Star Wars Month: The Manga Series

By Hannah

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This is actually four different mangas, each written by George Lucas, but illustrated by different artists.  Originally these were published in Japan by Media Works.  Dark Horse is publishing them in America.  I found these manga through my manga reader app Zingbox, which only had these four episodes available.  I’m going to review each of them individually.

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Episode 1: The Phantom Menace by Kia Asamiya

This manga does a great job simplifying the movie.  It goes over the important plot points, but skips some of the extra details.  It takes a two plus hour movie and squishes it down to two volumes.

I like Anakin better on paper than I do in the movies.  Probably because he’s a two dimensional character, and paper is where a two dimensional character belongs.  Jar Jar Binks is worse in paper form than he is in movie form.  I did not think that was possible.  He is just so annoying.

The artwork is interesting, prominent angular noses and smallish eyes, but kind of static.  The best part of The Phantom Menace is the action.  The pod race in the movie was too long, but it was exciting.  In the manga it took a less than a chapter.  Same for the epic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn.  I would like some more action from now on.

3 out of 5 Stars

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Episode 4: A New Hope by Hisao Tamaki

This manga does a great job of retelling the story and giving Luke some more motivation.  In the movie, Luke says that he wants to join the Republic at the beginning.  In the manga, Luke has flashbacks of his friend joining the resistance, and he plans to meet up with that friend.  He only tells his Aunt and Uncle that he is planning to join the Republic.  I like that this manga managed to add to the movie.

The artwork is classic manga style.  Big eyes, small mouth, beautiful attention to details.  It reminds me of the styling of Sailor Moon. The only down side, is the way Chewbacca is depicted.  His body is big and furry, but his face is cartoonish and looks like he’s wearing a mask.  Clearly the artist interpreted Chewie as the animal sidekick. It’s as though someone took Sailor Moon artwork and pasted a Pokemon into the story.

4 out of 5 Stars

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Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back by Toshiki Kudo

This manga has all the intrigue, action, and romance that I remember from the movie.  Leia and Han are super cute and flirty, Luke is clueless but eager, C3PO is obnoxious, and Yoda is kind of equal parts cheeky and preachy.

The artwork reminds me of Slayers, another classic anime.  It’s a simple and clean style.  When a situation is funny or a character is embarrassed, their faces scrunch up.  It kind of looks like a boot with a face and hair on top.  I really like the way Chewie is depicted.  He looks less like a cheap animal sidekick and more like the legitimate partner in crime that he is.

4 out of 5 Stars

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Episode 6: Return of the Jedi by Shin-Ichi Hiromoto

This is the story where everybody steps up their game, except Han.  Han’s character doesn’t really have anything to contribute but one liners and googly eyes for Leia.  Last time we saw them, everyone was sad and pathetic.  Now Luke is a legit action hero.  Leia is the kick ass female protagonist of my dreams.  Chewie is a power house.  I would actually have liked more focus on Chewbacca.

This is the first story with art that is such a mixed bag of great and horrible.  The great? The aliens/droids and the action.  The aliens/droids are depicted with such detail, that they feel real.  Like I could totally see a droid rolling down the street in everyday life with the way the artist draws.  The action flows beautifully, there is motion in every frame.  The horrible?  The humans.  Anytime a human is not involved in an action scene, there is no life.  It’s like someone took an eight year old playing with dolls and drew that.  It’s very disconcerting.

3.5 out of 5 Stars

The formatting of this manga is confusing.  Traditionally manga is read right to left, top to bottom.  When Dark Horse chose to translate it, they also chose to mirror the images, so that it would read left to right.  It took me a few pages to realize what was happening.  They do warn you at the beginning of the volumes, but I skipped that page apparently…

Translation wise, it’s interesting.  This story was originally done in English, translated into Japanese, and then back into English.  If you’ve never translated Baby Got Back into Latin and then back into English, you are missing out.  If you have you know that some things don’t translate back and forth very easily.  When it came to droid names, the translator spelled them out.  Artoodetoo and Seethreepio.  It was a little odd, because everywhere else I see them named R2D2 and C3P0.  I think it was done to humanize the droids, which is cool, but it took me a while to figure it out.  One weird translation that I only saw in the first manga was translating laser shots to “shoot shoot shoot” and not “pew pew pew.”

