Plot: In 6th century England, the kids search for Leafy – a Space-Time Monster with the power to control plant life. Along the way, they meet the child version of the legendary King Arthur who, surprisingly, has a severe issue with self-confidence.
In the original, the game they’re playing is called Dragon Fantasy VI, which looks to be a spoof of Final Fantasy. In the dub, it just says “Dragon Game.” Hey, guys, are you pumped for Dragon Game? Coming out on the Game Console? I heard they’re filming the adaptation Dragon Movie soon. It’s gonna be awesome!
Tokio said he was about to beat the dragon and complete stage two. In the dub, he says all he had to do was reach level five and defeat the dragon to become a knight of the round table.
Genshi asks what a hero is. In the dub, Flint mistakes “knight” for “night.”…..You’re telling me, Flint, the kid who has a disturbing addiction to food and brings it up constantly focused more on “knight” than the mention of a table? Character development or the writers missing an obvious joke? You decide.
Genshi just says he wants to be a hero too. In the dub, he says he wants to be a knight of the “brown” table.
I don’t understand the shot orientation of this next sequence. They get a call from Rei while they’re in this playroom and display the video call as if it’s in the same room. However, the wall they’re looking at was clearly entirely blank a minute ago, so it can’t be in the room. And the next part of the scene, they’re walking into the normal video call area where the call is continuing. This is the same way in both the original and the dub. It’s strange.
A shot of Jillian is inserted before the shot of Leafy.
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Title Change: Leafy’s Magical Forest is changed to Leafy.
For some reason, they cut out a shot of the flowers and cover up the edit with a transition.
As I mentioned in the previous review, today’s episode is about King Arthur – someone who most likely never existed. Historians have been debating for centuries whether the character of legend was based off of a real person. The best assumption debating for his existence references to an Arthur who lead a Welsh resistance prior to the sixth century. The issue here is that the earliest references to him are believed to have been from a work of poetry or otherwise an exaggerated and fantasized version of a real event or even, to a certain extent, political and religious propaganda. There are some other indications of at least someone named Arthur being involved in battles in the 500s, but no indication that he was a king or any other particularly important or impressive figure.
Obviously, the most notable story of Arthur is the mythical tale written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in History of the Kings of Britain. The story has withstood the test of time, being one of the most well-known ancient tales from around the world and earning many re-tellings, additions, reimaginings and adaptations. In fact, it was the second most popular book in the Middle Ages with the first being the Bible. However, even this tale has been criticized for pushing a political agenda.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you can read it here, but the main idea is that Arthur was a result of a rape, then he was kidnapped as a baby and raised by a wizard named Merlin. The wizard designated a round table in which 150 knights would attend, headed by Arthur’s father, Uther. But after Uther’s death, the knights would be lost as to who would lead them and head the round table.
Merlin declared that whomever pulled a mystical sword, named Excalibur, from a stone would take Uther’s place. Over the years, many tried to free the sword, but they all failed. Until, however, Arthur came along and yanked it out, not even realizing the prophecy he fulfilled. He then became a powerful, legendary and brave king who was the subject of many incredible stories and romances known as Arthurian legends.
Reportedly, Geoffrey got his inspiration from a book about ancient Welsh history, but no title was given, and no history book containing details of any heroic Arthur have ever been found.
Personally, I’m open to the idea that some heroic figure named Arthur existed and his story was blown massively out of proportion almost immediately. However, I can’t buy that he was a king or even anyone of very significant position otherwise there would be more sources available about his exploits.
It’s great that this tale has been so inspiring and interesting to people – It’s certainly captivating no matter what version you’re reading or watching – but at the end of the day, it’s just fiction. Even if it’s revealed that the character was definitely based on a person they can verify, that person won’t be anywhere near the King Arthur figure people have painted in their minds, and maybe it’s better that way.
But none of this really matters because, before we ever see Arthur in this episode, we know what version of events they’re going for. One of the first things they see when they come out of the portal is a sword in a stone….
So either the writers truly believe the legends are real or they’re dropping any pretense that this is any form of actual educational-ish program based on real history. I’m going to bet the latter.
Either that or they’re just bad at finding legitimate historical events and people to talk about and explore, which, given we’re only on episode 25 with several episodes not even focusing on a historical event or person, that’s pretty sad.
They repeat a shot of Sora talking to extend the scene before the first commercial a little bit.
