Monthly Archives: January 2007

Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman (Future Police Urashiman) 1983 – Hilarious Must See Sci-Fi

This totally rocks!

Ryuu and his cat are being chased by the police when they have an accident and fly through a portal into the future to 2050…and land straight onto a futuristic police car! Things just get worse for Ryuu as he can’t remember who he is, or where he’s from. As if getting arrested by a vain traffic policeman Claude wasn’t enough the Master Fuhrer (Master of Crime!) is planning his kidnapping. Will Ryuu survive in the future? Will he ever return home? I can’t wait to watch more and find out!

I love how funny this episode was, from treading on a cat’s tail accidentally which causes the accident, to the cat landing on a girl’s boobs and the ‘almost’ Claude-Ryuu kiss, and the fact that Claude loses the handcuff key, that’s convenient *wink wink/waggles eyebrows*.

The artwork was great too. I loved the 80s imagined vision of Neo Tokyo, the cars splashing through water in the rain, the trippy time travel sequence, and all the character design. In particular I liked Mylene for being evil and foxy, Aka for being the funniest cutest anime cat I’ve ever seen, and Ryuu for his mad facial expressions, I think I’d pull that many faces if all that happened to me! Even the soundtrack is good, although not sure about the dodgy lyrics …”I want to ride the midnight submarine with you“…eh?

Claude has some of the best lines to show his vain, womanizing character, and Sophia’s naivity in her belief that humans are fundamentally good, and that knocking someone over the head with a hammer (where did that appear from?!) can cure amnesia was pretty funny too! ^^;

*Wow!* All in all, I found this highly enjoyable and I would recommend you go watch this NOW! I can’t wait to see what the bad guys want with him, what other funny antics Aka will get up to and how Ryuu will end up in the police force! It’s so refreshing to see some action and retro artwork after all the January cute girl shows.
Overall Enjoyment Level: 10/10

Here are my favourite screenshots ^_^

Poor Aka!

Reminds me of a dopey Jess from Postman Pat!

Liked the dated weather art.

Yeah, you realise by now I think the cat rocks!

Oh no! A giant time portal! Nyaaaaaaaa

Aka’s poor tail!

The Claude-Ryuu almost kiss

Shock!

Claude’s wonderful lines:

Cat + Boobs!

Poor Aka!

Futuristic Tokyo

Evil Mylene.

Amnesia!

Lost the key?! Nooooo!

One of the most visually enjoyable things I’ve seen for a while, even if it is pretty silly. :D

Anime/Manga Related Books January 2007: Anime Fans: The Cult of Japanese Animation, Girl to Grrrl Manga, Cool Careers Without College, How To Draw Manga, The Naruto Saga, Chibi Vampire Novel

Anime Fans: The Cult of Japanese Animation in Global and Historical Perspective – Susan Napier (Palgrave Macmillan)

I can’t find much info on the content of this book, but if you’re poor like me, you might not want to pay £35.60 for the hardcover, wait untill August for the paperback at a more reasonable £7.76. At 304 pages that sounds like a good deal if it’s quality writing!

ISBN: 1403962138

Girl to Grrrl Manga, How to Draw the Hottest Shoujo Manga – Colleen Doran (Writers Digest Books)

Although this isn’t necessarily the most attractive cover for this book, after reading an interview with the author/artist it seems a great deal of thought has gone into showing the reader how to draw not just one type of shoujo manga, but the full whack. Classic, retro, modern, ladies’ contemporary, children’s…

There is another book in the works for how to draw your own manga comic, as this focuses on the facial art, so keep an eye out if you’re into art guidebooks. An appealing aspect of this book is that is shows you how to draw with everyday materials, no expensive computer technology here, and it sounds like she hasn’t fallen into the trap of excess irrelevant details such as background/ the ‘right’ way to draw fashion. This is something I’d like to look at because among all the host of shoujo styles there should be one style I find attractive enough to play around with. It’s 128 pages long with 210 b+w photos and 90 colour photos.
ISBN: 1581808097

Cool Careers Without College For people Who Love Manga, Comics, and Animation – Jim Wentzel + Sherri Glass (Rosen Publishing)


This boasts that: “Readers who want to be comics writers, pencillers, inkers, or colorists, manga letterers or translators, or animation artists, voice talent, directors, or producers will find that this timely book can set them on the path to professional fulfillment.” (So I needn’t have bothed with university and my huge debt then? *Eek!*)

ISBN: 1404207546

How To Draw Manga The Next Generation Superskillz Supersize – Ben Dunn (Antarctic Press)

No details of this on the Antarctic Press website, it seems to be part of a series of books? I hope this isn’t just a new cover for an old book!

