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Title: Marebito (2004)

Director: Takashi Shimizu

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Back Cover Summary: Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto),a fragile cameraman who's afraid of the unknown that he's certain lurks around every corner, is the last person one would expect to rise to the occasion when courage is needed. But that he does when he winds up with an assignment that has him looking into an urban myth about specters that supposedly haunt Tokyo's subterranean travel system in this fantastical film directed by Takashi Shimizu.
Tagline: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

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Overalll score: 3.5/5

[MANGA](SHOUJOU) Samurai Baby

Title: Samurai Baby
Author: Wakatsuki Senju
Pricing: 390 yen + tax
Volume 1: 4-08-847581-X
Volume 2: 4-08-847648-4
Volume 3: 4-08-847733-2
Pages: 181//173//88 + (three bonus stories)
Scanslator: Shoujo Magic
Back Cover Summary: Mito and Seshiru have been friends since kindergarten. But, unlike the honor student Seshiru, Mito is always breaking school rules. One day, Mito gets in a fight with some of the girls at school...! And the transfer student Touma saves her?

Tagline: Mito was never a girl to sit back and allow her life to move by her; especially not when it came to defending her best friend or what she believed in. Now, with love as the motivation, Mito is hardly going to back down and demand less of her impromptu samurai, even with competition for both her affections and the affections of her target!

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On a scale of 1 (being horrible) to 5 (being fantastic):
Overall score: 3, for while being refreshing with a female lead I enjoyed, the series was good, not great. Mind you, I will rarely rate things 4, and next to never 5, unless really impressed. Recommended, but not with urgency.


Title: The Decoy Princess
Author: Dawn Cook
Pricing: $7.99
E-Bay: $3.29
Half.com: $2.47
Amazon.com: $3.33
BN.com: $4.15
ISBN: 0441013554

Back Cover Summary: Princess Contessa of Costenopolie knows everything a royal should about diplomacy, self-defense, politics... and shopping. She ought to. She had every reason to believe she was groomed to rule. But her next lesson is in betrayal...

The sudden arrival of her betrothed, a prince from the kingdom of Misdev, has forced Tess's parents to come clean: She's no princess. Their real daughter was raised in a nunnery for fear of assassins. Tess is nothing but a beggar's child bought off the streets as an infant and reared as a decoy.

So what's a royal highness to do when she discovers she's a royal target? Ditch the Misdev soldiers occupying the palace, use magical abilities she didn't even know she had, restore the real princess to the throne, and save her own neck. But first, Tess has to deal with the scoundrel who's urging her to run away from it all, and the Misdev captain who's determined to thwart her plans...

Tagline: Princess Contessa learns what it means to be herself once the very identity she'd grown to depend on is taken away, and she is left to fend for herself in a game where she doesn't know the rules and bring the true heir to the crown home safely - or risk losing the kingdom she cares so much about forever.

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On a scale of 1 (being horrible) to 5 (being fantastic):
Overall score: 3. While more entertaining than average, and with interesting characters, the novel itself doesn't stand up and grab me by the shoulders and demand attention. A good read for a weekend, or inbetween work or events.