If you like Star Wars, this is a good manga.  Often it adds a fresh perspective to the movies.  There are several things I noticed in the manga that I missed in the movies.  Like the fact that R2 was Padme’s droid.  Or the realization that C3P0 was programmed by a little kid, which was probably why he is kind of annoying.  I also like that the manga is taking the familiar and then interpreting it through another culture.

Altogether 4 out of 5 Stars

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Star Wars Month: Marathon Musings Part 1

By Hannah

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Courtney and I decided to watch all the Star Wars movies in chronological order.  At first we were going to try to do it in one sitting, but that’s 17 hours and 40 minutes worth of movies.  Not including snack, stretch, and pee breaks.  Way too long.  We watched episode 1, 2, 3, and Rogue One for today’s marathon.

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Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

A.k.a. The Abomination Known As Jar Jar Binks

A.k.a. Darth Maul Should Have Been A Bigger Deal

A.k.a. Why Did You Ruin Yoda?  He Was Awesome, Now He’s Kind Of A Jerk.

A.K.A. You Shouldn’t CGI Everything!

Hannah: I love the way this movie looks.  The background, the costumes, the props, all perfect.  That’s it.  Everything else is just painful.  The only characters with any chemistry are Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan.  Anakin is a two dimensional wonderboy and everybody was over acting.

Courtney: This movie is my least favorite of all the Star Wars movies, but I tolerate it because it’s a necessary evil and Padme’s clothes are amazing. I know that the point is that you’re supposed to feel sympathy for baby Darth Vader, but I never feel any; he just irritates the shit out of me.

Hannah:  They were trying to play up the Chosen One aspect too hard.  First, everything the kid does has a “Look what I can do” vibe, then everyone keeps praising him for how kind and pure he is.  Finally, he doesn’t have a dad, just the midichlorians.  Why all the craziness?  He may be the future Original Dark Lord, but he still puts his pants on one leg at a time.

Courtney: This is actually something that still bothers me that I’m hoping will get cleared up in 8. The whole chosen one prophecy crap, they started talking about it in movie 1 and it’s been 8 movies and I still don’t think we’ve found the person they’re talking about. And don’t tell me it’s Luke, cause Luke sucks.

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Episode 2: Attack Of The Clones

A.K.A. What’s With The Stupid Padawan Hairstyle

A.K.A. What kind of place elects a teenager to be queen?

A.K.A. Whiny Douche Canoe Anakin Skywalker

A.K.A. Padme Could And Would Do Better

A.K.A. Wow The Jedi Council Really Sucks

Hannah:  Once again, the visuals of this movie are on point.  Padme wears some of the best outfits ever and the scenery looks both out of this world and realistic.  It’s eye candy, pure and simple.  Unfortunately the movie throws the equivalent of Twizzlers(my least favorite candy) into the mix with all the horrible acting, bad chemistry, and ,”m’ladying.”  Every time Anakin interacts with Padme, she cringes.  Their first kiss, he awkwardly rubs her shoulder and the look on her face is shouting “Creeper! Creeper! Creeper!”

Courtney: I like this movie marginally better than the first one. I like it more because we slowly start to see why Anakin would consider the dark side. However I do agree with Hannah, about the Twizzlers and Anakin. Anakin is my least favorite main character at this point, it’s a lot of him pouting about how people don’t have more faith in him, when at this point, we’ve never seen a reason why anyone should have more faith in him.

Hannah:  It reminds me of the fan theory that Anakin was using the force to manipulate Padme into being in a relationship with him.  It explains so much, because he is so creepy.  He’s like one of those guys who tells you to smile all the time and then blames you for not wanting to jump into bed with him.  Padme is a former queen at this point.  She has had to deal with his kind before, but she just smiles and goes along with it.

Courtney: I agree with you. I think teenage Anakin is worse than child Anakin. And I really can’t stand child Anakin.

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Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

A.K.A. We Skipped This One

Hannah: My reason for skipping this movie is that even though it’s probably the best of the prequels, I really don’t like watching whiny baby Anakin get played by the most easily see throughable manipulation attempt ever.  I also hate watching Padme go from a kickass senator, leader of her people, to a woman who spends the entire movie asking why her husband is so mean to her.

