Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purroudly purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The October 2017 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
In this edition of The Mew, we discuss:
what we’ve been up to since the purrior Mew
including the 36th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival
The Lightning Round topic:
our semi annual DVD wish list
TV, DVD & movie mewsings:
Star Trek: Discovery purremier epurrsode
Doctor Who Season Ten Part Two DVD
Black Sails The Complete Fourth Season DVD
Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 3 DVD
Collectibles & Toy Talk:
Star Wars: The Black Series action figure #42: Hera Syndulla
Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class Windblade & Scorchfire
Marvel Legends A-Force action figures boxed set
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: The Elements of Harmony vol. 2
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #58
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #5
My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel #4
More Comic Book & Manga Mewsings:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 #10
Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City vol. 2 #3
12 Beast vol. 5
Flying Witch vol. 3
Today’s Cerberus vol. 5
School-Live vol. 8
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight:
more catgirls at DeviantArt
Art Book & Calendar Reviews:
Dragon Witches: The Art of Nene Thomas 2018 Calendar
The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist
additions to The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
“Holo” fan art, “Dragon Mother” & “Desert Fox” by Rebecca Brogden
Cat People’s “Irene” fan art by Jamie Robertson
“Aja” orisha goddess art by Mike
“Oshun” orisha goddess art by Mike
… and our favorite recent seafood images, nya!
(wearing Carolina Panthers shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, Nike Air trainers and a Catgirl Island baseball cap) Aloha Y’all! Today’s Mew comes from lovely Lake Neko at Catgirl Island in Mew Hanover County, where it’s 84 degrees by the crystal clear water under a Blue sky full of puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
(the catgirl wearing the Jaguar purrint purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing the Cheetah purrint ring-closure bikini) Hi Hi, nya!
(the bunny girl in the Panther purrint side-tie bikini & sarong) Guten Tag!
(the catgirl in the Siberian Tiger purrint shorts & cropped tank top) Howdy!
(Nyanko’s twin sister in the Bengal Tiger purrint suspender maillot) Howdy!
(the kitsune fox girl wearing the Snow Leopurrd purrint trikini) Konbanwa!
(the catgirl in the Ocelot purrint micro bikini & sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.
(the catgirl wearing the Fishing Cat purrint, twisty bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!
(Yvonne’s younger sister wearing the Iriomote Cat purrint tankini) Namaste, nya!
(the nekomimi gynoid wife wearing the Serval purrint tanga – style bikini) Aloha!
(Becca’s wife catgirl wearing the Iberian Lynx purrint, fundoshi – style bikini) Hola!
Purrk Ranger B.B.:
(the catgirl wearing the Asiatic Lion – colored crocheted bikini) G’day!
(the faerie in the Puma purrint criss-crossed halter-neck bikini) Mellow Greetings!
(the catgirl wearing Sand Cat Purrint shorts & knotted sleeveless top) Whassup?
So what have y’all been up to last month’s Mew?
We had a wonderful celebration of the Autumnal Equinox at my magic shop, with the ceremony, the discounts, treats and activities. This time it was extra special with my entire family there to help and we got to see the baby sea turtles hatch!
Hai hai the Equinox was quite the festive poignant event and we are cheering for the turtles! Aside from helping with that and attendong some of the other local events, I have been mostly coaching and training at my dojo and at the gym!
It has been quite festive with the Equinox, Children’s Day, Health & Sports Day, Teachers Day, the Opal Matsuri the Calendula Purrade, and the spooky but athletic and educational nocturnal nature orienteering in the maritime forest!
I have been volunteering at the food bank, purrcussing with my drumming circle, and my charters have reeled in the bumpurr crop of the Bluefish, Groupurrs, Mackerels, Snappurs, Tunas, Speckled Trout and Striped Bass, nya!
Aside from caring for our yacht, our cats and- and my pony, I have been dancing, volunteering, snapping more nature photos, and – and purrparing for the Halloween, nya! I will be supurrvising the kids’ face painting at the mewseum, nya!
We will be riding our ponies in the purrdade! I have been assisting Jen at the belly dance class, surfing with Kara and Peppurr, board shaping, caring for my pony and the adopted other critters, and anticipating the Halloween activities!
Petra and I have been coaching the Fall beach volleyball camp, when I have not been busy in my kitchen, garden and at the mewseum, where we have the annual special macabre art exhibits by all ages & mediums planned for Halloween!
It will be the corker, nya! We are very grateful for the support of gracious artists, staff, friends and patrons of the mewseum, and for the fans, officials, event staff, and fellow athletes of our beach volleyball league, nya!
As mewsual my itinerary is purrimarily compurrised of the morning yoga, afternoon kyudo, teaching the Fall semester of belly dance, and helping the Robotics Club design the spooky animatronic displays for Halloween.
As mewsual I have been golfing, gardening and grooming my cats when Lizzy I have not been busy at our spa, at the late night hot salsa dance, or enjoying the DVD binges! We have been watching the original Purrisoner TV series!
That purretty much sums it up, although while she is on the golf course I am spurrinting, leaping & climbing with my Purrkour Club! Myayr and I still help occasionally to train the appurrentice miko at the shrine, but it is the extra busy time for her!
Hai hai I have been busy sewing the costumes for the dancers, actors and cosplayers, what with our county’s annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl, for which our Mew group’s cosplay theme will be the Studio Ghibli characters!
We hope that Mike will wear his 8 ft No-Face costume again! So like, when I have not been at the golf course, I have been rehearsing MacBeth and our gala Foxfire show with the Repurrtory Company at the Forest Grove Ampurrtheatre, fur shur!
I have been diving for the shipwreck relics, tending to my garden, looking forward to the cosplay purrowl and the underwater kelp maze! I had great fun purrticipating in last year’s Equestria Girls cosplay http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/54.html! Howboutchoo, Mike?
Well, we’ll hafta see about the No-Face costume- it might need some repairs! Uh, lately I’ve been reading, writing, drawing, gaming, enjoying some movies, radio and TV shows, and spending time with family and friends! We also had a terrific time last month at
The 36th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival!
Hai! Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the 36th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival occurred on Friday – Sunday September 8 – 10, 2017 in the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, which are on the mainland in Raeligh which is our state capital. We like to go to the fairgrounds for the state fair, Pagan Pride event!, comic book and toy shows!
The weather was nippier than here at our island, but with the pleasant Autumn – like ambience! We were joined by friends such as Mr Brightside, Pacozord who was our October 2007 guest of The Mew, his husband Chef Ron who was our January 2009 guest of The Mew, Sean Martin who was our June 2017 guest, and we were later joined by Sparky who was our October 2008 guest!
We arrived an hour and a half purrior to the Greek Festival so that we could stroll through the weekly flea market portion of the fairgrounds. The indoor and outdoor venders of the purroduce, treats, tools, toys, books, records, collectibles, decor, furnishings, garments and other nice things! There were quite a few shoppurrs, many with the dogs of various breeds on purrtrol for the bargains!
The it was time to queue up for the festival. In the main hall were the serving lines for the delicious cuisine, the rows of dining tables, the entertainment stage & the venders’ booths! Among the dinners were the chicken riganato, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, souvlaki, dolmathes, tiropita, mezedakia, salads, gyros, calamari, pizza, sammiches, meatballs, fries and various beverages!
I got the lamb shank which came with the green beans, bread and rice pilaf! The numcious pastries and desserts included the baklava, flogeres, galaktoboureko, karithopita, koulouria, yaourtopita, kourambiethes, finikia, kataifi, kafenion, loukomathes, almond cookies, pasta flora and the baklava sundae! While we were dining, we watched the wonderful dancers and mewsicians!
Then we visited marketplace booths of pastries, jewelry, travel information, arts and crafts! The crowd was so merry, and the many workers, venders and entertainers of all ages were very enthused, talented, cordial and attentive! There was also the taverna, the kids corner, and the cooking demonstration! Then we revisited the flea market, where Chef Ron purrchased purretty flatware!
