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Regular contributor ("Carson City Limits" and other content) for Random Lengths (circulation 56,000) in San Pedro, CA, 2001-present. Manga reviewer: LA Alternative (circulation 150,000), 2005-2006. Some manga reviews also ran in NY Press around this time. Entertainment reporting: Music Connection (circulation 75,000), 1983-1906. Travel writing: Oakland Tribune (1998) and Life After 50 (2006). Other bylines: Goldmine, Star Hits, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Blade, BAM, Daily Breeze, LA Weekly. Specializations include community news reporting, writing reviews (book, theater, concert, film, music), copywriting, resumes, editing, travel writing, publicity, screenwriting, lecturing, and content development. Education: B. A. Theater Arts, UCLA. Post-grad work, Education, Chapman University.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Manga: Enchanter Review

NOTE: The following is an edited version of a manga review that orginally appeared in LA Alternative in 2006.

MANGA by Lyn Jensen

When Demons Make Love and War

Haruhiko’s got two women on his mind, his prim young teacher and the scantily-clad demon who wants his body. Her demon lover got knocked off in some metaphysical war and she’s looking for a replacement. So begins Enchanter by Izumi Kawachi, the latest shonen (boys’ action) manga from California-based Digital Manga Publishing (DMP). At ten volumes and counting, it’s a hot acquisition for DMP.

Although more a romantic comedy than the typical shonen action comic, this manga’s been compared to the very popular Fullmetal Alchemist. Absent, however, is FMA’s artistic creation of an alternate futuristic world that resembles early twentieth-century comics. The art of Enchanter is more contemporary-looking. Enchanter is rated 16-up.

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