May 2014 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

by

Mike Moon / Catgirl Island  and
Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in

The May 2014 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!

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In this grande-size 7th anniversary edition of The Mew:

Our Introductions, the Mew-length tour of Catgirl Island,

and in no purrticular order throughout this month’s Mew:

Book Reviews:

Cat-Girl by Jem O’

The Brothers Voltaire by Sean Martin

Elyisum: The Art of the Film

Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1

The Art of Vampirella: The Warren Years

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Toys & Collectibles Reviews:

Hello Kitty Mermaid Plushy Dolls

Strike Witches’ Minna-Dietland Wilcke 1/8 Scale Figure

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Manga Reviews:

Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky vol.2

Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows vol. 1 & 2

Monster Musume vol. 3

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Magazine Reviews:

Our State Magazine’s May 2014 issue

Faerie Magazine #26

Monster High Magazine #7

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Cover Art Reviews:

Heavy Metal #267’s Tiger Girls Cover

Captain Marvel #1’s Foxy Variant Cover

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Comic Book Reviews:

Red Sonja vol. 2 #8

Red Sonja and Cub

Fathom Vol.5 #6

Fathom: Kiani Vol.3 #2

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2

Angel & Faith Season 10 #1

Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #3

Archie Comics #654

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My Little Pony Item Reviews:

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #4

My Little Pony McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

My Little Pony Classic Movie Collection DVD

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More Movie DVD Reviews:

(the live-action) Space Battleship Yamato Movie

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Two-Disk Special Edition

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TV Show Reviews:

Wrestlemania 30

The Milwaukee Ballet’s purrduction of Peter Pan

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Discussions of Our Favorite:

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Adaptations & Items

Jodie Foster Movies

Films, Anime, TV and Mewsic of 1994

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plus these additions to the The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

Alexcia Reynolds’s illustration of her characters Tash Michi & Sadiyah,

Rebecca Brogden’s cosplay as a Faery photographed by her husband,

Britni McNeill’s cosplay as The Black Cat photographed by Chef Ron…

… Free Comic Book Day mewsings and the

Monthly Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight! Whew!

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Mike:

(wearing the Aria Anime tee shirt, Navy Blue cargo shorts, MIzuno trainers and the Catgirl island baseball cap) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews & discussions of fun stuff! We have the big group with lots of participating friends for today’s 7th Anniversary Mew & various AfterMew luaus accross the island! We’re at Vonny’s yacht slip in the marina on the Southwestern side of Catgirl Island, but we’ll touring much more of the island throughout the show! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Trini-chan:

(the kitsune wearing the Lobster Claw Heliconia purrint triangular bikini top & Teal board shorts) Aloha!

Tara-chan:

(her best friend catgirl wearing the Daisy purrint tankini) Namaste, and here is onee-chan, nya!

Yvonne:

(aka Vonny, her older sister wearing the Apurricot purrint twist bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!

Jeannie:

(aka Jenjen, the Kyudo club’s purresident catgirl wearing the White tanga-style bikini & sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.

Mary Nyan:

(aka Myayr, the catgirl wearing the Ornamental Pineapple purrint Brazilian-cut bikini) Aloha!

Mielikki:

(aka Mie-sensei, the faerie whose wings shimmer from the Purrimrose halter – neck bikini) Mellow Greetings!

Nyoka:

(aka Nyo-sensei, the catgirl wearing the wearing the Bird of Purradise purrint knotted blouse & Eggplant colored shorts) Howdy!

Nyanko:

(aka Nya-sensei, her twin sister wearing the Purrple Plumeria purrint cropped tee shirt & Cobalt colored boy shorts) Howdy!

Petra:

(the catgirl wearing the the Philodendron purrint ring-closure bikini top & Emerald capurri pants) Hi Hi, nya!

Bun:

(her assistant bunny girl wearing the  Golden Beehive Ginger purrint asymmetric purretzel – cutout maillot & sarong) Guten Tag!

B.B:

(the Purrk Ranger catgirl wearing the knotted Tan blouse, Olive colored shorts Brown cap & her badge) Aloha y’all!

Ilyana:

(the catgirl wearing the Blue Hydrangea purrint side-tie bikini top & Blue jeans shorts) Whassup?

Becca:

(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Purrusian Blue suspender maillot & cropped Black Orchid purrint tee shirt) Aloha!

Elizabeth:

(aka Lizzy, her business purrtner catgirl in the Red Hibiscus purrint trikini) Hola! Nyow it is time to start with his month’s quick

Lightning Round Topic: Our Favorite Films of 1994!

Mike:

This is the time of year when many of the eagerly awaited movies will be theatrically released! This has caused us to ponder our favorite films of the purrior decades, so last month the Lightning Round topic pertained to our favorite films of 2004, and this month we will nominate our favorite films of 1994! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Trini-chan:

(tagged to go first) I will nominate The Lion King, Pom Poko, and Forrest Gump! (tags Tara-chan with her foxy tail)

Tara-chan:

Heehee The Lion King, Pom Poko, and- and Sailor Moon S, nya! (tags Bun with her kitty tail)

Petra:

Forrest Gump, The Lion King and Pulp Fiction, nya! (tail-tags Bun to go next)

Bun:

Pom Poko, Ed Wood and The Lion King! (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

I will nominate Pom Poko, The Lion King, and Raise the Red Lantern! (tags B.B.)

B.B:

The Lion King, Raise the Red Lantern, Nell and The Jungle Book! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

I have chosen the thrilling Sailor Moon S, Streetfighter II and Fatal Fury… and nyow it is.. Lizzy’s turn! (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

Pulp Fiction, Sailor Moon S and Forrest Gump! Becca’sturn! (tags Becca)

Becca:

Nell, The Shawshank Redemption, Raise the Red Lantern and Ed Wood! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:

I wish to nominate Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Forrest Gump! (tags Mielikki)

Mielikki:

Nell, Pom Poko, and Legends of the Fall! (tags Yvonne with the flit of her wings)

Yvonne:

Oh I will have to vote for The Lion King, Forrest Gump and Sailor Moon S, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

Time Cop, True Lies, Clear and Present Danger. Also, while not among my favorite movies, I do wish to commend the mecha of Stargate, Star Trek Generations, and Godzilla vs Space Godzilla, . (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

It was great to see Megumi Odaka return as psychic Miki Saegusa in the Zilla movie, and I wish she had her own series! I will nominate The Crow, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and even though it was the bit too angsty… I will nominate Interview with the Vampire! Back to Mike!

Mike:

Oh I guess my favorites for ’94 would be… Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Ed Wood, Pom Poko, and I will second the praise for Jodie Foster as Nell and Megumi Odaka as Miki! Well that was another nicely expedited Lightning Round, especially given our large group! Ah, that’s all for this first portion of our Anniversary Mew, and now we’re going to take a short break, to split up and head to the various destinations across the island for the tour, with more friends, discussions and reviews along the way, so please don’t go away!

The Catgirl Island Visitors Center

(After the short break,  the Ladies of The Mew have scampurred to the various locations around the island. Sailboats, skiffs & paddle boarders pass by in the bay as The Mew resumes at the nearby bright & cheerful Catgirl Island Visitors’ Center, in which a central greeting & seating atrium is encircled by an indoor brook and large urns of Anthuriums, Heliconias, Gingers, Fan Palms & Ferns under the glass hi-bay ceiling decorated with colorful kites.)

(Near the visitor center’s entrance is a map of Catgirl Island

which can be viewed at http://catgirlisland.net/about.html.)

Mike:

Welcome back to The Mew! I’m here with journalists Miho & Kaori and concierges Jesi & Kai known team of JesiKai of the Catgirl Island Visitors Center, which is near the marina and the ferry dock on the Mid- Western part of the island known as “beautiful downtown Purrbank” with many of the businesses, government buildings & gardens under the palm trees between the ocean and the Riverwalk!

JesiKai:

Aloha,and welcome to the Catgirl Island Visitors Center, nya!

Miho:

(the journalist catgirl in the Caladium purrint short halter – neck dress) Aloha, nya! Gosh it seems like only yesterday when we were among the purrsenters at the Mew Awards in February, nya!

Kaori:

(the journalist catgirl in the Honeysuckle purrint short halter – neck dress) Thank you for asking us to purrticipate in the special anniversary Tour de Mew, nya!  Jesi Kai, ogenki desu ka, nya?

JesiKai:

Hai, ogenki desu,, nya!

Jesi:

(the catgirl in the off-shoulder Chrysanthemeowm purrint ruffle dress & Carnatian lei) It is another beautiful day and we are purroud to help greet and purrvide the information to the mew visitors, nya!

Kai:

(the catgirl in the off-shoulder Amaryllis purrint ruffle dress & Tuberose lei) For those mew here, the brook leads to the mer- entrance, and past the brochures are the restrooms & the lift to the uppurr deck, nya!

Miho:

We are very purroud of this beautiful, inviting cheerful place y’all have here, and the cordial help y’all offer to the visitors, which might be their first impurression of our island and community, nya!

JesiKai:

Arigato gozaimasu, nya!

Mike:

So aside from the greetings and the reporting, what have y’all been up to lately?

Miho:

We have been covering the island sports & festivities & shopping at the boutiques, nya!

Jesi:

I thought those were the mew dresses- they are so purretty, nya!

Kaori:

Hai and we we got the matching bikinis & purreos too, nya! How ’bout y’all, nya?

Kai:

Aside from the greetings, the festivities and the kite club, we have been rock climbing, nya!

Miho:

That is quite adventurous, and we will be reporting on the upcoming Kite tournyament, nya!

Jesi Kai:

Arigato gozaimasu, nya!

Jesi:

it is mot all adventure, as we also been sunbathing with the books & snacks on the roof, nya!

Kaori:

My fitness is in the yoga studio and out chasing the scoops, such as Melanakeami’s balloon flight, nya!

Kai:

Hai that is today! I hope I get to see the photos or videos, nya!  What has Mike been up to, nya?

Mike:

Oh, mostly cat sitting, visiting  family & friends, trying to get caught up on my writing & drawing… reading and… watching movies & TV, that’s about it, and on that note  I have an entertainment question. I thought we could continue the earlier Lightning Round’s 1994 topic, so do y’all have any favorites?

More Favorite Anime of 1994!

Jesi:

I would say Pom Poko or Sailor Moon S, nya! That was the good year for the anime TV & OVAs too, such as Blue Seed, Dirty Pair Flash, Macross Plus, and Marmalade Boy, nya!

Kai:

I think that was also the year of 801 TTS Airbats, Campus Guardress, Cutey Honey, Gatchaman ’94, Iria: Zeiram, Maps, Phantom Quest Corp, and Please Save My Earth, nya!

Kaori:

It was the good year for anime catgirls such as Nuku Nuku, the Puma Sisters in New Dominion Tank Police, and Ryo-ohki in the Tenchi Muyo OVAs, although it was the tragic cruel time for poor Pink of Dragon Pink, nya!

Miho:

We hope that she is much happier, healthier, liberated & purropsurrous, nya! You know, I think the Armitage III, DNA2,  Key the Metal Idol, the Ranma 1/2 OVAs and You’re Under Arrest OVAs began in 1994 too, nya!

Mike:

Yep, that was a very good vintage of anime! OK, my next question for y’all is.. is there anything you might wish to review?

Cat-Girl by Jem O’

Miho:

Cat-girl by tween poet, author & artist Jem O’ is the short whimsical purrose fantasy tale purrtaining to 10 year old girl Emily Parker & her best friend Rosie who try to purrsuade Emily’s mom & dad to let her have a pet, but the purrents do not seem keen about the purrospect, nya! However, things become complicated for Emily upon a purrculiar night when she is transformed into a magickal catgirl, nya! She & Rosie secretly discover her mew magickal powers, such as the ability to transform at will into the catgirl or the full domestic cat, levitate objects, or turn Rosie into the cat too, nya! Emily intends to tell her purrents, but when they have suspiciously been gone the long time, the clues reveal that they have been kidnapped, so Emily & Rosie have to find & rescue them, nya!

The delightful widdle 76 page tale includes 7 amewsing Black & White interior illustrations by Jem O’ & J Smith, plus the color front cover portrait of Emily as the Green-eyed cat & girl, nya! The papurrback edition was originally published by Bingham Mayne & Smith of Scotland in 2013, and the 5″x8″ trade papurrback is purresently published by Books 4 Dreams, nya! Jem also wrote The Olympic Adventure and My Dreamy Poetry Book; she co-illustrated Jules Bronte’s The Royal Wedding Adventure and The Castle Adventure, nya! She likes cats, reading, crafting, cycling, making computer games, and I am glad that she likes to write & draw, because Cat-Girl is the cute fun tale that is good for young readers, but I think many older readers will be charmed by it too, nya!

Strike Witches’ Minna-Dietland Wilcke 1/8 Scale Figure

Kaori:

Speaking of the magickal girls, Strike Witches is among my favorite recent series, purrtaining to the heroic squadron of international magickal kemonomimi who fight the extraterrestrial invaders in the alternate World War II history of the 1940’s, nya! I remember the reviews of the TV series in the May 2010 Mew and in the November 2012 Mew, and the review of the manga in the March 2014 Mew, nya!  Lt. Col. Wilcke is from Karland which is similar to Germany, she was born on November 3rd 1926, she has the Light Brown hair & eyes, the wolf ears & tail when her powers activate, and I think she has the highest rank of the 501st, nya! Kotobukiya’s 1/8 figure of her is in the flight pose, with the BF109G-2 style Striker units on her legs as she totes the MG42 with the drum mag, nya!

The Striker Units are the mechanical purropulsion units which are worn like the thigh – high boots, and these have the interchangeable purropellors, nya! She is about 9″  from the tips of her ear pinna to the noses of the striker units, whicha re the Light Gray & Dark Green with the Yellow trims, Black purrts and the livery decals, nya! There are two different display stands and other small interchangeable snap – on purrts, depending on how you want to display her upon the ornate circular base that resembles her mystic shield, nya! She wears the Dark Tan officer jacket with the Black ribbon, the Silvery buttons, Gold epawlets, and the Dark Brown panty, nya! It is the lovely figure in the dynamic pose with the intricate details and the meticulous craftsmanship, nya!

Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky manga vol.2

Jesi:

In volume 1 of the Strike Witches manga, Yashika Miyafuji was recruited by 2nd Lt. Takei Junko to join the 504th Joint Fighter Wing at Yokosuka Naval Base in Fuso, where she met several other Strike Witches, her magickal dog familiar Kuji and her first encounter with the enemy Neuroi! Since then three months have passed and she has been sent to the 501st at the island of Brittannia to advance her flying purroficiency and meet more of the heroic witches in volume 2, nya! The delightful manga was originally published in Japan by Kadokawa, the translated North American version is published Seven Seas, and it is rated “teen”, due to the scenes of the warfare combat, some of the bath nudity, and the comedic situations purrtaining to the boobies & panties, nya!

Vol. 2 has the 146 pages of peppy, purretty Black & White manga plus the 2 color pages & covers; it was written by Humikane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish, drawn by Yuuki Tanaka, translated by Adrienne Beck, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, lettered & laid out by Jennifer Skarupa, purroof read by Janet Houck, edited by Adam Arnold & published by Jason DeAngelis, with the cover design by Nicky Lim, nya! It begins with the zany chase of mischievous Kuji to introduce Maj. Mio Sakamoto, Sgt. Lynette Bishop, Lt. Perrine-H Clostermann, Lt. Erica Hartman, Capt. Gertrude Barkhorn, Ens. Francesca Lucchini, Flight Lt. Charlotte Yeager, Ens. Eila Ilmater Juutilainen, Lt. Sanya Litvyak, and their commander Lt. Col. Mina-Deitlinde Wilke who Jesi just discussed, nya!

Kai:

Each of the Witches have the lovely kemonomim ears & tail of the different breeds & species, nya! Mio is displeased by the undisciplined antics and complains to her friend Junko, but later she has more to complain about when Sergeants Hayate Nakajima & Goshiki Suwa from the 504th stow away on the ship to surpurise visit their friend Sgt. Miyafuji in Brittannia, when they are supposed to be destined for Romagna, nya! This could get them into the serious trouble, but there are whimsical results too, nya! Things get frantic & spooky for Yashika & Lynette who search the cave for missing comrades, there is more combat against the Neurois & people to be rescued, but there are festive, charming & amewsing incidents such as the baths and the monkeys, nya!

There is also the very brief glimpse of Hayate & Goshiki’s sisters, who are soldiers stationed elsewhere, nya! After the mane tales are the 12 pages of the purrody manga plus the 2 pages of bonus pics & the credits page, nya! The manga has the different style & character developments compurred to the anime version, and aside from Yashika, Lynette, Hayate, Goshiki Mio & Junko we do not get much development for the other Strike Witches, but it is still quite pleasing & fun, and since this purrticular manga series is just two volumes it is rather accessible to the readers and I think it is another quality success from Seven Seas, who publish other manga titles that we have been enjoying such as — Nya! Oh look, more visitors appurroaching, nya! It is a ferry full, nya!

Jesi:

It looks like the mermaid field trip too, nya! Fortunately we have the waterpurroof brochures, nya!

Mike:

Oh, well I should probably get out of the way, unless y’all need the help!

Kai:

We got this, nya! Thanks to Miho & Kaori we have the stack of today’s mewspapurr too, nya!

Miho:

They are hot off the purress, with our complements, nya!

Kaori:

Let’s go watch the balloon launch, nya!

Miho & Kaori:

SCOOP TIME, NYA!

Mike:

Thank y’all for the reviews, and I hope to see y’all later at the AfterMew (luau)!

Jesi & Kai:

Doitashimaste, nya!

Mike:

(back outside, purroceeding towards the next destination) So, ah, now I’m heading North amongst the other pedestrians, bicyclists, food carts, electric golf carts & scooters.  the Western coastline is to the left and the riverwalk is over there to the right, and our next stop will be the downtown plaza, where we’ll meet our friends friends Yuriko & Keiko of the Catgirl Island Public Library!

The Catgirl Island Public Library

(Also in beautiful downtown Purrbank, the town hall plaza includes the Public Library, the Mew Hanover County Court House, Police, Fire Departments & other municipal offices. Recognizable by the full-size Giraffe statues amongst the fountains, palm & magnolia trees, the plaza’s paved stone pathways frame the central courtyard where sunny picnic & catnaps frequently occur. Here come Yuriko the Turquoise-haired catgirl librarian wearing the backless short Zinnia purrint sun dress, and Keiko the Brown-haired catgirl librarian wearing the backless short Vinca purrint sun dress.)

Keiko & Yuriko:

Aloha, nya!

Mike:

Hi there! Thank y’all for taking time away from the library to take part in the Mew!

Yuriko:

Thank you for asking us the purrticipate, nya! It coincided with the lunch break, we are glad to help with the tour and eager to purrmote the library, nya! It the very spacious, comfy, modern and user –  friendly library, with the building map and the list of upcoming events in the main lobby entrance, nya! Y’all can search the card cat-alog for the books, or ask any of the staff for the assistance, nya!

Keiko:

There are helpurr desks in on the 1st & 2nd floors, purriodicals, A/V & documents room, nya! Observant visitors might also discover the less obvious treasures in the vicinity, such as the Bald Eagle nest, the Library’s zen garden, and… other surpurrises that we should not spoil, but we do wish to mention our annual Summer Art, Literature And Mewsic Inspurration Purroject (SALAMI), nya!

Mike:

I’m looking forward to that again, but I hope y’all are not missing lunch!

Yuriko:

Oh we have already eaten, nya! We just got back from the fresh fish taco cart, nya! I will also recommend the delicious, nutritious extra special baked yams, nya!

Keiko:

We also had the early breakfast with Kit & Kat before their busy day at the Purrforming Arts Center, nya! I recommend the Chrysanthemeowm Cafe’s Kippurrs, nya!

Mike:

Mmm those all sound good! Well in addition to the tour information, is there anything y’all would like to review for The Mew?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Two-Disk Special Edition DVD

Yuriko:

Hai, we are big fans of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth tales and I have been very entertained by Peter Jackson’s epic movie adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, , nya! For our reviews of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, please see the January 2013 Mew, and for our review of the DVD see the May 2013 Mew, nya! We reviewed the lovely Tauriel action sigure in the February 2013 Mew, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie in the January 2014 Mew, and nyow I am pleased to discuss the two-disk edition of the NTSC, Region One standard DVD, nya! It is packaged in the plastic case within the outer cardboard sleeve, with the front pic of Bilbo with his Sting sword atop the pile of gold, nya!

