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Lost Girl

This is a contemporary fantasy/ paranormal murder mystery kind of series that features a succubus playing a PI.

 

The story begins with the heroine, Bo, working at a bar. Some sleazy guy tries to give her a drugged drink, and after she shuts him down he moves on to target a young girl. Bo follows them onto an elevator, and just before the guy is about to make him move on the kid, Bo makes a move on him. She kisses him… but the kiss turns into her sucking out his life force. The kid, Kenzi, follows Bo home and becomes her accomplice throughout the series. The police track Bo down and finds out that these two police officers aren’t exactly what they seem to be, and neither is she. They take her to a building and a guy tells her that she is fae, and like all of the other fae, she must choose a side to align herself with, light or dark. Bo chooses neither of these and instead strikes out on her own, with Kenzi, and ends up becoming a paranormal PI, to help people with potentially deadly problems others would just laugh off.

 

 

The episodes usually involve some sort of unexplainable problem like a kid who disappeared, or a senseless murder, something that is unfortunate, but can be passed of as an everyday issue, it doesn’t need an explanation. Bo however is hired, or somehow drawn into this situation and unlike other people, she digs a little deeper and finds out that there is something a little too fantastical about the situation to be normal, and then goes on to discover a different type of fae. Bo of course doesn’t know any types of fae, not even what she herself is (until it is explained to her) because she was abandoned by her fae parents to grow up with human foster parents. Her first encounter with her abilities is when she was having her first relationship with a boy. He would up dead. As a succubus, Bo gets energy from feeding off of desire and lust, but as a beginner, she is unable to control herself, and ends up killing whoever she tries to sleep with or kiss, as humans can’t take her power.

 

Bo’s ultimate objective is to find out who her parents were and why they abandoned her.

 

When I first heard of the series I didn’t really want to watch it. It sounded campy and cheesy and striving to be another CSI spinoff show. When I actually got into it however I really started to enjoy it. Yes it does have it’s share of cheesy lines, cheesy cheesy lines, but the story is good. A private investigator is actually a perfect occupation to introduce people who don’t know about the faerie world to the different kinds of fae. A PI ignorant of the fae is even better. If you’re not too comfortable with sexuality this show might make you a little uncomfortable. There isn’t any showing of parts, but it’s a show about a succubus, so sex will be involved. She has sex to heal herself as well as to feed, and she doesn’t pay attention to little things like gender. Where I am now in the show she has two potential lovers, rivals in love if you will, and one is a man, a werewolf, and the other is a human woman. As would be expected of a show of this nature, there is also a bit of gore. The show really grows on you though. I was skeptical at first, but I’m actually really looking forward to watching the next episode.

 

All in all I recommend that you check it out, as it’s pretty good! And informative.

http://www.showcase.ca/lostgirl/about.aspx

 

Here is the intro of the show.

 

And here is Anna Silk talking about the series.

 

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This is a mini-series that the SyFy network put out (the same people who made the Tin Man mini-series for those who’ve seen that. If not I recommend that you do).

Have you ever wondered who Peter Pan was before he became Peter Pan and why he can’t remember who he is? Why isn’t he like the other lost boys and more like a faerie? Who was Captain Hook before he was Captain Hook and why does hate Peter Pan so much? What is Neverland and how did they all end up there?

This series is sort of an origins series and answers all of those questions and more. The story opens in turn-of-the-century London, England. Peter and the lost boys are a gang of pickpockets, who all report to one Jimmy Hook. Certain events result in them all being mysteriously sent to a foreign land, a foreign planet. From there alliances are made, and broken. Many things are discovered, both by the characters about this new land and themselves, as well as by the audience, as they discover how and why things are as they are in Barrie’s end product.

I’ve always loved the story of Peter Pan and I have to say that I really enjoyed this mini-series. There were some slip-ups here and there (like Peter’s new sensory abilities being able to locate the smallest things, but then failing when there’s a huge spider behind him). I thought the explanations were well done and plausible and the series over all was very active and imaginative. I was captivated from the outset, the story really drew me in and kept me wanting to know more. Other than the sensory thing, the one thing I didn’t really like was how Tinker Bell and the other fairies were depicted. I thought that there were many more options that would have been more successful, with either character actors or computer graphics. I was really disappointed when I saw the fairies. On a lighter note, Smee is played by the same actor that played him in Hook.

Overall, I recommend it.

Here’s the trailer

You can check the SyFy page for more info http://www.syfy.com/neverland

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Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was one of the most important ballerinas of the 20-th century. Unlike other female ballerinas of the time she were very muscular and shapely, she was very slender and fragile-looking. She was most noted for her roll in the ballet The Dying Swan, and was the first ballerina to tour the world. The following photographs were shot by Ira L. Hill . For more information on Anna Pavlova you can check out this website http://www.russianballethistory.com/annapavlovathelegend.htm


Here is a fan posted video of a Pavlova dancing a couple of minutes of The Dragonfly

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This is a cute little musical short by Merrie Melodies about a couple of mermaids who find a sunken treasure ship. The two play a little, the boy doing a little Charlie Chaplin imitation, when all of a sudden an octopus kidnaps the girl and the boy must go save her! A lot of the time the mermaids walk on their fins as if they were feet rather than swim. It’s a fun little cartoon.

