Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In our epic battle to stay ahead of Up A Paddle, it's the 85th episode of Anime Pacific!
Pro-Empire News Articles
Alex finds some pro-empire Star Wars articles, here and here.
Japan Auctions it's porn stars
Maybe I won't get that mortgage after all!
Amongst the porn stars being auctioned for a whopping 150,000 yen an hour, Marie Ozawa. Article is here.
And finally, a delightful new website, ChinaSmack. Highly recommended by both of us!
Oh yes, third year anniversary? Whoops!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Well, now that we know the REAL reason you people visit the website, we'll endeavor to add more Patrick Duffy material in the future.
Note: A Domino-Effect of poo happened in between episodes and I was sick in-between episodes and something happened literally every time it came to editing the episode. Apologies.
Review: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Thumbs up from Alex!
Alex also discusses how discovering Lady Gaga about 6 months late makes him feel old.
Watch these videos:
Note from Alex: This is a repost of the show due to an editing mix up. Well, okay, Dane pooched the editing job. But to be fair, he is practically on his deathbed. H1N1 or something I am sure. At any rate, the show now includes the proper spoiler warning, and I am once again in the last 5 minutes or so of the show.
Also as JakeTheRootbeerking pointed out, Dane never did finish his PS3 story. Sorry, we got side tracked. Maybe next week!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It's an Alex-lite episode this week, but this allows me to make a review without any fear of sudden mentions of Napoleon, The Age of Reason or any links to Yale MP3 lectures.
Shootin' The Breeze
Alex beseeches you to try and get Stereopony on the Jimmy Fallon show. Here's a link to the forum.
Review: Kamikaze Taxi
What do you get when you cross a Peruvian immigrant, a Yakuza and a corrupt politician?
That's easy: One of the best films of all time. An absolute masterpiece and without a doubt, in my personal top ten.
Read Midnight Eye's excellent review, here.
An excellent review with director, Masato Harada, here; also courtesy of midnight eye!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Shootin' The Breeze
A mysterious thin Gaijin with glasses appears in the Japanese adult video classic, "100 innocent girls study the penis #3". Alex denies any involvement.
More on this cinematic gem, here.
We chat a bit more about the Ghost in the Shell live action film, I smell disaster.
Alex also rants about how he hates Hollywood not taking credit for their remakes. The departed comes to mind.
Look at the US Infernal Affairs DVD cover:
Now to those who have seen it; where the hell is the damn chick with the gun? She does not exist. Great job marketers. Great job. Now everyone thinks its some cheesy spy movie.
Alex reviews a series centering on a high school student? Does this spell disaster? Listen and find out.
Note: Get THOR's 1080p release.It contains improved animation and art that was incomplete for the TV airing.
Until next time!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A two hour long extravaganza. Extravaganza: It rhymes with Tony Danza so it must be good.
Shootin' The Breeze
I reveal my intense hatred for smokers who give me second hand smoke: bring your kids!
I also discuss a little Hong Kong political controversy which honestly, is really no big deal.
Special: Who should be Major Matoko Kusanagi?
Alex has already written an excellent article on that over at ANIPAC, read it there!
However, it must be reiterated: the most important thing to consider in the casting:
I rest my case.
Review: Spice & Wolf II
If Darker than Black is a hyper concentrated gallon of Red Bull, then Spice & Wolf II is a soothing cup of Chamomile tea or hot chocolate. Here's the thing, men do like romance when it is depicted as something genuine and organic. The improved graphics of the second season help seal the deal: The world is beautifully realized and utterly immersive.
In some ways, each town, its characters and challengers is akin to a thinking man's Shounen fighting arc.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
An Anime Pacific episode that is actually focused on Anime?
Shootin' The Breeze
Amongst the things we discuss:
* The poo-storm involved in the creation of episode 78 as well as episode 77.
* The first episode of the new season of "Darker than Black", will it be able to live up to its predecessor?
* Alex doesn't like those damn kids getting on his proverbial lawn. Here's a jolly fine article discussing exactly what Alex was ranting about. Read it here at thenullset.wordpress.com/
* Making a trailer before you actually make the movie, two great examples:
Japanese fashion update:
Now, I'm finally into fashion. Note, although this picture is meant to look "guerrilla", I have a sinking suspicion that this is a Japanese AV actress looking at her own videos. (Kind of a promotional shot)
We also discuss how the publishers of the English "Spice and Wolf" novels have de-manga-fied the book cover in order to widen their potential audience, despite the vast amount of cartoons attempting to copy the Manga/Anime style of drawing.
