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  • John D Rateliff
    Amused to come across two more references to Western fantasy in a Japanese manga, this time in NEGIMA: MAGISTER NEGI MAGI volume 10. The main character is a
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      Amused to come across two more references to Western fantasy in a
      Japanese manga, this time in NEGIMA: MAGISTER NEGI MAGI volume 10.
      The main character is a ten-year-old magician who's teaching a very
      strange class of Japanese junior high girls that includes a vampire,
      a ghost, a ninja, a mad scientist, and a robot, among others. In one
      episode, he goes on a kinda/sorta date with one of his students (a
      shy librarian) to a bookstore, where among the books they look at and
      praise are TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN and A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA (the cover
      of which is clearly shown). Apparently, according to the translation
      notes in the back of this volume, the literal Japanese title of the
      latter translates as "The Battle Against the Shadow" and the series
      to which it belongs as "Chronicles of Ged".

      And of course closer to home, Steven Colbert revealed his Tolkien
      geek credentials on his Wend. June 7th show, when he took CNN to task
      for a 6/6/06 broadcast, revealing that what they showed as the face
      of Satan in the background on one piece was in fact a blow-up of the
      Hildebrandts' Balrog. Never thought I'd hear the name "Thangorodrim",
      used correctly, from the lips of a Comedy Central fake news show
      host. Live and learn.

      --John R.
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