Saturday, February 23, 2008

AniPac Episode 56: In the name of the chimp

Download Episode 56 here.

In what was supposed to be a "copout" episode, turned out to be one of our most epic yet. 130 minutes! Alex also pre-recorded a whole heap of goodies to keep us entertained in his absence.

Warning: My review for Dominion is in the range of about 60 minutes, so It's at the end, if you're not interested, you'll probably want to stop listening at around the 1 hour mark.

AniPac drinking game: Although I don't drink, I'm sure this will be fun for those of you who do. Everytime I say "And, um.." take a swill. Keep a stomach pump handy.

Shootin' The Breeze

Alex explains his absence, and I talk about some site updates.

Join the AniPac Facebook page

An Ape Gets Alex's attention

And it's not the first time!

Check out this fascinating documentary here.

"Fei-Fei" Lydia Shum Din Ha (1945 - 2008) Rest In Peace

You will be missed; We loved you and thanks for the laughs.

Edison Chen Scandal Part II

Cecilia Cheung is heading for a divorce and her husband, Nicholas Tse, has taken a paterntity test. She's apparently got another bun in the oven, and it's said that he is almost definitely not the father. She has been apparently seeing about THREE fellows behind her husband back. I feel like smothering anti bacterial cream onto my penis just at the mere mention of her name.

Edison is leaving the Hong Kong entertainment industry.

Gillian Chung's future is uncertain.

Japan Probe picks of the week

We do love Japan Probe!

Japanese vigilantes:

Japanese afraid of toilets in Mainland China.

Article here.

And who wouldn't be?


Me and Alex give our thoughts and feelings.

Check out this fascinating article.

Review: Dominion Tank Police

The first Anime I ever bought; The longest review I've ever done.

In fairness, I cover everything; The original OVA, the 2nd OVA series, and the somewhat craptacular "Tank Swat 01" the original manga, and the most recent manga, "Dominion Conflict 1: No More Noise".

Again, be warned. One hour long!

It's a wrap!

Coming up, the adventures of One Particular Irresponsible Space Captain near and dear to our heart.


Anonymous said...

The longer the episode the better,
im my humble anime opinion.

I dont know about you guys but im pumped for the new appleseed film i already pre-ordered it!!!

Dane Scaysbrook said...

Well we're glad we could deliver on that twice in a row!

I am definitely looking forward to it; From what I hear, it's a huge imporovement on the first one, and given the mecha designs that we were only really given a little taste of in Vexille, I think it's certainly going to appeal to the mecha fan in me!

ZombieToaster said...

well here is a catch 22 for you.
We wont join the facebook thingy until you do, and you wont do it until we do :P


Dane Scaysbrook said...

Oh ok, I'll swallow my pride and join the group!

I was going to wait until the president of some small country (I don't know, like Russia) joined, but I guess I can now!

ZombieToaster said...

Ok so now i had to register on facebook and join that group :P

Well its done, now why aint you in it >:U

Dane Scaysbrook said...

Doing it now! Sorry, had a busy day!

N15PCA said...

That theme music to Dominion Tank Police you played was something else. You almost feel like Break Dancing when you listen to it.

N15PCA said...

Got to love that 1980's music.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know about you guys but I for one am glad to see one of Dane's recommendations be on the list of acceptable pornography for once:

Canada Bans Imports of Cool Devices, Words Worth

Dominion Tank Police is ok to import in Canada ... that is, if you can find it.

Dane Scaysbrook said...

I'm sure Rapeman is still under review.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to bust out my break dancin' hat!

Dane Scaysbrook said...

Actually, now that I read it again, were you talking about Dominion Tank Police being pornography?

It's probably stuck between a PG /PG-13 (Second Episode perhaps PG13). It's actually rated PG in Australia.

The Manga is also pretty much suitable for most audiences, though Ghost In The Shell, besides the violence also had a hardcore sex scene spliced in just to arouse Shirow (and his readers). He's funny that way. (It was cut out of the US release)

Dane Scaysbrook said...

Ok; Triple posting. Not a good habit. I totally missed that part down the bottom; What the hell!

As I said, the manga has next to nothing that could even be misinterpreted as obscene. I have absolutely no idea why on Earth it's mentioned. Additionally, is it not Dark Horse who distributes Dominion Tank Police? (The Mangas I own do, though they'd be approaching 10 years old since the date of purchase)

In the Anime News Network forums, people seem as dumbfounded as I am.

One user; Vicserr (his avatar is of Commander Britain) had this to say:

...And about Dominion going for review, when you got a cover with 2 barely dressed android catgirls, I guess the customs officer would want to be sure it's safe for Canadian consumption.

I seem to remember hearing something about Canadian customs declaring even Sailor Moon esque stuff pornographic because the officer in question obviously though they weren't dressed enough.

Regan Strongblood said...

Its funny that they ban anime porn with all the real porn up here in the mighty north!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I was a little shocked when I saw Dominion Tank Police listed in that article amongst all those other titles. I was pretty sure you didn't mention anything about it being a hardcore hentai in your review.

According to the PDF listed in the article, they seem to be referring to the DVD Dominion Tank Police 1 & 2. I'm assuming it's just being reviewed now due to the effiency of Canadian Customs. Thank goodness I know it's now legal to view import, so I can buy ... dammit, it's out of print.

I take it there's some partial nudity in the show but nothing to classify it as pornography. I'm guessing that's why Customs had to review it.

Dane Scaysbrook said...

I think in this day and age, in this digital world, banning porn is like banning homosexuality in classical Greece. Mainland China for example, might have all these laws banning horror and porn; But in essense it's just a PR tactic to show the government as the defender of moral rights. In reality, China has more internet users than any other country in the world now, and I have it on good authority (ie. Mainland friends of mine) that maybe one or two....hundred million people view it on a regular basis.

There is one scene in the background of a naked character in a hospital in Dominion Tank Police, though it's only for a second and it was not exploitative or even ment to arouse; I believe the depiction of nudity (for non-erotic purposes) would warrant no more than a PG or 12 rating from the BBFC.

Actually a good case in point for this is the film "Orlando", which features a full frontal nudity shot (the main character is a nobleman who is ordered by Queen Elizabeth the first to stay young forever. But changes into a woman, this discovery is followed by a scene of full frontal nudity.

Looking at the ratings, it can give you a good indication of how different countries react to this:

Singapore:M18 (re-rating) (2007) / Singapore:PG (cut) / Iceland:L / Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Finland:K-8 / Spain:13 / Sweden:7 / UK:PG / USA:PG-13

I know I always knock American values; but look at freakin' Singapore. One Singaporean once described Singapore to me this way; "Disneyland with a death sentence."

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