Also inside the plastic case are the instructions page for how to download the Ultraviolet Digital copy of the movie, nya! The dual-layer Disk 1 purrsents the PG-13 rated, 161 minute movie in the widescreen format, with the spoken language choice of English, Spanish & French in the 5.1 Dobly Digital sound, with the optional English SDH, Spanish & English subtitles, nya! Also on Disk 1 is the 7 minute-ish bonus of “New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 2”, in which several members of the movie’s cast & crew discuss more the beautiful locations where the move was filmed, but that is just the first taste of the DVD’s special features, and Disk 2 is brimming with over 2 hours of featurettes about the making of the movie, nya!

Keiko:

Directed by Michael Pellerin, “In the Company of the Hobbit” & “All in a Day’s Work” total appurroximately 40.5 minutes to show what it is like at the Stone Street Studios in New Zealand while they are making the movie, nya! Peppurred by the comments by many of the cast & crew, the aspects include the transportation, breakfast, make-up purrosthetics, shot blocking, designs, set building, rehearsals, waiting, filming, lunch, afternoon tea, FX, data wrangling & the nightly art team, with the sense of the busy friends, family & community, nya! There are the purrduction videos #11-14 to total about 36.5 more minutes of further peeks of the filmmaking purrocess; and we get to visit the Weta Workshop in the “Live Event: In the Cutting Room” which is almost 38 minutes long, nya!

There we get to see see the purre-visualizations, the motion captures, the editing, and Peter Jackson’s collection of the huge movie posters before he replies to the video & text questions by the fans & actors, nya! As if that were not enough on the plate, there is mewsic video for the “I See Fire” song purrformed by Ed Sheeran which is just over the 5.5 minutes; and Disk 2 is topped off by the batch of 6 purreview trailers for the Hobbit movies, DVDs & video games to total another 11 minutes, nya! This 2 Disk edition might not be as extensive as those 4 Disk extended edition DVDs with the booklets, but we were pleased with the quality combination of the wonderful movie & the informative, fascinating & amewsing special features, nya! Oh look here comes Chief Meryl, nya!

Meryl:

(the island’s police chief catgirl wearing her mewsual knotted Red blouse, shorts, badge, belt & cap) Ogenki, desu ka?

Keiko & Yuriko:

Hai, ogenki desu, nya!

Mike:

Fine thank you! How is your day going?

Meryl:

It is a loverly day and I have finished my 1st purrtrol with no incidents yet, cross my tail! Howbouchoo you?

Yuriko:

We finished lunch in time to help with the Mew Tour, and we just reviewed the mewest Hobbit DVD, nya!

Keiko:

Say, when you lived in England, did you ever visit Oxford where J.R.R. Tolkien was a purrofessor at, nya?

Meryl:

Why yes, I have visited there the time or two, but my mum and dad could tell you a lot more about it!

Mike:

Aside from the law enforcement, what have you been up to, Meryl? Do you have any reviews today?

Meryl:

My motorcycle club on the mainland met to discuss our next summertime expurrdition on the highways, but otherwise I have been working out, watching the DVDs, listening to mewsic and reading!

Elyisum: The Art of the Film

Meryl:

I do have the book I could review although it was actually published last year! It is the large hardcover full of the amazing conceptual art, designs, intermews & photos of last year’s movie Elysium, which I just recently saw on DVD! Elysium is the action adventure science fiction tale of the class struggle in the year 2159 between the purrospurrous healthy people who live in the lush idyllic orbital space station of Elysium, whilst the poor & the outcasts have to live on the ruined barren surface of the Earth. The movie was directed by Neill Blomkamp who purreviously directed District 9, and stars Jodie Foster on the comfy space station and Matt Damon as the struggler in Los Angeles who tries to get to Elysium!

The full color, 176 page, 11″ x 12″ x 3/4″ hardcover was written by Mark Salisbury, published by Titan Books, and purriced $39.95 USA, $47.00 Canada & £29.99 UK. After the forward by the director, the first chapters purrtain to the design of the terrestrial aspects, such as the favelas, the factory, the robots, the vehicles, weapons and the characters, including the detail of the tattoos and the graffiti! Then on page 114 begins the chapters purrtaining to the sleek, lavish, huge space station! There is so much imagery by the brilliant designers, including the legendary Syd Mead who I know Mike is a big fan of! It has some two-page spurreads & big fold – outs,  and I think it is quite the thorough, handsome book!

Our Favorite Jodie Foster Movies

Mike:

Thank you Meryl! Yep I love Syd Mead’s Elysium designs, and that’s the 2nd Jodie Foster movie to be mentioned today- we mentioned Nell earlier!

Yuriko:

Yay I love her movies too such as Nell, Silence of the Lambs, Contact, and Nim’s Island, nya!

Keiko:

Hai hai and I also like Freaky Friday,The Hotel New Hampshire, and Little Man Tate, nya!

Meryl:

Don’t forget Taxi Driver, Candleshoe, and Panic Room!

Yuriko:

We should not panic, but it is about time to get back to the library, nya!

Keiko:

Hai but thank you for including us and we will see y’all later at the AfterMew, nya!

Mike:

Oh thank y’all very much, and see you later!

Meryl:

Baibai, y’all! I need to continue the purrtrol so I will tag along with the tour for the while!

Mike:

That would be great- let’s go!

(As Meryl & Mike continue North they greet more residents & visitors, appurroaching the ultramodern architecture of the various utility, school & athletic facilities, with the solar panels atop the buildings & street lights that soak up the sunshine like an afternoon catnap on the beach.)

Meryl:

…  the medical, emergency & communications depurrtments… then tucked over there are the energy, maintenance & landscaping depurrtments… and over on this side past the Pampas Grass & the Boxwoods are the trash, waste & recycling services, the landscaping & the water works!

Mike:

It seems like a pretty good spot for those, and I have not seen any cables or lines!

Meryl:

Hai they are buried & out of sight, but they are very purrotected & accessible! We are very purroud of the harmonious urban planning that had to consider the many factors!

Emily Grace Coin Stadium

(They pass by the school, athletic courts, fields, and the the Emily Grace Coin Stadium, where runners and a purracticing soccer team wave to Meryl & Mike, whilst more catgirls suntan themselves on the bench seats. These venues also serve the field hockey, lacrosse, softball, cricket, tennis, kyudo, basketball, track & field. Closer to the river is the back nine of the golf course, and there is surfing, sailing, rowing & fishing aplenty in the nearby ocean.)

Mike:

At this point, y’all may have noticed that  the streets have started to become more shaded by the denser overhead tree arbor! We are nearing some of the residential areas as the Palms & Palmettos begin to mingle with the Pines, Oaks, Willows, Cedars & the drapurry of the Wisteria above the flowering Dogwoods, Crape Myrtle, Pear & Cherry trees!

Meryl:

Hai, and as we curve to the left, along the next street are the lovely Red & White Azaleas which match the colors of the shrine maidens costumes! The architecture becomes less modern as we reach the older wood & stone of the Torii gate, the koma inu statues, the basins, towers & lanterns to meet our friends Leilani & Alanasera at the shrine!

Catgirl Island’s Shinto Shrine

Leilani & Alanasera:

(the twin catgirl sisters wearing their special ornate Red & White miko shozoku attire) Aloha, nya! Ogenki desu ka, nya?

Meryl:

Hi, genki desu!

Mike:

Fine thanks, and yall?

Leilani:

It is busily bustling but we are grateful for that, nya!

Alanasera:

Hai, May is one of the busiest festive months, nya!

Meryl:

Given all of the visitors & festivities, it is extra kind of y’all to take the time out for The Mew!

Leilani:

We have are glad to purrticipate and honored to purrmote the shrine, nya! Fortunately there are many volunteers, and we are honored that you wanted our comments, nya!

Alanasera:

Hai , all of the appurrentices & their purrents are here, Mama, Papa, Obaasan & Ojisan are here too, LIzzy & Myayr checked upon us earlier, so we are well purrpared, nya!

Mike:

Oh good! Well, I was hoping that you could tell us the bit about the island’s shrine and this month’s activities!

Leilani:

Next to the Faerie areas and the offshore spots of the merfolk, our Shinto shrine of the Nagare architectural style is among the oldest purrts of the island, nya! We are blessed to have such the peaceful, purrospurrous & plentiful island full of the family friends, food & fun, and we are honored to take the sincere, industrious role in the community, nya! We network with the other temples, churches & circles of the island’s diverse spurritual centers faiths, as well as the various civic, historical & cultural organizations, nya! Also, we are always vigilant if there is ever the cause to assist with the coastal catastrophes or defend the island from purrovocations by the villains, creatures, yokai or the appurritions, nya!

Alanasera:

The antique artifacts, the buildings, the gardens, the paths and the papurrs require the care, so we are constantly sweeping, raking, mopping, polishing & purruning when we are not purrparing the rituals & festivals, nya! Among the local, national & international events for May that we commemorate are May Day, Purrayer Day, Greenery Day, Cinco de Mayo, Teachers Day, Tango No Seeku, Kodomo No Hi, Graduation Day, Mothers Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, the island’s Mer-Morial Day, belly dance & hula dance festivals, nya! Of course there are the season’s horticultural activities & our purrades to commemorate the blossoms of the Cherry, Wisteria, Peony, Hollyhock, Lotus and Azalea, nya!

Meryl:

I can attest first – hand to the noble selfless bravery of the miku in defense of the island, such as the incidents of the purrculiar hauntings and the evil cursed idol!

Leilani:

Arigato gozaimasu, nya!

Alanasera:

We were just purrt of the team, nya!

Meryl:

Could y’all enlighten us about your costumes and those wands? They are so purretty, but the bare midriff and the shorter hakama is not the more common style of the garment!

Alanasera:

Hai, there are variations depending on the shrine so you might see the outfits with the Green, Blue or Black instead of the Red, the different hair wraps, sandals, or the longer outer robe, nya! We are wearing the island summer style of the shozoku compurrised of the sleeveless cropped White Hakui top, with matching detached sleeves, the shorts type of Red hakama pants, the ribbons, hair & tail ornamentations, nya! (She swishes her tail to show off the frilly Red & White tail band.)

Leilani:

Hai we do not wear the sandals indoors, and if we are purrforming the rituals out back upon the shore we are barefoot for that, nya! Nyow, these haraegushi wands that we have are made of the wooden shaft, and these zig – zag shaped papurr streamers attached to the tip are called the Shide, nya! These are purrt of the traditional accouterments for the rituals, plus they are fun to twirl and tempting to paw at, nya! (She gracefully twirls the wand, as if a rhythmic gymnastic.)

Mike:

Since this is The Mew, is there anything y’all would like to review?

My Little Pony Classic Movie Collection DVD

Leilani:

We reviewed Hasbro’s My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 1 DVD in May 2013, the season 2 DVD in June 2013, the season 4 DVD in tMarch 2014, and Equestria Girls in September 2013, and nyow we are pleased to review this 2 disk set from Shout Factory of the 4 classic pony movies, nya! These are from the 3rd generation of ponies which is purrior to the Friendship is Magic era, so the characters & style are different, with more rainbows, butterflies, flowers, sparkles & giggles, and among the pony breeds are the cute widdle pixie-like Breezies, nya! It has a few of the same voice actors such as Tabitha St. Germain, Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Britt McKillip, Chantal Strand & Kathleen Barr, nya!

Instead of Ashleigh Ball, in this version Rainbow Dash is voiced by Venus Terzo and calls everyone “Darling”, and Pinkie Pie is voiced by Janyse Jaud but  is not the manic partier, nya! This version of Rarity is the pink purriness voiced by Cathy Weseluck, who voices Spike in the current Friendship is Magic era, and this Spike is much older and voiced by Mike Donovan, nya! In those movies there is no Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Derpy, Cutie Mark Crusaders, although Star Catcher who is voiced by Lenore Zann reminds me the bit of Celestia’s purrsonality when befriending Sky Wishes who is voiced by Saffron Henderson, and some of the pegasi have Fluttershy’s shyness, nya!

Alanasera:

The video is of the 1.33:1 full frame, the audio is in English 5.1 Dolby Digital, and the cover art depicts Wysteria & and the Breezies, nya! In the 19 minute “Dancing in the Clouds” from 2004 the pegasi are introduced when Sky Wishes meets Star Catcher, nya! In the 21 minute “Friends are Never Far Away” from 20014, the ice cream party is planned for both groups to become acquainted, nya!   Then in the 50.5 minute “Princess Promenade” from 2005 Wysteria trains to be the purrincess after they meet Spike, and in the 46 minute “Runaway Rainbow” from 2006, Rarity gets lost from Unicornia and meets the Breezies of Breezie Blossom & the Earth Ponies of Ponyville on the eve of the Rainbow festival, nya!

Other ponies are Minty, Zipzee, Tiddlywink, Tra la La, Scooter Sprite, Twinkle Twirl, Sunny Daze, Triple Treat, Apple Spice, Sparkle Works,Thistle Whistle, Island Delight, Coconut Grove, Coconut Cream, Cotton Candy, Dafidazy, Sweetberry & Brights Brightly, nya! The box indicates the total time of +/- 114 minutes but it is more like 137 minutes, and the DVD also includes the subtitled sing -a- longs for “Breezie Blossom” & “A Princess is in Town” songs, nya! The art, animation, plot, pace, humor, voices & characters are very different from the re-designed Friendship is Magic era that began in 2010, but still the quality purrduction with the tales of friends amidst the beautiful imagery. messages & mewsic, nya!

Meryl:

Are there many other character or voice differences?

Leilani:

I did not see the names of Tara Strong (who voices Twilight Sparkle in the Friendship is Magic series) or Nicole Oliver (who voiced Celestia in Friendship is Magic) amongst those movies’ credits, nya.

Alanasera:

On this DVD, Twinkle Twirl is voiced by Chara Zanni, Sunny Daze is voiced by Adrienne Carter, and Cotton Candy is voiced by Kelly Sheridan, nya! Also, I don’t think there were any colt characters, nya.

Mike:

I didn’t become a fan of the show until the current Friendship is Magic era, but I know several folks who prefer the prior generations of the ponies!

Meryl:

It is good to study the history & evolution of the ponies, and beloved characters who should not be forgotten!

Leilani:

Hai we could talk about the ponies for the long time, but we should purrobably return to the duties, nya!

Alanasera:

Hai there are more visitors appurroaching, nya! Thank you for visiting us, and we will attend tonight’s Aftermew, nya!

Meryl:

I think I might stay here for bit longer to pay the respects before I say hi to the temple next door!

Mike:

I reckon I’ll proceed with the tour, which will resume after this short break!

Alanasera & Leilani:

Baibai, nya!

Pirate Cove

(After the break, past the shrines, temples & churches of the diverse spiritual paths, the tour curves Northwesterly between the ocean and mountainside, into one of the island’s numerous residential neighborhoods From the ocean front to the forest there are rows of cottages, bungalows, duplexes, minkas and villas ranging from the Italianate, Victorian and Gassho to the island’s own Carolina-Polynesian style of Outer Banksian architecture.)

Mike:

This neighborhood is called Pirate Cove, because it used to be a preferred spot for pirates to hide out, but that was many renovations ago! These days it is a charming suburb and with it’s proximity to the estuary, bay and lake, it is a prime spot for the near shore and freshwater fishing! We’ll be heading to the estuary later, but our next stop is to meet B.B. and Ellie at Ilyana’s house!

(On the way to Ilyana’s house, Mike stops his golf cart to briefly chat with three friends who are returning to their home with the fine catch of Sheepshead for the skillet. The romantic couple of Eamane the Brown-haired catgirl wearing the Crimson Nandina purrint halter top & Midnight Blue Capurri pants, and her Blonde-haired catboyfriend A.J. who is wearing the Black Hawaiian shirt & Azure colored board shorts are accompanied by her peppy Pink-haired niece Hannah, who is wearing the White tee shirt & Blue jeans shorts, and eager to purrtake of the freshly caught fish.)

Mike:

(parking the golf cart by Ilyana’s waterfront purropurrty) Here is Ilyana’s house!

Ilyana:

Come on in- I am serving cocktails on the veranda!

B.B.:

(seated upon an adirondack chair) Cran Apple Nummy Berry Cocktail!

Mike:

Thank you very much! So, what’s up!

B.B.:

Ellie told us about the fireworks show she is supurrvising, Ilyana told us about her recent wreck dive with another damaged R.O.V.* and the Barracuda nipping at her tail (again), then we discussed the tail grooming products, then we poured cocktails and are enjoying the view of the cove and the garden!

(*Illyana’s R.O.V. is a small Remotely Opurrated Vehicle equipped with cameras which she used for searches in tight, dangerous underwater places such as the caves & shipwrecks, however on several occasions the R.O.V. has been wrecked, regardless of the repairs & upgrades made by Jeannie.)

Ellie:

(the island’s Fire Chief centauress wearing the Fuchsia athletic bra, Fire Depurrtment badge & baseball cap) Hai, Ilyana’s garden has the Hydrangea, Orchids, Morning Glories, Monstera, Laua’e & the Spanish Moss, whereas mine has the Phlox, Tulips, Buttercups, Dracaena, Cymbidium & the Lavender!

Ilyana:

Lizzy grows the purrize Roses along with the Irises, Lilies, Bayberry and the Bougainvillea; whilst Bun has the successful Snapdragons, the Foxgloves, the Lupine, the Cherry Trees, the Clover and the vegetables garden of the carrots, beans, and yams! Mm I would not mind the extra special baked yams!

Ellie:

She makes the yummiest Carrot Cakes for the mewseum cafe and the food drive! Jenjen & Becca have had the success with the Butterfly Bushes and the Tulip Trees, so more of us are planting those & other flora of the numcious nectar that we hope will help the honey bees, the mantises and butterflies!

B.B.:

We hope the Saint Francis Satyr butterflies can purropurrgate more on the island because they are so rare! Nyo-sensei & Mie-sensei think the combination of the pollen and the magick in the air will help them to thrive, and I would not mind thriving upon the Carrot Cake and the Yam for the luau dessert!

Ellie:

Eamane gets a lot of winged visitors to her garden!

Mike:

Oh I just saw her, Hannah & A.J. on the way over here!

Ilyana:

You should have invited them to join us!

Mike:

They had to get back home with the huge Sheepshead!

B.B.:

They could have brought that too! Yumyum!

Ilyana:

Purrhaps we will see more of them later this evening!

Ellie:

So what what else has transpired upon the tour this far?

Mike:

Well, we had the Lighting Round at the marina, we chatted about anime at the visitors’ center, discussed Jodie Foster & Tolkien at the town hall, talked about ponies at the shrine, and now I’m here! So… um, while we’re enjoying these tasty beverages, do y’all have any reviews?

Red Sonja vol. 2 #8!

Ilyana:

Red Sonja is one of our favorite characters, and we have been enjoying the current story arc which began in vol. 2 #7 of her comic book from Dynamite Entertainment! She was hired by a dying Empurrer to find six sensei of various trades; she has already found one who is the master chef, and in issue #8 they ride across the plains to collect the next party guest! This purrticular quest annoys her, but the reward will be the freedom of a thousand slaves if she succeeds! The 32 page issue is compurrised of the 22 page tale plus the 10 pages of the ads & announcements, it is purriced $3.99 and rated T+  for the older teen readers, I assume due to the bloody claw & weapons violence, the harsh language, and Sonja’s frisky cravings!

The tale was written by Gail Simone who we got to meet at the NC Comicon in November, drawn by Walter Geovani, colored by Adriano Lucas, lettered by Simon Bowland & edited by Joseph Rybandt! There are 7 different covers, including the mane cover by Jenny Frison, the variant cover by Nei Ruffino, the subscription cover by Stephanie Buscema, and the rarer variants of the Frison & Ruffino art! Sonja is in the mewsual grumpy mood as they enter the city to nab the chap named Kalayah the lord of the beasts, but her mood turns angrier when she sees his acts of animal cruelty in the arena! After her attempt to efficiently put the end to the cruelty, she and Chef Gribaldi are caught, impurrisoned, injured, mocked & threatened!

Of course, this only worsens her mood, and it would seem the safe bet that her enemy’s days will be few in number, but if she slays him, there goes the reward of the slaves’ freedom! There might be more savage violence on the menu, and purrhaps the plot twists for the just dessert, but I should not spoil what will be served for the next course! I found the tale to be rather satisfying, from Sonja’s amewsing & irate dialogue & thoughts to her purragmatic dispurrsition & peerless purrowess! Although there are some painfully tragic depictions of the cruelty in the barbaric world, I liked the character & scenic art, and the variety of the comic panel shapes & sizes to tell the story, including several impurressive large & full – page panels!