How do they do this, you may ask? By putting a naked character on the front. Now, no one is going to be embarrassed to buy it!
Alex has a similar problem with his beloved Gor novels.
In fact, almost every Gor result that turned up in Google images was somewhat embarrassing.
While we're at it, here's a webcam snap of my living room:
Yes, it's that bad that I actually completely forgot the name of the show, mistakingly calling it "The Last Order". This Russian-Studio 4oC co-production is terrible. Let me reiterate, terrible. In fact, my incoherent mini-review is the very definition of coherency when compared to this mess. Ok, in a nutshell:
To resurrect your fallen comrades, you need to wait for "A time of truth", which is essentially explained as, "A time where crazy shit happens"; more or less. Now, you might be asking, how to resurrect aforementioned comrades?
First, use an atmospheric diving suit to go to the other side.
Second, convince your reluctant friends to come back.
Third, go through the ghost train in your local afterlife carnival.
Fourth, buy some semi-automatic weapons from ghost salesman.
Fifth, you're resurrected. Completely corporeal and automatic weapons included!
Unfortunately, the Nazi's have discovered how to do this resurrection stuff too, and decide to resurrect some medieval Germanic Crusaders.
Note, despite studio 4oC's track record with fantastic animation, all the well animated parts are pretty much restricted to what is depicted in the trailer. The rest is nothing to write home about.
Giving up on the Star Crossed Anime Blog?
Dane and Alex (mostly Alex) complain about the Star Crossed Anime Blog (link). Having been the "go-to" place for us to know what to watch for the past couple years, we have now decided that we need to find something else.
Why? We don't have all the time in the world to watch Anime. We need a couple very solid recommendations for each season.
But at the Star Crossed Anime Blog, every show is good or excellent! Yet somehow the first season of Darker than Black (Alex's Favorite anime in years) gets ignored!
We talk about how watching a Star Crossed recommendation (which is everything, since everything seems to be good there) is very hit or miss.
Alex has been keeping an eye on Hanners' Anime Blog (link) to see if it gives any better advice.
Review: Macross Frontier
Yet again, I review an anime which has offical huggable pillow releases.
Alex actually bailed when he discovered that Klan Klang, the buxom Zentradi pilot turns into a "Kawaii" little cutie when micronized.
Overall, it's Macross, love it or hate it. I for one, love Macross in all its shapes and forms. (Yes, even Macross 7) Unfortunately, Macross Frontier does suffer from an overly large cast which would have felt right at home in a 39 episode TV series, ala Macross * Macross 7. For a 26 episode series, some characters just don't get a change to develop. I do appreciate that Alto Saotome, the main character is depicted (at least aesthetically) in a deliberately effeminate fashion, yet has more cojones than most teenage mecha pilots depicted in Anime. Was this contrast deliberate?
It's a wrap!
Next episode, Spice & Wolf II.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This week, we return to something actually related to Anime as I actually review both seasons of The Tower of Druaga.
Shootin' The Breeze
Alex pleasures himself, furiously, whilst praising the novel, Gardens of the Moon; So much so that I actually had to cut the bulk of what he had to say out of the actual review, as he kept interfering with my review so as to make "just one more" masturbatory comment about it.
Review: Tower of Druaga
What has saved studio Gonzo? Pandering to Moe of course! Here's a huggable pillow containing a character who is 10 years old; oh Gonzo!
Regardless, it is directed by Koichi Chigira, director of the rather fantastic, Brave Story and much of the same team. In short: Fantastic first season which manages to balance, humour (retro gamers will appreciate it), drama, action and emotion. The second season suffers to a certain extent as it eschews much of the humour that made the first season so delightful as well as changing the tower dungeon crawling setting, so associated with the retro dungeon crawlers, to a more metaphysical journey. But ultimately, gratifying as when taken as a whole.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Perhaps it could be called the Anime Pacific Holiday special!
I tell you folks, this episode was cursed.
I'll keep the shownotes short, as I am not feeling too well today.
This episode we talk about:
Dead Rising 2
A Gundam Wedding
JIBTV (Blog, here)
And the delightful, Namco Namja Town!
