Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 10 Sub/Dub Comparison: Kentarumon The Defender

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Plot: Koushiro has found some ruins which bear the same markings as the power plant they were in before. He decides to forego looking for his friends in order to decipher the markings and maybe find a way back home. Meanwhile, Mimi finds Koushiro quickly enough but also quickly grows tired of his inconsideration in finding the others and finding food. She runs off into the ruins with Tentomon, and the ruins turn out to be a giant maze. Can Koushiro’s work on the marking help them get out or will the Black Geared Kentarumon get to them first?

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Title Change: Kentarumon the Defender is changed to A Clue from the Digi-Past.

Koushiro just points out that the island is breaking apart. Izzy basically explains in the nerdiest detail possible what is currently happening to them at the moment.

Original Mimi doesn’t talk about the humidity of the jungle nor its effects on her hair. She merely wonders where they are. Additionally, Mimi doesn’t hope for air conditioning as they walk away.

Mimi and Koushiro really do seem like they’re the most apt to get line changes, outside of maybe Jyou. Mimi’s lines are almost always changed, and at the very least Koushiro’s are loaded with lots of brainy jargon that not even the smartest child would ever put into their regular vernacular. Jyou’s lines are usually the same just usually piled with more neurotic comments than usual.

Oh great, it’s the introduction of…them. Sukamon and Chuumon….Oy. Sukamon and Chuumon are a pair of Digimon who are always together. Chuumon is a Digimon who looks like a rat that was drawn and animated by a crack addict. Sukamon is….a talking pile of shit.

No. I’m not kidding. He is a golden pile of shit with arms and a goofy face as well as the weird addition of punk accessories. Think I’m reading too much into his design? Well, he lives in the sewer. No? How about I add his ever so charming list of attacks.

“Smash” is innocent enough, but then we have “Bomber” also known literally as “Poop throw” “Dappun Pheromone” or defecation pheromone, and I’m pretty sure you can judge for yourself what that one does. Finally, we just have simply “Poop.” Yup. He actually has an attack called “Poop.”

But what makes me dislike these guys is that they’re constantly hitting on Mimi, which is weird enough considering they’re Digimon, way weirder considering they’re a rat and a pile of crap, but we’re also meant to kinda….revere them later.

Spoiler alert, they sacrifice themselves for Mimi way later in the series and it’s meant to be a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. Or not judging a pile of crap by its….smell or something. And they even get brought back to life later on because Digimon and they even make another appearance later in Digimon Adventure 02, still hitting on Mimi.

They may mean well when it counts, and I give them their due respect to a certain degree for their sacrifice, but they’re still extremely annoying little Digimon that I never liked and every second without them on screen the better.

Palmon originally doesn’t say that Chuumon and Sukamon are also known as the ‘Digi-losers’, which, no matter how I feel about them, is a dick thing to say. Originally, she just says they’re always together.

Also, the dub does everything in their power to avert the fact that 1) Sukamon is poop and 2) that he throws poop. The narrator even says during Sukamon’s Index Screen analysis that he looks like a golden poop, but in the dub they don’t say this.

Sukamon originally says he feels like a good poop now. In the dub, he just says they’ll be nice now.

The ruins are in the ancient dino region in the original. They don’t mention the area name in the dub.

Sukamon and Chuumon originally ask for a date. In the dub, they ask for a kiss.

Izzy: “Ya know what I think? If we stop this gear from moving, we’ll completely jam that creep up!” Izzy, how did you go from spouting techno-babble every five seconds, including overly complicating the sentence “I’m looking for a door” to changing ‘If we stop this gear, I bet the island will stop moving’ to that?

Mimi: “Let’s just hope that kissy face lemon custard was telling the truth.” Sweetie, you don’t want to eat that lemon custard…..trust….me.

Mimi repeats herself and asks if anything beneficial will come of him deciphering the characters on the wall. Dub Mimi says her butt’s getting cold from sitting on the ground doing nothing.