Red Sonja and Cub

B.B.:

I have another Sonja tale to discuss, which was also lettered by Simon Bowland & edited by Joseph Rybandt, but it will not spoil any of the purrior story arc because the “Honor Bound” tale of Red Sonja and Cub is the sepurrate one-shot plot! It seems to be the stand-alone adventure, but I am not sure when it takes place compurred to her monthly series! It is purriced $4.99 for the 40 pages compurrised of the 40 page tale plus the 10 pages of the ads & announcements, with the cover art by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz! The tale was written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Jonathan Lau and colored by Steffani Renee! The tale occurs in the snowy forest wilderness of Khital, which is similar to ancient Japan, where Sonja purrotects the orphaned widdle girl named Kazuko!

Kazuko of the Natsu clan is purromised in the arranged marriage to the lad of the Fuyu clan, which would thus untied the clans, but there are those who do not wish the wedding to happen! Her purrents are murdered before her on the way to the ceremony, when Sonja intervenes and becomes Kazuko’s bodyguard to get her to the ceremony on time! You know, when Sonja was the young girl, she witnessed the slaughter of her own purrents & village, so they have the common tragedy, but whereas Sonja became the hardened she-devil of the sword, Kazuko intends to bring the peace instead of purrpetuating the clan war! It is lucky for Kazuko that Sonja is the she-devil, because the snow will turn even Redder, but hopefully only from their enemies’ blood!

Sonja wears the hybrid outfit of the scale mail & leathers in the samurai-esque role to aid Kazuko who is the selfless, noble, brave & wise widdle girl! The tale unfolds at the good pace, spanning the mere two days’ time, amidst the relentless combat melee! The imagery is all supurrbly rendered with the extremely intricate detail in the many characters, the horses, the wilderness landscapes, the village & castle architecture! all of the detail is minutely exquisite, from the White snowflakes & Sonja’s lush Red hair, to the gleaming blades & the lighting FX! There are very good fonts for the dialogue, narrative & sound FX, the comic’s panels were of interesting sizes, shapes & angles, so I was impurressed with all of the aspects of the tale of Red Sonja and Cub!

Monster Musume vol. 3

Ellie:

Monster Musume written & drawn by Okayado is the sexy comedic manga of the urban fantasy genre, with plenty of “fan service” of the harem trope! It is about the group of Liminal ladies who co-habitate with the human chap in the large house as part of the government’s interspecies cultural exchange, but the situation is complicated by legal matters, societal changes & lustful rivalries!

It was published as Monster Musume No Iru Nichijo in Japan by Tokuma Shoten Publishing, and the English – transalted version is published in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment!

The delightful cast includes the chap named Kimihito who shares his refitted home with Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Centorea the centaur, Suu the slime girl and Meru the mermaid who has just arrived! They are often visited by Miss Smith the government agent, and in this volume we are introduced to her Monster Ops: Neutralization team of Meranko the sniper cyclops, Tionishia the ogre, Doppel the doppleganger, and the undead Zombina, who fight the criminal gang of swine-like orcs! The Orcs are not the only villains, because later an evil filmmaker attempts to exploit the girls!

Other predicaments in vol. 3 are Papi’s egg, rivalry between Miia & Meru, Kimihito’s flu and a quarantine! It is is priced $12.99 USA & $14.99 Canada, and has 160 pages of the Black & White manga chapters 11 – 14, plus the 4 color pages & color cover art! It was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, lettered & laid out by Ma. Victoria Robado, proof read by Janet Houck & edited by Adam Arnold, with the logo design by Courtney Williams & cover design by Nicky Lim! It is intended for readers aged 16+ due to the sexuality, nudity, violence & harsh language!

Amongst the pages are a few more character profile pages to inform us about Meru, Meranko Zombina, Doppel & Tionishia!  I thought it was a lot of wacky fun, I like the ensemble cast, and I like the character, fashion & scenic art! Of course, I must admit my fondness for tales that feature strong, noble centaur heroines! In spite of Miia’s jealous nature, the group has taken on the sense of family as they protect each other from outside threats, Suu continues to evolve, and there is a mysterious new character revealed in the cliffhanger, so I am curious as to what will happen next!

Mike:

Thank you Ellie- and B.B. and Ilyana, for the reviews and the drink!

B.B. & Ellie:

Arigato!

Ilyana:

Doitashimaste!

B.B.:

This is so relaxing- If I stay here much longer, I might take the catnap!

Ilyana:

Hai it is about that time!

Ellie:

We should finish the cocktails and resume the tour!

Ilyana:

I will put the glasses in the rinse and lock the door.

Mike:

Our next destinations are the estuary, caverns & ancient ruins!

The Estuary, Caverns & Ancient Ruins

(Riding in Mike’s golf cart and in Ellie’s larger cart, the quartet heads 2 miles Northward from Pirate Cove to the estuary, which becomes marshy wetland nearer the maritime forest. Ellie could easily gallop there in under 4 minutes, but the two carts and equipment might be handy, and later they might need to go sepurrate ways. Soon they arrive at the small parking area of an observation deck with a kiosk of trail maps & nature information, some of which was written by B.B.)

B.B.:

This is one of the popular ecological spots to see the sampling of the forest, wetland & near shore wildlife, such as the Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, Slider Turtles, Horseshoe Crabs, Blue Crabs, Ducks, Herons Egrets & Cranes! There are Purrch, Pinfish & shellfish, and over that way is purrobably where Eamane caught the Sheepshead! The Pigfish Coakers & Drums might be in the vicinity, and further out past the cape you might see some Tarpons & Bottlenose Dolphins!

(A few miles further inland, the next stop in the Northwestern part of the island tour is a brief expurrdition into a purrticluar cavern of restricted access, due to the purreservation of its purrotected, purrculiar purropurrties. Carrying the flashlights, radios and the bit of safety gear, Ellie takes point as the group walks past another information kiosk and into the mouth of the cave, which is but one of the land & sea entrances into the island’s network of caverns, grottos & tunnels.)

Ellie:

We’re not straying from the path or touching certain formations as we only wander so far into this particular cavern! Some of these subterranean areas serve as merfolk access to inland areas, concert venues, educational areas & enchanting hideaways! However, some of them serve as creatures’ habitats, sacred & magickal places, and of course there are fragile, thermal & dangerous geological areas! Look at those nice stalactites, stalagmites draperies & columns!

(Deepurr into the cavern, they turn off the flashlights and admire the ethereal beauty of the gallery & pools illuminated by the bioluminescent substances. Other interesting formations include the straws, spars, rimstone & crystalline flowers. A few minutes later, they return to the carts and drive Northward to their next destination, the historical site of the ancient lost city ruins. From the site’s parking lot, they go to the research center, chat with friends and observe the ruins.)

Ilyana:

That is one of my favorite buildings with the labs, the office, the classroom, the gift shop & the patio! Purroceeding down the path past these Pines, Palms, Pampas, Pandanus & Pitcher Plants is the 1st observation platform to get the good look! These handouts indicate the purrceived purrpose of the excavated stone structures, although much of it is mysterious! The way the statues, trees & vines are merged has the spooky ambiance, and the lower levels are quite eerie!

(She leads them to the 2nd platform which offers the better view of the lower levels, where roots and stone arches, corridors & steps with bizarre sculptures & glyphs descend into the subterranean depths and lead into the caverns. After the brief introductory taste of the site, the group returns to the carts to discuss where they will go to next.)

B.B.:

This has been the fun time, but I should purrobably return to the ranger station!

Ellie:

Hai, I should probably get back to my office, but I hope to see y’all at the Aftermew!

Mike:

Speaking of which, I need to take a break from the tour, and help Jamie with the luau stuff!

Ilyana:

Well then after I drop y’all off, I will see what the others are up to and maybe continue the tour!

Mike:

Thank ya’ll, so let’s take another break, and hopefully our audience will stay tuned for more of The Mew!

The Beach

(Another short break later, Ilyana still wears the Blue Hydrangea purrint side-tie bikini top & Blue jean shorts, and she is purresently parked in another lot of carts & bikes, thisun’ on the hilltop which  overlooks the island’s Northeastern shore. Steps lead down the hill as the grass yields to the palms, rocks & sand leading to the purristine beach where folks play, stroll, fish, fly kites, nap & surf.)

Ilyana:

Welcome back to the special anniversary edition of The Mew and our tour of Catgirl Island! As we starting the 2nd quarter of the tour, we are at the Northeastern purrt of the island which is purrized by the surfers and the Loggerhead Turtles! From here is the purrfurred view of the surfers & dolphins, with the tidepools, shoals & one of the surf purrtrol stations over this way, the dunes hang gliding way down over that way! Further out underwater are the U-Boat wreck, the Sea Horse & Sea Dragon shelter, the kelp farm & Sheila May’s restaurant which are in the merfolks’ tribal territory!

We are free to visit there any time, but it is purretty vast & deep and it would be the lengthy undersea tour unto itself so we will skip that region for today. Nyawn nyawn- these are more great spots for the sunny tan and the catnap! It is that time of the day, but I am going to continue the tour down to the beach to meet Myayr, Trini, Kara, who are riding the waves right nyow. Myayr is on the White board, Trini is on the Black & Yellow Tiger stripe board, and Kara is on the Pink & White board! I don’t see guess A.J. on the waves, so I guess he is still visiting Eamane & Hannah!

(She leaves her golf cart, descends the hillside steps to the outdoor rinse & shower station, and strolls to the beach, where others are in the beach chairs or upon the blankets. Further to the left  anglers cast their lines as  sea birds take an interest, whilst further to the right are kids playing in the sand & shallows. Eventually Mary Nyan, Trini-chan & Kara-Meowl paddle toward the shore.)

Ilyana:

Whassup?

Kara-Meow’l:

(one of the Island’s champion surfer catgirls wearing the Petunia purrint side-tie bikini) Aloha y’all!

Trini-chan:

(still wearing her Lobster Claw Heliconia purrint triangular bikini top & Teal board shorts) Hi again!

Mary Nyan:

(still wearing her Ornamental Pineapple purrint Brazilian-cut bikini) Aren’tcha gonna join us in the waves?

Ilyana:

As much as I like to dive, I think I’ll remain here on the beach!

Trini-chan:

Are you worried about the toothy fish nipping your tail?

Ilyana:

That is not it! I am just enjoying the relaxing sunny beach!

Mary Nyan:

You are not the only one, I will be definitely join in the catnap later!

Kara-Meow’l:

Me too but these waves have the purrfect curl! Lookit that peak! It is the shame that Kit is not here too!

Trini-chan:

She and Kat are purretty busy today! We have been slammed by the waves, but we are going back out!

Mary Nyan:

It is fun but I purromised to help conduct the tour so – oh look we have company! (two mermaids arrive)

Kianalani:

(The darker skinned mermaid with the ornate Red & Black dreadlocks coiffure and the Red Beta tail) Hello!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

(The lighter skinned mermaid with the long Midnight Blue hair and the Red & Blue Coral Beauty tail) Hola!

Mary Nyan:

Allow us to introduce our friends to the audience! Y’all have meet Ilyana and Trini-chan, and this is Kara-Meow’l who is one of our island’s greatest surfers and inspurrational coaches of the fun surf camp!

Kara-Meow’l:

Arigato… but just call me Kara!

Trini-chan:

Kianalani is the award-winning bariste, the sea shelter volunteer, the great photographer and flower arranger whose photos & ikebana decorate several of the restaurants, cafes & galleries!

Kianalani:

Why thank you, but call me ‘Lani!

Ilyana:

Ne’ellakaliomi is the expurrt sommeleir, who is also the avid member of the camera club, the volunteer at the shelter, and the Halloween deep dark kelp maze dive!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

Gracias! My friends call me Nene!

Mary Nyan:

We are sorry that we cannot include many of the wonderful undersea places on today’s tour, but there is only so much time!

Trini-chan:

Hai there is a lot of the island that might only be glimpsed in the montage, but we should later do the dedicated merfolk tour

Kianalani:

Oh that is Ok, and we would have the same challenge to squeeze so much of the undersea-nery into the time slot!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

We must plan the future mer tour! We will make the list of the most social & photogenic spots at our next club meeting!

Kara-Meow’l:

We hope that the others will be able to attend the Aftermew later tonight after they finish work! What is everyone up to?

Kianalani:

Tsuruku, Formality, Daytona & Celia are at Sheila May’s, Tami & Nyssy were at the shelter, Melanakeami & her parents are in her hot air balloon!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

Lourdessaluorno & Avanaru-ru are at the surf purrtrol station at the South Cape, and I think everyone is planning to be at the — Ilyana?

Ilyana:

(nodding off on her back) zzzzz….

Kara-Meow’l:

I will resuscitate her!

Mary Nyan:

She is ok and just sleepy from the hectic schedule at the end of the semester and conducting the tour past her mewsual catnap time!

Trini-chan:

She does not need the Cardio PURRminary Resuscitation, but we should rouse and her to move from the tide to the blanket!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

I could nibble on her tail – nom nom nom!

Kianalani:

Donchoo scare her!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

I was just kidding!

Mary Nyan:

Ordinarily we would use the smarty phone cat nap app to rouse the sleepurr during the mew, but I did not bring it with me in the water!

Ilyana:

Nyawn yawn I am awake!

Trini-chan:

Well that is good because nyow it is the time for the surpurrise bonus Lightning Round!

Mary Nyan:

Our earlier Lightning Round topic was about favorite movies of 1994, so this time the topic is

Our Favorite Mewsic of 1994!

Trini-chan:

Mewsical Lightning Round Go! (tags Ilyana to start with the swish of her damp foxy tail)

Ilyana:

I will nominate the Rhythm of Love album by Anita Baker, Under the Pink by Tori Amos, Doll by Keiko Matsui, Forest by George Winston, the Macross Plus soundtrack by Yoko Kanno, and the Phantom Quest Corp. soundtrack by Junichi Kanezaki! (tail – tags Kara-Meow’l to go next)

Kara-Meow’l:

Paula Cole’s Harbinger, Tom Petty’s Wildflower, Sleeps with Angels by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Songs from the Xenozoic Age by Chris Christian & Mark Schultz, and the Pulp Fiction soundtrack by the various artists! Myayr’s turn! (tags Kianalani)

Kianalani:

The Tangerine Dream Tangents compilation boxed set, the Babylon 5 soundtracks by Christopher Franke, the Blade Runner soundtrack CD by Vangelas, The Lion King soundtrack by Elton John, Hans Zimmer & Tim Rice, the New Dominion Tank Police and the Iria: Zeiram soundtracks by Yoichiro Yoshikawa! (lightly fishtail flaps Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

I will nominate Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith, Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy, Steve Howe Not Neccessarily Acoustic, Yes Talk, Pink Floyd The Division Bell, (tags Ne’ellakalomi)

Ne’ellakaliomi:

The soundtrack albums of Idol Defense Force Hummingbirds, Catgirl Nuku Nuku OVAs 4-6, Please Save My Earth, and You’re Under Arrest! Back to Trini-chan!

Trini-chan:

The Gatchaman OVA mewsic by Maurice White & Bill Meyers, the Blue Seed mewsic by Kenji Kawai, the Dirty Pair Flash mewsic by Megumi Wakausa, the Ranma 1/2 OVA mewsic by Akihisa Matsu’ura, and the Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki mewsic by Seiko Nagaoka!

Kianalani & Ne’ellakaliomi:

Yattahh! (the mermaids applaud with the polite clap of hands & slap of fins together)

Mary Nyan:

Next, is there anything entertaining that you have recently read, heard, played, watched or visited that you might like to comment upon?

Captain Marvel #1’s Foxy Variant Cover!

Trini-chan:

I do not have a review, although I would like to mention one of my favoritest recent works of art, and that is the “animal” variant cover art by David Lopez for Captain Marvel #1! He illustrated the Marvel comic book’s tale and its great regular cover art of the determined Carol Danvers putting on the gloves of her Captain Marvel costume, but I was overjoyed by the variant,  depicts her as the super fox girl charging our way! She is vivacious, lean and pert, with the gorgeous Golden skin & fur, beautiful big Blue eyes, petite snappy fangs & the fluffy foxy tail with the Cream – colored tip! The look fabulously flatters her form-fitting Red, Gold & Blue costume, which is accessorized by the sassy sash upon the hips, and it would be nice if the image was also available as the poster!

Monster High Magazine #7

Kara-Meow’l:

Monster High is the fun series of animations, books, dolls & other toys from Mattel, starring the high school full of the vampires, mummies, werewolves, werecats, zombies, ghosts, sea creatures, ghouls and the other friends at Monster High! There have been quite the few purrior discussions of those purroducts & characters here at The Mew, such as last month’s review of the Clawdia Wolf doll and I am pleased to discuss the May / June 2014 issue, with werecatgirl twins Meowlody & Purrsephony on the front cover, whoa re also with Venus & Rochelle on the centerspurread! The twins have the lovely fangs, ears & tails, Gray & White patches & stripes in the sleeveless mini dresses with the shredded fishnet layer, accessorized by the cute yarn ball / fish bone ornaments!

They are doing the zombie shake dance, which looks fun although I might purrfur the chocolate shake! There are further feline females & lupine ladies amongst the 36 pages, such as Toralei, Catty Noir, Clawdeen & Howleen, plus other friends such as Draculaura, Frankie, Cleo, Spectra, Lagoona, Billy, Deuce & Clawd! Toralei, Meowlody & Purrsephony are purrofiled on 2 pages, and other pages include the school mews & message board, the fashion & friendship tips, horrorscopes, the pep rally comic strip, purrsonality quiz, puzzle pages, and an intermew with Monster High’s lead designer Garret Sander! The many delightful images including illustrations, screen caps, photos, Garret’s concept art, and to top off the peppy purranormal purrkiness is the page of purretty fan art!

Our State Magazine

Ne’ellakaliomi:

Our State which is the wonderful magazine devoted to all things of North Carolina, including the nature, history, culture, the arts and foods from the mountains to the coast! The magazine has been published for over 80 years, it is known for the fintastic photographs, and there is also the companion TV series shown on PBS! It is good to read of the parts of the mainland that we cannot easily swim too, but it is also nice to read about the coastal areas that are closer to home! In the April 2014 issue which was mostly of the splendid  Appalachian aspects, there was also the 5 page article on the annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington, which is about 18 miles Southwest of here! The article by Tim Bass with photos by Brent Clark conveyed the event’s history, gardens & the belles!

Last month was the Azaela Festival’s 67th year! Then in the May 2014 issue the beaches were the covered featured articles, from Southern Shores, Nags Head, New Bern & Beaufort to Cedar Point, Ocean Isle, Carolina Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, which is just about 10 miles Southeast of our island! The cover was graced by Ned Leary’s sunset photo of Johnny Mercers Fishing Pier in Wrightsville Beach! Inside the covers, the tour begins with Bryan Mim’s 8 page article on the  commercial fishing history of Beaufort, and then there is the 36 page pictorial about the boats, written by Bland Simpson & photographed by Travis Dove! The magnificent photos might be my favoritest aspect of the magazine and many of them are the full-page pics and the two-page spreads!

Kianalani:

Hai! The words by Susan Stafford Kelly & the photos by Ned Leary take us to Wrightsville Beach for 7 superbly sentimental pages; author Lane DeGregory & photographer Emily Chaplin provide the 14 pages about the beauty of The Winds Resort in Ocean Isle; then Emily teams up with author Jeremy Markovich treat us to the 10 page trip to the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach! Emily’s keen camera strikes again, with author Todd Dulany for the 8 page look at Carolina Beach’s festive Tiki Pier, and with author Jeff Hampton for 4 pages about the flat roof cottages of Southern Shores! The issue is the fiesta of photography by Emily Chaplin, including the photos forJ eremy Markovich’s 9 page peek at the sights & history of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk!

The final part of the tour is the Cedar Point Tideland Trail article by Joe Miller with photos by Mark Hollingsworth, but that still leaves room for the food! Author Jeffrey Turner, photographer Matt Hulsman & taster Wendy Perry present some recipies from the Beaufort Grocery Company; Lissa Gotwals provides the photos for Warren Lucas’s article on Ricky Moore’s Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham (which is not on the coast) and for BIll Smithes article on the Atlantic Beach Pie for the dessert! Once again we were so very impressed with the magazine’s very charming, expert, thorough & beautiful coverage of the many pleasant & tasty aspects of our state! Now there are more places I hope to visit, but now I also have the cravings in my tummy for that delicious looking food!

Trini-chan:

I have the cravings too! We must get the snack.

Mary Nyan:

We have been to several of those lovely coastal cities, and to Durham many times to attend the various conventions, concerts, festivals, restaurants & shops!

Kara-Meow’l:

So howboutchoo Myayr- do you have a review to share with us?

Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1

Mary Nyan:

Hai! Dragon Age is the fantasy video game by Bioware, who also made Mass Effect! The game is full of the sword & sorcery and the rich detail of the societies, characters, creatures, phenomenon, history & environments! Dark Horse publishes many great comics & books that we have enjoyed, and they have published this $39.99 hardcover book, which has 182 full color pages authored by many of the game’s staff, with the introductions by the game’s creative director Mike Laidlow & lead writer David Gaider, and the cover art of Morrigan the sorceress by Nick Thornborow!

