Sunday, September 23, 2007

Anime Pacific Episode 41: Autumn Anime Season Preview # 2

Download Episode 41 here.

I think I've found the reason for our spike in female listeners.

First, apologies! I never supplied the link to Star Crossed Anime Blog like I promised. However, I'm sure any remotely sentient being would have just typed "Star Crossed Anime" in google.

Shootin' The Breeze

We finally crossed the coveted, 3 digit feedburner listeners score. (Although my stats show that we reached that milestone months ago!)
And now have about 1/16 the ratings of Anime World Order. I'm sure they feel suitably threatened.

As I promised that I would rat on other podcasters once we hit 100 listners, I let loose!

We were mentioned at Aint It Cool News, oh joy! Check this link out, there's some jolly nice stuff featured that we talk about.

I also mention the joy of travelling to Japan via Indian Airlines.

And, because we kept making jokes about "Left Behind", here's a totally non Anime / Pacific related video, that's simply hilarious.

Alex also has an emotional rant about how the Yen is at rock bottom and the Canadian dollar is doing great. Which might sound fantastic, but all his savings are still in Japan.

Season Preview # 2:

Night Wizard

A mysterious transfer student!? A run down school club!? Magic and alternate worlds with high school age characters!? Ingenious! How on earth did they think about this?

Soukou Kihei Votoms: Pailsen Files

An OVA sequel to one of the greatest Mecha Anime of all time? Yes please!


Making an anime based off cute marketing characters is nothing new. Having those cute characters be different types of bacteria, is. The synopsis sounds extremely funny and original, something sadly lacking this anime season.

Shugo Chara

Good for the kids, and younger girls. Sadly, I have a feeling most of the downloaders will be lonely 35 year-old males.

Ghost Hound

Whilst it sounds like a bad Hanna Barbera cartoon of the 60's, this deserves mention just for the talent behind it alone.

It's a wrap!

I chat about Mid-Autumn festival, one of my favourite festivals.

But forget that, I want me some Mooncakes!

And because me and Alex are sick of stories with young teens as the main stars, check out Shady Acres!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Episode 40: Autumn Anime Season Preview # 1

Download Episode 40 here.

Yes, we took the "easy" way out this week. We blabbed on about half of the the upcoming shows for the upcoming "fall" Anime season. This wasn't out of laziness mind you. On the contrary, Alex was near death in fever, yet the show must go on!

We used the list from the Star Crossed Anime Blog. It's a great blog, even if we don't always agree with the opinions expressed within.

Shootin The Breeze

There's a monkey on the loose downstairs. No. Really!

I kind of reminisce about the things I'll miss, in my current "estate", and the things I will absolutely NOT miss.

As Richard Simmons was once again mentioned, check out this hilarious clip:

Autumn Preview # 1:

Today, we talked about:

Macross F (Frontier)

About a Frontier migration fleet! Isn't that what Macross 7 was about?

Kodomo No Jikan Aka. Set the reputation of anime back 20 years.


Gonzo's "bit of everything" anime. We'd rather see a master craftsmen instead of an "ok" Jack-Of-All-Trades.

Heroes Tale: Juushin Enbu

No aura of pretense, just a good action show for boys. I'm looking rather forward to this one.

Genshiken: Season 2

Do we really need to mention this? Of course we'll be watching!

Prism Ark (Moe Fantasy)

Myself: Yourself

Of all the cliche-ridden love shows, this is the one that we would be most likely to give the time of day, as Alex believes certain aspects show promise if depicted in the right way.

Kite Liberator

Rental Magica (Harry Potter For Hire?)

Gundam 00

It's got to be better than Seed, right?

It's a wrap!

Perhaps you might not agree, but our philosophy is "a lackluster show is better than no show". Kudos to Alex for recording this despite his condition.

Until next week!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Episode 39: I am protodevlin!

Download Episode 39 here.

If you're wondering why there seems to be a general absense of male, cowboy strippers, it's most likely due to the fact that it's Alex's birthday!

Shootin' The Breeze

In the span of a week, I sold my apartment and bought a new one, Huzzah!
Alex also discusses what he did, or didn't do for his birthday.

We also talk about the consequences of celebrities leaking a naked photo and/or sex video in the US compared to Asia. Lovely topic for a supposed "Anime podcast" is it not?

Toby MacGuire to helm live action Robotech movie

Alex's dream has come true; Toby MacQuire has blown him............away, with the news that he'll be producing and possibly staring in a live action adaptaion of Robotech.

Promos Played:

Up A Paddle
Lather's Blather
R5 Central

Shoutout: Animefe

Male Mail

Bort2Bort kindly e-mailed us and let us know that torrentspy is no longer accepting US visitors and as such, the torrent link that I posted in my review of Koroshiya Ichi aka. Ichi The Killer is unavaiable for those residing in the US.

As it is scanlated by Band Of The Hawks, the torrent links to both high res and low res versions should be obtainable there.

Monolith e-mailed in regards to Shenmue and "Junior Idols".

Here's an interesting article regarding this at Japundit.

Rant: I'm sick to dead of the "puppy face" that's all the rage in Asia

Here's a good example of how to take a good picture:

Superb! Lovely!

Now, here's a good example of the "puppy dog look"! Egads girl, you know only coconut-haired moe freaks are going to go for that look! Stop it! Stop it I say!

Review: Macross 7

It seems no other fans in existence are as divided as as Macross 7 fans.

The beauty of this review is not so much the anime that I'm talking about, but the spectacular way in which I completely ruin in, much to Alex's delight. Whilst this is by far, my worst review yet, it's also the most entertaining.


Torrents are here.

It's a wrap!

We'll be checking out some of the new anime out there and will cook up some even more catastrophic lovely reviews and tidbits for next episode. Until then, farewell!

Bonus: Life with APEC

A bonus e-mail from my sister about the APEC conference going on in Sydney. This goes off on a political tangent and as such, wasn't included in the main show, feel free to listen if you are interested!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Episode 38: The Pros and "Kons" of Paprika

Download Episode 38 here.

We promised and we delivered! However, we promised MONTHS ago and finally delivered when the novelty of hearing an "early" review is completly lost.

It's probably our shortest episode, sorry about that folks, but this is being recorded at an extremely busy and hectic time for both of us!

Shootin' The Breeze

Anyone remember Shenmue?

Just one of many games that made the Sega Dreamcast, the best gaming console ever, at least in my opinion.

Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku, known overseas as "Yakuza" is the spiritual succesor to Shenmue, and an all around fantastic game. (Actually based on a popular novel series)

For anyone who might appreciate this, the infamous Takashi Miike (who directed the live action Koroshiya which was revied a few episodes back)
is directing the live action adaptation to Yakuza. Not only that, but the look of the characters is modelled after the fantastic computer game.

You can check out the official website for the film, here.

Here's a cool sign:

Review: Paprika

How on earth does one explain the inexplicable? We have no idea but it's sure amusing to watch us bumbling through. Satashi Kon can do no wrong, that's for sure and it's a fantastic film.

Also noteworthy is the wonderful soundtrack by Susumu Hirasawa.

Spoiler Discussion (Warning!)

We do discuss the story a bit more indepth here, so if you're the sort of person who doesn't want to know any spoilers before seeing a film, skip this segment.

It's a wrap

Hopefully we'll be back in full form for next week's show. Until then, take care my pretties!