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Fruits Basket Volume 11: v. 11
Fruits Basket Volume 11: v. 11
by Natsuki Takaya
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket, 16 Jun. 2006
Fruits Basket follows the life of orphaned high school student Tohru Honda. When her mother is killed in a car crash she is forced to go and live with her Grandfather. We join the story when she has had to temporarily leave her grandfather's house, unwilling to impose on any of her friends she opts to live in a tent. Despite working herself into the ground she remains cheerful and one day stumbles across a house in the woods in which live some of the mysterious of Sohma family. Feeling sorry for her (after the loss of her tent/home) they invite her to stay and immediately put her to work cleaning up the male dominated household.

Tohru soon learns that the boys of the house are not quite what they seem, they are possessed by the spirits of the zodiac. The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fit in.

Fruits Basket is now finished in Japan and is collected into 20 volumes. In 2003 Tokyopop was urged under huge consumer pressure to translate the series for the U.S. audience and was first translated in 2004. By the fifth issue the manga had taken the title of 'Best Selling Shojo Manga' a worthy credit to this incredibly popular series. This series would form the backbone of any collection and while I'm no where near completing the set I would imagine that I'll collect them all.

Vol.11...

Still at the Sohma family vacation house, Tohru and the gang are obliged to visit Akito everyday because Akito is at the other vacation house. However, day after day relationships get more complicated and forbidden love blossoms. But most importantly Tohru's resolve is hardened when Akito's true identity is revealed.


Fruits Basket Volume 9: v. 9
Fruits Basket Volume 9: v. 9
by Natsuki Takaya
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket, 16 Jun. 2006
Fruits Basket follows the life of orphaned high school student Tohru Honda. When her mother is killed in a car crash she is forced to go and live with her Grandfather. We join the story when she has had to temporarily leave her grandfather's house, unwilling to impose on any of her friends she opts to live in a tent. Despite working herself into the ground she remains cheerful and one day stumbles across a house in the woods in which live some of the mysterious of Sohma family. Feeling sorry for her (after the loss of her tent/home) they invite her to stay and immediately put her to work cleaning up the male dominated household.

Tohru soon learns that the boys of the house are not quite what they seem, they are possessed by the spirits of the zodiac. The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fit in.

Fruits Basket is now finished in Japan and is collected into 20 volumes. In 2003 Tokyopop was urged under huge consumer pressure to translate the series for the U.S. audience and was first translated in 2004. By the fifth issue the manga had taken the title of 'Best Selling Shojo Manga' a worthy credit to this incredibly popular series. This series would form the backbone of any collection and while I'm no where near completing the set I would imagine that I'll collect them all.

Vol.9...

Finally summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council?! And... is Uo-chan crazy in love?! Who's that she's hanging out with?! Plus, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed in a bonus feature! Come join the party in the 9th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket!


Fruits Basket Volume 7: v. 7
Fruits Basket Volume 7: v. 7
by Natsuki Takaya
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket, 16 Jun. 2006
Fruits Basket follows the life of orphaned high school student Tohru Honda. When her mother is killed in a car crash she is forced to go and live with her Grandfather. We join the story when she has had to temporarily leave her grandfather's house, unwilling to impose on any of her friends she opts to live in a tent. Despite working herself into the ground she remains cheerful and one day stumbles across a house in the woods in which live some of the mysterious of Sohma family. Feeling sorry for her (after the loss of her tent/home) they invite her to stay and immediately put her to work cleaning up the male dominated household.

Tohru soon learns that the boys of the house are not quite what they seem, they are possessed by the spirits of the zodiac. The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fit in.

Fruits Basket is now finished in Japan and is collected into 20 volumes. In 2003 Tokyopop was urged under huge consumer pressure to translate the series for the U.S. audience and was first translated in 2004. By the fifth issue the manga had taken the title of 'Best Selling Shojo Manga' a worthy credit to this incredibly popular series. This series would form the backbone of any collection and while I'm no where near completing the set I would imagine that I'll collect them all.

Vol.7...

Tohru and company have been having a lot more fun ever since Kisa came to visit. Now it's time for Tohru to meet another member of the Zodiac--the skillfully sarcastic grade-school student, Hiro! One way or another, this tyke will have to deal with his resentment of Tohru and his affection for Kisa!


Fruits Basket Volume 6: v. 6
Fruits Basket Volume 6: v. 6
by Natsuki Takaya
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket, 16 Jun. 2006
Fruits Basket follows the life of orphaned high school student Tohru Honda. When her mother is killed in a car crash she is forced to go and live with her Grandfather. We join the story when she has had to temporarily leave her grandfather's house, unwilling to impose on any of her friends she opts to live in a tent. Despite working herself into the ground she remains cheerful and one day stumbles across a house in the woods in which live some of the mysterious of Sohma family. Feeling sorry for her (after the loss of her tent/home) they invite her to stay and immediately put her to work cleaning up the male dominated household.

