Digimon Adventure 01 Sub/Dub Comparison Episode 8

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Plot: After discovering that they’re truly on an island with no escape, the kids meet Ogremon, a Digimon known as being a brute, and Leomon who is supposedly to be a kindhearted and gentle leader Digimon teaming up to kill them. Devimon, the evil Digimon behind the black gears, discovers that the kids are too powerful together and concocts a plan to separate them. After escaping from Leomon and Ogremon, the kids discover a mansion in the woods and enjoy their sudden stroke of luck despite the fears of a trap because everyone, especially the Digimon, are completely exhausted. However, their fears were realized when it proves to be nothing but a trap of Devimon’s making.

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Title Change: The Messenger of Darkness; Devimon! Is changed to Evil Shows His Face.

While Digimon has a lot of jokes and dialogue where there is none in the original, I’ll note this one because there’s a mistake made in the dubbing. At the very start of the episode, there’s no dialogue until they see Jyou on the cliff. In the dub, Joe says this place would be a lot better with a bus system and Matt agrees, but believes they’re at the end of the line.

The reason this is a mistake is because the only people in Matt’s group right now are Izzy, Mimi, TK and himself. Joe, Tai and Sora are at the cliff. So there’s no way for Joe to have been saying that to Matt while he was climbing up the cliff. That just seems so sloppy considering how obvious it is that Joe is not with the group right now. They could’ve made Matt or Mimi say the line about the bus and have Izzy or Matt respond.

Jyou just yells ‘What do we do now?!’ while Joe complains that he never wanted to go to summer camp and instead wanted to go to summer school.

The narrator, as usual, does the Digimon index screens for Leomon and Ogremon. In the dub, since none of the kids are around, Leomon does Ogremon’s screen and vice versa.

Leomon: “The black gears are turning perfectly peaceful innocent Digimon into monsters!” Uhh….maybe you should’ve come up with a different term….Digimon…Digital MONSTERS. Just sayin’.

Attack Name Change: Ogremon’s fist attack is called Haouken (Fist of the Supreme King).

Attack Name Change: Leomon’s fist attack is called Juuouken (Fist of the Beast King). I never heard Ogremon’s translated attack name in the dub I don’t believe, but the dub commonly calls Leomon’s its translated attack name.

Also, in the original, the two actually call out their attacks when they first fight. In the dub, they just grunt.

Attack Name Change: Death Claw is changed to Touch of Evil.

This line was kinda cool. Devimon originally tells Leomon to accept his ‘baptism of evil’. In the dub, he just says he’ll now obey Devimon’s every command.

Also, I like Devimon’s original voice a lot better. His original voice is eerily calm and even while his dubbed voice is typically evil villain gravelly yelling.

Matt: “No question, man. You are the dude of doodles!”……What does that even mean?

Mimi originally asks why things had to turn out like this. In the dub, she said she just realizes that her gloves don’t match her dress….Yup, that’s Mimi for ya.

Likewise, Palmon only says ‘Mimi’ after this line. In the dub, Palmon says, seriously mind you, ‘How sad.’

You know, I really like how the kids and Digimon still have trust in Digimon that they’ve known to be good, friendly and trustworthy in the past, but this has been nearly every episode. Unimon, Monzaemon, Meramon, Andromon; they should really take the sudden appearance of a supposedly friendly and kind Digimon as a red flag at this point.

Why is Matt specifically telling Joe to not slow down in the dub? He’s at the front of the group. If anything, he should be telling that to Tai considering he’s last and he just went back for a bit to try to get his dumb map.

Takeru asks if Ogremon is another supposedly kind Digimon, but Patamon and Gomamon state that he’s actually a bad guy either way. In the dub, this is replaced by jokes about Ogremon wanting to eat them.

Attack Name Change: Hone Konbou (Bone Club) is changed to Pummel Whack. However, Ogremon doesn’t say it here in the dub. Instead he just grunts again.

Attack Name Change: Shishi Omaru (or Shishiou-maru, depending on the source) (Lion King Sword…Simba? :0) Is changed to Beast Sword, even though, again, he doesn’t say it here in the dub he just grunts.

So is the rule just that if a Digimon Digivolves once, no matter the circumstance, they can easily perform it again later?

Devimon originally just says that dealing with six of them together is troublesome. In the dub, he says they’ve ‘learned the secret of teamwork’ which is an eyeroll worthy line if I’ve ever heard one, says that dealing with them all together is more difficult that he realized then asks himself why Patamon hasn’t Digivolved.

Jyou points out the rockslide that occurs while Joe calls it an avalanche. Joe, rocks for rockslide, snow for avalanche. Okay?

Mimi originally says she sick of this. In the dub, she says she needs a facial.

Guess Sora’s back to calling Biyomon, Biyo, which still sounds wrong to me.

Dub Gabumon: “Do you think that avalanche knocked them both off the cliff?” It’s a rockslide. The originals keep getting it right, what’s wrong with you guys?

Jyou originally cheers at the fact that Ogremon and Leomon probably died from falling off the cliff. In the dub, he just explains how flying monsters, even ones without wings can be possible in this world because anything seems like it’s possible.

I actually prefer the dub because, while I understand that they were attacked by him, Gabumon and Patamon both said that Leomon was supposed to be a very kindhearted and gentle leader type of Digimon. The fact that he attacked them and paired up with his mortal enemy are huge indications that he’s being controlled like the other nice Digimon have been with the black gears. Yet instead of mourning the death of a good Digimon, they cheer for it.

Tai: “It’s that avalanche.” ROCK—Oh forget it.

The explanation of how the rock-avalanche occurred is basically the same, but Koushiro originally surmises that the destruction of the path may have caused instability in the rocks above whereas dub Izzy just says stress fractures in rock just eventually occur.

Jyou originally hopes there are other humans in the mansion whereas Joe hopes for a hot tub but not one that is too hot.

Yamato’s originally the one trying to stop Jyou from barging into the building. In the dub, Tai’s trying to stop both of them.

You can’t hear Jyou and Yamato talking in the original as Tai and Agumon are talking about whether or not the mansion was on the map over the shot. In the dub, their conversation is broken by Matt telling Joe to open the door, but Joe doesn’t want to go in without knocking.

I love Jyou/Joe’s flawless logic. ‘But guys there can’t be any bad Digimon in a building that has paintings of angels! That’s, like, against the law or something!’

Tentomon says being able to eat delicious food like that must be a sin (Wait, they know what sin is but not angels?) In the dub, Mimi is speaking on this shot saying that they have awful table manners.

I love the song cue in the original after Jyou starts eating.

The kids mostly just say they’ll eat as we zoom out of the mansion and fast forward to the night. In the dub, Mimi says something about lobster and a matre ‘d and TK says something about eating pizza that has peanut butter and pickle toppings…..What is with these kids and gross food choices?

Yamato tells Taichi not to jump into the bathtub while Tai says it’s been so long since they’ve had an actual bath. In the dub, Matt tells Tai not get his hair wet and Tai says he thought some bird made a nest on his head.

Immediately after, Koushiro says it’s amazing that the place also had a bathtub (it’s a mansion…it’s harder to believe it wouldn’t have a bathtub) and that he can feel the tension draining from him. Tentomon then offers electricity to Koushiro….for some reason, and he politely declines. In the dub, Izzy says warm water is great for removing soil and dead epidermis because Izzy can’t turn it off for a few minutes, and Tentomon says when he gets dirty, he just sheds his skin, but Izzy says that would be difficult for him.

Ah, we have a scene deletion!

In the original, Yamato says he can’t forgive guys who are so shy in an all-men’s bath. Taichi agrees so they jump out of the bath, while naked, and try to grab Jyou’s towel from him. This scene is basically kept the same, but the shot of Yamato and Taichi and their bare asses as well as trying to get Jyou’s towel from him are removed.

Since this is removed, the arguing over getting Jyou’s towel is also removed from the shot of Gabumon outside of the bath. Instead, Tentomon asks where Gabumon is and Patamon says he’ll get in eventually but he’s too shy to take off his fur. I’d say that’s even more understandable in the original if Tai and Yamato might possibly take his fur off by force. 0-o

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Wow, another scene deletion!…Only reason I get excited over these is because dialogue edits are sometimes a pain…

Anyway, after the girls discover Gomamon in the girls’ bath, Palmon throws him over to the boys’ side where he lands on Jyou’s head and we see a shot of them both on the ground with Jyou also now naked. All of this is kept the same, but the shot of them on the ground and also Jyou’s naked ass are removed.

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Most of the dialogue when they find the beds is passable, but Mimi says that having all of the beds in one room makes it feel like summer camp. Jyou then pipes up asking what she means because they were supposed to be at summer camp anyway, but then he trails off at the group’s sad faces because he reminded them of home. In the dub, Joe complains about all the crap they dealt with outside like hiking and starving, which I guess reminds everyone that they’re far from home.

