Alice Bluegown

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Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us by Humikane Shimada
This third volume of 'Strike Witches' manga, rather confusingly, jumps the action forward to the end of the Gallia campaign, meaning it slots in just ahead of Season 2 of the anime. The 501st JFW has disbanded, its members scattered among other units or engaged on peacetime duties. The result is a series of cameos that in themselves are quite charming and certainly expand the Strike Witches universe, but yet again there is a distinct lack of action, and the neuroi barely appear. On the other hand, there's tons of fanservice, quite a bit of nudity and even a few suggestive pin-ups, just to push the 'teen' rating a little harder. Must buy if - as I am - you're a Strike Witches completist,… Read more
Girls Und Panzer Collection [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tsutomu Mizushima
Girls Und Panzer Collection [DVD] DVD ~ Tsutomu Mizushima
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4.0 out of 5 stars Panzer vor!, 19 May 2014
'Girls und Panzer' is one of those wonderfully bizarre concepts that only seem to occur in anime, and involves some of the talent that brought us the even weirder 'Strike Witches'. Basically it's your everyday story of schoolgirls studying something called 'Tankery', ie playing occasionally brutal wargames in genuine WW2 tanks - oh, and their school is actually a giant aircraft-carrier. If you can buy into this completely daffy set-up, then there's tons to enjoy: the characters are engaging, there are some terrific one-liners, and the tanks are rendered in exquisite detail. The only drawbacks are that by the end of the series there are so many characters that few of them get developed to… Read more
Roller Derby: The History and All-girl Revival of &hellip by Catherine Mabe
With Roller Derby steadily conquering the planet, there's a crying need for a definitive history of this weird and wonderful sport. Catherine Mabe's book isn't quite it, but nonetheless it's a decent stab. Everything is touched on here, from the original 'Transcontinental Roller Derby' through to the travesty of 'Rollerjam' and the subsequent 21st-century resurrection of Derby as the alt-girl's ultimate lifestyle choice. Sadly, nothing much is covered in any detail, even the modern era, although the photographs are terrific fun. It's a worthwhile summary, but you can't help feeling an opportunity was missed.