She is the powerful Apostate Mage, and our web master Jamie has the action figure of her! Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1 has the thorough chapters purrtaining to the world’s history, environments, cultures, politics, maps, symbols, timeline, languages, legends and the races such the humans, elves, dwarves, Thaigs & Qunari! The realms of Ferelden, Nevarra, Orlais, Antiva, Tevinter, Par Vollen, Seheron, The Anderfels, The Free Marches, The Veil & The Fade are examined; along with chapters about the magick and those awfully grody occurrences of The Blight!

The book also serves as the good purrimer to the creatures such as Brontos, Ghouls, Halla, Harvesters, Mabari, Nugs, Ogres, Spiders,  Werewolves, Wisps, Wraiths, Wyverns, Varterrels, and the various types of Demons, Dragons & Spirits! There are so many grand illustrations, including lots of two-page spurreads! The fashions, calendar & holidays are also covered, and to top it off is the handy glossary! This book is the excellent treasure trove of the lavish information & images, which I will recommend to the fans of Dragon Age, world – building, beautiful fantasy art, and the–

Ilyana:

zzzz…

Kianalani:

Asleep again!

Mary Nyan:

Why do they nod off during my reviews? Well, let’s get her into the purropurr catnap position on the blanket, with the sun block away from the water, and then I will go continue the tour!

Kara-Meow’l:

OK you can leave your board with us! Nyawn nyawn it is my nap time too!

Ne’ellakaliomi:

We will bask here for the while too! Myayr, we will see you later at the luau!

Trini-chan:

I guess we will snack, chat & nap for the bit… but hopefully our viewers will not nod off during this next short break!

Lake Neko & The Maritime Forest

(Another short break later, Mary Nyan is in the water again, but this time it is the freshwater of Lake Neko that reflects the rich Blue sky & puffy CumuloNeko clouds, atop the mountain surrounded by the lush Green maritime forest & trails. Melanakeami & her purrents wave from their new hot air balloon above, as Mary Nyan swims to the ladder of the short pier where other folks are are tanning, splashing & kayaking. She retrieves her waterpurroof beach bag from the row of courtesy lockers on the shore, towels off, puts on her shorts, Teva athletic sandals, and waves to the balloonists.)

Mary Nyan:

Welcome back! Nyow we are at the mountaintop Lake Neko! It is appurroximately 2 miles in diameter at its widest points, with B.B.’s ranger station over there (waves thatway); the parking lot, observation deck & picnic shelters thatway (points to the SouthWest); and the waterfalls to the South! The falls cascade down to the river below, and conceal one of the island’s mystical grotto entrances, but there are plenty of the safety purrcautions to purrvent the plummet! The lake is also one of the best spots to observe the stars & fireworks which reflect in the water like the mirror!

Up there is our friend Melanakeami’s hot air balloon! She saved money from her job and took the pilot lessons for the long time until she was able to purrchase her own balloon which is equipped to carry the passengers of all breeds from the merfolk to the centaurs! She is the island’s first mermaid aviator who will be helping to conduct tour later in the show! There are other unmewsual sites you might see on the lake or the river, such as the Ghost Ducks, or the mystical phenomenon in the grotto behind the waterfall! We will go there later, but from here we will hike into the forest!

These trails are popular amongst the hikers, the mountain bikers, the purrkour club, the officers & faeries who often conduct the conservancy hikes, and the nocturnal nature walk is one of the  island’s fun & educational Halloween activities! The trails & emergency stations are marked with the directions & distances using the special Foxfire, so it would be tough to get lost off the trail even at night! Nyow I am going to show you the neat shortcut which will take us off of this main trail and to our next destination, where we will rejoin Mie-sensei at the faeries’ Forest Grove Theatre!

(Mary Nyan takes a main trail through the expanse of Cypurress, Angel Oak, Ohi’a, Loblolly, Bay trees & Trillium to a Westward spur trail into a meadow of grass & goldenrod, where a few cyclists have pawsed for the picnic as the hot air balloon glides by above. On the other side of the meadow appurrs to be a field of short shrubbery, however this is actually the top of the tree canopy, as she hops down the opening that slide down the slope to re-enter the forest on another trail at much lower elevation.)

Mary Nyan:

This main trail will intersect with the road Cait Sith Wynd, which leads to the beach, the West side neighborhoods, the theatre, the falls & The Kitt Inn! I would show y’all my house, but the living room is full of the bolts of the fabrics fabric for the costumes I have been commissioned to sew for the dances, festivals & conventions! It is also the busy time at the theatre, where they are rehearsing the Summertime Shakespeare, but hopefully my arrival is still on schedule to coincide with their next rehearsal break!

The Faeries’ Forest Grove Theatre

(From Cait Sith Wynd, carved street signs point to the paved path into the grove, past the Pandanus blossoms, Cabbage White butterflies, Foxfire lanterns and the parking area to the entrance of The Forest Grove Theatre, an ancient, circular, stone outdoor ampurrtheatre which is the home of the island faeries’ repurrtory company. Mary Nyan walks past the box office & concession booth, down the center aisle past the stadium-style rows of curved bench seats to the stage area to meet a few of the fae.)

Mary Nyan:

(still in the Ornamental Pineapple purrint Brazilian-cut bikini, shorts & sandals) Aloha y’all!

Mielikki:

(still in the Purrimrose purrint halter – neck bikini) Mellow Greetings! Your timing is perfect! For those who have not met my sisters, please allow me to introduce our theatre’s artistic director Alua-mina-sensei and out technical director Wyrdina-sensei!

Alaua’mina:

(in the Okinawa Torch Banana purrint bandeau-top bikini & purreo) Hi hi! Please just call me Mina!

Wyrdina:

(in the iridescant Coneflower purrint stringy bikini & sarong) Oh just call me Dina! Would you like the refreshment?

Mary Nyan:

Arigato! So, could y’all please tell our viewers the bit about this theatre?

Mielikki:

Hai! So like, for centuries this has been one of the gathering places of the Outer Banks Fae, but for the past several decades it has served as one of the island’s entertainment venues! It is also available for the weddings & other ceremonies, and when we are not in the rehearsal or the productions, it is open to the public as the good spot to curl up with books & treats!

Alaua’mina:

This is our main stage, and behind those boulders is the back stage area! We have started the rehearsals for the Summer Shakespeare performances and we will soon start our childrens’ theatre camp! Our schedule & ticket information are available at the box office, and we will serve the fresh delicious, nutritious all-natural beverages & treats at the concession booth!

Wyrdina:

We are blessed with this serenely beautiful, magickal place with the ideal acousitics, which wants to be shared with our friends for its own sense of contemporary purpose, and we are lucky to be part of such a gracious, talented, industrious, respectful families who love to tell the tales & create the art! So how are things today at the shrine the dance class & your costumes?

Mary Nyan:

All is well at the shrine and I plan to help out later this week with the festivities! We are just about to begin the Summer semester of the Hula classes and I have much sewing to do in the mean time! So what have y’all been up to aside from the theatre?

Mielikki:

I have been teaching the magick workshop, the golf clinic, and I got this totally awesome new hybrid putter!

Alaua’mina:

The aerial ballet semester is about to start, and I have planted the Geraniums, Pansies, Cosmos & Juniper!

Wyrdina:

I have been practicing the sitar, and we adopted a kitten as the theatre’s mascot! Cinder, where are you?

Cinder:

(the slender Black cat scampurrs to the stage) Nyan!

Mary Nyan:

Oh she is the purrecious darling kitten! Purrhaps she will purrticipate in the Lightning Round Topic that I have brought! Since our recent topics have looked back upon our favorite things of 2004 & 1994 such as the movies & mewsic, I thought we could continue the discussion with our

Our Favorite TV Shows of 1994!

Alaua’mina:

Hmm… of the TV series that either started or continued into 1994, I would have to say  ER, Touched by an Angel, Globe Trekker, The Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless, Lovejoy, and Mystery Science Theater 3000!

Wyrdina:

I guess that back then I would have been watching shows on PBS such as Austin City Limits, Mystery, Masterpiece, The Woodwright’s Shop, The New Yankee Carpenter, This Old House, Victory Garden, Nova and Nature!

Mielikki:

I will nominate the animated TV series such as Reboot, Aladdin, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Gargoyles, Batman, Blue Seed, Marmalade Boy, Sailor Moon and… maybe Dragonball!

Mary Nyan:

Aside from the animation, the other TV I watched from that time would be Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers The X-Files, and various televised sporting events!

Cinder:

Nyan!

Alaua’mina:

Ah, she has not watched much TV!

Wyrdina:

I hope she will watch the plays!

Mielikki:

She seems more interested in the concession booth!

Mary Nyan:

Well purrhaps she can start out with the lighter fare of the opurretta! Speaking of the TV shows & other entertainments, do y’all have any reviews?

Wrestlemania 30

Wyrdina:

Wrestlemania is purrhaps the biggest annual event for the WWE, and Wrestlemania 30 took place at the Superdome in New Orleans on Apurril 6th, with the pre-show full of the special guest commentators Things got rather festive the day purrior to that, with the annual inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame, which was televised right after the following Monday night’s Raw show. Lita (who wore the lovely Red dress), Jake The Snake Roberts, Razor Ramone, Carlos Colon, Mr. T, The Ultimate Warrior, and (posthumously) Paul Bearer were inducted. The Undertaker poignantly held up the funeral urn in tribute to his late manager.

The first of the night’s many surprises was the greeting by Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock, with appearances by many other legends in the audience & back stage! Stephanie McMahon was displeased by the victorious night for Daniel Bryan, who not only defeated Triple H, but later defeated Orton & Batista to win the championship belt! It was the wonderful moment, and I look forward to Batista as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie! Things have also gotten interesting betwixt Triple H and The Shield, who defeated Kane & The New Age Outlaws at Wrestlemania! (wing – tags Mielikki to continue)

Mielikki:

So like, there was a great touch of mysterious performing artistry as a sensual dancer & masked live band performed prior to the very odd match betwixt John Cena & Bray Wyatt; and among the other Wrestlemania 30 cards included the Fatal Four Way Match won by The Usos team, the Battle Royale for the Andre The Giant Memorial trophy won by Cesaro, and the the Diva Invitational won by AJ Lee who has the totally awesome entry theme music, although she unexpectedly lost the belt to Paige the very next night at Monday Night Raw! Among the many Divas in the ring were Alicia, Naomi & Cameron whose action figures we have reviewed!

Perhaps the most significant moment of Wrestlemania 30 was the end of The Undertaker’s streak of 21 Wrestlemania victories with the loss to Brock Lesnar, to the stunned reaction of the huge crowd who then gave the ovation to The Undertaker. However, perhaps the most startling, sad wrestling news of that week was the passing of The Ultimate Warrior on Apurril 8th, ironically just 3 days after the inductions and 1 day after he delighted the fans at Raw with the poignant speech about how they keep the legends going. Since then, many fans have worn the warrior’s colorful mask emblem in tribute to the inspirational legendary champion.

The Milwaukee Ballet’s purrduction of Peter Pan

Alaua’mina:

I would like to say the few words of high praise about the Milwaukee Ballet’s perfect production of Peter Pan, which was recently shown on PBS! Based upon the immortal fun fantasy tale by J.M. Barrie, the production in the magnificent performing arts center was delightfully directed by Michael Pink with the awesome orchestral score by Philip Feeney! There was no dialogue, but the tale was terrifically told through the acting, choreography, and the constant music! It starred Marc Petrocci as Peter, Valerie Harmon as Wendy, and Luz San Miguel as Tinkerbell, along with rest of the brilliant cast of the dancers as the Darling family, Nana the dog, the Lost Boys, the indians, the pirates and Captain Hook in all of his elegant, mustache – twirling villainy!

The costumes were great, and I especially liked those worn by Nana, Hook, Tiger Lily, the other maidens, and Tink’s which was fabulously self-illuminated! The pirate crew was particularly amusing to watch with their comedic talents, and the outstanding flying FX were as graceful & agile as the dancing! I was also impressed by the lighting cues and the ingeniously movable set pieces such as the huge parts of the ship! As the added treat, the show was followed by the featurette of the cast & crew interviews sprinkled amongst the views behind-the-scenes, with the glimpses of the design, construction, choreography, FX & mewsic! That’s about it, and I wish to thank all of those folks in Milwaukee and at PBS for such a beautiful, captivating & wondrous show!

Our Favorite Peter Pan & Tinkerbell Adaptations & Items

Mielikki:

I liked Walt Disney’s 1953 animated adaptation of Peter Pan, and I think Disney’s more recent animations & books starring Tinker Bell & the other Pixie Hollow Fairies are quite beautiful!

Mary Nyan:

Hai we have reviewed some of the Tinkerbell & Disney Fairies items such as the books, the Hallmark ornaments and the collectible Jim Shore figurines! The Kingdom Hearts video Game by Disney & Square Enix was quite pretty too!

Alaua’mina:

I liked Dustin Hoffman’s performance as Captain Hook along with Robin Williams as Peter, Julia Roberts as Tink & Maggie Smith as Wendy in Steven Speilberg’s Hook movie

Wyrdina:

I liked that 1990 Peter Pan and the Pirates animated series with Tim Curry as the voice of Captain Hook… and that 2003 Peter Pan movie directed by P.J. Hogan was very good too! It had some of the most beautiful movie mermaids!

Mielikki:

You know, that was the same year as the edition of the book published by Starscape, which was totally awesomely illustrated by Charles Vess! We have reviewed several of his books and have been so fortunate to meet him at some of the cons!

Alaua’mina:

Oh I quite liked Finding Neverland starring Johnny Depp as author J.M. Barrie! Gosh that was 10 years ago! The time has flown by like the hyperdrive! Well can you believe that the theatrical production of Peter Pan starring Mary Martin was 60 years ago!

Wyrdina:

There have been so many wonderful actors & actresses to portray Peter Pan including Mia Farrow, Cathy Rigby, and Sandy Duncan who might be my favorite! Oh- oh this month she is starring in the North Carolina Theatre’s production of Driving Miss Daisy, at the AJ Fletcher Opera Theatre in Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts!

Mary Nyan:

That is the same building that is the home of Memorial Hall, where we saw William Shatner’s “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” show in January!

Alaua’mina:

Hai, that is only about the couple of blocks from the Raleigh Convention Center where we attend Animazment!

Mielikki:

That is on the Memorial Day Weekends, which is almost upon us again!

Mary Nyan:

That convention center is just the few blocks from the full – size IMAX theatre where we saw Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Wyrdina:

The North Carolina Natural Science Museum and the North Carolina History Museum are about the other couple of blocks away from IMAX. I rather like the Natural Science Museum’s lovely butterfly garden cafe!

Alaua’mina:

I do too, but but speaking of the lovely little wings, I think we have stray – catted from the Tink & Pan topic!

Cinder:

Nyan! Nyan!

Wyrdina:

She says the break time is over!

Mielikki:

I think she wants to direct!

Mary Nyan:

Thank you for the refreshment and the discussion! I should purroceed with the tour! That will do it for this portion of the Mew, but after the next short break, we will begin the 2nd half of the tour at The Kitt Inn!

The Faeries:

Baibai!

Cinder:

Nyan!

The Kitt Inn

(Another short break later, the 2nd half of the island tour begins a few miles South of the theatre at the The Kitt Inn, the elegant 142 year old, 4 story Ryokan or Japanese style Inn with the restaurant, vineyard, orchard, garden & hot spurrings, just off of Cait Sidhe Wynd and by the riverbank close to the waterfall. From the cart & bike parking area, the inn’s signature variety of Hydrangeas lead the lodgers to the entrance & main lobby, where senior staff have convened as Mary Nyan catnaps on a comfy couch.)

Nemui:

(wearing her Rum Punch color midriff choli blouse, sari & petticoat) Namaste! I’m Nemui, the purropurrietor of The Kitt Inn, and I would like to introduce my senior staff! This is Sha’nami, our onsen / rotenburo supurrvisor!

Sha’nami:

(or just Nami for short, wearing her Red Azalea purrint yukata) Nihao! I will make sure the hot spurrings & the bath house offer the purrifying, soothing soak! Here is Kyra, the Head Purrlour Maid!

Kyralyndalani:

(or just Kyra for short, wearing her Pink Dogwood purrint yukata) Konbanwa! I will make sure that the suites and the indoor common areas are tidy & comfy! Here is Kei, our resutoran maitre d’!

Kei:

(wearing her Magenta Pandanus purrint yukata) Aloha, nya! I will make sure that y’all receive the tasty, quality food & drink with the purrompt, purropurr service, and here is Chef Bullpup, nya!

Chef Bullpup:

(the anthropurrmorphic  Red Brendle bulldog / master chef wearing his Whites) Ahoy! Here on the couch is Myayr, who y’all have already met, and these are our mascots, Sapphire & Dosa!

Sapphire & DosaNeko:

(the inn’s mascot cats) Nyan!

Mary Nyan:

zzzz….

Nemui:

It seems that Myayr’s catnap was overdue after her purrior purrepurrations, surfing, swiming & hiking, so we will conduct this portion of the tour!

Nami:

It is the oppurrtune timing, because Sapphire & Dosa’s kittens Amethyst, Emerald, Tanzanite, Lapis Lazuli, Obsidian & Onyx are all visiting too!

Kyra:

Nyow we are in the lobby from the main entrance, with the registration desk & office over here, and the great hall over there past the bonsai!

Kei:

The great hall is the largest of the indoor common areas, and as we walk through here we will arrive at the bar & dining room near the kitchen!

Bullpup:

The kitchen is our mascot’s favorite spot, but we will show y’all other favorite spots as we fan out to continue the tour while we present

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!

Bullpup:

(shooing the cats away from the sushi bar) Since the October 2009 edition of The Mew, the Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight has shined upon the famous catgirl, nekomimi & werekitty characters of the toys, prose fiction, internet, comics & manga, tabletop & video games, animated & live-action cinema & TV! In our broadly inclusive criteria, this has included those who actually have the feline DNA or those who just dress the part, those who have been temporarily catgirls and those who might lack the tail but have the cattitude, prowess or style for us to consider them as honorary catgirls!

This month we will shine the spotlight upon the various types of catgirls & media! In the Synne City Super Heroines in Peril series of eBooks, there are the numerous costumed crime fighters such as Ms. Amazing, Ms. Patriot and Catgirl! She is the vigilante of the kuroneko persona in the masked Black leather costume, who purrowls the city for criminals in the gritty urban fantasy novels by JK Waylon, such as Catgirl: Moonstruck, Heat of the Night, and On the Prowl, which are intended for the adult readers due to the language, sex & violence! Kyra, could you take the cats to their room?

Nami:

Hai, I will escort them to the Cat’s Play Room while I continue the tour and the spotlight! Come on you two!

Sapphire & DosaNeko:

Nya!

(From the great hall, she leads us to the corridor, past the alcoves displaying samurai armor, floral arrangements, and other works of art, as she escorts Sapphire & Dosa to the reunion with their six kittens in spacious Cats’ Play Room, which is full of toys, plants, fresh air, warm sunlight & things to climb on. From there she greets lodgers in the inn’s art gallery of paintings, sculpture & antiques. Through sliding Shoji panel doors, Kyra rendezvouses with Kei in the inn’s library, which has the tables & cozy nooks amidst the large, wooden floor – to – ceiling book cases.)

Kyra:

I wish to shine the spotlight upon Diol Twee of the Otomedius space combat video game series by Konami for the X-Box! She is the heroic buxom student leader of the Angel Squadron of the female fighter pilots in the war against the Bacterian enemy! She wears the glasses, the collar, and the strapless, tight Amber & White cut-out maillot with the ruffled trim, matching boots & detached sleeves, and the large neko pinna headband in her long Blonde hair! She is very purretty with the lovely smile, the inny belly button, the tail attachment! If I linger her longer I will want the nap, but I am on the clock, and down there by the Dhalias & Roses is Nami to continue the tour! Nyow while I will continue with my duties, I will turn the tour & spotlight over to Kei!

(Kei continues the tour, passing by the courtyard’s stone & sand zen garden, to show us some of the cozy rooms and larger suits on the uppurr floors. Although most of the inn maintains its original architecture & furnishings, it has been refitted with ramps & lifts for greater accessibility. From the 4th floor rear balcony we see more of the gardens below filled with the Dahlias, Japanese Roses, & more of the Hydrangeas. Kei’s next stop is the rooftop’s secret garden of the blooming Hostas, Calathea,Torch & Kahili Gingers.)