I guess I can forgive this one because it’s more blatant potty (literally) humor, but when Agumon’s on the toilet he talks about how he can’t poop despite the fact that he ate so much. Taichi wants to leave because he’s taking so long, so Agumon tries his hardest to go and just ends up farting a lot which causes Ogremon to flee the stall that he was hiding in due to the stench. In the dub, it’s kinda the same but they mostly talk about how Agumon was afraid to go to the bathroom by himself and any real mention of what he’s doing is reduced to ‘I don’t even want to talk about it.’ The reason Ogremon eventually flees the stall is I guess because Agumon’s insulting him instead of farting.

Leomon keeps repeating that he needs to kill the chosen children in the original. In the dub, he keeps repeating that he cannot disobey Devimon.

Taichi asks about the fact that there is supposedly way more to the Digital World beyond File Island. Devimon says it doesn’t matter because the spot in which they stand will be their graves. In the dub, Devimon says they’re the Digidestined sent to save the Digital World from his destruction and Tai says they were just kids at summer camp sent there by random.

Huh, another scene deletion I guess for violence. Leomon pushes Agumon out of the way and slams Taichi by his neck up against the wall. In the dub, this shot is removed.

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Agumon doesn’t explain that the evil from Leomon was purged by the Digivice in the original as it’s pretty damn obvious. Also, the dub proclaims that a black gear was driven from Leomon when no gear was present nor was it actually the cause of the mind control. It was Devimon’s own hand.

Next episode, the kids are now separated on different islands made up of the old File Island. Tai and Yamato end up on frozen wastelands and have to battle ice based Digimon to continue their journey and reunite with the others.

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 Volume 2 (Manga) Review

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Plot: Taichi and Zero are well on their way to collecting all of the tags. They enter a strange castle of nightmares protected by the Perfect Digimon, Vamdemon, who tries to turn Zero against Taichi. Taichi shows off his ability to uplink data collected from previous battles to have a competition with a local Starmon. And Taichi meets an incredibly powerful new foe; a human tamer with two digivices named Neo Saiba, the reigning Digimon champion who is now siding with Demon.

Breakdown: Let’s get the connections to the anime out of the way; Patamon appears, but is really a Bakemon in disguise.

Myotismon is one of the tag protectors.

Starmon appears, obsessed with being famous.

Devimon, Ogremon, Greymon and MetalGreymon are all Neo’s Digimon, with Greymon/MetalGreymon seemingly being his intended partner.

Fusion is introduced here, called Jogress Evolution.

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With that out of the way, let’s go on to the story. We’re getting a bit further out of the whole ‘Taichi meets a guardian, battles him and pulls a win out of his ass over and over’ trope that was growing old in volume one. While Taichi and Zero do defeat Vamdemon fairly easily because, pretty much, the power of friendship, they struggle with him much more than the other two guardians.

Zero and Taichi’s bond really does get a lot of highlight in this volume as it saves their asses on more than one occasion, especially in the very end in their battle against Neo Saiba, but it does seem kinda tropey sometimes like Zero going over his maximum analyzed power level because he wants to protect Taichi.

Neo as a character is hard to compare to any character from the anime. I guess you might say he’s an amalgamation of early-series Ruki and Ken, with a touch of Vegeta and Kaiba from DBZ and YGO respectively. Neo Saiba is the reigning Digimon champ with a 100% win rate like Taichi. He was the winner of the competition that Taichi couldn’t enter in the start of volume one, though Taichi still challenged him because he had a 100% win rate. The match ended up in a tie with both being announced the winner, something supposedly impossible due to how the game works. Despite claiming it’s a mere program error, Neo wants to take his revenge against Taichi and prove himself as the strongest tamer.

Neo has not shown any inkling of deserving sympathy here so far. His desire to beat Taichi is petty, he’s a complete asshole to his Digimon, and he doesn’t care if either the Digital World or the real world get destroyed because of Demon. He just wants to tame the strongest Digimon and be the best tamer in the world. Taichi is a very stark contrast to him on almost every level.

Demon summoned him to the Digital World after Taichi was summoned by Holy Angemon. He is the one who will hatch and tame the Super Ultimate Digimon from the Digiegg Demon has. For the time being, though, he tames an Orgemon and a Devimon. His intended partner Digimon is a Greymon that he deleted because his win rate wasn’t high enough for his expectations. His leftover data decided to become more powerful in order to make Neo happy, so he became MetalGreymon and paired with Neo yet again. Yup, he just decided he wanted more power and was granted it by nothing.

MetalGreymon’s story is very tragic and it’s one of the hinge points in the series so far. As a comparison, if you thought Ken was a jerk for the way he treated Wormmon, you’ll be seeing red when you see how Neo treats MetalGreymon. And, like Wormmon, he stays loyal to his partner through and through no matter how badly he’s treated.

Taichi gets the tag of spirit (Illusions according to this translation) and iron (metal empire in this volume) and only needs one more tag to gain entry into Demon’s castle, where Neo will be waiting as well.

Overall, this volume was a step up from volume one, but I’m still waiting for Taichi to actually lose for once. I know one of his catchphrases is saying he’s a 100% tamer, which would be lost if he did lose, but seeing him always come out on top will make this series pretty boring after a while. I will say that the final battle between Skull Satamon and Zero was the most intense so far, and one that actually had tension given how beat up Zero actually gets.

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Audience: Zero nearly dies and we learn that Digimon actually bleed here with blood flowing from Zero’s nose as he’s basically being crushed. Other than that, though, nothing too bad. 7+

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 7 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Jyou’s at his boiling point while trying to be smart and safe while the others keep joking about their situation and not taking things seriously. In an effort to protect everyone from the dangers of Infinity Mountain while trying to get a view of the island, Jyou takes it upon himself to sneak out and climb the mountain on his own with Gomamon following behind. But when the gentle Unimon gets hit by a black gear, both Jyou and Gomamon will need to step up to protect everyone.

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Title Change: A Roar! Ikkakumon! Is changed to Ikkakumon’s Harpoon Torpedo!

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Gomamon isn’t berating Joe for complaining about the cold in the original. It’s also a pretty out of place line since it’s the very first line we get. We don’t hear or see Joe complaining before this so it just seems weird.

Joe: “I’m allergic to fur…” No one brought up fur, Gomamon just said to think warm.

Mimi doesn’t bring up snowmen, nor do the Digimon ask if a Snowman is a Digimon from their world. They just keep talking about snowball fights.

In the shot of Takeru, Taichu, Yamato and Koushiro talking, you can’t hear what they’re saying. Jyou’s talking over it all about how a massive temperature drop and snow wouldn’t be fun; it’d be a serious situation because it would make it incredibly difficult to make camp. In the dub, you can hear the boys talking and Joe has no dialogue. The boys are also talking about the snow will all fall on Joe’s head when it happens and they can’t wait to see it.

A pretty significant point here is left out as Jyou says he has to protect everyone because he’s the oldest. It reflects that Jyou’s not just a stuffy worry wart who can’t relax, but that he’s taken it upon himself to be the one that ensures that everyone stays safe. While it can be argued that he’s a worry wart anyway, in this situation he believes he doesn’t have the luxury of goofing around and not being serious because someone has to be responsible and watch out for the group’s well-being in more ways than one.

They get the next part basically right, but the reason the group can smell the hot spring is because they can smell the sulfur. The dub seems to imply that they can smell the steam, which doesn’t really make sense.

Jyou originally points that that everyone’s cheerful but yet he can’t be because he holds the responsibility. In the dub, he talks about how it would be big trouble if these eggs got them sick because there’s no doctor around.

Yamato says the eggs would go great with soft rice and everyone agrees. In the dub, he says the eggs would go great with ketchup and while TK agrees with that sentiment, Sora says it sounds gross. I guess eggs with ketchup is more American than rice.

I have to wonder what kind of eggs those are. There are no chickens in the Digital World, are there?

Despite the fact that dub Matt says he liked ketchup on his eggs, he later requests salsa (That’s a thing too?) In the original, Yamato says he’d like mayonnaise on his eggs, which, while maybe sounding weird, isn’t that odd considering egg salad and deviled eggs.

Sora says she likes sauce on hers (what sauce, I don’t know.) In the dub, Sora just responds to Matt’s comment about salsa.

Koushiro says he likes his eggs with ponzu on them which is basically citrus fruit juice. In the dub, while they could’ve said like lemon or orange juice, they decided to have him say—wait for it……Mustard and jellybeans….Okay, the ponzu stuff was a little gross but quirky. Mustard and jellybeans? Just…why?! Why would ever even think to try that?!

Takeru also originally agrees with Taichi in the others that saying the ponzu stuff is weird whereas TK says it sounds good.

Mimi says their suggestions are weird then follows it up by saying she likes her eggs topped with sugar and maybe some natto (fermented soy beans)….Dub Mimi says she likes them covered in maple syrup and cherries. Ya know, I’m gonna have to side with Joe here, what is wrong with just salt and pepper? I mean ketchup’s okay, and I really like cheese on them, but man a lot of these suggestions are just gross. I understand that’s sorta the joke, but ew.

