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J LHLS Archives: November 2004

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Flame of Recca, Vol. 1: A Ninja's Test (Episodes 1-4)
Publisher: VIZ
Format: DVD

Review by Tom Good

Recca Hanabishi, like most high school boys, has special fighting powers and a mysterious past. (Well, like most high school boys in anime, anyway.) He belongs to a secret ninja clan and can harness the power of mystical fire. Clearly it is no ordinary fire, because it can burn the clothes off a female opponent without damaging her skin -- an ability that high school boys everywhere will appreciate. In theory, such powers might lead to an isolated and secretive life, but luckily for Recca, most of the other people he encounters possess supernatural artifacts: weapons called madogu, which in Recca's world are as common as cell phones.

In A Ninja's Test, Recca must first learn to use his fire, then fight against adversaries whose madogu have the powers of wind and water. He dedicates himself to serve his "Princess" Yanagi, a female classmate with healing powers. Another woman, the mysterious Kagehoshi, puts Recca into dangerous situations, but is she trying to kill him, or just toughen him up? [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:19 PM PST [Link]

Friday, November 19, 2004

Dark Thirst
Featured Authors: Omar Tyree, Angela Allen, Monica Jackson, Linda Addison,
Donna Hill, and Kevin Brockenbrough
Edited by: Angela Allen
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Visit: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Review by Kathy LaFollett

According to L.A. Band, author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series, Dark Thirst is "A dark disturbing, hauntingly unique compilation of stories told in multiple, talented voices."

I'll agree. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 09:25 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Bighead
by Jeffrey Brown
Top Shelf Productions

Review by Tom Good

Bighead is a spoof of costumed superhero comics, and as such it reminds me of Flaming Carrot (an old favorite of mine that had one of the best covers ever) and The Tick. But Bighead has a more down-to-earth feel than either of those comics. Bighead himself is a superhero without superpowers, but he does have an awfully big head. He inhabits a world where, luckily for him, most of the super-villains have powers like being distractingly good-looking ("The Temptationress"), or having a claw for a hand ("Crabby"). [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 02:49 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, November 14, 2004

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!

Edit 20050406 IMPORTANT MESSAGE (scroll down for review):

"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 her 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

and now here's the review:

Only the Ring Finger Knows
by Satoru Kannagi
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Why older women should read yaoi manga redux.

Warning and Full disclosure: I'm forty-four years old and I've just started reading yaoi mangas and I'm hooked like a bass. Furthermore, I know there's a lot of yaoi theory out there and not only have I read none of it, I intend to read none of it. So what you read here is purely my impression of what I found thoroughly enjoyable about Only the Ring Finger Knows, which wins the wacky title of the week award, and what I found a little squirrelly about it. Frankly, once I got into it, I loved it, I really loved it. (Images, except one, removed 20041226, sorry. However, the art is worth buying a copy.) I reviewed another yaoi manga, Passion, earlier and will be using some of that text. So yes, I know I'm repeating myself, but no, it's not senility (yet). [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:27 AM PST [Link]

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