Courtney: This one is important, but I’d kind of had all the bad acting I could take for one day. I also get frustrated at this point because the movies failed at what they were supposed to do. The whole point of the beginning trilogy is to make you understand why Darth Vader is the way he is, why he made those choices and by the end of the movies, I don’t care. The television show Clone Wars, (which should be watched between episodes 2 and 3) accomplishes what the movies were supposed to, and they give you a variety of characters to root for.

Hannah:  Courtney mentioned, during the marathon, that one of the reasons that episodes 1-3 are so difficult, is because there is no one to root for.  I’ve got to agree with that assessment  We went in knowing that little boy wonder Anakin Skywalker was going to become big bad Darth Vader.  We know that Luke and Leia were separated at birth, so either their mother dies, or she abandons one of them in order to raise the other, so Padme is hard to root for.  We know that Obi-Wan becomes an obnoxious lying force ghost and Jar Jar is an abomination.  Maybe if we hadn’t known that Ani would become Darthy, we would have had an easier time liking him…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A.K.A. Finally Putting The War In Star Wars

A.K.A. Not Just Another Good Versus Evil Story

A.K.A. Finally We Get To Know Why People Were Rebelling Pre-Alderaan

A.K.A. WHY?????

Hannah: This is my first time watching Rogue One.  I knew the ending ahead of time (After one month out, I no longer care about spoilers, because I like talking with people about stuff like this) but I didn’t know how it was going to affect me.  Watching as my lovable misfits died one after another, chasing hope for the future, was heartbreaking.  

Courtney: I’d seen this movie a few times and was doing my best not to spoil anything more for Hannah. Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars movie, even though it makes me cry everytime I watch it. I like it because it sinks home that this is a war and there are losses. Rogue One also makes the back trilogy that much more impactful because now we have seen the loss and what it took to get the plans for the death star. Honestly, the first half of the movies are the roughest which is weird when you consider that the back half was filmed 40 years ago and it still kicks 1-3s ass.

Hannah:  I think this movie is important for two reasons.  One, because it shows how the common people have been dealing with the after effects of all the epic quests that the other movie’s characters have been going through.  The other movies all feature royalty, rogues, the chosen ones, lovable sidekicks, etc.  They never feature the innocent bystanders, the spies, the ground soldiers, or stormtroopers who can hit stuff.  Two, because it showed that death is important and permanent.  This is going to sound callous, but in the first movies, anyone important who died, usually came back as a Force Ghost.  At least for those with on screen deaths.

We got through the hard part of a Star Wars marathon.  All four movies are a little over 9 hours.  We saved ourselves over two hours of torture by skipping Revenge of the Sith.  Look forward to the Star Wars Marathon Part 2.

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Game Of Thrones S.7 Ep.1: Dragonstone

By Domoni

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It feels like we have waited so long for the return of Winter, finally it is here. Game Of Thrones Season 7 premiered last night and I have feelings. Spoilers ahead.

From the opening segment my heart was in my chest. A quick previously on, covered the necessary information for a quick reminder of where we are now then smoothly slips into what I thought was a flashback scene. Walder Frey is feasting his family for a job well done in slaughtering the Stark’s. A few moments in and it dawns on my that Arya must be wearing the face of Frey, as all the Frey men begin to gasp and fall from the poisoned wine they have been served.  In true Avenging Arya style, she drops a wicked line and struts out. Welcome back to Westeros.

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At times the show did slip into some slow but necessary bits to let us know where characters are. We have a moment where Meera and Bran arrive at the wall, Lord Commander Edd Tollet opens the gate to ask who they are, he appears to doubt the youngest living Stark until he fills him in with some of his three eyed raven mojo and they all enter Castle Black.

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Back in Winterfell, Jon is rousing the North to prepare for the war with the White Walkers. He assigned Tormund to head to the vulnerable castles on the wall and man them with the free folk. A public row with Sansa has the Stark siblings arguing about punishing betrayal and rewarding loyalty before Jon pulls the “I’m the King” card and Sansa pouts. Then the bannermen are instructed to train all able bodies between the ages of 10 and 60 which gives us the chance to watch another epic Lyanna Mormont moment.

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Sansa follows Jon from the meeting to further berate him for not listening to her. To me she comes off as very petty and vengeful, Sansa is broken and it feels as though she wants to break other people. She has been through hell, but that doesn’t mean she is the only one who knows how to battle. A timely demand from Cersei that Jon bend the knee has Sansa warning Jon to listen to her more.

