Space-Time Detective Genshi-kun/Flint the Time Detective | Episode 11: Get Fired Up! Nekketsu Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Genshi, Sora and Tokio head to America in 1906 where the Space-Time monster, Nekketsu, has befriended an 11-year-old George Herman Ruth, known later as the legendary baseball player, Babe Ruth.

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They add in a stock shot of Ms. Jinguji talking between when the kids enter the building and when they pan across the room.

Name Change: Nekketsu is changed to Batterball

The original doesn’t state that Nekketsu has the power to instill people with great athletic prowess like the dub does. All he does is control any type of ball and create balls.

There’s no excuse for this change. In the original, Genshi hears “batter” and mistakes it for the word “butter” and gets excited. In the dub, he hears clearly but thinks they’re talking about batter for pancakes. Granted, the joke here isn’t better or worse than the one in the original, but there was no reason to change it.

Title Change: Get Fired Up! Nekketsu is changed to Batterball

The original just says they’re heading to 20th century America. In the dub, they specifically say 1906. I don’t know why the dub is consistently more accurate on the year than the original is, but give Saban their props. When the original keeps saying (#)th century, it’s way too vague. Technically, this episode was made in the 20th century, for crying out loud, and 1906 is just barely on the cusp of the 20th century.

As usual, the dub chooses to show the kids getting on Ridon up on the second floor and descending down to the transport bay while the original hasn’t shown that in a while.

Nekketsu’s name plate is removed.

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Originally, George asks Genshi if he’s okay. In the dub, they make him an idiot by making him ask if Flint’s an asteroid.

Apparently, Saban transformed the shoes of those bullies who were kicking Batterball into clown shoes because they add horn honking sound effects whenever they stomp on Batterball.

I think this has happened enough now to add this note.

Entire Series Edit: In the original, the Space-Time Monsters can’t talk. They just say their names or make random sounds, like Pokemon. In the dub, they can seemingly all speak English fluently.

In the original, Genshi introduces himself as a friend and then proceeds to dance around while singing his ‘Friends’ song. In the dub, Flint says he’s there to protect George and Batterball. George asks what a small kid like him can do, and Flint just…..dances to the chanting from the theme song for some reason.

George wonders if Genshi even understands what he’s talking about. In the dub, he says Flint probably takes a lot of vitamins. Fun fact: vitamins were discovered by Casimir Funk who coined the term “vitamins” (originally ‘vitamines’) in 1912, a full six years after this episode takes place. I honestly just checked that for the hell of it, thinking vitamins were way older and this joke worked, but nope.

Sora tries to remind Genshi that playing baseball is not what they came here to do. In the dub, Sarah says giving Flint a mitt will keep the ball out of his mouth….??

Tokio then says it’s not fair for Genshi to catch and that he should have a shot at bat…….Dude, he literally just caught ONE ball. George literally batted ONCE. You’re saying that arrangement is unfair? In the dub, Tony suggests letting Flint take a few swings while they look for a mitt. That’s better, admittedly, but George has a mitt. We just saw it a second ago.

Putera says that’s not what Sora was talking about, and Sora laments that even Tokio’s not focused on work anymore. In the dub, Pterry says he bets Flint can hit and Sarah says she hopes Flint doesn’t mistake the bat for a French fry. Ahahahah, and all, but they do realize that Flint’s a caveman…..bats are basically just thinner clubs.

What’s with these baseballs, by the way? They have no stitching. Were actual baseballs really expensive back then or did the animators just not put them on for some reason?

Sooooooooooooooo…..Tokio’s all like ‘This isn’t fair!’ when Genshi is made the catcher ONCE, but Genshi using his stone hammer as a baseball bat, that’s perfectly fine?

Dub!George: “No way he’s going to hit my curve.” I know jack shit about baseball and even I can tell that pitch wasn’t a curveball. It just kinda swayed back and forth.

Yes, George did cheat by using Nekketsu/Batterball, but, again, it’s also cheating that Genshi/Flint used his massive stone hammer when batting….

Pterry: “Boys will be boys.” I friggin’ hate that saying.

Getalong: “But why?”

Sarah: “Why? Because I think boys are ridiculous and juvenile.” Ah the common casual sexism in children. One of many things in the ‘Problematic yet generally overlooked’ bucket.

……..Also, Sarah, that does not answer Getalong’s question at all.

Sora originally said that she doesn’t understand why boys get so heated over stuff like this, which is still sexist but not nearly to the extent Sarah was being.

I love how TP Lady/Petra Fina, Dyno/Dyna and Mite are all super happy with themselves for pulling off their plan of grabbing Nekketsu/Batterball while everyone was distracted, even pointing out that that was, specifically, their plan……when…ya know….they could’ve just made off with Nekketsu scot-free if they just left the kids to their personal squabbles instead of drawing attention to the fact that they were stealing the Space-Time Monster/Time Shifter….

The Masked Man originally suggests making doubles with him in real life. In the dub, he tells Petra that her serve is almost as beautiful as she is.

Oh god, the original actually plays the ‘Wahh wahh’ horn when TP Lady gives in to the taunting and agrees to the game when she said the taunting wouldn’t work. Give the dub credit, they didn’t mirror that music cue….

Putera and Love-Love originally pretend they’re the announcers for the game. In the dub, Pterry explains that, per the rules of the game, Petra’s team pitches first since they’re the visiting team (aren’t they all technically visiting, though? Barring George.)

Honestly, this IS is a stupid idea considering TP Lady has control over Nekketsu…the Space-Time monster who controls balls….Spoiler alert, but the only way they win is through convenient stupidity.

They flip the shot of Tokio hopping around to get the ball and repeat it after Petra starts running.

When the scene returns to normal play, they also flip the shot of Sora running after the ball for some reason.

It’s really weird that George is blaming Genshi/Flint for getting hit with the ball. It’s obvious Nekketsu did that.

They mirror the shot of Flint running through the wall, I guess to make it not as obvious that they reused that shot in the original……Who the hell keeps putting random walls on the field?

Still running commentary, Putera asks Love-Love about her opinions on the game. Since Love-Love can’t talk, she just mutters her name over and over. In the dub, Pterry asks Getalong what they should do. Getalong says “Who cares? It’s just a game of baseball.” Uh….yeah….it’s a game of baseball where the lives of one of your fellow Time Shifters hangs on the outcome…..Pterry points this out, but but since when is Getalong such a jerk?

Right before showing George getting emotional, they insert a shot of Pterry talking into the camera to Petra Fina, for some reason, apologizing for Flint and Tony’s catch……???

Sora says it feels like everyone’s been best friends for a long time. Sarah tells the others that they have a game to play.

Alright, if just using Oto-tan as a bat isn’t against the rules, surely using Fighting Spirit when at bat is. Again, TP Lady’s team is cheating too, so it doesn’t matter, but I’m still a little hungup on Tokio’s comment from earlier.

Name Change: Reiketsu is changed to Batterball-con

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Reiketsu seems to only be able to say “Unbelievable” and grumbles in English. In the dub, he can still speak full fluent English.

They repeat a shot of Batterball-Con juggling Flint and Rocky before George yells at him.

Wow, George sounds way too old when he says “Batterball, put ‘em down!”

They repeat the closer shot of Flint and Rocky being juggled before Petra laughs.

Merlock: “Hello, Pretty Sarah.” Hello, Creepy Merlock.

Did….did Kyoichiro’s legs seriously give out from under him and cause him to roll down the hill?…..Why? Because…he was flustered by Sora? What?

They change the shot of Flint talking to George to a repeat shot of him talking from a few seconds before.

They insert the shot they cut in order to place that repeat shot in there to right after George starts to rear up for his hit. Such purposeful edits today.

TP Lady angrily lamented that she’d never be able to make doubles with the Masked Man now. In the dub, she comments that they won by being nice and she hates nice more than anything.

They extend the scene of Petra, Dyno and Mite leaving by showing them in the time stream and showing Petra yanking on Dyno and Mite’s heads.

They remove a short scene with Toki-G explaining everything. Old Timer says the same dialogue in narration, though.

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Another instance of a day shot being swapped for a sunset shot. This makes even less sense because the shot immediately following this one takes place outside where it’s clearly day again….

The original more or less implies that Nekketsu is depressed because he had to leave George. In the dub, they claim it’s because he hasn’t been able to play baseball since he arrived in the 25th century.

In the original, since I guess we didn’t have enough story to fill the full 20 minutes, they add a new segment called Toki-G’s Space-Time Monster Course where Toki-G explains the specifics on some of the Space-Time monsters discovered so far. In the dub, they make up an entirely new segment that’s not so much a proper segment (Where Sarah would be acting as a host speaking directly to us) and instead cuts to a scene where Sarah is updating her ‘Flint File’ which hasn’t been mentioned until now, and she basically does the exact same thing, only she goes over more Time Shifters and forms than Toki-G did.

The segment also continues on with Tony telling Sarah to come along since they’re taking Batterball to a baseball game. She refuses because they have too much homework. They fight, just like in the episode from which these clips are taken, but at the very last second they makeup and say they’ll do what the other wants.

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So that was……an episode.

What a dreadfully boring episode, to be honest. I might be slightly biased because I already find baseball to be a snorefest (although, fun fact, I wrote a paper on Babe Ruth when I was in middle school. I had to dress up like a baseball paper to deliver it too. Don’t remember why, but there it is.) but, seriously, there is NOTHING to this episode besides the gimmick of baseball. NOTHING. It’s the same song and dance we’ve seen nearly a dozen times already without any substance to it.

At least they didn’t pull a Rodin and imply that Babe Ruth got his athletic ability from a Space-Time monster, but outside of hitting Baseball!Genshi, George didn’t do anything of note. He hit one good home run, which Genshi caught in his teeth after jumping up about six stories, and then he cheated after he took a turn pitching by using Nekketsu to manipulate the ball so he could make an impossible catch. George didn’t come off as an unlikable kid, but he wasn’t that likable and did nothing impressive. The ‘emotional’ parts also felt very shoehorned in. He was pretty boring.

Nekketsu is also a weird Space-Time monster. He controls…..balls? He turns things into balls?….Wow? Impressive? Not to mention that Nekketsu’s voice is very odd. It’s too deep.

Granted, Reiketsu’s a little better. Wielding four spiked clubs and being able to shoot nearly endless amounts of baseballs at high speeds is pretty intimidating. Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to try a batting cage but I’ve always been worried the machine would go nuts and shoot balls at me. Silly, yes, but leave me alone.

To make matters more boring, we don’t get a new good transformation of one of the Space-Time monsters today. They don’t even call for backup in this episode.

At least Genshi didn’t get hungry in this episode, but that’s not much consolation.

I didn’t even get to really research anything today, and that just overcooks my noodles.

All I got to research today was vitamins.

VITAMINS.

Based entirely on an off-handed remark.

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….Moving on….

Next episode seems a bit strange….We’re introduced to a Space-Time monster called Ammon, who is hanging out with…..Dracula….so….either he’s hanging around a fictional character and acting as if he’s a historical figure…..OR…..we’re going to be focusing on Vlad the Impaler, the actual inspiration behind Dracula…..who was one of the most cruel mass murderers in history…..Uh huh….I get that there’s a lot of ‘Well, Vlad had a point’ in regards to his leadership and rule, but dude was still bathing in the blood of tens of thousands of people. So, uh, I dunno where this episode will lead us, but we’ll have to wait and find out.


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Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective | Episode 10: Love-Love Rhapsody Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: TP Lady sets her sights on Love-Love and sets a trap in medieval Baghdad to capture her.

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They add a circular ‘droplet’ kind of transition when Petra has her fantasy.

I don’t understand TP Lady/Petra Fina’s idea here. Love-Love/Getalong only makes people set aside their differences and get along. She doesn’t make them fall in love.

The original fantasy doesn’t show any reluctance on the Masked Man’s part, making Love-Love’s interference seem strange. In the dub, they have the Masked Man say that he’s not sure they’re ready for marriage, which is what prompts Petra to use Getalong. It makes more sense in the dub – kudos for once, Saban – but, again, Getalong doesn’t do that….Also, it’s kinda silly to say you might not be ready for marriage when you’re already at the church and wearing a tuxedo. Maybe I should just chalk up the nonsensicalness to it being TP Lady’s/Petra Fina’s fantasy….

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Another droplet transition after the fantasy ends.

It VERY briefly cuts to black when Petra is hit by the soccer ball. I’m going to assume that’s just a problem on the copy, because there’s no way that censored the hit.

Title Change: Love-Love Rhapsody is changed to Go Getalong.

They move a shot of the kids from after TP Lady speaks to them to right before then because the dub removed the title card, which originally appeared between when TP Lady got hit and when she started talking to the kids.

Okay….what…the hell….was that phone conversation? TP Lady called the Time Bureau to tell them, in a childish kind of voice, that she had found a monster….in medieval Baghdad? …What….just….what? Wouldn’t they ask how she’s calling them from medieval Baghdad?

Surprisingly, the exact same conversation happens in the dub. Is this just a joke that does not land very well or what’s happening here?

They changed another establishing shot to one in the evening.

In the original, Toki-G mutters “Ms. Jinguuji” in his sleep. In the dub, he doesn’t mutter anything.

They, again, add in Flint grabbing the time card and the kids rushing to the Time Cycle in between when the card is ejected and when they’re leaving. In the dub, Dr. Goodman also adds in that Baghdad was part of the Ottoman empire at the time period they’re visiting (This never matters, but educational nonetheless). Also, they specify that they’re going to Baghdad in 1539. In the original, they just say they’re going to medieval Baghdad.

Saban adds a shot of the kids coming out of the time stream in the dub.

Originally, Mite nearly mentioned Dyna’s name and Tokio caught it for a second. In the dub, he does no such thing, but Tony recognizes his voice for a second.

Dyna and Mite originally introduce themselves. In the dub, they introduce each other.