Tohru soon learns that the boys of the house are not quite what they seem, they are possessed by the spirits of the zodiac. The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fit in.

Fruits Basket is now finished in Japan and is collected into 20 volumes. In 2003 Tokyopop was urged under huge consumer pressure to translate the series for the U.S. audience and was first translated in 2004. By the fifth issue the manga had taken the title of 'Best Selling Shojo Manga' a worthy credit to this incredibly popular series. This series would form the backbone of any collection and while I'm no where near completing the set I would imagine that I'll collect them all.

Vol.6...

Delving into the recesses of Kyo's past, we find the Sohma trio returning home on a rainy day. There a mysterious man who has known Kyo for a long time meets them. Trust, loyalty and the bonds of family and friendship are tested, as Tohru must help Kyo deal with the "monsters" that he's been trying to avoid.

I didn't think it could get better but it does...


Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Brandon Routh
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.61

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman is Back, 4 Jun. 2006
'Even though you've been raised as a human being you're not one of them. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you...my only son.'

Kal-El (Brandon Routh) returns to earth after a five year journey to find out if he was in fact the sole survivor from his home-world Krypton. In the years that have passed Superman's life has moved on. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has had a child with another man and society has learned to successfully survive without him. The challenges faced on his return are ones of bridging the gap between Lois and himself and learning to find a place in a society where he is now redundant. Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), without Superman to testify against him, has been released from prison and is scheming to remove Superman completely through the use of Superman's own powers. As he struggles to stop Luthor's plans of cataclysmic destruction upon his beloved adopted world, Superman embarks on a journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

Superman and Superman II serve as the back-story, or, as Bryan Singer put it, a 'vague history', in order to ground the story effectively in the now almost biographical story of Superman. Marlon Brando repeats his role as Superman's biological father, Jor-El, from Superman, using computer-generated techniques, to help maintain consistency. Superman's ever dedicated following have not been pushed aside during the making of this film and attention to fans and experts of Superman have enabled Singer to create a big budget movie with the attention to detail hard nosed fans should apprecitate. The new chapter of Superman's life fits comfortably in with the old.


Kung Fu Hustle [DVD] [2005]
Kung Fu Hustle [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Stephen Chow
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.39

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Parody of a Martial Arts Tradition, 4 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Kung Fu Hustle [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Kung Fu Hustle is a comic parody of the wuxia (historical martial arts heros) genre of Chinese martial arts films, containing most of the aspects of the wuxia genre but with comic exaggerations. The plot follows the story of two young men who pretend to be members of a triad called the Axe Gang, when their plan to con a group of residents fails the real axe gang are called in and conflict ensues. A few of the parodies and references to other Hollywood and wuxia movies, ranging from 1960 to the present day, include; The Matrix, Spider-man, The Shinning and The Silence of the Lambs, Enter the dragon, Liu zhi qin mo, Barefoot Kid and The House of 72 Tenants.

Kung Fu Hustle's comic book style visual effects are its most striking feature, it sits in blunt opposition to the recent trend of Kung Fu movies to hit the big screen in the west, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers and Hero. In February 2005, it surpassed Shaolin Soccer (another Stephen Chow movie), as the highest grossing Hong-Kong movie ever made and as of 2005, this film had the widest cinematic release in the USA of a foreign language film. The film hosts a number of titles such as the Hong Kong Film Awards:Best Movie Award, Golden Horse Awards: Best Movie Award, Golden Horse Awards: Best Supporting Actress and the BFCA Critics' Choice Awards 2005: Best Foreign Language Film.

Despite the almost cartoonish special effects in the later stages of the film, the film pays fitting tribute to some of the greatest martial artists of the wuxia tradition. This film does not fit comfortably in your standard martial arts classification and would provide solid entertainment even for those who have previously disliked films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers and Hero but, conversely, the film still provides enough depth and integrity for the discerning martial arts fan.


Fruits Basket Volume 1: v. 1
Fruits Basket Volume 1: v. 1
by Natsuki Takaya
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket, 17 May 2006
Fruits Basket follows the life of orphaned high school student Tohru Honda. When her mother is killed in a car crash she is forced to go and live with her Grandfather. We join the story when she has had to temporarily leave her grandfather's house, unwilling to impose on any of her friends she opts to live in a tent. Despite working herself into the ground she remains cheerful and one day stumbles across a house in the woods in which live some of the mysterious of Sohma family. Feeling sorry for her (after the loss of her tent/home) they invite her to stay and immediately put her to work cleaning up the male dominated household.

Tohru soon learns that the boys of the house are not quite what they seem, they are possessed by the spirits of the zodiac. The story follows the lives of Tohru and the Sohma family, as they deal with each other and a society where neither quite fit in.

