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Calendar Calendar
Calendar Calendar
Offered by samurai_media_JPN401
Price: £16.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese performer who should be better known, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Calendar Calendar (Audio CD)
I first heard about Tusji Ayano after watching the Ghibli film The Cat Returns. She sings the end title song Haru ni Kaze. I instantly loved the song and her voice, but finding her albums outside Japan is difficult. Fortunately Calender Calender, her second album, can be found on Amazon UK. She is a great artist with a lovely singing voice that deserves recognition in the west. Okay, she does not sing in English, but some of the more successful J-Pop and rock singers do not either, such as Gackt, Hyde or Gazette, so that should not put people off on finding this artist.
The album is full of catchy little tunes that, dispite whether you know the language or not, you will be humming away. I highly recommend her to anyone who wishes to learn more about Japanese pop music that isn't manufactured like Puffy AmiYumi or Halcali.

Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 1
Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 1
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dredd, 25 Jun. 2007
I have always been a big fan of Judge Dredd and rate him as one of my top comic creations, so I am probably a little biased here. I remember reading these when my father bought me 2000AD back in the 70s when I was a child and what I liked then I still like now. Over the years I have lost touch with Dredd and could only find collections in his more well known stories or the old Titan releases, but never a complete collection of the stand alone strips. Now finally someone has had the good sense to issue the back catalogue of Dredd in these rather good books and about time too. A must have for any true Judge Dredd fan.

Nausicaa Perfect Collection: Vol 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Pb))
Nausicaa Perfect Collection: Vol 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Pb))
by Hayao Miyazaki
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 4 Feb. 2007
This is one of the best graphic novels/manga I have ever read. It's scope and vision are amazing. It is now difficult to get hold of, but is worth looking out for. Miyazaki san has created a fantastic world with characters you can really feel and live with. The film only covers part of the vast storyline and anyone who has seen the film should go out and try to obtain copies of these books.

Only Yesterday [DVD]
Only Yesterday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Isao Takahata
Price: £9.50

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghibli does adult entertainment, 24 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Only Yesterday [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of the Ghibli films done by the other directing talent Isao Takahata. Better known for his film "Graveyard of the Fireflies" this is another film done more for an adult audience. Made in 1991 under the Japanese title of Omohide Poro Poro and based on the manga by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuuko Tone, it tells of Taeko and how she goes on vacation from her busy job in Tokyo to work on a farm. During her travels her mind wanders back to when she was ten and how events then make her re-evaluate her life. It is set in the 1980s with flashbacks to the 60s, when Taeko was still in grade school. As usual the animation is excellent with realism in faces and scenery that are fantastic. The disc comes with a "making of" documentary , which in itself is also quite interesting.

Only one small quibble for those who prefer to watch films dubbed, this isn't. There is only a subbed version. Personally it doesn't bother me, as I prefer to watch these films subbed anyway.

Not a film for children, but it shows that anime needn't be for children and can appeal to adults just as much.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: £10.60

103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Anime you'll see, 7 Sept. 2006
Channel four recently put a Studio Ghibli film into its 100 films to see before you die, and it was Princess Mononoke, which is a great film, but in my opinion this is the film that should be there instead. Credited as a Studio Ghibli film is was not made by Ghibli, but by the people who would eventually become Ghibli when they made the second film, Laputa. First seen in the west as a butchered film called Warriors of the Winds, it sank beneath the waves until the recent interest in Ghibli with the release of Spirited Away and it was released in an uncut form with new voice talent. It is based on a Manga that Miyzaki had been writing for 13 years until he bought it to the screen.

It shows a world devastated by mans folly 1000 years before in a war in which burnt the world. Survivors now live in isolated communities seperated by the Sea of Decay, a poisonous forest inhabited by giant insects, chief of which are the Ohmu. Nausicaa is a Princess who lives in The Valley of the Winds. A peaceful place until it is shattered by a aircraft from the warlike people of Tolmekia, which crashes into there valley. Closely followed by a resuce party from Tolmekia it is discovered that the crash ship carries a weapon left over from the old world, with which the Tolmekians plan to destroy the Sea of Decay and reclaim the earth for man. Needless to say it goes a little pear-shaped.

The film, despite being made in 1984, is beautfully drawn and is superior to anything that Disney produced at the time. Its plot could be confusing to younger children, but the action keeps flowing and the storyline is intelligent to keep the adults engrossed. A great film for both young and old alike, as it show that animation is not just for children.
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