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J LHLS Archives: December 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Jubei-chan 2: The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu, Vol. 3 Revelation (DVD)
Review by Tom Good
Jubei-chan 2, the comedy about a junior high school girl who is the reincarnation of a 17th century samurai, has become one of my favorite anime series. This disc comes filled with the series' typically quirky humor. Characters talk about things that happened "in the last series," as if they know they inhabit a sequel. Jubei-chan's father tells the long-winded narrator to shut up. And in a subtle yet hilarious gag, one of the "monkey boys" quickly draws some portraits featuring detail and shading that is artistically superior to the style in which he himself is drawn. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:57 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Death Note, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Story by Tsugumi Ohba
Art by Takeshi Obata
Review by Tom Good
Light Yagami has a magic notebook, originally the property of a Shinigami, or "death god." If Light writes someone's name down in the book, that person will die. When I first heard about this I thought it was a clever story idea, but then I wondered how it would be possible to sustain it for more than a few dozen pages. First he will have to decide whether to use the notebook, and of course he will use it, since otherwise the story would be boring. So, with an undetectable way to kill people, he will kill some, and then what? He sits around feeling guilty? Actually, Tsugumi Ohba turns this into a very interesting story about the cat-and-mouse game between Light and the detective who is trying to catch him.
Posted by Tom Good @ 12:22 PM PST [Link]
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