What the frick? They, for some reason, mirror flipped the shot of Putera telling Love-Love he did a good job? For what possible reason?

What’s ever weirder is there’s an identical shot a few shots later and it’s left alone. What the?

They remove the second time Love-Love uses her power and the subsequent effects scene as well as TP Lady saying she needs to get Love-Love quickly because she doesn’t think she can take much more of this.

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Tokio just said to get TP Lady and the others. In the dub, he tells Getalong to use her love beam.

Putera originally points out that the effects of Love-Love’s beam are getting shorter each time she uses it. In the dub, Pterry says ‘There’s about as much love in this room as a piranha in a goldfish bowl.’

After TP Lady’s ship is crashed into the house, Putera asks the kids if they’re okay. Sora responds that she thought she was going to die, and Tokio says that was a reckless thing to do. In the dub, for some reason, Pterry tells the kids to get along, Sarah says “So this is what love is like.” and Tony says the most obvious addition to this sequence of dialogue “Love hurts, doesn’t it?” I have no idea why they changed this because it doesn’t make any sense. The only way these jokes would work is if Getalong made the ship crash into the house, but she didn’t – TP Lady did.

Sora doesn’t suggest running like Sarah does.

In the original, all Genshi says is that he’s hungry (and yes, they’re doing that shtick again) In the dub, he says he wants macaroni.

Dyna and Mite originally suggest boiling or frying Genshi when he’s captured. In the dub, they sarcastically suggest being his friend or offering a spot of tea. Technically, I think the dub works a little better because they’re mocking what happened earlier.

I concede on this one as there’s just no way they could have added this in English and had it make any sense. When TP lady is squeezing Genshi over and over in the robot, she says “Oshikura manju! Anko-juu!” Oshikura manju is a game kids play in Japan, usually on cold days in order to stay warm. A group of kids will link their arms and form a circle with their backs to the inside of the circle. When prompted, the group all pushes into each other with their backs chanting “Oshikura Manju osarete nakuna.” The game can simply be played as a means of warming up, meaning no one technically wins or loses, or a large circle can be drawn on the floor and the object becomes to push people out of the circle until only one remains.

Anko-juu is short for anko manju, which is a type of cake filled with red bean paste.

I don’t really see what the original was going for. People aren’t squished in the Oshikura manju game, but I guess they’re acting like Genshi is an anko manju and they’re trying to….squish the paste out of him? Ew.

In the dub, they change this to “What’s the matter, Flint? Cat got your lung? Oops, I mean ‘tongue’!” While I think it would’ve been funnier if they left out the correction part, this was a very suitable and fairly funny replacement line for the original joke. I actually prefer it to the original because, like I said, it doesn’t make much sense to me.

The net wasn’t electromagnetic or anything like it is in the dub. They even added electric sound effects. Guys, it’s a net….they’re tangled in a net…..You don’t need to add anything more complicated to that to explain why they’re trapped….It’s a net….It’s what nets do.

Pterry: “Flint! I’ve got the Time Cycle programmed to produce a time shifter!” That makes it sound like the Time Cycle is making a time shifter, not transporting one.

TP Lady originally points out that Talun’s only power is to enter into storybooks, so she’s not concerned. In the dub, she just gloats about her robot’s teeth. Gotta say, she had a good point. What exactly could Talun do here?

Tokio’s an asshole to Love-Love in the original. He yells to Sora that all space-time monsters can transform, so either Love-Love has that ability too or she’s a useless space-time monster. In the dub, he only says that they have no other choice but for Getalong to transform otherwise Petra will win. The really sad part about this is that Love-Love doesn’t transform in this episode, nor does she in the entire series.

I don’t really know why TP Lady even still wants Love-Love. Not to also be an asshole to Love-Love, but they’ve proven that her abilities last only a few minutes at most and they get weaker the more times she uses it in succession. The Masked Man won’t fall for TP Lady forever with Love-Love’s powers.

Tokio tearfully tells Love-Love to stop attacking the robot. In the dub, he emotionlessly (yet still with tears in his eyes) just explains what’s going on right now.

They insert a shot of Sora yelling to Genshi right before he mutters his line. Also, Genshi originally muttered Love-Love’s name. In the dub, he says “Ugh, who turned out the lights?”

The next attack, Genshi tells Love-Love to stop attacking. In the dub, he says “That looks like Getalong.” I only keep mentioning these slight changes because they keep draining the emotion out of this sequence for no reason.

Originally, the TP trio talks about how they messed up. In the dub, Petra asks if they have a warranty on the robot, Mite says not in medieval times and Dyno says the nearest repair shop is 1000 years from now.

I will give credit – Tokio apologized for the ‘useless’ comment.

Sora offers to make Genshi some food when they get home. In the dub, she says they should order some pizza.

More external shots of the bureau are changed for some reason. They don’t change the time of day, so I dunno.

And Saban just went full 4Kids by replacing the Japanese text in Tokio’s journal with scribbles.

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In the original, Love-Love just ‘sings’ a song with the only lyrics being ‘Love-Love’ because that’s all she can say. In the dub, Getalong sings about getting along to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

They add an establishing shot of the outside of the Land of Time before showing Toki-G wake up….He’s been knocked out all this time? Dude needs an ambulance.

Tokio says to himself that maybe Love-Love’s not hiding anything (implying he’s overestimating Love-Love’s abilities.) In the dub, Tony wonders if Getalong has some sort of secret power.

They change a couple of shots at the very end to just different angles of Love-Love and Toki-G (as well as adding another establishing shot of the Land of Time.)

Even more is added after that – They repeat the shot of Getalong singing and have Tony ask her to stop because he wants to write in his journal to help him become a Time Detective some day. Finally, we end on the same old evening shot of the Time Bureau.

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I thought I’d be disappointed with this episode, but it was one of the stronger stories of the series so far. The main issue I thought I’d have with the story was that Love-Love would be given focus but wouldn’t transform into her super form. While it would be nice to see Love-Love’s super form, this episode was all about how she doesn’t need to change herself in order to prove her worth as a teammate. Love-Love doing her damnedest to fight the robot was touching and very sad. A little lame of a resolution, but I’ll forgive it. I can totally believe Dyna and Mite were too incompetent to secure the bolts well enough to withstand Love-Love’s assault, though it was moreso the robot continuously swatting her away that loosened them I think.

HOWEVER, I don’t think I can forgive the fact that, in the end, Genshi defeated the giant robot and TP Lady without ever getting any food. I thought Talun went into the book to get Genshi some food, but he and Putera never came out. Genshi was just freed because the robot’s arm came off, Ototan used Fighting Spirit, and somehow Genshi had the strength to pull off the attack….Meaning, he could’ve won this entire time and Love-Love didn’t need to nearly kill herself to save Genshi.

I also assumed I’d be disappointed by the lack of both a historical figure and a new space-time monster. I would’ve liked to have seen both, but the humorous parts plus the emotional battle were enough to make up for it.

Next time, in 20th century America, Genshi and the others meet Nekketsu – a space-time monster that can turn anything into a ball. Fitting, as he stumbles upon none other than Babe Ruth.


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Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective Sub/Dub Comparison | Episode 9: Doodling Horurun

Plot: The next time shifter, Horurun, is spotted in 19th century France in the hands of a young Auguste Rodin, the famous artist.

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Title Change: Doodling Horurun is changed to Artie.

Name Change: Horurun is changed to Artie.

While both versions start out in the land of time, Saban opted to put a further establishing shot of the land of time right before the establishing shot that the original used for some reason.

The delivery robots made a joke that pretty much couldn’t be translated. They said “Aino ni takuhaibin” which translates to “A delivery for Aino.” but one of the robots joked “Aino takuhaibin” which means “A delivery of love.”

They remove a long behind shot of TP Lady grinding all up on the portrait and instead reverse a short sequence of Dyna and Mite shrugging in confusion about her.

An establishing shot of the lab is switched out for a different establishing shot of the lab/Bureau of Time and Space. The one they replaced it with is at sundown.

Oh my god…..Horurun is such a dorky little cutie pie. I love it too much.

They skip over the sequence of the kids traveling through space/time to get to 19th century Paris. In the dub, they use old recycled footage to insert their own sequence for this because it’s really necessary for some reason.

Also, they slightly shift the shot of the kids exiting the portal from after the establishing shot of Paris to before it.

Even though it is awful, none of the original kids say the first monster drawing they see was based on a ‘bad’ drawing done by a kid like Pterry does.

Flint: “Whoa, a little self-control, Getalong!” Pot, kettle, black.

Horurun’s name plate is removed.

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Oh wow….oh woooww…it’s like they paid Brian Donovan to give as few shits as possible when he was supposed to be in a lot of pain after getting his shin kicked.

Dyna and Mite originally point out that, even if TP Lady had Horurun bring the painting of the masked man to life, it wouldn’t be real. She responds that she doesn’t care because of the mysterious matters of a young maiden’s heart. In the dub, they don’t discuss this.

While the discussion of TP Lady’s age is kept, they don’t have them be so brash as to talk about her needing wrinkle cream.

They insert a far shot of Auguste running away before we cut back to Genshi after he jumps on TP Lady and the others.

In the original, Sora realizes the guy on the roof was Soichiro and goes “Ah! He disappeared again!” when he falls off the roof. In the dub, Sarah must believe he was a weathervane or something because, when he falls, she says “Ah! This whole town’s falling apart!” They’re continuously make Sarah oblivious to this dude in the dub, and what’s worse is that, in the original, Sora obviously knows Soichiro was trying to guide her, so she goes the direction he pointed, but in the dub it makes her look like she thinks she’s following the directions of a rickety weathervane….

A short reaction shot of Auguste is cut.

Excuse me. Are you telling me Auguste spent a full week with Horurun, constantly trying to make a drawing for his mom, and only now does Horurun use his ‘turn anyone into an amazing artist’ power on him? The day of his mother’s birthday?

Urghh they seriously just let him walk up and stamp Horurun…..Come on, guys.

Name Change: Waruhorurun (Geez, the awkwardness of that name.) is changed to Artiecon.

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The little boy trying to mess with the Time Cycle was originally trying to use it as a toilet. Saban obviously didn’t keep that little fact, changing it in dialogue to a rocking horse, but uh…..Saban….maybe be more careful with your frames. Why do I say that, you ask? This little boy clearly has no bottoms on. And I mean, he clearly has no bottoms on. Saban, you knew the original context of the scene. You had to have known he was trying to relieve himself….you had to have noticed….that, especially when the kid is flipped upside down and you can see it peeking out from under his shirt. Come on, Saban. Don’t make me whip out 4KidsPraising!Twix. Their frame by frame censors were next level and you even didn’t try. Shame.

They changed the sign for Sphin’s game show from “Sphin’s Riddle the World: Paris Edition” to “Riddle Griddle.”

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Forgive the partial screenshot. It pans and never shows the entire sign full out.

Why is the punishment for getting the riddles wrong now a big collection of monsters? I thought, if you get three riddles wrong, you end up mind-controlled by it.

Sphin’s first riddle is kept the same (The riddle is, Sphin was taking some color photos at the zoo, but they all came out black and white. Why?)

Sora and Sarah both stupidly blurt out the correct answer to Sphin’s riddle. (She said pandas, but I guessed zebras, which still would’ve been correct.)

A shot of Auguste appearing behind Waruhorurun is swapped from before the shot of him crying and opening his arms to afterward.

Waruhorurun doesn’t talk in the original. He has really bad dialogue in the dub.

Oh so Sphin doesn’t transform today…..What was his purpose being here, then?

I find it to be kinda depressing that, immediately after Auguste says he won’t forget Horurun, Putera mind wipes everyone…

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All in all, I really enjoyed this episode. I figured I would because I love art, even if it’s silly doodles, so this story’s right up my alley. Horurun is so adorable, and I love its power.

The story itself is very sweet. Rodin just wants to make a nice gift for his mother.

Believe it not, I really like that they showed him as a terrible artist. He is about ten years old here, and that’s right when he picked up drawing. Rodin did struggle a lot in the art world before he solidified his masterful skills. He had poor eyesight that made it difficult for him to follow along in school, but he found some solace in drawing because he could get the paper up close to his face to see his progress.

Despite having such passion for art that he enrolled in an art school when he was 13, he was rejected by Ecole des Beaux-Arts, a very prestigious art school in France, three times and denied entry into art exhibitions quite frequently. In fact, he wouldn’t really be recognized as a prominent artist until he was 35 when he became so inspired by the works of Michelangelo and Donatello on a trip to Italy that his work really started taking off.

This is not only (exaggerated, but) accurate to his story, but it is a great message for aspiring young artists. It doesn’t matter if you start out poorly. With enough work, dedication and passion, you can become an amazing artist, too.

…..That being said….

The actual message of the episode is problematic.

Why? Because Rodin suddenly got insanely good art skills via Horurun’s power and…..there’s never any indication that it wore off or anything. The Horurun he drew was made while utilizing those abilities, and that same drawing was brought to life by Horurun as a sculpture for his mom. (Isn’t that risky? Shouldn’t they have taken that from him before they left for the present?) We never see him draw again after that, so we don’t know if it was temporary or not.

Toki-G/Old Timer said that he was inspired to become a great artist because he still held Horurun/Artie in his heart somewhere, which is fine for this world’s canon, but it’s also implied that Rodin could become a great artist because of the power bestowed to him by Horurun/Artie, so it kinda ruins the whole narrative I had going there. Yeah, kids, if you start out bad at art, don’t worry. A time traveling chicken might pop up and magically give you great artistic capability! Then you’ll become one of the most famous artists in the world through your unearned art powers!

Finally, in spite of wondering just what purpose Sphin even had being in this episode (It showed up only to get knocked out and couldn’t actually helped because Sora’s an idiot.) I did think the scene with that little riddle game show was the best out of the episode because it was so funny.

Next time, no new Time-Space Monsters, it seems. Instead, TP Lady has her sights set back on Love-Love!


