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J LHLS Archives: February 2005

Saturday, February 19, 2005

IWGP -- Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Issue 2
Writer: Ira Ishida
Artist: Sena Aritou
Published by Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Chris Husmann

Issue Two starts off immediately after Issue One. Here's a short recap of Issue 1: (mind you, I'm trying to keep the spoilers down to a minimum) near the end of issue one Makoto learns that the "Stranger" wasn't the one who murdered his saucy girlfriend Rika. Soon after he learns that bit of info Hikaru is kidnapped by a returning face to IWGP: Yamai (He returns from Issue 1. Though you don't see him much at all.)

Okay, back to Issue 2: Makoto shows up to where Yamai is hiding out with Hikaru and learns a lot more than he bargained for; truths are told, hearts are broken and ways are parted, which leaves our detective-like hero, Makoto, on a completely new adventure. Makoto's immature mother, Izumi, decides to take off on a "business trip" way far south in the sunny and tropical regions of Japan. [more]

Posted by Chris Husmann @ 07:08 PM PST [Link]

Friday, February 18, 2005

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.

From the Digital Managa Press release:

"Digital Manga Publishing announces 2 highly anticipated websites -- The re-launch of the Digital Manga Publishing site at and the launch of the long-anticipated 'Girl's Only Sanctuary' site at The sites also feature acquisition announcements on several upcoming DMP titles -- [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:01 AM PST [Link]

Monday, February 14, 2005

IWGP - Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Issue 1
Writer: Ira Ishida
Artist: Sena Aritou
Published by Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Chris Husmann

Issue one starts off with Makoto Majima, a spunky, punk-like Japanese teenager living in Ikebukuro, wandering the streets with his buddy, "Masa." In search for a date for the New Years Countdown he has a little run in with a girl, Hikaru Shibusawa, who's being pursued by three typical perverted thugs. Upon helping her make a quick getaway he's introduced to one of Hikaru's friends: Rika Nakamura; whom he ends up dating.

After the New Years Countdown reports of a "Serial Strangler" (who drugs, strangles and rapes teenage girls) begin to spread through Ikebukuro, marking the beginning of Makoto's troubles. Soon after Makoto and Rika form a more "intimate" relationship she becomes another victim to the "Strangler" and is killed. Makoto, now pissed, summons the help of Ikebukuro's most notorious street gang, who he has well ties with, the G Boys to initiate a full-out twenty-four hour patrol around Ikebukuro to catch the "Strangler." [more]

Posted by Chris Husmann @ 09:48 PM PST [Link]

Rurouni Kenshin, No. 11
by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Published by VIZ

Review by Tom Good

Martial arts stories often include the idea of secret, ultra-powerful techniques that once learned, can make any fighter nearly invincible. This is a bit of an odd idea. Muhammed Ali, for example, did not win because he knew some mystical secret punch that nobody else knew how to throw. He won with the same basic techniques that other boxers used -- he was just better at them. And in reality, a simple technique you have spent many years practicing is probably more effective than a new, exotic one you just learned yesterday. Still, secret techniques make for great stories, and they provide a way to explore the master-student relationship.

At the end of Rurouni Kenshin, No. 10, Kenshin had asked to learn the final secret move of Hiten Mitsurugi swordsmanship. His master, Hiko Seijuro, refused because he thought Kenshin lacked proper character. Now, after learning more about Kenshin from his friends, he is moved to reconsider, and master and apprentice begin more training. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:05 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Flame of Recca, No. 2, Secrets of the Hokage
DVD - 100 minutes

Review by Tom Good

What goes through the minds of all the anonymous students in an anime story, the ones who are not shamen or ninja, and do not pilot mecha or channel dead Go masters or chum around with alien companions? Do they even notice how weird their school is? Or do they only read about it in the newspaper? In a funny scene in Flame of Recca, No. 2, the main characters are shocked to find a story in the local newspaper about the devastation caused by Recca's last battle. This joke works on many levels, and pokes fun at some of the "rules" of anime.

Other jokes in this story do not translate as well. For example, when Recca and his friends find out that another character's name is "Ganko" they crack up laughing. In the English version this seems very strange, as if they have suddenly gotten the giggles over nothing. But it is actually a pun, something along the lines of the English name "Ben Dover," because ganko also means "stubbornness." [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:22 PM PST [Link]

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