The group also responds to Mimi’s favorite with disgust, but in the dub TK, while looking grossed out and covering his mouth with his hands, mind you, says it probably tastes good.

Joe originally says that the Japanese culture is falling apart due to, yes, their bizarre egg preferences. Dub Joe leaves this out.

Joe doesn’t mention anything about Yamato squeezing his arm like dub Joe does. And he barely touched Joe so I dunno what that was about.

Sora’s the one who explains why Tai wants to climb Infinity Mountain in the original over a shot of Tai arguing with Yamato. In the dub, Tai’s the one saying it. The same happens with Yamato.

Yamato says that he’s not going to let Tai’s recklessness get them into danger. In the dub, Matt tells Tai to put his fists down when he talks to him and says Tai keeps trying to bully himself into being leader.

Joe doesn’t mention anything about being good at climbing in the original, he just says he has to be the one to climb Infinity Mountain.

Gomamon says Joe’s not being honest with himself (which could be a poke at his future crest since it’s Honesty in the original) and says he was really scared of going up there alone because he felt he might be helpless. In the dub, Gomamon says under his breath that he sometimes has to trick Joe (in reference to saying he’s not following Joe, he has stuff to do on Infinity Mountain.) Joe asks if he said something and Gomamon says he was saying it’s a nice night for a walk. Joe says Gomamon’s crazy and Gomamon replies that that’s okay because he has more fun that way.

Joe originally says that he doesn’t quite trust Gomamon on Unimon being a nice and gentle Digimon since similar information like that has been wrong in the past and Gomamon doesn’t deny this. In the dub, they skip these lines and go straight to saying that the stream must be Unimon’s watering hole and that he’s coming down for a drink.

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Gomamon: *as Unimon’s drinking* “I told you he was a nice Digimon. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Yes because drinking water…means you’re nice?

Unimon’s dub voice makes his whole majestic image ruined in my opinion….He has no voice in the original, just horse noises.

Attack Name Change: Holy Shot is changed to Aerial Attack. I like the original better. :/

Greymon originally just says nothing and gets up when Tai asks if he’s okay. In the dub….he responds by saying “I’m stylin’, dude!”…….Uggggghhhh.

Another post-digivolution song gone.

Attack Name Change: Harpoon Vulcan is changed to Harpoon Torpedo.

Dub Tai: “Wow, Joe, you were pretty jammin’ out there!” Stop it!

Yay they did it! They made it to the peak of Infinity Mountain……Which begs the question why they didn’t think to just take Birdramon before….Or Kabuterimon for that matter. The big fight was about it being dangerous to make the climb but if they could bypass the climb by flying, which Tai and Sora did, then….what was the point of the argument? I guess the real point was that no one was sitting down and thinking about it, but still that’s pretty damn obvious.

The big revelation on top of the mountain was supposed to be that the ocean was so vast and you could see nothing as far as the eye could see. While the dub does basically say the same thing, they don’t act like this is some drastic revelation like the original, they just brush it off.

Next up is a bunch of debuts; Leomon, Ogremon and the big baddie for this part of the season, Devimon. This is also the part where the kids get separated from each other. Things are really getting interesting now!

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 (Manga) Volume 1 Review

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Plot: Taichi is a very talented player of the V-Pet game, Digimon. When he tries to enter a tournament, he’s disqualified for having an unknown Digimon, V-dramon, known by the nickname of Zeromaru or Zero for short. He eventually got transported to the Digital World; a world where Digimon are real. After he teams up with Zero, he is told by one of the great leaders of the world, Holy Angemon, that the Digital World is in danger of destruction by someone named Demon. Since a good tamer makes a Digimon immensely more skilled and powerful, he sends them on a mission to collect the five tags needed to enter Demon’s castle and save the Digital World.

Breakdown: I’m a big fan of Digimon, and I’ve always been interested to see if there was a manga version. Much to my delight, there are several with this being the first. Much to my confusion, it’s not really even close to the same as the anime.

Let me back up. Digimon, as a franchise, is actually derived from Digimon V-Pets, little devices aimed towards kids where you could raise a virtual monster. Sound familiar? Of course it does, it’s one of many Tamagotchi clones. More to the point, Digimon V-Pets were specifically designed to be aimed towards boys since Tamagotchis were aimed more towards girls. To push the masculine aspect even further, the Digimon V-Pets included the ability to sync up devices and battle other Digimon.

This manga is based off of those V-Pets and the anime was ‘loosely’ based on the manga.

Since the differences are so drastic, I want to handle this as a purely standalone feature with no animanga clash hanging off of it, but I know some people will be curious as to the main differences between the manga and the anime, so the sate those curiosities I will list all of the major differences at the start of each review.

The anime showcases seven and later eight children each with their own Digimon, and these children are referred to as Chosen Children. It’s not until season three where the kids are described as Digimon Tamers. Also, Digimon have never been heard of in the real world beforehand, except in Digimon Tamers.

In the manga, only Taichi is present. And he doesn’t even have Agumon; instead he has a V-dramon. Also sound familiar? Yeah, he’s the Adult version of Daisuke’s Digimon, V-mon, from Adventure 02. Weird, huh? Also, this Taichi is quite a bit different from his anime counterpart. He’s much more laid back and excitable, kinda like Daisuke only much less stupid and jealous.

As for any of the anime’s Chosen Children Digimon making any appearances, we get Gabumon, named Gabo here. He’s a bit neurotic and follows Taichi and Zero on their journey. Gomamon, named Gon here, is roughly similar, but he’s more responsible than anime!Gomamon, and eventually becomes tasked with being the guardian of the oceans after evolving to Ikkakumon. Greymon makes a brief appearance, but it’s an enemy and doesn’t even talk. Known Digimon such as Whamon and Etemon (called Etemonkey here) make appearances, but no other Chosen Children Digimon except maybe counting Leomon, who is more strict and uptight here.

The Digivice is still a thing, but it’s different. First off, it’s a super cool kick-ass watch I’m mad at the anime for changing. Second, it doesn’t prompt evolution, at least not yet, and instead shows the stats of other Digimon and allows Taichi to communicate ‘telepathically’ with Zero to give him precise commands that no one else can hear.

The crests are gone, but there is something similar in the tags. Unlike the crests which embody traits and help prompt Perfect level and Ultimate level evolution, the tags embody elements in earth, sea, sky, spirit and iron, and their function is to enter the castle that Demon lives in.

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I think that’s everything important, so let’s address the actual story for this volume.

This is a pretty damn simple story, which is to be expected since it’s based off of a game that is literally ‘raise monsters, fight them’. Taichi is transported to the Digital World because of a great leader named Holy Angemon/MagnaAngemon. While he looks entirely different from the MagnaAngemon of the anime here, apparently he looks very similar to MagnaAngemon’s priest mode, which is never shown in the anime.

Anyway, he requests his help in saving the Digital World from a terrible virus Digimon called Demon. I would call them out on their uncreative name, but the main villain for much of the first series was called Devimon….

Taichi and Zero are the only ones who can do it since Tamers bring out something very special in their Digimon – something that makes Zero incredibly powerful. Something else is brought up to support this; Taichi has ‘Ichi’ or ‘One’ in his name and his partner is Zero. The Digital World’s base is data, which is binary; a series of ones and zeroes.

With good intentions, Taichi and Zero can restore and protect the data, but failure would result in data deletion. This is further supported when Whamon explains that the good guys are all data and vaccine Digimon while the bad guys are virus types, since viruses delete data. Taichi proves his worth time and again as his teamwork, tactical skills and friendship as well as Zero’s trust and faith in Taichi lead them to victory time and again even against Perfect level Digimon.

I will say, this does cheapen the manga a bit. Taichi pulls something out of his ass nearly every chapter. Zero will maybe take one hit, sometimes a couple, then Taichi will have a eureka moment and instantly defeat the enemy. While he does train, the fact remains that the training seems inconsequential when these moments arise. Teaching Zero to swim was vital, yes, but the way he beat Marine (Marinedevimon) had really nothing to do with swimming. Triceramon was beaten in the first try without training.

The plot is similar to the anime in that he has to beat several Perfect level Digimon in order to get to the big bad, like the dark masters, and that the big bad is a virus Digimon who wants to destroy the Digital World.

Taichi and Zero make a great team. They have a wonderful dynamic and friendship that seems real from the very start. I would like to see their origins sometime to get a better idea of the foundation of their strong bond.

The enemies, besides maybe Etemonkey, don’t really have personalities besides ‘Urgh, I’m evil.’ It’s a very black and white, good versus evil, light versus dark story so far with not really much in regards to tension. That’s not to say it’s at all bad. It’s a very entertaining manga so far. You can just sit back and have some fun with the story and characters. I don’t want to say it’s watered down in comparison to the anime, but it kinda is so far. We’re one volume in and he’s already got two tags. He’s zooming through these challenges like nobody’s business.

Hopefully we get a bit more tension in the second volume, but I’m alright with keeping a lighter tone if need be. Still, maybe slow the pace down a bit.

