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animefringe august 2003 / table of contents
In this month's issue:
Cover Story:
By Patrick King

Jiro, an android gifted with a human conscience and tremendous combat potential, is orphaned right before he's activated when the lab he was created in is destroyed by fire. Set adrift in the world with only his maker's daughter and young son to aid him, he must find his reason for existing. It wouldn't be quite so hard if an evil scientist wasn't out to subvert his advanced technology for his own dastardly purposes...

By Ridwan Khan

Ringu was a surprise hit in Japan, even prompting the creation of an American remake. However, the Japanese film industry has not been resting on its laurels. This month, Animefringe takes a look at two Japanese horror films, Juon and Audition, two flicks that are guaranteed to send chills down your spine.

By Adam Arnold

As if awaking from a dream, Rakka finds herself in a world that's totally new. With vague memories of her life before and a pain in her back, she turns over and prepares for her wings to sprout. Haibane Renmei answers the age-old question of the existence of angels in a way that has not ever been seen before. But are the haibane really angels? No one really knows, but they seem just like you and I.

By Dillon Font

Most of the shoujo manga released over here paints a beautiful, touching, yet dramatic vision of living life as a woman in Japan today. Reiko Momochi's Confidential Confessions shakes things up, giving us an honest yet harsh vision of the realities of today, through a series of short stories depicting some hard times. Shoujo, not for the faint of heart.

By Adam Arnold

Something is stirring in the land of Clow. Princess Sakura has fallen under a deep sleep, and only Li Shaoron has the power to awaken her. But should he succeed, his beloved will know not who he is and they must start anew. Welcome to Tsubasa, CLAMP’s latest and quite-possibly strangest series yet. Featuring an alternate universe, versions of the Cardcaptor Sakura cast, and literally dozens of faces pulled from every CLAMP title to this point, Tsubasa is the series that finally gives some clear idea of just how big the CLAMP universe is.

By Patrick King

Show Zama, a young Japanese man, couldn't have possibly foreseen his destination when he mounted his motorcycle for a typical night's journey. While riding the bike, he was enveloped by a shimmering glow. As the familiar scenery of his native land faded away, the fantastic realm of Byston Well materialized before his eyes. Quickly, he discovers he is meant to participate in a looming war as an Aura Battler - a giant flying mech. But is he on the right side?

By Ridwan Khan

A bevy of cute girls, adrenaline-pumping action, and a little bit of heart make the live action version of You're Under Arrest! one of the best Japanese doroma you'll never see.

By Dillon Font

Dialogue? Who the hell needs dialogue anymore in this day and age? Popee, Kedamono, and Papi live a crazy existence, portrayed with unique 3D animation and a whimsical score. Fans of the old silent film comedies or old-school Looney Tunes? Here is an obscure gem for you.

By Adilah Hussein

Remaking music for the last 15 years, B'z remains one of Japan's best-selling and well-known bands. Having spread their wings to Hong Kong and Taiwan, B'z will be gracing the shores of North America with 6 live concerts in October. This month in Animefringe, we'll find out what all the B'z is about!


Editorial:
By Patrick King

You can't take two steps into a bookstore (or even video store) nowadays without bumping into some manga. However, if you frequent the major chains, there's a good chance that the manga you're bumping into is the same everywhere you go. This month, Patrick is raising a call to arms for manga lovers everywhere to search for those elusive backlist manga titles.


By Ridwan Khan

Reviewed this month:
Anime / Domestic
By Danielle D'Ornellas
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Import
By Ridwan Khan
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Danielle D'Ornellas
Video Game / Import
By Ridwan Khan

By Steve Diabo

By Holly Kolodziejczak

Word Searches:
By Adam Arnold
By Adam Arnold
Volume 4, Issue 8   •   August 2003

Layout Editor
Adam Arnold
Content Editor
Holly Kolodziejczak
Assistant Editor
Sam Zimmerman
Webmaster
Steve Diabo
Assistant Webmaster
Adam Arnold
Design / Graphics
Steve Diabo
Neil Creek
Translator
Ever Cheung
Staff Coordinator
Steve Diabo

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