Oh and about Cersei, she is down in King’s Landing playing at ruler of the Seven Kingdoms ( Three at best as Jaime reminds her) as the Lannister siblings argue over what move to make, Cersei seems to be failing to grasp she does not have the power she thinks she does. She has lost all of her allies, but seems to have a plan to make some new ones with massive boats. Seriously where did they get the wood to build all those boats so fast.

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Enter Euron Greyjoy, Lord of the makeover. Seriously though, it is good to be the pretend king. He comes in with some serious swagger, excellent jokes about having two hands and offers his fleet to Cersei so they can murder their family members together in matrimony. When she turns him down, he promises to return with a gift she cannot refuse and struts out in his fancy leather pants.

A pop over to the Citadel and we see Sam dealing with all the shit, quite literally. I think this was the hardest scene for me to watch since I began watching this show. So much bedpan nastiness. Sam wants to find the information to help fight the white walkers but he is not yet a maester and is struggling. So he steals some keys and enters the restricted section.

At Winterfell again we get a nice little gift in the form of Brienne and Tormund. I can never get enough of their interactions. Then Littlefinger gets all smarmy with Sansa before she knocks him down with a few well placed barbs.

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Cut to Arya stumbling upon an Ed Sheeran concert for the soldiers. It’s a cute little scene where we get a glimpse into the ordinary men that fight the battles before Arya confesses she is heading south to Kings Landing to kill the Queen, cue my disappointment that she is not heading to Winterfell.

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The Hound is with the Brotherhood Without Banners and we get a moment of him being more of a decent human being and feeling sorrow over the deaths of the man and daughter who took him and Arya in. He finally looks into the flames and sees a vision from the Lord of Light that shows the Night King and his army marching on the wall.

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At the citadel again with more poop and soup and suddenly a scaly Jorah arm shoots out as he asks Sam if the Dragon Queen has come yet. So things are not looking good for the old knight with a thing for Dany. Sam hits the books and low and behold there is a map of Dragonstone which is full of dragonglass, who would have thunk it.

Speaking of Dany, the Mother of Dragons is finally home.

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They crammed a lot of catch up into this episode yet still had enough drama to keep me anxious. This season is off to a good start in my opinion and as long as Tormund is not killed on the wall, I am excited to see what it will bring.

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Orphan Black S.5 EP. 6: Manacled Slim Wrists

By Courtney

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This is a Krystal episode! I love Krystal because she gets so close to the truth on her own and then misses it spectacularly. She is a hoot to watch. This episode starts with Krystal and her friend on the their vlog. They are recording an episode and discover that her friend’s hair is literally breaking off. Krystal comes to the obvious conclusion in her mind, that her friend has obviously been targeted by the big cosmetics industry. She calls Art who realizes that she’s stumbled on half the truth in typical Krystal form.

On the island, Cosima tries to convince Mud to free her from her cage and we learn Mud’s backstory. Mud is extremely faithful to PT Westmoreland because he saved her life and gave her a place to go. She used to be a drug addict who stole from her parents and tried to overdose. Mud spent six months as a vegetable before waking up on the island. It appears she credits PT with giving her life meaning and a second chance. Dr. Coady also shows up on the island due to PT’s invite and Ira realizes that they are taking the blood from children and infusing it into PT to try and extend his life. Susan realizes things are going too far and that she is unable to control them. She plots an escape plan with Ira who has been slowly glitching and not telling anyone.

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Krystal reveals that she has been texting the CEO of a cosmetic company that was just purchased by Dyad. Art and Sarah hatch a plan to get information from him, but Krystal insists that she be the one to find out if he is a hypocrite. Krystal wows them by pulling out an earpiece and giving them the code so they can listen and help her.  At this point all we can do is watch as hilarity ensues as Krystal pumps the guy for the information they need in epic Krystal formation. Krystal proves that she is just as strong and determined as her clone sisters, she just has a very unique way of doings. They discover that Dyad has been experimenting with transmitting gene therapy through a dermal level which makes them a whole lot scarier.

