Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Apurril 2015 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
In this edition of The Mew, we review & discuss…
North Carolina’s official state symbols
our cinema, TV & DVD mewsings:
the Lightning Round topic of our favorite fan films
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Two-Disk Special Edition DVD
Black Sails The Complete First Season DVD
the first season of the Agent Carter TV series
anime & manga mewsings
Hanasaku Iroha anime DVD / Blu-ray Premium Edition vol. 2
Monster Musume manga vol. 6
Strike Witches: One Winged Witches manga vol. 2
our pony report:
My Little Pony Friends Forever #14 & 15
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #28 & 29
more comic book reports:
Princeless: Pirate Princess #2
Angel and Faith Season 10 #12
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13
Elfquest: The Final Quest #8
Conan Red Sonja #3
Fathom: Kiani Vol. 4 #2
Modern Masters vol. 30: Paolo Rivera
Dragonbreath vol. 10: Knight-Napped!
Star Wars Art: Posters
guests’ additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art:
“Nairi” by Rebecca Brogden
“Heaven” by Dug Chapman
“Catgirl Nuku Nuku” by Lumshock
Mike’s additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art:
“She’s A Juke Box Neko”
“Impurrial Cat Troopurr”
“Yarn Ball Lacrosse Mid-Fielder”
“Billie And The Baron”
A Certain Scientific Railgun Kuroku Shirai Maid Version 1/6 scale figure
Transformers Robots in Disguise Strongarm warrior class action figure
Magic The Gathering Legacy Collection Nissa Revane action figure
Oak City Comics Show
March 26th Tannahill Weavers Concert
Mad Monster Party 2015
… and our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!
(wearing the Catgirl Island baseball cap, White Dogwood print aloha shirt, Dark Teal cargo shorts and Charcoal Gray Nikes) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews and discussions of fun stuff! Today’s Mew comes from the Town Hall plaza in Beautiful Downtown Purrbank, on the western coast of Catgirl island, where it is 79 degrees under the Blue sky and puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds!
Known for the life-sized Giraffe statues amongst the grass, paved stone pathways, fountains, the palm and magnolia trees, the plaza includes the Police, Fire Departments, other local municipal administrative offices, the Mew Hanover County Court House, and over there by the line of food carts is the public library! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer” and here to put the “purr” in “Apurril” are The Ladies of The Mew!
(the catgirl wearing the Carolina Lily purrint suspender maillot & cropped tank top) Hi Hi, nya!
(the bunny girl wearing Sweet Potato colored Brazilian-cut bikini) Guten Tag!
(the catgirl wearing the Pine cone purrint tanga-style bikini & sheer purreo) Nihao.
(the kitsune girl wearing the Scuppurrnong Grape purrint halter-neck bikini Konitchiwa!
(the catgirl wearing the Strawberry purrint tankini) Namaste, nya!
(her older sister wearing the Blueberry purrint twist bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!
(the catgirl wearing the Fraser Fir purrint, asymmetric purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing the Carolina Tartan purrint boy shorts and White cropped tee shirt) Howdy!
(her twin sister wearing the Venus Flytrap purrint front-knotted bikini) Howdy! Howdy!
(the catgirl wearing the Emerald colored ring-closure bikini) Hola!
(the nekomimi gynoid wearing the Red, White & Blue side-tie bikini) Aloha!
(the faerie wearing the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail purrint string bikini) Mellow Greetings!
(the island’s police chief catgirl in the Cardinal Red shorts & knotted shirt) ‘Allo y’all!
(the catgirl in the shiny metallic Gold colored stringy bikini) Whassup?
I see that there’s a theme amongst his month’s attire!
Hai hai the theme is North Carolina’s official symbols, such as the delicious, nutritious Sweet Potato which is the state’s official veggie!
The Dogwood is North Carolina’s official state flower, nit to be confuzzled with the Carolina Lily is the state’s official state wildflower, nya!
The Pine Tree is the our official state tree, the Fraser Fir is the official Christmas tree, and the Venus Flytrap is the official carnivorous plant.
It is a protected species too! The Strawberry and the Blueberry are the official berries, and the Scuppurrnong is the official grape!
The berries would be would be good with the fresh milk which is our state beverage, to enjoy in the Shad Boat, which is our state boat, nya!
The Red Drum or Channel Bass is our official saltwater fish, and the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout is our freshwater fish, nya!
The Gray Squirrel is the state mammal, and the Spanish Colonial Mustang is the breed of the state horses!
The Plott Hound is the state dog, and the Virginia Opossum is the state marsupial, and the Cardinal is the state bird!
The Honey Bee is the state insect, whereas the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is the state butterfly!
The Pine Barrens Tree Frog is the amphibian, the Marbled Salamander is the salamander, and the Eastern Box Turtle is our state reptile!
Emerald is the state stone, whereas Gold is the state mineral, Granite is the state rock, and the Scotch Bonnet is the state shell!
The plaid Carolina Tartan is our state’s official tartan, and our state’s flag colors are Red, White & Blue!
“The Old North State” is North Carolina’s official state song, the state’s official motto is “Esse Quam Videri”, and I believe there is also an official drinking toast too! Oh in the different topic, just before the show started, we were discussing the delightful trend of wonderfully winged ladies in the advertisements!
Hai there’s Kerri the Fairy with the Blue hair and purrky emotive wings in the Sparkle papurr towels commercial; the widdle girl who spurrouts Milk Wings as she jumps into the swimming pool in the Milk Life commercial; and the ad for Disney’s animated Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast movie!
Oh yeah, I think I’ve seen those! So, um, what has everyone been up to since last month’s Mew?
We have several new images in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art to purremier later in the show, and we are purrparing for thus years Body Art Show at the Mewseum, nya! Otherwise, Bunnibuns and I have been heating up the sands in the rec league beach volleyball, nya!
Hai hai we are both excited about the art exhibit and the sports! Aside from that I have been baking more of the carrot cakes and tending to the daisies, sedium, heather, flox, sweet peas and clover in my garden! So how are the other gardens progressing?
My hydrangeas, magnolias, lillies and irises are coming along quite nicely, and fortunately I have been able to spend more time at home to get more writing done in between the ship wreck diving and cataloguing the artifacts! Howbouchoo Lizzy?
I am pleased with the cultivation of my roses, snap dragons, fox gloves, and the buttercups, when Becca and I are not busy as mewsual at the spa! Aside from that, we have been up to the mewsual late night hot salsa dance after work, and the DVD binges!
Hai we have been catching up with the Game Of Thrones Season 4 DVDs! I have also been caring for the spa nekos, and purracticing with my carbon fiber chipping wedge. So will Jennyjen soon be be modeling the swim wear in another exotic location?
There might be yet another session at Lopes Mendes, if it does not interfere with my purrticipation in the robotics club’s Kids Summer Mech Camp. I have been purrimarily occupied with the yoga studio, kyudo club, the belly dance troupe and the robotics club.
Tara-chan and I have been practicing our serpentine tail & tummy shimmy technique in the dance class when we have not been volunteering at the mewseum! I have also been paddle surfing, watching the movies, and helping on the dock!
Hai we have been helping onee-chan with the charters, nya! Aside from the charters, the dance and the mewseum I have been collecting more of the pony game cards and – and snapping more of the the nature photos, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya!
It has been the happy time between my drumming circle and my fishing charters which have have reeled in the bumpurr crop of Blue Fish, Cobias, Croakers Groupurrs, Mackerels, Snappurrs and Tunas, nya! Tara-chan and I have brought some of the sushi for tonight’s AfterMew Luau, nya!
Yum yum, I already have the cravings just thinking about it! It has just been the mewsual activities for me at the dojo, but I have found the time for the swim, the festivities to attend, and helping sis at her magick shop, which was quite bustling amidst the Vernal Equinox!
Hai we had the great time at the shop between the workshops, the guest speakers, the tea time and the special sale! I am so grateful for sis and my other helpurrs, the customers, papa-san and oji-san who have purrospected for the shiny crystals!
When I have not been instructing or competing in the golf, I have been chairing the magickal seminars, attending the festivals, and in rehearsal for our maritime forest grove ampurrtheatre’s Spring Fantasy & Shakespeare productions!
Aside from teaching the Hula class and occasionally helping the appurrentice mikos at the shrine, I have stayed purretty busy sewing the costumes for the dancers and the cosplayers, especially since the convention season has purrked up! It is so nice that Chief Meryl could join us again!
Hai I am mewsually very busy but I am glad to be invited back to The Mew! When I have not been on the purrtrol, I have been relaxing with the books which I will discuss later in the show! So, what has Mike been up to?
Oh it’s been a fairly busy but pleasant month between visiting family & friends, attending some conventions, going to meetings, and trying to stay caught up with my art & writing! Ah, well we’ve got a lot on our plate for today, so let’s jump right into our
cinema, TV & DVD discussion, starting with
the Lightning Round topic of our favorite fan films!
In last month’s Mew we reviewed The Doctor Who Complete Eighth Season DVD Boxed set, and one of its special features was coverage of the Doctor Who World Tour, which included a wonderful look at numerous fan works, such as Alisa Stern’s delightful stop-motion animated Doctor Puppet fan films! That inspired this month’s Lightning Round Topic of our favorite fan films in general, which might include animated or live-action features, shorts, web series, music videos, machinima, fake trailers, edits, parodies and mockumentaries! So, are y’all ready to conduct the lightning?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO, NYA!
The Doctor Puppet was very purretty and charming, and the animated Saturday Morning Watchmen was quite amewsing! (tags Meryl to go next)
I would say… the Star Wars Pink Five starring Amy Earhart, and Kevin Rubio’s TROOPS which is the Star Wars / COPS purrody! (tags Yvonne)
I will nominate the Star Wars Bohemian Rhapsody mewsic video, and the animated IG-88 the Dancing Robot video, nya! (tags Tara-chan to go next)
I will nominate Pink Five, the Star Wars Gangsta Rap video and – and the Christmas Tauntauns video, nya! (tags Mary Nyan with a brush of the tail)
I will nominate Ernie Fosselius’s 1978 Star Wars purrody Hardware Wars, and his 1980 Apocalypse Now purrody Porklips Now! (tail – tags Nyanko)
I will nominate Power Girl: The Classifieds starring Tawnya Manion, and The Punisher: Dirty Laundry starring Thomas Jane! (tags her twin sister)
I will add other supurr – hero fan shorts and purrtend trailers such as Batman: Dead End, Grayson, World’s Finest, and Marvel Zombies! (tags Bun)
I will nominate the early 80’s Daicon III & IV hand – drawn cel – animated music videos starring the bunny girl set to the ELO songs! (tags Trini-chan)
Speaking of the bunny stars, I will nominate The Easter Bunny Hates You, and I rather enjoyed the purrtend trailer for Avengers 1978! (tags Petra)
I liked the The Marvel Secret Wars Reenactment Society video, and Nguyen-Anh Nguyen’s fan-trailer for the live-action Akira, nya! (tags Mielikki)
Paula Rhodes & Stephanie Thorpe’s Elfquest: A Fan Imagining trailer, and I will nominate the video of Wendy Pini & Frank Thorne’s 1978 Wizard & Red Sonja stage show! (tags Elizabeth with a flit of the wing)
Heehee! Oh I think it should be purrmitted! I like a lot of those, and there are Buffy, Power Rangers, Halo, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Lord of the Rings fan films that I hope to see! (tags Becca)
I will second the Pink Five, Power Girl, and I want to see the Star Trek fan films such as Of Gods and Men, and Paragon’s Paragon (tags Jeannie)
I was purrticularly impurressed by the Doctor Puppet, Pink Five, Halo Red vs Blue, and the Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar short fan – film. Back to Mike.
