo-hating, superpower-hating dad. Thom struggles with his dual challenge of coming out as a super hero and as a gay teenager. [more]

Posted by Logan @ 04:03 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

L'Etoile Solitare
Story by Yuno Ogami
Art by Yuno Ogami
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

The first original English language (OEL) manga from the Juné imprint of Digital Manga, Inc., L’Etoile Solitare, the lonely star or the solitary star, is the story of soulless, rampant Western capitalism rampaging all over Japanese family values. Capitalist running dog hotel raider, Micah Remmington, sets out to forcibly take-over a family owned Japanese hotel chain, ably aided by his ruthlessly blond executive assistant, Richard. The head of the Kurahashi family has recently died and the new head of the family and family business is 11 year-old, sorry, university student, Yuuki Kurahashi. Yuuki is adorable, passive, indecisive, his executive assistant, Wada-san, walks all over him, his younger brother is even taller than him, and, as you have probably surmised, Yuuki is no match for Micah Remmington. So, of course, they fall in love at first sight when they both dash out of a convenient rainstorm into a conveniently sleepy saloon called, yes, L’Etoile Solitare. Also, of course, the course of true love does not run smoothly - evil girlfriends, evil executive assistants, stupid uke tricks, etc. - but that’s not unusual in yaoilandia. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:39 PM PST [Link]

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