Smile Precure!/Glitter Force Episode 4 Sub/Dub Comparison

Plot: The girls find Nao to be a super cool and talented girl, so they decide to see if she’ll be the fourth Precure. In an attempt to get to know her, Miyuki spends some time with Nao’s little brothers and sisters. When her family’s put in danger as Akaoni strikes again, will Nao join the Precure family to save them?

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Emily: “The evil fairy tale villains of the Shadow Realm.” They said it again. I’m never not going to be shocked by this. Shadow Realm. Shadow….realm…..

Emily sounds really cocky when she says “It wasn’t easy convincing Kelsey, but I finally did.”

Title Change: Straight Ball Showdown! Cure March of the Wind is changed to Here Comes Glitter Spring…..These dub titles are really lazy.

The Bunny Cure Decor summons a hair brush….that….sparkles when it brushes hair……Does not compute. Does not compute. Error.

I didn’t need to see Brute putting on his freshly washed undies, thank you, Smile Precure.

Akaoni’s excited over his freshly washed underwear. Brute is excited to be fighting in too-tight shorts he purposely washed in stinky swamp water.

Miyuki thinks that Nao is brave and cool. In the dub –

Emily: “Just like I saw her in my dream!” Yes. Emily. We. Get. It.

Name Change: Irie is changed to Jared.

Irie says he’s not eating lunch today because he’s on patrol for school grounds clean week (We’re still in the same week as last episode then I guess.) In the dub, Jared says he never eats lunch because he’s so busy.

Miyuki says “That’s it!” Emily says “Glittertastic!”

Like always, there’s the change from speculating that someone would be a good Precure to pointing out that they know she’s a Glitter Force warrior and stating she’ll have trouble believing them.

Minor note, but we seriously have to tone down the brightness in the dub when Emily’s simply running?

Ooh a bulk name change.

Name Changes, in order: Keita is changed to Calvin, Haru to Harriet, Hina to Hannah, Yuuta to Hugo and Kouta to Cody.

Nao’s parents are out at a neighborhood association meeting. April’s are at a vague ‘convention.’ Not really sure if this qualifies as a change, but I’ll note it anyway.

This is odd. In the original, in a game of Tag, all of the kids claim they’re ‘it’ which prompts them to chase Miyuki. In the dub, they all say ‘not it’ which makes Emily ‘it’ but the person who’s ‘it’ is the one who does the chasing, so why do they start chasing Emily?

The kids think Candy is a tanuki/raccoon dog. In the dub they, mostly understandably, change this to simply a puppy.

Even though it’s very much a bad thing to do for the kids to play catch with a ‘puppy’ IE, using the puppy as a ball, and they should be told not to do that, knowing it’s Candy and seeing Miyuki play along is pretty funny.

In the original, the kids are pretending Miyuki’s a monster and they attack her with toys. In the dub, they’re playing keepaway, which just makes it confusing because no one’s catching the toys on the other side and the kids cheer when one of them hits her in the face with a pillow.

Akaoni believes someone’s calling for him since the kids are yelling ‘Monster’ in the dub, he says he hates the sound of laughing children.

Eyecatches:

Miyuki lists off Nao’s positive points again before trying to ask her to be a Precure. In the dub, she says the Glitter Force is just like a family.

I…guess this is an untranslatable…joke? In the original, Akaoni says “Any good kids ‘round here?!” to which Akane responds “Shouldn’t that be ‘Any crybabies ‘round here?’?” In the dub, Brute says “Game over!” and Kelsey responds ‘Oh well, we didn’t have anyone to play goalie anyway.’ I kinda prefer the dub line because it makes more sense to me.

Oh thank god. I’m getting to that point where my soul just goes numb when I hear the ‘poof poof’s and ‘glittertastic’ in Lucky’s transformation.

Wait, what the hell? They left the brightness up in Peace’s transformation only today? Why?! Her color is frickin’ yellow! It’s hard to get brighter than that! Didn’t I just ding you earlier for lowering the brightness on a regular running scene? Now we get Glitter Mustard shoving bright yellow light into our faces? Please start making sense, Netflix.

Strangely, they edit out the shots of them putting the powder on their faces.

I love how Akaoni lost this week’s Rock, Paper, Scissors game. That was pretty funny.

Since the game isn’t kept in the dub, they change this to Brute being angry at the overly saccharine speeches the girls make when they transform, calling out Peace specifically for her ‘puppies and kittens’ spiel.

Likewise, when Peace explains that she’s properly playing Rock, Paper, Scissors whenever she transforms, the dub just has her confused because everyone should love puppies and kittens.

Likewise, likewise, Candy ‘won’ the RPS game by saying she threw scissors this time, even though her ‘hands’ don’t allow her to make such a gesture. Sunny points this out.

In the dub, Candy says she loves puppies and kittens and tells them to not care what Brute says. Kelsey points out that Brute is starting to make a new offensive.

Oh good, Lucky’s shortened it to just ‘We’ve got spirit!’ Making progress.

I kinda find it funny that they recant on the whole family theme this week with Akane going “The bonds between us!…..aren’t really all that strong yet…but they will be!” Come on, you guys have been together for all of a couple episodes/days. Have you not yelled out ‘BFFs!’ in unison yet?

However, the dub puts it back by having Kelsey say that he may be bigger and stronger than they are, but they have each other. They’re the Glitter Force family.

In the original, Miyuki (transformed) says she’s not sure if she’s supposed to tell Nao if she’s Miyuki or not. Akane then says that her statement just let the cat out of the bag. In the dub, she tells April straight out that they’re Glitter Force warriors, and Kelsey says they have an opening just for her. Really getting sick of this because, like I mentioned before, it seems like they’re just pushing the girls towards the Glitter Force door. ‘Come on, we know you’re a warrior. Transform and let’s go home.’

Akaoni’s next lines are basically the same, but the dub adds in a bit about him not speaking to his family, except his uncle who owes him money.

Again, they dim the regular running shot.

Name Change: Cure March is changed to Glitter Spring.

Side note, but I really like March’s boots.

March doesn’t say anything when her bow appears. Spring says ‘Spring has sprung!’

Wow, I actually think her hair might be bigger than Happy’s. I am baffled how such a thing is physically possible.

March’s speech is “Laying down the gauntlet with courage blazing….Cure March!” in the dub, she says ‘A force as strong as life itself….I’m Glitter Spring!’ I actually like the dub’s version a lot better, especially considering the mention of ‘blazing’ is something you wouldn’t expect to be a part of the wind-themed Precure.

March says she’s going to keep her family together. In the dub, Spring says “Let’s see what this outfit can do!”

So, Happy is able to jump super high, Sunny seemingly has enhanced strength over the others, Peace has the ability to electrocute her opponents when she cries, and March has super speed. Sweet. I wish more magical girl shows gave each girl a special ability outside of a unique attack.

Ya know, given the distant shot of where everyone was standing, March didn’t need to run at all. Then again, her crashing into the pylon was hilarious.

Attack Name Change: March Shoot is changed to Sparkle Shot. Really gotta reach a bit deeper inside your creativity reserves, both sets of writers. Honestly, if there’s one area in which I’d welcome massive overhauls its in these bland attack names.

I like that they incorporated Nao’s love of soccer into her attack, much in the same vein as Akane and her volleyball-inspired attack. Don’t know where that leaves Peace and Happy, though. Is it just inconsistent?

Akaoni complains that falling on his butt got his undies dirty….which….how…is he able to…see….? In the dub, he still complains that he fell on his butt, but that’s all he complains about, which makes it seem even weirder, somehow, because why the gigantic delay in complaining about falling on his butt? That happened a couple minutes ago.

Does every episode need to end with ‘Call me by my first name since we’re friends’?

This line is, again, omitted, and replaced with her saying she knows they’re wondering if she’ll join their team.

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You can find my opinions on this episode as a whole here.

As for the dub, they did a really good job this time around. Only minor things got changed here and there, and some of the changes they did I find preferable over the original, particularly the speech and the change from March to Spring.

I’m still irritated by the fact that the dub has the girls knowing who the other Glitter Force warriors are and the air of ‘let’s just tell them and move on’ that I keep getting from the debut episodes, but it’s not a huge deal. Plus, it’s going to end after next episode, I assume…I hope we won’t get a recurring psychic!Emily.

Next episode, the debut of Cure Beauty!

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AniManga Clash! Tokyo Mew Mew Volume 1

Plot: Ichigo Momomiya was a normal girl until she was chosen to be a part of the Mew Mew Project – an initiative created by Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka. Their objective is to combat the Chimera Animals created by the ‘alien’ Kishhu and protect the planet. Infused with the power of red data animals – creatures close to extinction – Ichigo needs to find the other Mew Mews and save the world.

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I sure have talked a lot about Tokyo Mew Mew, haven’t I? Two full series reviews, an SDC, and I’m in the process of reviewing the second non-dubbed half of the series step by step. Ah well, you can’t say I’m not thorough. But, for the sake of brevity, let’s skip most of the things people already know and stick to the bare bones in regards to differences.

– Ichigo’s first kiss (even if it was accidental) was really with Aoyama, not Kisshu. In addition, it happens in the very first chapter. The kiss with Kisshu still happens, but the fallout of it is not seen until volume two.

– Every one of the Mew Mews is in the first chapter, which actually fixes the slight annoyance of them being nowhere to be found, even for a brief moment, in the first episode of the series where everyone gets their powers.

– Mint’s brief shot in her ‘debut’ chapter is pretty similar to the way it was in her intro episode. She offers Ichigo a handkerchief after she gets stuff on her face. However, she’s perfectly polite to her after that outside of sneering at her while leaving. Later, she teases her about her date with Aoyama, but she’s not being an ass like she is in the anime.

– Aoyama’s a bit crazy over environmental issues. He’s obviously passionate about it in the anime, but he’s aggressive about it in the manga. I don’t know if it’s the art, but that’s how it’s coming across.

– Lettuce is being bullied pretty badly by some bitches when she’s suddenly saved by Pudding. She manages to distract them for a while, and Ichigo is about to jump in when Zakuro grabs one of the bitches’ arms as she’s about to pour scalding hot coffee all over Lettuce.

– Mint also seems to have no idea who Zakuro is at this point. None of this is present in the series, which is a shame because it gives us a fairly decent intro to all of the girls, albeit a little convenient.

– There are some additional scenes that aren’t terribly important, mostly filling in some of the blanks that the pilot of the anime left behind.

– The setting of Mint’s Mew Debut (or De-MEW! Ahahahahaha!….Oh God, 4Kids poisoned my brain.) is different (it happened backstage at a ballet recital instead of at her house) but the circumstances are basically the same.

– Lettuce’s debut is a little different in that she’s being meaner in the manga, but that’s about it.

– Pudding’s debut is after the nocturnal animal exhibit date with Aoyama in the manga. In the anime, Ichigo comes across Pudding in the park after she’s gone grocery shopping for the cafe. (After several filler episodes)

– The kissing incident with Kisshu happens during her initial meeting with Pudding. She’s gushing over her cat ears when Kisshu ambushes and kisses her.

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So far, I like what the manga did with the story better than the anime. The art’s cleaner, the girls are all a part of the story from the beginning (though maybe that diminishes a bit of the mystery involving who the Mews are) and there’s no filler so far.

About the only thing to note in regards to negatives are that Aoyama’s a bit more intense, though not often, and Lettuce was also slightly more aggressive, though it’s not a mainstay. Plus, I like that she bit the bullet and broke out of her shell a bit on her own at the cafe in the end. Nice slice of character growth.

Round One Winner: Manga


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Thanksgiving Special Double Feature: The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t & A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t

Plot: As a family sits down for Thanksgiving dinner, a father squirrel tells his son about their ancestor, Jeremy Squirrel, and how he saved the first Thanksgiving.

Breakdown: I have never seen this special before today. There’s also not much information online about it.

Not surprised, really. It’s a nice little special courtesy of good ol’ Hanna-Barbera, but it’s dreadfully boring.

The story is actually pretty accurate to the history of the first Thanksgiving, surprisingly, (Barring practically everything they’re serving) with the twist that the first Thanksgiving nearly didn’t happen because two dumbass kids, a Native American boy and a pilgrim boy, ran off in the middle of the night to play and got lost. Jeremy Squirrel not only reunited them with their families, but he also saved them from a wolf and saved Thanksgiving.

In that order.

I say ‘in that order’ because he did indeed reunite them with their parents before the wolf incident…and their families/the settlers/natives were 100% useless in attempting to save them. The pilgrim boy’s father had a gun and was going to shoot the wolf, but the Native American dad was all ‘Don’t! You might hit the boys!’

Which I immediately followed up with ‘So let’s just stand here like idiots doing nothing while our sons are eaten alive by a wolf?’ Because that’s what they did. They stood there, probably planning out their sons funerals in their minds, while a squirrel, a goddamn squirrel, had to come up with and singlehandedly instigate a plan to save them.

No ‘Hey, what if I approach the wolf from the side, taking the boys entirely out of my line of fire and saving them from certain death?’ Just ‘Herpa derp RIP boys.’

And….that’s about it. The characters aren’t engaging, the story’s not interesting, and it’s animated by Hanna-Barbera, in the 70s no less, so there’s nothing great there. The music was kinda good, but got grating really quickly.

Since that was such a bust, I thought I’d give everyone a treat and review a second Thanksgiving special. Yup. This Thanksgiving….y’all are getting second helpings.

……I’m so sorry for that terrible joke.

A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving

Plot: Rabbit tries to plan a perfect Thanksgiving for everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Breakdown: Would you hate me if I said I didn’t have much to say about this one, either?

I don’t even have a small point of ranting. There’s just not much to talk about.

I like Winnie the Pooh as much as the next person, but I was expecting this special to be predictable and kinda boring and that’s what it was. I got a few smiles out of it, and the songs were kinda nice, but that’s pretty much it.

Something hit me while watching this special, though. Thanksgiving specials tend to tell the same story over and over. Something goes awry with the dinner, everyone thinks its ruined, and then they come together with some simple feast and enjoy the holiday because Thanksgiving isn’t about food – it’s about family and friends and being thankful for what you have.

In a lot of ways, Christmas specials have a similar issues. They frequently parrot the ‘It’s not about presents, it’s about family and friends and giving’ moral, but the thing is that Christmas has enough mythos and potential to have a bunch of wildly varying stories come from it. Thanksgiving just…doesn’t.

Even though I now know my options for future specials are more than I thought I had (Wiki was a big help) I have a hard time remembering or getting excited for any of these. I’m not saying they’re all bad, but outside of a few ‘I watch this all the time at Thanksgiving because it’s tradition’ specials, how many Thanksgiving specials really stick with you?

Maybe the Friends specials, because they tended to make those their own thing, but I don’t even really remember much of those outside of Monica having a turkey on her head and that one time they played football together.

I don’t mean to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, I guess you’d say, but it’s true. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special is trending on Twitter right now, and that reminded me that, oh yeah, there’s a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special.

Maybe I’ll find some hidden Thanksgiving gems next year, but this one was kinda lackluster.

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Whether you’re in America or anywhere else, I hope you have a very nice holiday/weekend. I am eternally thankful for everyone who manages to tolerate my incoherent babble on this quaint little blog, and each new view, like and comment brings a bit more brightness into my day. You guys are the absolute best, and I can’t begin to thank you enough.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Fiddletwix


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SSBS – Smile Precure! Episode 4: Straight Ball Showdown – Cure March of the Wind

Plot: The girls find Nao to be a super cool and talented girl, so they decide to see if she’ll be the fourth Precure. In an attempt to get to know her, Miyuki spends some time with Nao’s little brothers and sisters. When her family’s put in danger as Akaoni strikes again, will Nao join the Precure family to save them?

Breakdown: I really enjoyed this episode. Nao is a fantastic character. I always have a soft spot for the mature, responsible big-sister types in the group. And I’m eternally thankful that her brothers and sisters are both believable and likable. That is so hard to find in shows with these character backgrounds.

Her transformation and attack are both kinda cool, but I’m still thinking they’re just falling asleep at the wheel when it comes to making cool attacks/transformations/attack names. That’s half the fun of magical girl shows, guys. Come on.

March’s super speed and seeming super kicks are awesome, though.

I also like how, even though it’s not a huge differentiation, we switched from the fully friendship theme to a family-oriented one, and that the reason Nao transformed was for the sake of her brothers and sisters, not the Precures.

There were many small moments I really enjoyed, especially when they talked about Peace’s Rock, Paper, Scissors game.

I honestly don’t have any real complaints about this episode. It was a lot of fun all the way through.

Next episode, we round off the Precures with Cure Beauty!

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Pokemon Extravaganza: Movie 06 (Sub) Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: The Wishing Star of Seven Nights: Jirachi Review

Plot: A former member of Team Magma, Butler, wants to use the Legendary Pokemon, Jirachi’s, power to absorb energy from the Millennium Comet in order to power a machine to revive a Groudon from a fossil. Jirachi selects young Masato/Max as his partner to protect him in the seven days he has awake while the Millennium Comet is visible from earth. It’s up to Masato, Satoshi/Ash, Haruka/May and Takeshi/Brock to keep Jirachi away from Butler and return him back home.

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Jeez, long-ass title there, Japan.

That is the best Japanese poster I have seen for the movies so far. It’s reverting back to a bit cluttered, and Jirachi kinda looks pudgy for whatever reason, but everything else looks fantastic. I like the nice touch of having Jirachi’s true eye cracking open.

I’m pretty excited but a little worried for this review. Dogasu said the script suffered from quite a few changes, though the comparison is pretty short. I really liked the dubbed movie, but will the subbed version make me rethink my opinion?

15 Minute Mark

Sadly, I’m working from the English visual track (widescreen somehow, guess they must’ve re-released it) with the Japanese audio, so I can’t compare the title screens.

Ah, I never noticed that the guy in the van at the end credits is part of the festival. He never has a big role in the movie outside of selling Haruka her wishing star, but that’s a little interesting.

I find it weird that Kirlia got a voice change despite keeping the same name between versions and them both saying that same thing.

Speaking of voice changes, Butler’s original voice is so much better. Suave and deep.

Butler commands Samayouru/Dusclops to do Will o’ The Wisp. In the dub, he says ‘Kappitata’ or something like that. It’s weird because this attack is the same thing in the English version. Maybe they wanted it to be triggered by a ‘magic word’ for whatever reason.

Half-Hour Mark

The whole thing about Jirachi needing a friend to emerge isn’t quite right. When Jirachi is about to emerge, he chooses a kind-hearted young boy as his partner to help protect him over the time that it is active. In a way, it’s a chosen duty or honor for this boy (no idea why it specifically has to be a boy…) not that simply Jirachi wants or needs a buddy or is designated as a ‘wish-maker’.

The way it’s worded in the original also adds more weight because being Jirachi’s partner technically means that he’s Masato’s Pokemon, like how Satoshi considers Pikachu his partner, making Masato extra happy because that means he has a Pokemon of his own now. In the dub, their being labeled as friends changes the dynamic just enough to not hold as much weight.

Haruka says she’s not quite sure about the ‘kind-hearted’ part, and Masato gets defensive, saying that Jirachi just understands him better. May feels like Max is going crazy for hearing voices and talking to a rock. Max gets even more defensive and says May’s just jealous because Jirachi wants to be friends with him and not her.

This changes the later scene when May tries to touch the rock. It goes from Max teasing her about wanting to touch the rock when she said it was crazy to be friends with a rock to Masato teasing that he supposedly was too un-kind to let her touch it.

The wishing star that May bought was originally the ‘wish-maker.’ I wouldn’t have brought it up, really, but the fact that the title of the dub is ‘wish-maker’ and this is the first I’ve heard of that phrase in the original (Jirachi didn’t say it to Masato when he was talking to him earlier) makes me wonder.

Masato isn’t being quite as creepy as Max was with the rock. He asks to hear Jirachi’s voice again and that’s why he ‘snuggles’ the rock. Max says they’ll be best friends and then hugs the rock.

The thing about transporting Haruka makes more sense in the original. She merely says to return everything to where it came from, which Jirachi takes as meaning he should put Haruka back in the pile of candy from which she emerged. I don’t know why 4Kids changed this bit to something that made no sense—Oh wait, 4Kids. Default setting – Make no sense.

Oddly enough, there’s actually a reference to the movie’s short. Nyasu’s/Meowth’s original dialogue says that they should use Jirachi to wish for a new base that won’t be broken or danced on. This is in reference to the fact that Team Rocket’s new base was destroyed due to the magic dance wand thing in Gotta Dance. This is the first time I believe the show/movie has ever mentioned anything from the shorts. Kinda neat, actually.

Takeshi says that if Jirachi and Absol are friends, then it makes sense to teleport Achamo/Torchic and Pikachu out to avoid the fighting. Brock says it’s unlikely that the two know each other since Jirachi’s been asleep for 1000 years.

45 Minute Mark

The land that Jirachi originates from is called Faunz not Forina.

Butler doesn’t say that he’s doing this for Diane, which, of course, we know he isn’t anyway, he’s doing it purely for revenge and his own pride. He just pleads with her to understand why he needs to do this.

Takeshi says Groudon’s power is the ability to create land, not just that he has ‘incredible power.’

Okay, now we’re at a point where the original makes no sense. Diane says that part of the necessary procedure for awakening Jirachi is to find the young boy that Jirachi wants to be his partner. Thus, Butler has been putting on a slue of magic shows in search of that boy.

What would Butler have done if he found the right kid like last year? Stalked or kidnapped the kid for a year until he can awaken Jirachi?

This conversation is omitted from the dub in lieu of more explanation of the comet’s energy and Jirachi’s ability to absorb it.

And now we’re bridging a gap I had in the dub. I never understood why Butler, who seemed to have great aspirations of being a magician, became a scientist for Team Magma. In the original’s flashback to Diane and Butler as kids, she says he loved inventing things that surprised people, which culminated in magic tricks when they were kids and his attempt at making a Groudon revival machine as an adult.

I believe his desire to put on a show for people, impress them, resulted in a big ego for Butler, and his pride as a showman was greatly damaged when he was humiliated by Team Magma after his failure.

It’s mostly implications and theorizing, but it’s something to ponder.

Okay, I’m going to talk about Team Rocket because I just don’t have much to discuss at the moment. Team Rocket is after Jirachi too. They’ve been following the group this whole time supposedly waiting for the right time to snatch Jirachi. While I’m glad they never try because, in all honestly, one Team Rocket snatch job is more than enough for most episodes and seriously isn’t needed in the movies, the fact of the matter is…..just that – they never try.

The group is on this trip for four days and they are completely unguarded save for Satoshi and the gang. Butler snatched Jirachi right from Masato’s arms offscreen even, while Takeshi, Satoshi and Pikachu were all asleep within two feet of each other. Why aren’t they making any effort to take Jirachi?

They have at least three opportunities to do that at night while everyone’s sleeping and they just sit there doing nothing. They, both sub and dub, even say at a point that they have the perfect opportunity, yet still nothing. Their desire to catch Jirachi is only there to keep them on screen because they’re a crowd favorite in America and Japan.

Hour Mark

Got nothing particularly note-worthy here.

End Mark

Butler originally tells the boys that he’s sorry for what he’s done when he’s being absorbed. In the dub, he said at least he’d get to be with Diane. I prefer the original’s because I think we needed a moment where he actually said outright that he was sorry for what he’d done. Knowing that he loves Diane and wants to save her only goes so far, ya know?

Jirachi just says he loves Masato, he loves everyone and that they’re all friends. The group assures this. In the dub, this was the stuff with Max being the one to grant Jirachi’s wish of having a friend.

Oh God, Takeshi’s Japanese VA is just as bored-sounding when he’s singing this song!

Oh okay, so Diane and Butler actually had a reason for staying in Faunz beyond ‘as long as we’re together.’ Butler and Diane want to help restore the land that was damaged from the clone Groudon’s attacks. They also plan on studying the plant life.

The ending song is the same between versions except that it’s, obviously, 100% Japanese instead of half Japanese half English. I like both versions equally.

Bottom Line: The script wasn’t changed too much for the dub. I really stretched for some of my notes here, but yes the script for the original is better than the dub’s. Some things that were nagging me were explained, such as Masato’s actual role here and why Butler and Diane were staying in Faunz. We still get no explanation as to why Groudon turned out that way, but I guess we can just chalk it up to an experiment gone wrong.

The dialogue’s better and really shows how much wording can help a script, the voices are better, and, oh yeah, there aren’t any jarring edits. At least they didn’t really change the story or lore, but the minor changes to the script can still have lasting impacts.

The only thing I would call major is the fact that the ‘wish-maker’ thing doesn’t exist. The only ‘wish-maker’ in the original is Haruka’s charm thing. The dub kinda leads you to believe that Max is chosen as a ‘wish-maker,’ kinda like Jirachi’s a genie and Max is his master. It doesn’t come up much, but it does pop up a few times and is the name of the movie.

The ending song, while still having a bored-sounding Takeshi, was also a bit less silly to listen to, making the ending more emotionally connecting.

4Kids missed the mark a bit here, but it is by far not their worst efforts. I still really wanna slap whoever thought it was okay to release the movie with incredibly obvious and annoying screen jumps.

Recommended Audience: E for everyone!


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Hell Girl: Two Mirrors – Episode 9: Elder Brother, Younger Sister

HGTM EP9

Plot: Maho wants to send her brother, Mikio, to hell for ruining all of her relationships before they even start. Though that’s just the tip of the iceberg….

Breakdown: So……incest!

Ya know, I never realized when I started this anime reviewing gig that I’d spend so much of my life talking about incest. And yet, here I am.

Let me backpedal a bit. Mikio is in love with Maho, but Maho’s either deeply in denial or she fully believes her given story, which is that Mikio forces all of her boyfriends to leave her because he feels she’s not pretty enough to have a boyfriend. Mikio is this super hot literal model and Maho, despite the cavalcade of suitors she appears to attract, seems rather ordinary.

Maho detests this behavior enough, and/or believes her brother secretly hates her anyway, that she calls Hell Girl.

She does learn the truth before she pulls the string, and, being fair, no actual incest is had here. He tries to sexually assault her, but she fights him off before he’s even able to kiss her. Later, it’s…kinda….vague, but there are hints that she might have romantically loved him back and she sent him to hell because they could never be in the same house knowing that about each other?….I dunno.

All things said, this seems like a boring episode, right? Let’s up the game, shall we?

Mikio is actually a crossdresser. At night, he masquerades as a beautiful woman named Miki. He’d dress up like a beautiful woman, which he could easily pull off, and he’d hunt down Maho’s new or potential boyfriends, hit on them and then spend the night with them on the condition that they break up with Maho.

How he pulled this off….I don’t know. Either he wasn’t going ‘all the way’ with these guys, not allowing them to discover he’s actually a guy, or….Maho has a habit of finding suitors who are bisexual…..or Mikio is so hot they didn’t care.

Ultimately, I honestly didn’t want this guy to go to hell. I doubt any sibling relationship can go back to normal after something like that, and attempted sexual assault is pretty bad, but I don’t feel like that’s instant one-way trip to hell worthy. It’s especially worrisome when you consider an odd detail near the end.

Maho’s mark is noticeably lighter than most of the curse marks you see and she claims she’ll be seeing him soon. Even though there are no other indications of suicide, and the candle at the end wasn’t nearly extinguished or anything, it seems to hint that she’s going to take her life either out of guilt or because she wants to be with him.

The idea that she felt the same way about him confuses me a little. If she did, then I don’t see what truly stands in their way. Their parents seem to be dead, and they can easily move far away so no one knows their connection.

If taboo is the issue then…..uhh…why not go for it? Calling Hell Girl (and then committing suicide?) seems like a much worse fate. At least if you gave each other a chance, you’d have some happiness before you, theoretically, went to hell.

I don’t really think she loved her brother romantically, but the question does hang in the air.

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SSBS – Tokyo Mew Mew Episode 37: The Shining Tear – Celebrating Christmas with Just the Two of Us

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Plot: Ichigo is excited about spending Christmas with Aoyama, but quickly crashes back down to earth when she comes to the striking realization that she’s become used to lying to Aoyama about her status as a Mew.

She hates that she keeps having to lie to him, but can’t find a way to be truthful with him. Zakuro decides to take her Christmas shopping in the middle of the night to find a present for Aoyama. She tells Ichigo that presents are about conveying feelings in a physical form, since you can’t see someone else’s feelings for you. You’re sharing a piece of your heart when you give a gift, so giving a gift is just as much for you as it is the recipient.

As Ichigo thinks it over, a pendant catches her eye. Zakuro explains that it’s called ‘Tears for Christmas,’ and Ichigo decides that this is the gift she wants to give Aoyama. Zakuro lends her the money to buy it, Ichigo thanks her and they part ways.

Throughout that night and the next day, Ichigo remains unsure about her situation with Aoyama. She feels she’s become selfish and unfair to him. The next afternoon, when she’s set to meet him in the park, she lies and says she needs to go straight home before running off in tears.

That night, Ichigo continues to sink into a depression, believing herself to be not good enough for Aoyama. She soon remembers Aoyama’s earlier words to her about people doing the best they can little by little. She says that Aoyama’s so direct about everything, and she owes it to him to be the same way because she loves him with all of her heart.

The next day, she sends a message to Aoyama apologizing for her behavior at the park and confirming that she’ll keep their date for the Christmas tree lighting that afternoon. She arrives pretty early, but the occasion is already soured by the aliens who start blasting away at the city surrounding the tree.

Ichigo bolts to the scene of the destruction and takes on the aliens by herself. Kisshu asks her why she continues to support the humans when she’s already so much more like the aliens. She can’t communicate her feelings to humans, and they’ll turn on her eventually for being so different and powerful. He tells her she should defect from the humans and join them. Ichigo stands her ground firmly and proclaims that she doesn’t do what she does for praise – she’ll protect everyone no matter what.

Her intense emotions trigger a response from the Mew Aqua that was hidden deep within the city’s Christmas tree. Pai and Taruto praise Kisshu for seemingly having a plan that worked for a change, but Kisshu was serious in his pleas and is devastated that, once again, Ichigo has refused to go with them.

The other Mews show up to the fight, and Ichigo is more determined now than ever protect those she holds dear.

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– So, even though they’re all custom-made hats, Ichigo gets a special strawberry Christmas hat (Which is, admittedly, adorable.) but Lettuce gets an oversized golf hat? And Zakuro gets a big puffy beret with dangly puffballs on it? And Mint just gets ribbons? I would call favoritism again…..BUT PUDDING IN A REINDEER OUTFIT! ADORABLE!~

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– I’ll admit, that daydream Ichigo had was really sweet and romantic. The ending was also a little funny. You just typically don’t see Aoyama have those kinds of cartoony reactions.

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– I’m a little uncomfortable about these 13-year-olds speculating that their friend will have sex with her boyfriend over Christmas. Also, slow your roll, girls, they haven’t even kissed yet.

– Uh, animators, are you asleep at the wheel? Because Aoyama’s talking, you’re focusing on his face, but his lips aren’t moving.

– I don’t know if it’s the Jingle Bells playing in the background, but I can’t help but smile as Ichigo goes on yet another doofy love-fueled tirade in the café.

Also, nice sudden slam back down to earth. Not lying. Her suddenly knocking over the bucket on accident after Mint reminds her of her Mew duties, even after saying ‘everything always manages to work out.’ was a well-done tone shift, and it was one of the better commercial cliffhangers. The fact that it’s moreso about her becoming accustomed to lying to Aoyama and less about ‘oh yeah, I’m a Mew!’ is also a more interesting approach.

– Awww, Zakuro’s taking Ichigo Christmas shopping. I love Zakuro. She’s such a good friend.

– That speech about presents and feelings was really well-written too. And I like the song in the background, even if it’s not terribly memorable.

– That necklace is butt ugly, though.

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– Hahaha, Ryou running the café all by himself is priceless.

– The decorated café also looks fantastic.

– Not lying, I burst out in laughter and ‘aww’s when I saw Mint and Lettuce in their reindeer outfits.

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– Oh my god, Zakuro’s Rudolph! Ahahahaha!

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– Marks off for basically reusing the entire animation cycle of the scene in her bedroom just a few shots prior to this. All they did to change it was make it darker…

– As much as I hate to skew into a negative state considering this episode is so well written and directed…I can’t help but wonder how 4Kids would’ve royally screwed this one over.

– Do people typically have Christmas tree lightings in the day time? Every one I’ve seen is at night…so you can…ya know….see the lights.

– Aw, come on, the aliens are going to ruin Christmas? Bah humbug.

– See this is one of the things I like most about Ichigo. She has another set date for Aoyama, after giving him the brush off the day before, and, without a single hesitation, she runs off towards trouble, not even realizing it’s an alien matter. That’s the stuff of heroes.

– Kisshu’s speech about Ichigo not being able to communicate feelings to other humans is a little too on-the-nose. How did he know she was having trouble with that?

– Aw poor Kisshu….can I offer you a…..tissue?

….I am so sorry, I couldn’t resist.

– Little cheesy that the Mew Aqua’s in a Christmas tree.

– The song for the next episode preview is a very nice gentle version of ‘Silent Night.’ This episode is making me so mellow…

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So I kinda love this episode. The only gripe I have with it is that there are some occasions where they’re obviously cutting corners in the animation department, including one instance where they just straight up don’t animate, but it’s nothing too noticeable or bad enough to mark this episode off that much. The art and direction more than made up for any shortcuts they may have taken.

This is one of the best written episodes we’ve gotten so far. It’s a very realistic and emotional take on Ichigo’s whole situation, made all the more powerful because it’s happening around Christmas, when you’re supposed to be happy and sharing love with others.

I love the whole flow of this episode, too. While the beginning is the typical ‘yay I get to spend time with Aoyama’ stuff that we get a lot, the sudden shift in tone is very well-done and welcome. We’ve seen Ichigo get upset about lying to Aoyama before, but it hits her like a ton of bricks this time because she knows she’s becoming complacent in her lying, and she hates that. Aoyama deserves better, but she can’t bring herself to give it to him because she’s afraid she’s either not good enough or that he’ll reject her.

It’s a great moment when Aoyama’s own words help bring her out of that dark place and give her the confidence to go and be honest with him, and that surge of love and honesty giving her even more drive in her mission is a good moment of character development.

I also like that this is a two-parter because it allows the story development to have much better pacing than it otherwise would have. We need slower and more gradual developments, especially in plot lines like these, to give the changes some time to sit and resolve.

I was worried I might be biased in this episode simply because it’s a Christmas episode, but I don’t think I am. It’s truly a great episode, even if the other Mews are pretty shafted for a majority of it. They’re not nearly as shoved into a corner as they usually are, Zakuro got some nice moments and, come on, all but one of the Mews in reindeer outfits!…And Zakuro’s Rudolph!

Next episode, can the Mews save Christmas? Can Ichigo finally be truly honest with Aoyama? Is there a secret Aoyama’s somehow hiding as well?

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CSBS – Rocket Power Episode 2: Secret Spot/Ice Queens

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Plot: 2A: Secret Spot – Ocean Shores is overrun by tourists, so Otto and Reggie decide to take Twister and Sam to their father’s legendary secret spot – an incredibly secret beach where the waves are always perfect and they have the whole area to themselves.

2B: Ice Queens – Otto, Reggie, Sam and Twister are heading to Winter Fest to participate in a hockey championship. However, their practice keeps getting sidetracked by Reggie and Clio, Twister’s cousin, constantly fighting. Clio looks down on Reggie for liking hockey and not being feminine while Reggie continuously bites back with little respect towards Clio’s girly views and sport of choice – ice dancing.

Breakdown: 2A: Secret Spot – Goddamn this episode is boring…and it’s another episode I remember like the script was burned into my brain.

Seriously, this episode….is so boring. Nothing of interest happens. The one running joke throughout the whole run time is one of the characters telling the other where the secret spot is and the information is blocked out by some loud noise so the audience, whom this information would be useless to, can’t hear it, because it’s just that secret.

They act like them going to the secret spot won’t divulge the information either. Like, why does Twister absolutely need to know where the spot is before they go? Why does Lars need to threaten the location out of him if he basically just follows him there?

The only other running gag is a really, really, really drawn out dialogue where a character will ask if they’re talking about THE secret spot and then go on to ask questions that are variants of ‘You mean the secret spot that’s really secret?’

If there’s one thing I can say for this episode it’s that I liked the little moment at the end where Otto and, especially Twister, apologize to Sam for yelling at him for accidentally spilling the beans to Lars about the secret spot (Twister gave him the information the night before, so he already knew anyway) and Sam responds by calling Twister a Squid. The look Twister gives after that and the scene as a whole shows that they’ve really grown as friends, which is saying something because Twister tends to rag on Sam the most.

I guess I also liked the twist where they explain that they never actually told them where the secret spot is – they left out one big detail, so Lars and the others end up thinking a rocky nightmare beach is the spot.

That does not make up for the boring tedium of this episode, though.

Can I ask a question that’s been bugging me for over a decade? Is ‘shoobie’ a real word in beach-side towns? It feels like it could be, but it also feels like something they made up.

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2B: Ice Queens – Hey, if you want a nice taste of ‘dated’ Sam refers to a 12GB hard drive as ‘huge’ in this episode. Fun fun.

If there was one episode I was simultaneously looking forward to and dreading, it was this one. Looking forward to because I really related with this episode when I was a kid, and dreading because I was really worried it would be one of those episodes that is actually horrible in hindsight.

I was, and still am I guess, a tomboy, if such a phrase is still used today (Goddamn, this whole episode is making me feel old) I was never really into extreme sports or anything like Reggie is, but being into geeky things, having mostly male friends, dressing more boy-ish, watching shows more directed towards guys and being a little rough earned me the moniker.

I never minded. I was quite content with who I was. It wasn’t like I was inherently averse to girly things, either. I had plenty of Barbies and stuffed animals and such. I even had my own fake kitchen, which I feel awkward admitting because I feel like I’m being sexist…to myself………I also had a toy vacuum, what the shit? Uh, anyway, I liked ‘girly’ things, I just wasn’t as interested in them.

Still, I was mocked for being a ‘tomboy’ by some of the more popular girly girls, and sometimes it was irritating to hear that I couldn’t do this or that or have this or that because they were ‘meant for boys.’

Something I always give my parents credit for, however, is, despite their conservative and religious natures, they never had a problem giving me ‘boy’ things like wrestler toys, Power Ranger merchandise or encouraging me to do ‘boy-ish’ things like watch and play basketball. My mom got a little irritated that I never ‘grew out of it’ when I got a lot older, but she never really made me feel bad about it.

That’s why I related so much to Reggie. She’s an awesome, intelligent, kick-ass girl who can do anything the boys can do, and many times do it better.

Here, her femininity is called into question by a clashing girly-girl, Clio, Twister’s cousin, whose name spelling annoys me. Clio is here for an ice dancing competition, because of course she is. She’s even got the pink tutu and everything. Let it be known that I am not ragging on Clio for being a typical girly-girl – that would make a hypocrite – I am ragging on her a little because she’s acting like being a girly-girl makes her better than Reggie.

I’m 100% certain Reggie would have no issue with this girl if she wasn’t acting like enjoying pink and being preoccupied with fashion made her better than Reggie. Even if they don’t like the same things, Reggie is a very level-headed and kind girl. She’d likely make friends with her anyway if she were actually nice.

This clash of the estrogen culminates in Reggie and Clio making a bet that the other can do their sport just as easily as the other can, which I’m cool with – walk a mile in the other’s shoes and all. I also appreciate that the others don’t make fun of Reggie when she’s ice dancing. They cheer her on and are impressed with her skills. Otto even says that he thinks ice dancing is cool. I liked that.

All that said, the climax of this episode is ridiculously dumb.

1 – Clio has absolutely no experience whatsoever in hockey. How was she skilled enough to make all of those great moves and even score the winning goal? Just because she’s a skilled ice dancer does not make her a skilled hockey player.

I thought I could justify this by saying she’s been hearing the others go over plays the entire ride over and she’s seen them practice, but that’s nowhere near enough to warrant that kind of jump in skill.

2 – Reggie has absolutely no experience whatsoever in ice dancing. How was she skilled enough to (nearly) win an ice dancing competition? (I say ‘nearly’ because she was DQ’d for standing in for Clio.)

Where did she learn how to do all those moves? How did she know Clio’s routine so quickly? Yes, she’s a skilled ice skater, being a hockey player, but, like with Clio, that does not make you an ice dancer.

3 – How were Otto and the others not also disqualified? Clio took Reggie’s place in the match without telling anyone. Isn’t that also cheating?

While we’re on the subject, while Clio may have agreed to risking her championship for a dumb rivalry, why would Reggie do the same? She could’ve nearly gotten her team DQ’d and wasted all of their hard work for, again, a petty rivalry.

4 – How does this fix their problem at all if both of them were insanely good at the other’s sport with barely an ounce of trying? The argument was –

Clio – “Hockey’s easy! Anyone could do it!”

Reggie – “Ice dancing’s insanely easy!”

If they both won championship level competitions with, maybe, a few hours of practice, that kinda just proves to themselves that they were right about their positions. It would’ve been better to have them in situations where there was nothing official on the line and had them try their hands at the other’s sport there. Then have them both fail miserably and gain a better respect for the other’s sport.

Maybe have them be super determined to learn more about the sport so they can show the other up then develop a real interest in it through the research and practice.

5 – I don’t quite understand how Otto and the others are even in some hockey championship. First of all, they don’t even have enough players for a true hockey match. They have four players, counting their goalie, and the usual minimum is six on each side.

Do they even have an official team in the first place that somehow lead to them being here? They only play against one team during the entirety of Winter Fest and win trophies because of it.

Finally, why does it seem like the opposing team is made up of 16-year-olds? Otto and the others are about 10-12. Are there not age brackets? This hardly seems fair.

All in all, I like this episode, but it kinda feels like the ending screws everything up. It’s nice that Clio and Reggie have found some mutual respect for the other, including their chosen sports, but I just think they did it in a way that both didn’t make sense and was extremely contrived.

This episode did spawn one of my favorite, seldom used, insults, though.

Otto: “Hey! Why don’t you pick on somebody with your own steroid dosage!?”

Next Episode, Otto “sells out” and the group tries to sneak out at night for a hockey match.

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