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Okay, I gotta ask
Topic by: DBooher
Posted: August 6, 2006 - 5:03 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 6, 2006 - 8:51 PM PDT

author topic: Okay, I gotta ask
DBooher
post #1  on August 6, 2006 - 5:03 PM PDT  
Has anyone checked out this title? (I know it has to be requested here, but still)


Ghost Stories


I've been following it on Anime Network--therefore English dubbed. And I have been going cross-eyed with wonder at the Dubbed vs subbed similarities. The dubbed version makes a lot of American pop-culture references. It's almost like watching a very halarious Prime Time sitcom--that has nothing to do with anime really. Almost like the anime is making fun of anime, while also being an anime. O_o


Okay some halarity spoilers below
I came to this "okay, I gotta ask," conclusion when in episode 7 (The one with the Mirror Ghosts) the two main characters (the boy and girl in the pic) run to the police station to report the craziness. And, instead of going Excel Saga and trying to match the super hyper fast lip-synching, the characters to a strange random word jumble, with the boy character also doing somthing like "Dippity-do-dippty-dip-deep-deep." to keep up with the synching. I was ROLLING in laughter. Recalling it while typing, I'm laughing all over again.

It is so halarious dubbed that I'm in love with it--but it leaves me wondering--is it relevant at all to the series? Is the series dialogue in comparison boring? Because truth be told, as of now--I only want to watch it in English.
jross3
post #2  on August 6, 2006 - 6:45 PM PDT  
The dub for Lupin III is the same way; They make references to current (or current to the ENglish production) events and to people who may not have even been alive when the animation was first inked. I suppose it works to the advantage of the show (it's better than referencing period-relevant events, like the cold war and disco :-P), but I also wondered whether or not it made a significant change to the show's tone... I doubt it, since it seems that it would be pretty irreverant anyway. (I hope I'm using "irreverant" right... and spelling it right...)


Haven't seen Ghost Stories, though. It's a more current show so they couldn't have made changes like that for the same reason.
But it's on the Anime Network, which probably means ADV made it that way, and they did a similar thing with Super Milk Chan (on a seperate "americanized" DVD) which was originally full of Japanese cultural references that didn't make a bit of sense to me when I watched the "original" disc.
NLee
post #3  on August 6, 2006 - 6:49 PM PDT  
Review of Ghost Stories on Anime News Network can be found here
hamano
post #4  on August 6, 2006 - 8:51 PM PDT  
> On August 6, 2006 - 5:03 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It is so halarious dubbed that I'm in love with it--but it leaves me wondering--is it relevant at all to the series? Is the series dialogue in comparison boring? Because truth be told, as of now--I only want to watch it in English.

As we discussed here for Desert Punk this seems to be a relatively new trend, to take the script from "inferior" anime shows and "improve" the dub scripts to make them funny. The original script for Ghost Stories is not bad if you are interested in Japanese ghost stories and folklore, however. But I'm not familiar with the official subtitles... you might wanna check out the fansubs if it's still floating around.

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