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Romeo X Juliet

Anime Review

Gonzo/Funimation

2007

 

                An interpretation of one of William Shakespeare’s most remembered works, Romeo X Juliet takes place in a setting where the populace live in a floating continent high above the clouds known as Neo Verona and flying steeds are used as common transport, yet it retains the medieval romantic setting of the dramatic play on which the Anime is based on.  In this adaptation Juliet is the last descendant of the Capulet family, from whom the Montague assasinated and usurped their throne to the land.  Years later, she masquerades as a young boy living a double life as the avenging Red Whirlwind who is the voice of the people being oppressed by Prince Montague, while keeping her true identity secret to preserve her family bloodline.  She meets Romeo during one of her ventures, and both fall in love as the story unravels into something more than taking back the throne and restoring peace to the land.

                While it is indeed a beatiful adaptation and the opening song is a marvel to listen in every episode, the series often will confuse the viewer as to why it hops from the main protagonists to another thing altogether, such as the continent being held up by a mystical tree which is withering away, and the fact that Juliet is more than the true ruler of the land which is later mentioned as a passing statement during the final episodes, making it impossible to understand the entire story altogether.  The addition of said force keeping the land afloat in the sky is more like an aftertought added to close the series in a different way than what the play is based upon, and while it is indeed a nice touch, I would preferred if the creators of the series would;ve worked more on said part of the story and add to it than having to cram it all up at the last possible minute.

                Still, Romeo X Juliet is a great dramatic Anime filled with all the romance on which the Play is based on, and as an added bonus, a character named William makes his appearance as director of theatrical plays within the series.  The acting on the voice and characters are solid, believable, and all are likeable, even the vile Montague, who you will love to hate until his demise. 

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Batman: Other Realms
Comic Review
DC Comics
Mark Kneece, Scott Hampton, Bo Hampton
                In the first half of Other Realms, titled Destiny, Batman teams up with a descendant of a great race of warriors from Norway, who both must defeat a race of evil who are descendants of a common enemy both their ancestors met hundreds of years prior.  While they rediscover the deeds and quest of their past relatives, they find out more about themselves than what they first thought of, and the enemy that waits in the shadows.  On part two of the anthology, The Sleeping, Bruce Wayne suffers a dire accident that leaves him comatose and in a dark realm where the being known as the Soul Eater devours any who wanders through it.  There he meets a spirit that states he must find his twin soul in order to escape before the Soul Eater gets to him.  Batman meets two others and team-up to survive while they face their own realities and what could’ve been had they met in another life.  
                Destiny reveals a fantasy laden view of Batman, who already has a big mythology with alternate versions of himself trasversing other eras and universes, while expanding it into more wondrous tales of myth and folklore within its respective stories.  The Sleeping gives an aura in the shape of Stephen King-like storytelling, and a door to Batman’s most desired secrets as he fights the supernatural.  Other Realms satisfies the mind of any who craves a more sci fi fantasy approach to the Dark Knight.

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Batman: Other Realms

Comic Review

DC Comics

Mark Kneece, Scott Hampton, Bo Hampton

                In the first half of Other Realms, titled Destiny, Batman teams up with a descendant of a great race of warriors from Norway, who both must defeat a race of evil who are descendants of a common enemy both their ancestors met hundreds of years prior.  While they rediscover the deeds and quest of their past relatives, they find out more about themselves than what they first thought of, and the enemy that waits in the shadows.  On part two of the anthology, The Sleeping, Bruce Wayne suffers a dire accident that leaves him comatose and in a dark realm where the being known as the Soul Eater devours any who wanders through it.  There he meets a spirit that states he must find his twin soul in order to escape before the Soul Eater gets to him.  Batman meets two others and team-up to survive while they face their own realities and what could’ve been had they met in another life. 

                Destiny reveals a fantasy laden view of Batman, who already has a big mythology with alternate versions of himself trasversing other eras and universes, while expanding it into more wondrous tales of myth and folklore within its respective stories.  The Sleeping gives an aura in the shape of Stephen King-like storytelling, and a door to Batman’s most desired secrets as he fights the supernatural.  Other Realms satisfies the mind of any who craves a more sci fi fantasy approach to the Dark Knight.

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