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Digimon Frontier Episode 2: Wolfmon of Light – The Battle in the Underground Labyrinth! Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Junpei tries to take Tomoki back to the real world without the knowledge of the others in the group when they run into a group of Pagumon who want nothing more than the endless chocolate supply that Junpei seems to keep in his pockets. The chase leads them to an underground cavern where another child, Koji, is also exploring. After getting beaten by Koji, one of the Pagumon evolves to Raremon and starts melting the place with acid. Takuya tries to Spirit Evolve to save the day, and while it seems to work for a minute, he quickly changes back for some reason. When Koji finds the Spirit of Light and Spirit Evolves into Wolfmon, it’s up to him to beat Raremon and save everyone.

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Title Change: Our title today is Wolfmon of Light: The Battle in the Underground Labyrinth! In the dub it’s Lobomon: Warrior of Light! which I guess means….

Name Change: Wolfmon is changed to Lobomon. Lobo is Spanish and Portuguese for wolf….Because it makes more sense than just saying ‘Wolfmon’ apparently.

Bokomon doesn’t say he’s keeper of the book, he just explains that the Digicode has returned to the land and restored it. Neemon also doesn’t say he’s keeper of his pants, he just gives a similar explanation.

Neemon doesn’t interrupt Bokomon while he’s telling the story in the original.

Zoe wonders if her D-Tector can also help return the code to the world and turn her into a Digimon. She says their D-tectors look the same, then Takuya says maybe girls aren’t meant to be Digimon. I wouldn’t really bring up this rude statement if not for the fact that nothing was being said in the original, and it’s not like she’s tried – at this point the only one who has Spirit Evolved is Takuya.

Why is JP acting like he is or was a hero who seems to know firsthand that it sucks? Junpei just says it seems that way and brings up that Takuya was somewhat harsh with Tomoki earlier though he really wasn’t. Also, I never thought I’d hear the words “This place sucks!” in Digimon….in the dub! I know that’s not a swear or anything but I laughed because it’s just so weird to hear that in Digimon.

JP: “This world of yours really isn’t our scene.” They really won’t stop with dated dialogue, will they?

The Trailmon that they try to bribe originally yells that he’s going to get more chocolate when he runs off. In the dub, I can’t hear what he’s saying at all. It’s drowned out by train noises. However, the original makes no sense. The Digimon in this world act like they’ve never had chocolate yet he’s off to get more? Where? Why not stay with the person whose already given you some?

Bokomon originally suggests that Junpei and Tomoki got separated from the group. Neemon says that humans are odd creatures. In the dub, Bokomon says they might be playing Hide and Go Seek while Neemon suggests they got eaten by bears.

The Poyomon say that they saw Junpei and Tomoki in the train station with Pagumon. In the dub, they say they were being chased into the woods by the Pagumon. They were, but the Poyomon only saw them at the train station.

Koji sounds more annoying in the dub. In the original he’s stoic and attitude-y and whatnot, but he also seems bratty in the dub.

Junpei only calls Tomoki stupid for thinking he can Spirit Evolve. He doesn’t act like whatever Tomoki would evolve into would be lame nor does he say that it seems painful.

Bokomon and Neemon say the situation is troublesome then say they should split away from the group to search more. In the dub, they both complain about Takuya and Zoe being loud then run back to them because they got separated.

As usual, the kids got bumped up in age for the dub. In the original, Takuya and Zoe are in fifth grade with them both going to be 11 soon. In the dub, they’re in sixth grade and, though they don’t mention specific ages, I can bet they’re going on 12 or 13. They also say Tommy’s in third grade in the original, but they don’t mention it in the dub. The wiki only says third so I guess they didn’t change it. Junpei seems to be in 6th while JP is in 7th.

Izumi doesn’t say that she could kiss Takuya like Zoe does.

The rest of the conversation couldn’t be kept because she’s talking about the informal way Takuya’s addressing her. He’s saying “Omae” which is an informal way of addressing someone while she’s asking that he say ‘kimi’ instead, which is more formal. She also mentions that Izumi Orimoto is a perfectly cute name to use while Takuya says it’s only cute to her.

To it’s credit, the dub does try to give this a shot by making Takuya call her ‘girl’ and her getting upset over it. I will admit, that’s more rude than informal. Because there’s not much they can do with this, they just have her remind him to call her Zoe instead of girl and argue for a bit.

Wolfmon/Lobomon is our eyecatch for this episode.

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How much chocolate does Junpei have on him? Every time they have the slightest issue, he magically pulls another candy bar from his pocket. How is it even possible he keeps all of those chocolate bars in his pocket, especially after all this running and stuff, without them melting?

Junpei says the bright side is that the Pagumon can’t get them down there. In the dub, it’s that they won’t starve…….given that statement, he must have even more chocolate bars in his pocket…enough to last for days…..

Dunno how or why Pagumon skips rookie level to become Raremon, a champion level. But okay.

Raremon says “You’ll go to hell” in the original version. He just laughs in the dub, but obviously this wouldn’t have been translated anyway.

We don’t get a completely pointless flashback to when Takuya first Spirit Evolved in the original. God knows we need to be reminded of something that happened an episode ago and we’ve already talked about and thrown back to earlier in both versions.

Saban also adds in the same big reveal/show-off-y scene of Agunimon from the previous episode after he Spirit Evolves. Because apparently we don’t remember the first episode so much that they felt the need to re-add that scene where it was completely unneeded. When a new evolution is presented in an episode, the fanfare goes to that Digimon. It’s just Digi-law. If you don’t give them that glory, the whole event just seems to be fanservice with a new Digimon thrown in for new stuff.

And lest we forget that all of this scene insertion was pointless because Takuya randomly transforms back mere seconds later. I don’t even see the point of this in the original. Just make it so he can’t Spirit Evolve. They used that excuse all the time in the previous series. However, it still made more sense than him doing it in the original, practically making your own Agnimon fanvid and then having that happen. It makes it seem like a total joke instead of a real problem.

Oh God, Lobomon’s (dub) voice is awful. It sounds nasally and like Steve Blum’s JP voice. (Sorry, Mr. Blum)

Izumi only says “legendary warrior?” In the dub she says she’s never seen anything more beautiful in her entire life…..While Lobomon/Wolfmon does look pretty cool, he doesn’t really look ‘beautiful’.

Also, as usual, another vocal song gone, just regular BG music.

Attack Name Change: Licht Seigar is changed to Lobo Kendo…which doesn’t sound as cool. I don’t really think of anything that intimidating when I think of kendo. Kendo’s cool and all, but the first visual that comes to my head with I think about it is Japanese high schoolers.

Well, this is just lame. In the original, Wolfmon’s final words to Raremon before he scans his Digicode are ‘The spirit of darkness, the light will save!’ This is actually slight foreshadowing seeing as how there is a child who holds the spirit of darkness which we will get to sometime later and Koji does everything in his power to save him. In the dub, he says “Alright you talking trash heap, time for you to be recycled!” Feh.

Am I the only one who thinks “Fractal code, digitize!” makes no sense? Everything in the Digital World is already digital…hence the name. Why or how would the code need to be digitized? In the dub it’s just scanned.

Saban’s being weird today. Koji says in the original that he hates strangers touching him and that they don’t need to thank him for saving them – he’ll find his way on his own. In the dub, Koji just says he doesn’t need anyone’s help. He then says he should thank Takuya for saving him and that he always repays his debts…Repay deb—What the hell? Takuya didn’t save you, you saved them! You kicked the Pagumon’s asses and then kicked Raremon’s ass. How the hell did Takuya ‘save’ you? He may have protected you for half a second before he accidentally knocked you down a supposedly bottomless pit, but that’s about it.

Also, the reason Koji wants to know Takuya’s name (and no one else’s for some reason) is because they won’t be talking to each other much. In the dub, he says he won’t be able to repay him if he doesn’t know his name.

The add in a shot of the exit of the tunnel for some reason. They also add a weird triangle transition between the final scene in the tunnel and Koji sitting outside.

Koji says to himself “So I turned into a Digimon?….This should be interesting…” In the dub, Rika is narrating all over this shot.

Next episode is, surprisingly, Tomoki’s Spirit Evolution episode.

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Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective Episode 8: Sphin’s Riddle Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: The Space-Time Monster, Sphin, is in ancient Egypt under TP Lady’s control. She has taken over as queen with a legion of slaves who have been brainwashed by Sphin. He possesses the power to put anyone under mind control if they fail to solve his riddle. Genshi winds up under Sphin’s spell after failing a riddle. Tokio and Sora have been fighting lately, but can they come together to save Genshi and Sphin?

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Title Change: Sphin’s Riddle is changed to Lynx.

The first shot of the episode was originally a panned still shot of the sphinx in Egypt. In the dub, it’s replaced with an outer shot of the agency.

Sora was explaining (and basically foreshadowing) how legend states that the sphinx would posit difficult puzzles to wandering travelers, and how the sphinx and pyramids were symbols of the power of the pharaoh. In the dub, Sarah basically just explains what the statue of the sphinx is and that it dates back to over 2500 BC.

Tokio originally just wants Sora to help him with his research paper whereas Tony wants her to copy her own work and give it to him. Yeah I’m so sure the teacher wouldn’t notice that.

Sora tells Tokio that, if he can’t even do his own homework, he’ll never be a Space-Time Detective. In the dub, she tells him that she refuses to cheat.

Then Tokio tells Sora that she’s making too big a deal out of it, since he could do his homework just fine if he wanted. Sora argues that he can’t do anything on his own, and they pout. In the dub, Tony whines that he though he and Sarah were a team (and thus she should feel obligated to let him cheat?) but Sarah argues that they are a team, but being a team means he has to do some work too. Tony argues that he is doing his best, but she’s always hogging the computer. Sarah retorts by saying he’ll never be a Time Detective without her. Uh, yeah, Tony’s argument doesn’t really stand up. 1) He’s not doing his best if he’s not even trying to do his work and is just asking her to cheat for him and 2) she was done with the computer – he could have done his work then.

They splice in a closeup shot of Rei between when Flint and the others pop up but before she introduces Lynx.

Name Change: Sphin is changed to Lynx.

The original specifies that they’re going to Giza, which the dub omits, but then the dub adds that they’re going to 323 BC, which wasn’t specified in the original – they just said ‘ancient Egypt.’

When they arrive in Egypt, we see a closeup of the sphinx, which has now been altered. In the dub, we get the panning shot of Egypt that was removed before, only this time it’s reversed.

Likewise, Tokio asks what’s up with the sphinx but Tony just says he senses something weird.

TP Lady points out how she altered the sphinx to look….like her I guess? I really don’t get what they did to the sphinx. It does obvious look wrong, but it doesn’t really look like TP Lady.

In the dub, the just goes on about how she’s more beautiful than that ‘hag’ Cleopatra.

Despite the dub not mentioning the changes made to the sphinx, they decide to leave in that TP Lady wants to also put her face on a pyramid (to help the masked dude find her faster) but the way they wrote it is weird. She, again, wants to sleight Cleopatra and says she’s going to carve HER face into a pyramid, acting like Cleopatra either had her face carved into the sphinx and she’s trying to one-up her (I guess, because the sphinx would obviously draw more attention) or she’s trying to copy something Cleopatra did…..both of which are wrong.

The Great Sphinx of Giza is suggested to emulate the face of the pharaoh, Khafre. While this has been debated a few times, I’ve found no theories suggesting Cleopatra was the model for the sphinx head. In fact, she was born way, way, way beyond when the sphinx would have been created (She was born in 69 BC and the sphinx has been estimated to have been created sometime in the 2500’s BC) – and archaeologists have even been debating the age of the sphinx as being much older than originally cited.

There are much smaller sphinx statues, one even depicts female pharaoh, Hatshepsut (For an awesome re-telling her story, check out Puppet History’s episode on it. It’s a great series as a whole if you like cool stories from history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm9t94mpkjo ) but not a one that depicts Cleopatra.

As for carving her face on a pyramid, as far as I can tell, this is also false. She did have a massive carving of her likeness embedded into the side of the Dendera Temple, but that’s about it. There has been tons of art made in her likeness, including statues and busts, but when it came to glorifying her in massive statues and buildings, there’s not much to discuss. Even her and Antony’s tomb has never been found.

Interestingly, in 1998, a small sphinx was discovered underwater that was said to emulate the features of Cleopatra’s father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, but again, nothing directly about Cleopatra.

In the end, I have no idea why they’re so hung up about Cleopatra at the moment in the dub, especially considering they’re a few hundred years behind her birth, but that’s Saban for ya.

They add in a further shot of the scene after Petra points out that the kids are here, and there’s no dialogue so it’s just a really awkward pause for no reason, and they add a closer shot of Petra talking while she summons Lynx.

Sphin’s name plate is removed.

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Also, it is frickin’ adorable that Sphin barks.

Sphin’s little asp thing asks “What’s something that you use when you’re not using it and that you don’t use when you’re using it?” In the dub, it asks what’s everyone in the world is doing at the same time.

The answer is a bath plug. In the dub, the answer is that everyone’s getting older at the same time.

Tokio originally just says they should leave. In the dub, he suggests Lynx ask Pterry a riddle. Wow, so you want Pterry to be enslaved too? Nice, Tony.

Tokio originally tells Sora that she should’ve known about Sphin’s power (….How? Rei gave them nothing but vague clues about it.) then Sora accuses him of the same and they argue. In the dub, Tony pretends like he knew all along about its power, but then Sarah calls out his BS and they argue.

I know Petra was saying “All I wanted was a back rub, but I end up getting stomped by a bucking bronco boy!” But I had to double take when she first said that because I would’ve sworn she said “fucking bronco boy.”

Ya know, considering how strong Genshi is overall and the crazy things Genshi tries to eat, Sora’s arm should be either bleeding profusely, broken or both after being bitten like that. He’s even gnawing on her.

