Tag Archives: anime

Rae's Manga Blitz: Soul Eater

 

Soul-kun says: "Your soul is mine this Halloween." slurp.

 Title: Soul Eater

Author: Okubo, Atsushi

Audience: Older Teen (16+)

Genre: Comedy, Action, Supernatural, Kitschy, Fan-Service

Summary: “Maka is a weapon meister, determined to turn her partner, a living scythe named Soul Eater, into a powerful death scythe — the ultimate weapon of Death himself! Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld. But the meisters’ own personal quirks may prove a bigger obstacle than any sultry enchantress! Continue reading

Steampunk TV and Cinema

I hope everyone is enjoying Seattle Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program and is immersed in all things steampunk. Want to extend Steampunk Summer into another medium? Check these and other steampunk-themed television and film titles! Continue reading

Movie Review: The Last Airbender

 Ever since hearing about the atrocities that M. Night Shyamalan committed when he decided to produce the popular animated Nickelodeon series of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I have been looking forward to the opportunity to review his cinematic development. The television show follows the adventures of a carefree 12-year-old named Aang who lives in a world where a certain few possess the special power to control one of the four elements: water, earth, fire, or air. One select person in the world, the Avatar, is born with the ability to harness the power of all four elements and keep peace between the people. Frozen in ice for one hundred years, Aang wakes to the harsh reality of war against the Fire Nation. Over several seasons, the program deals with Aang’s struggle to master the elements with a teenage crew in tow while fighting off a horde of enemies bent on capturing him. There is also a plethora of comedy, friendship, and lovable characters that have turned this into a popular show.

Now, imagine this type of animated series on the movie screen. Suddenly, the innocent and fun-loving Aang disappears, replaced by a stiff child who goes about his duty with a morose expression on his face. All traces of comedy vanish into thin air, completely erasing the animated, lovable foundation that the television show laid for itself. Throughout the movie, the lead characters wear expressions akin to being told that their salaries had just been cut in half. The more experienced actors thrown into lesser roles were completely undermined by the general ineptitude of the film, though they played their parts with emotion and conviction. While the Avatar and friends journey all over the world in a slightly haphazard sequence of events, the audience is at least permitted the visual gift of seeing the incredible scenery and creative costumes depicted.
To summarize, the popular series of Avatar: The Last Airbender was certainly not done justice in film form as The Last Airbender. In order to not have your perception of an amazing series besmirched by the real-life version on the big screen, the library has the DVD selection of the television show available for checking out. The movie only covered the first of three seasons, but at least this means that there are two more films coming soon for fans to enjoy as much as The Last Airbender. 

Review by Emma M., teen blogger

Fun and Games at the Northgate Library, March 31st and April 2nd

animeAre you stuck at home for spring break and wondering what to do with yourself? Come to the Northgate Library, where we’re hosting two  super-fun events just for you!

First up is Anime Obsessed, our monthly anime club, on Tuesday, March 31st from 4 to 6 PM. We’ll watch the latest anime episodes from Operation Anime and check out the library’s newest manga.  All middle and high school students are welcome.

Anime and manga not your thing? How about video games? We’ll have open gaming on Dance Dance Revolution, American Idol, and the Nintendo Wii gamingiconsmallon Thursday, April 2nd from 4 to 6 PM at the Northgate Community Center (located at 10510 5th Ave NE, right next door to the library). Teens at all skill levels are invited – dance to the beat, sing your favorite song, bowl a strike, or just hang out and meet other teens.

Remember, all events are free and snacks will be provided. Need I say more? See you over spring break!