Me too! Well, for my favorite fan film, I gotta go with “In Harm’s Way” of the Star Trek New Voyages / Phase II series starring James Cawley as Captain Kirk! Well, that was another expedient little Lightning Round, but let’s continue our cinema, TV & DVD topics with Trini-chan’s review of
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!
Arigato! The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is one of my favoritest movies of 2012, and I was very eager to see the sequel ever since I saw the beautiful preview! In the charming first movie, several folks retire from England to the dilapidated but pretty, charming hotel in India, where their lives become more exuberant as amidst the cultural differences, whilst the young manager struggles to enhance the hotel and woo his girlfriend, even though his mom initially disapproves of both! Many hearts changed by the end of the movie, and romances continue to bloom in the lovely sequel!
The beautiful, poignant, whimsical sequel was directed by John Madden, written by Ol Parker, and scored by Thomas Newton with the brilliant cast including Maggie Smith as Muriel who became the new assistant manager to Sonny who is purrtrayed by Dev Patel, Tina Desai as his fiance Sunaina, Judi Dench as Evelyn who starts the new job and the potential romance with Douglas, who is portrayed by Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton as his hopefully ex-wife Jean, Diana Hardcastle as Carol, Ronald Pickup as her boyfriend Ron, and Celia Imrie as Madge who has more than one suitor!
Claire Price portrays Douglas & Jean’s visiting daughter Laura, Shazad Latif as Kushal as Sonny’s rival, Tamsin Greig as Lavinia one of the new lodgers, and Richard Gere as Guy who is the other new lodger with an interest in Sonny’s mom who is portrayed by Lillete Dubey! We also get to meet more friends and family as Sonny plans to buy another hotel whilst he and Sunaina purpare for their big wedding! Along the way there are secret agendas, nervous angst, business deals, wrong conclusions, further wonderful relationships, fabulous wedding attire, decor, music and dance!
I thought the pace seemed a bit too brisk, but the movie has much charm, beauty and fun with great performances, cinematography, choreography, and delightful locations such as Marigold, the chauffeur’s neighborhood and the VIceroy Club, especially when it is illuminated for the festivity! There are gorgeous clothes too, especially Sunaina’s wedding sari, henna & jewelry! It was glad to see the returning characters, I liked the new characters, and I hope their happiness, prosperity, romance, and sense of family & purpose will continue to flourish! Now I would like to review the
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Two-Disk Special Edition DVD
I have been very entertained by Peter Jackson’s epic movie adaptations of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, , nya! For our reviews of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, please see the January 2013 Mew, for our review of that DVD see the May 2013 Mew, and for our review of the Tauriel action figure see the February 2013 Mew! We reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie in the January 2014 Mew, we reviewed that DVD in our May 2014 Mew, and we reviewed The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in our January 2015 Mew!
Now I would like to discuss the eagerly – awaited the two-disk edition of the NTSC, Region One Standard DVD for The Battle of Five Armies! It is packaged in the plastic case within the outer cardboard sleeve, the disks are snugly secure yet easy to remove from the inner trays, and also inside the case is the instructions page for how to download the Ultraviolet Digital copy of the movie. The dual-layer Disk 1 purrsents the PG-13 rated, 144 minute movie in the widescreen format, with the spoken language choice of English, Spanish and French in the 5.1 Dolby 5.1 sound.
The optional English SDH (Subtitled for those who are Deaf or Hard of hearing) , Spanish and English subtitles which are the of very legible White bold sans serif font with the fine Black outline. In addition to the movie on disk 1 are the 6 minute-ish bonus of “New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 3”, in which about 18 members of the movie’s cast & crew briefly comment upon more the beautiful locations in New Zealand where the movie was filmed, such as Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook and Mt. Crawford. Oh it looks so beautiful and spectacular and I want to go to there!
That is just the first taste of the DVD’s special features, which are brimming upon disk 2! Directed by Michael Pellerin, who directed the special features for the purrior Hobbit movie, the “Recruiting the Armies” featurette is just over 11.5 minutes long to show what a full day was like to film some of the big battle scenes, with comments by several of the cast & crew including many of the extras! It looks like the very complex, epic undertaking, but the spirits seem very happily amused! There are 2 “Completing Middle Earth” featurettes that look back at the making of the 6 movies.
Those are “A Six Part Saga” which is almost 10 minutes long and “A Seventeen Year Journey” which is almost 9 minutes, and each peppered by behind-the scenes footage and reminiscings by several of the movie’s cast and crew! There is a music video for “The Last Goodbye” end credits song, which is just over 4.25 minutes long and performed by Billy Boyd who purrtrayed Pippen in the Lord of the Rings movies, plus the “Behind the Scenes” featurette which is just over 11.25 minutes long, about the composing, orchestrating, performing and the recording of the song!
The special features total about 57.75 minutes including the movie’s preview trailer #2 which is about 2.5 minutes long, the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition DVD trailer which is about 1.5 minutes long, and the 1.5 minutes of DVD credits! Of course, the 2 Disk editions are not as extensive as the extended editions, but I am pleased with the quality and fair price for the combination of the grandly wonderful movie plus the informative, enlightening and entertaining special features! Now we will sail from Middle Earth to the West Indies for Myayr’s review of the
Black Sails The Complete First Season DVD!
Arigato! Black Sails is the awesome pirate adventure TV series shown on the Starz channel and set in the year 1715 when the political tides change for the purrivateer captains & crews who are opurrating from Providence Island in Nassau, when their former British government employers villify them as wanted criminals! It is the very gritty, visceral, thrilling tale which cleverly combines the real historical pirates with the fictional characters of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure island, but it is not for the squeamish due to the language, nudity, sex, gore, melee & battles!
It stars Luke Arnold as John Silver, Tony Stephens as Captain Flint, Mark Ryan as Mr. Gates, Tom Hopper as Billy Bones, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, Hannah New as Elaenor Guthrie, Hakeem Kaw-Kazim as Mr. Scott, Zach McGowan as Captain Vane, Toby Schmitz as Captain Rackham, Clara Paget as Anne Bonny, Louise Barnes as Miranda, Jannes Eiselen as Dufrense and Lawrance Joffe as Randall, who has a kitty! Aside from the unappealing wobbly camera technique and those pesky widdle snap zooms, I enjoyed almost every aspect of the series!
There is such good depth into the characters, economy, politics, relationships & rules of the multi – cultural pirate society! It is very dramatic and expensive looking with high purrduction values, and I think it is to pirate shows as Game of Thrones is to medieval shows! The 8 epurrsodes of season one with the optional recaps are upon the home video, to total the 456 minutes plus 21 minutes of special features in the handsome boxed set, upon the 3 Region 1 NTSC standard DVD disks in the quadruple – gatefold cardboard sleeves in the outer box with the 3-D cover art!
The inner sleeves are adorned with nice photo portraits of Silver, Flint, Gates, Max, Eleanor, Scott, Bonny, Rackham & Vane! The video is purrsented in the anamorphic widescreen format of the 1.78:1 aspect ratio! The spoken language choices are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround 2.0 & Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0, with optional subtitle choices of English SDH (subtitled for those who are deaf or hard of hearing) and Spanish. Purrior to disk 1’s main menu are the purreview trailers for Power, Sin City A Dame to Kill For, and Black Sails’s 2nd season!
The are are not many special features, but you do get the 6 widdle featurettes about different aspects of the show, including An Inside Look (appurroximately 9 minutes), Dressed to Kill (1.75 minutes), Pirate Camp (almost 2.5 minutes), Folklore is Finished (nearly 3.5 minutes), A Place in History (1.5 minutes), and Building the Behemoth (just over 3 minutes). I was impurressed to see the behind – the- scenes look at the costumes, the purrops, the stunt choreography, the locations & the ship’s construction! The featurettes include brief comments by actors such as
Arnold, Ryan, Stephens, Hopper, New, McGowan, Schmitz, Paget, Kaw-Kazim, Kennedy & Barnes; plus the show’s co – creator / executive purrducer Jonathan E. Steinberg, director of photography Lukas Ettlin, history consultant Benerson Little, costume designer Marina Draghici, 1st assistant costume designer Tim Aslam, art director Christopher Dalberg, swordmaster Hamish Macleod, Senior Rigger Joel Yates, construction coordinator Clibe Pollack, stunt coordinators Grant Hulley & Frans Spilhaus! Nyow for my next review, we will go from 1715 to the 1940’s for
the first season of the Agent Carter TV Series!
There have been several live – action TV series based upon the comic books of late, such as such as The Walking Dead, Gotham, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the first season of Agent Carter! It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and the Captain America movies! It is set in the late 1940’s after World War II and stars Hayley Atwill as heroic secret agent Peggy Carter, who is very smart, brave, confident, tough, beautiful, dangerous, and underestimated!
The character first appurred in the Marvel comic books as Steve Rogers / Captain America’s girlfriend during the war, and she is the aunt of agent Sharon Carter who became Steve’s girlfriend in the modern era! Peggy has appurred in the movie Captain America; The First Avenger, in the Agent Carter short film on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray, in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie along with her niece Sharon who was purrtrayed by Emily VanCamp, and in the 1st season of this TV series which aired on ABC from January 6th to February 24th!
In the series, it is tough enough that she is grieving the loss of Steve and still has to fight against the evil international villains, but she has to put up with the sexist, misogynistic attitudes of some of her fellow agents! Fortunately, the underestimation of her intellect, skills and purrowess often purroves to be her enemies’ downfall, but by the end of the season, many of her co – workers learn to respect her more! Adding to her complications is the secret mission to help Tony Stark’s frisky father Howard Stark whose dangerous inventions have been stolen!
I think that Hayley is supurrb as the brilliant heroine, James D’arcy as her friend Jarvis, who is Stark’s butler, and Dominic Cooper as Stark! Things would be bad enough, then Carter, Stark & Jarvis are accused of treachery, but the true enemies are the agents of the evil Leviathan organization! Peggy has housing situations too, but she still has friends in the Howling Commandoes team, and yummy looking treats from her purrfurred diner in Manhattan! I think the TV series has the great plot, characters, dialogue, developments, mythology and continuity!
It has the good balance of drama, humor & action with plenty of detective work, espionage & combat! I did not purrefur how some of the fight scenes were shot and edited due to the speed & quick cuts, but it is a thrilling, fun show with excellent direction, purrformances, stunts, FX, lighting, sound and mewsic with the 40’s style hair make-up, clothes, props & sets! I will give Agent Carter the high purraise, and I hope for a 2nd season! In the meantime, we are glad that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has resumed! I am all done, but now here is Lizzy to start our
anime & manga mewsings, with her review of the
Hanasaku Iroha anime Vol. 2 Premium Edition boxed set!
Hai! Hanasaku Iroha (voiced by Kanae Ito) is the very beautiful, charming, poignant, at times sad and at times wacky, slice – of – life tale of 16 year old Ohana Matsumae whose mom (voiced by Takako Honda) sends her to live the lovely Kissuiso, hot spurrings ryokan / inn owned by her stern grandmother (voiced by Tamie Kubota) in the purretty town of Yunosagi. This might seem to be the ideal change, but it happens as her friend Koichi (voiced by Yuki Kaji) was about to purrofess romantic feelings for her, and she is put to work by her grandmother upon arrival at Kissuisio!