Rating: 7.5/10

Recommended Audience: A Digimon dies, but not really since Digimon don’t really die….unless you’re evil, in which case, screw you. Other than that, nothing. E for everyone.

Final notes: Why was Anime!Taichi screwed out of his awesome yellow cape? First the Digivice now this? You did me wrong, anime. You did me wrong.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 6 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: As the group walks through a sewer to continue their journey, they run into the disgusting Numemon who are known as the most hated Digimon in the Digital World because they’re slimy, gross, live in the sewer and fight using their own poop. The group manages to escape from them, but find themselves surrounded again when Numemon spring from randomly placed vending machines in the desert. As they split up to get away, Mimi and Palmon run into the mayor of Toy Town, a giant Teddy Bear Digimon called Monzaemon. He’s kidnapped the others, threw the Digimon into a toy chest and erased the emotions of the kids, making them into toys for the abandoned toys in Toy Town. With Palmon and Mimi the only two left, Palmon must find it within herself to Digivolve and save the day.

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That title card looks fantastic, btw.

Title Change: Palmon’s Angry Evolution is changed to Togemon in Toy Town.

While the kids are singing songs in both versions, the scene is different. Obviously the songs got changed. Both the kids and the Digimon seem to be singing songs that already exist in either world and they’re tossing the singing back and forth between the kids and the Digimon by giving a letter that the line of the song has to start with. When Agumon passes the song to the kids he gives them E which throws them all off since none of them can think of any lyrics that begin with E. They each stop in succession saying “E?” over and over. Mimi thinks of one and starts singing, but the other kids don’t know the song. Surprising the others, she’s actually a pretty decent singer in the original. She says the song’s Enka and her dad used to sing it in Karaoke all the time. Koushiro decides to switch the song to something more well-known and they all start singing that song.

In the dub, Mimi’s narrating over the first part where the kids are initially singing. Because if there’s one thing I want dub Mimi to do, it’s narrate. Tai then says they should sing the song Agumon wrote which is basically a chant about Digimon and Digivolving. Agumon says they should start solos with Mimi going first. In horror, all of the kids stop in succession saying “Mimi?” “Mimi singing?” “Mercy!” Then Mimi starts singing “Home on the Range” and she sounds about as appalling as you’d think she would. Also, this is yet another instance where the dub seems to be purposely mean to Mimi for no reason. Joe pokes fun at Mimi and she says she’s had singing lessons for three years. Izzy says she should get a refund.

God, they are really mean to Mimi. I won’t deny that dub Mimi is one of the most annoying (yet harmless) anime characters I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t warrant being an ass to her. I guess they didn’t look ahead in the episode schedule seeing as how there’s a later episode where Mimi is supposed to be really praised for her singing and even performs a concert. Whoops! Then they all start singing the Digimon song that Tai and Agumon made together.

Sora says she wants to do laundry I guess because her clothes keep getting filthy as water was dripping on her in the sewer. In the dub she says she was freaking out because she used to sing when she did laundry at home. The original’s a little weird because, I get that she’s homesick but what kid wishes to do laundry? The dub’s weird too because it make Sora look like a spaz for having a fit at singing because it reminds her of a leisurely activity she used to do at home.

Yamato just says he misses having barbecue in the original. In the dub he says he’s thinking about Sunday because his mom would make barbecue every Sunday….Uhh, the dub does remember that Matt and TK’s parents are separated, right? TK lives with their mom and Matt lives with their dad. I would say that they get visiting time but considering their reunion later on, if they do get visiting time it doesn’t happen often.

Koushiro says he misses sending emails back and forth to his friends. Izzy says he misses accessing satellites to look at the stars and planets. Also, for some strange reason he tells Mimi and TK who are merely enjoying the ‘what I miss game’ to “get a grip” immediately before he also partakes in it. So, the one person you don’t tell to ‘get a grip’ here is the one who’s crying over not being able to do laundry?

I guess I can forgive the dub for avoiding this. In the original, Numemon attack with their own poop…..yeah…. In the dub, they call it “Nume-Sludge” but even as a kid and despite the fact that it’s pink, you can easily tell that what they’re throwing is more than sludge.

Toy Town has its own little song in the original. In the dub it’s the same whimsical music they always use.

Palmon says they should look for Agumon and the others and Mimi doesn’t respond. In the dub, Mimi brushes off the fact that her friends are acting incredibly peculiar by saying “Oh well, they always were a little odd.”

Dub Palmon: “It’s coming from that locked chest!” Gee you think the noise is coming from the chest that’s bouncing around like crazy? Naaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Attack Name Change: Monzaemon’s Lovely Attack is changed to Hearts Attack.

Monzaemon originally says that the Digimon will go into the toy chest while the children will have their emotions erased and serve as toys for the toys. In the dub he says all of them will go into the toy chest, which doesn’t make sense because only the Digimon are in the chest.

Palmon asks where Monzaemon is. Dub Palmon asks what changed Monzaemon. Also, Palmon doesn’t originally call Agumon ‘Agu.’

Mimi doesn’t call Monzaemon a “Yeti Teddy” in the original, though props for not being the worst joke they could’ve made with a 30 foot tall teddy bear.

I don’t entirely get it. I know Monzaemon’s an Ultimate level Digimon, but his schtick is to be full of love and joy and he’s meant to spread happiness to everyone. If that’s so, why does he have EXPLODING HEAT VISION?!

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Mimi says it’s crazy that the Numemon are still trying to fight Monzaemon for her when all they can do is throw poop. In the dub, Mimi basically brags about how she’s so attractive that she can get Digimon to fight for her and then says she doesn’t think the Nume Sludge is working. Well, there’s no effect to this ‘sludge’ beyond being gross so what’s it supposed to do?

Wow, the animation between Mimi standing and going to Palmon’s side was awful. It’s like they forgot to include inbetween frames between the two stances because she basically teleports between stances.

Palmon commends the Numemon for being so brave. They can’t do much of anything and are slimy and gross, yet they gladly put themselves on the line to help Mimi. In the dub, Palmon basically says she’s had enough and that she ‘may be a lady but (she’s) no pushover.’ It’s also weird that Palmon’s evolution ultimately has little to nothing to do with Mimi. She’s not in immediate danger, she’s not being held captive, she’s not even part of the sudden evolving scene. She gets upset at the Numemon being attacked and evolves. The end.

Her evolution was always cool to me though because the bright green and pink colors always looked awesome. Even though I think it loses them later on.

Another vocal song during the Digivolution gone in lieu of the same Digimon soundtrack.

Attack Name Change: Chiku Chiku (Prickly) Bang Bang is changed to Needle Spray. One of those times when the original’s name was vastly better. Also in this episode Togemon calls it Digimon Needle Spray.

Mimi says she can understand Monzaemon’s love of toys and Palmon agrees. In the dub, Mimi boasts about how she and Palmon saved the day even if she did 100% nothing.

I guess that’s my main problem with this episode. Mimi did nothing and had no development whatsoever. Let’s look back at our other evolution episodes, hmm? Agumon’s was more to show that their Digimon are truly loyal to their partners and that they’ll do anything to protect them. It also showed Taichi that they needed to take the Digital world more seriously.

Gabumon’s evolution episode was heavily about Yamato and his relationship to Takeru and his parents and how that weighs on him. In the end, he learned to be somewhat less controlling with Takeru and got slightly more laid back. Gabumon didn’t have much in terms of development but he did get closer to Yamato.

Piyomon’s evolution episode was also heavily centered around Sora with also some insight into Piyomon. While she is clingy and somewhat childish, Piyomon still steps up to risk her life to save those important to her. Sora also learned to be more appreciative of Piyomon and more hopeful.

Tentomon’s evolution……….was bunk. Koushiro didn’t really change as a character, we didn’t learn much about the Digital World and Tentomon evolved through a computer program not emotions. HOWEVER, at least that episode showed us some insight into Koushiro. It hinted that Koushiro’s parents harbored a secret from him and that he might use technology to escape from problems in real life.

Palmon’s evolution had little to nothing to do with Mimi. She recognized that the Numemon were fighting a hopeless battle to help her, but that realization didn’t affect anything. Palmon’s recognition of this and seeing the Numemon getting attacked is what spurred her evolution. Mimi did nothing but have a Numemon fall in love with her and run away. Then again, there’s not really much to Mimi as a character anyway. I’ve seen the dubbed version numerous times as well as season two several times and there’s really nothing that interesting about her. Her main character point is that she’s a self-absorbed ditz who deep down really cares deeply about others. That’s it. I will admit that she can be really nice, but she’s far from interesting.

Next up is Gomamon’s evolution episode. Jyou’s an okay character even if he’s a bit annoying with his incessant whining and complaining. My big fret is that out of all of the characters Jyou seems to have his dialogue changed the most so the next episode may be a long one to get through. We’ll see.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 5 SDC

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Plot: The group finds their way to a strange factory where the only focus seems to be on putting strange parts together then taking them apart. While Tai and the others meet a black-geared Andromon, Izzy discovers a strange power source and an even stranger program that seems to have the power to react to the Digimon. When Andromon proves to be too much for Garurumon, Greymon and…why is Birdramon not helping?….It’s up to Izzy to figure out how to save the day.