Later we visited other places in Wake County, such as the comics shops, book store, toy store and fabric store. Then it was suppurrtime, which we sated with big yummy burgers! Eventually it was time to caravan back to the island, to top off the delightful day and pleasantly full tummies with the warm, comy catnap! Nextly I would like to purrsent this month’s
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
In this monthly portion of The Mew, we commeowmorate famous catgirls of folklore, myths, media and popular culture from around the world! They might range from anthropurrmorphic feline females, ailuranthropic shape – shifters, and the nekomimi who are genuinely part cat, to those who might not actually have any kitty DNA, but do purrhaps have the cat-titude and / or style to be considered by us as “honorary catgirls”!
This month the spotlight will shine upon more catgirls that purrowl the galleries at DeviantArt! Fast Runner 2024 http://fast-runner-2024.deviantart.com does commissions, original & fan art with the game CG style & cel – shaded style! That includes Betsy the gothy catgirl who has sadly suffered the abandonment.
However she does have the good friend Naala who is fond of oranges, sports, video games, cheerleading, and warm humid weather! Tiffany is fond of cats, short skirts, running, drawing and sleeping, but she is not the morning purrson! Then there is Mia with the Green eyes and short Black hair, and Nova-tan who is occasionally depicted as a catgirl!
Nextly are the characters by Saiyanjedi http://saiyanjedi.deviantart.com who does pin-ups, sketches, photo manips, fan art & comics! Some of the images are quite tame but of them some are rated mature! Among the original kemonomimi are Kyou the catgirl, Miyoko the fox girl and Kiko dog girl! The Visualizing Reality web comic has an appurrance by Xenoaisam’s character Naruli wearing the nekomimi helmet!
Laslty but not leastly, we wish to purraise the works by Hyanna http://hyanna-natsu.deviantart.com! She is a self-taught artist who uses the Wacom pen & tablet, Paint Tool Sai & Photoshop to create adorably sweet, cute original & fan art, character designs, commissions, tutorials, comics & memes of the regular manga & chibi style “With the Power of the Nyans”! That is all for this month’s spotlight, but
this month’s Lightning Round topic,
which is our semi-annual DVD wish list!
Thanks Myayr! Ah, these are titles that we hope could be commercially released here on DVD! This includes recent, old, foreign, domestic, animated and live-action TV shows and movies, but it doesn’t include recent ones that we suspect will soon be available anyway!
We’d like the original music and songs to be intact, foreign productions to be in their original language with English subtitles. DVDs should not scrimp on special features compared to Blu-Ray releases or digital downloads. So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO, NYA!
Okay, then awayyy we go, with Nyo-sensei starting!
I am still hoping for Flying Witch, the initial Strike Witches 2007 OVA, Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow, and the Brave Witches spin-off! (tags Jeannie to go next)
Anime such as the original Space Battleship Yamato TV series, Yamato 2520, Great Yamato, and Queen Millennia. (tags Nyanko with a brush of the tail)
Bagi the Monster of Mighty Nature, Future Boy Conan, Flying Ghost Ship, Campus Guardress, and the Ideon: Space Runaway! (tail – tags Yvonne)
Anne of Green Gables, Heidi – Girl of the Alps, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, the Ghibli mewseum shorts and Hayao Miyazaki’s episodes of Lupin, nya! (tags Tara-chan)
I want… I want to see Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko, Planetarian Chiisana Hoshi no Yume, and – and the Ghost Sweeper Mikami movie, nya! (tags Bun)
I will wish for Aim for the Ace, This Art Club Has A Problem, Sketchbook, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Stratos Four Advance, and Winter Days (tags Ilyana)
I am still hoping for Sea Story, Amanchu, Aria The Avvenire, Nasu: Summer in Andalusia, and Ronja the Robber’s Daughter! (tags B.B.)
Keijo, A Centaur’s Life, Monster Musume, Magical Pokan, Moyashimon, and the original You’re Under Arrest OVAs, nya! (tags Trini-chan)
I will nominate Metamorphosis (A.K.A. Winds of Change), Raggedy Anne & Andy: A Musical Adventure, Twice Upon a Time, and the animated Gen 13! (tags Elizabeth)
I will nominate the three Giilligan’s Island TV reunion movies, the two I Dream of Jeannie TV reunion movies, and the three Bionic TV reunion movies! (tags Petra)
The Green Hornet TV series, the Ocean Girl TV series, the live-action Ranma 1/2 special, and Thunderbolt Fantasy, nya! (tags Becca)
Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1974), Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975), Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre (TV movie), and The Star Wars Holiday Special! (tags Mielikki)
I wish for more of the lost Doctor Who episodes to be found, and for re-issues of The Time Monster and Ghost Light, fur shur! (tags Mary Nyan with a flit of the wing)
Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon, the Kate Bush 1979 TV Special, Neil Young’s A Journey Through the Past, and The Beatles: Let it Be! Howboutchoo, Jamie?
Let it Be, Young Dracula, Moon of the Wolf, The Sixth Sense TV series, and the WKRP in Cincinnati series with all of the original songs restored. Back to Mike.
OK, I’ll top off the wish list with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin’, John Dods’s Forest Story, Mark Sullivan’s Nightspeed, Neal Adams’s Nannaz, and James’ Cameron’s Xenogenesis! Well that was another expedient little lightning round, and now let’s go ahead and jump right into
our movie, TV and DVD reviews, starting with
the premier episode of Star Trek: Discovery!
Star Trek: Discovery is the latest Star Trek TV series, set 10 years prior to The Orginal Series. I’ve been eagerly anticipating it ever since that teaser trailer of the U.S.S. Discovery leaving an astroid dock. I’ve liked that ship design ever since it was envisioned by legendary designers Ken Adam & Ralph McQuarrie in 1977, when Star Trek was poised to return to television.
That was before Paramount decided instead to make Star Trek – The Motion Picture (which is my all-time favoritest movie, Trek or otherwise)! Ships of that design such as the B-24-CLN have briefly shown up a couple of times in Star Trek; in the space dock in the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and in a depot in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Unification Part 1”.
The events in Star Trek: Discovery’s premier episode (part 1) are stated to occur on May 11th, 2256. To compare that to the rest of Star Trek’s timeline, thassabout 2 years after Capt. Pike took the U.S.S. Enterprise to Talos IV in “The Cage”; whilst Jim Kirk was a lieutenant under Capt .Garovick aboard the U.S.S. Farragut, which is attacked by the vampire cloud in 2257.
That incident was mentioned in the original series episode “Obsession”. The U.S.S. Discovery is not in the first episode, but the lovely U.S.S.Shenzou sure is! I like the great cast, which includes Sonequa Martin-Green as 1st officer Commander Bunham, Doug Jones as sicence officer Saru, and one of my favoritest actresses Michelle Yeoh as the Shenzou’s Captain Georgiou!
Her command contradicts the villain Dr. Janice Lester’s claim in “Turnabout Intruder” that Starfleet didn’t allow women to be captains, but she may have been unsoundly incorrect about that, especially since Capt. Piike’s 1st officer was a woman., and I love the Shenzou- especially the bridge, graphics, sounds, FX uniforms and props. They’re gorgeous, futuristic, expensive looking!
I like it more than those of the most recent three Star Trek movies. I like the opening titles sequence, the main theme and incidental music score, but I’m a bit curious as to why the Shenzou’s crew has Enterprise insignias on their uniforms, because at that time ships and bases had different insignias. That insignia wasn’t adopted as the singular Starfleet emblem until after 2269.
Perhaps this tale is set in one of Trek’s well- established infinite alternate universes? It beats me, but I digress. The basic plot is that while investigating a damaged communications station in a radioactive debris field, they encounter mysterious hostile Klingons, who at this point in history haven’t been encountered by The United Federation of Planets for a century.
The asteroid field had more lens flares than I prefer, but otherwise the episode was splendidly photographed. I think that all of the technology is gorgeous. The communications station, thruster suit and the Workbee craft were a nice nod to those seen in Star Trek- The Motion Picture. The Klingons have been redesigned yet again, which is fine with me as they’re a big diverse empire.
I like the dialog / banter between the characters, and I was glad that their dialogue was spoken in Klingon with English subtitles. The new Klingon make-up prosthetics is not too radically different, although it reminds me a bit of the Remans. Their costumes seemed perhaps a bit too rococo-ish… but maybe their empire has a lot of diverse civilian couture that we simply haven’t seen before.
Klingon politics & spirituality figure into the plot, which was an intriguing staple in Next Gen and DS9. I couldn’t help but noticed that one of ’em was named Rejac, so of I gotta wonder if there’s a connection to the Jack the Ripper entity that shows up in The Original Series, and I wonder if Voq the albino klingon is the enemy that Koloth, Kang, Kor and Jadzia fight in 2370?