ISBN: 0977642488

The Naruto Saga: The Unofficial Guide – Kauhisa Fujie and Walt Wyman (DH Publishing)

With a sequel to Naruto out in Japan next month and thousands (hundreds of thousands? – *hides*) of Naruto fans in the West I’m guessing this will sell well, but will it really reveal the mysteries and secrets of Naruto? Are there mysteries and secrets in Naruto? It’s one of those series I’ve never got round to watching, and have heard abundant criticisms over the childishness/ fillers/ fan mentality?! I should check it out for myself but I doubt I’ll watch all 220 episodes ^^; this is part of a series of unofficial guides to popular anime, others include Fruits Basket, Negima etc.

ISBN: 193289716X

Chibi Vampire: The Novel – Tohru Kai (writer) Yuna Kagesaki (art), 13+ (Tokyopop)

For hardcore fans of ‘Karin‘ the vampire anime and the manga. The weird ‘vampire’ who suffers from nose-bleeds and injects blood into victims! I only saw one episode of the anime and it was lighthearted and amusing. Even though there is art I think this is mainly text?
ISBN: 159816922X

Total Volume Number: 7

Manga I’m not sure exists…

Amazon has these manga listed as being published in January 2007, however, they have no covers and I’m not sure what the official word is on Central Park Media. Does anyone know? These are the titles of the possibly ‘imaginary’ books, which is a shame because a I’d really love to read a few of them!

Sweet Cream and Red Strawberries – Kiriki Nananan

Four short stories about four different women, an artist, an office worker, a prostitute and a girl looking for a lover. Depressing art aimed at older girls/young women. (That would be me then ^^;)
ISBN: 1578007135

Otogi Matsuri: Dark Offerings – Junya Inoue

A girl who can see supernatural beings and a boy who fights demons, the cover of the Japanese manga looks extremely pretty.

ISBN: 1578007275

Princess – Seung Won Han

Romance and politics. Not sure what this one’s about!

ISBN: 1578007151

Knock Your Heart Out – George Asakura

??

ISBN: 1578007062

So if anyone finds out if/when these books are really going to be published please let me know. I don’t want to go ordering imaginary books! ^^;

Hot Picks: Manga January 2007. Discovered more titles! IC in a Sunflower, Hibiki’s Magic, Sound of My Voice, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Misunderstood, Heart on Fire, Hits & Misses (Christian Manga?!)

Tokyopop have added titles to their January release since I wrote the original Hot Picks, and other publishers have released manga this month that I wasn’t aware of. The title I am most excited about is…

IC in a Sunflower – Mitsukazu Mihara, 18+ (Tokyopop)

This promises seven stories of ‘humanity at once consumed and rescued by it’s own desires’. Mitsukazu Mihara (who you might recognise as the creator of Doll) is well known for her characters Gothic-Lolita fashion style, and has included stories about children bereft of sexual desire, a woman spending her life resisting biting and a man getting love advice from a robot maid. IC in a Sunflower has already received 2 rave reviews at IGN.com and Mania Books, and if I had known about it earlier this would have been in my top 3 Hot Picks for January 2007! I read in the IGN review that there is a story about cloned humans who see the outside world…perhaps Mihara had seen ‘The Island‘? (That was such a disappointing film and it should have been so awesome.) I can’t wait to see the artwork in this book, and see how the children with no sexual impulse are portrayed.
ISBN: 1598167693

If you like this try: Beautiful People, Doll.

Hibiki’s Magic – Jun Maeda (story) Izumi Rei (art), 13+ (Tokyopop)

My interest in Hibiki’s Magic is increased immensely by the cute squirrels on the cover – I want one! This is a story of a magical girl who doesn’t seem to have much magical power (but will probably turn out to be super powerful). I’ve read one of the .Hack manga that Rei illustrated and I liked the artwork. Over at Comic Book Bin they gave hibiki 7/10, so I’m hoping it is a sweet, cute enjoyable read with cute girls. As long as the super-deformed art isn’t as prolific as in Hidamari Sketch!

ISBN: 1598167669

If you like this try: .Hack range.

Sound Of My Voice – Youka Nitta, (18+?) (Be Beautiful)

Youka Nitta better known for Embracing Love, writes about guys in the anime voice acting industry. There is a four page preview to give you a peek at the relationships.

My main issue with boy-boy relationship mangas is that sometimes, the faces look very much the same to me, with distiction through hair style which I find confusing. I know they are impossibly beautiful, but do they have to be impossibly similar? Also, this may not be a ‘real’ book, as I read it was supposed to be published in July last year and got pushed back?