On the island Mud agrees to not get in the way while Ira helps Cosima escape. Ira gives Cosima a piece of information. Susan and Mud try to kill PT. Cosima is trying to leave the island and finds the residents in an uproar over the death of a young girl who’s cancer PT was supposed to be curing. The residents empty Cosima’s bag and she shows them what Ira gave her earlier, a picture of young PT with Susan from the 60’s showing that PT has been lying and that there is no fountain of youth. The residents agree to let Cosima leave and then start setting fire to all the buildings. Cosima finds Charlotte and gets in the boat to wait for Susan and Ira. We see Ira looking for Susan only to find her dead, connected to the same drip bag she tried to kill PT with. Dr. Coady had interrupted her attempt on PT’s life and apparently thought the answer was to kill her. Ira sits beside Susan’s body and continues to glitch.  Cosima realizes that they are not coming and leaves the island in the boat.

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The episode ends with Rachel coming to collect Kira for a “sleep study”. We know that PT is ready to start testing hormones on Kira, this may be how it starts.

I really liked this episode, but I am probably biased because I especially enjoy episodes with Krystal. Krystal brings such a great comedic element to the show. We’re over halfway done with the season and we’re getting more answers. We know that PT is not 170 as he claims, we know what happened to Mud. Cosima is free from the cage and the island hopefully. I understand why PT couldn’t die in this episode, he’s hydra, the final big bad. Although from what we’ve seen of Dr. Coady, she’d probably give him a run for his money in the bad department, she literally has no line she won’t cross. And we still have questions, what is PT going to do now? When are they going to harvest Kira’s eggs. Delphine? Where is Alison? Who are all of Mrs. S’s contacts?

Until next time clone club.

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Star Wars Month: Rogue One Blu-Ray edition

By Domoni

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I loved Rogue One in the theater. It was a spectacular film, so I was very excited for the Blu-Ray and DVD release. Considering how much we knew about the reshoots and how much of the content we saw in the trailers never appeared in the film, I expected the Blu-Ray to be full of fun content. Sadly, there were no deleted scenes. I was so sad about this.

The Blu-Ray does have some fun extra content, but we didn’t get a commentary track for those insights into the director’s mind. Though the featurettes do a great ob of putting you into the mind set of the characters, I wanted so much more.

What is included:

A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
My particular favorite was the look into creating the the beautiful CGI overlay of Princess Leia. When I had heard she would appear, I was terrified of the mess they would make of that, but I loved the moment and thought they had handled it very well.
The movie makes me cry every time I watch it. Yes I knew going in that they sacrificed everything to get the plans to the rebels, but seeing it on screen after 2 hours of meeting and loving this incredible cast of characters is difficult.
Jen Erso is a strong female character, which doesn’t surprise me because Star Wars has previously written amazingly strong women. However, they could have more than one appear in a film at a time. (episode 7 does do a little better but still)
For me Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO stole the show. The sassy robot stole my heart. I want a movie with K-2SO and Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The sassy banter would be amazing.
So overall, I still would have purchased the Blu-Ray because it’s Star Wars, but I wish I had had more deleted scenes and input on the reason so much was reshot.
4 out of 5 stars.
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Drifters by Kouta Hirano

By Hannah

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Drifters started in 2009 by Kouta Hirano (creator of the cult classic Hellsing).  It’s being serialized in Young King Ours, a monthly seinen magazine in Japan.  In the US it is licensed by Dark Horse Comics.  There are currently five volumes available in the US.  As of October 2016 there is one season of an anime and a second season has been announced.

Shimazu Toyohisa is a hick samurai who is critically injured during the  Battle of Sekigahara(1602).  After mortally wounding the oppositions general, so his uncle could escape, Toyohisa finds himself walking through a mysterious hallway.  At the end of the hallway is a bespectacled man, reading a newspaper and smoking a cigarette.  Toyohisa then wakes up in the ruins of a tower.  There he meets Oda Nobunaga, a famous warlord who died in the Honnoji Incident (1582) and a young Nasu no Yoichi, legendary archer and hero of the Battle of Yashima who most believe died in 1232 at the age of 64.  

From there Toyohisa finds out that he is in another world where elves, dwarves, giants, orcs, dragons, and magic exist.  It’s also a world where historical figures from all over our world are sent.  Some  call them Drifters and hope that they will save the world.  Others call them Ends and know that they will destroy it.

What I love about this story is the character interactions.  Oda Nobunaga is an evil mastermind, who would use Toyohisa as a puppet to take over this new world.  Toyohisa is simple, loves battle, is honest, and fearless.  In theory he makes a great puppet, but he is too unpredictable for Oda to control.  Throw in the powerful and level headed Yoichi and you get a comedic trio that can defeat any enemy and win a reader’s heart.

