This would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly deThis would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly detailed and let you exam things in the game you usually don't get a very good look at. My only complaint is that viewing the book on Adobe Digital Editions made it slightly blurry (such that some of the captions were unreadable). Unfortunately, when I tried a smaller version on the same platform, the details weren't blurred, but they were too small to read comfortably.
Since this is Legend of Zelda, the amount of cursing is almost nothing (in fact I think the whole series might have a couple instances of jumbled symbols, but nothing else). There is violence. It is largely against monsters and not very realistic (even in Twilight Princess, which is known for realism). This particular book contains a manga short story with the hero in a dungeon (in chains) and also the most realistic death scene I've seen in the series (usually you just end up crumpled on the floor). There are some characters with slightly risque clothes including one version of Impa who is rather plump with excessive cleavage (of course the Ocarina of Time version is rather skin tight too). Other than that, you don't get anything you don't see in the games. In fact, there seemed to be less innuendo than in the games (Ghirahim from Skyward Sword seems to delight in being particularly sleazy for the games' standards).
All in all, I would want to see the binding before I even considered it for my collection at the library. I'm getting rather tired of purchasing books designed to fall apart after handling and many of these character guides or special books are designed that way. If it is an exception to that, I think the teens in my area would love the book....more
Batman was always my favorite superhero. Superman was an alien and Spiderman got his powers from a radioactive spider, but Batman succeeded on his monBatman was always my favorite superhero. Superman was an alien and Spiderman got his powers from a radioactive spider, but Batman succeeded on his money, his intelligence and lots of cool gadgets. Even knowing that he was the most human of the superheroes, I was surprised to see him so old in this graphic novel. Old age is a real pain for someone used to fighting crime utilizing a highly trained body. It leads Batman to change his fighting style although his return is still not welcomed by many. The psychologist arguing for the release of several of Batman's old foes for example blames their psychotic behavior on Batman. I understand the reaction of the police and the government, but normal people, who aren't criminals, should welcome a hero because they have nothing to fear and much to gain from someone taking criminals off the streets. Still, I rather like the new Robin although I wonder where Nightwing (the old Robin) went to in this book (and also Batgirl). The art style is classically American. The full color pages allow a lot of contrast amongst the different text bubbles. It also provides a stark contrast between the work done by Superman (which is government sponsored) and that done by Batman. The comic moves rather quickly even with the dark overtones and Batman's frustration with his own abilities (he never ends up sounding whiny). The violence might be a bit much for younger teens, but there is not much language and there is no sex. The story as a whole is a bit dark, but that is to be expected from an older Batman....more
I read this before Wizard's First Rule despite the publishing order because a friend told me that the books would make extra sense that way. It reallyI read this before Wizard's First Rule despite the publishing order because a friend told me that the books would make extra sense that way. It really did give hints and clues to things that occur later in the series without explicitly giving things away. I enjoyed the pacing of this prequel as well since it gave background to several important people and events without reading like a history book....more
I picked up this book mostly for the essay on fanworks and Wincest. That essay was absolutely brilliant, although it could have been longer, and severI picked up this book mostly for the essay on fanworks and Wincest. That essay was absolutely brilliant, although it could have been longer, and several of the other essays were equally well-written and interesting. A couple of the essays were confusing, including the one that had so many parentheses. The one from the point of view of hypothetical monsters watching Supernatural was really kind of awkward for some reason. There are also a good portion of these essays that have been made incorrect or obsolete in regards to the current show. A reader thinking back to only the first three seasons will find themselves agreeing with much that is said. I, for one, hope that they come out with another set of essays, at least some with similar themes or subjects, that account for the canon information given in seasons 4 and 5....more
I've only read the first two, but I think the anime is probably still going to be better than the manga after I finish the series. For one thing, theI've only read the first two, but I think the anime is probably still going to be better than the manga after I finish the series. For one thing, the anime wasn't as focused on the girl fight over Yuuichi. The powers rely on their connection to a guy in the manga whereas in the anime they are simply connected to strong emotions such as the protective love of a sibling, friend or lover. Also, the massive focus on boobs and sexuality is slightly uncomfortable. I certainly wouldn't want someone looking over my shoulder on some of these pages... Having finished the last volume (there are only five...), the anime is definitively better than the manga. The anime finishes with just about everything resolved, but this only solves things with the Hime-boshi. The manga has some neat ideas, instead of the Child being tied to the most important person in your life (with that person dying if the Child is defeated), there are Keys who enable the HiME to summon her Child. The Keys do die if the Child is defeated, but that isn't necessarily the end of that HiME. There were two more beings connected to the Hime-boshi than in the anime. They were pretty neat although nothing about them was explained and they had no history. I didn't like who they had as the Obsidian Lord and Mai seemed much weaker in this version of the story. I didn't like Natsuki as well in this either because she was so focused on disliking Mai that she lost a lot of depth....more