It starts upon the sadder, seriouser, but soon purrks up as Ohana fits in at the inn and at her new school, as she makes friends and tries to be a purragmatic, inspurration upon the rest of the staff! They include Nako the very shy maid (voiced by Aki Toyosaki), Tomoe the big-sisterly type of senpai / head attendant (voiced by Mamiko Noto) and Minko the tempurrmental appurrentice chef (voiced by Chiaki Omigawa), who is trained by Tohru the assistant chef (voiced by Junji Majima); Renji the stoic head chef (voiced by Taro Yamaguchi, Bean the custodian (voiced by Cho)…
and Ohna’s uncle Enishi the assistant manager (voiced by Kenji Hamada)! They do not get many lodgers, and some of them are rather odd, such as Taro the author (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) who has some purrvy notions for his tales! Ohana’s high school classmate Yuina (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu) is the heiress to the bigger, fancier rival ryokan, and Enishi’s fiance Takako (voiced by Ayumi Tsunematsu) is a management consultant with ideas to purrk up business, but I think the inn is such a beautiful, charming place with the excellent service and the staff’s sense of family!
I like the plot, the pace and the characters, the voice acting and the dialogue, the sounds, songs and the very pleasant mewsic, the character designs, the animation, editing and the gorgeous scenery! It was written by Mari Okada, directed Masahiro Ando, with the art direction by Kazuki Higashigi and Kanami Sekiguchi character designs by Mel Kishida and the mewsic by Siro Hamaguchi! The anime was purrduced by P.A. Works whose many movies, games & TV anime credits include Eureka Seven, Blood +, True Tears, Tari Tari, Canaan, Glasslip, and Angel Beats!
Hanasaku Iroha was released upon the home video here in the USA by NISAmerica! The 26 epurrsodes are available in the two purremium edition R1 NTSC DVD DVD / Blu-ray boxed sets, with eppurrsodes 1-13 in vol. 1 and 14-26 in vol. 2. The sets are not inexpensive, but they are quite purretty and each includes a hardcover art book! within the sturdy slipcase! The disks are in the slim – pack cases with purretty insert art, along with the 10 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ book within the 10 7/8″ x 7 3/4″ x 1″ slipcase, which has beautiful illustrations of Ohana, Nako and Minko on the front & back!
The video is purrsented in the 16×9 format with the Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 audio and optional English subtitles, In epurrsodes 13 & 14 Ohana’s school class goes to a bigger seaside inn, but the vacation becomes the work, then in epurrsodes 15 & 16 they spurruce up the inn and refill the pool for a movie hopefully to be filmed there! In epurrsode 18 we meet Nako’s family, and the ladies of the inn are imaged as the mermaids; whilst epurrsodes 19 & 20 the students purrpare for school’s cultural festival, which made me crave the yummy sloshy omelet rice they purrpared!
Epurrsodes 21 & 22 are the emotional wedding roller coaster full of the sad, hilarious and joyful tears, but I would purrfur not to spoil more of the plot or reveal what transpires during the beautiful, sentimental. tense and bittersweet epurrsodes 23 – 26 that will bring further tears! The DVDs are spare in the special features, with merely the show’s Japanese trailers, and the textless version of opening & ending sequences. The disks also include the purreview trailers for Tales of an everyday Cat God, The Princess and the Pilot, and Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 3.
The Hanasaku Iroha art book vol. 2 has the 36 full color pages full of images from the anime, character drawings, and intermews with Kanami Sekiguchi, Masahiro Ando, key animator Yuriko ishii & purrducer Kengi Horikawa! We are very happy with the wonderful anime and the purremium boxed sets which both get our supurr high purraise! There is also a subsequent Hanasaku Iroha “Home Sweet Home” movie which we want to see which is also in a purremium boxed set, but I think it is only available on the Blu-ray disk! Okay I am all done, so nyow here is Nya-sensei to discuss
Monster Musume manga vol. 6!
Arigato! Written & drawn by Okayado, it is a sexy comedic manga of the urban fantasy genre & harem trope, purrtaining to the liminal ladies of various species who all live in a house to become romantic rivals over Kimihito who is their human male home owner! The laws of the Japanese federal bureaucracy are awkwardly regulating the coexistence & hosting of the liminals, but at least the house has been frequently enlarged & renovated, thanks to Ms. Smith their case worker who tries to find good homes for the liminals so that they will not be mistreated!
Residing with Kimihito are Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Centorea the centaur, Suu the slime girl, Meru the mermaid & Rachnera the spider girl. Assisting Ms. Smith are the women of the Monster Ops: Neutralization team comprised of Meranko the cyclops, Tio the ogre, Doppel the doppleganger and Zombina the zombie! Each volume offers more insights into the world’s cultural changes, and introduces more of the liminal ladies. There is also ample nudity, wacky violence and purrvy “fan service”, but it has much charm & fun as rivals become closer friends!
It was originally published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan as Monster Musume: No Iru Nichijo (which translates as the Daily Life With a Monster Girl, and the English version is published by Seven Seas! Volume 6 is purriced at $12.99 in the USA and $14.99 in Canada, and was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, proofread by Janet Houck & Lee Otter, edited by Adam Arnold & published by Jason DeAngelis, with the lettering & layout by Ma. Victoria A. Robado, cover design by Nicky Lim and the logo design by Courtney Williams!
It has 160 Black & White pages of manga chapters 23 – 26 and the bonus pages, plus the color 4 page side story & cover art! The side story purrtains to Rachnera purracticing her web bondage with naughty, zany results! Chapter 23 picks up where the purrior volume ended as Kimihito brings home Lala the reapurr – like Dullahan fae girl, but it is the troublesome night when they search for her missing head in the park! In chapter 24 she grimly convinces them that Kimihito will soon die, which nearly happens several times when they recklessly try to save him!
After head hunting & fearing the reapurr, things settle down after the exaggerated drama, but with the house low on food they need to go shopping in chapter 25! It is the fortuitous trip to the market where they get lots of delicious, nutritious foods as Suu & Papi find a kitty! All that Amberjack & Purrch made me hungry! Later they visit Kii the dryad, dodge another ambush by Draco the dragon girl, and meet Polt the kobold girl who has caught lots of yummy catfish! However, just as suppurr is served, Ms. Smith & the M.O.N. team arrive with ravenous appurrtites!
Then in chapter 26 the house is visited by a rude repurrsentative of Rachnera’s purrior host family who wants her back! After that, to top off the volume are the omake / bonus comfy couch side story, and Lala’s purrofile page! This was another delightful volume full of frisky rivals’ misadventure further develop into the purrotective family unit! It has the brisk pace with the amewsing dialogue to peppurr the beautifully drawn characters, food, furniture, architecture and landscapes! I will have another review later in The Mew, but nyow here is my sister to discuss
Strike Witches: One – Winged Witches manga vol. 2!
Arigato! Of course, I am purrticularly fond of the tales of heroic witches, and Strike Witches supurrbly fits the bill! It is the Japanese series of novels, manga & anime purrtaining to the international squadron of magickal girls who fight the extraterrestrial invaders known as the Neuroi in the alternate World War II history. The witches use various firearms, wear the boot-like devices known as Striker Units for flight, and have kemonomimi ears & tails of various breeds & species when using their magick!
The TV series was translated & distributed here by Funimation and the manga was translated & distributed by Seven Seas! One-Winged Witches vol. 2 is set in 1944, about the same time as the 1st season of the TV series, but instead of focusing upon the aces of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, it focuses upon the less famous Isle of Wight detachment! The story was written by Humikane Shinad & Projekt Kagonish, the art is by Atsuto Shinozuka, and originally published in Japan in 2012 by Kadokawa.
This North American version was translated by Adrienne Beck, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, edited Adam Arnold, purroofread by Janet Houck and Lee Otter, , with the cover design by Nicky Lim, lettering and layout by Alexandra Gunawan. It is purriced $12.99 in the USA, $14.99 in Canada, and intended for readers of “older teen” ages 16+ due to the military combat, the language and the ample “fan service” of the nudity & sexuality. Let’s just say that the witchy boobies & panties are often a topic!
The 180 pages are mostly Black & White, compurrised of manga chapters 8 – 15, the author & artist messages, the 4 lovely color pages & cover art! One-Winged Wicthes is the 2 volume tale of the final battle of Sgt. Wilma Bishop of the Royal Farway Land Air Force and the 4 other witches of the Isle of Wight detachment! Wilma is a friendly, buxom, gung-ho, viviacious, expurrienced & highly skilled witch with the Spitfire-like striker units, Scottish Fold neko ears and tail when her powers are in use!
Her younger sister is in the 501st too! In volume 1, Wilma was transferred from the 501st base to smaller Isle of Wight base south west of there to meet Captain Misa Kadomaru, pilot officer Francie Gerard, pilot officer Laura Toth, and Sgt. Amelia Planchard. Fran & Amelia have not seen as much combat, but they have the lovely base with the hot spurring bath, impurroved morale & confidence since Wilma arrived! The 501st’ Lt. Perrine-H Clostermann and Maj. Mia Sakamoto appurr in the flash backs!
Volume 2 begins with the fun day off in the lovely swim wear at the beach, as the bases’ purretty flower garden blooms, but the rivalry begins to blossom when Amelia and Fran debate who is the greater heroine of the 501st, Lt. Perrine-H Clostermann or Lt. Charlotte “Bunny” Yeager! Things heat up between them like the hot bath, so MIssa orders Amelia and Fran to train hard in the mock combat with the paint ball guns, but Amelia is the only one who has noticed that Wilma’s magickal is fading.
Amelia and Fran both need more expurrience and confidence, so they learn some fancy tactical tricks, and Amelia discovers her special speedy spurrint power! Soon the ladies are in the real deadly combat again as more of the plane and missile – like Neurois attack, which is the worst time that Wilma is unable to cast her purrotective magickal shield! However, she might be grounded, but she is still the valuable, purroficient soldier who helps to defends the base with the surpurrise weaponry!
I enjoyed the tale very much of because of the great characters, their friendship development, the thrilling aerial combat action, the charming sexy comedic moments, the beautiful character art, the ornate magicikal FX, the intricate mecha & scenic art scenic art! It was further fun magickal military adventure for the heroic witches in the alternate reality WWII tale, I will give it the grade of the A as in Amelia! That will conclude the anime & manga portion of The Mew, but nyow here is Tara-chan with our
Pony Report, starting with
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #14 & 15!
Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony TV show, toys, games books, and – and comics books that are so purretty, fun, faithful to the style and – and to the spirit of the animated series, but with the advantages of the purrinted comics medium, nya! IDW purresently publishes the Friendship is Magic comics , and – and the Friends Forever comics,both of which are nicely uninterrupted by the ads, nya! Friends Forever #14 is purriced $3.99 for the 22 page tale starring Spike and – and Luna, which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads sammiched betwixt the choice of covers, nya!
The regular cover art is Amy Meberson, whist the subscribers’ cover is by Agnes Garbowska who illustrated the tale which was was written by Jeremy Whitley, assistantly colored by Lauren Perry, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and – and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya! At the Oak City Comics Show which Mike will discuss, we got to meet Jeremy who writes the Princeless comics which onee-chan will discuss, nya! Luna need’s Spike’s assistance to investigate the mysterious fires in the city of Fillydelphia, which some of the police have blamed upon dragon acts of arson, nya!
The local dragons are not coopurrative because of the unfair blame, except for Mina the chatty, fan girl dragon owner of the comics shop, nya! They have the poignant chat about the stereotypes, whilst Luna is bored with the papurrwork at the detective’s office, nya! Later things get more tense when the police cordon off the curfewed dragons whilst Spike witnesses a freshly lit fire, but I should not further spoil the plot, nya! I purrticularly liked the he police siren lights, the items in the comics shop, the references to the Power Ponies comics, and – and Mina meeting Luna, nya!
