Bloody Taiwanese animation debates NHL playoff violence, gives Raffi Torres rocket skates (VIDEO)
There's been plenty of debate about violence in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. None of it, until this point, has involved bloody spraying on fans, devils fighting old west rangers and Raffi Torres hitting Marian Hossa with rocket skates ... before he plummets to his icy death.
This is ... incredible.
Next Media Animation has applied its unique brand of Taiwanese animation and analysis to everything from Mitt Romney tying his dog to the roof of his car to Jeremy Lin to Tiger Woods getting into a car crash. (We're currently partial to "Bear saves California hiker from mountain lion.")
Violence is up in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs — and so are ratings. NHL head of player safety Brendan Shanahan has doled out nine suspensions this postseason, already twice as many compared with the entire 2011 postseason.
The league has become more aware of the long-term effects of head injuries sustained by hockey players. But after taking a tough stand against nasty fights and dirty hits at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, Shanahan has been inconsistent in disciplining players. Some say it's because NHL owners don't want him to.
And some say it's because he's not exactly sure what to do when Scott Harntell gives a Pittsburgh Penguin a roundhouse kick to the throat with his skate … before that Pittsburgh player turns into an actual penguin.
Whatever they're taking in the Taiwanese animation studios, we want some.