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Anime Review: Samurai Champloo

Posted on January 25th, 2016 by jkenney@private.bpl.org in Movies, Music, Programs, Reviews - Staff, Reviews - Teens, Teen Services

samurai champloo

Samurai Champloo is an action [shonen] anime from 2004-2005.  Based on the original manga, this story is an adventure combined with poignant drama and comedy that follows the heroine’s search for the “Samurai that smells of sunflowers.”  We have some episodes available on DVD but the title is widely available over streaming sites.  Ask your teen librarian!

The three main characters are Fuu, Mugen and Jin.  Fuu is a teenage girl with a happy-go-lucky attitude and always seems to be hungry.  She is searching for the famous samurai.  Jin is a ronin [roaming samurai] with the classic stern character of the period.  He wears glasses which were actually available at the time but his are modern and lend a stylish flare to his otherwise quiet character.  He is of course, a master swordsman.  Mugen is another great swordsman but of an unconventional style.  He wears his hair in short crazy dreadlocks, and his sword is curved more like a scimitar with z shaped hilt.  He has a chip on his shoulder and is always looking for a fight.

The art work is quite good with strong “brush lines” and solid earthy colors.  The drawing style is slightly elongated with a linear quality that distinguishes it from other modern series such as Fairy Tail and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.  One great feature of this series is the inclusion of Hip Hop music and samples.  The theme music is a hip hop song that viewers will probably want to listen to each episode.  Hip hop culture and even Chinese kung fu are referenced several times during the series and at least once each with more focus in their own episode.  These elements as well as a few other surprises add an entertaining enhancement to the ongoing story line and themes.  Fight sequences are strong and dynamic, and character development is sensitive and engaging.  Viewers will not be disappointed.

Using Spotify

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by Angela in Music, Technology, Teen Services
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Are you a fan of music? Do you sometimes wish that you sometimes wish that you could listen to an entire album before you purchase it? Want to find out more artists similar to the the bands or artists you are currently listening to?

Well, Spotify available for you!  Below are tutorials on how you can get started and use Spotify, a free software for your computer.

Spotify is a great tool to learn about new music, share music with friends and create playlists.

Part I

Part II

Part III

 

 

 

 

If you happen to make a playlist, comment below with a link to your playlist!

Awesome People Reading

Posted on April 5th, 2012 by Laura in Books, Movies, Music, Teen Services
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If you’re anything like me, sometimes all you want is to look at pages and pages of pictures of awesome people reading. Luckily for me, the Awesome People Reading Tumblr is ready and waiting! Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find there:

 

 Katniss reading on the set of The Hunger Games

Jimi Hendrix, reading while groovy

Ryan Gosling reads the classics

Darth Vader has excellent taste

Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama kick back with a book

Go see who else has been cracking the covers of a good book at the Awesome People Reading Tumblr!