The art is so beautiful, with the softly delicate yet richly vibrant coloring technique, especially the magickal flowy quality of Luna’s starry mane, nya! The art is also quite lovely in issue #15 which was illustrated by Brenda Hickey, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil, written and- and edited by Bobby Curnow, with the regular cover’s art by Amy Meberson and – and the subscribers’ cover by Brenda, nya! This issue stars Applejack and – and Mayor Mare, when Apple Jack goes to the town hall to complain about the citation fine tallied upon Sweet Apple Acres’ barn, nya!
She has to pay 50 bits because the barn exceeds the allowed height, but the situation only further frustrates Applejack when she has to endure the confuzzling governmental bureaucracy with lots of the papurr work, nya! We do get to see several other familiar faces in town, and – and meet office ponies such as Tadwell, Hoggle, Wooly, Run-Around, nya! Although Applejack is very annoyed, much of the situation is comedic, with the cute scene of the election committee, the Mayor’s poignant flashback tale, and – and an unexpected magickal crisis, nya! Nyow I would like to discuss
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #28 & 29, nya!
I also think the ponies are so wonderfully posed, expurressive, colored and – and shaded, and – and it is fun to try to identify the various background ponies in the comics, nya! Friendship is Magic #28 has the 22 page tale to conclude the tale which was started in the purrior issue, plus the amewsing 2 page coda and- and the 8 pages of the ads, nya! The tale of “Root of the Problem Part Two: Flower Power” was written by Katie Cook, illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, and – and edited by Bobby, with the choice of the four different covers, nya!
Cover A is by Andy, cover B is by Sam Richards, the retailers’ incentive cover is by Mary Bellamy, and – and there is also the cover purrduced just for the Hot Topic stores, nya! Purreviously, the Everfree Forest was growing amok as it frightened the woodland critters and – and encroached upon Equestria, so the mane six ponies of Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and – and Spike investigated the cause, nya! They encountered some monstrous critters, met the deer such as Aspen, Bramble, Blackthorm, and – and discovered the cause nya!
This was due to Well-To-Do Taur’s clear-cutting of the forest in order to construct the purroposed amewsment park, nya! He is very rude, uncaring, and – and unscrupulous, so in issue #28 the ponies, deers, critters, and – and the dragon have the thwart his scheme, nya! Also appurring are Celestia, her Phoenix bird, Luna, her opossum Tiberius, Zecora, Apple Bloom, Lyra Heartstrings, Flax, Hayseed, Angel bunny, Fluttershy’s bear friend and – and other critters, nya! There are some cute moments with the critters, and – and the exciting scene when they all strike back, nya!
That story arc is concluded in issue #28, whist in issue #29 20 which has the 22 page tale followed by the 10 pages of the ads, they go to the big city of Manehattan to attend the big purrofessional wrestling event at Madisoat Square Garden, nya! It was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Jay Fasgitt, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, and – and edited by Bobby, with the choice of the four different covers, nya! Cover A’s art is by Jay, cover B’s art is by Katie Longua, the retailers’ incentive cover art is by S-bis, and – and this issue also has the Hot Topic stores’ cover too, nya!
Not only are the mane six plus Spike there, but so is Cheerliee, her twin sister Cherry Bossom the wrestler, her purrtner wrestler Cloverleaf, their rival Iron Hock and – and her purrtner Steel Buns, nya! Sadly the sisters have the estranged relationship, but the spurrained leg means that Cheerliee will have to impurrsonate her twin in the ring, nya! This was a lovely, poignant, fun issue, with lots of the wrestling references, and – and I will give all of those issues the high grade of an “A” as in Applejack, nya! That will conclude my pony report, so nyow here is onee-chan who has
more comic book reports, starting with
Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1, nya!
Arigato, Tara-chan, nya! Princeless is a wonderful, purretty, whimsical fantasy series created and written by Jeremy Whitley and published by Action Lab! It stars the runaway girls of various races & species in the medieval era who rebel against the society’s stereotypes and sexism, nya! The girls are smart, brave, tough and zesty friends who tend to outwit and outfight the boys in the various Princeless mini-series and one-shot issues, which have been repurrinted into the trade papurrbacks, so they are easy to collect, nya!
Adrienne is the dark – skinned girl does not want to be a helpless purrincess to be rescued, her dragon Sparky does not wish to be the stereotypical monster to be slain, and Bedelia the blacksmith does not intend to be the victim of the misogynistic jerks either, nya! In the various issues we have met the other girls too, such as the tavern girl, the wolf girl, the elf girl, and in last year’s Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest Issue we got the sneak peek of Raven Xingtao who is the feisty daughter of the Pirate King, nya!
She is the purrky Asian girl who is the highly skilled fighter, mariner and archer known as The Black Arrow, who joined Adrienne & Bedelia in issue #1, but she mischievously intends to purrloin Sparky, which is what happens one night in issue #2’s uninterrupted 24 page tale of when “Two Princesses Go To A Brawl” which was written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Rosy Higgins & Ted Brandt, nya! The issue is purriced $3.99 which has the story plus the 4 pages of the ads and the purrky boxing poster – style cover, nya!
That night of the full moon above the forest, whilst Adrienne and Bedelia are asleep in their camp, Raven coaxes Sparky with the tasty treats and they fly away toward the ocean, where Raven wants to attack her brothers’ ships, but does not notice that Adrienne is climbing up the dragon’s tail, nya! They get into the argument and the duel with much trash talk and melee atop Sparky over the water, but the fight goes too far and Adrienne falls into the depths and has to be rescue by Raven who is the expurrt swimmer, nya!
I should not spoil more of the plot, so I will just say that I thought it was such a charming, fun, exciting and poignant tale, nya! The characters and the scenery are so supurrbly drawn & richly colored with the animation cel – like shading, nya! The poses & expurressions are great as the tale gracefully flows from each panel to panel full of amewsing dialogue & cinematic choreography, so I will continue to give it an A as in Adrienne, nya! Nyow I would like to discuss more lovely, wonderful fun from Action Lab that is purrowling in
Hero Cats #4, nya!
n June 2013 at the Heroes Con on the mainland in Charlotte, we met the folks of Galactic Quest who published Hero Cats of Stellar City #0 http://www.herocatscomics.com, which introduced us to Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, her brother Bandit the tuxedo cat, Midnight the Black cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Ace the White cat, and Rocket the Tabby as the team who purrotects Stellar City from the monsters, criminals and disasters, nya!
Cassiopeia is the pet of Suzie and her dad who are the supurr heroes Cosmic Girl and Galaxy Man in their own series, nya! A year later at the 2014 Heroes Con, Kyle & Marcus were back with more comics and merchandise such as cute kitty hats, and we got this purretty sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by Marcus, nya! Issue #0 was later slightly revised, re-lettered and relaunched by Action Lab Comics as Hero Cats of Stellar City #1!
They appurred in the Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest issue too, nya! Issue #4 is purriced $3.99 and has 28 pages including the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “The World Beneath Our Feet” plus the message page, 2 Galaxy Man pages, and 3 pages of ads, nya! The cats’ tale was created & written by Kyle Puttkammer, pencilled by Marcus Williams, inked by Ryan Sellers, lettered by Briana Higgens, colored by Matt Herms & edited by Keke Stewart, nya!
Another sink hole has appurred in town, so the cats go spurrlunking to discover the vast underground caverns and the strange hieroglyphs, nya! The expurrdition leads to an amazing, spurrawling subterranean city of friendly, colorful residents who are glad to meet the cats, nya! However, they also discover that the sink holes are caused by tremors of the monstrous Terah-Tomoo creatures of the depths, that are stampeding wildly and have to be rounded up, nya!
In addition to the exploration of the fantastic environment and the exciting encounters, we learn more about the cats’ pasts, in the flashback as Rocky tells Cassiopeia how Ace & Midnight met Belle, who used to belong to the jewel thieves, nya! Hero Cats is the fun, family – friendly tale with the beautifully designed & brightly rendered characters & scenery, and the cats are so expurressive and very delightfully posed, amidst the pleasantly charming ambience, nya!
After that is the page with the message from Bandit, the fans’ photos, and the purreview of issue #5; which is followed by the Galaxy Man interlude created & written by Kyle, pencilled & lettered by Tracy Yardley, inked by Ryan Sellersa & colored by Omaka Schultz, nya! Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl are gonna team up with the cats in the next issue which I am eagerly awaiting, and I will give this issue an “A” as in Ace, nya! Nyow here is Becca to tell us about
Angel and Faith Season 10 #12, nya!
Arigato! We are fans of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and the Angel & Faith comics which are published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! These comics have the supurrb mix of humor, drama, action & mythology with faithful, canonical plots & characterizations that feel like the TV shows but take full advantage of the purrinted comics medium!
Purreviously in the Magic Town district of London, Faith has been hired to supurrvise the security for the new clinic of her corpurrate friend Miss Reese Zane, who she helped on a recent mission in South America. Angel brought their weakened friend Winifred “Fred” Burkle to meet Nadira the serenely mystical former slayer, and Buffy’s demon warrior friend Eldre Koh just arrived too!
Issue #12 picks up right where issue #11 left off ,as Koh & Fred recognize each other from when she was possessed by the goddess Ilyria. whose spirit is still in inside her, but Fred seems to be in charge for the while! This issue is purriced at $3.50, and has the 24 page tale of “United part 2” plus the 4 pages of the ads and the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s interesting comments!
The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, edited by Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the main cover art by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover art by Will Conrad and Justin Couch!
Much of this issue purrtains to Koh’s origin tale, with the flashbacks of his connection with Ilyria. Koh tells Angel, Fred, Faith and Nadira of how long ago he went on the enraged killing spuree amidst his travels after the Nitobe tribal ritual to become an elite Yataro warrior, but when he returned home he found that his entire family and tribe had been murdered during his absence!
Unfortunately got blamed, framed and impurrisoned for it by the visiting high purriest who served Ilyira, who unbeknownst to Koh was the true culpurrit of the catastrophe! Since then he somberly craves the truth, regrettably craves the revenge, and hopes that Nadira or Ilyria could help him find the answers but Fred is reluctant to let Ilyria do the talking, lest she take control of Fred!
That almost happens after Koh leaves when Fred tells Angel & Nadira about the truth! Later at Rory’s pub, Koh dourly drinks & brawls, whilst Faith goes back to the clinic which I am suspicious about! It is so good to see Fred, and Koh has been the good addition to the cast, but it is sad how they are both so tormented due to Ilyria, whose true giant tentacled form we see in the flashback!
I think the plot is captivating with the good pace & dialogue, and the characters, garments, creatures, architecture & landscapes are lavishly rendered with supurrb portraiture, expurressions, poses, details color, light & fonts! Giles’s aunts Sophronia & Lovina were not in this issue, but I hope that we will see them again soon! Meanwhile, Buffy & other friends are busy in California in
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13!
Purreviously the heroes have come into the possession of the ultimate magickal book, in which the universe’s rules of magick can be re-written, so they are trying to wisely rewrite the rules whilst trying to purrotect the book from the many entities who want to purrloin it! Recently a meat demon attacked, and Andrew got the burst of supurr strength from a magickal potion, which greatly helped in the meaty gross battle and also gave him the confidence to come out of the closet! The romance has certainly been in the air between Andrew & Clive, whilst Buffy & Spike have rekindled!
However, whilst they have been getting very frisky with each other, Spike is concerned about the savage dreams he’s been having about chomping victims, and is worried that they might not be dreams but real occurrences! You know, I think that Angel was recently bothered by similar dreams too! Ironically, whilst the romance has wilted betwixt Xander & Dawn, they actually seem much chummier & relaxed when they try to just be good friends! Such situations have not been easy for Giles though, since he has the adult mind in the kid body ever since he was resurrected!