Sphin asks “What kind of bird is always a lonely bird?” In the dub, Lynx asks “What can you catch but not throw?”

In the original, the answer is “One person” or “Hitori” since one person is lonely and “tori” is Japanese for “bird.” In the dub, they insert more talking from Lynx between when he asks the riddle and when Sarah answers. Also, the answer in the dub is a cold because that is one of the easiest riddles in human history.

Next, the original asks “What is something that will always mirror something else?” In the dub it’s “What runs but has no legs?”

The answer in the original is a mirror. In the dub, it’s a nose.

They do keep the next riddle, more or less “What reflects like a mirror, but never shows itself?” the answer is also kept the same – an echo.

Originally, Kyoichiro was silent when he was miming the echo….because….ya know….that’s how miming works. Also, he’s trying to stay silent so he won’t draw attention to himself. In the dub, he’s making noise and talking, which is stupid because he might as well just say ‘Echo’ outright if he’s going to talk.

We don’t see Kyoichiro vanishing in the original like we do in the dub. I’m to assume they just reversed the footage of him appearing.

Tony: “We’re in big trouble if you muck this one up.” Okay, first of all, stop saying things that sound like you want to say fuck but you can’t. Second of all, big trouble how? Lynx is already basically defeated, and Dyno and Mite are of no concern.

Sora’s riddle is kept the same.

They add another shot of Dyno and Mite talking before Sarah gives the answer.

The answer to the riddle, what walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening is a human, but the dub keeps saying ‘man.’ I get that people can interchange ‘man’ with humanity, but in this context, it sounds like Sarah’s saying only men go through these stages.

The man that Petra was laying on was actually cleaning her ears. In the dub, he says ‘Peel your own grape.’ which is weird because what he’s holding is clearing white and fuzzy, not a grape…unless the grape is moldy or something.

Name Change: Waruphin is changed to Lynx-Con.

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Does anyone else think Waruphin looks like a sports mascot?

Usually, the abilities of the transformed Space-Time Monster are a more powerful version of the original’s powers, but for some reason Waruphin’s power is to…trap people within itself?

I get that we’re going for a teamwork moral this week, but neither Tokio nor Sora is needed to turn Tanegun from a fossil into its creature form. Ototan can move on his own, and Love-Love was the one who pushed the button.

Ah hey they’ve finally gotten a reinforcement where they don’t immediately bitch about their efforts to help. Good job.

Name Change: Super Tanegun is changed to Bubblegum Master.

Name plate gone.

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They shift TP Lady’s tantrum from after Genshi eats to before.

They insert a shot of Pterry talking before Getalong brings the drumstick for some reason.

Also, again with the ‘we need to feed Genshi so he can fight’ thing.

Originally, Sphin makes a pretty cool almost singing-like sound when he uses his sonic beam. In the dub, he just growls and laughs.

They repeat shots of Genshi talking and Shin reacting after he’s saved.

Originally, TP Lady, Dyna and Mite yell out ‘Spinning’ over and over after Super Tanegun shot at them, but that doesn’t make any sense because they’re not spinning. In the dub, they just scream, which actually fixing this problem.

Oh NOW Love-Love remembers he has powers that literally make people get along. Why bring this thing everywhere if you’re only going to sparsely remember it has that power? Why is it even using it now? Sphin is basically back to normal and is becoming friends with Genshi.

Wait…..are Sora and Tokio actually making up right now or are they just under the effects of Love-Love? The one time they remember to use Love-Love and it’s not only pointless, but it also basically forces the conflict resolution. And even this is pointless because they were bound to make up after all of that.

Again, Tokio asks Sora if she’ll help him do his research paper. In the dub, he asks if she’ll do his homework.

The dub adds an establishing shot of the Land of Time and some old repeat shots of Toki-G before we see the continuing shot of everyone dancing.

Toki-G only wishes he could be with Genshi and the others. Old Timer tells a riddle of his own while saying he should visit Egypt again sometime.

So uhm, important question….is anyone going to bring up that they DESTROYED THE GREAT SPHINX OF GIZA?! Its face is gone and most of it crumbled. Even if the TP Lady part was a big stone mask, the face underneath was completely blank…also the crumbling thing. Geez, reminds me of Dinosaur King where they were destroying ancient Egyptian monuments left and right and no one gave a single shit.

Sora was even writing a paper on it before. If it’s destroyed, then is her paper now wrong?

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Overall, I liked this episode. I love ancient Egypt, and this was a pretty fun plot they had going here…..even if the destruction of the sphinx was quite annoying. I loved Sphin, though more in the original than the dub because he sounds cuter. The aspect of riddles being used as a method of mind control was a neat concept, and it has a very good design, even if its bad transformation form is just weird.

The teamwork part of the story was….admittedly kinda forced. It does make sense for Genshi to be out for a good chunk due to not being smart enough to figure out the answer to the riddle, the kid barely understands words let alone word problems, but he needed to be taken out three times in this episode. Once through mind control, another being trapped in Waruphin’s body and the final one because he was, yet again, hungry. And all to allow Tokio and Sora to take the reigns so they can show that they do need each other.

I was disappointed because I thought we’d finally get some development with Tokio and really understand what he brings to the table as a team member. He’s the one really gunning to be a Space-Time Detective, but as far as I’ve seen he doesn’t really deserve to be anything more than what he is. He’s lazy, he bickers with his sister and he doesn’t have any outwardly useful traits that no one else has.

Sora is clearly the brains of the outfit, and Genshi is the brawn, Putera is more brains on the side of the technical aspects of being a Time Detective, Ototan helps fossilize and de-fossilize Space-Time monsters and is a usable weapon, Love-Love has a power that would destroy the entire fabric of the series but is poorly utilized, and Tokio’s….what? The helper?

Even though Sora’s role as the brains is definitely highlighted here, what did Tokio do? He helped hold up Ototan, who didn’t need it (he just needed someone to press the button) and he saved Sora from a rock, which was good, but Genshi could have done the same, and Sora was kinda dumb to just stand there waiting to die.

In regards to comparison, this episode didn’t fare that bad. Typical scene swapping fare, name plate removals and some dialogue changes, but nothing too bad.

Overall, still a good episode, but the teamwork aspect could have used more work.

Next time, we head to 19th century Paris where the Space-Time monster, Horurun, possesses the ability to bring drawings to life. I love the concept of bringing drawings to life, so I look forward to this one.


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Digimon Tamers Episode 3: Renamon Vs. Guilmon – Fighting is a Digimon’s Purpose! Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Ruki is attacking Takato and Guilmon in hopes of absorbing Guilmon’s data to make Renamon evolve. However, when Terriermon gets caught in the crossfire, he ends up evolving instead. As Gargomon, he starts getting out of control, and it’s up to Renamon and Guilmon to stop him.

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Title Change: Renamon vs. Guilmon: Fighting is a Digimon’s Purpose! is changed to To Fight or Not to Fight?

Takato says Child (Rookie) level is what he was thinking when he made Guilmon. Rika wonders what he means by that but brushes it off to have Renamon fight. In the dub, he just says he’s new to this.

Card Name Change: Heavy Metal is changed to Armor. It’s actually a kinda weird change because Renamon doesn’t get armor from it, she gets some kind of hydraulic arm hammer thing.

Terriermon asks Renamon if she can evolve since she’s so strong. In the dub, he asks if she felt weird rolling around in the dirt.

A very short shot of Jenrya turning around to look at Takato and Guilmon is edited for the commercial break.

Jenrya gives his full name, Lee Jenrya (Jenrya is probably where they get Henry) and Takato asks if he’s Chinese. He says his dad is from Hong Kong and his mother’s Japanese. We don’t get this information in the dub.

Takato learns that Jenrya keeps Terriermon in his room and envies that because Guilmon can’t fit in his room and needs to be kept somewhere else. He says it’s okay though because the place he found makes for a great hideout. Jenrya says that’s great and it’s also great that he and Guilmon are actually friends.

In the dub, they talk about Henry saving Guilmon from Rika and they wonder how anyone can treat Digimon like fighting machines. Takato says Digimon really just want to eat. He goes on to say that due to his previous adventures in the cafeteria at school, he knew it was time to find a hiding place with a lock. Henry then says Guilmon probably saved their lives because the cafeteria food probably would’ve poisoned them eventually.

Takato asks Jenrya if they’re friends now too, Jenrya says yes and he and Terriermon have a small back and forth about leaving before actually leaving. In the dub, Takato says Guilmon could be their official taste tester. Henry says that’s a great idea but then they’d go hungry. At the mention of food, Terriermon says he’s hungry. Henry asks how he can be hungry since he just ate, but Terriermon says moumantai and they leave for dinner.

Name Change?: Takato’s last name is Matsuda. In the dub, it’s Matsuki…..No idea.

Juri only says he ditched gym whereas Jeri says he ditched school altogether.

There’s no inner monologue from either Renamon nor Rika in the next scene with them in the street.

Shaochung repeats over and over that they have sukiyaki (A type of soup/stew) for dinner whereas Suzie, I think, keeps saying ‘bald bunny’ over and over after Henry’s comment about her rubbing all of the fur off Terriermon’s head.

Does Jenrya/Henry not understand the concept of devolving? He seems to believe that evolution is permanent like evolution in Pokemon is.

Jenrya says he’ll bring Terriermon some manjuu (a kind of pastry) after dinner. Henry says Terriermon’s response was rude. I guess because he started with ‘How many times do I have to say it?’

The original doesn’t make a sexist comment (Though I can’t even really be sure. It sounds like he’s saying girls can’t be good at the Digimon TCG, but if taken literally it sounds like he’s saying a girl can’t be the Digimon QUEEN. “Comprehend this; That’s the Digimon Queen! It’s like synchronicity dude! (Yeah for some reason Saban made these guys complete idiots with surfer dude speech styles) “Come on, that’s a girl, man!” See what I mean?)

Also, yet another poke at my theory because only the dub states this line “Yeah, she’s kinda cute too. Kinda like Kari with a punk ya know sorta edge.” There’s no way they’d know about Kari unless the first two series were either TV shows or actual people in this universe. Also, wha, Rika looks in no way like Kari. Not even if you gave Kari a ‘punk ya know sorta edge’. Also also, it’s really weird for them to be gushing over her like this and even acting like she’s not even hearing what they’re saying.

The original just has the guys gushing over how good she is at Digimon and the tournaments she’s won…which is also kinda creepy, but at least they’re clamoring over how good she is at something and not going on about how cute she is.

Option cards are called modify cards in the dub.

Well it’s nice to know both versions are sexist in the scene where they’re amazed that a girl could be a champion at Digimon. I’d say they’re equally matched in their sexist comments, but the dub probably wins out by making it seem like Kazu’s making the case that he’d be a shoe-in for the next tournament because apparently the last tournament was so easy that a human being with a vagina won it. Kazu also originally says that the Digimon Queen is so skilled even high schoolers are intimidated by her abilities while the dub has him all cocky about how she just hasn’t met her match yet and he’ll be it. Kazu’s cocky anyway, but coupled with the aforementioned comments, it’s just compounding the sexism.

The original has Takato asking where the Digimon Queen lives and Hirokazu says she goes to school somewhere east of the train station. He then thinks to himself that that must be why she was so familiar. In the dub, they twist his words to make it seem like Takato’s making off like he’s instantly got a crush on her and Kazu, in awe of this, says he’s out of the club.

Juri comes in saying that she enjoys tarot cards, but Kenta says you can’t battle with tarot cards and that Digimon is a man’s game! Ya know, despite the whole thing with the last tournament winner being a girl and everything. She says that’s discriminatory and Kazu actually offers to teach her how to play Digimon and that she may even be the next Digimon Queen. Well, that makes up for some of the earlier stuff, I suppose.

In the dub, Jeri asks, if Takato needs a girl, if she’ll do. Kenta says not unless she can beat the Digimon Queen. Jeri then says boys are so silly with their fighting. Well, it’s nice to know that the sexism at least goes both ways. But Kazu actually says he knows plenty of girls who enjoy a good fight. Getting mixed signals here.

Juri’s friend is Miki, but in the dub they say it like ‘Mickey’.

Ruki says that Digimon always seek each other out because they’re meant to fight each other. Also, Ruki doesn’t keep making fun of Takato and Guilmon like Rika does.

Since they use the word Digivolution instead of Evolution in the dub, the evolution screen had to be changed to reflect this.

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Attack Name Change: Gatling Gun is changed to Gargo Laser.

Renamon scratches Gargomon’s face before jumping off of him. This is removed from the dub.

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It’s weird, though. They remove the scene of him getting scratched, but leave the actual wounds.

Gargomon is actually pointing his gun at Rika. In the dub this is digitally painted away.

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It’s hard to tell, but I think they also remove a front shot of Gargomon pointing his gun at Rika (and ultimately at the audience) It’s only for a split second, though.

Next time we’ll delve more into Jenrya’s past with Terriermon and learn why he didn’t want him to evolve.

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Digimon Adventure 02 Episode 4: King of Darkness, Digimon Kaiser Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: The Chosen Children are determined to free the Digimon who are under the Digimon Emperor’s control. Gabumon, caught up in the mess, sends out an SOS. Yamato and the others arrive to help him as well as some captive Digimon, but a Redvegiemon and his Vegiemon cohorts won’t let them leave in one piece. With a control spire over their heads, Daisuke butting heads with everyone and V-mon getting into trouble of his own, they’ll need to find some way to make Gabumon evolve to help get them out of this mess.

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Entire Series Edit: The clips for the recap are different from the original, but the recap itself is the same.

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Title Change: King of Darkness, Digimon Kaiser is changed to Iron Vegiemon.

Taichi says they should get back to school because Koushiro and Miyako are probably worried. Tai says he can smell the cafeteria food from there, to which Davis responds that it’s the peanut butter and jelly bean sandwich he’s had in his pocket all week.

Cody: “Yuck!” My sentiments exactly, Cody.

The dark towers are called control spires in the dub.