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This is a fun little spin folder that asks the eternal question… What would fairy do? There are several actions surrounding a picture of a fairy, and after flicking the spinner, the arrow will point a an action that you can do! Or try to do anyway.

http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/What-Would-a-Fairy-Do%3F-Deluxe-Spin-Folder.html

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This is an app for your phone/ iPad/ what have you, featuring a fairy named Lila. From the looks of it there isn’t that much to it. There is basically a CG fairy against a backdrop and she sings and casts spells, sometimes summoning some animals.

Here is a series of clips someone put together demonstrating some of the different things Lila does

       

You can check it out here http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/talking-lila-the-fairy/id416343455?mt=8

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This is a story about an elementary aged school girl named Hinamori Amu. She’s known as the cool girl, or the tough girl in her school because of her non-nonchalance and tough-guy attitude, but really, Amu is very different from her exterior. One day when she wakes up, there are three eggs in her bed, and one by one these eggs hatch into little guardian beings the represent who Amu would really like to be. Amu is recognized as a ‘character bearer’ and is asked to join an elite club at school called The Guardians, the members of which also have guardian beings of their own. As the plot progresses, Amu finds out that there is something or someone out there trying to take the dreams of children away and turn them into negative self-doubt, for some unknown and evil purpose. It is up to Amu, with the help of her new friends, to save the dreams of these kids and stop whoever is behind the attacks.

The basic premiss of the show is that all children have dreams and hopes and desires in regards to who they want to be when they grow up. Some may want to be really good at baking, some may want to be really good at art, some may just want to make other people happy. In the show these dreams are represented by eggs, which is nice in theory, I mean you give birth to this wish but don’t know what it is until it hatches into something. But I have to very honest, it’s only after watching two seasons of the show that I was able to stop cracking up at the whole egg idea (yes? yes.). To top it off there are these magical items in the show, a lock held by Amu, and a key held by one of her love interests, and these are called, wait for it…. the Humpty Lock. And the Dumpty Key. I laughed my way through the first ten episodes. I mean the episodes were good… but sometimes the execution was just ridiculous. Oh  Japan, how I admire and love you.

Aside from some funnier elements of the show, the story was actually really well done. The plot, while dragging in some places (as do most in the magical girl genre.. what with the capturing and everything), was surprisingly well thought out and intricate compared to others in the genre. The show is basically playing with the idea of having a dream or a goal, or even an idealized version of yourself that you’d like to one day achieve. But of course, everyone has doubts and fears, especially when what they’re dreaming for is very important, and sometimes that fear or that lack of self-confidence can get the better of you and make that dream seem impossible. One of the main objectives in the show was that Amu cleanse all of the ‘x eggs’ or the eggs that were consumed by self-doubt. While this got a bit tedious by the second season, for the most part a little lesson about the human psyche was learned with each cleansing. Sometimes through the dialogue of the characters, sometimes just by observing the situation. This is coming to me at a time in my life when I’m also struggling with these issues, so I might be over-playing the whole ‘finding yourself’ theme.. but it’s good.

The characters were also well done. None of the characters were one dimensional… which can sometimes happen in animes. There was at least one episode devoted to developing each of the side characters to augment the personality they usually display. I won’t go too much into character development because one of the best things about these kinds of shows it the anticipation of wondering when certain things will happen, and the surprise when they throw you something from left field. If you’re familiar with manga and anime, the surprises won’t be entirely shocking, but if you’re not… they might be. And if you’re not I suggest you get into it!! If you are willing to go there, I don’t know what it is, but the Japanese are some of the best when it comes to emotional turmoil, both romantically and not. Anime/ manga or tv drama, it is definitely something to experience.

But yes. All of the characters are pretty strong, each in their own way. And what I enjoy about Amu (in terms of personal strength) is that when the show opens she has this tough, ‘strong’ exterior that she almost hides behind, and many people might consider that exterior to be true strength, but as the show progresses she finds a new kind of strength. If I were to relate Shugo Chara! to anime’s that have come before it, I’d say that it’s a combination of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s like Sailor Moon because of the purifying souls idea, and the team of helpers that can all transform, but unlike Sailor Moon, Amu is very self-confident and doesn’t rely on some guy to fight her battles, nor does she enter into any unhealthy relationships. And it’s like Cardcaptors because the show is really about personal development and inner strength, but there it more magic and transforming than Cardcaptors.

So again, though some parts of the show might be hard to swallow at first, if you stick with it you’ll be rewarded with cute story about personal strength!

And just to clarify, the Guardian Characters aren’t technically faeries, but they look close enough… and some people could say that faeries are a representation of your hopes or wishes… and fairies are mentioned in the story!!!

Here’s the intro I watched the whole thing on crunchyroll.com. No this hasn’t been officially dubbed in English yet. Yes the manga (where the story originated) may be obtained and read in English.

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