Tokio just points out, again, that it’s insane Genshi was able to pull the sword from the stone. In the dub, he feels so bad for the people of the village that he wonders if they should just reveal that Flint can pull the sword out and become king to help them. Sora adds that they would have been in deep trouble if the old man (….Is that meant to be Merlin?) had seen Genshi pull out the sword. Sarah says they might reconsider Flint as king once they see how much he eats.
Also…..I don’t know why this is, but the shot is flipped.
Originally, the old man knows Arthur and calls out to him by name when he runs off. In the dub, he doesn’t know him.
How is it possible Arthur knows about the sword in the stone but he’s unaware of the legend of the sword in the stone?
Originally, TP Lady says the castle is a symbol of her love for the Masked Man. In the dub, she says she was worried he’d think it was a bit too froo froo, and they could put up a dartboard or some wood paneling in the den for “that boy look.”
So, yeah, they confirm that King Arthur actually existed and was some legendary hero, not that he was a (possibly mostly) fictional character. Ya know, there’s a difference between not being very educational and teaching kids that fictional stories are real history. I guess there’s no real harm in it for this circumstance, but it’s still really irresponsible to do that to kids.
There’s a short plotline in Kodocha where a little girl believes she can hatch a real chick from a store bought egg. Sana decides to covertly switch her egg with a real chick to make the kid happy, but Akito points out that, while she thinks she’s doing something nice, she’s setting the kid up for a possibly huge embarrassing moment in the future. At some point in her life, that kid is going to learn that you can’t hatch a chick from a store bought egg. Before that happens, she may share her belief with others who know better. Then they’ll make fun of her for such a silly belief, she’ll feel really embarrassed and dumb, she might be upset that Sana lied to and tricked her, and it will negate Sana’s seemingly nice act.
Acting as if the story of King Arthur is historical fact in a supposedly edutainment series is basically the same thing. You’re reinforcing false beliefs in little kids that may make them feel foolish in the future.
This kinda confuses me too, because if they were willing to explore more fictional stories, why the actual hell did they talk about the REAL story of the MASS MURDERER Vlad the Impaler? And they have a Space-Time Monster who can send them into fictional stories, so if they wanted to do a King Arthur story, they could have done it that way. But nope. Just claim Arthurian legends are fact. Whatever.
To make matters worse, they kinda ruined Arthur’s story. Since Genshi yanked the sword from the stone and just placed it back in, literally anyone could have walked over, pulled it out and acted as the chosen one. I know Genshi has super caveman strength, but that’s a magical sword that had a spell placed on it. He still shouldn’t have been unable to free it…..unless they ARE saying Genshi is the chosen one, in which case I don’t know what to think.
Arthur explains that the area beyond the waterfall was a popular spot for children to play in until “that witch” came to town. In the dub, he explains that Leafy is a kind and brave soul that he wanted to be friends with.
What exactly did Leafy do to those kids? Did it legitimately make plants grow OUT of them? Because that’s pretty horrifying…….But if it was just flowers appearing ON them, then it’s weird they’d just run off in horror like that.
Arthur originally says he understands Leafy’s name is….well….Leafy. In the dub, since Leafy can talk and introduce himself, Arthur says he understands that Leafy has the power to grow plants and flowers.
Speaking of Leafy’s power, how exactly is the power to grow plants and flowers helpful in maintaining the time stream, considering that was its main intention was?
This is minor, but in the original, Tokio kinda implies that he’s not understanding who the witch in Arthur’s story is, and Sora responds in an annoyed tone with irritation in her expression that, obviously, it’s TP Lady. In the dub, Tony clearly knows who this witch is, saying “Are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?” I guess the expression on Sarah’s face still works here because she’s annoyed by Petra Fina, but still.
Putera yells out for help, and Tokio says he doesn’t want to die. In the dub, Pterry says he can’t swim, and Tony says it doesn’t matter because they’ll get smashed on the rocks anyway. Jeez, Saban. What the hell?
Ammon says manual labor doesn’t suit Kyoichiro. In the dub, she tells him he did a great job and she didn’t take him for the swashbuckling type.
Sora tells Arthur that he’ll get stronger from this point forth. In the dub, she says Flint does stuff like that all time, in regards to saving them from the waterfall. Sarah, it’s really not helpful to tell someone who feels inferior to another that they do the super impressive heroic stuff all the time.
That WORKS? Wow, Arthur, you sure are easy to convince. “I’m not strong. :(“ “Well, you’ll be strong and save Leafy and save the village and be a hero.” “You’re right! Let’s go!” I’m not even really paraphrasing there, I swear.
The action selection box is translated.
The two following dialogue boxes are also translated.
Tokio’s not saying anything as we see the animation of his character finding the waterfall. In the dub…it’s really weird. They have Tony say that he left his character by a waterfall, went to make a sandwich, came back and there was a passageway opened…..Even though the animation clearly shows him using “search” on the waterfall. So what, did a ghost possess Tony’s game while he was gone?
Tony: “Man, I’m good at that game!” Yeah, you found a secret passageway in that game by doing literally nothing. Such skills.
How did they get Ridon back? They just went down a huge waterfall, and they have no means of calling it to them.
Name Plate removed.
Name Change: Waruryu is changed to Leafy-Kon.
What kind of sense does it make for a plant Space-Time Monster to turn into a dragon besides adding a dragon to the King Arthur/Fantasy medieval motif? Especially since it has fire breath and fire and plants don’t mix.
Genshi says TP Lady will pay for this. Flint says Leafy-Kon’s breath is worse that his attitude.
Waruryu’s body is harder than diamonds?….Why? Again, it’s a plant-based monster. What kind of logic, if any, goes into these monsters’ powers half the time?
Also, if his body is that hard, shouldn’t he be unable to move?
So….did Yamato send a monster egg without being told they needed one?
Name Plate removed.
Name Change: Super Raldo is changed to Raldo Master.
Super Raldo FREEZES THINGS? What kind of sense does THAT make? He’s a frickin’ turtle who sucks things up into his shell prison.
Also, isn’t that stealing Mosbee’s shtick?
I thought for a bit that maybe they were trying to still keep to a semi-realistic Arthur story. That maybe the sword was just a sword and it was just stuck in a rock somehow. And that everything else was just exaggerated.
Excalibur is magical now, glowing and blocking dragon fire and everything, so I guess that throws that theory in the trash.
I love how Leafy and Arthur knew each other for all of literally 30 seconds, and they flashback to their moments together like they were longtime pals.
The dialogue from the clips shown in the dub is not the same as the clips from earlier. I dunno if they just didn’t bother to check or if they did that on purpose to create the illusion that they spent more time together than we saw.
TP Lady says, as her flower castle crumbles, that the life of a flower is brief, but next time the flower of a woman will bloom. Then I think Dyna yells “A flowery runway!” while Mite adds “Here’s where we take our “leave.” which I think is meant to be a leaf pun. In the dub, Flint says all the evil is crumbling, causing Mite to ask “Did he say “crumbling”?” as the flower castle falls. Petra yells in frustration, and Dino says next time they should make the castle out of brick. Then Petra asks if he thinks they’re the three little pigs before going through the portal.
Is the dub saying Petra Fina is the one responsible for the toppled pillars at Stonehenge?
Oh right, yeah, they did bring up Stonehenge quite briefly at the start of the episode, so there’s your ‘actual’ history tidbit of the episode….one that’s still ruined because they never actually talked about it, I barely noticed it was there, and now they’re saying Petra Fina knocked over some of the pillars. I mean, if we’re being fair, we don’t exactly why the pillars were knocked down. We know some of them were knocked over by fierce wind storms and erosion, but other than that we can only theorize.
The two strongest theories behind some of the pillars being felled is that they were toppled on purpose for some reason by the ancient people who built Stonehenge and that nearby construction and human activity knocked them over by accident.
For the record, the original just said TP Lady ruined the flower field.
Why does this matter? No idea. I know that Arthur said this spot was popular for the flowers, but there are no flowers whatsoever in modern day Stonehenge. Maybe some, but hardly a flower field. It’s mostly just a grass field as far as the eye can see.
Speaking of topography, guess what else isn’t at Stonehenge? A river and/or waterfall. The River Avon is closest to Stonehenge, but you still can’t even see it from there. It’s a good mile or two from it. And, as far as I know, there are no large waterfalls in it.
Admittedly, that’s really nitpicky, but it was such a significant portion of the story that I felt I should mention it.
Putera says this is the true power of Leafy. In the dub, he says Leafy’s powers would be useful for sprucing up Goodman’s lab.
This is another perfect example of the weird confusing nature of how this show really works. Arthur only became a hero because of the example Genshi and the others gave in regards to bravery and friendship. He also learned to overcome his fears and fight for himself and others by saving Leafy….but then they erase his memory anyway, so shouldn’t he be back to being timid and meek? Or are they saying character development sticks even if you don’t remember actually developing?