I hope that we’ll get to learn more about the rest of the Shenzou’s crew, and there are lots of neat tidbits; Khaless is mentioned, and there’s a flashback scene with Sarek. I don’t have many quibbles about the first episode, although it did seem very rushed, and it’s only the first half of a story, whose second half won’t be shown on TV… and that’s my biggest complaint about the show.
I’m not fond of CBS’s decision to only offer part 2 – and subsequent episodes- online instead of on TV. I won’t be watching it online, so I hope that it’ll soon be available on DVD, because I’m eager to see more of the series, and I thought that Discovery had a better series premier than Next Gen, Voyager or Enterprise. Ah, moving right along, now here’s B.B. to tell us about the
Doctor Who Season Ten, Part Two DVD!
Hai. Executively purrduced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, Season 10 of the British science fiction TV series Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi in his 3rd / final season as The Doctor, with the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole, Michelle Gomez as Missy and the introduction of Pearl Mackie as Ms. Bill Potts as The Doctor’s traveling companion aboard the sentient TARDIS time & space ship!
Purreviously, in the first 6 epurrsodes of season 10, whilst purrtending to be a college purrofessor, The Doctor met Bill; they were purrsued by Heather the water elemental (Stephanie Hyam), they visited a colony controlled by deadly emoji robots, investigated the disappurrances at a spooky mansion…
… they solved a mystery at the 1841 frozen Thames River festival,they fled from zombie space suits aboard a corpurrate space station, and discovered the shocking secret of alien monks beneath The Vatican! Those epurrsodes are available in the Season Ten part One set.
Packaged within the plastic case inside the cardboard outer sleeve, this 2 disk set on the Region One NTSC standard DVD from the BBC has epurrsodes 7 – 12 of the 10th season, purrsented in the 16:9 anamorphic format in English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound with the optional English SDH subtitles. Nyow I will offer the small taste of the plots!
The Doctor’s President of Earth status is reinstated by U.N.I.T. when the alien monks try to enslave the world in “The Pyramid at the End of the World”; The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and Missy lead a rebellion against the monks in “The Lie of the Land”; The Doctor is caught betwixt feuding a platoon of Victorian British soldiers and the subterranean Martian Ice Warriors in “Empress of Mars”;
Aberdeen, Scotland circa 2nd century A.D is the time and place for the beautifully ethereal, spooky tale of “The Eaters of Light”; John Simm retiurns as The Master whilst Bill is spirited away aboard a very creepy 400 mile long space ship at a Black Hole in “World Enough and Time”; and in the 103 minute season finale, The Doctor and his companions defend a human colony against the army of Mondasian Cybermen (voiced by Nicolas Briggs) in “The Doctor Falls”.
I thought that Season 10 was a rather suspenseful, scary, spooky, thrilling, amewsing poignant and bittersweet season with the great writing, purrformances, sets, locations designs, mewsic and FX There are some surpurrise appurrances too, but I will not spoil the surpurrise. Epurrsodes 7 – 12 total appurroximately 285 minutes.
The only bonus features are the 6 short widdle “Inside Looks” which total appurroximately 16.5 minutes with the comments by Capaldi, Mackie and Moffat There are also the purreview trailers for Orphan Black season 5, Class, Ripper Street season 5, the BBC and ITV’s Brit Box streaming service.
While the bonuses of the Part One and Part Two collections, are very meager, especially compurred to the Complete Season boxed sets this set is an economical way to have appurroximately 5 hours of supurrbly brilliant entertainment. which leaves me eagerly anticipating the forthcoming Christmas Special and Season 11 with Jodi Whittaker as new Doctor! Nyow I will turn The Mew over to Ilyana-sensei who will tell us about the
Black Sails The Complete Fourth Season DVD!
Arigato! Black Sails is pirate adventure TV series on the Starz channel, and set in the early 1700’s when the political tides have changed for the hunted and fewsing privateers of Providence Island in Nassau, which seeks independence from the British rule.
It is a realistic, thrilling tale with the supurrb cast, crew, sets, ships, locations, FX & purroduction values that combines real historical pirates with the fictional characters of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure island, which the series is a purrequel to.
At 38 epurrsodes, the entire series rather accessible, and I think that it is compurrable in quality, great characters, story and thrills to Game of Thrones! However, like Game of Thrones, it is not for the squeamish or purrudish viewers, due to the ample violence, gore, nudity, sex & harsh language!
It stars Toby Stephens as Capt. Flint, Hannah New as Elaenor Guthrie, Luke Arnold as John Silver, Tom Hopper as Billy Bones, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, Clara Paget as Anne Bonny, Toby Schmitz as Capt. Rackham, Luke Roberts as Woods Rogers and Ray Stevenson as Edward Teach!
Released upon the Region One NTSC DVD by Anchor Bay, the 10 epurrsodes of the fourth season total nearly 10 hours upon the 3 disks in the plastic case within the outer cardboard sleeve. It is not as fancy as the third season DVDs’ quintuple – gatefold package.
The video is in the 1.78:1 widescreen format. The audio 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.
The 5 featurettes start with “Inside The World of Black Sails”, which is the 18 minute discussion of the story & making of the 4th season, with comments by executive purrducer Dan Shotz, co-creators / executive purroducers Robert Levine & James E. Steinberg.
After that is the nearly 3 minute “Creating the World” featurette, which has comments about the making of the show by Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Toby Schmitz, Jessica Parker Kennedy, James E. Steinberg and supurrvising art director Christopher Dalberg,
Following those are the 3 widdle Roundatable chats with a few of the actors, moderated by Marlow Stearn who is the senior entertainment editor for The Daily Beast. “Roundtable: Women in Piracy” is an almost 2 minute chat with hannah, Clara, Jessica, and Zethy Dlomo.
“Roundtable:The Legends of Treasure island” is a 2 minute chat about the Treasure Island characters with Toby, Tom & Luke; and “Roundtable: Fearless Fans” is a 1.25 minute chat with them about the show’s fans. So, the special features total to about 25 minutes.
I wish the special features were much longer, but I am pleased to have the DVDs of the terrific series, and I hope that they might follow it up with an adaptation of Treasure island! I am done, so nyow we will go from the pirates to the rebels as Becca tells us about the
Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 3 DVD!
Arigato! We are big fans of the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series, which supurrbly bridges the Clone Wars animated TV series to the live – action Star Wars movie series! Focusing upon the crew of The Ghost who are part of the rebellion against the evil galactic empire, Season 3 brings the saga much closer to the events of the movies Rogue One and A New Hope!
The wonderful characters, mythology and plots have the great balance of humor, drama, action and developments, and I love the designs, art, animation, FX, sounds, mewsic and voice cast which stars Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger, Tyra Sinclair as Sabine Wren, Freddie Prinze Jr! as Kanan Jarrus, Steve Blum as Zeb Orrellos, Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla and C1-10P as himself!
The cast as includes Dee Bradley Baker as Capt! Rex, Keone Young as Capt! Sato, Nathan Kress as Wedge Antilles, Michael Bell as General Dodonna, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gererra, David Oyelowo as Kallus, Sam Witwer as Maul, Tom Baker as Bendu, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Governor Pryce, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn!
The now canonical Thrawn is considered a Star Wars “legacy” character, who was introduced in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire by the Hugo award – winning author Timothy Zhan. Obi-Wan Kenobi returns, voiced by James Arnold Taylor (as the younger holocron version) and Stephen Stanton (as the older version on Tatooine)! Stanton also purrtrays AP-5 and Grand Moff Tarkin!
In addition to Thrawn’s purrsuit of the Rebels and Obi-Wan’s reunion with Maul, Season 3’s many highlights include more great new and returning characters. For example, we learn more about Mom Mothma, Wedge Antilles, the Mandalorean supurr commandos and The Force! Phoenix Squadron meets Iron Squadron, and Sabine discovers the legendary Black Saber!