ISBN: 1933440125

Original Manga Date: 2004

Hamlet – Richard Appignanesi (adaption) Emma Vieceli (art), All (SelfMadeHero)

I find a manga version of Shakespeare to be full of potential, but I become worried when it’s set in a different time. This seems to be Hamlet cyberworld (cyberpunk?) in Denmark. Set after an earthquake has divided the world into colonies, I’ll remain optimistic but on first impressions the manga seems fairly average. At least they retain Shakespearian style language. See what you think, there is colour art on the website, and larger images on the press kit pdf. This colour image is my favourite:

ISBN: 0955285615

If you like this try: Romeo and Juliet (see below)

Romeo and Juliet – Richard Appignanesi (adaption) Sonia Leong (art), All, (SelfMadeHero)

Another adaption, this time set in Tokyo with rival Yakuza families! Romeo’s a rockstar! Anything to help kids in school learn more/get enthusiastic about English is good in my eyes – it might have helped me enthuse more about Romeo and Juliet for GCSE (something I found incredibly tedious). Sonia Leong and Emma Vieceli are both part of Sweatdrop Studios and have been published in Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga UK. Again you can see preview pictures on the webpage, and lager images in the press kit.
ISBN: 0955285607

Misunderstood – Roberta Leigh (writer) Tsukasa Shimeno (art) (Harlequin Books)

This seems to be a range of romance manga I was completely oblivious to?! Seems like a work related romance, can’t make out any more than what I see on the cover and the brief blurb on the website.

ISBN: 0373180059

Heart on Fire – Charlotte Lamb (writer) Yohna (art) (Harlequin Books)

I wonder if all the covers are this similar in composition, and I read they have a pink and violet series of books. The pink ones are presumably aimed at older teen? This is another work related romance I remain in the dark about.

ISBN: 0373180073
Hits & Misses – Realbuzz Studios (Barbour Publishing)

This is from a Christian manga studio who’s slogan is…wait for it…’Manga From Heaven’. Only in America. However, don’t panic, this isn’t a manga about the Bible…(although I think a manga version of at least part of the bible exists somewhere?). Instead, this appears to be safe manga with messages/ideals for children. I thinks it’s pretty weird to attach a specific religion to a manga because you will inevitably narrow your target audience that was already small to start with, but the art looks good, and any message to kids to show teamwork with people from other cultures is fine with me! Also great to see a girl’s sports team, called the Periwinkle Penguins. How cute!

ISBN: 15978956

That’s your lot! Hopefully it’s the complete list of new stuff now.

Hentai Shounen and Beauty Labyrinth of Razors – Jun Hayami (NSFW)

Well that was…an erotic-grotesque experience! *O.o*
Not one I’ll be repeating soon, after reading this guy had a manga so disturbing none of the printers would touch it (see below), I figured I should check out one of his manga, Hentai Shounen, and, er, if watching someone cut off their nipples, stick pins and candle wick in their penis, and lick girls wee out of a japanese toilet is intriguing to you, then this might be the manga for you! If not you might just enjoy the excellent artwork or seeing something pretty darn weird. Jun Hayami is very talented, just a shame there wasn’t a cyberpunk/horror/sci-fi/deep plot story accompanying all the sex/masturbation, to justify it all. Having sex with the shoes and the human leg (that’s kept rotting in the cupboard afterwards) was the highlight (?)/most memorable image for me.

Certainly thought provoking, not the kind of thing I expect Tokyopop or Dark Horse to publish anytime soon! In fact, any time ever! Especially with a chapter called, ‘Even though you’re just 14’… @_@

For the record I NEVER want to see someone cut off their nipples ever again, that was a special kind of horrible. So I thought I’d share the euuughness of it all to demonstrate just how talented/warped/genius this guy is:

I did feel sympathetic for the character sometimes, he’s just so pathetic, all the sexual deeds seem like a compulsive habit. The art composition for the pornographic images was fantastic though, I was impressed with the way he shaped his face and hands onto the underneath of a girl’s bicycle seat while imagining her naked bits through her clothes (I would have put up a picture, but er, not sure I want sexual organs on my blog thanks!).

It’s nice to see imagination, but to this extent, I ended up laughing, especially when he’s imagining standing in the sewer underneath where she’s taking a dump. There comes a point when there’s a penis in nearly every picture so it becomes about the person and not the penis ‘being there, doing things’ – does that make sense? I get that he’s a nympho and can’t really enjoy connection to women without pain, and it’s horribly wonderful to see the result. I found myself feeling especially sorry for the character when he resorts to dressing in girl’s pants and roleplaying both parts of the sexual act to reach a climax, then trying to stick his penis in his anus? Is that possible, no, wait, I don’t actually want to know the answer to that, eugh. If you think that’s the grossest thing ever then clearly you’ve never seen anyone orgasm from sticking a toothpick in their penis. @_@ **The Horror.**

I’ve written enough about that, I don’t particularly want to think about it any longer! How do I rate my enjoyment level of something so disgustingly, fascinatingly disturbing? Well it was a pretty engrossing read, and there are many images that will stick in my mind, and it got me thinking about human detachment and self destruction, so, overall, 8.5/10.

If you’re intrigued by arty, disturbing sexual manga then you might want to purchase Beauty Labyrinth of Razors (18+).

It will give you twelve, uncensored, sexually violent stories of innocent girls and perverted acts. You can view mini preview pictures of Beauty Labyrinth of Razors on Creation’s webpage. The real thing costs $20. If anyone reads it, let me know just how disturbing you think it is!