They cut out Gabumon getting hit by Redvegiemon.

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Also, everyone giggle at the fact that the Digimon Index Screen shows Redvegiemon as Red Vagimon.

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And shouldn’t veggie be spelled with two g’s?

I kinda like Redvegiemon’s dub voice over the original’s. I dunno, there’s just something about him sounding like his VA is doing a Jack Nicholson impression that gets to me.

Originally, Redvegiemon says the punishment for trying to escape is 100 hits. In the dub, the punishment is smelling his rotten roots. This is to cover up the fact that Gabumon is getting pretty badly beaten in this scene. Likewise, all of the shots of him getting beaten are removed and the dialogue is merely Gabumon saying the smell is gross.

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They keep in the final strike, which sends Gabumon flying, but they edit in Redvegiemon going down to the ground in the dub where he didn’t in the original.

They obviously completely change the song that Yamato sings, but they kinda sound similar. I pretty much really like both of them. However, I remember the dub song gets repetitive throughout the series since it seems to be the only song his band sings…

Needless to say, the rock puns in the next scene aren’t in the original.

Jun says she gets all the cute boys to sign her shirt, but it’s a perfectly white shirt. You can’t even see where Matt just signed it.

Jun originally doesn’t say that she hasn’t washed the shirt in two years nor does Takeru say that there isn’t much room on the, again, perfectly white shirt.

The e-mail that Takeru receives from Miyako is translated for the dub.

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Tailmon originally said that the TVs that are strewn about the Digital World can be used to send an SOS to the real world. Agumon did the same thing in a previous episode. In the dub, Gatomon asks why the things on top of the TV are called rabbit ears. She believes they should be called cat ears since rabbits don’t sleep on top of TVs, cats do.

Another instance of very clear ‘poop’ being changed to ‘digisludge’.

Daisuke berates Takeru for not having any ‘telepathy’. Iori corrects him and says he means to say ‘delicacy’ and then Hikari, Takeru and Iori laugh at him. In the dub, Davis again gets TK’s name wrong calling him TA. Cody laughs that Davis forgot how to spell TK and the others join in.

In the dub, Patamon acts like a prisoner, which he shouldn’t considering he’s wearing a fake dark ring.

I don’t get it. Why is it perfectly okay to show V-Mon pinning down a Vegiemon and punching him repeatedly in the face, but the earlier scene with Gabumon had to be censored and changed to him smelling gross roots? It’s basically saying ‘Good guy beating up bad guy (who is really just a good Digimon under the control of an evil being) is perfectly fine. Bad guy beating up good guy, showing the wrongness of the situation and creating deep sympathy for Gabumon, is bad.’

(Late-Stage Edit: After doing more comparisons on the other Digimon series…..yeah, it really does seem to be a double standard with Saban that the good guys are commonly censored when being hit, but the bad guys rarely if ever get the same treatment. Is it because little kids might get upset when their heroes are hit while they’ll be happy when their enemies are hit? I really struggle to understand this.)

Daisuke just says that his sister always talks bad about him behind his back. She doesn’t like him, but he doesn’t like her either so they’re even. In the dub, Davis lists off all this embarrassing stuff about him that he thinks Jun told TK, like chewing his toenails, sucking him thumb and wetting the bed.

Yamato gets mad because Daisuke is badmouthing Jun. Matt gets mad because Davis has a big mouth….but really all he said was that Jun badmouths him and then went on to explain completely embarrassing stuff about himself, so I don’t see why Matt would get that mad about it. He also only spoke with her for a minute, so for all he knows she does indeed constantly talk shit about him behind his back. At least in the original, there was the added comment of saying Daisuke dislikes his sister to help justify Yamato’s anger a little.

Takeru doesn’t add the fact that Daisuke’s younger than Yamato thus he ‘doesn’t know any better’. And TK, really, you’re using that excuse? He’s the same age as you are, and you know better than to act like that about your siblings.

V-mon just says ‘Daisuke’ before the scene cuts back to the others. In the dub, Veemon starts a knock knock joke.

The Gazimon say they’ll go find a rope as thanks for saving them. In the dub, they say they’ll hang onto each other and make a rope out of themselves so they can ‘hop down the bunny slope’. You’d think Gabumon would refuse and just say to help him get a rope, but nope he says it’s a great idea….

It’s very brief, but they cut a tiny sliver of the first strike Redvegiemon gives to V-mon and put a white flash in there to help censor the punch.

Attack Name Change: Red Hot Machine Gun is changed to Chili Pepper Pummel.

Attack Name Change: Hazard Breath is changed to Stink Jet.

For some reason they remove the yellow strike marks near V-mon when he gets slammed down by Redvegiemon.

They do the same ‘cut out of a bit of the strike, add a flash’ censorship when Veemon’s getting beaten.

They cut out the strike to his stomach.

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They cut out two more hits to V-mon’s face.

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They cut out V-mon trying to crawl to Daisuke and then getting hit in the back….Wow, that’s pretty sad.

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They technically remove the shots of V-mon getting beaten, which is just reshowing the previous beatings being treated as new ones. They keep the overlayed shots of them, but they only show stillshots of each beating instead of showing the animated version like the original does.

In addition, the four-way splitscreen showing V-mon’s pained expressions is supposed to come on one piece at a time. In the dub, they all show up at once.

They remove another strike to V-mon’s stomach.

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They remove recycled animation of V-mon getting beaten some more and instead just steal a stillshot of it to show him standing up against Redvegiemon.

Daisuke offers to take V-mon’s place in the torture. Davis just tries to convince Veemon that he’s happy now to……I….uh…don’t know. He got into this to cheer Davis up, but he can’t get out because Davis is saying he’s happy. He could just give up, but he’ll still keep getting beat anyway.

Again, the strike to V-mon’s head is slightly cut and a flash is thrown in to censor it a bit.

They remove more of the beating, which, again, is really just slightly altered recycled animation.

Another stomach strike censored with a little cut and flash.

Redvegiemon originally says he’ll send V-mon to hell. He obviously doesn’t do so in the dub. As a bonus, Yamato and Gabumon don’t originally tell V-mon to duck when he’s about to get hit again, he just does it on his own.

Entire Series Edit: Like the original series, there’s a vocal song accompanying every evolution in the original. It’s the same every time, though changed between types of evolution. In the dub, they also use the same song for Digivolutions, but it’s just the Digimon theme song.

Redvegiemon just screams when he’s on fire. In the dub, he says ‘I’ve heard of grilled vegetables before but this is ridiculous.’

Revegiemon asks what he’s been doing the whole time. In the dub, he asks, when he sees the dark ring, if he got married when he was asleep.

Taichi says they have to destroy the spire at the Gotsumons’ home as well. They just say they’re taking them home in the dub.

Daisuke apologizes for his behavior and the fact that V-mon got into trouble because of it. V-mon then says Daisuke’s matured quite a bit now. In the dub, Yolei says she’s happy the Gotsumon are gone because they’d scratch her CDs just by touching them. Cody then says that they’d clog the sink everytime they’d brush their teeth. Davis says that they were still pretty cool.

Because the final shot of the original fades to white, they have to use a stillshot of Ken’s face taken from earlier in the scene and place it at the very end of the scene to add ‘To be continued’ and the final narration in the dub.

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This episode was….meh. Nothing really interesting happened, though this is probably the most edited episode of Digimon I’ve ever dealt with so far. Usually all I have to note in these series are dialogue edits, but they did a lot of censoring here. It wasn’t 4Kids level, but still.

Other than that, Davis was a brat, the Vegiemon and Redvegiemon weren’t threatening very much outside of the extended beatings. The story was just more ‘rescue Digimon from controlled evil Digimon’ and there was a lot more recycled footage than usual. The main revelation for this episode was the spawning of the control spires and learning that their new mission is to destroy them all, though Davis has a really good point in saying that the Digimon Emperor could just build more. The old Digimon can’t protect all those areas.

Next episode looks like basically the same episode only replace Yamato’s presence with Joe, Daisuke’s little character development with Iori’s and put snow on it.

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Digimon Adventure 01: Episode 12 – Adventure! Patamon and I Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Takeru and Patamon arrive at The Village of Beginnings, which houses hundreds of baby Digimon and Digieggs. As Takeru and Patamon care for the eggs and babies, slowly falling into chaos as they cry, their caretaker, Elecmon, appears to defend them. He gets into a fight with Patamon, and tensions increase. Can Takeru help them put aside their differences?

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Title Change: Adventure! Patamon and I is changed to DigiBaby Boom

Truthfully, I’m not a fan of either title, but I’d say the dub’s is a bit better.

TK’s imaginary ‘Porkymon’ was originally ‘It’s-Probably-Like-This-mon.’ Saban should’ve at least removed the English text in the corner of the fake Index screen that has its literal name of TabunKonnamon.

They remove a shot of the cartoon pig turning around after it shakes its butt at the camera….Dunno why they’d remove that but not the butt shaking.

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TK’s Hogmon was originally KittoKonnamon, which is ‘It-Must-Be-Like-This-mon’ Again, the English name in the corner is left alone. Also, nitpicky, but the animal Takeru is referencing is clearly a hippo, not another pig.

I know it’s excusable because they’re so far away, but the walk cycle, if you can even call it that, on Takeru when they first enter the village is horrific,

The Village of Beginnings is changed to Primary Village. As much as I’ve gotten used to the dub name, the original’s name is quite beautiful.

The first introduction to The Village of Beginnings is really quiet and sweet with only a gentle music box tune playing. In the dub, not only do we have the typical doopy travel music, but we also have TK’s obnoxious dialogue about getting cotton candy etc. over it. TK, I love ya kid, but your voice is one I’ve never been fond of, at least in little kid form.

In the original, Takeru’s first line into the village is ‘It’s so pretty!’ and he and Patamon gaze in wonder. In the dub, they’re still blathering about candy, which further ruins the moment.

Oddly, the original has a bowling ball hitting pins noise when Takeru and Patamon tumble over the hill. In the dub, this is omitted. Usually, it’s the opposite.

Takeru says the floor feels like a bed. In the dub, he says it feels like marshmallows.

I saw this joke coming. The dub has TK make a joke about Punimon being ‘Puny.’ He’s just making noises of awe in the original.

Yuramon’s voice is way too deep in the dub. It’s a baby, guys, not a ten year old.

Takeru’s comment about Devimon also starting as an egg makes me think. If Digimon never die, their information just get reconfigured, does that mean that every evil Digimon who has been defeated by the Chosen Children could, theoretically, return as eggs and then grow back up to conquer the Digital World again?

Patamon: “It’s Digicode!”

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Oh come on. Digimon, I usually praise you for keeping a good chunk of the Japanese text on screen. Now you’re claiming it’s some gibberish ‘Digicode’ because you’re too lazy to throw some digital paint on this note? Don’t pull a Pokemon on me.

What’s even dumber is that there actually IS a Digimon language called Digicode (or DigiMoji or DigiLetters) and it, predictably, looks nothing like this.

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Haven’t we kinda gone over this too? In Kabuterimon’s debut episode and the episode with Mimi in the maze? Unless they’re saying Japanese text looks like DigiCode just because ‘Oooh weird squiggles all look the same’ in which case, wow, way to be racist.

TK: *Rubbing a DigiEgg* “Maybe a digital genie will come out.” TK….goddammit, you’re not this dumb.

Also, nice that you guys accidentally put the background egg layer on top of Takeru’s layer while animating the second rub.

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TK: “I’m gonna wish for a new skateboard!” TK…..please shut up.

Originally, he just keeps talking about rubbing the egg.

TK, you don’t need to be narrating every step of the flashback. We can easily see what’s happening for ourselves. Also, in the original, you can’t hear what kid!Yamato is saying. In the dub, he says ‘Atta boy!’

Elecmon’s Index screen is more involved in the original. The narrator states that Elecmon is a very inquisitive Digimon who loves playing pranks. He also spreads his tail feathers like a peacock to threaten enemies. In the dub, Elecmon is doing his own Index screen and he says he’s the caretaker of baby Digimon ‘so don’t cross wires with me!’

Attack Name Change: Sparkling Thunder is changed to Super Thunder Strike.

I don’t know why I’m mentioning this, but the Pabumon makes a fart noise before Takeru checks if it messed itself. In the dub, it doesn’t.

It really bothers me that none of these baby Digimon sound like babies in the dub. They’re not even trying.

Again, the baby Digimon layers in the background are overlapping on top of Takeru. Animators, wake up please.

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Originally, Elecmon says Takeru and Patamon were ‘coddling’ the babies. They ask why that’s a bad thing, and he says ‘coddling’ means both ‘petting’ and ‘bullying’ and he meant the latter. In the dub, he says they were playing with the babies. TK asks why that has anything to do with him, and Elecmon explains that he’s the caretaker of all of the baby Digimon.

The way Dub!Patamon says ‘Now, now, don’t get all puffy!’ is weird.

In the original, Takeru just says ‘stop…’ quietly to himself before we see the Digivice reacting slightly. In the dub, he says ‘This is very bad! He’s Digivolving!’

That line makes no sense. First of all, he prefaced the declaration with ‘This is very bad’ meaning he can’t be implying Patamon is Digivolving because….that’d be good.

Second, how does he know either of them is even close to Digivolving? Neither is glowing, and TK can’t see his Digivice right now.

Third, if he somehow can see his Digivice reacting and is claiming a Digivolution would be a bad thing, he’s somehow inferring that his Digivice reactions are about to make Elecmon Digivolve.

The only way this would make sense is if TK were afraid of Patamon Digivolving, which we’ve proven that he isn’t.

Takeru is quietly and sadly scolding Patamon and Elecmon for fighting. In the dub, he’s yelling at them.

Dub!Elecmon’s lips are clearly not moving when he says ‘Hmph, my fur looks fine!’ Dialogue when there originally was none should only be used when the speaking character is off-screen, guys.

