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Hellsing Volume 1
Hellsing Volume 1
by Kohta Hirano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.93

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gawd Bless Yoo Mary Pawpins, 3 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Hellsing Volume 1 (Paperback)
Hellsing's probably one of the only mangas to be set in England. It centres around the Hellsing organisation, a sort of MI5 for fighting vampires, and Alucard, Hellsing's almost impossibly tall and thin vampire operative.
It's a great deal gorier than most mangas I've read, and anyone squeamish shouldn't read this particular title. If however you like seeing a vampire inserting his arms into other people up to the elbow, then this is indeed the one for you, you strange little person you.
One minor flaw is the dialogue. It's screamingly apparent that it's been translated into English by an American who has either a) had the way English people speak explained to him but hasn't understood the concept, or b) watched Mary Poppins at some point in his life. This means some dramatic moments are ruined by laughable dialogue.
As long as you discount the psuedo-English dialogue and wall-to-wall gore, Hellsing is entertaining and amusing manga.

Neverwhere: The Complete Series [VHS] [1996]
Neverwhere: The Complete Series [VHS] [1996]

60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly Recognizable as a BBC production., 1 Nov. 2003
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I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan, it's only natural that one of his rare forays into the world of television becomes an essential.
Richard Mayhew has a good job for a respectable London firm and a slightly overbearing fiancée. On his way to a dinner appointment with his fiancée and her boss, he finds a badly-injured girl, and being the good samaritan he is, gets her safely out of harm's way. In this case Harm comes in the form of The Old Firm, oily Mr Croup and the frankly absolutely mental Mr Vandemar, professional killers who've been taking on contracts for a long, long time (one of their biggest claims to fame is burning down the city Troy during the Trojan War). They are on the trail of the girl Richard saves, the Lady Door, who has the power to open and unlock absolutely anything. Croup and Vandemar, having butchered Door's entire family, are anxious to find her to fulfil their contract.
The Old Firm are the least of Richard's worries, because soon after Door leaves, he finds out that people don't notice him...and that it's almost as if he doesn't exist. He no longer has a job, or a flat, so goes looking for Door. He is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of London Below...
Instantly recognizable as a BBC sci-fi/fantasy production, on a par with Dr Who and Red Dwarf, and has the same inventiveness, considering the Beeb couldn't have given them much money to make this. Neil Gaiman's writing is wonderful, playing clever word games with London locations (we find out, for example, that there really IS an Angel Islington). I've visited London several times, and often wondered about the place names, like if there really are Shepherds in Shepherd's Bush (according to The Marquis de Carabas there are, but meeting them is not advisable).
Neverwhere is an excellent dark fantasy series that turns out suspense, drama and black humour on a bugdet of fourpence. One can only imagine what it would have turned out like with a Hollywood budget.

Trigun Volume 1: v. 1
Trigun Volume 1: v. 1
by Yasuhiro Nightow
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humanoid Typhoon!, 1 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Trigun Volume 1: v. 1 (Paperback)
Trigun is the story of Vash the Stampede, a man so dangerous he's officially classified as a Localized Disaster! Vash is the fastest gun on the planet, which is something of a mystery considering he has vowed to never take another's life. He's the best there is, and considering there's a $$60 Billion Double Dollar bounty on his head, he'll have to be.
Constantly in Vash's wake are Meryl and Millie, representatives of the Insurance Society. Sometimes they're useful, but mostly what they are is In The Way.
Book 1 of Trigun features the story of Vash trying to evade bounty hunter after bounty hunter as the word of the 60 Billion Double Dollar reward spreads, and Vash's voyage aboard the sand-steamer "Flourish".
Trigun reads like a futuristic western, (with Vash as the Clint Eastwood/John Wayne type) but in the traditional and undeniable manga style. A definate must-have.

Liberty Meadows Volume 1: Eden: Eden v. 1
Liberty Meadows Volume 1: Eden: Eden v. 1
by Frank Cho
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Brilliant and Beautiful, 27 July 2003
Not very often do I read a comic that makes me see life differently. The first time it happened was when I was very small and stumbled upon a stack of my cousin's old Garfield books. This lead to a lifetime obsession, leading to Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and Dilbert to name but a few.
Many years passed and I thought I could never find a comic strip that would make me feel the same way I had when I was a child. Then I found Liberty Meadows.
Liberty Meadows is the name of the animal sanctuary in the strip, and it's a lot like the animal equivalent of an insane asylum. There's Ralph the midget circus bear and his partner in science/mayhem Leslie the Hypochondriac Bullfrog, who account for about 75% of the laughs in the book. The two most endearing characters are the innocent and genuinely loveable duo of Truman the Duckling and Oscar the Weiner Dog. These two are guarenteed to make you laugh, and on at least one occaison, cry. Another great character is Dean, who is literally a male chauvanist pig. And most importantly, there are Brandy the animal psychologist and Frank the vet, who provide the heart of the story, as they were the heart of Liberty Meadows, as Ralph says in the prologue.
I fell in love with all the characters, who made me laugh, cry and laugh some more. I would like to personally thank Frank Cho for giving me back the feeling I had as a child, reading my first comic strips.
12/10 and that doesnt do it nearly enough justice.

Pokemon Vol. 4: Surf's Up, Pikachu
Pokemon Vol. 4: Surf's Up, Pikachu
by Toshihiro Ono
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way too much fun, 27 July 2003
Continuing the epic journey of one boy and his high-voltage rodent, with the obviously-hopelessly-in-love-with-Ash Misty in tow, the team find themselves in an island chain, and have more adventures.
The artwork is brilliant and at times funny, with the best bad guys ever, the scarily-persistant Team Rocket, making a return to liven up the proceedings.
Get this book if you want a heck of a fun time....although the ending will invariably leave you crying for more.

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