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Twelve Kingdoms: V.1 Shoku (ep.1-5)
Twelve Kingdoms: V.1 Shoku (ep.1-5)
DVD ~ Mari Devon
Price: CDN$ 26.01
8 used & new from CDN$ 2.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It, June 15 2004
You're reading this review, and you're thinking: "Is this going to be worth it?"
The sort answer is: "Yes, especially if you like medieval fantasy"
The long answer is, well, read on...
I own disks 1 through 4. Of all the disks, #1 is the hardest to sit through. This is because you are going to have a hard time finding anyone to like in the first disk. Stick With It: you'll find plenty to like in the rest of the series. There is character development. The plots are interesting. The artwork is great. A good value for the money.
The only downside to the disks is the vocabulary: not only are there a plethora of magical creatures (that have their own names), but a whole vocabulary about how those magical creatures relate to the "human" occupants of the lands of the Twelve Kingdoms. (You'll have to watch the episodes to figure out why I put the word 'human' in quotes...)
If this kind of detail drives you nuts, then this might not be your cup of tea. For my own part, I figure I'll put that part of my brain on "cruise control" and wait until the language lesson seeps in.
I plan to get the rest of the disks in the series, in case you were wondering.

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
by Clamp
Edition: Paperback
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Testing My Patience, June 11 2004
You might want to see my comments on XXXholic: it gives my general impression of CLAMP in general. I won't repeat myself here.
I have not read any of the tie-in books (except for XXXholic, all of the rest were too "kawaii" for this otaku), so my impression is of this book alone.
My overall impression of this book was favorable. I will probably buy the next book in the series just to find out what happens (damn you, CLAMP! all your attention-span are belong to us!)
The reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 is a nit pick: I didn't like the art in the dimensional travel panels. It was just too chaotic for my taste. Now, there are those who would say "well,duh, it's interdimensional travel...it's supposed to be chaotic!" There's chaotic and beautiful, and chaotic and messy. This was chaotic and messy.
Fortunately, the travel panels are less than 10% of the book, so if you can wade through the transitions you're going to have a neat story on your hands.

xxxHOLiC
xxxHOLiC
by Clamp
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Submitted for Your Approval, June 7 2004
This review is from: xxxHOLiC (Paperback)
How these ladies can keep cranking these books out like sausage without them feeling like they were cranked out like sausage is beyond me. Dont' struggle, just accept. This is another fabulous book.
This book is a collection of Twilight Zone style short stories, with our well-endowed witch Yuki and our petulant schoolboy Watanuki as our unifying characters.
For those of you new to CLAMP, let me take you through the CLAMP checklist: Beautiful artwork -- check. Beautiful costumes -- check. Interesting characters -- heh, an understatement. A moral lurking just at the edges of the plot -- check. A plot that takes at least two books to develop -- check (you were not in a hurry, I hope). A plot and/or characters that are ever so slightly...bent -- oh yeah.
Don't worry. If you read any of CLAMP's work fast enough and without any serious thought it won't ruffle your PG-13 sensibilities. It's just when you start to think about the issues that seemed like they were on the margins of the story that you realize what the story was *really* about.
Ant THAT, for me, is what makes CLAMP such a damn fine read.

Twelve Kingdoms: V.1 Shoku (ep.1-5)
Twelve Kingdoms: V.1 Shoku (ep.1-5)
DVD ~ Mari Devon
Price: CDN$ 26.01
8 used & new from CDN$ 2.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your Back, April 2 2004
Think: "The Wizard of Oz meets The Princess Bride". This first CD should have been subtitled "Betrayal", because our heroine gets sold out by pretty much everybody.
I'm typically NOT a fan of stories where the person we're supposed to be rooting for starts out behnd the 8-ball. And in the case of the first disk of "The 12 Kingdoms" our heroine should have succumbed to "Sidekick Syndrome" i.e. dead in the first 12 minutes of the story.
But she doesn't. In fact, you're left with a clifhanger worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson by the end of the DVD. You are either going to be hooked, or not. If not, no harm done, it's an interesting story. If you are, you are going to have to buy at least two more DVD's to get to the end of this story. This is anime, get over it. If you wanted a cheaper addiction, you should have tried drugs.
What really struck me was the "instructional" quality of the story: "O.K., here the heroine is really beeing too trusting for her own good, you can see how this will not turn out well from a mile away. Now here she's over-reacting to her previous bad experiences. She's just cutting off her nose to spite her face".
In short, what I didn't like about this DVD was more a matter of personal style than the content. Overall, it's very good. I'll give the series a chance...at least 2 more DVD's worth.

Robota
Robota
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.35
26 used & new from CDN$ 5.28

4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for a Science Fiction Addict, Oct. 1 2003
This review is from: Robota (Hardcover)
This is the perfect book if you: 1) love the look/art of Star Wars, 2) Love Orson Scott Card, and/or 3) are a science fiction junkie with cash.
Fortunately, I fall into all three categories. The pictures are well concieved, lush, and exotic. I am not sure about this, but I suspect that the pictures and the plot outline were done before the story was actually penned. If this is the case, Card does an excellent job of fitting plot to the puzzle pieces represented by the pictures. If it's the other way around, well, it's still good Orson Scott Card, just don't expect "Ender's Game".
For those of you who like your SF worlds as tight and seamless as Kate Moss's one-piece in "The Matrix", well, you had better give it up. Dinosaurs gambol with robots and *everything* seems to be smarter than Homo Sap on this planet. Put your brain in "park", keep your hands inside the car, ooh and aah at the pretty pictures, and enjoy the good ride. Yes, this is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

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