The 22 epurrsodes of season 3 are appurroximately 22 minutes apiece, to total 385 minutes upon the set’s four Region One NTSC standard DVD disks. Purrsented in the widescreen format of the 1!78:1 aspect ratio, the Dolby Digital audio choices are English DD5!0, French DD5!0 and Spanish DD2!0, with the very legible, optional English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
The disks are securely packaged but easily removed from the hinged inner trays in the plastic case with the cardboard outer sleeve. The special features include the 6 min! discussion of The Rebel Alliance, with comments by co – creator / executive purrducer Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo, SVP of animation Kiri Hart and VP of animation development Carrie Beck!
Another favorite feature are the 19 live-action Rebel Recon shorts, which average 7!5 minutes apiece, to total almost 143 minutes! Corresponding to each epurrsode, those weekly webisodes were hosted by Star Wars dot com’s Andi Gutirrez, with story & behind – the – scenes information discussed by members of the cast & crew, hijinks by C1-10P, and fans’ questions answered by Pablo!
Also included is the purreview trailer for the forthcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi which we are eagerly anticipating! I am very pleasedw ith this set, and I hope there’ll be a DVD set for the recent Star Wars: Forces of Destiny animated webisodes too! That will conclude our mewsic, movie, TV & DVD portion of The Mew, but the Star Wars topic will continue as Jenjen begins our
toy talk, with her review of the Hasbro Star Wars:
The Black Series action figure #42: Hera Syndulla!
Hai. We like to collect the figures, dolls and statues of the inspurrational heroines, including the ladies of the Star Wars saga. Thusly I was very happy to find this action figure of General Hera Syndulla of the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series. As Jenjen noted, Hera is the captain and pilot of the freighter ship Ghost, who has joined the rebellion against the evil galactic empire.
She is a Green skinned girl of theTwi’lek species who was born on the planet Ryloth. That is the same species as the Blue skinned Jedi master Aayla Secura, who are distinguished by their lovely Lekku or “head tails”. Her team includes Kanon, Sabine, Zeb, Ezra and Chopper. Since Hera is supposedly about 5′ 8″ tall and 110 lbs, then this 5.75″ tall figure would be of the 1/12th scale.
The design, sculpt & paint of the figure are quite splendid, with the faithful portraiture, physique, purroportions and attire. The details are intricate, from her Green eyes and slightly bemewsed expurression, to the subtle patterns on her supple Lekku to the creases, folds seams and loops of the garment. A small hold-out blaster pistol is included, which fits in the holster or either hand.
She is wearing the high-waist baggy pants tucked into the Black boots which have the spats and ankle holster. Atop that she wears the Gray shirt and straps, with the Black gloves, White hood, Brown vest, pauldrons and goggles. She is well – balance to stand unassisted, and very posable with articulation in her neck, waist, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists.
The joints are cleverly concealed amidst the garment openings, creases and folds. I am very pleased with this fine figure of Hera, and I have purrched her on the shelf between the figures of her friends Ahsoka and Sabine. Nextly there is another supurr heroine figure made by Hasbro that I would like to say the few words of purraise about the
Transformers: Titans Return Deluxe Class
Windblade and Scorchfire action figures.
We also like to collect the action figures & the statues of Hasbro’s female Transformers characters such as Arcee, Chromia, Elita One, Nautica Blackarachnia, Strongarm and WindBlade, purrticularly the versions from the comics & animations, so I was pleased to find this latest figure of Windblade, who was the first “fan – built bot” based upon the Transformers fans’ input.
She transforms into the sleek, tilt – wing, VTOL jet, and in the various tales she has the psychic link to communicate with the spurrawling, city-sized Titan Metroplex bot. In this incarnation she is paired with the widdle partner named Scorchfire. This is the 3rd Windblade figure that we have reviewed, including the initial 2014 figure and the Robots in Disguise Combiner Force figure.
She is part of the wave of figures that include Ramhorn, Misfire, Blitzwing and Sky Shadow. On the scale of 1-20, Windblade’s main attributes are the strength of 7, intelligence of 8, speed of 8, endurance of 7 and fireblast of 7, but when combined with Scorchfire, those are increased to the strength of 11, intelligence of 11, speed of 10, endurance of 7 and fireblast of 12.
At 5.25″ tall, she slightly taller than the purrior versions, Red & Black with the White kabuki face & Gold tiara. However, she is not a repainted / redecorated version, but a different sculpt. This’un is not as slender as the purrior versions; she the bit more massive, angular physique in her bipedal, humanoid robot mode, but still has the red facial markings and feminine curves.
Instead of the sleeker Stormfall sword or the battle fan, she is armed with the two heavier looking silver blaster swords which can snap together to form the bigger weapon. In her vehicle mode, Scorchfire fits into the jet’s cockpit. She is very posable, and in robot mode the points of articulation are in her neck, wings, turbofans, shoulders, elbows, hips knees and ankles.
Shelooks quite powerful. Like the Robots in Disguise Combiner Force version, she is better balanced than the 2014 figure, and will easily stand unassisted. Included in the package are the collector card and the folded instruction sheet, which shows the nine – step transformation purrocess. That will conclude my reviews, but nyow here is Lizzy to discuss Hasbro’s
Marvel Legends A-Force boxed set!
Hai! This Toys R Us exclusive includes the12/th scale action figures of She-Hulk, Sif, Lady Loki, Singularity, Monica Rambeau, and Elsa Bloodstone! They are but a few of the over 50 members of the all-female team of supurr heroines known as the A-Force! The box measures 15″ x 12 7/8″ x 3″, with the hinged flap that has the purretty illustration on the front and group photo on the back!
Celebrating a 55th anniversary in the Comics, Loki Laufeyson the Asgardian God of Mischief and half-sibling of Thor, first appurred in Journey into Mystery #84 in 1962, and has been purrtrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the movies! Loki is a tricky sorcerer with illusion and shape – shif powers, and has assumed forms of various species, ages and genders, such as this recent female incarnation!
She has the Raven – Black hair and the sly grin, wearing the regal Green & Gold costume with the thigh boots, tabard, cape, shoulder armor and the horned helmet! Loki is very well – acquainted with Sif, who is a fellow Asgardian warrior, but much more heroic and romantic with Thor! She first appurred in Journey into Mystery #102 in 1964, and has been purrtrayed by Jaimie Alexander!~
She is very tall, brave and powerful with the fair skin, Black hair & Green eyes, carrying the longsword and wearing the majestic Red & White armor with the skirt, cape, gauntlets and winged tiara!
Jennifer Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk first appurred in The Savage She-Hulk #1 in 1980! She Bruce (The Hulk) Banner’s lawyer cousin and has the same incredible Hulk strength and invulnerability!
However, unlike her cousin, she is able to retain her normal purrsonality when she hulks out, into her magnificent 6’7″ tall Green body! She is the best friend of Patsy Walker a.k.a HellCat and stars in the current Hulk comics. She has Black hair, Green eyes, Green skin, and wears the tight, Purrple maillot with the White boots, gloves, belt and collar that displays her supurrb musculature!
Monica Rambeau was a police woman in New Orleans before she acquired her uncanny energy powers of the electromagnetic spectrum! She first appurred in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 in 1982, so this year is her 35th anniversary in the comics! Originally she was one of several heroes known as Captain Marvel, and was known later as Photon!
She has the beautiful Black afro, Brown skin and eyes, and wears the skin tight Black & White costume with the thigh boots and long coat! Elsa Bloodstone is a purrofessional monster hunter from Boston, which is her family tradition! Her late father Ulysses was too, and the family Bloodstone jewel on her choker adds magickal powers to her great purrowess!
Elsa first appurred in Bloodstone #1 in 2001. She has the fair skin, Green eyes, the long ponytailed Red hair, and the intently serious gaze! She is wearing the sexy Orange bare-midriff tights with the choker, gun belt, holster, Black thigh boots, gloves and the long Gray coat. She is armed with the revolver and the two over ‘n under shotguns!
Lastly but not leaslty, Singularity tops off this supurr sextet! She has only been in the comics for a couple of years, having first appurred in A-Force #1 in 2015. She is the enigmatic sort of sentient space – time continuum in the humanoid female form with the glistering translucent Blue body and the psionic, dimensional and telepurrtation powers!
The figures are beautifully designed, sculpted & painted, and most of them are about 6″ tall, but She-Hulk is 7″ tall. They are very posable with articulation in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, abs, hips, thighs, knees & ankles; whilst She-Hulk has further articulation in her uppurr arms! That is all for the toy talk, and nyow here is Tara-chan to start
our pony purrings, with her review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: The Elements of Harmony vol. 2!