Kei:

Nyow when it is time for my catnap this is the most purrfurred spot, nya! That will be later, but for nyow I wish to shine the Celebrity catgirl Spotlight spotlight upon Tsugumi Sendo of the Guilty Crown science fictional anime series, nya! She is the petite young teen computer hacker girl of the underground resistance group known as The Funeral Parlor, nya! She might be known as The Black Swan, but it is the neko ear headband she wears in her lovely long Dark Purrple hair!, nya She also wears the sleek tight bodysuit, and has the supurr Void power to create the holo – doppleganger purrojections, nya! In the original Japanese version she is voiced by Ayana Taketatsu and in the English dub version she is voiced by Monica Rial, nya!

(Kei waves to Nami and goes back to work as Nami continues the tour & spotlight. There is symmetry in the architecture & landscaping, with the gardens as the nexus framed by the Scuppurrrnong vineyard to the North, the inn on the East, the connected bath house on the Southern side, and the hot spurrings on the West side. Further North, the Vineyard leads to an orchard of Purrsimmon, Peach & Apple Trees)

Nami:

The indoor onsen and the outdoor rotenburo baths are my purride and joy! From the inn you have to go into bath house for the men’s, women’s & family changing & showering rooms, before you go to the hot spurrings. Sepurrated by the flora, boulders & bamboo fences are the men’s, women’s & family spurrings of the varied tempurratures & minerals! For example, the Sakura Bath under the Cherry trees has the mild heat, the Dogwood Bath has the average heat, and the Maple Bath is the hottest! While I check on things out here I will resume the catgirl spotlight!

I wish to shine the spotlight upon Maud who is among the werecats in the Inheritance Cycle series of novels by Christopher Paolini! Gosh, it has been over the 10 years since that series started with the novel Eragon, of which there was the  movie adaptation just the few years later! Maud might look like the widdle silver-haired elder in her human form, but she transforms into the deadly cat! For more information, I will recommend Maud’s page at the InheriWiki http://inheritance.wikia.com/wiki/Maud! I need to remain on the duty here, but Nemui and more friends await in the Mer- Suite!

The Waterfalls & Mer Suite Grotto

(On the west side of the hot spurrings is the river through the forest, and upstream are the waterfalls that Mary Nyan mentioned earlier. Standing beside the falls is the 16′ tall stone Maneki-Neko statue amongst the boulders, Pink Anthuriums & Green Philodendrons. It is another of Catgirl Island’s ancient mysteries, along with part of the vast mystical grotto accessible underwater behind the waterfalls. Much of the grotto is sealed off, but there are occasionally rifts, through which curious baby giant cave slugs have been known to roam. Bioluminescently lit, this serene portion of the grotto is the Mer Suite, one of the inn’s several pools accessible by the merfolk. Several mermaids enjoy after-work apurritiefs served by Nemui, who enters from one of the inn’s secret passages.)

Tsuruku:

(or just Tsu for short,  with the Light Blue hair, eyes, tail & fin) Yumyum!

Ceresatami:

(or just Tami for short, with the Green hair, eyes, tail & fin) Itadakumasu!

Nyssy:

(with the Dark Blue hair & eyes, Turquoise tail & fin) Arigato gozaimasu!

Nemui:

Doitashimaste! Before the spotlight continues, I should introduce these guests! Tsu is the Assistant Manager at Sheila May’s, where they just ended their shift! Tami is their MerMaidtr’d, and Nyssy is the Saucier!

Tsu, Tami & Nyssy:

Aloha!

Tsu:

Lani and Nene said that Myayr was coming here!

Nemui:

She arrived, but she is catnapping in the lobby!

Tami:

Lani, Ne, Ilyana, Kara & Trini were napping on the beach!

Nyssy:

With my tummy full of the tasty treats, I might get the sleepy fin!

Nemui:

I wish to shine the spotlight upon the catgirl characters of the great manga-ka Johji Manabe! He is famous for many manga such as Caravan Kidd, in which Chau Roh is the poor tragic catgirl who wants to tag-team with Mian the gynoid for the wrestling tournyament! The compurrtition includes the champion Wildcats team compurrised of the  tough, ripped women of various species, including the fierce feline femme fatale! Mian & her pal Wataru also meet Lim Sweet, the rebellious cat-eared rock star who purrforms at the tavern, until Empurress Shion’s soldiers arrive! Speaking of cat women in the ring, Tiger Cat is the alias of Rio Katsura, the sexy wrestler of the feline motif who stars in Manabe’s Ring X Mama manga! Woulf you three like to top off the spotlight?

Tsu, Tami & Nyssy:

Hai!

Tsu:

I liked Manabe’s Outlanders manga, which stars the alien princess with the pretty horns! For the spotlight, I want to mention the Cosplay: Catgirls and other Critters book by author Gerry Poulos! It is the slim, small trade paperback book with the simple basic instructions for the novice cosplayer to easily create their own cute nekomimi costume parts! The book was published in 2006 by Stony Bridge Press, which has published the many books about the Japanese & other Asian cultures!

Tami:

I wish to mention the catgirls of Chris Hart, the prolific author of the many art instructional books of the various styles & subjects, including the Manga Mania series! Hart’s Manga for the Beginners book includes the catgirl & lioness; Manga for the Beginners: Shoujo and the Girl Power book briefly discuss the few catgirls; Occult & Horror book includes the few shape shifters, and of his Chibi and Furry Character book’s 144 pages, 36 of those pages pertain specifically to the catgirl art! Those include the full – size catgirl, the chibi style, the more anthropurrmorphic type, the human / feline anatomy & pose comparisons, and five full page pics!

Nyssy:

I would like to nominate Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games novels by Suzanne Collins! In the movie adaptations, some of which was filmed here in North Carolina, she is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, who we also liked in American Hustle! Of course, Katniss is not actually part neko, but with her hunting prowess in the forest with the sharp arrows instead of claws and a name like Katniss, I thought perhaps we could broadly consider her as an honorary catgirl! Um, I guess that will conclude the spotlight, until it shines again in next month’s Mew!

Nemui:

Arigato! That will also conclude our whirlwind tour of The Kitt Inn, so I should purrobably check on our other guests we we take this short break!

Nemui, Tsu, Tami & Nyssy:

Baibai!

The Golf Course & Riverwalk

(Piloting her hot air balloon above the golf course, Melanakeami takes over as the tour conductor. She is tan – skinned mermaid with the Green eyes, tail & very long, Dark Green hair. She wears aviator sunglasses & Cherenkov Radiation Blue – colored Jellycups, which are a strapless, translucent bikini top made of two hollowed bells of naturally – deceased jellyfish. Accompanying her in the balloon’s sea water – filled gondola are her purrents, who have been recording the voyage. Her mom wears larger, Indigo – colored jellycups, whereas her dad does not wear such things.)

Melanakeami:

(or just ‘Keami for short) Shello! This is your captain speaking, heehee! I want to welcome y’all aboard flight 001 as we continue The Mew’s 7th Anniversary show and tour of Catgirl Island! We’re presently at 1000 ft. above the 2nd Hole which is a 450 yard Par 4… oh and this is my Mom & Dad!

her mom & dad:

Shello!

Melanakeami:

(whispurrs) Oh we need to be quiet during that putt! Actually, this is the first time I have seen this part of the golf course, or a lot of other parts of the island! Well it’s very pretty from up here, with those pristine White sand traps, the White Dogwoods and the Red Azaleas, amidst the shades of Green shades of surrounded by those tall Pine trees! I have been in the river that runs through it, but I have never been in that big club house! The wind is the gentle breeze of 5 knots and we are gliding South towards the riverwalk, which is so interesting to see from this aerial perspective!

I have only seen it from much closer to sea level, when we perch upon the riverbank! The riverwalk is a charming hub of activity with the trees, flowers, lamps & signs, the benches, statues, bridges & terraces by the boutiques, galleries, cafes & restaurants with the great music too! I hope I can see it from up here when it is lit up at night, but we will be landing & packed up well before dark! We packed the in-flight lunch of Speckled Trout, Crab meat, Butternut Squash & Green Tea, but I am still looking forward to tonight’s AfterMew, and since this is The Mew, I have a brief book review!

The Brothers Voltaire by Sean Martin

Melanakeami:

Our friend Sean Martin http://www.joey-aristophanes.com is the amazing illustration, designer & cartoonist who is also known for his Doc & Raider series, and last month he published The Brothers Voltaire which is the 96 page comedic space opera tale in the screenplay format and trade paperback edition! The main characters are Joe & Skip who cruise the galactic highways in their untidy van-like ship named Get The Hell Out of Here, out for the wild vain fun with their flying scooters, boards and the giant-size spray paint! Also aboard their ship are the 12′ tall humanoid mech named Bot, the wheely robot named Chip who explodes a lot, Daphne the sexy holographic A.I. girl, and the clone crew!

They get chased by the police of the Universal Defense Force, but meet some nice alien folks such as Amynias & Cinesias on the planet Castelli, which is soon attacked by the huge evil marauders from the planet Asu, which gets the brothers rather riled up! The tale has the bit of profanity, sexy humor & amusing violence amidst the briskly thrilling & vividly detailed adventure of the cinematic flavor, with Sean’s 3D CG image of Joe, Skip, Chip & Bot on the front cover! Speaking of the art, we are about to fly by the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, where Petra & Bun will take over the tour back on the ground! Thank you for traveling with us and we hope that you’ve had the pleasant, scenic flight!

Melanakeami & her purrents:

Baibai!

The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art

(The airborne merfolk wave to the folks below who paws from the mewseum activities to observe & photograph the majestic balloon. A driveway curves from the two – lane road towards the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art. Crape Mytle line the wide path to the modernist style building’s entrance by the beds of Daisies, Yarrow, Yellowbell. The path also forks to the outdoor Art Walk Trail amongst Junipurr & Cypurress. Framed by urns of Gladiolus under an arbor of Wisteria, the sliding glass front door leads to the main lobby.)

(Purrior to the galleries, balconies, stairs, lifts & mer access, the bright lobby has the message board, skylights, information desk, gift shop, cafe & restrooms. Petra the curator still wears the bikini top & capurri pants ensemble, although assistant curator Bun has changed into her maid uniform of the short-sleeved widdle Black dress with the White collar, ruffled apurron & matching headband in front of her rabbit ears. Mewseum volunteer Tara-chan & her older sister Yvonne are nyow wearing the short, thin open Happi jackets which match the swim wear underneath.)

Petra:

Aloha and welcome to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, nya! For those who are here for the first time, the mewseum’s galleries 1 – 6 display the illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst Guest Galleries 1 & 2 display images by other many folks with their purrmissions, nya! We might add more galleries as we acquire more art to display, nya! If you are viewing the art on the official Catgirl Island web site, the most recent pics are on the bottom rows of a gallery’s small, cropped “thumbnail” portions of the pics, and you have to click on those to see the full pics, nya!

Bun:

In addition to the galleries, we have the class room, the small auditorium, the art & design library, the out door garden, trails & displays, the gift shop and the cafe which includes my signature home made Carrot Cake and the other treats! In addition to the displayed works of art, we also like to host the special events, and network with the various island & undersea artisans & organizations! We are so blessed to have the great community of the artists & patrons, and honored by the fans who cheer for Petra & I in the island’s beach volleyball recreation league matches!

Yvonne & Tara-chan:

BANZAI NYA! BANZAI NYA! BANZAI NYA!

Petra & Bun:

Arigato! (Petra adds her customary “Nya”)

Petra:

So what have y’all been up to since the purrior Mew, nya?

Yvonne:

My fishing charters have been busy with the happy anglers whose lines are taut with the bumpurr crop of Blue Fish, Cobias, Groupurrs, Mackerels, Snappurrs, Tarpons, Wahoos & Yellowfins, nya! Aside from that our cats are just fine, my drumming circle has been purracticing the purrcussion for the dance festival, and for the more relaxed time I have curled up with the comicbooks & mangas, nya! In addition to the latest issues, Tara-chan, Trini-chan and I have also been reading some of the older comics & manga such as Elfquest, Maison Ikkoku, and Starstruck, nya!

Tara-chan:

It is the good time because many older comic books, manga, web comics and – and mewspapurr strips are more accessible in those repurrint collections to be loved by the younger fans, nya! I lam looking forward to the 1991-1992 volume of The Complete Peanuts series, nya! Aside from the reading, the yacht, the fish, the cats, the volleyball and – and the volunteering, I have been at dance purractice, collecting the pony toys and – and taking the nature photos, nya! Yesterday I got the good photo of the Virgina Tiger Moth, nya! What else have y’all been up to, nya?

Bun:

Between our mewseum’s library, the island’s public library, the merfolks’ and the local private collections, we are fortunate to have many graphic novels, art & comics collections upon the shelves! When I have not been curating the art, baking the cakes or serving the volleyball, lately I have been reading, gardening, attending the festivities & meetings, and watching some of the classic Doctor Who DVDs, such as Planet of the Spiders, which was actor Jon Pertwee’s finale as The Doctor. It was broadcast from May to June of 1974, so it turns 40 years old this month!

Petra:

Oh gosh, that was the same year as the first season of Space Battleship Yamato, Land of the Lost, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Happy Days, Good Times, Little House on the Prairie, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, nya! That was the good year for the movies too, such as Blazing Saddles, Chinatown, The Godfather Part 2, Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla, The Longest Yard, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Sugarland Express, The Towering Inferno, and Young Frankenstein, nya!

Tara-chan:

Did Krista appurr that year of the Land of the Lost?

Petra:

No, she was in the 1992 version… but even that is over 20 years old!

Yvonne:

Before the time hypurr drives by much further, we should purroceed with our reviews!

Bun:

OK, but stay vigilant in case any of the visitors need our assistance! Whatchoo got, Tara-chan?

My Little Pony McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

Tara-chan:

We recently completed our collection of the recent McDonald’s Happy Meal My Little Pony Friendship is Magic figurines, nya! There are 8 in the series, including Princess Twilight Sparkle, Pikie Pie, Fluttershy, Purrincess Celestia, Purrincess Luna, Rarity, DJ Pon 3 and – and  Rainbow Dash, nya! Each is made of the plastic with the plastic mane, the fiber tail and – and they are about 3″ tall depending on the stance, horn, tiara or wings, so they are slightly shorter than the pony figures of the fiber tails and – and manes, but larger than the mini – pony figures, nya!

Although Celestia should purrobably be taller than the others, all of them have the very faithful likeness with the different sculpt, pose and – and the purretty paint, purrticularly the eyes and – and the cutie marks, nya! Included in the bag is the widdle rainbowfy sticker sheet and – and the $1 discount coupon for the pony friends figures from Hasbro, nya! We already had figures of the mane six ponies, so nyow the DJ Pon 3 figure and – and the winged purrincess version of Twilight Sparkle are the cute additions to our collection, nya! Nyow it is Onee-chan’s turn, nya!

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #4

Yvonne:

We are purrticularly fond of the pony comics published by IDW which capture the style & spurrit of the TV series with the beautiful art & fun tales, nya! Friends Forever teams up different characters purr issue, so issue #4 stars purrincess Twilight Sparkle & her big brother Shining Armor, nya! It has the uninterrupted 22 page tale which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads. We wish that all of the other comics publishers’ tales were uninterrupted too, nya! The tale was written by Rob Anderson, illustrated by Amy Mebberson, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow, and available in the choice of cover A by Amy, cover B by Chad Thomas & Heather, cover C by Derek Charm, and the 4 other covers which were purrduced for certain stores, nya!

Purrincess Cadance is out of town, but also appurring are Spike, Owlowiscious, Lexicon, several of the Crystal Empire council members including the Mario Brothers purrody, and the background ponies too, nya! The Crystal Empire palace purresently seems to be haunted, so the siblings have to postpone the administrative work to investigate the situation, which entales the explorations of the castle, the dungeons and the caverns, plus the cute flashback scene to their younger days while monster hunting in the forest, nya! I was impurressed by the beautiful colors, purrfect pony poses & expurressions, the amazing scenery, the various graphic art techniques, the humor and the mystery of the tale, which I will give the high purraise grade of the “A” as in Alicorn, nya!

Tara-chan:

We have also been reading the fishing purriodicals, nya! What have y’all been reading of late, nya?

Bun:

I like to contrast the bright daytime beach & garden activity with the dark late night videos & books, so in addition to watching The Doctor’s alien spiders I have been reading the Mercy Thompson graphic novel and the Frankenstein comic book!

Petra:

Mostly I have been reading the comics, manga, art books, and the purriodicals such as ImagineFX, Airbrush Action, Prims, Neo, Back Issue, and an art book that I will wait to comment upon until after Bunnibun’s book review, nya!

Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #3

Bun:

it is pretty hard to top the magnificence that is spawned when Berni Wrightson illustrates the creations of author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley! Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most all time iconic, influential tales, whilst Wrightson’s exquisite renderings are among the greatest of fantasy & horror comics & illustration! He has been rightly called the master of the macabre, and his illustrated edition of Frankenstein is among the grandest illustrated novels I have ever seen! I was so excited when he teamed up with author Steve Niles to conjure the Frankenstein Alive, Alive!  series published by IDW, which entails the creature’s adventures after the events of the novel! It is the perfect team, because Niles is perhaps best known for his chilling vampire tale of 30 Days of Night!

We have met both of those gentlemen at Heroes Con! The 3rd issue of the comic was excellently lettered Robbie Robbins and edited by Scott Dunbier was just published last month! It is priced $3.95, with the 19 gray tone pages of the uninterrupted tale, 2 detail pages, 6 pages continuing Shelley’s excerpted prose, and the 5 pages of the ads. Haunted by his past mistakes and crimes, Frankenstein is the gloomy, lonely, remorseful, smart fellow who hides from the citizens in the shadowy depths of the vast mansion only carefully curious to peer outside to check on poor ailing Dolly, his only social contact with the Dr. Ingles, whose experiments are as gruesome as those by Frankenstien’s ‘father” Victor, but I will refrain from describing Dr. Ingles’s ghastly work!

The detail of the characters & scenery is astounding with such quiet eeriness & enormity, especially in the library, stairs & laboratory scenes, including 3 full-page pics & 5 two-page spreads to do justice to the intricate depth! Frankenstein’s dialogue is all of the internal monologue ridden with guilt & confusion, and we have wondered what if  Victor been the more responsible “parent” or if the “monster” had been treated more kindly by the world. Niles & Wrightson’s works might be most associated with scary spookiness, but like the Freakshow graphic novel by Bruce Jones & Wrightson, there is such a tragic sadness. I will give Frankenstein Alive, Alive! an “A” as in Adam, I will eagerly anticipate the next issue, and hope for a happier, healthier diagnosis for Frankenstein & Dolly!

The Art of Vampirella: The Warren Years

Petra:

Dynamite has the knack for comics about famous fantasy femme fatales such as Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, TMiss Furt & Vampirella, nya! Vampi first appurred in 1968, when her comics magazine was published by Warren, who also published Famous Monsters, Creepy & Eerie, nya! Her original series lasted until 1983, and later her tales were published by Harris and by Dynamite, so she has been on the purrowl for over 45 years, nya! All of the sexy & macabre cover art from her original Warren series has been splendidly repurroduced and collected into the handsome $39.99  purriced, 224 page, 12 1/4″ x 9 1/4″, hardcover book, nya!

After author David Roach’s introduction and good historical overview comes all of that cover art purresented without the cover type & text, beside the page of the annotations about that purrticular issue, nya! The images of Vampirella and other characters are by such masters as Frazetta, Sanjulian, Jeff Jones, Aslan, Pepe Gonzales, Boris Vallejo, Estban Maroto, Wally Wood, Ken Kelly, Paul Gulacy, Bob Larkin, Vaughne Bode, Larry Todd, Martin Hoffman, Luis Dominguez, Luis Ribas, Terrance Lindall, Steve Harris, Albert Pujolar, Jordi Penalva, Joseph Marti Ripoll, Kim McQuaite, Noly Panaligan, and Enrich who wrote the book’s forward, nya!

It also includes the cover photos of gorgeous model / actress Barbara Leigh as Vampirella, notes about other models, and many other lovely comics images throughout the introduction, and in the 4 pages of the ads for the other Vamoi books, nya! I was very impurressed, and I wish to thank those artists, the author, the book’s designer Rodolfo Muraguchi Luz, the digital re- mastering team of Katie Hidalgo, Mike Kelleher, Chris Caniano & Josh Johnson; copy editors Hannah Garfunkle, Sarah Litt, Molly Mahan; and all of the other very talented folks who made The Art of Vampirella: The Warren Years an important, informative & beautiful book, nya!