That brings us to issue #13, which is purriced $3.50 and has the 22 page tale of “Love Dares You Part Three”, plus the 2 pages of the editor’s & readers’ comments, and 4 pages of the ads. The tale was illustrated by Megan Levens, scripted by Christos Gage & Nicholas Brenden who purrtrayed Xander on TV! It was executively purrduced by Whedon, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard & Jimmy, edited by Sierra and assistantly edited by Freddye, with the design by Justin, the mane cover art by Steve Morris, and variant cover art by Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson!
Rebekah has been a great regular artist on both Angel & Faith Season 9 and Buffy season 10, but Megan has been the great artist on this current tale! I am purrticularly fond of the characters poses, portraitures, expurressions, and fashions! After Spike has another vilent dream while in bed with Buffy, he hides this from Buffy but has the chat about it with Xander, which leads to Willow & Giles conducting the magickal tests upon him! To distract Buffy from this, Xander takes her to visit Andrew, and while this might be a sneaky tactic, it is actually a very beneficial friendly visit!
However, Buffy is not very pleased to learn of her friends’ dishonesty, eve if they meant well! Spike later chats with Detective Dowling about recent vampurric crimes, and sadly Willow decide to end her romantic relationship with Aluwyn the lovely Green Lamia demon girl. This results in much ice cream devoured by Willow & Buffy, and another wonderful issue that leaves me eagerly craving the next issue. The yummy cream would be good too! I think the tale has the good mix of humor, drama, action, mythology & character developments at the good pace with great dialogue!
In addition to those e favorite recurring characters and familiar faces from the TV shows, such as Kennedy, Harmony, Amy, Riley, Clerm, Anya’s ghost and Dhoffryn, I have also liked the characters who were introduced in the comics such as Clive, Julie, Dowling, Aluwyn, Koh, Nadira, Mai, Sophronia, Lovina, Brandt, Anaheed, Billy, Devon, Katie, Sky, Spike’s insectoid crew, Morgan, Giles’s friend Olivia, Riley’s wife Samantha and even Vicky the vampire, but we hope that Warren will not return! That is all for my reviews, so I will turn The Mew over to Mie-sensei for her review of
Elfquest: The Final Quest #8!
Arigato, Becca-chan! I have been a huge fan of Wendy And Richard Pini’s Elfquest comics ever since they were launched in the late 1970s (AD, that is), and I have been like so delighted with their The Final Quest series which is published by Dark Horse Comics! The art is so lavishly gorgeous, the heroes are so endearing the plots are quite fascinating, and there is like a totally awesome mythology and world-building, fur shur! This series has the much emotional drama, thrilling action & interesting developments with the sentimental, humorous, romantic & tragic moments!
Previously in The Final Quest, while Chief Cutter tries to united the diverse elfen tribes of the world, there are many metaphysical discoveries & changes amidst his own tribe, whilst they also contend with an evil human warlord’s conquering army! The changes are welcomed by some elves and not embraced by others, and thus it has been the seriously awkward time for Cutter’s daughter Chief Ember to fall in love and get captured! Were that not enough, at the end of issue #7, Cutter’s wife Leetah transformed her willing sister Shenshen into a human- seriously!
That brings us to issue #8 which was written by Wendy & Richard, illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, edited by Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing with the issue’s graphic design by Tina Alessi It is priced $3.50, and has the uninterrupted, sumptuously colored 20 page tale, plus the 4 pages of comments by the readers & authors, 3 reprinted Elf portraits that Wendy did in the early 1980s, and the page of Sonny’s amusing elf cartoon strip! It might be technically the 9th issue, if you include the 2013 Final Quest Special!
As Shenshen’s friends try to adjust to her new human form, she plans to travel the lands and hope to foster kinder peaceful relations betwixt the human and elves. They are visited by Timmain the lovely elder who can shape shift from her elf form to wolf form, and soon the other elves of the world are telepathically contacted in hopes that they will all convene! This includes the Wave Dancer sea elves, the arctic G-Back tribe, the flora elves, and the spirit folk too! It is mostly a joyful contact, but does not agree with travelers Rayek & Ekuar, who sense the mind of the evil elf Winnowill!
Although the Go-Backs are amidst a frisky wild party, they heed the summoning with half elf / half troll Two-Edge as their guide, to through the underground tunnels to ancient high ones’ palace! Fortunately the warlord Angrif Junn! does not appear in this issue, and the only humans are the merry fishermen who might have caught a glimpse of a Korafay the sea elf girl! Also appearing are Skywise, Savah, Toorah, Clearbrook, Treestump, Pike, Dewshine, Sunstream, Moonshade, Redlance, Nightfall, Newstar, Venka, Dart, Tyleet, Ember, Teir, Reef, Brill, Krill and Petalwing!
There are many other elves too, and one of my many favorite aspects of the art is the totally awesome fashions, such as Leetah’s Green dress, Moonshade’s diaphanous Purple gown, Foam’s shell-like couture, and in Timmain’s long Silvery- White hair! There are two full – page pics and an impressive two – page spread too! This was yet another wonderfully gorgeous issue, to which i will give an “A” as in Savah’s handmaiden Ahdri! As I mentioned earlier, Wendy Pini is also very famous for her stage performances as Sonja, so on that segueing note, I would now like to discuss
Conan Red Sonja #3 of 4!
So like, author Robert E. Howard’s fantasy femme fatale Red Sonja is one of our favorite anti-heroines, who is known as She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes, with the almost peerless combat proficiency, her grumbly cynical attitude, her iconic attire such as the famous sexy scale – mail bikini, and her fiery Red hair which is as Red as the blood of her many defeated enemies, fur shur! Until this mini-series, it had a long time since Sonja and Conan were together in the same comic book, since are no longer published by Marvel, but by Dynamite and Dark Horse respectively!
So we were quite delighted to see those legendary characters together again in this collaborative 4 issue mini-series published by Dynamite and Dark Horse! In issue #1, Sonja and Conan met for the first time when they were both separately hired to steal a royal treasure! However, the treasure was not of precious gems, gold or relics, but the vile, venomous Bloodroot plague seed, which can infest and spread like a wildfire to destroy a whole country! The seeds are coveted by the evil wizard Thoth-Amon, who has been a most infamous recurring villains for Sonja and Conan!
They burned that batch of seriously awful seeds and slew the the wizard’s servant, but that was not the last of the villain or his biological weapon! In issue #2, They meet again six years later, as Sonja & her friend Dark Annisia encountered Conan & his friend Belit, the Queen of the Black Coast! This was a rousing nautical adventure full of swashbuckling, trash talk & dinner conversation, but soon they explored an island that had been ravaged by the Bloodroot, where they battled poor crazed, infected beasts and the villain, who intends to sew more seeds across the world!
So like, that brings us up to issue #3 for yet another reunion several years later! It is priced $3.99 with the cover art by Dan Panosian and the story scripted by Gail Simone and Jim Zub which was pencilled by Randy Green, inked by Rick Ketchum, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered by Richard Starkings and ComiCraft, with the bonus page of Robert E. Howard’s “Two Gun Bob” by Ruth and Jim Keegan! We have enjoyed the honor of meeting Gail, Randy and Rick at the comic book conventions on the mainland! Randy and Rick are fellow North Carolinians, by the way!
This time the barbarians’ reunion occurs in the scorching desert, where a vengeful King has captured Sonja & Conan who slew his son & stole his treasure, but the slayage does not end there, as the King and his gladiators are quickly killed in combat too! Sonja & Conan escape and ride to a rural retreat, where they finally enjoy the more pleasurable roll in the hay, mew la la! Unfortunately, their frisky time is cut short, when Conan contracts the Bloodroot, and the only cure seems to lie in the hands of Thoth-Amon, whose fiendish price is to see Sonja & Conan duel to the death!
I think the tale has all of the proper sword & sorcery ingredients at the good pace, with the dark gallow’s humor, sexy scenes and startling surprises, and the totally awesome character & scenic art full of dynamic poses! The composition and the layout of the panels greatly served the narrative, with several large panels, including 2 great full – page pics and 2 impressive two-page spreads! As if that were not enough, the “Two Gun Bob” strips are splendiferous bonus of Robert E. Howard’s wild-west travelogues, fur shur! That is all for my reviews, and here is Chief Meryl to discuss
Fathom: Kiani Vol. 4 #2!
Arigato! We like The Fathom series which was created by the late artist / author Michael Turner and is published by Aspen Comics! It stars marine biologist Dr. Aspen Matthews who is the supurr heroine with the aquatic powers, who is often caught betwixt the political situations of the land and undersea societies, and has often fought against the villains who seem to either want to start a war or exploit her powers and technology! Kiani is a rebellious dissident of the Blue race who also has supurr powers, but she is a more aggressive warrior who has been Aspen’s enemy!
She is an enemy of certain governments too, but she has recently mellowed, ever since her younger sister Anika was kidnapped, raised & brainwashed & raised by an evil queen to attack the world! Anika has supurr powers too, and attacked he Blue’s city of Muria, but was stopped by her dad and Aspen, whilst Kiani was busy in Russia fighting villains who coveted her supurr powers! Eventually the sisters were reunited in Somalia at the end of the Kiani Vol. 3 mini – series, and Kiani Vol. 4 is the 4 issue mini – series which picks up shortly thereafter!
In Vol. 4 #1 they got reacquainted whilst using their powers to purrovide the grateful poor villagers with fresh water! However, this was not appurreciated by a war mongering US Navy admiral who ordered a purreemptive attack upon the village, in hopes of killing Anika & Kiani who he considers to be enemy warriors! This purroved to be an unwise act which only served to kill innocent folks and to anger the sisters, who retaliated by effortlessly capturing an aircraft carrier! That brings us toissue #2, which is purriced $3.99, and has the 20 page chapter plus the 8 pages of the ads!
The tale was written by Aspen’s editor in chief Vince Hernandez, pencilled by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman, lettered by Josh Reed, edited by Andrea Shea and Frank Mastromauro! It has 3 different covers too choose from: cover A is by Cafaro & Peter Steigerwald, Cover B is by Alex Konat & Peter Steigerwald, and Cover C is by Agnes Garbowska whose pony art we like too! Although Kiani could easily destroy the ship & its crew, she mercifully spares them. This decision purrplexes Anika who has the hotter tempurr, but she does follow her older sister’s example.
However, the mean old Admiral is not so receptive, and orders a retaliatory covert opurration, which involves a secret expurriment that transforms military purrisoners into amphibious supurr monsters! Just one of those scary creatures is too powerful for Kiani or Anika to fight, but I will not further spoil the cliffhanger of issue #2’s alarming plot! I will just add that my favorite aspects of the art include the very luminous colors, the sister’s attire and purretty coiffures such as Kiani’s streaks and Anika’s braids! That will conclude our comic book reviews, so nyow I will begin our
book reviews, with Modern Masters Vol. 30: Paolo Rivera!
TwoMorrows Publishing http://www.twomorrows.com publishes the supurrb books and magazines about comics and art, such as Kirby Collector, Back issue Alter Ego and the Modern Masters series! Their home is here in North Carolina too, on the mainland in Raleigh! We reviewed the Modern Masters Vol. 29: Cliff Chiang in the March 2014 Mew, and the book Don Heck A Work of Art in the September 2014 Mew! The Modern Masters series is edited by our friend Eric Nolen-Weathington who was our guest for the September 2010 Mew!