Original Mimi doesn’t call Koushiro a ‘computer geek pipsqueak’ like dub Mimi does.

Koushiro says Mimi and Palmon’s crying is only being a bother. Izzy asks what he can do to stop them from crying since his laptop can’t do everything. I’m not really sure which line is more aggravating. Izzy is usually one of my favorite characters, but he annoys the hell out of me in this episode.

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Original Mimi says she’s hungry, thirsty and wants to see her friends. Dub Mimi also says she’s hungry, but then she says her feet are killing her and a giant lemon custard tried to kiss her. Mimi, please, never think of eating a lemon custard again, for your own health.

Dub Mimi says she misses her house, her bathtub and that she’s even missing her baby brother. Originally, Mimi just says she can’t stand to listen to any more arguing.

Tentomon tries to defend Koushiro by saying he may lack charm, but he’s not a bad boy. Mimi then says that, despite that, he still has no consideration for her. In the dub, Tentomon tries to suggest ways to get out of the maze, but Mimi asks why she should listen to him since he’s friends with Izzy and he’s the reason they’re in the maze…..Nooooo, the reason you’re in the maze is because you had a little temper tantrum like a four year old and wouldn’t listen to reason no matter what. Izzy is the reason you’re upset, yes, and he was acting cold and inconsiderate, but he’s not the reason you’re lost.

Kentarumon originally makes no noise. Koushiro is the one who warns them of a being following them and tells them to run. In the dub, Centarumon laughs evilly, Tentomon hears it and alerts Mimi to it while Izzy is silent through the scene.

Tentomon neglects to mention in the Digimon Index Screen that Centarumon can run at the speed of sound thanks to air propulsion devices in his back.

Koushiro knocked down a solid stone wall…with a rock the size of a soccer ball?….Uh…huh.

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So the Digivices are based on an ancient design…..Then why do they change through each series? You’d think if they lasted thousands of years with the same design that they wouldn’t need a makeover every few years.

Izzy: “Whoa, time’s standing still here!”….Uh….No….it’s not…They’re just standing still.

Attack Name Change: Hunting Cannon is changed to Solar Ray.

Leomon: “The children must be…destroyed!”

Mimi: “Nooooooo!! You must mean some other children!” So you’d rather Leomon go off killing some other kids? Nice.

Mimi: “Bad kitty! Out! Go on, out!” *sigh*

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Well, I…..really don’t like this episode…..at all. Izzy’s being an inconsiderate ass who actually doesn’t seem to care where his friends are or even if they’re okay. I know Izzy loves mysteries and figuring stuff out. I know he also has a habit of getting lost in his own head, which is something that will be addressed much later, but here he’s putting all of that over the safety and well-being of his friends. That’s a bit too far. I’ll be a bit lenient with him considering this is just a character flaw that he’ll eventually overcome, but that doesn’t make his behavior in this episode any less annoying to watch.

Meanwhile, Mimi’s being an ultra whiny little spoiled brat in this episode, and it’s not made at all better by the fact that she’s the one who’s mostly right in this situation, but they’re both in the wrong.

This was the debut of the annoying literal sacks of crap, Sukamon and Chuumon, and you know how I feel about that. The maze thing wasn’t that interesting with only one trap being seen and it was just a boring pitfall trap. I do like Kentarumon, and it was nice to get some insight into the Digivices but that was about it.

Also, reversing the rotation on the gear by kicking it? That’s a bit too silly. If Devimon’s devices can be tampered with that easily, he really sucks at this evil villain thing.

Next up, we find out what Jyou and Sora are up to. They come across a weird festival being put on by the ghost Digimon Bakemon and end up getting themselves captured by the ghouls.

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Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 5 Sub/Dub Comparison

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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 original, 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 to 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-Evolution 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 Evolve Piyomon 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.

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Like I said, I find this episode to be a bit hokey. 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. In addition, 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.

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