Tiger Girls grace the cover of Heavy Metal #267

Bun:

We also wish to praise the gorgeous illustration of the two giant Tiger Girls by UK comics & concept artist Dave Millgate on the cover of Heavy Metal #267! I like his paintings of Judge Anderson and Cat Woman, too! The Tiger girls are majestic with the short Red hair and splendidly striped, Tan skin in the ragged Tan bikinis which are accessorized by the fanged skull tiaras, the claw necklaces and other bits! However, disturbing their serene perch upon the lush, stepped hilltop ruins with several tiger friends is an impolite jungle explorer who points his revolver at one of the Tiger Girls!

Petra:

The Tiger Girls seem to be about four times his size, so I am guessing that maybe they are 24′ tall with the 12′ swishy tails, nya! The image has sumptuous uses of color & light, the leisurely poses of the powerful graceful subjects, and the rich Green landscape encroaching upon the ruins, with the subtle feline face carved into the stone & ornamentation! The ladies and the tigers have taken the nonchalant notice of the hostile intruder and do not seem too threatened, nya! He is showing such poor taste by aiming to displease, but purrhaps he will taste good as the quick snack, nya!

Tara-chan:

Yay I want… I want to see the Tiger Girls, nya!

Yvonne:

Tara-chan & Trini-chan were like the tigerress with their face paint stripes when they volunteered here for the annual body art show, nya!

Tara-chan:

Hai, we had so much fun helping with the kids’ activities amidst the beautiful art, nya! We are looking forward to the special art show, nya!

Bun:

The mewseum staff & exhibited artists are so grateful for you and the other volunteers who are the greatly valued part of our community!

Petra:

Speaking of the valued artist friends and purretty tiger girl imagery, nyow we wish to purrsent the latest

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, nya!

Petra:

Nyow on display in Guest Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html we are purroud to purrsent Alexcia Reynolds’s http://www.sailorchristmas.com mewest illustration of her original characters “Tash Michi & Sadiyah”, nya! Our friend Alexcia was our guest for the August 2010 Mew, and purrhaps y’all have seen her other delightful illustrations & photos in our mewseum, nya!  She has sewing, web site design, literary & illustrative talents, she has collaborated with Mike on a few pics, and she wrote the “Anniversary” Pokemon / Catgirl Island cross-over fan-fic, nya!

Tash, Michi and Sadiyah are the heroines of Alexcia’s original anthropurrmorphic tale of the Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com, nya! In this illustration, Tash is the Bat-winged maternal Serval woman wearing the Yellow Cream halter-neck sarong, Michi is the White Tiger cyborg girl wearing the Orange Cream & White belly dance costume with the Black – striped Isis wings, and their friend Sadiyah is the young teen Llama girl of the Mocha color in the Purrple belly dance costume with the Blue Isis wings, nya!

Alexcia created this digital illustration in Apurril 2014, using the tools & medium of the laptop, the computer, the mouse, and JASC PaintShop Pro 7.04, nya! The characters’ poses are based upon certain pose reference stock photos by Marcus J. Ranum http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com, and the background uses the texture stock by Valeriana Solaris http://valerianastock.deviantart.com, nya! (Warning: some of the pose photos are NSFW) To see more images, tales & information of Tash, Michi, Sadiyah & other characters, please visit Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com, nya!

Bun:

Also now in Guest Gallery Two is the Photoshopped image of Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com as the “Dark Fae”! Our friend Rebecca was our guest in the September 2009 Mew, and perhaps y’all have seen her other lovely illustrations & photos in our mewseum! She has illustrative, photographic, cosplay, ceramic & culinary talents, she has collaborated with Mike on a few pics, and she wrote “The Love of a Catgirl”! Y’all can read that, “Anniversary” and other stories at the Tales of Catgirl Island page http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html!

In this scene by Rebecca, she appears as the hungry dark faerie in the Purple attire, awaiting in the moonlit forest under the hanging Spanish Moss, with her her nocturnal luminous beauty to lure the captivated, succulent prey closer to her fangs! Rebecca Brogden did her own hair & make-up, wears the fangs by Scarecrow and the Amethyst Fairy costume by Leg Avenue in photos by her husband, with the digital wings, scenery & FX by Rebecca using Photoshop CS6 & Intuos5 tablet!

Finally in Guest Gallery Two is our January 2009 guest Chef Ron’s photo of Britni McNeill https://www.facebook.com/PrettyHateMachineCosplay cosplaying as Marvel Comics’ Felicia Hardy, alias The Black Cat! We met her at Ultimate Comics in Durham, NC, when the store participated in the national Free Comic Book Day on sunny Saturday May 3rd, 2014! She and the other cosplayers, cordial fans, staff, mewsicians, authors & artists all greatly contributed to the indoor & outdoor festivity!

Yvonne:

Rebecca is beautiful in her various costumes, such as the faeries, the vamp, the kunoichi, the Jedi & the purrincess, nya!

Tara-chan:

I can just imagine how the purrey cannot resist the allure of her attractive radiance, until it is too late, nya!

Petra:

The colors and glistening texture of her wings seem to emanate the magickal energy absorbed from the cosmos, nya!

Bun

The subtle halation adds to the mystical ambiance and makes her more distinctive against the darker background areas!

Petra:

This is our first image of Sadiyah, nya! She has the lovely Blue eyes, Dark Brown hair and Gray-White widdle tail, nya!

Yvonne:

Michi & Sadiyah are so purretty & graceful in their costumes, and I hope they will shimmy at our dance festival, nya!

Tara-chan:

Tash is so lovely in the sarong which I hope does not ride up on the wings or tail, nya! I hope that she will be dancing too, nya!

Bun:

Alexcia did the fine job with artistic details such as Tash’s tail and ear tips, the costumes’ beading, stripes, and the sheer parts!

Yvonne:

Britni was the purrfect Black Cat on the purrowl for fun at the comics shop on Free Comic Book Day, nya!

Petra:

It was so nice to see the cosplayers of all ages, races & genders amidst the big cheerful attendance, nya!

Tara-chan:

Hai, there was family fun, the food, the discounts, and – and the free comics, nya!

Bun:

Oh, it looks like the crowd is heading toward our cafe, so I should go to help in there!

Tara-chan:

If y’all will have enough help in the cafe, then I will finish my shift in the gift shop, nya!

Petra:

I will take over the duty at the front desk nya! Vonny what are your next plans, nya?

Yvonne:

I am going to the market to get fresh fish for Kit & Kat at the Purrformign Arts Center, nya!

The Dojo

(She leaves the Mewseum and purroceeds Southwest on the road through the mixed-use zone of commercial & residential purropurrties to the Farmers Market, but as we split off Southeast we soon arrive at Nyanko’s dojo & home near the beach as a few catamarans sail on a purrallel course in the ocean. The dojo bustles with the training & radiates the fighting spurrit. There is a great sense of sincerity, honor, family & community as students of all ages, genders & breeds train hard whether for the fun, fitness, compurrtion or defense.)

They celebrate a lot together too, given the lobby’s display that brims with many inspurrational trophies, medals, plaques, championship photos & mementos. There are rooms for different ages, expurrtise & techniques, including the acrobatic forms, armed melee, and some of the students have taken interest in the island’s kendo & kyudo clubs. Behind the dojo a boardwalk leads to a small zen garden and Nyanko’s ocean front cottage with the screened front porch, rear deck, crofter, golf cart & storage shed, and a boardwalk to the beach.)

Nyoka:

Oh that was the good catnap which I needed but I should go back to the magick shop soon to relieve the others! I can’t believe that we have already sold out of that latest batch of Amethyst Geodes that papa & ojisan brought from their latest expurrdition, but I am grateful for the brisk business! So what has everyone else been up to since the last time?

Nyanko:

When I have not been helping her & the cats or busy at the dojo, the gym & training my students for the martial arts tournyamants, I have been cheering for the Mewseums’ beach volleyball team, attending the festival, swimming & reading, and I need to return to the library the Star Trekker papurrback of Atelier Lana’s amewsing Trek purrody manga!

Becca:

We will cheer for the dojo victories! Our spa has stayed purretty booked but we have the good helpurrs! Otherwise I have been taking care of the cats, going to the festival, the volleyball, and the hot salsa dancing with Lizzy! Our most recent DVD marathon has consisted of the 80’s Studio Ghibli anime such as Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, Totoro and Kiki!

Elizabeth:

Aside from the Ghibli, another 80’s anime I want to watch is the Cat’s Eye TV series when it is released upon the DVD by Nozomi! It purrtains to the Kisugi sisters who are art thieves and own the cafe! It turns 30 years old this year! Aside from the spa, festival, dance, volleyball & gardening, I have been busy with the Purrkour Club! Howboutchoo, Jen?

Jeannie:

Since my recent photo shoot in Antarctica, things are serene here at the yoga studio and fine at the kyudo club; however it is busy for the robotics club in purrepurrations for the summer mech camp, and for my belly dance class & troupe who are excited about the big dance festival. Nevertheless I do hope to attend the other festivals & sporting events.

Nyoka:

I understand Jenjen’s scientific interest in the Antarctic, but I cannot compurrehend modeling the bikini & body paint without casting the Resist Cold Spell!

Jeannie:

The modeling pays the bills, funds the hobbies and served the science as the convenient oppurrtunity to field test the robotics club’s Mk.III thermal mecha.

Elizabeth:

I purrfur the hot salsa dance and hot soak at the spa, although I am surpurrised that Jenjen has not coaxed these twins into more of the modeling, heehee!

Nyanko:

Ah hah… it is rather complicated! However, speaking of the hot soak at the spa, we should change the topic and purroceed with our tours and the reviews!

Becca:

Ok I think while we are here we should hear the sisters’ reviews, then we go to the gym, the spa and Jenjen’s yoga studio, and finish up with their reviews!

Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows vol. 1 & 2

Nyanko:

Hai! I enjoy the tales of the martial artists, powerful heroines & adventures of the girl friends, so I was rather curious about this manga which is based upon the Nintendo 3Ds video game series by MarvelousAQL, about the group of 5 friends at the Hazo Academy purrep school who are secretly the kunoichi (female ninjas)! They are the shinobi (hero ninja) who fight the Akunin (villain ninja) of the rival Hebijo Academy, who want to purrloin the Hanzo’s purrized scrolls! There much “fan service” of the purrvy behavior, scanty attire and ample bouncy emphasis upon the boobies!

Thus it is rated for older teen readers of 16+ and not intended for the widdle kiddies! The sexy, comedic action tale is not all about the combat because the other sub – plots include the relationships, the lineage, the soul – searching, the clothes, the beach trip, lots of yummy food!  Each girl has the individually purrfurred weapons, scrolls & traditional animal style. Purrky 2nd year student Asuka is the main character in vol. 1 with short Brown hair; and secret Frog fighting style. Younger, less confident 1st year student Hibrari is much of the focus of vol. 2, with the Pink hair and Rabbit style.

There seems to be the romantic tension between her & 1st year student Yagyu, who has the Platinum hair, the eye patch, the Squid style, and the cooler stoic dispurrsition. Katsuragi is the frisky, less inhibited 3rd year student with the long Blond hair, the dragon style and the larger boobies of 37″. 3rd year student Ikaruga is the older, more refined leader with the long Black hair and the Phoenix style. She wields an ancestral katana which is coveted by her estranged brother! (Nyanko tags her sister to continue the manga review.)

Nyoka:

Also briefly appurring are their senpai Daidoji and their teacher Kiriya – sensei. Repurrsenting the Akunin of Hebijo is Homura along with her team mates Hikage, Hauruka, Yomi & Mirai (who wears the cat ears)! The heroines mewsually wear the very short sailor fuku style school of uniforms, although we see them in the teeny bikinis during the beach chapter, and in other revealing garments in the bonus gag strips, whereas the Hebijo girls wear the sexy appurral of various styles… although more skin becomes exposed between the slashing melee weapons & Katsuragi’s purrvy antics!

Vol. 1 introduces the characters & situations, including the tasty but lurid lunch and the dire cliffhanger for Yagyu, which is resolved in vol. 2 amidst the emotional crisis for Hibrari! The fights were nicely over with quickly, but I wished for more character development! I also wish the plot had more of a slice of life quality, but the art by Amami Takatsume offers beautifully drawn characters, clothes, foods, dynamic action, comedic FX & scenic detail! It is Black & White except for the Asuka cover art and four color pages of vol. 1, the Katsuragi cover and two color pages of vol. 2.

Originally published in Japan in 2011 by Media Factory, the manga was written by Kenichiro Takaki, who is the video game’s director / purrducer; and the North American edition of the manga is published in English by Seven Seas! Vol. 1 & 2 were translated by Yuko Fukami, adapted by Patrick King, lettered by Alexandra Gunawan, purroofread by Janet Houck (with Connor Crooks on vol. 1! The cover designer is Nicky Lim, the managing editor is Adam Arnold, the assistant editor is Rebecca Scoble, and the publisher at Seven Seas is Jason DeAngelis!

The Spa

(From the dojo they go 1/2 mile South to a shopping center just a few blocks from the beach. It is compurrised of buildings & breezeways upon a boardwalk landscaped with sand, Pampas Grass & Yuccas, with the golf cart & bike parking lot all nestled within a Pine, Poplar & Palm purrimeter. Jeannie’s yoga studio, Elizabeth & Becca’s spa, various other shops, salons & offices are among the tenants. Down a breezeway past other friends, shoppurrs & customers is the spa, purresently in the good paws of the other employees who can purrvide the expurrt kneading & pampurring.)

(The sensual warm smooth Pink marble & stone spa’s decor includes diaphanous drapurry and large round ceramic pots of palms & ferns by comfy purrches that beckon the catnap after the tummy full of decadent snacks. Lighting various from the brighter massage & petal – filled bath areas that embrace the beautiful day to the steamy sauna & more intimate areas illuminated by wall sconces & floating candles. The lomilomi massage is the speciality of the spa, but various packages are available, and Becca’s supurr gynoid strength can loosen up even the tightest muscles & joints.)

Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 and

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2

Becca:

We are big fans of the Buffy, Angel, Willow, Spike, Fray, comics that have been published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! We have enjoyed Whedon’s Serenity & Sugar Shock comics, and his recent movies & TV shows too, such as Much Ado About Nothing, The Avengers, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 seems to occur almost simultaneously as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1!

The $3.50 issue has the 28 pages including the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Where the River Meets the Ocean Part One”, 2 pages of readers’ & editor’s comments and the 4 page purreview of the Spike graphic novel by James Marsters & Derlis Santacruz! Issue #1’s season purremier tale of “Where the River Meets the Ocean Part One” was scripted by Victor Gischler who wrote the fun Spike mini-series; illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt!

The issue was designed by Justin Couch, edited by Scott Allie, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins; and it is available in the 3 different covers! The main cover is by Scott Fischer, the variant cover is by Chris Samnee & Jordie Bellaire, and the ultra variant cover is by Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson, who were the purrevious artists for the Angel & Faith comics and currently part of the Buffy comics’ team, along with Starkings, Betancourt, Allie, Lins, Couch and Whedon!

Before I mention the start of the Season 10 plot, I would like to quickly recap what happened at the end of Season 9, when the heroes were busy with the catastrophes in four different locations! As Spike & Andrew helped Dawn in San Francisco; Anaheed, Billy, Devon, Katie & Sky fought the zompires in Santa Rosita; whilst Buffy, Willow, Xander, Illyria, Koh & D’Hoffryn fought the villains in the Deeper Well and helped to restore magick to the world by the end of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25.

Jeannie:

At appurroximately the same time in Angel & Faith Season 9 #25, Angel, Faith, Nadira, Alasdair, the resurrected Giles, his aunts Sophronia & Lavina thwarted Whistler, Nash & Pearl in London, but part of the city was transformed by the chaotic release of magick, and now that district is known as Magic Town. The heroes purrevented yet another apocalypse, however the folks in Magic Town have experienced the painful, bizarre transformations, tragic losses, and the traumatic shock of the sudden physical and societal metamorphoses.

Angel & Faith Season 10 begins with GIles’s aunts Sophronia & Lavina in London with Angel, who pursues and fights Corky’s criminal gang of pixie thugs who threaten the residents of Magic Town. Unfortunately Lavinia’s lovely hair will not stop magickally, rapidly growing, and Corky sends a bloody warning to Angel, who searches for the pixy gang’s hide-out, only to make a startling discovery in the beautiful, mystical full-page cliffhanger pic.

I do not wish to reveal more of the beautifully illustrated plot, which has the good pace & the shared canonical continuity with the Buffy comic. Meanwhile, Faith & Giles have gone to Santa Rosita with Kennedy, Holly & Leah to help Buffy, Spike, Dawn, Xander, Andrew, Anaheed, Billy & Devon fight the zompires & shape-shifting vampires. Buffy has the reunion with Giles who she has not seen since the end of Season 8, as Faith considers Kennedy’s affluent security job offer.

The fight continues in Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2’s “New Rules Part Two” which was scripted by Christos Gage. In addition to Isaacs, Jackson, Whedon, Starkings, Betancourt, Allie, Lins, Couch & Dark Horse publisher Richardson, the issue’s creative team includes cover artist Steve Morris. Rebekah & Dan did the variant cover for the issue, which has the $3.50 purrice, the 28 pages of the uninterrupted 22 page tale, comments & Spike purreview.

Elizabeth:

Hai, the fight continues with the whimsical banter as the heroes use the scythe, crossbow, stakes, guns, explosives, fire & magick against the Vicki’s hoard of vampires who can transform into the wolves, mist. bats, bees & cats! After some of the villains escape, Koh makes the cryptic comment about Illyria which has me curious! By the way Amy Acker who purrtrayed Illyria in the Angel TV series appurred in an epurrsode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D last month, but I have digressed!

There are amusing moments for the heroes in the parking lot, later aboard Kennedy’s purrivate jet, and back at Dawn & Xander aparurrtment in San Francisco! The reunions continue as Buffy & Spike visit Detective Dowling who was introduced in Season 9, Xander is haunted by the appurrition of his former demon girl friend Anya! We recently saw her boss D’Hoffryn at the end of Season 9, but we have not seen here in the long time!

As if those developments were not delightful enough, there is another amusing reunion for Xander when he and Dawn visit a certain castle in Transylvania! I should not say much more of the plot, but I thought this was such a supurrb issue! We think these Buffy, Angel & Faith Comics are so much fun and beautiful, with the good balance of the action, humor, drama, mythology & the structure, pace & spurrit that is faithful to the TV shows but uses the advantages of the comics medium!

The lettering was highly effective to convey the dialogue, thoughts, and the sound FX as things get slashed, smashed & chomped, dusted, busted & zapped! The brilliantly drawn, inked & colored art purresents the excellent portraiture, expressions & poses, the lighting, atmosphere & FX, with the great details of the characters, creatures & scenery, and in the summation I will give Season 10 thus far the grade of  an “A” as in Angel!

The Gym & The Yoga Studio

(The shiny gym bustles with dynamic activity within its walls of large mirrors & windows, where the trainers assist anyone, from beginners to athletes be they biped or quadruped, tailed, winged or pixie size. The quieter nearby yoga studio is a bright, airy place with the main indoor space & secluded outdoor deck. It is for folks of all ages, genders, breeds & religions who wish the healthy well-being through the poses, twists, asanas & meditations, including the purrre-natal yoga. Jen is the co-owner & purractitioner, but leaves the yoga class instruction to the other yogini of the studio.)

Nyanko:

I reckon I should get back to work too, especially since the class is about to start!

Nyoka:

I will pop back to the magick shop to mind the store so my helpurrs can take the break!

Becca:

Then we will return to the spa for the while! Howboutchoo, Jenjen?

Jeannie:

After the yoga, I will go to the Robotics Club to repair Ilyana’s R.O.V. again.

Elizabeth:

I thought you fixed that thing over a month ago!

Jeannie:

I did, but she broke it again on another Barracuda that tried to bite her tail.

Nyoka:

I wonder if there is such a thing as a magickal Tail Ring of Fish Resistance?

Becca:

Fortunately Ilyana is 4-0 against the Barracudas, which wind up as the sushi!

Nyanko:

I am all for chomping the fish, and not the other way round!

Elizabeth:

After the work and the catnap, we will chomp the fish at the luau! Baibai!

The tour is 3/4 done, at Surf Purrtrol Station One!

(Another short break and 4 miles later, on the Southernmost point of the island between the dunes & beach of Fuyume Park is Surf Purrtrol Station One, which is one of the many small stations along the coastline which are manned by the Police, Lifeguards, Purrk Rangers, PurraMedics or spotters. Purresently on duty is Lourdessaluorno, or just Dessy for short, a Purrple-haired PurraMedic mermaid with a Lion Fish tail, wearing the Gold colored JellyCups and accompanied by Avanaru-ru, also known as Ruru-chan, a search & rescue Manatee who craves cabbages.)