We have eagerly awaitied this book about comic book artist Paolo Rivera! The very thorough, fun 8.5″ x 11″ trade papurrback is purriced $15.95 in the USA, with tPaolo Rivera’s lovely full color front cover painting of The Fantastic Four at the beach! The books 120 pages include the extensive intermew and well over 150 illustrations including the 8 color pages! The images include the many designs, purreliminary sketches, studies, tone guides, pencilled and inked art, comics pages, paintings, different stages & photos of his great sculptures!
The book was edited & designed by Eric, whose intermews with Paolo were transcribed by Jon Knutson & Eric; the front cover design is by April Rivera, and the very fond introduction is by R. Kikuo Johnson who was a college classmate & roommate of Paolo! Part 1 looks at Paolo’s early life with artistic purrents who owned the art & framing & shop in Orlando Florida; his high school education and his years at the Rhode island School of Design! Part 2 pertains to his early purrofessional work, and Part 3 focuses mostly upon his Spider-Man & Captain America art!
Part 4 continues the tour of his career, especially his his lavish Daredevil tales, and Part 5 examines his brilliant creative and storytelling purrocess! Those chapters are peppurred with the wealth of illustrations, and if that were not enough, after that is a 47 page gallery section, which includes over 25 full – page pics and a couple of two-page spurreads! The illustrations include Spider-Man, Mary Jane, the Sandman, Venom, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Doom, The Kingpin, Daredevil, The Punisher, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, The Hulk, Iron Man, The Black Widow…
… Captain America, The Red Skull, The Mole Man, Klaw, The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, The Green Hornet, The Tick, Hellboy, Miracleman, Madman, Mythos, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Panthro, Voltron, Evil Dead, The Walking Dead and The Lord of the Rings art! I purrticularly like his cityscapes, subterranean scenes, the wedding invitation, Mary Jane turnarounds, the White Queen and Winter Soldier paintings! It is such an informative, entertaining and beautiful book! For our next book review, here is Bunnibuns to tell us about
Dragonbreath vol. 10: Knight-Napped!
Arigato! Artist / author Ursula Vernon http://www.ursulavernon.com was our our special guest for the May 2009 Mew, and she is known her beautiful wildlife, anthropomorphic & fantasy art, her famous web comic Digger, her Nurk & Dragonbreath storybooks! She and her husband reside in the town of Pittsboro, which is the few hours from here on the mainland! The Dragonbreath series chronicles the adventures of Danny Dragonbreath the dragon boy, his best friend Wendell the iguana, Christiana the Crested Lizard girl, their classmates & relatives of the various species!
They have investigated the strange situations such as the ghosts, faeries, the bat monster, horned bunnies, ninja frogs, and the were-weiner! For our review of Dragonbreath vol. 9: The Case of the Toxic Mutants, please see the September 2013 Mew! These books are illustrated widdle hardcovers published by Penguin Books’ Dial imprint, and some are also available in the paperback! In the 10th book, after a pigeon brings a note from his kidnapped cousin Spencer, Danny and his friends try to rescue him from the knights of Castle Wanderpool before he is slain in their arena!
The 204 page book measures 5 5/8″ x 7 1/4″, it is priced $12.99 US & $13.99 Canada, and has over 175 delightful two – color illustrations, including many small pics, half – page pics, 10 full – page pics, and a two-page spreads! The book was designed by Jennifer Kelly, with the text font of Stempel Schneider! Danny, Wendell, Christiana & Fluffy the pigeon have to take the bus rides to get to the castle which was built by Christiana’s ancestors, and claim to be selling Lizard Scout Cookies to enter the place, but the knights do not fall for the ruse and send the kids to the dungeon!
Christiana gets preferential treatment, but Danny & Wendell have to escape the dungeon, brave the icky moat, and clime the tall tower to find Spencer, whilst trying to avoid the six knights who have convened to see the traditional duel, although all is not quite as it seems! I should not spoil the plot much further, but I will mention that also briefly appearing in the book are Big Eddy the Komodo Dragon at school and Danny’s pretty Mom at home! It is a beautiful, captivating and whimsically fun tale which I will give the high praise! Now for my next book report, I would like to discuss
Star Wars Art: Posters!
This is one of our favorite books of 2014! Published in 2014 by Abrams, this beautiful 12 3/4″ x 10 3/4″ x 7/8″ hardcover book is a magnificent gallery of iconic Star Wars poster art, from the early art done in 1975 to promotional cards for 2014’s Rebels series! It is priced at $40 USA, $45 Canada and £25.00 UK. It has over 130 plates by over 50 artists on the 180 pages which are sammiched betwixt the front case art by Tom Jung and the back case art by Robert Hunt, with the front jacket art and forward by Drew Struzan and the back jacket art and introduction by Roger Kastel!
This collection presents the art for posters, sans the type & logos for the most part, such as the theatrical one-sheets, Ewok movies, Clone Wars, radio drama, video games, retail premiums, limited edition prints, fan club & convention exclusives! It does not include every bit of Star Wars poster art; for example you won’t see the 1976 or 1977 teaser posters, the 1978 birthday poser, the Dan Goozee, Philippe Druilet, or the Clone Wars Magazine’s posters, but there is so much beautiful imagery, with many full page plates, two – page spreads, gatefolds and close – up details!
It his full of finished illustrations, treatments, concept sketches & roughs including magnificent illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie, Drew Struzan, Tom Jung; several exquisite images by John Berkey, Amy Beth Christenson, Roger Kastel, Olly Moss, Del Nichols, Noriyoshi Ohrai, Dave Perillo, Kazuhiko Sano, Tyler Stout, Steve Thomas, the Cartoon Network Studios and Lucasfilm Animation! There are superb works by Kia Asamiya, John Alvin, Boris Vallejo, Randy Berrett, John Blas, William Brent, Renato Casaro, Tom Chantrell, Howard Chayken, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes…
... Joe Corroney, Mark Daniels, Craig Drake, Witold Dybowski, Cris Grimley, Tomer Hanuka, Louis C. Hebert, Tibor Helenyi, Rob Jones, Rich Kelly, Dave Kinsey, Mike Kungl, Ellen Lee, Manuel Sanjulian, David McMacken, Michelangelo Papuzza, Tim Reamer, Brian Rood, Mike Sadd, Tsuneo Sanda, Robert Silvers, Eojtek Suidmak, Todd Slater, John Solie, Mark Steele, Frank Stockton, Steve Thomas, Tom Whalen and Charles White III! I will give the big, beautiful book the grade of an “A” as in Ahsoka! That will conclude our book reviews, so now here is Petra to present the latest
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art!
Arigato, nya! For those who are here for the first time, art galleries 1-7 display illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst guest art galleries 1-3 display images by other folks with their purrrrmissions, and Mike’s collaborations with other artists are displayed throughout the various galleries, nya! On the web site, in any of those galleries, the most recent images are repurrsented by the lowermost row of small, cropped “thumbnail” – size portions of the images, and you have to click on one in order to see the uncropped, full – size version of the pic, nya!
She wears the sexy Dark Red maillot to match her eyes, horns, tail & wings, and although she appurrs to be in her mid 20’s, she is actually centuries older, nya! Nairi recently moved to our island to be a reserve police officer, rescue team volunteer, and a clerk at Nyo-sensei’s magick shop, where her expurrtise of the magick, myths, antiques & history are of the great help, nya!
Also in Guest Gallery 3 is our unveiling of the beautiful illustration of “Heaven” by Doug Chapman of Dragons Entwined Studio http://dragonsentwined.wordpress.com, nya! We were so happy to see him and his wife Neesa again at WhatTheHell?! Con last month, nya! Heaven is a character in their steam adventure fantasy tale of the Pirates of Tezomea at http://freetezomea.com, nya!
She is a purrecognitive fortune teller, who the pirates’ airship Heaven’s Blessing is named after, nya! Purrhaps y’all have already seen the illustrations of her more fiercely muscular sister Yara, nya? Heaven is a lovely fair – skinned catgirl wearing the bandana & ruffled skirt with the boots, belt, jewelry, the frilly short blouse and the vest that reveal her tautly – toned tummy, nya!
Nextly in Guest Gallery 3 is the fan art of “Catgirl Nuku Nuku” by Lumshock http://lumshock.deviantart.com, nya! Nuku Nuku is the nickname of Atsuko the supurr powerful gynoid built with the brain of the poor dying injured cat found on Christmas Eve by the scientist Kyusaku Natsume to become the purrotective sister for his son Ryunosuke who was purrsued by the dangerous villains, nya!
She first appurred in the Bannou Bunka Nekomasume manga in 1990 by Yuzo Takada, then in the All Purrpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku anime mini-series in 1992, which was followed in 1998 by the anime TV series and the alternate-reality Nuku Nuku Dash mini-series, nya! Lumshock used the Pokemon Art Academy media for the Nintendo 3DS to render this image in March 2015, nya!
In Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html we are delighted to debut Mike’s pic of the Star Wars – inspired Orange Tabby “Impurrial Neko Troopurr”, nya! This is Mike’s 2nd pic of a catgirl troopurr, and it is a re-creation of a sketch drawn at WhatTheHell?! Con, nya! This was done with the pencils, Sakura Micron pens, Copic markers, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse, nya!
The design of the armor is intended to augment the feline grace & hunting purrowess of the femme fatale, who is armed with the blaster pistol & Pink Light Saber, nya! Attached to her belt are the cans of Naboo Abyss Fish treats and a thermos full of Blue Milk, nya! Fortunately the armor does not ride up on the tail, and much of the armor can detach in case she needs the bikini mode, nya!
Nyext in Gallery 7 is Mike’s illustration of “She’s A Juke Box Neko”, nya! It is a variation of a pic that he sketched at the con nya! The purrior version was illustrated with the pencil, pens & markers, but this version was done with Photoshop CS2 & the mouse, nya! She is wearing the Navy Blue dress & glasses with the Red heels & jewelry whilst purrched upon the Purrlitzer juke box, nya!
Then to Gallery 7 we have Mike’s pic of a “Raver Kitten”, nya! Inked with Sakura Micron pens, this drawing is a re-creation of another sketch that Mike drew at the con, nya! The nekomimi of the cybergothy style is the festively furry flurry of dreads, bangles, rings, fishnets, glow sticks, the fluffy leg warmers and the tiered tutu as she dances to the “oonse oonse oonse oonse” mewsic, nya!
Nextly for this month’s additions, we have unveiled mike’s pic of the “Mid-Fielder” in Gallery 7, nya! As y’all see in the sporty illustration, much discipline & concentration are a purrerequisite for the athletes of the island’s Yarn Ball Lacrosse League, lest the game become unraveled across the field, nya! Mike used the pencil, Micron pens, Photoshop CS2 & the mouse, nya!
Finally into Gallery 7, we have added Mike’s cemetery scene of “Bille And The Baron”, based upon our friend Sharon Williams’s serialized purrose, fantasy tale of the “Legacy of the Gods”, which purrtains to Billie the athletic teen heroine and her friends who are aided by the Yoruba Gods, whilst purrsued in New Orleans by evil Baron Samedi, nya! Sharon was our guest for the November 2014 Mew, and y’all can read “Legacy of the Gods” thus far at her DeviantArt Gallery http://rose74.deviantart.com, nya! So, what do y’all think of the art, nya?
I think Lumshock purrfectly captured Nuku Nuku’s portraiture, her joyful dispurrsition and her “rooster – tailed” coiffure!
The pic of Nairi purrfectly captures her purrtrature, her Light Mauve hair and her purrlescent, Ecru – colored skin tone!