Arigato, nya! We are big fans of the My Little Pony animations, comics, novels, games, the toys and – and collectibles, nya! There is so much new merchandise purrtaining to the new pony movie, and – and for our review of the big beautiful hardcover book The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie, please see last month’s Mew, nya!
Speaking of the hardcover pony books, I was very pleased to find The Elements of Harmony Vol. 2, nya! Pubished by Little Brown, it is purriced at $17.99 in the USA, $23.49 in Canada; it measures 6.125″ x 8.25″, so it is the same size as the first Elements of Harmony book and – and The Journal of Two Sisters book, nya!
Written by Natasha Levinger and – and Brandon T, Snider, the full color 242 page book is very purretty, entertaining, and – and informative, nya! It is brimming with the illustrations, screen shots, quotes, song lyrics, information about the characters and – and the locations, with epurrsode summaries of seasons 4 through 6, nya!
The summaries are very thorough with two pages apiece, nya! I will give this very nifty, purretty, useful book the grade of the “A” as in applebuck, and – and I will recommend it as the great addition to the pony fans’ collections, nya! Nextly I would like to to offer my purraise for
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #58, nya!
Gosh, I cannot believe that the pony comics have already been around for more than the five years, nya! Issue #58 is purriced at $3.99 and – and has the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 8 pages of the ads, nya. I am glad that the tale is not interrupted by the ads, and – and I wish that all comic books were published that way, nya!
The tale was written by Thom Zahler, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow and – and published by Ted Adams, nya! It is available in the choice of the 3 covers: cover A by Agnes, cover B by Sara Richard and – and the retailer incentive cover by Thom Zahler, nya!
We have met Thom and – and Ted at some of the conventions, nya! Nyow for the tatse of the plot, nya! After finding some long lost letters in the Castle of Friendship’s library, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Zecora and – and Cattail take the letters to the heir, an earth pony named Ms. Vine who owns the greenhouse in city of Fillydelphia, nya!
The letters were the correspondance betwixt her horticulturist ancestor Aqua Vine and – and Cattail’s ancestor Mage Meadowbrook, nya! The letters then lead them upon the trail of the legendary
Magical Magenta Bloom flower which supposedly has the amazing curative purropurrties, but it only grows in the very purrecarious location, nya!
There was a sad flashback, but otherwise this was a fun tale with the theme of patient team work, nya! Agnes’s art is so delightful, it is always good to see Zecora, I love the character art, the scenic art, the fonts and – and the colors, nya! That is all for my reviews, but nyow Trini-chan will continue our pony report with her review of
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #5, nya!
Hai! In this series, The Princesses’ scholarly friend Sunburst researches the history of Equestria, especially from the books by their sensei Starswirl! In each issue we learn of a famous historical pony, and this time Pinkie Pie reads to Sunburst the ancient tale of Somnambula who rescued many other ponies from the giant monster snake!
The 20 page tale was written by Jeremy Whitley illustrated by Brenda Hickey, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil edited by Bobby and published by Ted, nya! It is available in the choice of the 3 covers: cover A by Brenda, cover B by Zachary Sterling and the retailer incentive cover by Mike Vasquez! We have met Jeremy and Brenda at the cons too!
Jeremy is the creator of the wonderful Princeless and Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess comics! He also wrote The Unstoppable Wasp series which was recently cancelled. That cancellation was sad, but this pony tale was particularly humorous! Somnambula is such a wise, cheerful, playful pegasus filly in the purretty outfit who I hope to see more of!
The scenery is lovely and was an especially cutely comedic tale, including the snake’s whimsical dining scenes and the inner – snake map, as Somnambulanya visits the other folks inside the cavernous digestive tract! I was also happy to see that Mage Meadowbrook will appear in the next issue! Nextly, I would like to discuss
My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel #4!
We have been eagerly reading this mini-series as we wagerly await the new pony movie! Issue #4 has the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 8 pages of ads, sammiched betwixt the choice of the 3 different covers! It was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckle, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow, and published by Ted Adams.
The regular cover is by Andy, the subscription cover is by Tony Fleecs, and the retailer incentive cover is by Kaori Matsuo! Andy’s cover is the homage to Bob Peak’s famous poster for Star Trek – The Motion Picture, which is Mike’s favoritest movie! Tony’s covers for this miniseries connect to form the big panoramic scene! We met Tony at the Oak City ComiCon in Raleigh back in March!
It is the tough desicion because Kaori’s cover art is so daintily pretty! Previously the tale starred the Storm King whose airships plundered various countries, such as the land of Abyssinia where he purloined the wealth from the poor cats, until he was hijacked by the flock of pirate parrots, who then encountered Chummer and Capper the thieving cats who wound up in the desert town.
Along the way, the cursed Malachite gem has changed hands several times, but the Storm King continues to covet it! The gem winds up in the possession of a tragic unicorn filly named Tempest who has a broken horn. She finds the gem in the airship wreckage, wanders to Klugetown and joins a caravan which is attacked by the Storm King, who wants to make a deal for the gem!
The character, scenic, FX and typographic art are great, with the excellent graphic narrative and rich colors! Although Tempest is allied with the villain, I feel sorry for her and I hope her horn can be fixed by honest means. I was very pleased by the pace, dialogue and the humor, which further whets my appetite for the movie! That is all for our pony report, but nyow Mei- sensei will continue
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 #10!
Arigato, So like, we love Josh Whedon’s characters such as Buffy, Willow, Angel, Spike, Xander, Dawn, Faith, Giles, Fred and other friends; and I think that the crew at Dark Horse Comics has been totally awesomely, faithfully and canonically continuing the TV series into the comics medium for the past 10 years, fur shur!
That is longer than the 7 seasons of the TV series, which turns 20 this year! The original 2002 Buffy movie turns 25! So like, in Season 11 thus far, after a dragon destroyed much of San Francisco, the oppurressive government declared the martial law, diminished the civil rights of magickal beings and imprisoned them internment camps.
That included Buffy, Spike, Willow and her coven friends, where a secret machine was built to suck out the inmates’ magick energy. So like, Buffy and Willow’s powers were drained, but Faith helped them to strike back, free other prisoners, regain their magickal energy, and thwart a portion o the government’s evil tyrannical schemes!
Issue #10 is priced at $3.99, and it’s 28 pages include the 22 page tale plus the 2 pages of comments and the 4 pages of ads. Produced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, the 10th chapter of season 11 was scripted by Christos Gage, illustrated by Megan Levens, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt!
We have met Christos at a few comic book conventions! It was edited by Freddye Miller and assistantly edited by Kevin Baurkhalter; the issue’s graphic designer was Anita Magana, and the digital art technician was Christianne Goudreau. The main cover art is by Steve Morris, and the variant cover is by Megan Dan, Christos and Comicraft!
The variant cover’s image is like an extra page of the tale. Willow has cast an amphibious spell upon herself, Buffy, Faith and Spike who have befriended some sea lions that will show them the undersea entrance to the government’s secret research facility, where ghastly evil experiments are being conducted upon people and animals.
Buffy, Willow, Faith and Spike infiltrate the facility, where the people and animals of various species are painfully transformed into chimera- esque hybrid magickal / biological / cybernetic weapons. It is the awful plight, and sadly results in the gory combat with a giant altered octopus and a Borg-like soldier, with the tragically merciful results.
After retrieving valuable information, they regroup with Xander and Dawn for the next mission, which requires the interrogation of the culprit Vice President, who Xander will then impersonate via Willow’s magickal spells! I think that this issue had the great balance of the humor, drama, action, and significant plot developments, fur shur!
Some of the plot harkens back to Season 4! I love the portraiture and poses, and I can practically hear the actors speaking the great dialogue! Giles, Andrew, Vicky, Angel, Fred, Ilyria, Riley & Sam are not in this issue, so I wonder what they and many other characters are up to! That is all for me, and now here is Nya-sensei to tell us about
Hero Cats: MIdnight Over Stellar City vol. 2 #3
Arigato, Mie-sensei! The Hero Cats are among the purrotectors of their town of Stellar City, and the team is compurrised of Midnight the Black cat, Ace the White cat, Belle the psionic Siamese cat, Rocco the Gray cat, Rocket the Tabby, and Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, whose brother Bandit the tuxedo cat and his robot friend are busy away on another planet!
