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J LHLS Archives: January 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Starship Operators, Vol. 1 Revolution (DVD)
Distributed by Geneon
Review by Tom Good
What if your interplanetary rebellion were funded by a reality TV show? This is the question brilliantly posed by Starship Operators. The crew of the starship Amaterasu, stunned by the news that their home world has surrendered to the enemy Kingdom of Henrietta, decides to continue the fight on their own. But financing a war requires resources beyond the reach of these young cadets, so they do what media-savvy kids would naturally do: they sign a TV contract for the broadcast rights to their story.
The media money flows in, but so does the pressure to keep the ratings up. At one point the show's producer urges the crew to pursue a risky military strategy because viewers want to see more action and explosions. Starship Operators serves up some beautiful social commentary about pop culture and the influence of media, but does it with plenty of humor. I really enjoyed the writing in this anime; it seems like a perfect story for our time. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 01:28 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Owly: Flying Lessons
by Andy Runton
Top Shelf Productions
Review by Kathryn Ramage
In this latest all-ages graphic novel in the charming Owly series, Owly and his best friend Wormy see a flying squirrel in the forest one night and, once they figure out what this strange and fast-moving creature is, try to befriend it.
The flying squirrel is of course alarmed at the sight of Owly--owls, after all, naturally feed on small rodents--and it's up to the completely non-threatening invertebrate Wormy to make the first overtures of friendship. Once the two are friends, the squirrel takes Wormy out flying, carrying Wormy on his back as he glides from tree to tree. Eventually, after some literal ups and downs, Owly joins them. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 02:36 PM PST [Link]
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