Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Episode 80: Oldskool 'Yo!

Download Episode 80, here.

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

* 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:

Mini-Review: Last Order The First Squad

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?

That's easy!

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.