Friday, April 29, 2011

Seirei no Moribito-Anime at it's Best

Directed by:  Kenji Kamiyama
Studio: Production I.G

                                              The series premiere:  United States,  August 24, 2008
The series premiere:  Japan, April 7, 2007
Episodes: 26

This is my first Quest on Screen review.
Rules: Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.

Balsa is a spear-wielding warrior. She refers to herself as " a simple bodyguard" yet is obviously much, much more. Balsa has made a vow to save the lives of eight people. Her reasons for this atonement are hinted at, and then finally revealed as the story progresses. Upon entering a new city, she saves a young boy, (who happens to be the Second Prince of the imperial family) from droning. Shortly there after she is secretly called to the palace by his mother the Second Queen. She asks Balsa to take the prince away and guard him for the rest of his life, for his father the Mikado will murder him if she does not. You see it has been for told by the master star readers that the prince will be the bearer of a water demon that will bring drought and ruin to their country. Balsa agrees and she and Chagum begin their perilous journey together.

The way I see it: Rich, deep, complicated characters. Beautiful to the eyes, and compelling to the mind. Classic anime always contains a plethora of emotions and textures. Love, humor,'s all there. The animators (ARTISTS) have simply outdone themselves in this series. The use of light and shadow, coloration, layering and movement are amazing. Fight

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: I just can't find anything about this series I don't like. Maybe that it hasn't been made into an RPG

Love it or Leave it: A Ginormous Love It!!!!In my humble opinion.... It's a must see :D

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Dark Griffin

Written by: K.J. Taylor
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Penguin...Ace Fantasy
Pages: 369

This will be my second book for Quest The First.

Quest The First : Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

And my quest continues...This story begins with the early life of the dark griffin and his struggles to survive after his mothers untimely death.
It then switches over to the life of Arren, a griffiner, and the youngest to obtain that title. Although born free, he's also a Northerner by blood. A people known for their black magic and warlike nature, most Northerners are now slaves.  Arren, although born in the South, still carries the black hair and eyes of his race. Eluna, his partner, a white griffin, is the only thing that keeps the southern prejudices at bay, for the black robes as they're called, are truly loathed and feared by the southern people.
 In order to repay a debt, Arren and Eluna are given the opportunity to capture a wild griffin. This is where our characters meet for the first time, and where both of their lives are turned completely upside down.

The way I see it: The dark Griffin is a character of voraciousness and also an abundant amount if innocents. Both ferocious and childlike, I thoroughly enjoyed him. His emotions were quite simple, very black and white. Arren on the other hand has a great deal of conflicting emotions about who he is and where he truly belonges. He does everything he can to deny that part of himself so hated by the people around him. I believe they balance each other very well. It's a love hate relationship, but one of mutual respect. The real kicker to this book is finding out who the mastermind is. I was surprised to find out who actually put the wheels in motion, and how devious the plot really was.

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: Hmmmmm, well, although I believe the background info on the characters was needed, I wish they would have gotten together a little earlier in the story. I found myself waiting with baited breath....and then waiting some more.

Love it or Leave it: Even though the "actual story" had a bit of a slow start, I'd have to give this one a love it. The later parts of the book made it well worth the read. I found myself up much later than I should have been trying to finish it :D I'm very much looking forward to the next in the series.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Written By: Barb & J.C. Hendee
Copyright: 2003
Publisher:  Penguin
Pages 375

This will be my second book in the Once Upon A Time challenge and my first for Quest The First.
Quest The First : Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

And My Quest Begins....Magiere had been raised by her aunt. She had heard the stories of her father. The whispers among the villagers named him as unnatural. Her mother died giving birth to her, and her father moved on, not wanting to be burdened with an illegitimate child.
Ostracized and taunted by the villagers, the only kindness she knew was from her aunt. On her 16th birthday she was given a falchion and two mysterious necklaces, left to her by her father.
This is where her story truly begins.

Magiere abandons the place of her birth, and the memories that went with it. Living her life on the road, she soon meets  Leesil, a pick-pocket...or should I say, catches him, and his traveling companion, a wolf like dog named Chap. As they journey together, they conceive a plan that gives them a reputation for being vampire hunters. After "saving" yet another village Chap senses something stalking them and Magiere finds herself doing battle with a creature unlike anything she's ever encountered. As the battle goes on she finds herself ....changing. Not understanding what's  happening to her, she feels a hatred that she's never known. Magiere knows only one thing she must kill this creature at any cost.

The way I see it: It's interesting, I started out with one impression of the characters in this book, (not just Magiere and Leesil) and ended up with a completely different one. The authors introduced attributes of their personalities and pieces of their past in careful layers, which changed my opinion of the characters ever so slowly. For all that, I still found it to be a fast read, do in part, to the fact that I couldn't put it down at The biggest mystery of all of course, is Magiere who knows neither who, nor what she really is.

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: The only thing that bothered me a little bit about this book was the fate of two of the main vampire characters. I like to feel that characters deserve what they get, one way or another....greys are not my thing. I still wasn't sure of that at the end of this book...but then again, neither was Magiere.

Love it or Leave it: Looooved it :D I very much enjoyed the evolution of the characters. Especially Leesil, It took a while before I really "got him" if you know what I mean, and he was quite a funny fellow as well. I'll absolutely be purchasing the next book in the series.

On to my next book in Quest The First.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Well, the time has finally come...I have more books and games then home...actually that time has been in existence for many years BUT...I've finally done something about it. And my solution is...Da da da daaaaa..Bookcases :D. Yes..I've built them, much to the extreme pleasure of my husband. And here they are

It took me about two weeks total as I had to do them custom, (they're almost 9 feet) but but I'm really pleased with the results. As I told my husband...they're exactly as I'd envisioned them.
Once I got them done, I realized that building them was indeed the easy part. It seemed that EVERY room in my house, and in every nook and cranny, there was some sort of literature, video or game. It took forever to find everything and I'm pretty sure I've missed Most of the books went on the double shelves and I decided to store the majority of the baby books as my youngest is now 11, but some of them were too dear to me to part with in storage, so they stayed :D
Anyway, things are much neater now, and It worked out so well, I've decided to do some built in in this room as well...Quite the adventure