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Review: White: The Great Pursuit Comic Books | My Reviews 16 SEP 2011

Time is running out in two realities.

In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the resistance known as The Circle.

Thomas Hunter can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may be able to save neither.

In the surprising conclusion of the Circle Trilogy, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of events leading to certain apocalypse.

The fate of two worlds comes down to one man’s choice. Life. Death. Love. Nothing is as it seems. Yet, all will forever be transformed by one man in the final hours.

Having enjoyed both Black and Red, I eagerly opened the graphic novel adaptation of Ted Dekker’s White, wanting to at last learn the final fate of Thomas Hunter and the two worlds which he has been battling to save ever since his nightmare began.

And at last, the final book gets it right, serving up some fantastically consistent, good artwork with no glaring art mistakes this time around, and a story that is as engaging and intriguing as the first two books, but without all the spelling and simple proofreading errors that had somehow spoiled the first two!

Mike Hansen is removed as the man handling the adaptation this time around, with the reigns being handed over to the man responsible for the art chores, Mike S. Miller, and someone else called J.S. Earls (I don’t know him). The switch is an inspired one because all of a sudden the pacing improves and we are left with an even more enjoyable, action-packed, drama-filled story with all the religious overtones we have now come to expect from Ted Dekker’s writing. There are a lot of big reveals, surprising twists and turns and a genuinely unexpected ending that neatly wraps of what is in the end a fantastic trilogy to take in.

As for the art chores, Mike S. Miller who had up to now only being contributing the covers to the series, takes over completely, making it the first time that one of these books features the work of a single artist. He has a nice detailed style which is easy on the eye and combined with the colours from David Curiel and Imaginary Friends Studio, makes for a good looking read.

Overall, this is a fantastic conclusion to what has been a great trilogy, overcoming all the shortcomings from the previous two books and delivering a solid piece of entertainment that makes picking up the trilogy well worth it. Action-packed with a good does of fantasy and intrigue, Ted Dekker’s the Circle Trilogy does not disappoint!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_%28novel%29

The Guest House Bedroom My Life 25 OCT 2010

The one thing I am probably the most relieved about after moving all our furniture into the new house is without a doubt the fact that our brilliant, beautiful queen-sized bed actually fits in our rather small bedroom – but leaving enough space that I can actually walk all the way around it and don’t have to bother Chantelle by doing graceful tuck and roll dives through the air and over her to get to my side of the bed.

(I let her have the side closest to the en-suite toilet. Strategic thinking on my part you see.)

Anyway perhaps not the best of photos for you to see how the bedroom currently looks, but note the beautifully light clay coloured walls painted by yours truly, the delightful suede headboard, the nifty, stylish new bedside lamps on the new (obscured) bedside tables, all complemented by the all important queen-sized bed, draped completely in fluffy white.

Just like a proper guest house room if you ask me (and anyone else who has seen it already).

Oh, and instead of chocolates at the end of the bed, you get your very own furry water bottle for those cold winter nights!

Seriously. Is this luxury or what? :P

Our very guest house inspired bedroom, complete with non matching cats.

Review: Tekkonkinkreet (2006) Anime | My Reviews 23 JUL 2009

Tekkonkinkreet PosterSo Michael Arias holds the title of being the first non-Japanese director for a major anime film, the film being of course Tekkon Kinkreet (or Tekkonkinkreet as it is known in the West), an award winning 2006 feature-length animated movie by Studio 4C, based on the three volume seinen manga series of the same name by Taiyo Matsumoto.

The movie is essentially a metaphysical coming-of-age story concerning two orphans, the tough, canny Black and the childish, innocent White, who together form the group known as the Cats, self-styled rulers of the aging Treasure Town, a sprawling Metropolis somewhere in Japan. Of course, as the self-styled rulers of Treasure Town, these two young hooligans with amazing abilities need to protect it against would-be invaders and such, and thus it’s no wonder that they soon find themselves going toe to toe with a very scary Yakuza family. Unfortunately for them though, it turns out that the Yakuza may very well be the least of their worries…

And that’s really about that. The story starts out well, follows a nice and simply pattern but then unfortunately seems to lose the plot right towards the end, softening what could have been quite a nice, hard-hitting movie into something that just kind of fizzles away and doesn’t leave much of lasting impression. Sure, the characters and situations they find themselves in are quite interesting and sometimes quite enigmatic, but unfortunately this doesn’t make up for a weak-ended, kind of esoteric ending that we actually quite often find in Japanese productions (Neon Genesis Evangelion anyone?)

The animation is an interesting one because the style gone for is purposefully left quite flat with some awkward proportioning, all purposefully done to help reinforce the dream-like nature of the story as a whole. Admittedly this and the general selection of rather a bright colour pallet does work for the most part and certainly makes the movie stand out from the rest of the crowd, but I hesitate to say that it actually looks good. Interesting yes, stylish yes, beautiful… not really, or at least not really in my opinion. Thankfully though the art studio decided not to skimp on any detail or actual animation choreography, meaning that at least there certainly is more than enough to keep the eye busy, even if you aren’t necessarily enjoying the style in which it mostly gets presented in.

Musically and voice-over talent is however a different thing. Tekkon Kinkreet boasts a wonderfully solid and well-composed score and features a number of very talented voice artists that ply their trade particularly well. Add to that an awesome ending track courtesy of the popular Asian Kung Fu Generation band and some sublime general sound effects scattered throughout the film’s entire length, then aurally Tekkon Kinkreet really doesn’t put a foot wrong.

So in summary then? Tekkon Kinkreet is certainly an interesting experiment, both in visuals and story, but ultimately its rather weak ending does let it down quite a fair bit, especially after going to all that length of building up quite an intriguing story in the first place. It is certainly quirky and some might really enjoy it, but as for mainstream anime watchers, you can probably give this one a skip and not really miss out on anything too special.

Quite frankly, I’m surprised it won all those awards that it did in the first place! End result, 3 out of 5 stars on my scale then.

Tekkonkinkreet Screen Capture

Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekkonkinkreet