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Nov. 21st, 2010 @ 12:02 am Gatchaman movie!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Who else is excited for the Gatchaman movie? I'm actually surprised they're going with the original Japanese title instead of Battle of the Planets. This looks AMAZING! Anyone have any news on this?

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go on gold, hiroto
jezabel_pheonix:
Nov. 5th, 2010 @ 09:02 pm Why dubbies disgrace the industry (Do read this before getting a dub-defending soapbox, ty).
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
*Warning* The views below are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of any anime group, forum, etc. that this may get cross-posted on. You of course can agree or disagree with the below opinion article partially or in whole at your digression.*

The sub vs dub war has gone on in anime fandom outside the Japanese market for ages. The point of this article isn't to argue on which is better or the morality and purpose of fansubs, but over dubbies themselves. By definition of this article, a dubbie isn't someone who simply prefers to watch their anime in English (or whichever their spoken language is) or someone who has to watch the dub more out of necessity than by choice, such as those who are visually impaired and/or a young child that simply doesn't know better. A dubbie by this article's definition is one who only watches their anime dubbed (even if it's a bad one) and is perfectly happy with and supports the masking out of kanji, Japanese cultural references, and the butchering of the original soundtrack and script- essentially turning said anime into a kids' show and/or an American (or choose country here) cartoon.

There are many of these people out there. I have met many of these dubbies myself and it's shameful. Atleast most of the dubbies of old and a few now whom I now call dubbed-preferred, will atleast turn a dub down if it didn't live up to the quality of it's Japanese-language parent. If you're going to watch a show that is Americanized so much, why not just watch regular American cartoons? By supporting these actions and being a dubbie, you're snubbing your nose to the original actors, artists, and vision that made the show possible. More than that however, you're snubbing your nose also to the Japanese language and culture that made that particular anime possible.

It's insulting, degrading, and just plain rude, ego-centric, and border-line racist to expect and demand that anything from another country be changed and formatted to your own language and culture due to closed mindedness and sometimes just plain an simple laziness. Inviting art or media from another country into your home is also to invite it's culture, yet we still have those who watch and support obvious rice balls turned into doughnuts, bishi boys turned into women, entire scenes re-written or deleted completely to fit and satisfy the cultural and social norms of the marketed country. While this may be fine and dandy and increase sales and profit margins in some countries, it destroys the artistic vision and integrity of the show or film. This also makes the audience ignorant of the show's cannon. This also in short, while deemed necessary and acceptable a few decades ago, is an out of date and unwarrented practice for modern times. Thankfully, some studios with a conscience, brain, or heart (take your pick) who butchered shows for a tv release also did an uncut dub and subtitled release as well to supplement it, but those acts were few and far between.

Sadly, the acts of making anime assimilate to another country's dominate culture and society will continue due to dubbies and by and large people like small children who just don't know any better because plain and simply: money. Children that are in the mas market have buying power thanks to mom, dad, and other relatives.Because of this, it's these shows that get the mass merchandising. Some of these children will grow int anime fandom when they get "educated" from a fan, some will just grow out of the fandom completely, while sadly, others will become dubbies. Sales to these mockeries and their products have seen some sales losses, but it's attributed to alot of things:

1. The anime mainstream movement met it's peak and is now on a slope. In time, it will see a peak again. As with any fandom, it has it's high and low points. With this, less anime is being marketing both mainstream and direct to dvd release. We also partially because of this and other factors have seen many anime distributors in the USA and abroad close its doors.
2. The economy.-Nothing else really needs said there.
3.The children who grew up with these mockeries have grown up and many have left the fandom all together have become dub-preferrred or subbies while of course, some became dubbies.

All we can do as fans is to continue to educate the fans as young as we can while of course, still exposing them to age-appropriate material. Money talks and the fewer the sales, the more discouraged companies would be to continue these acts.

What do you guys think?
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priss
jezabel_pheonix:
Sep. 15th, 2010 @ 06:02 pm Welcome new-commers
Current Mood: busybusy
Welcome  to those who recently joined. I hope you enjoy your stay here. We're a small group at present moment and may not be as active as other groups on lj, but we're more about quality rather than quantity.  (And honestly there's only so much "OMGZ he/she is just the cutest character evAR and like add me and text me and stuff cuz like the only anime I watch must be in English and shown on Cartoon Network and totally obliterate any Japanese cultural references cuz anime is only cool that way," kind of posts.)

This by no means is slamming English-language dubs completely, there are some out there that actually faithful to their Japanese counter-parts. However, the attitude of this community is, keep the anime unedited, and not butchered. It's anime, if you want an American cartoon, watch American cartoons. To expect anything less is as degrading to this wonderful art-form as going to a Japanese steak house and bringing in McDonalds to eat at the hibachi.

Feel free to post and bring your friends. I will also try to re-start my classic anime of the week feature. For those of you who don't know, I am also a digital colorist for Rising Sun Comics over at http://www.bloodforthebaron.com, so my attention has been kind-of divided. My apologies for being neglectful. I will try to be better guys.
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go on gold, hiroto
jezabel_pheonix:
Aug. 7th, 2010 @ 10:45 am Call to all my anime fandom friends
Current Mood: curiouscurious
I have a minor dilemma in sorting out my movie collection. Would you consider an anime that was marketed here in the States and shown on television as a kid's show still anime? Personally, I am kinda stumped.

Robotech, Voltron, Mazinger Z, and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs for example? Perhaps where I am going with this is maybe if it wasn't hacked and slashed to bits it may qualify as anime and the others American "creations" of sorts? For example, Naruto, InuYasha, etc. for the most part were left alone. So does Voltron go next to it's original Go Lion counterpart on the shelf or does it go next to G.I. Joe?

Arigato!
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jezabel_pheonix:
Feb. 27th, 2010 @ 05:51 pm What are you watching now?
Is there a particularly good newer series anyone is watching that is currently being fansubbed and/or has recently been released on dvd here in the USA? I am open to some suggestions. What is the name of the series and what is it briefly about? Thanks for the suggestions in advance!
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go on gold, hiroto
jezabel_pheonix:
Feb. 22nd, 2010 @ 02:12 pm Wow, it's been a year since anyone posted...
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Well, we all just fell off the face of the planet, lol. My apologies, my whirlwind real life has kep me from being active on this community, but as part of a late new year resolution, I will attempt to rectify this.


In doing so, here's a question for you guys, what commercial anime release do you really wish would get a revamp and re-release because the commercial release was sub-par? What made it sub-par? This can be any series guys, even if the company that released it is now defunct such as Coastal Carolina Studios (showing my age now, lol), Pioneer/Geneon, ADV, etc.

Also, is there any anime that have an English-language release only that you'd love to see have a subtitled release?

I would love for Transformers to have a Japanese release like Go Lion did Stateside, but Hasbro won't have it. I have seen Japanese opening to the original Transformers series and I'd be curious to see the show. I have some of the live-action Japanese Spider-man on fansub and Marvel is streaming the show on their website, but I'd love a U.S. dvd release.

As far as anime that was sub-par, nothing is jogging my memory at present moment, but things like Hyper Dolls where they removed and replaced footage from the vhs to the dvd release are definitely on the re-release wish list.
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GSC, rally
jezabel_pheonix:
Feb. 16th, 2009 @ 10:36 pm Classic Anime of the Week
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Space Adventure Cobra

Pardon the laziness, but until I revive from the massive overtime I did at work, please settle for the wikki link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Adventure_Cobra

Original Opening for the tv series:

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go on gold, hiroto
jezabel_pheonix:
Jan. 18th, 2009 @ 01:41 am Classic Anime of the Week
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Cyber City Oedo 808


This classic emerged near the end of the golden era of cyber punk created by Yoshiaki Kawajiri , the same creator of Ninja Scroll and Wicked City and has production and director credits on such works as Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Space Adventure Cobra. Cyber City Oedo is another one of those anime gems that has it’s cult following, but remains unknown to most of the mainstream crowd.
The premise of the series is that the police to better crack down on hardened criminals, especially in cyber and violent crimes; they employed prisoners that in return would get a lessened sentence. However, any infraction on their part, could lead to a longer sentence or the loss of their life by way of the collar they’re forced to wear around their necks that could be set to explode at any time of the police chief’s choosing.
“ Oedo stands for Oriental Electric Darwinism Oasis; it is also derived from Edo, the pre-Meiji era name of Tokyo. 808 is a pun referring to the numbers of sections that 18th century Edo was divided into.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_City_Oedo_808#Trivia)
Visually as beautiful and violent as Ninja Scroll and a soundtrack and score that measures to the scale of Bubblegum Crisis, this three episode OVA is a must watch and is getting hard to find due to the dvd being out of production.

Complete official music video of the opening theme:

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GSC, rally
jezabel_pheonix:
Jan. 8th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm Classic Anime of the Week
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Could it be? Has it returned from the grave?! Yes, it is true! Things have settled down for and for your enjoyment the Classic Anime of the Week has returned! And I could not think of a better title to celebrate the resurrection than with this:

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Considered the epitome of the romantic hero, Harlock, who first appeared in Adventures of a Honeybee in 1953, was created by the famous Leiji Matsumoto and is recognized as one of the most beloved of Matsumoto’s characters. In 1979, Harlock won the first ever Anime Grand Prix for favorite character. He and the cast of Galaxy Express 999 in 2006 were on a series of anime stamps of heroes and heroines.

It wasn’t until 1978 that Harlock took a lead character role, which of course is the anime Space Pirate Captain Harlock, which remains one of the few anime to not be released commercially in North America out of the whole Captain Harlock universe, which also encompasses titles such as Galaxy Railways and Galaxy Express 999 along with many others. Though this remains a space opera, sci-fi, and anime classic that has inspired the likes of George Lucas’s Star Wars, Naoko Takeuchi’s Tuxedo Kamen from Sailor Moon, and many others, licensing issues may prevent this title from ever commercially making it here. Luckily, through dedication and a die-hard fan base, fansub groups, (with Corn Pone being recognized as the first in the fansub community to do so) have fan subbed this title for the American fans to enjoy and recognize the greatness of this series, which also brought awareness and licensing of other titles in the universe, such as Queen Emeraldas, which continues to be bought by new and old fans alike.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock’s story entails about the earth being invaded by the Mazone, an Amazonian, plant-like race who resemble Mayan legends. Harlock and his odd-ball crew, including the alcohol –drinking alien woman, Mime, and the revenge-seeking Tadashi, whose father was killed by the invading Mazone of course, must save the day. Philosophy, action, romance, adventure, along with the unmistakable character design (with obvious French and American influence), it is easy to see why this became an instant classic and why it is still be revered by fans today and continues to be an ever-growing franchise.

Opening animation:



And for your amusement, a Harlock fan-made movie clip. The guys weren't effeminate enough, Tadashi was too old, saw no scar on Harlock, and Mime's eyes weren't whited out, but you know, for a fan made, thing, this was still great:

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go on gold, hiroto
jezabel_pheonix:
Sep. 5th, 2008 @ 11:30 am I want to be him when I grow up...lol (Off topic)
Current Mood: amusedamused
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