Arthur talks about working together with the kingdom to help improve everything. Tokio says he might be able to be a hero too, but his friends shut him down and tell him Arthur’s the real hero, which is pretty rude. In the dub, Arthur says he has a lot to learn about being a king, but he thinks he’s found something within himself that will help him to heal the land. The others tell Arthur that he’ll be a great king as long as he remembers to be nice to the people, and Flint tells him to let them eat cake, which….why does Flint know that reference? He doesn’t know some of the most basic things ever, but he remembers a quote from Marie-Antoinette and also remembers it’s connected to royalty? Is it just because it mentions cake?
As if the dub didn’t abandon the message of working together already, they make it worse in the next sequence. We see Toki G watching the events and explaining that the legend of King Arthur was retained, and he did indeed work together with the kingdom and Knights of the Round Table to restore it back to its former glory. In the dub, Old Timer only praises Flint for a job well done in saving Leafy and getting Arthur back on track.
Yamato says he loves Rei, while Goodman says she smells as nice as the morning jasmine.
I like the idea of going through a King Arthur story, because it is such a classic tale that just tends to be fun and inspiring, but not only does this story not belong in a show that is trying to explore actual historical events or people, at least to a basic extent, but this interpretation was just poorly executed in general.
First of all, it’s very unclear whether Arthur even was actually the chosen one here. Like I said, since Genshi freed the sword and only gently placed it back in the hole, probably anyone could have pulled it out after that. I realize I just made a lot of accidental innuendos, but let’s move on.
Why was Genshi even able to free the sword? I realize that Genshi is ridiculously strong, on a superhuman level, but Excalibur is a magic sword. I don’t really believe that Genshi, this cave child, is capable of being so physically strong that he can forcibly weasel around whatever spell is on the sword and just free it anyway despite not being the chosen one. I could believe he’d be able to smash the rock, but I’d still feel like a part of the rock would stay on there to uphold the legend. Is the show implying that Genshi was just THAT strong or he really was the chosen one and just let Arthur take his place?
Was that old man at the beginning Merlin? It really seemed like that was the idea, but he’s never referred to as Merlin, and, besides having a weird staff and wearing a hooded robe, he doesn’t seem to be a wizard.
Having Raldo show back up and become his Super form was cool, but his powers are confusing to me, he wound up being similarly as cowardly as Arthur after being attacked once and then kinda took the thunder away from Arthur in the final battle.
Not to mention that it’s a teeny bit frustrating that Raldo’s backstory with TP Lady really doesn’t seem to matter in the end. Raldo doesn’t mention her, and TP Lady doesn’t recognize him as an old friend. Even though her memory of their friendship was erased back then, she still watched it unfold from the outside and has those memories. You’d think it might mean something to her, but no. They’re basically strangers now, I suppose.
The actual story itself wasn’t even interesting. You have Arthur who has no other backstory besides that he was a wimp who got bullied and was then saved by a creature who summons flowers. The group all nearly dies going over a waterfall, but then they’re saved by Kyoichiro, whom they never see again, and Genshi. They confront TP Lady and Leafy, who, for no other reason besides fantasy aesthetic, turns into a fire-breathing dragon whose body is hard as diamonds. Then Arthur gathers the bravery to wield Excalibur to save his friend by watching Genshi be heroic, but even Excalibur isn’t enough and he still needs Super Raldo to come in at the end for an assist in the final blow?
The structure is also strange. The beginning of the episode really teases that this will be a story about Tokio learning what it means to be a hero and maybe becoming one himself in the end somehow, but instead Tokio’s basically a non-factor. The focus is almost entirely on Genshi being a hero and Arthur learning what it is to be a hero through him. Then they all insult Tokio in the end (in the original anyway) by saying he could never be a hero.
They didn’t even hit the historical figure and the Space-Time Monster friendship aspect right. I wasn’t exaggerating – they were literally friends for like 30 seconds before TP Lady attacked. Sure, Leafy saved him from bullies, but that’s about it. They didn’t bond beyond that.
It’s a massive mess, especially for a tale so simple as King Arthur’s origins. I don’t want even talk about the completely lazy way they stapled Stonehenge onto this to act as if it was legitimately historical if we didn’t buy the Arthur stuff.
Next time, we meet the Space-Time Monster, Bouzan, in Heian era Japan, and learn about the warrior, Benkei.
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