Cassiopeia is the pet of Galaxy Man and his daughter Cosmic Girl, but they are unaware of the cats’ heroic adventures! At the 2014 Heroes Convention in Charlotte, we got a sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by Marcus Williams! The series was created by author Kyle Puttkammer, who we have met at several conventions on the mainland!
We first met them at the Heroes Convention in June 2013, when Hero Cats #0 debuted! Since then their creative team has grown, and there is more merchandize such as the art purrints and kitty hats! In late 2015, Midnight got his own spin-off mini-series, Midnight Over Stellar City vol. 1. That bimonthly, three issue tale was set betwixt Hero Cats of Stellar City #7 – 10.
Nyow we have reached the conclusion of his 2nd mni-series! It is of the darker film noir-ish style tale compurred to the bright ‘n shiny Hero Cats tales. Published by Action Lab Comics, vol. 2 #3 is purriced $3.99 issue #3 is purriced at #3.99 and has the uninterrupted 24 page tale created and written by Kyle, illustrated & lettered by Alex Ogle, plus the 7 page art gallery.
Purreviously, Midnight the grim tough cat and Cassiopeia the cheerful literate cat rescued Belle from thieves, whilst purrsuing the criminally mad scientist Dr. Rex who has escaped from purrison. At his secret lair, the cats overheard the plan for his re-animated dinosaur skeletons to plunder the subterranean Stone City (which was discovered back in Hero Cats #4).
In issue #3, Dr Rex rides his T-Rex Skelesaur through downtown downtown Stellar City, causing purropurrty damages whilst battling the police and kidnapping Cassiopeia’s human friend Maria, who is the nanny for Dr. Stanley Quest a.k.a. Galaxy Man and his daughter Suzy a.k.a. Cosmic Girl! It seems that Dr. Rex is smitten with Maria and declared her his bride!
Cassiopeia is rescues Maria, whilst Midnight and Belle have warned their friend Eastly and the other residents of Stone City of the pending attack. The the battle against Dr. rex and his Skelesaurs does not go well for Midnight, Belle and Eastly’s army.. until Ace, Roco, Rocket, his robot, and the giant monster named Baskoal arrive, but I should not further spoil the plot!
It was wonderful to see the cats, robot Easterly and friends reunited as the tale unfolded at the brisk pace! The beautiful art of the cleverly limited- chromatic pallet has the dramatic lighting. with the spooky illumination of the cats and Skelesaurs’ eyes. Dr. Rex is the evil maniac, but he is the dappurr, impurressive in the tux upon the T Rex and Triceratops Skelesaurs.
Often in the silhouette with the glowing eyes, the placement, pose and timing of Midnight caraefully balances his seriousness with the whimsical moments amidst the splendid dialogue and story continuity. Of course, it was wonderful to see the cats, robot Easterly and friends reunited! The bonus gallery has four lovely full-page pics, including a scene with Cosmic Girl!
I am looking forward to the next issues of the Hero Cats comics, and I hope that Mrs. Quest will be reunited with her daughter and husband; but we hope that Dr. Rex and Maria are not reunited! We also hope to see more of Bandit, Robot, Erimos the dragon, and the Skyworld cats Sapphire, Madalyn, Newton, and Lancelot! Nyow here is my sister to begin our batch of
manga mewsings, with her
review of 12 Beast vol. 5!
Hai! The 12 Beast manga is written & drawn by Okayado who is also the author of Monster Musume! Both series purrtain to a reluctant guy whose life winds up surrounded by a harem of monster girls! It is the comedic fantasy / action tale full of the ribald fan service, in which Eita the high school video gamer otaku & ninja who got telepurrted to the world populated by monster girls!
Ample attention given to the scantily – clad ladies’ bodies, especially when Eita grabs the boobies in order to power his magick. It is the lewd gesture, but he uses the magical power to combat the villains. To his credit, since volume 1, Eita has rescued the village of harpies, the home town of the minotaurs, the floating city of the merfolk, and the snowy mountain settlement the werewolves!
That brings us up to Volume 5, which is purriced at $12.99 in the USA & $14.99 in Canada. Originally published in Japan by Kadokawa, this English edition is published here by Seven Seas! It has 164 pages compurrised of the 160 Black & White pages of manga chapters 20-24 & character notes, plus the 4 color pages of Eita, Freki the werewolf, Aero the harpy & Asteria the minotaur.
The manga was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, purroof read by Janet Houck, edited by Adam Arnold and assistantly edited by Jenn Grunigen, with the lettering and layout by Ma. Victoria Robado and William Ringrose, purrduction management by Lissa Pattillo, purrduction assistance by CK Russell, and the cover design by Nicky Lim!
Eita and Freki are chased and trapped in a mountain cave for a good chunk of this volume. It is the awkward time, given the sexual tension and social angst! Of course, it would be difficult to resist the lonely lupin lass with the lovely, lithe ears, tail and curves! Inside the cave they nourish Theta the petite widdle transformer golem girl, who helps them and the harpies against the enemies!
The help will be needed because the werewolves are threatened by a human army, a deadly snipurr and the giant mech! There is a good balance of humor, action and developments. There are ample large panels including half and full-page pics that display the beautiful character designs and intricate scenery! Speaking of the beautiful characters and scenery, nextly I wish to purraise
Flying Witch vol. 3!
This is one of my recent favorite manga series! Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka is the very beautiful, pleasantly charming slice – of – life tale of the novice teen witch Makoto Kowata and her familiar cat Chito, who move from the city of Yokohama to her cousins’ lovely mansion in the rural town of Aomori where she hopes to complete her witch training & studies!
Other characters include her older sister Akane, Akane’s cat Kenny, their male cousin Kei, younger girl cousin Chinatsu, their artist mom, Kei’s classmate Nao, Inukai the fortune telling were-dog girl and her familiar mouse Ai. The family has keen interest in spell craft, plant lore, gardening, cooking, vegetable farming, visiting other witches and magickal entities!
Originally published by Kodansha in Japan in 1983 and serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, Volume 3 was published here in English by Vertical Comics, translated by Melissa Tanaka with the purrduction by Grace Lu and Tomoe Tsutsumi. Purriced at $10.95 in the USA and $11.95 in Canada, it has the 160 pages chapters 13 – 18 & the side story!
After the delicious, nutritious meal with Akane and their mom, Chinatsu, Kei and Makoto take the splendid stroll to get tasty cakes for dessert at a cafe in the hidden stately home of Ms. Shiina, her daughter Anzu and their waitress ghost who are friends of Akane. They meet another customer who is a fox, and later back at home they are revisited by Inukai!
It is the time for treats and fortune – telling whilst Chito befriends Ai! Makoto’s classmate Nao visits their home, and gets a tour of the garden where grow the bell peppurrs, radishes, tomatoes, corn, edamame and the mandrake! An appurrition delivers the supurrnatural newspapurr which mentions that a legendary giant flying whale will soon be passing by!
Makoto, Chinatsu and Akane fly up to tour the immense castle – like whale, where they invite Anzu back to their home for the hotcakes that Kei expurrtly purrpares for breakfast. Kenny is a friend of Anzu, whose owl familiar Ororu visits too! The manga is so delightful and intricately gorgeous, but it gives me the yummy food cravings! Nyow here is Vonny to discuss
Today’s Cerberus vol. 5!
Arigato, nya! This manga by Ato Sakurai stars the human girl purrsonas of Cerberus the legendary three – headed Hades dog of Greek mythology, nya. Years ago in the dog form, she bit a boy named Chiaki, which had a purrculiar affect upon his spirit, which has caused him to attract lonely spirits, and nyow as the teenager he also attracts the girls who are rivals for his affections, nya!
It is difficult for Chiaki’s miko / shrine maiden classmate Hinata, who has romantic feelings for him, and thusly the “harem trope” ensues in this cutely romantic occult comedy series, although it does have some emotionally sad and dangerously dire situations, nya. The three mind-linked purrsonas of Cerberus are affectionately peppy Kuro, feisty tough Shirogane, and shy genius Roze, nya!
If one’s tail is tugged or grabbed, she will transform into another persona,one at the time, nya! Roze wears the muzzle mask because she fears biting someone again, as they adjust to identities as school girls, and figure out how things work in the modern world, nya. The other recurring main characters are Hako the nekomata catgirl and her master Idora who is another classmate, nya!