Fruits Basket is now finished in Japan and is collected into 20 volumes. In 2003 Tokyopop was urged under huge consumer pressure to translate the series for the U.S. audience and was first translated in 2004. By the fifth issue the manga had taken the title of 'Best Selling Shojo Manga' a worthy credit to this incredibly popular series. This series would form the backbone of any collection and while I'm no where near completing the set I would imagine that I'll collect them all.


Gunslinger Girl Volume 2: v. 2
Gunslinger Girl Volume 2: v. 2
by Kiyohiko Azuma
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Gunslinger Girl (Full Series Review), 17 May 2006
In modern day Italy, Gunslinger Girl, looks into the antics of the Social Welfare Agency. Their mission is to rehabilitate human lives but secretly they act as a counter terrorism and counter intelligence unit. The SWA chooses a girl in a near death condition and through a series of experiments, where her body is fitted with cybernetic parts and her memories removed, create the perfect government-commissioned assassin. These new parts and a compliance inducing drug heighten her perceptions and allow her to anticipate danger, but extensive use strains the girls mental and physical endurance shortening the girl's long-term memory, as well as her life span.

A male agent is assigned to the girl as a handler. The 'Fratello' trains, conditions and develops the girl. Each girl is treated individually but the end result is a deadly assassin with undying loyalty to their handler. The Gunslinger story focuses mainly on the relationships between the girls and the handlers, the parody between child and assassin makes for interesting personal and emotional conflicts. Fans of the series describe it as a controversial and emotionally depressing story that takes a deep look at human nature, and even though the girls have no past memories, the girls still have a soul and humanity.

The manga published in English is currently composed of ?three?(17/06/06) volumes although it is unknown whether or not they will continue to translate the series. The corresponding amine is currently doing very well and I would recommend starting there. But, these volumes would, if the future of the series was secure, make for an interesting read.


Gunslinger Girl Volume 3: v. 3
Gunslinger Girl Volume 3: v. 3
by Yu Aida
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Gunslinger Girl (Full Series Review), 17 May 2006
In modern day Italy, Gunslinger Girl, looks into the antics of the Social Welfare Agency. Their mission is to rehabilitate human lives but secretly they act as a counter terrorism and counter intelligence unit. The SWA chooses a girl in a near death condition and through a series of experiments, where her body is fitted with cybernetic parts and her memories removed, create the perfect government-commissioned assassin. These new parts and a compliance inducing drug heighten her perceptions and allow her to anticipate danger, but extensive use strains the girls mental and physical endurance shortening the girl's long-term memory, as well as her life span.

A male agent is assigned to the girl as a handler. The 'Fratello' trains, conditions and develops the girl. Each girl is treated individually but the end result is a deadly assassin with undying loyalty to their handler. The Gunslinger story focuses mainly on the relationships between the girls and the handlers, the parody between child and assassin makes for interesting personal and emotional conflicts. Fans of the series describe it as a controversial and emotionally depressing story that takes a deep look at human nature, and even though the girls have no past memories, the girls still have a soul and humanity.

The manga published in English is currently composed of ?three?(17/06/06) volumes although it is unknown whether or not they will continue to translate the series. The corresponding amine is currently doing very well and I would recommend starting there. But, these volumes would, if the future of the series was secure, make for an interesting read.


Gunslinger Girl Volume 1: v. 1
Gunslinger Girl Volume 1: v. 1
by Hiroshi Aida
Edition: Comic

3.0 out of 5 stars Gunslinger Girl (Full Series Review), 17 May 2006
In modern day Italy, Gunslinger Girl, looks into the antics of the Social Welfare Agency. Their mission is to rehabilitate human lives but secretly they act as a counter terrorism and counter intelligence unit. The SWA chooses a girl in a near death condition and through a series of experiments, where her body is fitted with cybernetic parts and her memories removed, create the perfect government-commissioned assassin. These new parts and a compliance inducing drug heighten her perceptions and allow her to anticipate danger, but extensive use strains the girls mental and physical endurance shortening the girl's long-term memory, as well as her life span.

A male agent is assigned to the girl as a handler. The 'Fratello' trains, conditions and develops the girl. Each girl is treated individually but the end result is a deadly assassin with undying loyalty to their handler. The Gunslinger story focuses mainly on the relationships between the girls and the handlers, the parody between child and assassin makes for interesting personal and emotional conflicts. Fans of the series describe it as a controversial and emotionally depressing story that takes a deep look at human nature, and even though the girls have no past memories, the girls still have a soul and humanity.

The manga published in English is currently composed of ?three?(17/06/06) volumes although it is unknown whether or not they will continue to translate the series. The corresponding amine is currently doing very well and I would recommend starting there. But, these volumes would, if the future of the series was secure, make for an interesting read.


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