There is a lot going on is this manga.  First, you get to play spot the historical figure.  That’s the easy part.  Then you get to play why are they important?  In this world, it’s pretty apparent what their role is.  In our world?  I tend to wiki a lot of the Drifters and the Ends.  It’s fascinating to see how the author interprets these people.  Oda Nobunaga is an evil genius with a big boobs fetish, Hannibal Barca (considered to be one of the greatest military leaders in history) is a senile old man who demands berries all the time, and Jeanne d’Arc is an insane pyromaniac with gender issues.

The artwork in this manga is frantic and violent.  It ranges wildly from every detail depicted perfectly in a frame to giant bubble heads with flailing arms that appear boneless in a frame.  Often on the same page.  It’s great.  It allows the characters to be more human.  They get to tell their jokes, express soul deadening despair, emphasize the importance of what just happened, and lets the reader know a little bit about what’s going on in that character’s head.

Drifters is categorized as Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, and Seinen.  Action and adventure because there are many epic battle scenes.  Comedy because there is tons of jokes throughout the story.  Ranging from some truly stupid poop jokes to laughing at forcing elves to speak Japanese so that they can keep their heads.  All because Toyohisa charged into battle shouting that any who couldn’t speak Japanese were forfeiting their heads to him.  It gets pretty dark sometimes.  Fantasy because this all takes place in a Middle Earth type land.  Historical, because all the Drifters and the Ends were real people in our world.  Seinen is a category marketed to young boys and men old enough to read kanji.  It is a dude centric story with lots of blood and guts.  

If you like blood, guts, crazy eyes, and/or history you will love this manga.  I just wish it was a little less of a sausage fest…  More kick ass female characters would be a good thing.  They are there, just more would be appreciated.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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Star Wars Month: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

By Courtney

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I have been a Star Wars fan for a long time. I remember being around the age of 9 or 10 and playing make believe that I was Princess Leia. As Leia, I could fight and do the rescuing too. I grew up and I grew away from the Star Wars fandom, partially because I didn’t know the extent that existed. One fateful convention day around 15 to 20 years later, I went to a panel about women in the Star Wars fandom and it opened my eyes to a world I had no idea existed. There were all these women discussing a fandom I thought I had left back in my childhood and it felt amazing to be there and listen and find out about all these new and interesting things that were going on within the Star Wars world. I fell back into the fandom hard and I’ve been happily free falling ever since. I was curious to see if the character of Princess Leia would hold up to time and if I would still think she was the amazing badass I remembered her to be. Spoiler Alert, Princess Leia is fucking awesome. I found Carrie Fisher’s first memoir because I wanted to learn more about the amazing woman behind one of my favorite characters.

Carrie Fisher is blunt. She starts off the book by informing everyone that she has had electro shock therapy and that she is bipolar. Carrie talks about her massively confusing family tree and her history with drug and alcohol abuse. We learn that Carrie’s drug overdose was an accident; and that she found herself very surprised by what had happened as it certainly was not what she intended. It made her a more relatable person because she describes the incident in such a confounded way, it made it feel like it was something that could happen to anyone; like pouring too much laundry detergent in your washing machine. What I found interesting was how strong her relationship with her mother was. Some people have strained relationships with their mothers and Carrie and her mother lived right next door to each other. I also appreciated the level of  self awareness  that she treated her childhood with. She knew she didn’t have the average childhood and she didn’t blame any of her problems as an adult on it, which was refreshing.

The biggest problem I had with this book was that it was too short. I felt like the chapters were brief glimpses into her life and it was as though I were looking at her life through a hole in a fence.  I had no idea that Carrie was so funny or had such dry wit. The awareness that the book was written with was enough to make me like Carrie even more, but I still wanted more. The stories are engaging and it was very quick read. I hope there is more depth in her next memoir. I look forward to reading more of her stories. I recommend her book to anyone who has loved Princess Leia and wanted to know more about her.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.  

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Orphan Black S.5 Ep. 5: Ease for Idle Millionaires

By Courtney

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This episode starts with Cosima doing a test on a tooth from the beast in the woods. She is trying to figure out what the tooth is from. We also learn that the people on the island are hunting for the beast thing to protect the residents of the encampment.