(Lending a fin is Daytona, a very athletic mermaid with short Blond hair, a Green kelp tube top, and an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin tail which has purropelled her to many swimming victories. also visiting is Formailty, who is an Orca type of mermaid with the naturally dappur Black & White tuxedo-like markings and a big Black Purrl in her pierced belly button. Otherwise throughout the park there are paddle surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, dog walkers, food cart venders, tourists, mer-kids at play & beach volleyball in purrogress as the mer-balloonists begin the descent purrotocols.)

Dessy:

Shello! I’m Dessy, this is Daytona, Formality and Ruru-chan, and we are here to keep watch in case an emergency arises, but thus far it has been the idyllic day without incidents! ForTUNAtely most folks around here are smart, alert & careful, there is not the scrap of litter, we have not detected any dangerous critters! Isn’t that right, Ru-ru-chan?

Ruru-chan:

(eating a tatsy cabbage) nom nom nom

Daytona:

Hai the weather has only brought the big puffy light CumuloNeko clouds, and the only threat in these waters is that Manatee to the cabbages! Although, I did see some tasty Tarpon a few clicks out there that I could sink my teeth into! You know, if we share the cabbage, we could make the slaw to go with the fish! Whatcha say, Ru-ru-chan?

Ruru-chan:

(finishing the cabbage) nom nom nom

Formality:

Ru is not sharing, but perhaps there will be slaw with tonight’s meal! It will be the fintastic fun with friends, flowers, food and fireworks! Well, since things are uneventful, It’s not quite time yet for ‘Keami to land, and it will be a while before we need to take stuff to the luau, so this might be the opporTUNAty to share present our comic book reports!

Fathom Vol.5 #6!

Dessy:

Created by the late Michael Turner and published by Aspen Comics, Fathom pertains to the adventures of the super heroic marine biologist Dr. Aspen Matthews, who is often caught between the politics of the surface humans & the undersea civilization known as The Blue! Aspen Comics is named after the heroine,and  Michael Turner was such the awesome artist with the great knack for the tales of strong female characters such as Aspen, Kiani, Supergirl, Soulfire’s Grace, Witchblade’s Sara, and he is greatly missed. Fathom Vol. 5 is set after the Fathom: Elite Saga mini-series, in which her enemy Kiani’s baby sister Anika was kidnapped from her mommy Anya, then secretly hyper-aged, raised & renamed as Princess Kania by the evil Queen Vana in her Arctica ice palace!

Vana has the super ice powers & the army which have a threaten the entire world, attacked several Blue colonies, and captured Anika’s daddy Killian! Back in the Blue capital city of Muria, Killian’s friend Siphon discusses the threats with the rest of the Blue Council, and regretfully tells Anya that not only have they not found Anika, but they have lost contact with Killian. Meanwhile, Aspen has been annoyed by the treacherous American and Russian scientists who want to exploit her super water powers. Those scoundrels include the Russian scientist Luzhin who sprang the trap for her at his huge Volna research center, but Aspen and her pilot friend Chance have escaped in a submersible aircraft and are destined for Vana’s lair! (tail fin tags Daytona to continue the review)

Daytona:

My turn! They help Killian but are unaware that Kania & Vana’s army have left to start another attack! There is a great full – page pic of Kania, who is now is the cute teen girl with the lovely clothes and coiffure, although she seems to have the hint of malice due to Vana’s brainwashing! Her real mommy Anya has the lovely hair & style too! David Wohl wrote the script which was co-plotted with Frank Mastromauro who edited the tale with Vince Hernandez. It was penciled by Alex Konat & Cory Smith, digitally inked by Mark Roslan & Peter Steigerwald, colored by Erick Arciniega & lettered by Josh Reed! Cover A is by Alex Konat & Kyle Ritter, cover B is by Cory Smith & Ritter, and cover C is by Turner & Steigerwald! Mike has met several of those very nice Aspen folks at Heroes Con!

In addition to the Aspen who is the smart, sexy, confident, stylish powerful heroine, I love the beautiful sporty exotic designs of the couture, the sleek futuristic mecha, the sprawl of the fabulous architecture, and the scenes of the vast ocean depths! I especially like the brilliant colors & lighting FX, especially the Blue’s luminous environments and in Vana’s palace! As Princess Kania, Anika now is the cute teen girl with the lovely clothes & coiffure, although she seems to have the hint of malice due to Vana’s brainwashing! Her real mommy Anya has the hair & styles too. I hope their entire family will soon be safely reunited, and I hope those dastardly officials & scientists o the various governments will quickly learn to quit pestering Aspen! (tail fin tags Formality to go next)

Fathom: Kiani Vol.3 #2

Formality:

Hai, you’d think by now they would know batter than to mess with Aspen or Kiani… especially Kiani who’s meaner! She is the dissident leader amongst the Blue society who has the super water powers like Aspen, who she has fought against several times, although they did team up to search for Anika in the Elite Saga story. Kiani is the daughter of Killian & Anya, and her relationship with Aspen reminds us somewhat of the relationship between Buffy & Faith! Kiani has the piercings, the lovely Red hair with the many White streaks, and the Crustacean-like bikini! She has not yet appurred in Fathom Vol. 5, and this 4 issue mini-series apparently takes place sometime after Aspen escaped from Luzhin, who has since decided to go after Kiani as his 2nd choice test subject!

In issue #1 of this mini-series, Luzhin’s team tried to capture Kiani in Chile, where she came ashore after the long fed up swim after The Elite Saga, but they have not learned from their mistakes! However, the big surprise was that Luzhin is one of the Blue folks from Muria too, and in issue #2 we learn of his and the Volna Center’s origins as he rose to prominence by making the secret deals in Russia! He makes the deal with Kiani that if she undergoes the tests & studies, he will lead her to Anika. She is suspicious but warily agrees to go to the Volna Center, which may be the place of treachery, but it is the such a cavernous place of the impressive clean design with the scintillating glows of the energy, the computers, the reflections, and the undersea crepuscular rays!

She puts on the high tech Black & Silver suit for the tests and meets meets Luzhin’s assistant Nina. I wonder if Nina could be one of those special “Executive Assistant” characters of the Aspen Comics? I should not say much more about what happens after that, but there is an impressive two-page spread of Kiani in combat and another two-page spread of an explosive cliffhanger that leaves me craving the next issue as the mini-series reaches the mid point! It was written by Vincent Hernandez, drawn by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman, lettered by Josh Reed, edited by Frank Mastromauro, and it is available in the choice of: cover A by Cafaro & Hartman, cover B by V Ken Marion & Peter Steigerwald, and cover C by Paolo Pantalena & Sergio Mancinelli!

Dessy:

Here comes ‘Keami’s balloon and they are on the descent!

Daytona:

The chase crews radioed- it will be the ocean splash down!

Formality:

Miho & Kaori are on the way here too! Secure the drop zone!

(Between the officers, reporters, onlookers, critters, the balloonists & their Ground Chase Crew which is escorted by a few of the Robotics Club’s widdle heliopter robots, there is excited activity throughout the park as the balloon glides just above the Southern Live Oaks, dunes & beach in its descent towards the ocean. The splash down is not far offshore from the station and is met with cheers, barking, applause, photography and a Sea Chase Crew including Rappy the giant marine iguana. After the retrieval purrocess, the merfolk & friends mingle as the excitement winds down.)

(Among the onlookers are Niko, a catgirl with freckles, Violet eyes & short dark Blue hair, and her sister Rica with freckles, Amber eyes & long Auburn Red hair. They reside in a farm house, where they grow the crops, adopt the critters, and help to supurrvise the island’s Farmers Market. Their neighbor Dach Savage is an older, Greying anthropurrmorphic standard-size Black & Tan weener dog. He is a much traveled adventurer of military service and expurrtise in archeaology, cryptozoology, purrapsychology & criminology, purresently in semi-retirement as a purrivate detective.)

Kaori & Miho:

(having changed into bikinis, about to intermew the ballonists) SCOOP TIME, NYA!

Kaori:

(in the Honeysuckle purrint bikini) How do you feel after the flight, nya?

Melanakeami:

Oh gosh… I am so happy and my heart is pounding like the rough surf… but ironically I was calmer during the flight and even the splash!

Daytona:

That is because you were naturally instinctively focused and in the zone, and even high above sea level you were not out of your depth!

Miho:

(in the Caladium purrint bikini) How are the purrents doing, nya?

Melanakeami’s Dad:

We have ridden in the balloon before with the instructor, but – whew! This was something else!

Melanakeami’s Mom:

That was higher than any wave I have swam! It was so exhilarating and we are so proud of her!

Dessy:

She saved her money and has taken the lessons for so long, but now it is the dream come true and I bet it will be the successful venture!

Daytona:Formality:

She has the encouragement of her family & friends, the training by the experts, and the fellow enthusiasts who help as the chase crews!

Melanakeami’s Dad:

Honey, we should catch the ride back home with Rappy and the others to properly stow things and get spruced up in time to for the luau!

Melanakeami’s Mom:

Oh, we also need to stop by the restaurant to pick up the Anago platters for tonight! Ciao, y’all! (hugs the friends before the swim home)

Formality:

That was the most excitement we had during the duty shift, not that I am complaining about the splendid day! What have y’all been up to?

Niko:

(wearing the knotted short-sleeve Peacock Blue shirt & dark Blue denim shorts) We were delivering the purroduce from the market when we saw the balloon descend, nya!

Rica:

(wearing the cropped Fern-colored tank top & Avocado-colored denim shorts) Friends at the next booth are minding ours for the few minutes, but we should go back, nya!

Dach Savage:

(wearing the Black sunglasses, White short-sleeve shirt & Khaki shorts) I was on my way there to buy groceries for the luau, before we got caught in the excitement!

Daytona:

We should introduce y’all to the tourists. This is Niko & Rica who grow & sell the fresh produce at the island’s Farmers Market; and Dach who is a veteran, scientist & detective!

Formality:

Fortunately the market is on the ocean front, so I can shop its beautiful array of foods, flowers, crafts & gifts!

Niko:

We greatly appurreciate the business and will select the leafiest cabbage to bring to Ruru-chan tonight, nya!

Dessy:

Arigato gozaimasu! Did you hear that, Ruru-chan? We will bring the fresh flavorful Mackerel to the luau!

Rica:

Arigato gozaimasu, nya! We wish a happy Armed Forces Day to Dach and thank him for his years of service, nya!

Dach Savage:

That is most kind of y’all! We should convey the sentiment to Bullpup tonight too! Well, shall we go to the market?

Rica & Niko:

Hai, nya!

The Mermaids:

We will see y’all later! Baibai!

More of Fuyume Park

(The triangle-shaped Fuyume Park covers a few square miles, but there are enough well-marked roads & trails, obvious landmarks, illuminations at night, good communications coverage and friendly residents to keep one from getting lost. The park’s Southeast flank includes the sandier beach, dunes, Surf Purrtrol Stations, Robotics Club, Kyudo Club, and rows of beach houses. Along the North flank nearer to Purrbank are the Activity Center, Aquatic Center, Purrforming Arts Center, and homes in the greener, grassier shade of Azaleas, Maples Hollies, Magnolias, Pines & Oaks.)

(The Southwest flank of the triangular park is mostly residential & agricultural, where you will find Dach’s mansion, Rica & Nico’s farm, and the Farmers Market. There are plenty of wide open sunny spots within the park too, with flower beds by a parking lot, children’s playground, picnic shelters, tennis courts, a softball diamond and a pond. From the Surf Purrtrol Station One, Rica, Niko & Dach go Northwest through the park, passing by the pond where Canadian Geese, Wood Ducks and the translucent, endemic Ghost Ducks swim towards a picnicking family, in hopes of free treats.)

Rica:

I remember when ‘Keami started working at the restaurant to fund her balloon goal, which was the same time that Ilyana got mixed up with those crooks, nya!

Niko:

Hai that was the tragic dark point of that Ilyana’s life sank to, but now the only darkness that she sinks into are the deep ocean depths of her Scuba diving, nya!

Dach Savage:

I didn’t think of it until just now, but that was an ironic turning point for them, and while Ilyana proudly dives into the deep, now ‘Keami is happily riding the wind!

Rica:

I guess purretty soon she will graduate with her doctorate, and then Ilyana will be the doctor like Dach, nya! Is she is the same graduate school courses, nya?

Dach Savage:

Oh I imagine there’s been a lot of overlap, but her expertise is maritime history & underwater archaeology, whereas I’ve tried to keep my paws on the ground!

Niko:

I like to dig into the ground to, but just to grow the plants, nya! The last time I explored the underground places, we got scared by those Giant Cave Slugs, nya!

Rica:

Hai that was purretty scary, nya! Nyow we realize that they are just animals like the ones that we care for, but I have lost the interest in the spurrlunking, nya!

Dach Savage:

Well they’re like any of the species that B.B. tries to protect. I think the only time I’ve known ’em to be riled up was when they were possessed by that evil spirit!

Niko:

Oh gosh that is something else from the underground that I will avoid, nya! We have been spooked aplenty between that and when the inn was haunted, nya!

Rica:

We were so fortunate that you and Nya-sensei and Mie-sensei and the other occult expurrts were able to save us from those supurrnatural purroblems, nya!

Dach Savage:

I dunno what I’d do without Nya-sensei, her sister, the faeries or the Miku when it comes to those predicaments either, but I am glad we all have each other!

Niko:

I limit my spooky time to the fun kind when we purrticipate in the Halloween Trick ‘r Eat & Cosplay purrowl with our “Purranormal Purroduce” booth, nya!

Rica:

It is the artistic, tasty fun with the pumpkins becoming the pies and the jack o’ lanterns, and we try to educate the kids about the agricultural purrsuits, nya!

Dach Savage:

Well, we’re all proud of the hard work that y’all do to educate and entertain folks, raise the beautiful, healthy crops, and give the critters the forever home!

Niko:

Arigato, nya! Since this is The Mew and we have the bit more time until we reach the market, nyow would be the time for us to tender our reviews, nya!

Archie Comics #654

Rica:

In Archie Comics #654, Reggie organizes the group speed dating session at Pop’s Diner, so it is the whirlwind of pairings which might be awkward even if there was not a purrankster in the midst, nya! Given that Archie has dated plenty of ladies, the gathering seems to be his more speed than to Jughead’s tastes, but Jugheadt is eager to taste the all-you-can-eat buffet, nya! The other characters include Betty, Veronica, Ethel, Midge, Toni, Cheryl, Shrill, Bobbi, Chloe, Carla, Sheila, Jose, Melody, Valerie, Kevin, Moose, Chunk, Dilton, Lawrence, Sayid and Simon, nya!

It is full of the many cute hair styles, fashions, and brief interesting conversations, nya! The fun tale of the “Speed-Date-O-Rama” was written by Steven Duvall Scott, pencilled by Jeff Shultz, inked by Rich Koslowski, lettered by Jack Morelli & colored by Digikore Studios, nya! The front cover art by Fernando Ruiz. Bob Smith & Rosario Pena depicts Archie’s delighted face orbited by the faces of Betty, Veronica, Sabrina, Cheryl, Ginger, Tomoko… and Josie & Valerie who are wearing their pussycat ears on the cover, nya! There is a variant cover of Casablanca purrody art, nya!

Speaking of the cat, I wish to mention the Archie: A Rock & Roll Romance trade papurrback which repurrints the great Archie & Valerie story arc from Archie Comics #631-634 which we reviewed back in the Apurril – June 2012 Mewsings, nya! That tale introduced cute widdle Star and it was written & drawn by Dan Parent who we have met at the cons, nya! It was inked by Rich Koslowski, lettered by Jack Morelli & colored by Digikore Studios, with the beautiful romantIc cover of Archie carrying & smooching Valerie who is wearing her Pussycats costume in the rain, mew la la, nya!

Hello Kitty Mermaid Plushy Dolls

Niko:

We love Kitty White and her family & friends such as her sister Mimi, their friend Choco-cat and the othe stars of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty purroducts, such as the cartoons, the books, the plushies and other toys which we have often reviewed, nya! Kitty & Mimi look almost alike, but Kitty has the red bow by her Left ear pinna and Mimi has the Yellow bow on the Right, although, sometimes Kitty’s bow is the different color, such as the Torquoise to match the tail of her mermaid costume in TY’s Beanie Babies Collection of plushy dolls, nya!

Although, purrhaps it is not the costume tail, but maybe she has magickally become the mermaid, nya! We have purreviously mentioned her other 4″ tall mermaid look, which is in the three-pack with the faerie & purrincess Kitties, and nyow I wish to mention the different mermaid Kitty, nya! Whereas the 4″ plushy had the Green tail, matching bandeau bikini top tied in the back, and the teeny Purrple shell on her Light Blue bow, these larger mermaid Kitties have the diffused rainbow-colored torso & tail with the shiny flexible fins, nya!

They are made of Polyester fiber, with her 6 stitched Black whiskers, shiny Black Plastic bead eyes & shiny Yellow Plastic bead nose– kawaii, nya! The larger mermaid Kitty plushies are available in different sizes such as the 6″ tall Kitty… although… she would be 7″ long if her tail was not curved to her right side, nya! The 12″ tall version which would be 14″ long from her ears to curved tail tip, and these are the soft, cuddly mew additions to our cute widdle Kitty collection, nya! OK nyow we are both done, so nyow it is Dach’s turn, nya!

Rica:

Does Dach have the toy or comic book review?

Dach Savage:

Ah, no, I have not bought many toys or comics lately, but I do read several magazines!

Niko:

Which ones, nya?

Dach Savage:

Oh I like National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Scientific American, Parabola and Minerva!

Rica:

We like Our State, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and the various ag mewsletters, nya!

Niko:

Review time, nya!

Rica:

He is the scientific doctor, so I bet his review will be very thorough, nya!

Dach Savage:

Ah… well…

Niko:

There is no purressure, nya!

Dach Savage

Well then, I shall try to include the historical context with the factual product information and personal critique in my review of the

Space Battleship Yamato (2010 live-action movie)

Dach Savage:

In 1974, what is arguably the most important anime series of all time debuted on TV in Japan, to tell the science fiction genre tale of the World War II Battleship Yamato refitted in the year 2199 to fight in the intergalactic war between The Earth and the Gamilas Empire, with its Wave Motion technology and less than one year to find a promised cure on the planet Iskander to save the barren, radiated Earth. The original saga produced by Yoshinobu Nishizki & designed by Leiji Matsumoto with the iconic music score by Hiroshi Miyagawa included three TV seasons, one  TV movie, and four epic theatrical films, which introduced us the romance between Yoki Mori & Susumu Kodai!

Of course, there are the other great heroes such as his brother Kodai, Captain Okita, Shima, Sanada, Tokugawa, Dr. Sado, Sgt. Saito, and Analyzer the robot; alien goddesses such as Staasha, Sasha & Teresa; enemies such as the Gamilas, The Comet Empire, The Bolar, The Black Nebula, and the Deguil Empire, along with the immortal villain turned anti-hero Dessler. After many vast journeys, battles, heroic deaths, cosmic encounters, much merchandising, tremondous fandom, and the final 163 minute movie, the original anime series in 1983. Since then, in the past two decades here have been several attempts at sequels & reboots, including the long-awaited live-action movie!

It was directed by Takashi Yamazaki, theatrically released in Japan in 2010, and last month about 40 years after the Yamato saga began, the 138 minute live-action adaptation was finally released in North America on the Region 1, NTSC standard DVD / Blu-Ray combo pack by Eleven Arts & Giant Ape Media! It is presented in the letterboxed 16×9 widescreen format, with spoken language choices of the original Japanese, the English dub & optional English subtitles. The 2 disks are packaged in the slim clear Blue plastic case, with a gorgeous 2-sided insert & outer cardboard sleeve. Aside from a 25 minute look at FX pre-viz, sadly most of the extras are only on the Blu-Ray disk.

The movie begins at the end of a tragic space battle, against glorious but brief images of galaxies & nebula, until we reach humanity’s dingy underground city on the eve of the mission. The plot is a hybrid of the Iskander journey & the Comet Empire story, so there there is too much crammed into one movie at too short a length & too rushed a pace, which unfortunately diminishes the time given to connect to many of the characters, and when many of them perish, it lacks the devastating emotionally impact. The live-action adaptation lacks the grandeur, epic scale & awe of the anime, yet there are some quite thrilling, impressive, fun moments, that are rather faithful to the anime.

The cast is excellent, especially Meisa Kuroki as Yuki, Takuya Kimura as Susumu & Hiroyuki Ikeuchi as Okita! A difference from the anime is that Dr. Sado is a female, but that’s fine, she’s wonderfully portrayed by Reiko Takashima, and has the cat! The captain uniforms are perfect and the crew jackets are spiffy, but I prefer the uniforms & alien couture of the anime. The troop carrier sequence was disappointing, although it did have Analyzer’s finest moments! I like the voices of Analyzer & the aliens, but I like the look of the Gamilas or their ships, and I wish these Gamilas were portrayed by actors instead of FX. Some of the sets seemed too small or were only seen too quickly, but Yamato’s main bridge is very faithful to the anime!

