Rainbow Cinema Reviews – Part 1

Even from one-two years back, we’ve been meaning to start exploring lgbt-themed films both for our pleasure -as an extention of GL and BL stories- and to learn more about the cinematography of a community we’re part of. For the most part, don’t expect analytical posts; we’ll sum up our impressions, positive and negative, of the titles gathered every time and either recommend or discourage you from watching something you might regret. There’s always the possibility though, that we’ll find something so impressive and praise-worthy that we’ll dedicate a whole post to it.

For the first installment, we’ll take a look at 5 lesbian films -all of whom had lesbian directors. The films are reviewed in the order we watched them. Continue reading

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Lipstick, ties, blank cards and sexy times – a Queerotica review

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Queerotica is -obviously- a comics anthology that could be read very much like essays on what is queer and what is erotica. That was the concept behind this gathering of lgbtq artists; to express this intersection each in their own way. There were written answers to this question posed by the creative team of the project, too, but they were ommitted to let the comics speak by themselves, as the introduction informs us.

Now, the book does contain sexual activity: one would expect it from the title. The gorgeous pink and purple cover with all these hands linked suggest queerness, intimacy and perhaps naughtiness. Yet I have to underline that someone shouldn’t expect the same thing as what one gets from Smut Peddler. Nevertheless, Queerotica doesn’t lack beautiful artwork and romantic playful stories with a modest representation of different body traits . It’s just more than that and in that aspect it’s certainly interesting.  Continue reading

Devilman: The Birth

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Introduction

Devilman: The Birth (デビルマン 誕生編) is the first of the three Devilman OVAs I wish to review. It was first released on November 1, 1987 by King Records. Along with its sequel, The Demon Bird (デビルマン 妖鳥シレーヌ編), it is the closest thing to the original 1972 Devilman manga the world has experienced so far.

I decided to write this article because I consider Devilman to be extremely underestimated in comparison to other Nagai franchises [1], even though, in my opinion, it is his masterpiece. The article is full of spoilers, so be warned. Continue reading

We can do it! -a Taishou Baseball Girls review

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Taishou Baseball Girls (Taishou Yakyuu Musume) is one of those anime that at first seem pretty ordinary, due to their awfully cute design and the girls’ young age, but have an interesting premise; could baseball be an empowering activity for women who wished to gain independence in early 20th Century Japan. Fortunately, this is a case where our curiosity and interest for such stories led us to discover a great, sweet and thoughtful story.

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Everything will be all right! – a Cardcaptor Sakura review

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Left side: Shaoran Li, Meilin Li, Kero, Sonomi Daidouji, Touya Kinomoto, Fujitaka Kinomoto. In the middle: Sakura Kinomoto. Right side: Yue, Tomoyo Daidouji, Kaho Mizuki, Eriol Hiiragizawa, Suppi, Nakuru Akizuki.

Sakura Kinomoto was an ordinary 4th grader until the day she opened a strange book and let dozens of powerful magic cards loose on the world. Keroberos, the Guardian of the Clow Cards, informs Sakura that it is now her responsibility to find and capture the freed cards. However, much to the reluctant Sakura’s dismay, things aren’t going to be easy for her; simply saying magic words and waving her wand around isn’t good enough. Each card is a living, thinking, extremely powerful being. She’ll have to learn to cope with her new responsibilities, as well as ordinary troubles involving love, school, family, and friends. With the support of her friend Tomoyo and a young boy with powers of his own, she must learn how to use her newly awakened magical abilities to collect each card and prevent the disaster that will befall the world if she doesn’t.

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