 

We flashback to Cosima finding intellectual property written in her genes. This is the moment that Cosima realizes that she belongs to someone else. Throughout the seasons Cosima has been a rock for her sisters, she has been focused on the science and finding a cure and has been stable for the most part. We get a chance to see her freak out a little and question Delphine for being paid to lie to her. I can’t imagine how I would react upon learning that I was created like that.Cosima questions her existence and her choices and who she is.

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Back in present day Cosima learns what gene PT Westmoreland and Susan are actually researching and uses the knowledge to gain an invitation to dinner with them and Delphine. During the dinner, PT Westmoreland reveals that Delphine has betrayed Cosima again. From the information she gains at dinner, Cosima learns that the real plan for Kira is to harvest her eggs and implant them into 1300 surrogates to see if her healing trait is hereditary. The guy/beast breaks into the house during dinner and PT Westmoreland follows him to the basement. Mud warns Cosima not to go down there, but of course she ignores her. Cosima accuses PT Westmoreland of not being as old as he says he is and of lying about what he’s actually up to. He responds by asking her to do the humane thing and kill his experiment. Cosima thinks about it, because it probably is the more humane thing to do, this guy has been tortured and experimented on. She tells PT that he owns her life and has the ability to end it, but that he does not own her humanity. She goes over and starts to comfort him and PT kills him and locks Cosima in the cage.

 

During the episode Sarah makes a deal with Kira to learn about the connection Kira has to the rest of the clones. Delphine shows up to talk to Mrs S at the end of the episode to let her know what the plan for Kira is and they covertly exchange secrets.

 

I liked this episode because we got to know more about Cosima. We did also get a big question answered regarding the end goal for the research with Kira. The beast will also no longer be terrorizing the island. We still have questions, what is Mrs. S’s end goal? How long will Cosima be trapped in the cage? How soon are they going to try and harvest Kira’s eggs? Is PT really as old as he says he is?

Star Wars Month: Introduction to The Nerdy Girls Studio

Today we will introduce you to our second sister site, The Nerdy Girls Studio.

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In their own words:

Hi, we are Charlene and Courtney. We are two nerdy girls who wanted another way to express our love of all things nerdiness around our own houses. We liked the idea of pillow covers for sheer versatility. It’s a great way to update your living space without getting a new couch, and you can change it up with your mood, as the seasons change or as a new movie comes out. We look forward to exploring more corners of the home with quality quirky nerdy designs.

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You can find all of their fun designs on their Etsy or through their Facebook page.  And For the July Star Wars Special, use coupon code FANDOM10 to take 10% of your purchase.

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So keep an eye out the rest of this month for more of our Star Wars themed posts, be sure and enter our giveaway to win a $25 Etsy Gift Card and May The Force Be With You.

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Star Wars Month: Introduction to Fandomly Fashionable

So here at Deep in the Crease, some of us have other ventures. Charlene, Courtney and Domoni work together to help each other in this blog as well as those. We have decided to sort of bring them under one nerdy girl umbrella and present them to you all with theme months. Our first one shall be Star Wars.

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What that means? I will start by introducing you to the other two outlets. Fandomly Fashionable and The Nerdy Girls Studio. Then each month we will pick a theme, this will show up in various posts on each of those sites as well as translate to discounts on items sold at the other two sites. We are very passionate about all our nerdy outlets and are excited to share that with you.

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We are starting with Fandomly Fashionable. This is Courtney’s recently launched business. Courtney is quite talented and has taught herself how to sew and design some amazing fandom related clothing.

 

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In her own words:

I got inspired to start making clothes after going to a few conventions and looking for specific clothing items and being unable to find them. As an avid watcher of Project Runway, I thought that perhaps I could make what I was looking for. So I did, with a lot of trial and error. I design clothes that I want to buy, that I want to wear. I view clothes as a sort of modern day armor, sometimes I need an extra boost of confidence, so I wear my Batgirl dress and it helps me take on the world. Clothes should make you feel good and inspired, that’s what I hope you’ll find here.

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You can find Courtney’s awesome clothes on her Etsy or through her Facebook. Most everything she makes can be custom made to fit you specifically. Since July is Star Wars month, you should check out the Smuggler’s Special Han Solo inspired skirt which is on sale for 10% off through July.

Come back tomorrow to learn about The Nerdy Girls Studio.

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