Lots of neat stuff for you on the J-List homepage. First of all, we’ve got new dojinshi! Four new books, and lots of copies of each. Included are the excellent Night Song of the Sakura and A Harvester be Known as Death (which were on the list for a few minutes during the Great Dojinshi Feeding Frenzy of last month), as well as two new titles, Sakura no Fubuki and a great item for Final Fantasy VII fans, Limit Break. See all of these on the dojinshi page.
Moving right along, we’ve got new magazines, including new issues of Sakuranbo Tsushin and Milky Tsushin, Panst Freak, Video Boy, and more. Fans of hentai art will enjoy the new Fantatajenne, as well as CD ROM Collection vol. 7 and 8 and a dynamite new item, CD ROM Choice Deluxe, a great oversize edition of the excellent CD ROM Choice that is similar to the Fantajenne CD ROM editions in the massiveness of images (over 1000).
Chiharu and I took in the End of Evangelion movie last night. While I enjoyed it, I have to say it gave me the creeps. Picture the freaky weirdness you felt when watching Akira for the first time, when Tetsuo morph into an old man, then into a baby. Picture that creepy weirdness amplified over two hours, and that’s what the End of Evangelion is. On the plus side, many great “classic” Gainax scenes, as well as many good, rewarding deaths, although this is the most wantonly violent piece of Japanese animation you will ever see (don’t show it to someone who’s not used to the genre). If anyone knows of any homepage providing an explanation (and/or an English translation) I’d appreciate it.
Japan continues to mourn Princess Diana. Television specials about her life and death are on nearly every hour of the day and night, and the newscasters reporting on the official funeral in London do so wearing black, with bouquets of white chrysanthemums arranged behind them. Above the flowers, a picture of Diana happy, smiling, in Japanese tradition. I can’t imagine anyone whose death could have affected so many all the way in Japan as Diana’s.