In the original, Takeru is announcing the match as a traditional sumo match. He calls the corners ‘east’ and ‘west’ and gives Elecmon and Patamon titles like ‘Elecmon of the Vast Sea’ and ‘Patamon of the Large Mountain.’ He’s even doing the inflection properly. In the dub, TK basically announces this like a pro wrestling match. He just says ‘That corner’ and ‘the other corner’, and he calls Elecmon ‘the defending champion’ and Patamon ‘The most excellent Digimon’ which is funny because he chose this format specifically so they could fight fairly, but calling Patamon essentially the best is clearly playing favorites.

The dub is just weird because you lose the joke entirely. You’re left wondering why the hell TK is wearing that getup and why Patamon and Elecmon are wearing those cloths. The joke is lost even further because it’s supposed to be a tone shift from traditional and serious to a childish game of tug-of-war. But in the dub, the tone is kept consistent.

It’s also funny because this is one of those 4Kids-y moments where they’re missing the forest for the trees. “Oh no, kids! Those squiggly lines aren’t Japanese text – they’re Digicode! Now here’s TK in a gyoji outfit waving around a gunbai while Elecmon and Patamon sport custom mawashis.”

Another scene where the tone is completely ruined? Oh joy. In the original, the tone of the scene changes from tense to very gentle as feathers rain down on Primary Village before Patamon is declared winner. In the dub, they keep the tense tone, so the feathers just seem like an odd addition. The change in tone is meant to help signify the new respect Patamon and Elecmon have for each other, which makes the shift kinda awkward in the dub.

Oh good, another scene where the tone is completely ruined, and this time by a stupid and kinda terrible joke. In the original, Takeru says fighting between friends is okay as a kid because you make up quickly. Then he says ‘Fighting between adults….’ which is hinting at his parents fighting.

From this one line we can tell that Takeru was likely upset at Patamon and Elecmon fighting because it reminded him of his parents. As you’ll recall, Takeru and Yamato’s parents are divorced, and Takeru probably remembers hearing a lot of fighting, even though he was pretty young when they split.

In the dub, TK retains the line about kids patching things up quickly, but says that adults don’t forgive as easily because his parents are still mad at him for that one time when he painted their cat. Uhm, considering that can really hurt an animal, I’d say they have a right to hold a grudge, TK.

So, not only do we lose a nice subtle line that explains a great deal about why Takeru was so upset, but we also make TK out as an animal abuser who is pretty much implying that his parents are overreacting to his cat-painting actions….

In the original, as Elecmon is looking around The Village of Beginnings, he tells Patamon an old saying, ‘A grain of pepper may be tiny, but it’s still sharp on the tongue.’ Patamon mistakes ‘pepper’ for ‘pansy’ and believes Elecmon has eaten pansies before.

In the dub, Patamon messes up an idiom of his own by saying ‘You can’t judge a cover by its book’ and Elecmon tells him to forget the sayings for a minute while he tells him something. Then we get a kinda Lion King-esque reference as Elecmon claims all of Primary Village will be Patamon’s some day and acts like he’s his dad? I get that we don’t really have that original old saying in America, but you can still use it and have Patamon mishear it. It’s not like it’s one of those untranslatable jokes.

Elecmon originally gets straight to the point in saying that Devimon’s on Infinity Mountain. In the dub, he says a bunch of stuff about how the terrain is dangerous and they need climbing gear before TK interrupts by mentioning Devimon. Also, it never ceases to amaze me how the dub both expects us to believe these Digimon are clueless about human things yet they know about stuff like climbing gear.

Takeru says he knows something great will happen when their hearts become one. In the dub, TK goes on a tirade about laughing and friendship. The tone is the same, but it’s like TK’s not making a point in the dub.

This is strange. In the original, Elecmon calls the area near Pyocomon Village ‘Gear Savannah’ but in the dub, he calls it ‘Gea Savannah’ with a long A sound. You’d think at least ‘Savannah’ would be pronounced with a short A sound, though. A long one is probably correct, but short is typically the pronunciation in America.

The narrator has some time during the long shot of the sea to give a monologue about the upcoming battle that is topped off by seeing a small flurry of feathers, which is a cute nod to Angemon’s impending debut. In the dub, Devimon is talking over a good chunk of the first part, then we get a commercial break, then the rest of the scene is silent, making the feathers meaningless.

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I have to say, I’m a little torn about this episode. In the original, the episode is pretty cute and is a good prelude to what’s about to come, but I also feel it was kinda cheesy and a little boring. The baby Digimon are cute but get a little annoying, and the whole plot with Patamon and Elecmon felt slightly forced and under-written. If Patamon’s so mature, he should’ve just explained that they found a note telling them to hatch eggs and they felt compelled to care for the babies when they started crying. If it was such a problem, he should’ve offered to leave.

Elecmon, harsh as though it may be, was perfectly within his rights to attack because they were intruders touching his babies and letting them run loose all over the village. For all he knew, they really were attacking them since they were all crying. He should’ve heard them out a bit more, but that’s all.

The one being treated as the unreasonable one is Elecmon and no one else. Elecmon’s the one who has to learn a lesson, and he learns it through tug of war. It’s not like he even realized something about Patamon during the match or when he hit the block. It was literally them playing tug of war, him losing, then Elecmon’s all smiles and giving Patamon a bunch of praise before he apologizes. Patamon never apologizes even though, in my opinion, he was technically more in the wrong.

And don’t get me started on the animation. There’s no excuse for the layering thing to happen twice, and the overall animation is on the lower end of the spectrum for this show.

The dub is a mess of bad jokes and ruined tones. The whole meaning of the episode almost ends up getting lost because it’s like Saban completely missed the point or didn’t care. The dub is basically a hollow shell because of it.

Also, even though they have a decent amount of Takeru and Patamon bonding, I think the episode should’ve been more focused on their friendship, considering what’s to come, rather than focusing so much on Elecmon and The Village of Beginnings. Yamato and Gabumon had way more development in their episode than Patamon and Takeru did here.

Not to mention, now that I’m older, how glaringly obvious is the hanging thread of ‘We’ll be best friends forever!’? That’s almost as bad as telling someone you love them before heading off alone in a horror movie.

Next episode, one the preview just completely ruins from start to finish, Angemon’s debut! Ready your tissues.

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Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective Sub/Dub Comparison Episode 7: Ruling the Country with Tanegun

Plot: The group heads to 16th century Japan to find the gun-toting bubble-making Tanegun, who has befriended Oda Nobunaga.

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Title Change: Ruling the Country with Tanegun is changed to Bubblegum

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Name Change: Tanegun is changed to Bubblegum.

Tokio asks Sora if her complaining means she just might leave him there to clean up alone and she responds with “Maybe.” Then we get the closer shot of Genshi sweeping. In the dub, they cut the shot of Flint sweeping between when Tony would have asked the question and Sarah responded. Because that adds so much to this scene, apparently. Also, they changed the line to Tony asking how long they have to stay and Sarah saying “Until it’s done.” Also also, they keep the shot of Flint sweeping afterwards, so it just seems like a repeat shot. Good job.

Before we cut to the Bureau of Space-Time, we get a group shot of TP Lady, Dyna and Mite in their regular outfits. This is cut from the dub.

Tanegun’s name plate is removed.

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I am really quite shocked that they left in not only Tanegun’s guns visually, but also all of the dialogue involving guns, including that Tanegun’s guns can become actual firearms and that they resemble matchlock guns – the first firearms to become widely used in Japan.

Saban inserted a shot before the shot of Flint holding up the card. It’s a clip of the group with Dr. Goodman scratching his head with a blush, and I’m not sure where they obtained that clip from.

They also insert a speaking shot of Dr. Goodman after the original’s shot of Genshi holding up the card. They do this to convey the information about Bubblegum being spotted at Azuchi Castle around Oda Nobunaga. This is unnecessary because the original conveyed this information just fine without it.

Finally, they add a front shot of the group on Ridon before Flint inserts the card.

After the time warp, they insert a shot of the kids arriving in 1582.

Putera originally said that this castle was where Oda Nobunaga made free trade possible in Japan. In the dub, Pterry says the village is filled with merchants and craftsman who make supplies for Oda Nobunaga.

Love-Love just says its name as it normally does, because that’s seemingly pretty much all it can say. In the dub, it points out all the bubbles.

I really have to wonder how 4Kids would’ve handled this thing. I mean, not only does it wield guns but it has a gun for a hat and its main shape is a musketball.

They reverse and replay Nobunaga putting his telescope up to his eye to watch Bubblegum immediately after he already did that. It’s a weird edit not just due to repetition but also because he goes from laughing to having a very serious face.

Right before the commercial in the dub they replay the shot of Nobunaga laughing, and, again, it’s very weird, especially because it seems like he’s laughing at Flint for falling out of the air.

Soooo…..Saban decided to gender-flip Nobunaga’s accompanying samurai, Ranmaru, from a male to a female because he looked feminine. Gotta say, at first glance, I thought he was a woman too, but Saban has no excuse for doing this. Ranmaru is a largely male name almost never used with women, and he’s not wearing a dress or anything – he just has a pony tail and wears an extremely light pink kimono.

Not only that, but it’s very likely this Ranmaru is based on a real person – Mori Ranmaru. He was a military commander and an extremely loyal attendant to Nobunaga, to the point where he committed seppuku after Nobunaga did the same during the Honno-ji Incident. He was well-known for his beauty and, as a result, he is frequently given a very feminine appearance when portrayed in media.

The two were incredibly close, and it’s been noted, though, as far as I researched, not entirely confirmed, that he and Nobunaga had a very intimate and sexual relationship, following the nanshoku traditions of the time.

Changing him to a woman just on the basis of him looking pretty just seems a bit disrespectful of this real person, is all.

Originally. Genshi asks if a retainer is tasty (because Nobunaga requested Genshi become a retainer.) He laughs and says they are. In the dub, Flint asks if they have pizza, and Nobunaga responds that they have the best pizza in the land…..which is highly improbable because pizza won’t have been invented for a couple hundred years at this point, and it won’t be commonplace in Japan for another hundred or more years after that.

Ranmaru tells Nobunaga that he believes Tanegun is pulling too many pranks. In the dub, she asks Nobunaga if he really feels he can trust the kids.

For speaking out against him, Nobunaga punishes Ranmaru by telling him to care for the horses from now on. In the dub, he just tells her to apologize to their guests.

This next change is confusing. Tokio originally asks Ranmaru why he stays with Nobunaga. In the dub, Tony asks why she stays with him since he took away her samurai title. Thing is, in the dub, he didn’t. It’s implied he kinda did in the original since he told Ranmaru to take care of the horses from now on, but in the dub he only told Ranmaru to apologize to the kids.

I just want to take the time to point out that Nobunaga’s dub voice is real bad. That is all.

They remove two shots where there’s a bunch of repeated overlays animated in a waterfall fashion as Nobunaga tries to pester Genshi to give him Ototan. I don’t mind this because the shot is very strange.

There’s a shot between the two ‘waterfall’ shots of the two catching their breath. This is displaced from that earlier shot to right after the further shot of the two catching their breath. They also put a repeat closeup/shadowed shot of Nobunaga after this and repeat as well as reverse the earlier shot of the two with their faces pressed against each other as Nobunaga walks Genshi backwards. Finally, they insert a repeat shot of them catching their breath again before continuing where the original left off.

Dyna originally says “Cat got your tongue?” as he captures Tanegun, but the sub notes claim this is supposed to be referencing a phrase “I would like to borrow even a cat’s paw,” which indicates someone is so busy they’d even accept the help of a cat………None of that makes the slightest bit of sense to me, and in the dub they just replace this with Petra jabbering about how Bubblegum is hers now. Better off, if you ask me.

Even though the dialogue is basically the same – TP Lady/Petra Fina explaining what the mark does – they switch the original animation of her, Dyna and Mite doing this goofy dance while explaining it to what I believe is the first episode’s animation of her explaining what the mark does. They also add in another shot of all three of them together as she asks them if she’s right about her ruling Japan. Again, I don’t mind this switch because it’s a little strange in the original.

Name Change: Warugun is changed to Bubblegum-con.

Warugun’s name plate is removed.

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Dubbed:

Even though it’s technically not a far leap to have ‘Impossible!’ turn to ‘Uh oh!’ it’s really goofy, and considering this line is being said in unison by the entire squadron, it’s even more goofy.

I’m still impressed they’re keeping in all of this gun stuff, though. 4Kids would’ve had a stroke.

Originally, while first getting caught in the bubble, Nobunaga said “Insolent whelps!” In the dub, he doesn’t say anything, even though his lips are clearly moving.

Originally, when TP Lady is making this face;

she’s not making a sound. In the dub, she’s laughing, which makes the shot 100% less funny and 100% creepier.

Again, Tokio acts like the Space-Time Monster sent to help them is nothing but a nuisance. It’s not as bad as last episode, but still. Tony just tells Nobunaga not to worry and that they’ll get out this mess.

Is it going to be a constant thing that Genshi gets too hungry to fight so they need to recruit Space-Time Monsters to come help? I don’t mind seeing the other Space-Time Monsters come in for the assist, especially when they get to super transform, but the plot device of Genshi’s hunger is already getting old.

Sora says that Cocolon is giving her the chance to run off and find Genshi some food. In the dub, she doesn’t say anything so it kinda just looks like she’s running away.

While both versions have TP Lady/Petra Fina wondering which way she should dispose of the trio, TP Lady originally wonders how she should ‘cook’ them – like oyako donburi or a well-done steak donburi. In the dub, she doesn’t make any suggestions. I actually like the dub better because Tanegun/Warugun doesn’t have fire powers, it only has a gun, so this joke doesn’t make much sense.

Originally, Sora pointed out that there were sponge cakes being served. However, sponge cakes weren’t invented until 1615, and they weren’t even really sponge cakes – they were more like crispy cookies. A sponge cake as we know it wouldn’t be invented until the 18th century. Yes, I did fact check that. No, I don’t have a life.