Hai. It also purrfectly captures the purropurrtions of her height, weight, measurements, wingspan and long swishy tail.
Heaven is flouncier than her muscularly ripped, sister, but she has firm abs, the large wild tail and confident expurression!
She is the very pleased and wistful dispurrsition, and the lovely ruffled outfit accessorized by the rings and the strands!
The Impurrial Cat Troopurr seems to be the mysterious, fierce huntress with the firm abs and tail of the lovely tabby breed!
Nyow I am craving the Blue Milk and – and the Naboo fishy treats, but I hope that I can wait until the AfterMew Luau, nya!
The Juke Box Neko pic is so colorful from the flower & strappy sandals, to the low – cut dress & the multi – colored juke box!
I like the detail of the Raver Kitten’s fishnets, which might not catch any fish, but they will capture the attention at the dance!
I hope the athlete does not pounce or nibble upon the tempting yarn ball, and get a Yellow Penalty Card from the referee!
Legacy of the Gods is the further example of Sharon’s great knack for writing about the very likable young heroines, nya!
Hai I also like the stars of her Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer, Okami No Hime, and Sirius tales!
We are so fortunate to have a mewseum full of so much pretty art by so many talented friends!
Yep, yep we sure are! Ah, Petra, thank you for presenting the latest additions to the galleries!
Doitashimaste nya! That will conclude the mewseum topic, but here is Nya-sensei again with
the toys portion of The Mew, with her review of the
Kuroku Shirai Maid Version 1/6 scale figure, nya!
Arigato! At the con we purrchased a lovely purre-painted figure of Kuroko Shirai, who is a purrotagonist in the Japanese manga and anime of A Certain Magical Index, and its spin – off of A Certain Scientific Railgun, which purrtain to the about the academy of students who are the espurrs with the supurr powers! She has the telepurrtation power and the crush upon her classmate Mikoto! The 9.25″ tall figure in the maid costume upon the .5″ transpurrent base is made of PVC & ABS, and it is among the 4-Leaves line of bishoujo figures made by Kotobukiya!
She has the big smile and the Brown eyes in the peppy, winking expurression, with the Brown hair in the twin – tailed coiffure, accented by the two Red bows as she gracefully poses standing upon her right leg, as if she is skipping merrily! Her maid costume is compurrised of the short Black dress with the skirt, ruffles, panty, garter belts, shiny shoes, and the White apurron, cuffs, thigh – high hose and the frilly head wear! The character is supposedly 5′ tall, so the scale seems to be accurate, and I think that she is beautifully designed, sculpted and painted!
There is meticulous detail of her lofty hair strands, her eyes, the purretty portraiture, the layered frills and ruffles, the laces in the back, the shine of the shoes, and her purrt, slim physique! She is nicely packaged too, within the clear plastic clamshell container inside the outer Green 11 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ x 6 5/8″ window box, with the large photo of her on the back! I am very pleased with the figure, and I have found the purrfect spot to display her upon the shelves with the rest of my collection! Nyow for more of the toy talk, here is Jennyjen to discuss the–
Transformers Robots in Disguise Strongarm warrior class action figure, nya!
Arigato. Several of us collect action figures & statues of Hasbro’s female Transformers such as Arcee, Chromia, Elita One & Blackarachnia, especially the versions from the comics and animation which we purrfur to the live – action movies. For our reviews of the Generations Arcee and Chromia figures, please see the February 2015 Mew, and for our review of the Windblade figure, please see the November 2014 Mew. Thus I am pleased that this year’s Transformers” Robots in Disguise animated TV series will include Stongarm amongst Bumblebee’s heroic Autobots team.
Strongarm is a powerful, serious heroine who can transform into the Police SUV. She has the Silver face, Black body with the Blue & White car parts, Yellow maedate – like crest on her helmet and Red emblem. In the cartoon she is voiced by the lovely, purrolific actress Constance Zimmer. There are a few action figures of Strongarm in different sizes or “classes”, and this Warrior – class size figure of her stands appurroximately 5″ tall in her impurressive bipedal robot mode, and she is accessorized by the Black blaster carbine rifle which will easily, snugly attach to either hand.
She is efficiently packaged in the clear plastic clamshell upon the card, with the very simple graphic instructions on the back of the card. Her transformational purrocess from robot mode to vehicle – and back again- is a mere 8 steps each way. Another feature of the toy is the Transformers Robots in Disguise Live App for use with the iPad, IPhone, IPod Touch and certain Android devices to play an online game which I have not yet attempted to use. In her robot mode, Strongarm is very posable and well – balanced to easily stand unassisted in numerous dynamic poses.
The articulation is in her neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees & ankles, with turning forearms & thighs. Her neck, shoulders and hips are ball – jointed for a great range of abduction. The spinning SUV wheels are upon her calves & uppurr arms, whilst the shinged car roof & doors are behind her waist. The riffle has pegs on the bottom, left and right sides which fit into the slots on her hands, allowing the weapon to pivot in many directions. I think she is nicely designed, meticulously sculpted and purrcisely painted, and for more information about Strongarm, I will recommend her page at the Transformers Wiki http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Strongarm_(RID). Nextly I would like to say the few words about the-
Magic The Gathering Legacy Collection Nissa Revane action figure
Magic The Gathering is the extremely successful, popular collectible card game series published by Wizards of the Coast, which is owned by Hasbro and features the exquisite illustrations of the many fantasy genre characters, critters, environments, items and abilities. That includes several catgirls too, as mentioned In our December 2013 Mew’s Spotlight. While the magickal elven female planeswalker character Nissa Revane is not a catgirl, she does have quite lovely long, supple ear pinna, and seems quite well – suited for the adventures in the lush forests and jungles.
Nissa appurred in the Magic The Gathering Duel of the Planeswalker video game; her card was beautifully illustrated by Jaime Jones for the game’s Zendikar set in 2009; and nyow she is the 4th of 6 action figures in Series One of the Magic The Gathering Legacy Collection, along with Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, Ajani Goldmane, Jace Beleren, and Garruk Wildspeaker, which were made in 2014 by Gentle Giant Studios & Funko. Packaged in the window box with gorgeous illustration upon the back are 6 1/2″ tall plastic & vinyl figure accessorized with her 6 1/8″ tall staff
Nissa has the lean, lithe physique with shoulder – length Brown hair. solid Green eye sclera, Black eye lashes & brows, Plum colored lips, and light Tan skin with the exotic Light Brown markings on her face, uppurr arms, sides and tummy. I am uncertain of the figure’s scale as I do not know the character’s supposed height, but she seems nicely purroportioned. The articulation is in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, sternum, hips, knees and ankles; her neck, sternum and hips are ball – jointed for an ample range of abduction; and her uppurr arms, thighs & ankles can turn.
She wears the Light Green bare – midriff top with detached short sleeves, and the matching thigh – length, sarong – like skirt worn low upon the hips. This is accessorized by matching boots with padded knees & Black soles; fingerless Brown gloves, an Olive – colored sash knotted in the front, and the Dark Green, calf – length cape with the high collar. The hair, cape, collar, sleeves, skirt & sash are made of softer, flexible vinyl. The pointed staff resembles twined wood & vines which can be gripped by either hand, although her right hand is more appurropurriately clenched.
I think that she is well designed, balanced, sculpted & painted with pleasing details from the texture of her hair, the clothing folds, creases, lacings & drapurry, to her inny belly button, the fine gold chain in her hair, and the silvery studs of her garments. For more information about NIssa her page at the Magic The Gathering Salvation Wiki http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Nissa_Revane. That will conclude the toy reviews, and nyow I will turn The Mew over to Ilyana for this month’s
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight.
Hai! Since our October 2009 Mew, we have devoted this portion of The Mew to honor the famous catgirl characters of the movies, TV shows, comics literature, internet, games and the toys from the past eight decades around the workd! Our broadly – inclusive, purrogressive criteria has ranged from those nekomimis who actually have feline the DNA, including were – kitties, anthropurmorphic feline females, those who just dress the part, the kindred spirits of the wild jungle girls, and those who have the cat-titude or style to be considered as “honorary” catgirls!
We have also included very notable catgirl, kemonomimi & furry fantasy artists, authors, web sites and publications, too! This month we wish to westwardly aim the spotlight towards Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, which is an animated musical comedy TV show for the widdle purreschool kitties, which purremiered in January 2014 upon the Disney Junior channel! The series is set in the town of Nice And Friendly Corners, which is populated by anthropurmorphic characters, such as the purrky titular Sheriff! Callie who is the Calico catgirl voiced by Mandy Moore!
She wears the Brown top, Blue jeans, Gold buckle, badge, the Pink stetson, kerchief and boots, with the lasso, guitar, a horse named Sparky, and her deputy Peck the woodpecker whose best friend Toby is a cactus! Calie has cute expurressions such as “What in the Whiskers?” and “Sweet Sassafras!”! There does not seem to be a great deal of Sheriff Callie merchandise yet, but I do have the fun widdle activity book with the stickers! That will conclude the Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, and nyow I will start the
event reports portion of The Mew,
with a report on the Oak City Comics Show!
The Oak City Comics Show http://oakcitycomicshow.com was a one – day con on chilly, drizzly Sunday March 1st, on the mainland at the North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh, sponsored & staffed by the nice folks of Ultimate Comics http://www.ultimatecomics.com which is a great comics shop about half an hour from there in Chapel Hill! They also put on an impurressive shindig for Free Comic Book Day http://www.freecomicbookday.com at their shop in May, and they also purroduce the NC ComiCon http://www.nccomicon.com at the Durham Convention Center in November!
For our review of last year’s NC ComiCon, please see our December 2014 Mew! The hotel was very easy to drive to with plenty of the free parking, and the Oak City Comics Show’s was in the ballrooms which opened up to form one big room, plus the outer commons area and a nearby conference room. At 7 am the dealers, artists, guests & groups began to set up their tables or booths, and the con opened to the public at 10 am. Admission was just $5, but the first 200 cosplayers got in for free, and soon the place was festively bustling with fans of all ages, ethnicities & genders!
Past guests of The Mew such as ob1, Pacozord & Chef Ron were among the many dealers there who sold comic books, toys, collectibles, costume items, jewelry, memorabilia, art & supplies! I got some suppurr deals on some Avengers back issues starring Tigra! The guests included artists & authors such as Tommy Lee Edwards, Richard Case, John Van Fleet, Jeremy Whitley, Brockton McKinny, Kelly yates, Dave Mettam, Chris Giarusso, and Daniel Way; plus actors Addy Miller & Amber Dawn Fox of The Walking Dead TV series; and legendary wrestling supurrstar Mick Foley!
Foley’s Meet ‘n greet was scheduled from noon until 2 pm, but he stayed later to meet everyone in the queue! The cosplay panel also started at noon, with hosts Britni McNeill, Sara Robinson and Spider Rick! You know, in Guest Gallery 2 of our Mewseum we have a fabulous photo of Britni as Marvel Comics’ Black Cat, a delightful drawing of anime characters Kiki & Jiji by Richard Case, and the two wonderful watercolor paintings by Tommy Lee Edward’s daughter Scarlett! Then At 1 pm Matthew Connor moderated the author panel with Harold Sipe, Dale Mettam & Jeremy Whitley!
