Friday, 26 August 2016

RED QUEEN BY CHRISTINA HENRY

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Red Queen by Christina Henry

Synopsis:
The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll…

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

ANIME REVIEW: HANAYAMATA COMPLETE COLLECTION

Hanayamata Complete Collection DVD
Hanayamata Complete Collection
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: U
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 29/8/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Sekuya Naru thought life would change when she went to high school, but she's still the same average grade girl who wants more from her life. She likes fairy tales, getting books on them from the library, which annoys her father, but makes her happy. Naru always sees Yaya, the girl who excels at everything, who wins competitions and is loved by all. Naru would love to one day be like her, but if life doesn't change for her then, she thinks it is unlikely it would now that she's at high school.

BOOK REVIEW: ALICE BY CHRISTINA HENRY


Alice by Christina Henry

Synopsis:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood... Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: GINTAMA THE MOVIE

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Gintama The Movie
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: TV-14
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


Synopsis:
Sakata Gintoki is the very spirit of a samurai warrior, surrounded by two other friends who help him out when they can - he is asked to find a missing sword, known as the Cherry Blossom blade which has evil powers within it, and no matter how able the swordsman who holds it, they end up dying in a most horrible manner.

The Japanese are very good at putting characters in a twin setting, and this is Edo period Japan where future technology is around at the time, so it seems unusual, but go with it and the viewer will find out this is more than just a period/futuristic drama, it is funny, bloodthirsty and unusual if you consider unusual to be a woman fighter in a duck outfit called Elizabeth. The strange part is that an alien threat has come from space, called Amanto who has decided to manipulate the Edo shogunate to his advantage, and order the murder of all samurai warriors not under their power by sending out a samurai serial killer. Many have fallen under the man's blade, but there could be one out there on the streets who could be a match for him.


Review:
You know when anime is getting popular overseas when a major movie making company put their name behind a series like this one. Warner Brothers, responsible for hugely successful cartoons, action movies and science fiction series are mentioned within the first five minutes of the anime itself, and after several false starts, the movie begins properly by introducing the characters from all sides, both good and bad, but doesn't go into the details of what they are like, or their previous escapades, so in a way it is only for the fans of the series.


As far as samurai themed anime series go, there are a few of them around, Samurai Gun, Samurai Champloo and of course, Sengoku Basara, but there aren't many that involve a science fiction element. The special police have an idea of who might be doing the slaughtering, but as of yet no one has been able to stay alive long enough to apprehend him. They only know that Shinsuke Takasugi has got together an army of villains ruled by a few special assassins; Nizo Akada, Matako Kajima, Henpaita Takechi and Bansai Kawasami.  And if the police can't sort him out, maybe two guys and a samurai might as Gintoki has two other able assassins of his own, Kagura and the bespectacled Shinpachi. They both have a comical manner that is endearing to the viewer, and could be the reason why Warner Brothers liked it so much. It's a shonen style anime with the clashing of swords, and powerful dialogue, but it is also for the girls, and the girls do pack a lot of punch in this - Kagura can wield a sword as well as any man and Matako, the sensual, gun-toting enemy likes to blow anyone and everyone away within her reach.


There are several characters who make this anime a good one to view. Elizabeth the white duck is quiet at first, but soon becomes her angered self when she meets Gintoki and his friends, holding up signs when she wants to talk, and some of them aren't what you would expect from a duck either, nor would you expect one who could actually fight. Nizo is the perfect nutty killer, who takes pride in his ability to kill others with such a prized sword as he wields. Shinpachi is more of a studier than a fighter, and takes his work seriously. He is the sort of guy who wishes he was a samurai and even tries his hand at fighting one of Shinsuke's assassins later on. He might act the fool, but he is strong, whereas Kagura doesn't take fools gladly and barks at both Gintoki and Shinsuke if they get on her nerves.


All in all, Gintama the Movie is a success as it has something for everyone. excellent battle scenes, comical scenes, and fun moments between the characters that is unexpected.
Bonus Material: Adverts for other anime series.
Summary: Get ready for some samurai fun and be proud to love anime - it gets bigger and better right here, folks!



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

MANWHA REVIEW: DALGEUN THE INVINCIBLE BY KAMDAE


Dalgeun, The Invincible
Author: Kamdae
Publisher: NET COMICS
Genre: Comedy/All ages
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Shuttling spirits at Afterlife Company is not everyone's dream job.
It certainly isn't Ohee's.

Friday, 12 August 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: LAZER TEAM DIRECTOR'S CUT

Lazer Team Director's Cut DVD
Lazer Team Director's Cut
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 102 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1
Release Date: 15/8/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 


When a message is received from another world, it's obvious there's alien life outside of what we know existed, but the message isn't a peaceful one, it's quite the opposite. It warns of an alien champion coming to Earth to fight a champion of Earth in a battle to determine the fate of the planet.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

GUEST INTERVIEW: CG CORNETT THE WOMAN BEHIND THE WORDS



Interview with CG Cornett: The Woman Behind the Words.


I've interviewed anime voice actors, manga artists in the industry but never a letterer. I would like to introduce Coco Cornett, the woman behind such novels as Moon & Blood Volume: 1 by Nao Yazawa, Hide and Seek by Reibun Ike, Nine to Five Bride by Rin Natsumi and The River's Current by Jun Kajimoto. As Coco has been in the industry for a mere five years, she has accomplished a great deal during her working life and has a portfolio of work that will impress readers. Lets see what the manga and lettering industry is all about, shall we...