God. Damn. The dubbed voice acting. On. Nobunaga. It’s reached comical levels now. Ranmaru brings him his sword and he’s like “Why?….You’re not a samurai any longer.” Then when Ranmaru says her lines, he goes, “I was wrong. You are indeed a samurai!” I know in text it looks fine, but trust me, it’s so badly delivered.

I can’t find who officially voiced Nobunaga, but as far as I can deduce it was most likely Richard Epcar, who has an extremely lengthy resume in the world of voice acting ranging back all the way from 1978 to today. He tends to do a lot of voices for extras and one-off characters, but I know him most as Jigen from Lupin the Third, Etemon/Myotismon in Digimon and Batou from Ghost in the Shell. It certainly does sound like him, but geez he must have really been phoning it in that day.

They remove two shots of Cocolon very slowly crawling up the building. The first removed shot is re-inserted after the first swipe of the cat robot ship thing’s claws. The second was re-inserted during the shot where Flint is spinning the ship around. They also repeat a shot of Cocolon climbing after Flint gets dizzy. I actually like this, surprisingly, because it was very tedious watching those three shots in succession. Only thing I’d change is removing the repeat shot because it’s unnecessary.

In a very funny moment, Warugun, while watching from a hole in the wall growls the theme song to Dragnet. I’m not kidding at all. I dunno if Saban was worried about copyright or what, but they don’t do the same in the dub.

Saban kinda ruins Cocolon’s attempted sacrifice. When Cocolon jumps for Genshi, he’s trying to take the shots for him. In the dub, he yells out to Rocky Hammerhead to come save him. Ototan saves them both in the original, too, but the dub makes it seem like Coconaut wasn’t making any sort of sacrifice and was, instead, just calling for Rocky.

Name Change: Super Cocolon is changed to Coconaut Master.

Name plate removed.

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Dubbed:

They add a flip transition to an exterior shot of the Land of Time before we get the scene with Toki-G/Old Timer. Like always, they add more shots of Old Timer moving stuff around to extend the scene for some reason. Again, I don’t mind this much because it’s quite jarring in the original.

What I do mind, however, is the dialogue change. In the original, he mentions how Genshi’s will to protect people has rubbed off on the Space-Time monsters, which is allowing them to transform. In the dub, he basically says “Oh no, looks like Flint and the others are in trouble. Lol, guess I’ll sit here and watch them die. I’m going to order some food and skip out on the clock convention.” Sadly, I’m only exaggerating a little. Also, a shot of the pig thing that he rides on is removed.

During the running scene, they flip the shot of Bubblegum-con shooting at the cat ship for some reason. Or…maybe he’s just shooting behind him and the cat ship is just there. The shot is a little confusing, and flipping it for no reason doesn’t help. But let’s fix that by having the same shot, now unflipped, inserted after the running scene but right before the next shot – the exterior of the castle. Because. Reasons.

The dub makes Bubblegum-con say “Petra fizzle” when his fuse goes out. I dunno why.

I love that their cat ship freaks out in water.

I also love that Warugun runs away from Genshi when it’s trying to give it air via mouth to mouth.

In the original, TP Lady, Dyna and Mite sing a song about TP Lady as they drift away in the bubble. In the dub, Petra just yells and rants. They also insert a shot of her repeatedly hitting Dyno and Mite in the head. This is another change I’m okay with since the song is just kinda weird.

Nobunaga asks Flint if he’ll stay as a retainer in his castle. In the dub, he gives him the title of samurai.

Small note, but Ranmaru immediately accepts Nobunaga’s offer to become a samurai again and gives his gratitude. In the dub, she teases that she’ll have to think it over but then says, since he asked so nicely, she’ll accept. Pretty sure you shouldn’t disrespect his offer like that by joking about it, Ranmaru.

They reversed the shots of the sunset. Still don’t know why, especially since this means they had to cut an extremely short shot of Nobunaga at the very end. I guess this is okay because the shot of him is so short I legitimately didn’t even notice it happened on the first watch. He just barely makes it about 2/3 of the way into frame before the shot fades to black.

This is literally the best shot I could get before they start the fade. Really bad editing in this episode.

They change the shot of the front of the Space-Time Bureau to one at sunset, which makes sense.

Genshi originally just introduced Tanegun to the group of Space- Time monsters. In the dub, he says Bubblegum was underwater for so long it might have affected his aim, so he should test out his shooting skills.

They never use the eyecatch for this episode in the dub, so I guess it’s just very inconsistent as to whether they use it or not.

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The overall story of this episode was kinda lame, especially Ranmaru’s role. He seriously got demoted from samurai to horse brusher because he expressed concern? And it’s not even really explored much. He just gets demoted then comes back later to save Nobunaga and gets his title back.

The depiction of Nobunaga here is pretty goofy. He’s very much an immature man who takes pleasure in watching people float off in the bubbles Tanegun makes and has a really childish back and forth with Genshi. He’s not made out to be a jackass, but he’s very petty.

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that they specifically went back to 1582. Nobunaga and Ranmaru both died in 1582. So, in a bit of a depressing twist, it’s quite possible that they died immediately after the kids went back to the present.

In regards to comparison, the dub could’ve been a whole lot worse considering all the guns. The major notes are pointlessly changing Ranmaru’s gender (it’s not even like he and Nobunaga were depicted as being romantically involved or anything) and the awful voice acting on Nobunaga. Saban actually did some editing work that improved upon the original footage, so good on them for that at least.

The episode did have some really funny moments, admittedly, and Cocolon has a pretty cool Super form. He even has a little mustache. I also find Warugun to be my favorite corrupted transformation so far. He has an awesome design and a cute face.

Next time, we meet Sphin, a master of riddles and fate.


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Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective Episode 6: The New World and Cocolon Sub/Dub Comparison

Plot: The Space-Time Monster that controls weather, Cocolon, has been spotted in the Atlantic in 1492. He’s in the hands of Christopher Columbus, and TP Lady has her eyes set on taking over the expedition and ruling over America.

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Title Change: The New World and Cocolon is changed to Coconaut, which I assume also means;

Name Change: Cocolon is changed to Coconaut. Also, I would swear that dub name implies ‘astronaut’ more than poking at the word ‘Nautical’ but maybe that’s just me. (Also, it took me way too long to realize this was also meant to be a play on the word ‘Coconut.’)

As the kids are walking through the park, Genshi continuously chants “Friends!” over and over. In the dub, Sarah asks him why he’s so happy and he responds that it’s a beautiful day, it’s lunchtime and since it’s Friday they don’t have to worry about homework until Sunday night.

Tokio specifically says he needs an 80 to pass the Space-Time Detective exam. In the dub, they don’t mention the exact score he needs, just that his score of 35 isn’t enough.

Sora points out that it’s Tokio’s dream to join the Time Bureau. In the dub, she says if he can’t do math properly, then, when he’s a Time Detective, he might add up the years wrong and bypass Hannibal and meet a cannibal.

….*lip smack*

There’s a lot wrong with what she just said.

First of all, add up what years? You just need to know what year something is in and then go there.

Second of all, Hannibal? As in….Hannibal Lecter? The fictional character? You can’t go back in time to meet a fictional character. Unless you’re Talen, I guess.

Third, I’m pretty sure if you intended on going back in time to find Hannibal and you found a cannibal….You’d have succeeded in your goal, because Hannibal IS a cannibal (that’s even one of his nicknames – Hannibal the Cannibal.)

Fourth, even mentioning cannibals should be a no-no, but also directly referencing Silence of the Lambs?….In Flint The Time Detective? What are you smoking, Saban? That’s hardly appropriate.

Genshi originally mistakes the word ‘normal’ for meaning something to eat. In the dub, he hears Tony say ‘Goose egg’ and asks for a goose egg to eat. The dub actually makes more sense because the original makes it sound like Genshi wants to eat children (Tokio said ‘normal kids like me’) It also makes it seem like Genshi’s never heard the term ‘Normal’ which I’d assume is impossible at this point.

I get that Tokio wants to be a Space-Time Detective on his own merits, but he already basically is one considering he always goes with Genshi on his missions.

Cocolon’s name plate is removed.

Subbed:

Dubbed:

They suddenly splice in Jillian appearing on screen again right before we cut to the shot of Flint…for some reason.

Professor Yamato just tries to remember what important event happened in 1492. In the dub, Dr. Goodman asks if it’s the year Elvis walked on the moon….This man has a doctorate….

Sora just recites part of the rhyme based on Christopher Columbus (In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…) In the dub, Sarah has to correct Goodman that it was Neil Armstrong who walked on the moon, and not in 1492. Then she remembers Christopher Columbus and mentions it, but the shot cuts off too quick so she has the end of her sentence cut off a little.

Also, yeah, this episode is about Christopher Columbus. Obviously, this was back in the day where people still hero worshiped the guy and just washed away everything bad he did while also making false or exaggerated claims about him – which still goes on pretty frequently today. It’s a little uncomfortable watching this now,

Sora says that Columbus discovered the Americas in 1492. Sarah says he discovered America. Both claims are still wrong (Not only were there indigenous people living there for many, many, many years before anyone else stepped foot on any of the Americas, so it’s impossible to say anyone ‘discovered’ them, but Leif Erikson arrived in North America nearly 500 years before Columbus did.) It should be noted that, even though they’re only saying ‘America’ in the dub, it’s clear they’re just referring to the United States – which he never set foot in at all.

Yamato doesn’t say anything after exclaiming that the kids are going off with Genshi again. In the dub, he asks them to bring him back a souvenir like a ‘Columbus World Tour’ t-shirt or a sailor’s hat. Again, this man has a doctorate.

Flint: *as he’s sinking underwater* “I got a sinking feeling!” *sigh*

They splice in a speaking shot of Flint right before they yell for the ship, but the editing is weird. He says “Well, why couldn’t she put us onboard?” but cuts off in the middle of ‘board.’ So, even though they purposely spliced in this shot to put in this unnecessary line, they didn’t put in enough of the shot to properly insert the line. Perfect work, Saban. Top Notch.

Columbus doesn’t ask who their king is in addition to their country of origin, like the dub does.

Have we gotten confirmation that they changed their country of origin to the United States? Because they’re flatout asked what country they come from, and while Genshi states it’s Tama City, Tokyo (He’s stopped before he can also say Japan), Flint says they’re from the USA.

Surprisingly, the rest of the scene goes the same either way. Columbus says he’s never heard of that country (Which makes sense, because Tokyo wasn’t known as Tokyo back then. In 1492, it would’ve been a small village called Edo.) and in the dub, since the USA doesn’t exist yet either, he also doesn’t know of their country. And in both versions they also explain that it’s a small area that probably isn’t well-known or on a map.

Why are they so shocked to see Christopher Columbus? They were transported to his exact coordinates on the ocean. Three ships picked them up. The guy looks like pretty much any depiction of Columbus. Yet when he says his name they’re all mind blown.

I like how the dub even points out how weird this is. Sarah says she’s starting to think this is Columbus, and Tony responds “Weird hat, three ships – of course it is.”

Going even further with that, they cut out the shocked reaction the kids all have to Columbus saying his name and add in a repeat shot of Sarah and Tony talking, just to have Sarah say he’s shorter than she pictured.

Columbus offers his hospitality and says they can stay on the Santa Maria but only if they work. Surprisingly, the dub has him being more of a jerk. He accuses them of being spies, but offers to let them stay anyway since he, for some reason, can’t throw them overboard.

Yeah, he’ll call for the slaughter of people, hunt down any natives who flee from him with a pack of dogs who would either bring them back or rip them apart (Sometimes eaten), maim and dismember people as punishment, enslave thousands of natives and force them to gather gold, sell children into sexual slavery, let his crew cut natives with their swords to test how sharp they are, drive natives into such terrible living conditions and terror that they were committing suicide in droves  – but he draws the line at throwing some strange kids overboard. Oh nosirree bob.

He’ll only let them stay if they submit their allegiance to the Queen Isabella and work on deck.

Due to a commercial break in the dub, they put in an extra shot of the ships so they could work in more off-screen dialogue. They also kinda break the fourth wall by someone telling someone else to stop talking in sailing cliches.

They repeat Tony sweeping in a circle.

Originally, they just give Sora more laundry. In the dub, they tell her what laundry needs to be done in cold water and which needs to be done in hot water. Saban, you are remembering what time period this is, right?

The display on Ridon isn’t flickering in the original as it is in the dub.

They insert a repeat shot of Pterry tapping the display with his beak while he’s explaining what’s wrong with it.

They remove TP Lady’s goofy smile before her fantasy.

The subs didn’t offer a translation on TP Lady’s little heart sign thing, but as far as I was able to gather, it says daitoriyo (Daitoryo), which, as you can guess, is just ‘President.’

Subbed:

Now, you’d think Saban would write ‘President’ or ‘President Petra Fina’ or something while painting over this, right?

…Nope… And I want you to guess what they wrote to replace it, because you will never, ever guess what it is. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I had to pause the video for several minutes just trying to figure out why they put what they put there.

Start guessing.

Give up?

….They wrote E=MC2

Dubbed:

…..If anyone can even begin to unravel the mystery that is what the hell that means in context to anything that is going on in this scene – or this episode even – please tell me, because my brain short-circuited trying to wrap my head around it.

They remove another shot of TP Lady’s goofy smiling.

They play the shots of Petra Fina and the masked man dancing in reverse so they gradually get further away from the camera instead of closer like it was in the original. I don’t know why.

Originally, the masked man wants to toast to TP Lady’s eyes. In the dub, he says he’s sick of holding the mask and asks her if she has any string. I thought this joke was kinda funny because I, too, was wondering why he’s holding the mask instead of wearing one that actually attaches to his face in any way.

Another shot of TP Lady’s goofy smile removed.