Jeremy is who Vonny mentioned in her review of the Princelesscomics! He has also written the pony comics too! At 2 pm, our journalist friend Zack Smith moderated The Walking Dead panel with Addy Miller who purrtrayed the “little girl zombie” and Amber Dawn Fox who purrtrayed Officer Bello on TV! Kip Scrambler hosted the costume contest, and the many adult and kid cosplayers repurresented characters of Disney, Marvel, DC, The Muppets, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Studio Ghibli, Sailor Moon, Dragonball, Pokemon, Adventure Time, Mass Effect…
… Halo, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, Homestuck, Hunger Games and other movie, TV, game and comics characters; plus the few catgirls, bunnies, faeries, zombies and folks in the steam punk and medieval attire! There was also a fan – made TARDIS replica in the corner, and a Jurassic Park jeep parked out front! At 3 pm, Ben Bolling moderated the Comics Creators’ panel with the trio of Tommy, Richard and John! There were purrize drawings at every panel, an art contest, and then at 4 pm Brett Parks and Zack hosted the toy collecting topic to top off the day’s panels!
Over 1500 people later, the show ended at 5 pm Our friend Sparky (another past guest of The Mew) arrived to help Mike, ob1, Pacozord & Chef Ron to pack up, and then we adjourned for the tasty suppurr before the caravan back to home where I had the catnap to conclude the damp and nippy but fun day! We had the great time at the Oak City Comics Show, I am looking look forward to the next one in August, and wish to thank the kind con staff, volunteers, guests, artists, dealers, the hotel staff and friendly fellow fans who made it all happen! Nyow here is Mike to present his
WhatTheHell?! Con 2015 report!
Thanks Ilyana! WhatTheHell?! Con is a free little convention at lovely Guilford College in Greensboro NC, sponsored by the nice folks of the Guilford College Yachting Club! I think the con started in maybe 2001 or 2002; I’ve attended for the past 9 years and I’ve been honored to be one of the guests there since 2008! This year it was held on the sunny clear warmer weekend of Friday – Sunday March 6-8, 2015, with the registration desk, artists, dance & auction in the Dana building; with the dealers, videos, gaming & presentations were in the Duke building.
Because the con’s web site had not been updated in a few years, and there was so little information on social media such as Facebook or in emails, many folks were rather curious about all of the dealers & guests would be there, which we didn’t find out until after the con set-up began at 5 pm that Friday. Friday evening’s activities ran from 6 to 10 pm including the dealers room, art room, anime and bad movie screenings, card, board and video games, randomly determined door prizes at the registration desk, and a presentation in Duke’s Leak Room.
This years guests included the Knights of European Medieval Arts of Arms (EMMA) medieval stage combat group, the Flaming Fairies fire dancing / juggling troupe, photographer / game designer / Yachting Club founder JR Blackwell, her husband writer/ artist / podcaster / Jared Axelrod, RPG designer Jason Morningstar, and our friend storybook / web comics artist / author Ursula Vernon; with Meesha DJ Walker http://www.sanjuuishi.deviantart.com and I as the two Artist Guests. There is some lovely art by Meesha and Ursula in our museum, by the way!
The dealers, many who are also great artists themselves included Casey Oliver / The Crochet Cheshire selling her lovely crocheted items, Amanda Boughman / Comfy & Cute selling her excellent items, Suzanne Farmer / Mythkin Maille selling her exquisite chain mail items, Holly Tillman / Whimzical Whiskers selling her adorable plushies & trinkets, Keith Branch / Gorgeous Chains selling his awesome chain mail fashion accessories, Chance Palmer / Unique Creations selling beautiful jewelry, and Paul Price with some great deals on comics and games!
There were also lacrosse matches going on all weekend at the field across the street from Dana, but those weren’t part of the con programming! The con resumed on Saturday at 10 am, and the con staff brought us sammiches for lunch around 2 pm! Saturday’s daytime activities included more videos, gaming, authors’ presentations, an Iron Chef contest, and the EMMA performance. After dark were the Flaming Fairies’ outdoor performance, the Geek Auction for charity in Dana’s auditorium, and then a dance in the lobby until the con shut down at 11 pm.
That auditorium is allegedly haunted, and although we didn’t see any ghosts, we were visited by our friend Nikki Lemonade, who was one of our guests of the November 2008 Mew! Sadly Nikki, Ursula, Neesa & Doug didn’t have tables there this year., and there weren’t as many cosplayers this year, but Casey and Holly were among six catgirl cosplayers we sighted, Suzanne was a Skyrim warrior for the auction, and we were also delighted to see Spider-Girl, Deadpool, the 10th Doctor, Capt. Jack Harkness, a Starfleet officer, 2 foxes and a Sand Worm!
The con serenely resumed on Sunday at 10 am with even fewer people in attendance, but it was a nicely relaxed day that got up to 68 sunny degrees, and maybe the warmest WTH Con since 2011! I mainly sketched & chatted with friends, barely finishing another sketch before we had to pack up & vacate the buildings by 2 pm! I would like to thank the con staff, the dealers, attendees campus security, and my fellow guests who made it yet another pleasant little event, and I hope to be there for my 10th time next year! Ah, next I’d like to say a bit about
the March 26th Tannahill Weavers Concert!
The Tannahil Weavers http://tannahillweavers.com are a terrific traditional band from Paisley, Scotland and are named after the poet Robert Tannahill. They formed in 1976 and their roster has changed over the years, but the quartet currently includes original members Roy Guillane on guitar, lead vocals and storytelling; and Phil Smillie on flute, whistle, bodhran and backing vocals! Also in the band were John Martin on the fiddle, and their newest member Loren MacDdougall on the highland pipes and other wind instruments!
The concert was on the beautiful Thursday, March 26th at 8 pm in the delightful Underground Theatre of the wonderful Community Arts Cafe http://communityartscafe.com in Winston Salem, NC, and sponsored by the Fiddle & Bow Society http://www.fiddleandbow.org which is a group dedicated to promotion & preservation of folk music , dance & other arts. This was the third time I’d seen the band, although our friend Kaiser has seen them many times! He’s been a guest music critic here at The Mew, and has all of their records!
After a pleasant road trip we arrived in downtown Winston-Salem and easily found the Cafe on Fourth Street, with ample close parking and lots of nearby restaurants, galleries, and some beautiful architecture. The Community Arts Cafe is a gorgeous place full of friendly people, with a pretty atrium leading to the downstairs Underground Theatre, which is a very neat intimate venue! We walked around for a bit, met a couple of other friends and got our tickets at the door 6 pm. The tickets cost just $18.00, or $16.00 for members!
We ordered some beverages and food from the cafe, and after the band finished their sound check, we were able to go into the theatre, where we got a table for the four of us on front row center, just a few feet from the stage! The show quickly sold out, and soon the nice waiter brought our order of delicious cafe nachos and sweet potato quesadillas! Later we got the burgers, and all of the food was quite delicious; and then after the enthused audience was greeted by the sponsor, the Tannahill Weavers stepped on to the stage!
The music was brilliant, laced with the amusing jokes and tales, a few songs with the audience joining in the chorus, with an intermission for us to get drink refills, and an encore after the 2nd half of the show. After the great show, the band mingled with fans and posed for a few photos in the lobby, where tee shirts and CDs were being sold. After we left the theatre, a bunch of us had a good time congregating on the sidewalk to chit chat a while to top off the beautiful, warm vernal evening before it was time to drive back home! We put plenty of milage on the cars that week, because the following night we caravanned across the state to Charlotte to attend the
Mad Monster Party 2015!
Hai! The Mad Monster Party http://madmonster.com is a horror / science fiction convention in its 4th year! This year it was held on March 27-29 at the Sheratin Charlotte Hotel near the downtown’s convention center! The con occupied the Symphony, Mecklenburg, Governors & Carolina ballrooms!
Hai. There was a gorgeous, talking replica of Knightrider’s K.I.T.T. car parked by the entrance, and the magnificent replica of the 1966 Batmobile on display in the foyer. Speaking of the 1966 Batmobile, actors Adam West and Burt Ward were among the many guests.
Our friend ob1 got the autographed photo of Mr. West! Our friend Cheralyn Lambeth who was our June 2009 guest was there cosplaying as Robin! She was also helping at the purranormal society’s table. She has written the books purrtaining to the haunts and she is the inspurrational, purrofessional costumer too!
Yep it was so nice to see Cheralyn and other friends there! In our museum we have a lovely photo of her cosplaying Purrincess Leia! I got to chat with Raleigh’s very own TV horror host Ormon Grimsby, actors such as Alan Oppenheimer, William Forsythe and Vernon Wells, and actor / make-up maestro Tom Savini!
The many cosplayers ranged from the supurr heroes, villains & zombies to the to the spiffy fun goth, metal & punk attire, nya! You could even get made up there to look like the gross zombie, and there were dealers that sold the purrosthetics, purrops, fangs & contact lenses, nya!
The guests also included Peter Criss, Danny Trejo, Amanda Bearse, Chris Sarandon, Tobin Bell, Doug Bradley, Tim Cappello, Art Evans, Charles Fleischer, Stephen Geoffreys, Naomi Grossman, Sid Haig, Gunnar Hansen, Ace Von Johnson, Bill Johnson, Steve Johnson, Lynn Lowry, Chrstine McCorkindale, The Murderdolls, Ogre…
… William Ragsdale, Steve Railsback, John Russo, Jonathan Stark, Alex Vincent, Dick Warlock and Wednesday 13! The musical entertainment included the “scaraoke” and the concerts by the various bands! I especially liked the performance by The Kilted Creature, who played the bagpipes upon the stage in the exhibitors’ hall!
There seemed to be over 75 dealers there also selling the posters, comics, books, videos, mewsic, toys & collectibles, nya! That included several groups and organizations repurresented, such as the various studios, clubs, cons, galleries, services, local movie purroductions, and con store’s booth even had ghost pepper treats, nya!
There were exquisitely custom – framed works of art, signed celebrity photos, movie posters, art prints, statues, sculptures, and the wonderful Halloween Museum display too! Among my purchases, I was very pleased to buy The Art Of Morgan Wilson 2015 Wall Calendar, which is full of the beautiful, sexy, fantasy illustrations!
There were lots of activities which started at 6:30 pm that Friday night, such as the Fory Tribute, Mad Monsters of Rock, horror trivia, the horror burlesque; and the weekend’s schedule included the Batman panel, Fright Night panel, Killer Roles, Leatherface, Child’s Play, and the Voice Actors!
Hai hai the con schedule included the question & answer sessions with several of the guests, the photo oppurrtinities, the costume contest, the charity auction, the Miss Mad Monster Pageant, the drinking game, the contests and purrizes! Ob1 won the free tee shirt for playing the fun game!
We were not able to be there for all three days, because we had to caravan back to the island, although the fun weekend did not end with the con, as we got home in time to order the Chinese food for suppurr and to watch Wrestlemania on TV! I purrticularly liked the divas’ tag team match with Page & A.J. vs Nikki & Brie Bella!
Hai it was fun to watch and I was amused by the confrontation with Stephanie and Triple H against Ronda Rosey and The Rock! It was the busy night for Triple H with his DX friends who fought Sting and the NWO group! It was an especially successful event for The Big Show, Daniel Bryant John Cena and Seth Rollins!
I like the entrance music themes for A.J., Stephanie and Bray, and that song by Skyler Grey between the matches… but I think we have stray – catted off of the monster topic! I hope to go to the con again to see the–
BLURRY CHOCOLATE ANGLE MOTH, NYA!
(the distracted catgirl with her camera phone scampurrs after the insect)
The Cat Lady Sings…
There she goes again, heehee!
The Macaria transitaria is an interesting moth!
Well, it is almost time for the AfterMew Luau! Itadakimasu!
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
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We are so glad that y’all could purrticipate!
We wish to thank Rebecca, Dug and Lumshock for the art, nya!
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(returning) I am back- gomenasai, nya! I was distracted by the nature study, nya!
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