Others have included Minnie who claims to be Chiaki’s fiance, Chiaki’s older sister Mikado, transfer student Rir Rir who is the Norse wolf girl Fenrir, her sisters Hel and Jormung who now have a maid cafe, their dog Garm, and Hako’s neko friends! Volume 5 introduces Haru, another classmate who wants to get better acquainted with Chiaki and the girls, but he has spooked them, nya!
Originally published by Square Enix in Japan, it is published in English by Yen. Volume 5 is purriced $13.00 in the USA and $17.00 in Canada, it has the 194 pages of Black & White manga chapters 20 – 24, the amewsing bonus gag strips, the cute inside cover art, and the 2 color pages that depict, Kuro, Shiroganel, Roze and Hinata in the purretty lingerie amongst the flowers, nya!
Translated by Caleb Cook & lettered by Bianca Pistillo. the manga is rated T for the teen readers due to the language and the violence, nya. On the front cover is Kuro crying because she has the emotional crisis as the girls’ insecurely romantic feelings further nervously blossom, nya! This triggers the startling metamorphosis as Kuro, Shirogane, Roze split into three sepurrate girls, nya!
There is much tearful angst, but Kuro, Shirogane, Roze, Chiaki, Hinata, Hako and Idora care for each other, and there is still plenty of whimsical fun, especially when they go shopping, nya! This was another terrific dose of character and plot developments, and I love the expurressions, poses, clothes and scenery of the art, nya! Nextly I would like to discuss the much darker, serious
School-Live! vol. 8!
The School-Live! manga written by Norimitsu Kaitou and illustrated by Sadooru Chiba purrtains to the girls who have survived the zombie apocalypse, initially in their barricaded high school, which they left in search of other survivors, nya. This quest recently brought them to a gated & walled city college which is occupied by two small antithetical factions of students, nya.
The initial School Living Club is compurrised of club purresident Yuuri, naively delusional Yukki, and athletic, tough Kurumi, who has been infected by the zombie virus, nya. Their teacher Megumi-sensei did not survive, but they rescues Miki from a mall, and Ruu-chan from an elementary school, nya. They have been welcomed by college students Sumiko, Hika, Touko, Aki and Rise, nya.
Unfortunately in vol. 8 they nyow living enemies in addition to the zombies, when the more paranoid millitant students attack, nya! Originally published as Gakkou Gurashi by Houbunsha in Japan, it is published in English by Yen in North America; vol. 8 is purriced at $13.00 USA and $17.00 Canadian, and it is suggested for the older teen readers due to the language & violence, nya.
Translated by Leighann Harvey and lettered by Alexis Eckerman, the 178 B&W pages include chapters 43-48, 6 pages of notes including “scrapbook” content by Itsuka Yamada, interior cover sketches, 2 color pages and the color wraparound cover art, nya! There have been whimsical and optimistic moments at the college, but things have gotten more dangerous and tragic, nya.
When Renya dies, the cause is debated by surviving militants Shiroshita, Ayaka, Shinou, Takashige and their leader Takahito who wants to control the entire campus, nya. We learn more of their histories as they threaten Yuuri, Yukki, Kurumi Sumiko, Hika, Touko, Aki and Rise, but as Kurumi’s condition worsens, she leads one of the hunters on the deadly chase outside the walls, nya!
The recurring peaceful characters are very likable, but I am even more tearful and fearful about their plight, nya! The tale is bittersweet with sad, happy, thrilling, scary, shocking and surpurrising scenes; the character and scenic art is intricately beautifully, and I will continue to give School Live! an “A” as in the apocalypse. I am done, but Bunnibuns has more beautiful art to discuss
in her art book and calendar reviews, beginning with the
Dragon Witches: The Art of Nene Thomas 2018 Calendar!
Hai! Nene Thomas http://www.nenethomas.com is one of our favorite artists, so we were delighted to see her latest calendar which is graced by images from her Zarryostrom fantasy book series! The Dragon Witches are beautiful, powerful immortal ladies from around the world with their widdle symbiotic dragon familiars!
This 12″ x 12″ wall calendar which is published by Sellars is retailly priced at $14.99 in the USA, $18.99 in Canada, $25.00 in Australia and $27.99 in New Zealand! The captivating calendar’s alluring illustrations include Kaizemeramikagi the Lord of Snows in the White kimono drawing the sword amidst the wintry mountains…
Astramaithes the Queen of Fate in the sexy Black dress with embroidery to match the trees’ golden flowers; Kyarin & Asiria the Queen of Knowledge in the ornately shimmering Golden gown amongst the field of flowers; Bellmaestra the Lady of Pain in the strapless Black dress upon the terrace overlooking the spooky woods…
Severius & Desdaemona in the strapless gown as she nocks an arrow and glares our way in the dark forest; Sekkerastoya the Queen of Silk in the magnificent phoenxy & floral Chinese gown in the breathtaking garden; Furionchires the Queen of Battles kneeling with the katana, serpentine tattoos, Black bikini & Red dragon…
Corsair Daemira in her regal nautical uniform with the sword & Furionchires as the Red dragon upon the beach; Severius the Lord of Time with the long White hair, Black leather, cape, staff & dragon near the fiery inferno; Zsofia in her sexy bare – midriff outfit with Severius as the Black dragon summoning the Wintry lightning ..
Tais & Severeielle the Queen of Shadows in her flouncy Red dress with the plunging neckline amongst the roses; and in “Always” we see the fae in the Red & White gown & lovely lepidopteran wings with the sword & dragon! I will give this supurrb collection of mighty majestic ladies an “A” as in their friend Asiria the Queen of Knowledge! Nextly i would like to discuss
The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist!
We greatly admire the legendary Syd Mead http://www.sydmead.com who is famous for magnificent industrial design, conceptual art and paintings! He is why Mike was inspired to get the industrial design degrees, you know! We have many of the books, calendars, prints, magazines & videos about Mead’s profoundly beautiful, visionary works, so we were very eagerly awaited this’un!
Published last month by Titan Books,The Movie Art of syd mead: Visual Futirist is a 12.5″ tall x wide 9.375″ x 1″ thick hardcover book has the dust jacket and 256 full color pages. It is priced at $49.95 in the USA, $65.95 in Canada, and £34.99 in the UK. It was written by Syd Mead & designer / professor Craig Hodgettes, with the forward by Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villenuve!
This great big book focuses only upon his cinematic works, and not upon his extensive automotive, aviation, naval, architectural, consumer product, electronic media, fine arts or other briliant works. Some of the material has been previously collected in his Sentinel and Sentury series, Krono series, Studio Image series, Oblagon, Techno Fantasy Art, and Future Concepts books.
However there are many images that I have not seen before! This book includes the chapters pertaining to Star Trek – The Motion Picture, Tron, Blade Runner, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Short Circuit, Aliens, Strange Days, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission to Mars, The Core, A Sound of Thunder, Yamato 2520, Grand Odyssey, Mission: impossible III, Elysium, and Bladerunner 2049!
I was surprised to find no chapters devoted to Gundam, L.A. 2015 or Tomorrow Land, but there are chapters devoted to movies that did not get made, such as Belittled, Ektopia, Escort, The Jetsons, Lunar Scout Commandos, Sandblast, Schizoid,Topeka, and the Forbidden Planet remake. Some of the chapters are more extensive than others.
There are 2 pages apiece for Strange Days, Ektopia, Escort, Grand Odyssey, Mission to Mars, Schizoid, and A Sound of Thunder, whilst there are 12 pages apiece for 2010 and The Core, 17 pages apiece for Tron and The Jetsons, 20+ pages apiece for Aliens, Elysium and Topeka. The lion’s share goes to Blade Runner with 67 pages!
It is such the sumptuous collection, with many the full – page pics and two – page spreads! I will most heartily recommend this impresssive book to the fans of Syd Mead,those particular movies, industrial or cinematic design and science fiction artistry! That is all for the reviews, but to continue the art topic, here is Petra to present the latest
additions to The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Arigato, nya! For those here for the first time, Galleries 1-8 of The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art display images by Mike, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-4 display images by other folks totally with their purrmissions, and Mike’s collaborative images with other artists can be found throughout the mewseum, nya! The images include illustrations, photographs and mixed medias, nya!