Originally, TP Lady’s little Space-Time Monster detector made a soft beeping noise when it was activated. In the dub, it makes a hinge-squeaking noise as the little parts on top moved back and forth. It’s just weird because it makes it seem like the device is clearly broken and Petra Fina is crazy.

The original doesn’t mention anything about their seasickness involving eating too many oysters as the dub does.

They insert an external shot of the ship right before the shot of the lantern. Just in case you forgot they were on a boat.

So, wait, Cocolon has been around since Columbus was a little boy?….Then…why did Rei send them to this exact time period to retrieve him? Wouldn’t it have made more sense and been less risky to send them to when Cocolon first appeared in the time stream rather than when Columbus was right about to do the most notable thing of his life? I don’t mean grab him before he saves Columbus, but maybe right after?

Speaking of which, why was Cocolon just randomly floating out in the middle of the ocean like that? How long was it there?

Surprisingly, this part of the episode does kinda reflect a part of Columbus’ past. He did become shipwrecked once before his expeditions to the Americas. In 1476, when Columbus was about 25, he was on a commercial ship that was attacked by the French. His ship was sunk and burned, and Columbus was forced to swim to the nearby Portuguese shore.

Also, hold the phone. They’re saying Columbus would’ve drowned when he was a kid without Cocolon. Yet, before the time stream was littered in Space-Time Monsters, Columbus still existed and his story was still the same.

Tony: “I have a feeling that this history business has a lot more comedy than we’ve been lead to believe.” Errr…..technically, he’s right, but in this circumstance, it’s more horror.

(Also, originally Tony’s line was about feeling lost when you don’t have something to guide you.)

Columbus originally says he can always continue on as long as he has Cocolon. He’s his treasure. In the dub, they make it out like he’s a bit more selfish. They make him say he doesn’t need courage, because as long as he has Coconaut, he’s a hero and he’s great. The original makes off like Cocolon’s his friend who gives him the confidence to do these things. The dub makes it seem like he’s using Coconaut as a tool to do great things so he can take all the credit.

They added a repeat shot of the ships after the commercial break for…reasons?

Mite originally chastises Dyna for saying his line first. He then proceeds to say he’s TP Lady’s number one helper. Dyna follows up by saying he’s the number two helper. In the dub, Mite yells at Dino for calling them thugs when they’re really henchmen.

Why did TP Lady stamp Cocolon’s hat? And why did that work? Is the hat actually a part of his body?

They remove the name plate saying “Bad Transformation: Waru Cocolon.”

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Dubbed:

Name Change: Waru Cocolon is changed to Coconaut-Kon.

They put the eyecatch animation in after the group is captured. I can’t tell if there was a commercial break there, but that wasn’t where the eyecatch was originally, which was right as Dyna and Mite were about to take Cocolon from Columbus’ bed.

Kyoichiro specifically says to himself that he’s saving Sora. In the dub, he doesn’t mention Sarah.

Sora doesn’t yell up to Kyoichiro the way Sarah does to Merlock.

Name Change: Narugami Kyoichiro is changed to Merlock Holmes. Yeah, it’s very lazy and awkward. It’s supposed to be a joke because we find out later that he’s a fellow Time Detective, but he has a very clear vampire motif and blue skin, so you’d think they’d have made a name based on those factors, but nope. Just ‘hurr he’s a detective so let’s call him Sherlock Holmes’ only they were eating like cereal or something at the time so it came out ‘Merlock Holmes’ and they were like ‘eh’ and kept it.

The thing is that the wordplay on his name won’t even make sense until we learn that he’s a Time Detective, which we won’t until episode 12.

Sora originally points out that Kyoichiro disappeared, not realizing he wiped out off of the pillar due to a tidal wave. In the dub, since Sarah sees him fully and is even trying to talk to him, she witnesses Merlock wipe out and fall after throwing a dagger to her;

Sarah: “Whoa, what a nerd!” Excuse me!? The guy just saved your life, he could very well be dead due to the fall or drowning right now, and all you have to say is ‘Whoa, what a nerd’? Kindly fuck off, Sarah. Wow.

They splice in a reaction shot of Sarah right after the wave hits but right before Merlock falls.

This is kinda nitpicky, but it’s bothering me – how did Genshi smacking Oto-tan into the water make the raft shoot up and forward several hundred feet? They didn’t even bother making the strike create a massive wave or something – he just hits the water and they fly off.

Waru Cocolon can’t talk, just as his previous form can’t. In the dub, Coconaut-kon talks, which is strange because his previous form can’t communicate in anything but his name and yes or no signs.

Another piece of audio is clipped. When the second sailor says ‘Aye, glad you’re back, sir.’ the audio is cut off right in the middle of ‘sir’ so it sounds like ‘suh.’ This also isn’t a sloppily edited insert or anything – they just didn’t time it well or record the line to the proper length.

They splice in a shot of the sail tilting from earlier right before Flint slides around a second time. Ya know, in case you forgot the ship was rocking back and forth.

Has Putera been ‘fixing’ Ridon this whole time by just smacking her beak into the display?

Putera just asks Professor Yamato to send a Space-Time Monster quickly. In the dub, Pterry mentions that the food on the ship has been awful…and he says it before mentioning that their ship is sinking. I get that that’s the joke, but it also makes Pterry look like a bit of an idiot.

Yamato asks which of the Space-Time Monsters will volunteer for the mission. In the dub, he specifically sends Mosbee.

This is the first time a Space-Time Monster has been sent to help Genshi and the others with a mission. Apparently, when they’re sent after the others have already gone ahead in the time stream, the monsters go into their egg form and come out of the tail pipe of Ridon….Keep in mind, Ridon is shaped like a dinosaur…so they’re emulating it pooping out an egg. I know, I know, I’m immature, but it seems intentional so I have to note it.

They repeat a shot of Goodman talking after Mosbee goes through the time stream.

They repeat and reverse Pterry flying down and Flint talking after Mosbee frowns.

This is in both versions, but everyone is being pretty massive jerks to Mosbee for trying to help and even acting like they’re bummed they got him for backup in the first place. Yes, he messed up a little, but they’re just being assholes for no reason. All they said was ‘Help Genshi’ without context or direction, and it froze stuff, like it’s meant to do.

And, really, what Space-Time Monster did they want? Their options are kinda limited. It’s either Mosbee, the monster who can create ice, Jitterbug, who makes people dance uncontrollably, Eldora, who turns things to gold, or Talen, who has the power to transport people into storybooks.

So Flint flies overboard and Tony says “Whoa” in the most bored tone imaginable. Yeah, your friend is probably dead….Whoa. Tony must’ve been possessed by retro-Keanu Reeves for a second.

For the record, Tokio originally yelled out Genshi’s name in a very concerned tone and very loudly.

Name Change: Super Mosbee is changed to Mosbee Master.

The name plate for Super Mosbee is removed.

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Coconaut-Kon: “I’ll huff and puff and blow you away!”

Flint: “That is some bad breath!”

But…the wind isn’t his breath….???

They insert the same shot of Tony and Sarah after Columbus tells Flint to knock off Coconaut-Kon’s hat just to have Tony point out that it’s crazy to think that would work. See, Tony, this is really why you can’t be a time detective. The mark is on his hat….remove hat….remove mark.

Though, maybe he has a point because, despite the hat being removed from his head, it doesn’t change him back or pacify him. *shrug*

Why is Genshi beating the living hell out of Cocolon yelling for it to become nice again? Especially after he already got the hat off. Genshi is always about being nice to these monsters and using friendship to change them back, only fighting when he has to. Why is everyone being an asshole today?

Flint is technically a little better, but not by much. He’s yelling that he doesn’t want to hurt Coconaut, but he needs to stop the storm…so yeah, beat the hell out of him.

Okay, I have to ask, how potent is Putera’s memory erasing ability? Because, remember, Columbus met Cocolon when he was a young boy. In order for all of this to be erased…she’d have to basically erase his memories of everything up to that point, right?

Toki-G: “The important thing is a normal guy that did his best and did a fantastic job.”

Old Timer: “But Columbus is still recognized today for his courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.”

They insert some more shots of Old Timer to extend his scene.

Genshi’s mouth is moving way too fast for his snoring. The dub actually tries to match his breathing with the erratic animation and makes it sound like he’s hyperventilating in his sleep.

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Well…this was a thing. A very confusing and uncomfortable thing. I don’t blame the show runners for this storyline, they’re basically just parroting what they probably learned in school too, and keep in mind this show was made in 1998-99 (2000-01 in the dub) so it’s no shocker there, but still, to say this episode didn’t age well is a massive understatement.

Not but 24 hours ago (at the time of this writing; over the Fourth of July weekend) several statues of Columbus were destroyed by protesters. And while I don’t agree with destroying property like that (I think it’s much better to push through official channels to have these statues and other monuments and flags removed and either put into museums or stored away) I just think it’s a strange feeling, especially in the current state of things, knowing the real story behind Columbus in contrast to what I just watched and what I learned of Columbus when I was a kid.

I’m not sure if they still tell the same story about Columbus in elementary and middle schools as I was told when I was a kid, I’d hope it’s at least clear of the popular misconceptions (I don’t expect lower grades to be taught about the darker stuff) but it is interesting and kinda scary how much people can change a narrative for their own purposes and basically make an entire generation think a certain thing about certain people – whether for the better or worse.

I know this is a silly 90s cartoon about a time traveling detective caveman, and technically this is the point in time where he hadn’t done anything bad yet, but still – it perpetuates false information and paints the guy like he’s, at worst, slightly whiny and cowardly but still redeemed as a brave and strong captain who wound up doing great things in the end.

Did the guy have fierce determination to prove he could achieve his goal? Yes. He pretty much literally had a psychotic amount of determination to do so, basically near damning himself and his crew to death several times just to push on and see if he could find the mainland of Asia (Which is why he took so many repeat expeditions even though he was convinced until his dying days that he still reached the islands of Asia.)

Did he do a ‘fantastic job’? No. And only partly because the main point of his mission was never achieved.

He had very notable skills at sea, and he was known as being a very good navigator (Particularly a master of ‘Dead reckoning’) and admiral, but his crew was constantly either near or in mutiny and reported terrible things back to the king and queen when they returned to shore.

In between expeditions, he was stripped of his power as governor and viceroy of the newly claimed lands and was jailed in Spain because of his tyrannical ruling and vicious behavior to both natives and Spanish settlers. (Not the best first impression to someone sent to be a justice administrator to see gallows with several Spanish settlers hanging from them.)

Granted, he was released six weeks later and was still sent out on one last expedition shortly after, but he did get arrested for his actions.

You can also say Columbus had a bit of romanticism in him in regards to finding new beautiful lands, seeing animals and plants that he had never known before and working out this western route to Asia, but that’s tarnished by all of the other terrible things he talked about in his journals. Here’s a good example courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine;

“In almost the same breath, he described the Arawaks’ gentleness and innocence and then went on to assure the king and queen of Spain, “They have no arms and are all naked and without any knowledge of war, and very cowardly, so that a thousand of them would not face three. And they are also fitted to be ruled and to be set to work, to cultivate the land and to do all else that may be necessary, and you may build towns and teach them to go clothed and adopt our customs.””

And that they were “so full of love and without greed, and suitable for every purpose, that I assure your Highnesses that I believe there is no better land in the world, and they are always smiling.”

And lest we forget his intense fixation on finding lots of gold.

Technically he was also told to take dominion over whatever islands he discovered in his expedition, and he did that, so….mission accomplished there….but he even technically bungled that because Queen Isabella hated slavery and Columbus decided that a nice souvenir to bring back to Spain from his second outing was several hundred slaves. And when told by the queen to not enslave people anymore (and to treat the natives well), he still did it anyway because he found it was convenient.

Did his actions open the door for European colonization in the Americas? Yes, but 1) that very likely would’ve happened either way. With how things were progressing, the Americas would have been ‘discovered’ by Europeans very quickly anyway – it had, afterall, already been ‘discovered’ perhaps even more than once before Columbus. And 2) Whether or not that’s a truly good thing depends heavily on what lens you’re looking through.

Yes, we wouldn’t have the world/countries we have today if it wasn’t for that, but there were a lot of horrible things done to get to this point, both intentionally done (Everything I’ve already mentioned and more) and unintentionally (all the diseases brought here.)

Who really knows? The world may have been a better place if the Americas were ‘discovered’ and settled in a different manner, in a slightly different time by different people. It may also have been worse. We can’t really know for sure.

Even if you choose the rosier glasses, you still need to recognize that the guy did terrible things and was far from a hero who deserves his own holiday.

(Speaking of that, I read up a lot about Columbus for this post, but I recognize that I’m not a historian, this is a largely debated topic and I’m also a bit of an idiot, so if I got some stuff wrong here and you want to correct me about it, feel free to drop a comment down below and I’ll edit this post accordingly.)

But getting back on track for the episode as a whole, Cocolon is an interesting Space-Time Monster, and it was cool (pun not intended, but take it anyway. You’re welcome) that we got to see our first super transformation in Super Mosbee. He looks pretty cool in that form, and I look forward to more super transformations and utilizing the collected Space-Time Monsters in the future.

Tokio’s microscopic subplot is completely unresolved, though. He’s frustrated because his poor grades will probably keep him from becoming a Space-Time Detective, and at the end of the episode TP Lady (In her teacher disguise) is giving him a rough time in class and he’s still failing.

I’m still really confused about how Cocolon has fit into time for so long, and why it doesn’t affect Columbus to have what is certain to be years of memory erased, unless it’s just specifically memories of Cocolon which got erased.

Also, I don’t really understand how the story has worked if Cocolon was there the whole time. If, in the past, before they left, Cocolon was with Columbus the whole time, that means that at some point Cocolon did help Columbus find his way to the (long-ass) western sea route from Europe to Asia. Hm…Would they have even survived such a long voyage if they found the right way?

Well, this is an anime about time travel, so I guess we’re due to give Oda Nobunaga a visit with the debut of Tanegun!


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