Middle of nowhere

In our family of there are our two boys and our princess in the middle. I say princess because gender stereotyping dictates that we call her that. She is something of a tomboy princess however, if that exists. With two brothers, one older and one younger, it's natural.

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

Skip Beat (TV)

Fans of the manga and anime Skip Beat can now enjoy it in a third way: a new live-action Taiwanese version, which began airing across the Strait just before Christmas.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A portrait of teenage angst

Artichoke Hearts Sita Brahmachari Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN 978 0 330 51791 1

You would expect something unusual from the latest winner of the prestigious Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in Britain, and you certainly get it in Sita Brahmachari's Artichoke Hearts.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Kimi ni Todoke (anime)

Otaku Zone's favourite high school dramedy Kimi ni Todoke makes a long-awaited return after a year-long hiatus. Since the first season aired in late 2009, Kimi ni Todoke has been made into a live-action film.

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Go Lala Go!

Starring: Xu Jinglei, Stanley Huang Li-sheng, Karen Mok Man-wai Director: Xu Jinglei Category: IIA (Putonghua and English)

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteriru (anime)

Demonic monsters are on the loose and it is up to an ancient clan of super-powered high-school students to stop them in the new anime show Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Lala spin-offs making millions

All of a sudden, Lala has become a household word in mainland cities.

It is the name of the heroine in a best-selling novel, a movie adaptation, an upcoming TV series and a stage play, and it has become a term for women in the rising middle class.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Dealing with taxing dorm mates

Living in a college dormitory can be fun, but if you do not get along with your roommates then it can become a nightmare.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Kaicho wa Maid-sama!

French maids and cafes, the two staples of otaku-ism, form the setting for a new high school comedy romance. Kaicho wa Maid-sama!, currently airing in Japan, hits all the right notes for hardcore otaku.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

What John says ...

If we can guess what's going to happen all the way through a story, it's tempting to skip right to the end. And if the plot merely consists of one happy event after another, or one sad incident after another, then we're unlikely to find it very interesting.

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Matching gear for mother and child

For local designer Jennifer Chan Wai-yee, there's nothing cuter than a mother and child in matching gear. That's the idea behind her new line, Jenn Yee Petite, which was launched on Saturday at an event doubling as the opening of her new workshop/retail studio on the fourth floor of 17 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Kimi ni Todoke (Manga)

Stock up on tissues, because the latest high school anime drama Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) is a uplifting and heart- warming tale about school life and the bonds of friendships that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

15 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Journey into a magical New York

The Boy Who Could Fly Laura Ruby Published by HarperCollins ISBN 978 0 00 721010 7

Laura Ruby's The Boy Who Could Fly is the second in her The Wall and the Wing series. It's a fun, off-the-wall read packed with excitement.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Gifted young duo battle chaos and evil in New York City

The Boy Who Could Fly Aka The Chaos King By Laura Ruby Published by HarperCollins ISBN 978 0 00 721010 7

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Not just a pretty face

She may be Japan's sweetheart, but Yuna Ito actually grew up in Oahu, Hawaii. Born to a Japanese father and a Korean-American mother, Ito is only 25 but already has a double-platinum debut album to her name, has starred in two movies, and has even sung a duet with her idol, Canadian super-songstress Celine Dion - at the diva's personal request.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am