For those here for the first time, Galleries 1-8 of The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art display images by Mike, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-4 display images by other folks totally with their purrmissions, and Mike’s collaborative images with other artists can be found throughout the mewseum, nya! The images include the illustrations, photographs and the mixed medias, nya!
The most recent pics will be the lowermost row of the cropped widdle “thumbnail” sized portions of the pics in a gallery, and you have to click on those to see the uncropped full pics, nya! We have added 4 illustrations to fill up Guest Gallery 4 and 2 illustrations to Gallery 8, nya! Some of those depict tastefully nude or semi – nude characters, but they are not hentai, nya.
In Guest Gallery 4 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest4.html
we are purroud to purrsent the “Holo” fan art by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was the guest for our September 2009 Mew, nya! She used the pencil, pen and the colored pencils upon the toned papurr to illustrate Holo, the wise wolf goddess of the wheat harvest from the Spice & Wolf fantasy novels, manga & anime, nya! I think that this illustration supurrbly captures Holo’s bittersweet beauty and spirit, including her lovely lupine ears and tail, nya!
Then we have the illustration of Rebecca’s original character, the “Dragon Mother” in her semi-human form with the Gold horn, wings, tail and egg. nya! She is voluptuously gorgeous with the Red eyes and Raven – Black hair in contrast with her fair skin tone, but she has survived the rough life, and pensively hopes that she and her hatchling will have the happy, healthy home here at our island since she was rescued from a cruel place where dragons are unwelcome, nya.
We can vouch that she will be amidst the friendly populace who welcomes folks of all species, such as her foxy neighbor, Trini-chan’s frisky foxy cousin Tahni “The Desert Fox”, nya! Tahni has the lovely Red vulpine ears, hair and White – tipped tail, wearing just the feathered headband, loincloth and tribal tattoos, nya! The paw purrint tattoo upon her shoulder is quite cute, nya! We hope that past those desert rocks and cacti awaits her a purretty oasis full of food and fun, nya!
Lastly but not leastly is our web master Jamie’s fan art of Cat People’s Irena, nya! Mike commissioned this supurrb illustration to comeowmerate the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Cat People movie, and the 35th anniversary of the 1982 remake, nya! Simone Simon (left) starred as Irena the were – panther in the 1942 movie and its 1944 sequel of The Curse of the Cat People; whilst Nastassia Kinski (right) starred as Irena in the 1982 remake of Cat People, nya!
You know, The Curse of the Cat People was directed by Robert Wise, who decades later directed Mike’s favoritest movie Star Trek – The Motion Picture, but I have stray – catted off topic, nya! Of course, Jamie is no stranger to writing & illustrating the tales of ailuranthropic ladies, such as Chelsea the witchy were-panther & her merc were-leopurrd Corrine in his web comic Clan of the Cats, and Chelsea’s cute were-leopurrd daughter Charlotte in the Sebo web comic, nya!
Then in Gallery 8 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery8.html
we have Mike’s illustrations of the Orisha Goddesses “Aja” and “Oshun”, nya! Mike used Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to illustrate of “Aja” the goddess of nature, forest and hunt; and “Oshun” the goddess of love femininity, sexuality and love in the Yoruba religion nya! They are among the heroes in Legacy of The Gods, a serialized purrose urban fantasy tale by our friend Sharon Williams http://sailorsirius.webs.com, who was the November 2014 guest of The Mew, nya!
Sharon’s delightful original tales o fthe diverse young heroines include Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer, Okami no Hime, and currently the Legacy of the Gods, nya. She has also written the Sailor Moon – inspired Sailor Sirius “fan senshi” tales, nya! In Legacy of the Gods, the team of high school students receive the supurr powers from the deities to battle the invading supernatural villains and evil monsters in contempurrary New Orleans , nya!
Aja’s human teen girl avatar is Billie who is the athletic soccer athlete, whist Oshun’s human teen girl avatar is Hazelynn who is the trendy fashionista, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen Mike’s pics of Billie, Hazelynn, Maybelle, Keisha, Erin, Hattie, and Sharon’s other characters, nya? Legacy of the Gods is up to 40 chapters thus far, and y’all can read it at Sharon’s gallery at DeviantArt http://rose74.deviantart.com, nya! So, what do y’all think of the latest art, nya?
I think that Rebecca so wonderfully captured Holo’s magnificently bittersweet beauty and spirit!
I think that the compurrsition, symmetry, pose, expurression, lines, color and shading are great!
I love the details such as Holo’s ears, tail & wheat, and Saeryu’s horns, elbow spikes & wing tips!
I like how the glow of the fire light seeps through the translucent membrane of Saeryu’s wings!
I am so glad that she has settled into the happy home here and I look forward to the egg hatch!
There is a nice sense of implied motion of Tahni’s tail swish as her head turns to glance over shoulder!
I like how the White accents her inner ear pinna, lip gloss, eye gleam, the feather and the beads, nya!
I think that also goes for the Irena pic! It is quite the sensual image of her incarnations!
There are such supple curves from the hair, cheeks, chin & neck to the collar bones, shoulder, tummy and hips!
The lighting is quite dramatic with the supurrb light spill, shading, shadows, and the gleaming eyes!
I like the contrast of Aja’s sheer white criss cross halter neck gown with her dark hair and cocoa skin tone.
Aja and Oshun have the serenely majestic cosmic ambience amongst the glistening stars of the nebulas!
Oshun has the seductive glance, lush hair and – and purretty floral lei amidst the chocolatey pink nebula, nya!
They were fun to illustrate and I look forward to Sharon’s next chapters! Ah, Petra, thank you for presenting the art!
Doitashimaste, nya! By the way, I should also mention that Mike and Jamie have also updated our purrofiles on the Meet The Critics page https://mewsings.wordpress.com/meet-the-critics-2, nya! And nyow to top off this month’s Mew it is time for
our favorite recent seafood images, nya!
Here are some of our favorite photos and illustrations of fish and other seafoods that have graced recent covers of cooking, angling, aquarium, and science purridocials, such as the tantalizing tarpon on the September / October cover of Tail, nya!
I will nominate the supurrb steelhead on the Fall cover of Flyfishing Journal, nya!
There is a tasty trout to tempt my tummy on the cover of Fly Fusion vol. 14 #4, nya!
I am purrticularly fond of that beautiful big Jack caught on the September cover of Florida Sportsman!
I have the craving for the succulent shrimp on the September cover of The Local Palate!
I like the mouth-watering Marlin on the cover of the Anglers Journal’s summer issue!
I like the “Where’s the Pitch?” painting of the Marlin by K.C. Scott on the cover of Marlin magazine vol. 36 #5, nya!
I do not eat fish, but Joseph R. Tomelleri & Flick Ford’s 12 Months of Fishing calendar for 2018 is a bumpurr crop of beautiful art!
Me neither, but I like the “Fall Slab”” painting by Larry Tople on the cover of In-Fisherman vol. 42 #6! fur shur!
“Shaking a Jake” by Charles Weiss is the perfect piscine painting to adorn the cover of Musky Hunter vol. 29 #1.
The Valentini toby looks appurrtizing in the aquarium on the July / August cover of Coral!
The bite-sized killies wrasse and zebra danio on the September cover of Practical Fishkeeping!
How about the Peacock Bass on the September / October cover of Amazonas?
The lovely largemouth bass caught on the cover of Bass Master vol. 26 #3! Yum yum!
The delicious – looking catfish reeled into the kayak on the cover of In-Fisherman’s 2017 Catfish Insider! Howboutchoo, Mike?
I wouldn’t mind some of that shrimp jambalaya that’s on the cover of the September / October issue of Louisiana Cookin’!
The cat lady sings…
This is making me hungry!
Fortunately it is not much longer until our customary AfterMew Luau!
Gosh, it looks like Tara-chan made it to the end without getting distracted!
That is two months in the row, but the night is still young!
Fortunately, I got a good photo of a purretty garden spider earlier today, nya!
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
We wish to thank Rebecca and Jamie for the beautiful art…
…the other talented folks whose works we discussed…
… Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
… Mike and Jamie’s hard – working computers…
… and our other friends, families and audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!
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Happy Tails to Mew – until we eat again! BAIBAI, NYA!