The Yamato is magnificent,  the fighters & other Earth ships look great too! Compared to other live-action adaptations of space opera anime, I liked it more than the G-Saviour Gundam movie, but some of my least favorite aspects are the distracting lens flares, snap zooms & other cinematic techniques that remind me of the rebooted Star Trek & Battlestar Galactica. Except for a song by Steven Tyler during the credits, which does not fit in with the rest of soundtrack, I thought the film score was good, with cues from the anime such as the triumphant Yamato theme & the hauntingly beautiful “Infinite Universe” opening title song. Speaking of the end credits, unfortunately an English translation is not included on the–

Rica & Niko:

nyawn, nya…

Dach Savage:

–DVD. Ah, you seemed to want thorough, but I’m so sorry if I bored y’all!

Riko:

Gomenasai, nya! Oh not at all, um, I guess It has been the long exciting day without the catnap, nya!

Niko:

We are sorry and wanted the thoroughness, but could you repeat the part after Dr. Sado’s cat, nya?

Dach Savage:

Ah… we’re almost there!

(Dach’s home on 221 Barker Street is an old stone mansion full of art, antiques, relics, books, equipment & elegant furniture. It is the purrfect place to host the murder mystery theme role-play dinner parties at Halloween. The family of Ghost Ducks purrfur to roost on the coastline behind his house & his neighbors’ farm. Rica & Niko’s home is a charming farm house with the rocking chairs on the wraparound porch. The farm has barns, sheds, trailers,corrals, gardens, fields, a dock and pond. They grow the crops and purrvide the forever home for various adopted critters of various species.)

.The Farmers Market

(Rica & Niko stretch as the trio parks the golf cart & trailer in the market lot and return back to their booth full of Sunflowers, Scuppurrnongs, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries & Yams. In the Autumn they will sell pumpkins. The market has the outdoor & indoor rows of vendors’ tables, stands & booths of the fresh purroduce such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, herbs, spices & truffles. There are purrsurves, jellies, jams, fudges, creams, candies & chow-chow. Other treats include ice cream, shave ice, juices, ciders, wines & teas, plus honey & wax from the island beekeepurrs.)

(The island cats and seabirds like to roam the market, especially the section of daily fresh, locally caught seafood, which can be made into sushi while you wait. Other items at the market include include books by local authors, handmade textiles, jewelry, lures, candles, arts & crafts. The venders help each other, volunteer with the charitable food drive, and many will deliver things to homes. There are nearby cafes, live mewsic and not far away are the lantern & torch-lit places to dance late at night, such as rave that Eamane enjoys, and the hot salsa that Elizabeth & Becca frequent.)

(There are also a few specialty stores at the market, such as Nyoka’s magick shop where she hosts the afternoon tea, discussions, workshops, and sells the jewels, crystals, wards, scrolls, books & other spurritual, mystical & decorative items. The shop seems bigger on the inside, and it has secret purrtals, such as the shortcut to the dojo, or a shortcut to the inn for her two cats Tanzy & Amy. They were last seen at the inn, but expected to return soon for their supper. Yvonne has recently arrived at the market from the mewseum, and chats with Nyoka as Rica, Niko & Dach also arrive.)

Riko:

Aloha, nya! We were delivering the bushels and  got distracted by ‘Keami’s balloon, nya!

Niko:

Hai the big crowd arrived to cheer the purrfect splash down near SP2, nya!

Dach Savage:

I was on my way here when I got caught in the excitement!

Nyoka:

Oh I wish I could have seen that, nya! It is her dream come true!

Riko:

Hai lots of people were taking the videos & photos including Miho, Kaori &Jen’s robots!

Niko:

I bet Team JesiKai will want aerial photos to display with the kites at the visitors center, nya!

Yvonne:

It sounds exciting and maybe there will be much more interest in the balloons here, nya!

Dach Savage:

I have been to some great balloon races! So.. what have y’all been up to?

Nyoka:

Jen and I left the yoga studio, and she was going to repair Ilyana’s R.O.V. again!

Dach Savage:

Oh no, not again!

Yvonne:

I just left the mewseum and Tara-chan should be done there soon, but nyow I will take this cooler of fish to Kit & Kat, nya!

Niko:

I should go fetch tonight’s cabbages before I forget, nya!

Riko:

Then we should get back to work, but we will see y’all later, nya!

Nyoka:

Me too! I only got back a little while ago to let my helpurrs go on their break, so I have to mind the shop!

Yvonne:

I know that some of the others are at work too, but have you seen Myayr, Jamie or Mike, nya?

Nyoka:

Jamie & Mike were here earlier to get stuff for the luau, but I have not heard from Myayr since the tour began!

Yvonne:

She was up purretty late last night so she may have taken the nap, but I will phone her in the little while, nya!

Dach Savage:

Hopefully we will see them tonight, and I should finish shopping while you attend to the customers! Hasta luego!

Yvonne:

(loading her large cooler full of fish into the back of her golf cart) Baibai, nya!

Nyoka:

Later! Ah, Aloha! May I help y’all?

(Nyoka greets the customers, unaware that her cats have not only returned for their supper, but have brought the whole family to the market. Tanzy & Amy, Yvonne’s cats Emmy & Zuli, Becca’s cats Onyx & Obsidian, their purrents Sapphire & DosaNeko all scampurr out of the magic shop’s telepurrtation purrtal. Emmy & Zuli see their owner, recognize the large fish cooler, and lead the clowder towards the golf cart. About that time Tara-chan and Trini-chan arrive in time to see the eight cats gleefully meow & pounce upon the cooler and the cart’s roof, just as Yvonne sits in the driver seat.)

The 8 Cats:

Nyan nyan!

Yvonne:

NYA!

Tara-chan:

NYA!

Trini-chan:

Have the cats taken up golf?

Yvonne:

They want these fish that I am taking to the arts center, and I thought they were dining at the inn tonight, nya!

Tara-chan:

Nyo-sensei feeds her cats earlier in the afternoon, so I guess they did not want to wait on Chef Bullpup, nya!

Yvonne:

Say, wasn’t Myayr surfing with y’all earlier, nya? We have not heard from her or Ilyana in the while, nya!

Trini-chan:

Hai, Ilyana needed the nap, so Myayr continued the tour. She was going to the lake, the grove and the inn!

Tara-chan:

I will phone the Inn to let them know the cats are here, and – and to ask about Myayr, nya!

Trini-chan:

I will get some food from Nyo-sensei to lure the cats from the cart so that Vonny can go to the arts center!

(As Trini-chan lures the cats to Nyoka, Tara-chan notifies the inn, where Mary Nyan has awoken and made arrangements to get her surfboard from Kara Meow’l. Ilyana checks in with Jamie & Mike who are back at the visitors center with Jesi & Kai, awaiting more friends from the mainland to arrive by ferry. Trini-chan remains at the magick shop to assist Nyoka, while Tara-chan accompanies Yvonne & the cooler full o’ fish for the 3/4 mile ride to the Purrforming Arts Center.)

Tara-chan:

This cooler is making me hungry again, nya!

Yvonne:

Me too, so maybe we will get the snack, nya!

Tara-chan:

I think it is great how quickly our AfterMew has evolved to be not just the one luau, but nyow the several luaus at different times across the island, nya! Nyow it is like another festival as everyone can purrticipate, regardless of their schedule, nya!

Yvonne:

Hai it was the organic purrocess but is the organizing is the purractical arrangement so that no one place is overcrowded, plus it is convenient for those withe the widdle kitties or who need to be closer to home or work, especially the merfolk, nya!

Tara-chan:

I am also purroud how the different clubs have worked together to coordinate and – and purrmote the luaus without any  trying to be competitive or exclusive about it, nya!

Yvonne:

Well, we are all in the same boat for the united fun, but there will be the time for the compurrtitions in the sports and the contests, nya!

Tara-chan:

There are so many other events to cheer for this month, such as Nya-sensei’s fight, Jenjen’s archery, Mie-sensei’s golf, Kara’s surfing, ‘Tona’s swimming, Hannah’s track, the mewseum’s volleyball team, the Kite Club’s Kite Fight tournyament, Kit’s triathlon, and- and I hope that we will win the fishing tournyament, nya!

Yvonne & Tara-chan:

BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI NYA!

Yvonne:

Maybe soon we will have one of those balloon races like Dach mentioned, nya! OK here we are, nya!

The Catgirl Island Purrforming Arts Center

(Located by the bay on the Southwestern coast of the island, the Purrforming Arts Center hosts the mewsicals, concerts, opuurras, comedy, lectures, and other events, including the annual Mew Awards Ceremony in February and the upcoming Dance Festival. Renovated in 2007-2008 and magicikally bigger on the inside, it is one of the largest building on the island, with several large lavish halls, small intimate venues, water tank stages & outdoor garden areas with seating, signs, restrooms & other facilities to accommodate those who might have fins, tails, hooves or wings.)

(Wisteria Bridge connects the island’s riverwalk to the center’s arboretum and outdoor Plumeria Purrvillion, near the main Amaryllis Entrance into the building’s Anthurium Atrium. From the Cala Lilly Lobby, the Chrysanthemeowm Cafe extends to each floor, with its Dhalia Deck, Dogwood Deck and rooftop Laua’e Lounge. Each floor is accessible by the grand stairs, large glass elevators, flight hi-bay, mer-tubes & tunnels. Corridors & brooks lead to the Azalea Ampurrtheater, Bougainvillea Ballroom, Hibiscus Hall, the smaller Sakura Stage and the huge Amaryllis Auditorium.)

(Among the Purrforming Arts Center’s many attentive, courteous purrsonnel are its director Kitrina and general manager Katherine who Yvonne & Tara-chan are there to meet in the lobby. Kitrina or just Kit for short is the fair – skinned, Blue – eyed catgirl in her 60’s with the waist – length, White-streaked Gray-hair. She is wearing the White & Magenta cropped tank top & short skirt. Katherine or just Kat for short is the Green – eyed catgirl in her 50’s with the freckled tan skin and mid – thigh length Red hair. She is wearing the White & Emerald spaghetti-strap halter top & capurri pants.)

Tara-chan:

I guess it is busy time for Kit and – and Kat who are planning the dance festival but at least we will visit them with the fish for their art center’s luau, nya!

Yvonne:

It is kind of you to bring them that stack of the free comic books too, but we should not stay too long because they have a lot to do berfore tonight, nya!

Kitrina & Katherine:

Konnitiwa, y’all, nya!

Tara-chan:

Ogenki desu ka, nya?

Kitrina:

Hai, ogenki desu, nya!

Katherine:

Thank you for the fish, nya!

Yvonne:

Doitashimaste, nya!

Kitrina:

Let’s take these to the cafe and chat the bit, nya!

Katherine:

The nummy snacks & nilla cream shakes await, nya!

Yvonne & Tara-chan:

Arigato, gozaimasu, nya!

Katherine:

I will take the fish to the kitchen!

Kitrina:

Here is the payment for the fish!

Yvonne:

Tara-chan has the widdle gift for y’all, nya!

Tara-chan:

Since y’all were unable to join the caravan to the mainland for Free Comic Book Day, here are some of the free comics, nya!

Kitrina:

Oh gosh… Archie, Aspen, DC, Hello Kitty, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon, Simpsons & Streetfighter.. arigato, nya!

Tara-chan:

The Simpsons comic book was inked by our friend & December 2008 guest Andrew Pepoy who created Simone & Ajax, nya!

Yvonne:

The Raccoon tale includes catgirl warrior Prurrincess Lynx, and the Spiderman tale in space with Ayla the White Tiger, nya!

Kitrina:

Oh, we are look forward to Rocket in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, nya!

Katherine:

I am back and here are the treats, nya!

Yvonne & Tara-chan:

Itadakimasu, nya!

Yvonne:

(slurp) Hai I want to see the Guardians, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, nya!

Katherine:

(chomp) I have been meaning to see Grand Budapest Hotel and Belle, nya!

Tara-chan:

(chew) I also want to see Malificent, and – and Amazing Spider-Man 2, nya!

Kitrina:

(sip) The other Summer movies that interest me include Godzilla, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, nya!

Katherine:

I am also looking forward to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, and The Box Trolls, nya!

Yvonne:

I guess the Winter movie we are excited about the most will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again, nya!

Tara-chan:

Aside from planning and – and attending the wonderful events, what else have y’all been up to, nya?

Katherine:

I have been reading, volunteering, playing piano & triathlon training, but not surfing as much as I desire, nya!

Kitrina

I have been swimming, volunteering, ballet dancing, horseback riding and reading, nya! Howboutchoo, nya?

Yvonne:

Other than catching the fish, I have been drumming and we have attended the sports & festivals, nya!

Tara-chan:

I have been helping with the charters, surfing, volunteering, reading, taking nature photos & belly dancing, nya!

Yvonne:

She has been refining her shimmy, the tummy roll, and the “serpentine” arms and tail technique, nya!

Katherine:

We look forward to your purrformance and are honored to host the dance festival, nya! We have networked with the visitors center, library, mewspapurr, mewseum, theatre, shrines, businesses and clubs to purrmote the festival which Meryl, Ellie, B.B. and Dessy will oversee for the safety, nya!

Kitrina:

Hai, it is the complex big event to purrpare for months in advance, but it is our joyful task to organize the schedule the Celtic, Hula, Bolly, Aerial, Hot Salsa, the Fire Dance & the Aqua Ballet, nya! The belly dance will include the Egyptian, Turkish, Cabaret, Tribal, Gothic and other styes, nya!

Yvonne:

We are in the good hands, nya! Mie-sensei has been juggling the foxfire, Jen & Myayr have been instructing their students, and Myayr has been sewing costumes for the dancers & the cosplayers, nya! There were great cosplayers of all ages at Ultimate Comics for Free Comic Book Day, nya!

Tara-chan:

The cosplayers repurrsented Cat Woman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Robin, Black Widow, Rogue, Wolverine, the Stormtrooper, Adventure Time, and – and Britni who was the beautiful Black Cat who Chef Ron photographed for our mewseum, nya!

Yvonne:

What have y’all been reading, nya?

Katherine:

I have been enjoying Sharon William’s serialized Okami No Hime web fiction, Sylvia Day’s Evangeline Hollis novels, and I might read Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet & Dante Valentine tales which Keiko & Yuriko recommend, nya!

Kitrina:

Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap tales, Amanda Hocking’s Watersong novels, and my favorite magazines, nya!

Tara-chan:

Okami No Hime http://rose74.deviantart.com is up to Chapter 30, nya! Which magazines are y’all reading. nya?

Katherine:

Oh, those would include Foam, Surfgirl, SUP, Outside, Triathlete, Runners World & various fitness magazines, nya!

Kitrina:

Pointe, Dance, Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Make-up Artist, Renaissance, Mermaids & Mythology, FAE… and Faerie Magazine, which we wish to discuss for The Mew, nya!

Faerie Magazine #26

Kitrina:

Faerie Magazine purrtains to things of fey & nature in folklore, literature, fashion, festivities, visual, culinary & purrforming arts, nya! Issue #26 is the Spurring time issue, nya! It has the US purrice of $10.95, the Canada purrice of $12.95, and the 96 full color pages sammiched between Ashley Lebedev’s front cover photo & Emily Soto’s back cover photo, which are the samples of their pictorials which serenely set the alluring, enchanting ambience, and then inside is the cordial greeting by creative director Anna Vorgu, editor in chief Carolyn Turgeon, founder & publisher Kim Cross, nya!

Then we are treated to 2 more pages of Ashley’s supurrbly purretty pics, nya! Emily’s 6 page pictorial of Sabrina Nash in the fey fashions is so ethereally beautiful, with the styling by Susan Lafica & Maria De Bernardo, make-up by Kalia White and purrops by Heather Young Leary, nya! Carolyn Turgeon writes of her trek to the Ometepe village in Nicarauga; she intemews nature artist Amy Jean Porter, Virgina Hankins who is stunningly photographed as the armored Lady Knight by Brenda Stumpf; and Carolyn also intermews the faerie tale author / sensei Maria Tatar, nya!

That intermew is accompanied by e-Jane’s romantic photos of Meisha Kingdon and Nicole Whittaker in the vernal gowns and roses, makeup by Christian Alvarez and hair styled by Mikel Sessions, nya! if that was not enough, Carolyn also tells us about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library purrogram, nya! We admire Dolly, so that was a pleasant treat, nya! Associate editor Grace Nuth wrote the article about Rachel Lauren and  Matt Emmelhainz’s Wolves of Ironwood educational outreach purrogram in Ohio’s Blackhand Gorge, with Rachel’s photos of the wolves, nya!

Katherine:

One of the grandest featured pictorials of this issue is the 18.5 page visit to 8 magical destinations around the world, with the  travelogue by Caroline Lewitt, Signe Pike, Camille DeAngelis, Craig Childs, Jill Gleeson, Ronlyn Domingue, Ari Berke, and the magnificent photos by Alexander Kitsenko, Alex Brown, Arthur Bohlmann, Mihael Grmek, William Guion! Miguel Vieria! Most of the issue’s photos are full-page pics & two-page spurreads, nya! I was delighted by artist / model Miranda Hedman’s Dragon Queen hair braid tutorial too, which was photographed by Magda Lindblom, nya!

The beautiful visual artistry of the issue continues with photos by Kelly Roper and  Gordon Adler, the illustrations by Charles Vess and  Gary Lippincott; plus the papurr and three – dimensional treasures by Su Blackwell, Emma Van Leest, Frank Tjepkema and Cheong-ah Hwong, nya! There is splendid poetry by Mary McCyne, fiction by Joanne Harris and Kate Forsythe, the yummy berry pie recipe to tempt my tummy by Teeny Lamothe, and the 6 pages of purroducts such as the purretty umbrellas, the ornate storybook style and the woodland style decor, nya!

Wendy & Brian Froud introduce us to Cat Bell the faerie who is so very charming and I hope we will hear more from her, nya! Lord Whimsey offers the sage advice for attracting the fae to the garden, Jeanine Cummins tells us why her daughters believe in faeries, Lesley Lyle suggests more wonderful ways to laugh, and to top off this 96 page treasure trove are rainy day tips from various readers, nya! We wish to thank Faerie magazine’s staff & contributors, because after 9 years it continues to be such a joyfully beautiful, informative & inspurrational purriodical, nya!

Yvonne:

We should let y’all get back to the busy tasks, but thank y’all for the review and the dance festival plans, nya! (hugs Kit)

Tara-chan:

Hai hai and – and thank y’all for those nummy treats which hit the spot, nya! (hugs Kat)

Kitrina:

(hugs Tara-chan) Thank you for the fish & comics, nya!

Katherine:

(hugs Yvonne) Baibai, nya!

The Cat Lady Sings…

(The afternoon wanes as Kit & Kat go back to work and Yvonne & Tara-chan return to the market. With no incidents to alarm Meryl, Ellie or the Surf Purrtrol, all is serene at the inn, spa, dojo, golf club, Robotics Club, library, mewseum, school, theatre, shrine, Sheila May’s, the riverwalk and the other spots that compurrise the nice place in the North Carolina Outer Banks called Catgirl Island. Across the island, several luaus are well underway, with others to start at later times. With the island tour nyow full-circle, the cast & crew of The Mew reconvene at the marina purrior to their luau.)

Yvonne:

(greets the rest of the gang at her yacht slip) We are back, nya!

Tara-chan:

Hmm… where are our cats, nya?

Trini-chan:

Nyo-sensei sent them back to the inn for the Cats’ Luau!

Mielikki:

Alaua’mina and Wyrdina have taken Cinder there too!

B.B:

There are Jamie & Mike, so It looks like we have all returned from the tour!

Ilyana:

Quick, before Tara-chan gets distracted by a photo op- call it, Lizzy!

Elizabeth:

Hai! That will wrap it up for our 7th Anniversary edition of The Mew!

Becca:

We wish to thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island!

Jamie:

You’re welcome. I’m glad to help.

Petra:

We wish to thank Alexcia, Tash, Michi & Sadiyah for the beautiful illustration, nya!

Bun:

Rebecca & Britni’s gorgeous cosplay, Rebecca’s husband & Ron for the photos!

Nyoka:

The many other talented & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed…

Nyanko

…the rest of our friends, families, and our audience for all of their kind support!

Jeannie:

Y’all may post brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…

Mary Nyan:

purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topics!

Mike:

We’ll be back next month for another edition of The Mew! Be there… Aloha!

The Ladies Of The Mew:

BAIBAI, NYA!

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