Alex gets a
Here's where me and Alex get political. This can often spell the death of a podcast!
We also discuss an utterly epic, hilarious e-mail from Regan!
We look at that "anime" stuff. I review the Tower of Druaga!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tales from Asia returns in yet another epic episode of Anime Pacific!
EDIT: Corrected out of sync issue, 78 may or may not be delayed.
This episode, we discuss the death of ADV, albeit tangentially and anime fandom for those outside North America.
Tales from Asia
We discuss the art of hiding porn from spouses and host families, Japanese style!
We also discuss a beautiful voice mail from Jake The Rootbeer King and finally, we discuss Cosplay yet again! Yummy!
Just so we're clear:
Cosplay from Japan:
Cosplay clearly not from Japan:
See you next week, chums.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Not much anime again this week, but that should be set to change pretty soon!
This week, we discuss Inglorious Basterds and District 9 as well as a delightful rant about the American government; Kawaii!
China: The New High Speed Rail King!
Next week, ADV and Tales From Asia RETURNS
Monday, September 7, 2009
Goodness, it seems they're keeping their word!
This episode, we discuss a whole heap of
We talk about podcast listeners, a rather tech savvy bunch, wouldn't you agree? That would account for an almost non-existent Internet Explorer using listener base.
Avatar...is Delgo? What did you think of the trailer?
Indian toilet practices: follow-up
A rather fascinating link on this, here.
But wait, there's more! Including:
Sexy Air Stewardesses
The dark ages, before internet porn.
A possible new Berserk anime!?
NHK covers a no doubt, pivotal news item involving middle school girls running, capturing some high definition jailbait booty in the process.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
We're back yet again, with yet another enchanting episode of Anime Pacific.
Shootin' The Breeze
Alex furthers his descent into perversity the world of Gor, which has also apparently taken over a sizable chunk of second life.
Here's another interesting article, here.
Torrent is here. Video is great, my best work. Audio, not so great.
Check out another great review, here.
Arena is one of the greatest displays of imagination used in Sci-Fi ever, against all the odds.
Old imperial probe droid shells have become a fashion sensation...
Quick, call the paparazzi! The Olsen Twins are here without their makeup!
Dismayed at being reduced to a mere internet meme, Admiral Acbar downs his twelth drink.
Despite protests from the producer, Rosie O'Donnell insists on returning to "The View".
We might as well enjoy this while it lasts, Alaimo! I mean, how many times will we get to play aliens in a sci-fi story set on an intergalactic space station!?
Fearing the wrath of Cobra, Crystal-Boy goes into hiding, joining a small band with Tina Turner and a Rhino.
No doubt enraged at the fact that evolution saw fit to make it impossible for him to wipe his own bottom, this alien flies into a rage.
After a final word on Gor and Arena, we promise that we'll be back next week.
And we will!
Friday, August 21, 2009
What? Oh! It was all a dream...
Yes folks, Anime Pacific is back.
Back to weekly episodes.
Back to it's original website.
Back to the format you all know
ANIPAC still exists, mind you, but more as our official blog.
Shootin' The Breeze
Besides discussing the obvious, Alex discusses the vast, and somewhat scary Chronicles of Gor series.
What's scary is that some people live this world on a daily basis.
Proud of managing to avoid boarding school rape thus far, Alex may have met his match...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is a very personal episode posted by Dane. One of Anime Pacific's better shows if I may say so.
Dane posted this below a couple of weeks go, but I think he botched the job, since only 32 people have downloaded it and isn't showing up in my itunes. The same thing happened with a previous episode.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I do wonder how many of you actually visit ANIPAC however. As it seems that our downloads skyrocket when I announce it over here at Anime Pacific!
If you check the latest post at ANIPAC, you can see some pictures of my lovely little daughter!
This post is basically a heads up as I recorded what could be best described as an "audio diary".
Download this "episode", here.
EDIT: LINK FIXED. Thank you anon!
I may record some solo Anime Pacific episodes in the near future, so check HERE and for goodness sakes, check out ANIPAC.
Monday, April 20, 2009
No, not quite episode 71, but episode 1 of our re-named show Ani-Pac!
I you liked Anime Pacific, you will LOVE ANIPAC! Check it out.
Remember to check out our new web site: ANIPAC
Dane did announce the show in the post below, but some reason the formatting wasn't working with itunes. Hope this works!