Thursday, April 16th, 2009

akibaatdeep21Akibahabara@deep now up to the third volume but I wanted to post on the second before I get to far behind …

In the second volume Page , Akira and the rest of the @deep company move into the online game world, an MMO in the vien of World of Warcraft or Lineage2, to find Yui the originator of the @deep mascot software. The only problem with going into Aquila is that the MMO game world is owned by Digicap, the corporate enemy of Akihabara@deep. Of course Yui resides deep in the most difficult dungeon in all of Aquila and setting up an almost inevitable confrontation with Page’s nemesis in the corporate world of Digicap. 

The pacing is well done and although some parts of the confrontation are cliche and very predictable it is suspenseful and dramatic. Yui’s fate and the addition of new members to the @deep team who happen to fill much needed roles (corporate lawyer anyone?) really set the tone and I immediately jumped to Amazon and preordered the next volume in the series.

you can get Akihabara@deep volume 2 from Amazon now at this link.

Love and Pop is Hideki Anno’s movie of the novel Topaz 2. It is about 4 teen schoolgirls in Tokyo and the involvelment in the practise of enjo kosai or compensated dating the practise of salarimen in japan to pay young girls to go on dates with them. From the Wiki:

The film follows four Japanese high school girls who engage in enjo kosai, or compensated dating. This is a practice in Japan where older businessmen pay teenage girls more commonly to simply spend time with them, or rarely for prostitution. The movie is also a coming-of-age story. The main character, Hiromi, does not have the direction in life that her friends already have. Hiromi’s friends were going to buy Hiromi a ring, but Hiromi refuses to take all the money because she doesn’t want her friends to be jealous. Hiromi goes on dates by herself to get money for the ring. Soon, she gets in over her head. Hiromi falls too far into the world of enjo-kosai as she tries to hold onto a “friends forever” vision of the past.

Anno (of Neon Genesis Evangelion  fame) uses a digital video camera to get very unusual angles and set the tone. The way the salarimen pop out of the woodwork at the girls is just creepy!!