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Title change: There is no real change this episode. It’s just Electric Shock! Kabuterimon to Kabuterimon’s Electro Shocker.

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Dub Matt: “Check it out. Izzy’s trying to email the aliens.” No, he’s not, but thanks for bringing up that dumb dub plotline again.

Koushiro says his computer is somehow running with no power whereas Izzy says his computer just needs recharging. I know it sounds like a nitpick but a computer running on no power is far odder than a computer running on low power.

Jyou says that finding Andromon is just another sign that there are no humans around. In the dub he says he shouldn’t help move Andromon because his mom told him not to move heavy objects since he has bad knees.

In the original, Koushiro is merely examining the battery by running over it with his hands. In the dub, he claims he’s trying to tap into the power source….with his hands? I wouldn’t be bothered by this if he had his power cord or something in his hands and he was running over it to find a power outlet, or even if he said he’s trying to find a power outlet, but here he is literally trying to access the power with his hands. Good thing he’s wearing gloves….for no reason. In fact several of them wear gloves for no reason. Actually the only two of them who don’t wear gloves are Joe and TK. Especially strange considering they were at a SUMMER camp when they came to the Digital World.

Jyou originally berates Agumon and Taichi for trying to hit Andromon to wake him up. In the dub, Joe asks them if they remember watching a movie or something where the robot came to life and ate everyone. Not sure why robots would eat but I didn’t see the movie.

Tentomon’s narrating the Digimon index screen for Andromon in the dub even though he’s not even in the same room with the others.

Also, Andromon calls the group ‘intruders’ in the sub whereas he calls them ‘alien intruders’ in the dub. This show really had a thing for aliens in the beginning, didn’t it?

I find it hard to believe that Andromon’s known as being one of the most powerful Digimon in existence in both versions. In the four minutes we’ve known him he’s been disabled by machine gears and falling rails twice.

While the line is roughly the same, the thing you’re telling Agumon to aim at, Tai, is the ceiling not the roof. There’s a big difference.

Sora: “No doubt!” Heh, I like that group too…..Oh crap, I just dated this show even more than before.

Takeru asks again what the machines are building. Mimi says it’s probably something really amazing like a time machine or something that makes adults and children switch bodies. In the dub, TK says nothing and Mimi says she thinks this place would be more interesting with a tour guide to explain it and then talks about what the tour guide should wear.

Izzy: “I’ve located an access panel to the internal operations!”…..It’s called a door Izzy. Just a door. Koushiro called it a door, you don’t need to show off. It’s just a door. Calm your brain, sweetie.

Taichi originally says that since it’s dark Andromon might not be able to see them and that they should be perfectly still and silent just in case. In the dub, Tai says it’s best to probably run away then makes a joke about how none of them are moving by saying “Or we could just stand here frozen until the monster gets us!”

Attack name change: Andromon’s Spiral Sword is changed to Lightning Blade.

Dub Mimi: (once the power is restored) “They didn’t pay their power bill, is that it?”

Matt: “Ya know, you have no imagination.”

…She has no imagination because she doesn’t give an explanation as to why the power went out other than not paying the power bill? In the original, Mimi just points out that the power’s back on and Matt says they should explore further.

While the conversation between Koushiro and Tentomon about learning who you are is kept roughly the same, Tentomon merely asks Koushiro if he has any desire to learn who he is instead of spending his time trying to figure out who Tentomon and the other Digimon are. (Tentomon has no desire the know who he is or where his world came from whereas Koushiro is incredibly interested in it) In the dub, Tentomon straight out asks if there’s some deep dark secret in Izzy’s past.

Tentomon doesn’t mention anything about the others being in trouble in the original.

Izzy: “And I’m about to abandon my alien theory as well!” Thank God!

Originally, Yamato tells Mimi and Takeru that the factory has no point. It’s just a perpetual cycle of building pieces of machinery to take them apart again. In the dub, Matt does explain this, but he concludes by acting like nothing that is within the factory can leave and that they’re trapped. How he deduced that from the production line is beyond me.

Tentomon originally says after Koushiro activates the program that he feels power surging through him and he follows up by asking if Tentomon’s okay. In the dub, Tentomon says nothing and Izzy just says they cracked the program.

Kabuterimon’s voice in the earlier episodes of the dub is awful. He sounds so monotone and bored. In fact….that may or may not be Izzy’s dubbed Dad’s voice…which also sounds awful. Luckily his voice changes to something more fitting in the later episodes or his actor changes up his style.

Another post-digivolution vocal song is removed.

This next change makes no sense. Originally Jyou asks if Andromon has a weakness which gives Koushiro the idea to look for any weak spots on his body. Conveniently, despite the fact that his leg wasn’t sparking before, his right leg is shown to be spouting electricity. Thus Koushiro knows that’s his weak spot. In the dub, Joe asks if Andromon ever runs out of gas, which gives Izzy the same idea, but I don’t understand how. Running out of gas and having a weakness are two completely different things. “Run out of gas? That gives me an idea! Aim for his right leg!” They try to justify this by acting like his leg is somehow his power source and that hitting it will disrupt his energy, but that still doesn’t make any sense.

Attack Name Change: Kabuterimon’s Mega Blaster is changed to Electro Shocker, which sounds way better.

Tai: “That’s wicked!” And tubular, and bodacious and other dated terms!

Originally, Andromon just said “The evil has subsided” when the gear was destroyed. In the dub, he says “That black gear reprogrammed my systems somehow.” You can probably see the problem here as it is, but basically there weren’t enough mouth flaps to match the new dialogue, thus he hangs his mouth open during the end of his sentence as we fade to the next scene. This tends to happen a lot, but this is one of the more apparent examples.

How did the kids even get to the factory anyway? And why were they trapped? I mean, the scene where Andromon tells them how to leave is the first indication in the original that they were trapped at all and we’re not shown how they’re trapped. Can’t they just digivolve Biyomon or Tentomon and fly out if there really is something keeping them there?

Andromon tells the kids that he got stuck under the machinery because he was trying to free an odd gear from the machine and got trapped, which is how the gear must’ve got stuck in him. Then Sora and Jyou look to each other mentioning another black gear. None of this is included in the dub and Sora was just telling Joe that she was right about him being a Digimon and not an android….Not sure why that’s necessary. Gomamon already told him that when they first saw him.

Takeru doesn’t refer to the act of evolution as turning the Digimon into superheroes in the original.

Sora originally says that it’s too bad that you can’t fix Taichi and Agumon’s attitudes by hitting them in the head. Dub Sora says now that they have holes in their head, maybe their brains will get some oxygen. Because whacking each other in the head put holes in their head?

The narrator gives us a little something extra in the original. He says that Koushiro’s laptop stopped functioning properly outside of the factory and little did they know that Koushiro’s laptop would be the key to discovering the secrets of the world in the future. Since we have no narrator in the dub outside of Tai sometimes, this is omitted.

Like I said, I find this episode to be a bit hokey. I mean, I can believe that altering data and stuff around Digimon might cause reactions and evolution, but the entire time we’ve been working on the premise that the Digimon only evolve when one of the kids is in danger and now they say inputting a program, as long as they’re in the factory for some unknown reason, a Digimon can evolve no problem?

Also, why was Tentomon acting like he was in great pain the first time that Koushiro typed in that program yet later when he does the same thing there is no pain? In fact, he claims he feels like he’s full of power and he evolves right away. Also, I’m not sure why Koushiro would be so willing to try and evolve Patamon in the sewer. He has no clue what Patamon evolves into at this point. For all he knows, Patamon could’ve evolved into something huge that would’ve caused the whole tunnel to collapse in on them.

Next up is Togemon’s debut…you know what that means….our first Mimi-centric episode….hoo…..rah.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 4 Sub Dub Comparison

Ow! This fire is hurting me, a Digimon made of fire, for some reason!

Plot: The group stumbles upon a village of Pyocomon (Biyomon’s pre-digivolved form) when an enraged fire Digimon called Meramon attacks. Sora and Biyomon team up to get Biyomon to Digivolve to Birdramon in order to take him down.

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Title change: Red Hot! Birdramon! Is changed to Biyomon Gets Fire Power!

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Izzy and his alien theories, this time about the Black Gears.

Takeru originally hurts his foot/ankle slightly after tripping. The group tells him that he doesn’t have to act like he’s not hurting and Takeru says it does hurt a little. Patamon then has a delayed reaction to what happened and asks Takeru if he’s okay. The group says it’s a bit late to ask that now. In the dub, Tai says to TK that he should be careful because the root that he tripped over could’ve been a snake or something. He apologizes and asks if there really are snakes and stuff around and Biyomon says no, just giant monsters and stuff. Patamon then says he’ll protect TK from the monsters.

Taichi originally says that they have no idea where to go and Biyomon nuzzles Sora and says she’ll go anywhere as long as Sora’s there. In the dub, Tai says they should look for signs of intelligent life and Biyomon nuzzles Sora (which seems very out of place considering the line change) and asks if Tai’s insinuating that Digimon aren’t intelligent.

Sora says that even if Biyomon is 100 percent happy, she’ll still be miserable if they get lost and she’ll be held responsible. Biyomon then asks “100 percent?” and what she means by being held responsible. Sora just staves her off of the answers while the others walk away. In the dub, Sora basically tells Biyomon that Tai didn’t mean to say Digimon weren’t intelligent, but that they need to get out of there and stick together. She then adds that they’ll end up getting left behind because of their talking, which is rude in both versions.

Jyou says as they’re walking that Biyomon is a very sociable Digimon. Koushiro then points out that it seems like each Digimon has their own personality. Biyomon holds Sora’s hand and calls Sora’s name kinda like a child calling for attention from its mother. Sora then asks herself in thought if she can really get along with such a mushy Digimon. In the dub, Matt basically jokes around saying “Next stop on our tour is the forest of irrelevant road signs.” which is pretty funny considering they are surrounded by irrelevant road signs. Biyomon can’t be heard and Sora thinks to herself that she can’t believe they’re making jokes when they’re so lost.

Izzy: “Look! It’s the alien saucer again!”

Matt: “And it’s headed for a close encounter!”

This scene is originally silent; we’re not even sure if the kids even see the gear in the original. Also, points off for more aliens, points off for dated reference.

As they’re walking through the desert with the telephone poles, Koushiro says this is like a documentary that he saw on the African Savannah. Then they discuss seeing stuff like lions and giraffes, but then turn around and say that there are only Digimon there. They say that they have to find other people because there simply has to be other people there. Then Koushiro says that these telephone poles could end up like the phone booths and the trolley and seem like proof of human existence, but be traps or fake.

In the dub, they mostly just bitch about how hot it is and Sora points out that the telephone poles don’t have connecting wires. Mimi then asks if they remember the phone booths and the trolley car just to ask if anyone else remembered them…..Okay, none of that scene had any point whatsoever in the dub. Like, at all. In the least. The whole thing about the wires not connecting doesn’t even have any credence…..Granted most of the original conversation is pointless too, but the dub just seems to go in circles.

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Izzy: “I wonder if these even are telephone poles. Maybe they’re some sort of odd alien equivalent.” God, shut the hell up, Izzy. I can’t wait until you stop this alien nonsense. Even tin-foil-hatters don’t babble about aliens as much as you seem to.

Jyou originally yells that they have to find other humans, there’s no other choice. Then Tentomon tells Koushiro that he’s serious; there are no other beings besides Digimon there. In the dub, Joe yells out that they’re doomed because the heat has cooked their brains and Tentomon tells Izzy that they need to find Joe some shade fast.

Mimi basically teases that she either found a new compass or fixed the one that she had. In the dub, Mimi says the numbers melted off of her favorite watch….and I guess that somehow turned it into a compass? Either Mimi’s being insanely cheeky or she’s brain dead.

Biyomon starts annoying Sora by constantly calling her name and saying things to her, to which she responds by saying she’s tired and hot and to just stop clinging to her. In response to this, Biyomon apologizes and backs away from Sora, to which Sora responds that it’s fine and she can walk with her. Biyomon cheers and runs to her, telling her that she loves her.

In the dub, Matt says TK’s socks reek and Mimi says she could use a snack bar while Biyomon stops and says she’s too tired to go on. Sora responds by saying that they have to think positive and maybe imagine that it’s raining, which perks Biyomon up and she cheers while saying that she loves the rain.

These scenes with Biyomon being too clingy seem to have meaning behind them if you’ve watched the entire series. Sora’s crest is the crest of love and she initially doesn’t believe that she deserves such a crest because she’s not loving. These scenes with a clingy and lovable Biyomon giving Sora gobs of attention may be poking to her issues on that subject, hence why she’s so avoidant of that behavior. Since these scenes are removed from the dub in lieu of something else, we lose this bit of foreshadowing; if it is that at all.

When the group reaches the Pyokomon village, Mimi says it reminds her of a fairy tale that she read when she was younger. Yamato then says that they thought they’d be able to spend the night there, but considering the size of the village it seems impossible. Koushiro says that they can’t even fit into their houses.

In the dub, Mimi says she’d like to take one of the Pyokomon home and treat it like a stuffed animal to which Matt replies that Mimi doesn’t seem to hear the same things that they do and Izzy surmises that she might be….*sigh* an alien spy. They really are mean to Mimi in the dub. She is dumb, but it’s like the dub writers specifically made her much dumber and made the others like to poke fun at her much more.

In the original, Biyomon ends her sentence with ‘no yo’ which roughly translates to ‘ya know?’ and the Pyocomon ask her why she’s talking like that. She says it’s because she’s been spending so much time with Sora (even though it’s only been like two days) and that she learns a lot from her. In the dub, she talks normally, yet the Yokomon are acting like she’s speaking differently from the Yokomon, which she really isn’t barring maybe being a little more comfortable speaking. The scene plays out the same though.

Takeru doesn’t point out that Mt. Miharashi is an active volcano in the original, he just looks at the mountain. Not even sure how TK would know that’s an active volcano.

In the original, the Pyocomon are the ones who tell the kids that they saw something crash into Mt. Miharashi earlier and they deduce that it was the black gear. In the dub, since they seemingly saw the crash, they figure it out on their own.

The song cue for Meramon is awesome. In the dub it’s just generic ‘trouble’ music. 😦

Originally, the kids and the Digimon are just frozen in terror and they don’t say anything until they start reacting. In the dub, Sora is telling them all not to move, which makes no sense. What could standing still possibly benefit you? Is his vision based on movement? Meramon is not a T-Rex, Sora.

There really didn’t look like there were friggin millions of Pyocomon at that village, but geez there’s a lot of them when they reach the ship.

Sora doesn’t call Biyomon ‘Biyo’ in the original…which is good because it kinda sounds like you’re calling her ‘B.O.’ and it’s not nice to say your Digimon stinks, Sora.

Attack name change: Burning Fist, Meramon’s attack, is changed to Fireball, which sounds less cool but makes more sense since it is a fireball and not like a fire punch.

Another vocal song after Biyomon Digivolves is removed in lieu of the same action Digimon dub music.

Meteor Wing, Birdramon’s attack, actually didn’t get changed for the dub, but for some reason they don’t say the name of her attack here.

Also, what’s the logistics of this fight? Everyone else is attacking him with air, fire and electricity and it only made him grow more powerful, but a champion fire attack gets rid of the black gear? How?

Sora also never call Biyomon “Bee” in the original.

Biyomon actually tells Sora that she loves her in the original. In the dub, she just says “because…you know” Biyomon shouldn’t be that bashful in actuality.

Also, I think they repeat the shot of them hugging for no reason.

Jyou says that the bird food or whatever that stuff is isn’t that bad if your chew it enough. In the dub, Joe says he’ll pass on the meal.

Next up is Kabuterimon’s debut and I actually remember that episode being kinda hokey, so let’s see.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 3 Sub Dub Comparison

Run away, Gabumon. Don’t look back, just run.

 

Plot: The kids find yet another oddity in the Digital World, this time in the form of a trolley car. While some of the mystery surrounding Matt and TK is unfolding, Seadramon attacks the group. When Matt gets himself caught by Seadramon, Gabumon must Digivolve to save his friend.

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Title change: Not much of a change, really. The original’s called The Blue Wolf, Garurumon! While the dub’s called simply Garurumon.

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In the original, one of the kids asked Taichi why Agumon was the only one who Digivolved back in episode two. Taichi calls Agumon over and asks him. Agumon says he doesn’t know, which causes Taichi to comically nearly fall off of the cliff they’re on.

In the dub, it’s like Tai is writing a letter to the audience saying that they’ve got awesome new Digimon friends who Digivolve into awesome creatures like Agumon did in the last episode. Tai calls Agumon over and tells him that he likes him when he’s Greymon and asks why he doesn’t stay that way all the time. Agumon says he can’t/doesn’t know how and then he says that even superheroes need a rest (Agumon really shouldn’t know what superheroes are.) and that causes Tai to comically fall for some reason.

A little bit of subtlety is missed in the dub. Originally, Takeru falls down and Yamato asks if he’s okay. Taichi turns around as they’re running and says “Takeru’s okay to go, right?” Takeru says yes and gets up and runs off while Yamato looks slightly upset. In the dub, TK falls down and Matt acts like it’s a bother saying “Come on!” Tai turns around as they’re running and tells them to hurry up. TK says okay and runs off while Matt looks slightly upset.

If you’ve seen the series or maybe this episode, you’d catch why Matt actually seems upset. He was babying his brother when Tai knew he was perfectly fine. When he got up like nothing was wrong, it favored Tai’s belief instead of Matt’s and also instilled a feeling of insecurity. And that was your psych minute of the day.

Originally, Mimi just says she’s tired and sick of walking and Taichi replies that it’s just a bit farther. Mimi says if she walks any farther her calves will get fat (I’m guessing she means big because exercise is kinda the opposite of gaining weight.) Agumon responds by saying fat calves are beneficial because they’re stronger and you can do stuff like kick dirt better, but Mimi’s not amused. Palmon chimes in and says that she likes flat feet with long roots (I guess insinuating that she might also get those from walking too long.) and Mimi’s not amused by that either.

In the dub, Mimi says she only walks for long distances when she’s in a mall and they’re not in one. Tai tells her to stop whining and Mimi says no because her feet hurt. Agumon suggests that she take off her boots and socks to make her feel better, but Mimi doesn’t want to walk on the dirt. (Can’t say I blame her. Last thing I’d want to do if my feet hurt would be to walk on dirt barefoot. Grass, sand or carpet sure, but not rocky dirt.) Palmon then chimes in and says she loves the feeling of dirt beneath her feet and between her toes and Mimi says that’s gross.

Dub Tai: “Mimi wait up!” ….You do realize that Mimi’s pretty far behind you, right?

They replayed a closer shot of Tai and Agumon entering the trolley for a second I guess to lengthen the dialogue.

After Jyou suggests that the trolley could help them get home, Taichi shoots down the idea and says that it’s impossible since there are no tracks. In the dub, Tai says it is possible and maybe that’s how they’re going to get home. It’s a little funny because that trolley IS how they get home much much later in the series.

They replay another shot of Tai talking to lengthen the dialogue, but he just says “oh yeah, I forgot”

Originally, the mushrooms that Palmon sees, the ones without spots, are safe to eat according to her, but the spotted ones that Mimi sees are poisonous. In the dub, both the non-spotted and spotted ones are poisonous apparently. Also, Mimi tells Palmon that the flower on her head isn’t for looks and thanks her for her great advice on the mushrooms. In the dub, Mimi just says she’d be lost without Palmon…the Digimon she just met a day ago.

Yamato tells Taichi that cooking fish by holding it over the fire just ruins it and tells him to stick it by the heat instead. Matt says that Tai will burn his fingers cooking that way and says to use a stick. Tai then asks how Matt knows how to do that and he says he’s ‘the man’ which is two accounts of “(you’re/I’m) the man” in one minute since Dub Tai said that to Agumon in the same scene.

Another scene of Taichi muscling in on Yamato’s business is missing. Originally, Yamato asks Takeru if he wants him to remove the bones from the fish he’s eating. Taichi comes over and tells him to bite through the head and keep going which sounds a million times worse out of context. In the dub, TK says that his mother doesn’t let him eat fish with his fingers and Matt says it’s okay. TK’s unsure, but Matt pushes that it’s okay. Tai then comes over and says that it’s fine because TK’s hanging with the big boys now. So, the older you get the more sloppy you can be? Thank God; I can finally achieve my dream of eating food like the Tasmanian devil.

Originally, Taichi asks Sora the same thing Izumi asked in a previous episode; why Takeru calls Yamato ‘Onii-chan’ when they have different last names. Sora says she doesn’t know. In the dub, Tai asks Sora if she’s noticed that Matt seems to treat TK like more like a bother than a brother. Sora agrees and says Matt’s still learning how to be a big brother (TK’s eight, he’s not a newborn)

…..You know….it’s times like this that I really regret that I started this comparison. I mean, I know that there’s no English phrase quite like ‘Onii-chan,’ so they probably couldn’t mirror what was being said in the original, but the dub makes Matt look like an inherent ass who needs to learn how not to be an ass to his brother. In the original, he’s just overprotective because he hardly ever sees Takeru, at least so far. I mean, maybe they could’ve made it work by having TK call Matt “Brother”, but that word isn’t as wide as ‘Onii-chan.’

Originally, Sora and Taichi conclude that because they can’t see the North Star that they must be in the Southern Hemisphere, but Jyou says that that’s impossible because he can’t find the Southern Cross either. In the dub, the dialogue is kept the same until we get to suggesting that they’re in the Southern Hemisphere. Joe says it’s possible in the dub, if they’re even still on Earth instead of saying it’s impossible like his counterpart. What, can you mention the North Star fine but not the Southern Cross?

Originally, Taichi says to keep the girls out of the watch duty lineup. Dub Tai just says everyone can keep watch at one-hour intervals.

Taichi wanted to steal Gabumon’s fur for a blanket (as a joke.) He says he’s been dying to see what’s under the fur (….Uhhhh) and starts playfully tugging at it to tease Gabumon. In the dub, Tai insinuates that Mimi is the one who wants Gabumon’s fur as a blanket and even goes so far as to say she might CUT HIS TAIL OFF WHILE HE’S SLEEPING………0-o

The dialogue about finalizing the lineup for lookouts is kept the same, however, that creates an error in the dub. Since they didn’t keep the line about omitting the girls from the lineup, saying that the lineup will be Tai, Matt, Izzy then Joe doesn’t make a lot of sense since they said all of them would keep watch for an hour at a time. Also, that means that they’re only going to sleep for four hours?

Originally, Mimi was thinking to herself as she fell asleep that she really wanted a bath. In the dub, she thinks that her feet still hurt.

Izzy and his stupid aliens rears its ugly head yet again. Originally, Izumi thinks that it’s going to be a long day spending all day tomorrow with everyone. (Hm?…..Does that mean Izumi doesn’t like being around them or socializing period?) In the dub, Izzy wonders why a trolley car is there and wonders if it was the aliens.

Originally, Jyou hopes that everything will be back to normal when he wakes up. In the dub, Joe hopes he doesn’t get monster cooties….really dub? Monster cooties? I know this is Joe, but come on!

Yamato says that he has a tendency to fly off the handle and be overprotective. Maybe that’s why Takeru’s more attached to Taichi than he is to Yamato. Then Taichi asks Yamato what Takeru is to him and Yamato says that they’re brothers and that their parents divorced so they’re living in separate houses.

In the dub, Matt basically says that he’s getting stressed from being in the Digital World and having to take care of TK. Tai then asks if they even live in the same house and Matt says no. They’re half-brothers (Whaaaaa?) and because of that I guess they don’t see each other much. I don’t understand this at all. I’ve watched this series numerous times and I could’ve sworn they’ve stated that they’re actual brothers but their parents are divorced. Why is this changed? I don’t understand. Is divorce somehow taboo? I need to keep this in mind later in the series because I know they mention divorce somewhere.

The harmonica music is changed in the dub. There’s no a huge difference in the music styles, but the dub’s definitely sounds peppier and jazzier. Also, I love this scene. It’s like a parody. Emo Matt runs off in the middle of a tough conversation to sit alone at night and play the harmonica. Hah.

Taichi doesn’t insult Yamato’s harmonica playing like Dub Tai does.

Audio error?: In the shot of Gabumon and Matt reacting to the tidal wave in the dub, it sounds like Tentomon’s voice is coming from Gabumon as he’s going “Whooa”

The Digimon Index screen for Seadramon is misplaced in the dub. Originally it appeared right after Tentomon told us who it was and was followed by the narrator giving the explanation of what it was. In the dub, the index screen appears only a moment after it debuts and no information besides his name is given. The index scene is left silent, which is kinda dumb. Tentomon could’ve easily given that information. Why change where the index screen appeared and leave out the information on it?

Tentomon originally says that Seadramon rarely attack, but asks Taichi and Agumon if they did anything to upset it. They try to deny it (Taichi accidentally got an ember on his tail) before being flung around by Seadramon. In the dub, Tentomon doesn’t mention this and says that they’ll be fine as long as it doesn’t see them. Then, without cutting away, Tentomon says that Agumon and Tai jinxed them and now it sees them. They did nothing during this shot so I don’t know what happened there.

Another audio error: Agumon calls for the Digimon to attack and Gabumon’s voice responds….well, Gabumon’s swimming to the island that the others are on with Matt so why is his voice with them?

Gabumon originally says that he simply doesn’t have the power to save Yamato from Seadramon. In the dub, he says that he has a find a way to save him. Also, Gabumon originally digivolves because he’s thinking that he’ll never be able to hear the gentle melody of Yamato’s harmonica again if he doesn’t find some way to help him. In the dub, he says he doesn’t understand what’s going on (What’s to understand?) but, and direct quoting here “What’s a little stinky fur compared to a friend like him?”….Ya know, that line basically insinuates that the main reason Gabumon couldn’t do anything was that he didn’t want to go in the water and get his fur wet and stinky….

Another vocal song is edited out during the Digivolution.

Originally, Tentomon states that Garurumon’s fur is supposedly as strong as the legendary metal, mythril. In the dub, he says it’s as strong as steel.

Attack name change: Seadramon’s Ice Arrow is changed to Ice Blast.

Attack Name Change: Fox Fire (What?….Garurumon’s a wolf not a fox. Even the Japanese title acknowledges this. The Blue Wolf, Garurumon. What the?) is changed to Howling Blaster.

Dub Gabumon: “Flying sure is a good way to keep my fur dry.” But you were barely ever in the air during that battle and you just emerged from the water.

After Takeru thanks his brother in addition to Gabumon, Yamato says with a blush that it was nothing. Gabumon says Yamato’s too shy and Yamato says ‘look who’s talking.’ In the dub, Gabumon calls Matt “The man” again and Matt calls Gabumon the Wolf man. This exchange doesn’t date this at all…

Sub Mimi doesn’t ask Gabumon if she can use him as a pillow. Also, the poor thing saves all of your lives and you want to use him as furniture? Jerk. 😦

Birdramon’s debut is up next!

Digimon Adventure 01 SDC – Episode 2

Digimon Episode 2 Sub Dub Comparison

CUBONE–I mean, GREYMON!

Plot: The kids are still trying to find their way back to camp when they come upon some odd phone booths on a beach. The phones are utterly useless, but while Joe tries to make them work, the others try to get some food in them since they haven’t eaten all day. While trying to separate rations, an angry Shellmon attacks the group. All of the Digimon are too hungry to fight except Agumon who ate some food with Tai earlier. Since they’re the only ones with strength to fight, Agumon must Digivolve to beat Shellmon.

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Title Screen:

Title Change: Originally, the episode was called Explosive Evolution! Greymon! In the dub it’s The Birth of Greymon.

The dub inserts flashbacks of the Digimon’s Digivolving sequences when they’re re-meeting their newly Digivolved Digimon.

In the original, Digivolution is merely regarded as evolution. I wanna go out on a limb here and say it was changed to avoid butting heads with Pokemon’s evolution and/or the backlash from religious groups who put all sorts of hate on the fact that evolution was being used in kids shows like that.

In the original, Takeru asks if their Digivolving means that they can’t change back and Pataman answers that he doesn’t know. In the dub, TK says that he helped Patamon Digivolve and that it’s cool. Patamon says “Yup it is.”

After that, Jyou says that he’s having difficulty understanding it all and Gomamon says that it’s okay because they don’t understand it all either. In the dub, Joe says his parents doesn’t let him talk to strangers and Gomamon says he’s not a stranger, he’s his friend.

In the original, Jyou says that they should find a nearby road. In the dub, Joe says that they should stay put and Matt’s the one who suggests that they find a road.

Izumi says that the local vegetation looks like they’re in the subtropics. Tentomon agrees and Izumi asks in a surprised tone that Tentomon knows what subtropics are, but then Tentomon says he doesn’t and Izumi sighs. In the dub, Izzy says that it’d be easier if they had a compass to find out which way is north. Tentomon says that he knows, Izzy asks where and Tentomon says its the opposite of south.

Jyou continues to talk about finding a road in the original. In the dub, Joe says he shouldn’t have worn those pants because they ride up when he does too much walking.

Yamato originally says that he doesn’t want to put anyone in undue danger by going back. Matt says that he’s not scared of any monsters.

As they’re walking along, Jyou says that the trees really make him think that they’re not in Japan anymore. Yamato responds by saying that the Digimon should’ve been enough to tip him off that this place wasn’t Japan. In the dub, Joe says that the trees are aggravating his hay fever. Matt responds by asking if there’s anything Joe ISN’T allergic to.

In the original, Mimi asks Palmon if she’s some kind of plant. Palmon says yes and that she can even perform photosynthesis. Mimi says that’s great and asks her to do it for her. Palmon asks her if she even knows what photosynthesis is and Mimi says no. Palmon responds by saying that she doesn’t know either. In the dub, Mimi asks Palmon where she gets her hair done (which is a dumb question, she JUST became Palmon. Even if hair salons were in the Digital World, when would she have had the time to go to a hair salon? Also, hi, her hair is a FLOWER) Palmon says that it’s natural. Mimi says that she should let her do her hair for her sometime and Palmon asks her if she thinks she puts too much emphasis on appearance. Mimi responds that she’s never really thought about it much. Palmon responds by saying that she likes her flower/hair the way it is.

Taichi originally asks Agumon if Kuwagamon is a Digimon too. He keeps saying yup to his questions. In the dub, Tai’s just talking to himself about how it’s such a cool story, but no one would ever believe him. Agumon has no dialogue in this scene. It’s slightly weird because you can still point out where he talks in the dub, but there’s no sound.

And thus begins Dub Izzy’s weird short-lived obsession with aliens. Izumi just says that phone booths randomly positioned in the middle of a beach is irrational. Dub Izzy says he believes aliens set out the phone booths as traps. I never understood this thing with Izzy and aliens in the beginning of this season, but it’s dropped completely later on, so yeah.

Yamato and Mimi originally don’t talk about ordering a pizza with the phones. They say that those phones are just like the ones back home. Jyou concludes that these phone booths are proof that they’re still in Japan. Gomamon asks what Japan is and Jyou slowly stares at him, slowly turns around and says maybe not. In the dub, Joe say that the purpose of the phones is for them to call their parents for a ride home. Gomamon asks what “a parents is” and Joe slowly stares are him, turns around and says “that’s it, I’m outta here.”

Izzy again brings up aliens by saying that the aliens can bill his phone card.

All of them simply want to call their parents in the original. In the dub, Izzy wants to connect to the Internet and TK wants to look for loose change in the slots while the rest just say that they want to use the phones.

I have to admit, they made Mimi’s line better here. In both versions, Mimi’s phone says that tomorrow’s weather will be mostly sunny with a chance of ice cream. Original Mimi just says that something’s wrong with the phone. Dub Mimi says “What do you wear for that?” I know I can’t really stand Mimi, but it’s lines like these that make her tolerable in the dub. Her ditzy sounding VA makes the line that much funnier. Only Mimi…

The weird phone messages are again blamed on aliens by Izzy in the dub while Izumi just wonders what’s going on.

Original Mimi says her Digivice is on her bag. Dub Mimi says if anyone has a pink digivice she’ll trade. Kinda funny seeing as how, in future installments, there are pink Digivices. However, in this season they’re all a very pale green/blue color.

In the original, after Takeru shows everyone his food (Why exactly did he have a backpack full of food on him during summer camp when he was just lounging around?) Mimi points out that he’s not from their school. Takeru says that she’s right. He’s visiting his ‘onii-chan’, Yamato, for the summer and Yamato agrees. Taichi asks Izumi why TK calls Yamato ‘onii-chan’ since they have different last names. Izumi responds by saying, since ‘onii-chan’ is also a common phrase for cousins or close male friends that he might be his cousin. In the dub, this obviously doesn’t work the same way. English doesn’t really have one phrase that encompasses cousins, brothers, and close friends. So Mimi simply asks TK if he’ll be a good little boy and share her food with her. TK says she doesn’t even have to ask and follows it up by telling Matt that she’s cute. Matt disagrees. Tai then tells Izzy that he could eat a small cow.

Originally, Yamato asks Mimi where she got all of that survival stuff in her bag. Mimi responds by saying that it’s been a while since she last camped so she borrowed her dad’s camping stuff secretly. In the dub, Matt asks why Mimi didn’t tell them that she had a compass back when they said that they needed one. Mimi responds by saying that she thought it’d be fun to see how far they’d get without one. Plus it’s broken. The stupidity of that statement is of sheer brilliance. Seriously. They make her seem like a dick for saying “Yeah I had this important piece of survival equipment that we needed but didn’t say anything for funsies.” then they make her seem like a moron by making her say “Not like it would’ve helped if I did say something anyway, it’s broken” Just wow. Wow.

The way that the rations are divided is different from the original. Let’s just leave it at that because I’d have to rewatch that scene like four times to get exactly the differences.

Might I say that the song that comes on when Shellmon appears in the original kicks so much ass?

Attack Name Change: Mega Flame is changed to Nova Blast (Well, in this episode, it’s Digi Nova Blast, but it’s just Nova Blast for the rest of the show) And, again, better name with the dub.

Next episode is Garurumon’s debut!

30DAC: Day 14 – Anime that Never Gets Old No Matter How Many Times You’ve Rewatched It

I’m surprised I actually chose a fairly long show/franchise for this prompt, but I’m choosing Digimon.

Matt’s spitting right in his face, yet he’s not putting on his goggles.

A gentle mix of nostalgia, cool monsters, likable characters, that thing I mentioned before about themed powers, some actually complex storylines, fun and cheesiness meld together so well that it’s so easy for me to just coast through old episodes of any of the first three series and enjoy it just as much as the first day I watched it. To be specific, though, I’m choosing Digimon series 1 or Adventure 01 since it was the one that started it all.

My Sub Dub Comparisons for the show (which I hope to get back to posting soon) have also introduced me to the awesome original version, so I can enjoy it in both languages. Sadly, it also highlighted just how awful some of the dialogue is in the dub, but I still enjoy every minute.

In essence, it usually is just a tried and true tale of good versus evil, but the setting of the Digital World and the aspects of the Digimon are pretty unique and interesting. Plus, some of the storylines, especially in Adventure 02 and Tamers are much more complex than that. I always thought it’d be awesome if it was real, but alas even with today’s technology there’s still no Digivice for me.

POURQUOI??!