Archive for May, 2010

To Terra..

May 29, 2010 2 comments

As Manga Moveble Feast is underway with this month’s selection, To Terra. Anyone can check for links to the other participants here. It is a feeling of mixed bag of nuts and bolts as I revisit the world of the Mu and the Terran. On one aspect, it has all the conflicts and rage of a serious human confrontation as one can see on X-Men or Matrix, or it can be as simple as a school yard conflict with two opposing sides. I would say a song of “Kumbaya” is probably going to be regarded with a huge wave of distaste, so I can only move on, as I try to probe into this work that is To Terra.

This manga is considered to be a classic title, and for that reason, there are fans, and appreciators. My personal feeling is one of appreciation and befuddlement. Appreciation for the nuances that the series is, and befuddlement for why couldn’t the characters in this book be resolving their issues? That is pretty similar to nearly every conflict that has ended with groups wrecking genocide on the other or vice versa. There were so much extremes in this series, that it felt quite gloomy for the most part. I can see for desperate times calls for desperate measures for some people.

Art, I do agree with other MMF’s that the drawings were an art of its times, and that I grew up thinking To Terra’s art seriously looked like the read along fairy tales that I grew up in the 80’s seeing at the Chinese bookstore.

I was very surprised that this work was written by a female. That’s probably a whack to the head, but for the most part, and my lack of knowledge that I write this, since there just isn’t enough graphic novels of this scope to be translated as of yet into English or what I have read to really justify this series as being strong in my list. Volume 2 was definitely not something I really liked, I have considered moments of dropping this series, but for the sake that I read this book before this MMF, I can say that it was a one time read, that would make it justifiable.

Some character thoughts, I was annoyed with Physis’s character, from when she released Keith in the second volume, to the ending when the Terrans mentioned on letting them hold her strange hand. I was thinking whoa… hypocrisy and iconography. I can only mention that times should change from when this book was written.

One of the relatively few scenes that stood out for me int his book, was this scene.

The concept of the earth as a marble/plaything of a higher being is pretty significant. Men in Black or The Hitchker’s Guide to the Galaxy are two movie examples. I find that the series in spit of all its mostly down point, this gave a final hope, that there should be a paradox, that what is viewed as a world, maybe someone’s play thing.

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NYC’s Japan Society Cosplay 2.0

May 26, 2010 2 comments

Recently I went to the Japan Society’s Cosplay 2.0 event. There was a contest with gift certificates to Kinokuniya as prizes. Before the contest though, there was some time to talk pictures with various cosplayers though. These are some of my favorite shots from that day. For other shots that I took, they are uploaded on my Flickr.

This was a candid shot that I took, I really liked how Haruhi was sitting. Quite pretty and sexy right?

She is one of the members from Team USA, and at times, I like taking pictures from an angle, so this should be a nice pose.

A candid shot of Tomoko-hime.

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Following up on Mushishi from April’s MMF…

May 4, 2010 Leave a comment

So April is over, and May has happened. I skipped out on Sakura Matsuri this year at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, saw some shots that my friend took.

I recently participated on a podcast, Ed Sizemore’s follow up to his round up of entries about Mushishi, the manga, including mine. This podcast is the second time I actually was on one. The first one did not make it past the cutting board, and now this one. I am going to be calling the kettle black if I don’t confess that I didn’t hear myself go off on a tangent, that people didn’t understand, and for that I profess my sincere apologies. Thanks to Ed for giving that opportunity.

One of these days need to finalize my thoughts about Mushishi, but all experiences surrounding this title are good ones. I have to confess that I haven’t read Mushishi since January, and I was seriously thinking about the anime while I was doing the podcast. I kept on thinking of remarks, and then my mind wandered, and I was like, what was my train of thought again?

I can only say if anyone wants to hear me on podcast, I will try my best. Since all I can say is practice makes perfect.

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