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J LHLS Archives: December 2006

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Dr. DeBunko: Debunker of the Supernatural
by Chris Wisnia
Salt Peter Press

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

Here is a comic for the grouchy scientists among you. Chris Wisnia, author of The Lump, has a new compilation of one of his characters, originally featured in his faux yellow rag Tabloia. Dr. DeBunko, sort of a PZ Myers-as-Caine-in-Kung-Fu, is a skeptic that walks the earth attempting to disabuse the gullible of their various harmful superstitions.

As Wisnia says, "I think this is a fascinating subject matter, that so many people believe so many different things, and once they believe it, it’s almost impossible to sway their views, even with facts. To each person, their “reality” is how they view their world based on their beliefs. Whether it’s their belief in science, their particular religion, UFOs and aliens, government conspiracies, miracle diets, Santa Claus, or whatever."¹ [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 07:33 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Project X Seven Eleven
by Tadashi Ikuta and Naomi Kimura
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

When I lived in Japan, I liked to stop by Seven Eleven and pick up a rice ball snack called onigiri. I told a Japanese friend that when I returned to America, I would suffer because the Seven Eleven stores there wouldn't carry onigiri. He laughed and shook his head. "Come on," he said, "there aren't any Seven Elevens in America. It's a Japanese company!"

Of course, my friend was mistaken: Seven Eleven began in America before crossing the Pacific to Japan. But the stores' great success in Japan convinced a native that they must have been a home-grown idea. This manga tells the story of how a few Japanese businessman discovered Seven Eleven in America, then struggled to adapt the concept to Japan. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:11 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

VIZ releases BLEACH on DVD

VIZ just released the first volume of the BLEACH anime series on DVD. I have not seen this DVD yet, so this is not a review, but I am interested in this release. The anime series premiered September 9th on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and follows the adventures of Ichigo, a fifteen-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. The manga series by Tite Kubo has sold over 33.5 million copies in Japan, and the series has also spawned a variety of video games on the Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2, and other platforms.

Posted by Tom Good @ 11:08 PM PST [Link]

Maison Ikkoku, volume 5
DVD Collector’s Box Set
By Rumiko Takahashi
Originally released by Kitty Films 1986
English Language version produced by VIZ 2005

Review by Kelly S. Taylor

You don’t have to be a Rumiko Takahashi fanatic to enjoy this series, but it helps. If you loved Urusei Yatsura, Ramna ½ and Inuyasha for the fantasy elements and martial arts and hoped to find more here, then you will be sadly disappointed. However, if you enjoyed the above for the humor and romance, then Maison has a chance. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 09:06 AM PST [Link]

Monday, November 27, 2006

Project X Datsun Fairlady Z
by Akira Yokoyama
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

In postwar Japan, corporate public relations did not yet exist in its present form, and "the automobile was still widely considered to be nothing but a motorized delivery cart." The idea of an affordable, mass-produced sports car was still "an unrealistic dream within a dream." But in this environment, a few visionaries at Nissan Motors designed and created the car that would eventually become America's best-selling sports car of all time: the Datsun 240Z (known as the Fairlady Z in Japan). This nonfiction manga explains the history of that car, from the origin of the name "Datsun," all the way through design, testing and production. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:33 PM PST [Link]

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