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    Overseas The Discotek Media Thread

    It rubs me up the wrong way for a different reason: I like interesting commentary tracks. Matt McMuscles' gaming content doesn't tend to be particularly insightful and I don't believe he has an encyclopedic knowledge of anime either. His "What Happened" series, for example, is a good idea but...
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    Certification Discussion (Formerly Paranoia Agent Uncut UK Release Confirmation)

    I took a look at the case study for "I Spit on Your Grave" published on the BBFC's website. It provides no citations of research whatsoever, and is therefore utterly useless in more closely examining the BBFC's thought process or providing an evidence based justification for cuts. They claim...
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    Certification Discussion (Formerly Paranoia Agent Uncut UK Release Confirmation)

    Well, one's French and one's a low budget exploitation film. Whether or not Irreversible is an arthouse or film or not is debatable, but it is French, and French films always seem to be treated as arthouse films by default. The BBFC have shown elitist tendencies since forever; your average...
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    Dead and dying Anime Review sites...

    Sad. Animeondvd used to be my go to site back when I was at uni. Good reviews + a great community. When I pretty much stopped following anime after then, I stopped visiting, and by the time I returned to the fandom it had been sold to mania.com. I used to visit Animetric as well. I appreciate...
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    Over-rated / Under-rated shows

    Already been mentioned but: Overrated - Ghost in the Shell (1995 movie) The visuals are lovely and the soundtrack works perfectly in the context of the film. However, I find the much vaunted philosophical aspects of the film to be shallow and presented in a way that is too obvious. IMO an...
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    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Samurai Bride - 8/10 That score is relative to the type of show it is, but I really enjoyed this. The show succeeds in what it tries to be: it's a light hearted, comedy, fanservice, action show with lovely artwork and likeable characters. Yes, it's somewhat light on plot, but each episode...
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    AnimEigo's next kickstarter: Otaku no Video Blu-ray

    For licensed properties, a race to the bottom is fine provided the drops in price are always met by at least a commensurate increase in sustained sales. If not, the profit margins become squeezed to the point that releasing anything other than the most popular properties may cease to be viable...
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    Ebay Purchase Gone Wrong

    A bit late on the reply but it's worth pointing out that I've seen quite a few different sellers and buyers who have had exactly the same problem as the OP. Apparently ebay's global shipping program does repackage items, and have been known to damage them. It's one of the reasons I avoid any...
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    Battle Girls: Time Paradox cut by the BBFC

    IMHO it's perfectly possible to argue against, especially when the "somebody think of the children" argument is weak and a transparent attempt to shut down debate. The trouble is that there seems to be no-one well positioned to do so who would be willing to. Anime and manga publishers in this...
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    Battle Girls: Time Paradox cut by the BBFC

    Yep, it's a big problem that's helped suppress niche releases over the years, anime and regular film and TV. The fee might seem quite small, but for titles with really limited markets, having to pay BBFC submission fees can increase the sales needed to break even over a point where a release...
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    Battle Girls: Time Paradox cut by the BBFC

    And what is wrong with that? What is wrong with treating adults as adults and letting them watch, read, or play whatever the hell they want as long as no-one is harmed to produce it or it can be proven with relative certainty that it causes harm? The only things that should matter when it comes...
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    Battle Girls: Time Paradox cut by the BBFC

    Or they're just wildly inconsistent, and I say this as someone who's paid close attention to the BBFC's history of censorship. Let's be honest here, fan service material is, generally speaking, not inserted for some greater artistic purpose, it's either eye candy or it's humourous, yet the way...
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    Battle Girls: Time Paradox cut by the BBFC

    The BBFC being wildly inconsistent? Nothing new there.
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    BBFC Possible Ratings and Questions

    No I don't. To me this issue is quite clear: unless something can be proven to cause harm, or its publication would be illegal, there is no justification for censorship. This is my main problem with the BBFC: they make policy decisions based on public/personal opinion rather than evidence, and...
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    BBFC Possible Ratings and Questions

    No, not as far as I can tell. The VRA does not specify what should or shouldn't be cut; the BBFC cut in accordance to the powers given to them by the VRA but the cut itself was to follow their own policy. They are not innocent at all here as they did it because, after all these years, they still...
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    HOTD OVA disc requests from the Expo.

    "Oh FFS", I was just about to say. I wanted this on Blu but then spotted the single disc with that cover art. But the version in the new Blu set is just a DVD anyway? Phew, double dip averted.
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    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Samurai Girls - 8/10 Likeable characters, nice artwork, and boobs. What more could you ask for? To be fair the plot could have been a bit better but it's still one of the best fanservice shows that I've seen.
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    Hardest manga to read

    I knew what you were going to say as soon as I saw the thread title, and I entirely agree. MMI had all the technobabble of the entire run of Star Trek: Voyager, and didn't even have the decency to have a compelling plot under the jargon. It's a shame too, as GITS 1.5 was good. Nice art though...
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    Sony buys Dolphin Broadcasting - Potential for an Animax UK?

    Of course there are, but the problem still remains that advertisers would be reluctant to dedicate significant amounts of cash to advertising somewhere with a low viewership of unknown demographics. They aren't charities and want to see a return on their investment, so somewhere that doesn't...
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    Sony buys Dolphin Broadcasting - Potential for an Animax UK?

    Advertisers. Sadly they are the problem that I can see. In order for a channel to survive it generally needs to generate a lot of ad revenue, and I suspect this may be a problem for an anime channel. If advertisers don't understand anime's audience then they won't buy ad time on the channel...
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