A Wild 4Kids Employee Appears!

I fully admit that I snagged this link from a comment on the Toonzaki facebook page, but it’s an interesting read. A 4Kids employee (a member of the music department) started a Reddit thread to answer any question that could be thrown at them. Many of the top-voted questions relate to the Americanization of anime, and how little say 4Kids themselves have in what gets changed. It’s the networks (The CW, in this case) that have control over Standards and Practices.

It’s also an uncomfortable little reminder that every time someone yells, “Down with 4Kids!” this dude and his coworkers, who have no control over what they change, stare unemployment in the face. 8|

IAmA 4Kids Entertainment/Productions Employee. AMA!

(well, no, not me. That’s the title of the thread)

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Zexal name puns: Tokunosuke Omoteura

It’s the Omoteura part (I dunno, maybe there’s a pun in Tokunosuke too, but I can barely even remember how to spell that).

“Ura” is his catchphrase, and it means something like “the opposite side” or “bottom”, which y’know, fits with his whole “there’s a flip side to everything” thing. Pick that out of Omoteura and you’re left with “omote”. Ever heard a fan refer to Yugi or regular Bakura as Omote Yugi or Omote Bakura? Omote means something like “top side”.

This is also reflected in the charcters in his name. If you plug 表裏 into jisho it’ll say that they’re read “hyouri”, but that means the same thing as the broken apart Omote-Ura: two sides.

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Overall (in all the flurry of activity of 4Kids releasing Zexal in English on October 15, I feel like the only person on earth who isn’t opposed to name changes for the characters. It only makes me sad when you lose puns like this (I can’t even think of a good English version of this, so it’s not like this is a post to solve the thing I hate or anything constructive like that).

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I don’t think Yugi is quite as “I don’t want to hurt anyone!” as we give him credit for. This takes place two issues after Death-T, so Yugi is perfectly aware of what his other self is capable of.

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DM Episodes 12.5 & 13: Yami Bakura, the Things in Common

pre-post note: I’ll be calling regular Bakura “Bakura” here [BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE IN CANON CALLS HIM *RAEG*] and the Spirit of the Millennium Ring “Yami Bakura”.

tl;dr episode summary follows. I’m trying to boil down the critical similarities, but the next entry I’ll pick apart the differences and how they’re relevant.

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Out-Of-Context Manga Dialogue Saturday

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This sequence looks like it should be a Ghost-type move in Pokemon.

BAKURA used CRUSHING YOUR FUCKING HEAD WITH A GHOST ARM.

It’s super effective!

ATEM flinched!

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“The Super-Long Interview with Kazuki Takahashi-sensei” part 2, translation by shinhoroko

The second part of shinhoroko’s translation of part of The Gospel of Truth. Part 1 can be found here (or here).

Just Who in the World is Pegasus?
–What role does Pegasus serve?

After getting the Millennium Eye in Egypt, Pegasus spontaneously decided to make the cards. The card game gained reputation in America, and, through a joint business venture with Kaiba Corporation, converted their monsters for Solid Vision. But, it seemed that Pegasus’ own goals involved taking over the Kaiba Corporation. He wanted the technical strength of the Kaiba Corporation to revive his lost lover, Cyndia.

However, the Millennium Items have always had a quality to attract to one another. Pegasus, guided by that quality, resurrected the cards that would prompt the Items to assemble. This was, rather than the Millennium Eye giving him a revelation, he had been brainwashed washed by the Millennium Eye. It’s also possible to think that, in the end, the cards were created by him, or, that, they were made to be made by the Millennium Eye. Since he was originally good at painting, he may have been chosen by the Millennium Eye.

And, having created one world and gathered the Millennium Items, he ends up dying, his role being finished. “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” fundamentally, also has elements with a “death”-based theme.

Search for “Only One”!!
–Please tell us about Yu-Gi-Oh’s theme.

“Yu-Gi-Oh!’s” fundamental theme, aside from the triad of “friendship,” “death,” and “love,” also includes the keyword “independence.” I would like all my readers to have something–one thing–that they’ll rise above others to.

For example, even though the card game takes center stage in the story, I would hope you all make friends and form a friendly rivalry with one another. And while doing so, I hope you all find something unique to yourself–your ‘only one.’ I may present only the card game aspect during the story to everyone, but I’m glad that it could be provided as an opportunity for communication to allow everyone to meet one another and explore new possibilities. By fighting through cards, I wish you could all learn about people and build good relationships.

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4Kids to release English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal in 2012

It looks like 4kids plans to deal with that “naked blue man” problem by making him glow really brightly? As long as they don’t try to scribble clothes onto him I’m alright with it.

(not that I plan to watch in English anyway *snob*)

(Zexal and DM downloads page to be updated imminently)

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DM Episodes 11&12: Jonouchi-haaaaaaaaaaaaan

Dinosaur Ryuuzaki is a man after Mako Tsunami's heart

How does I blogged again?

I won’t cover the minutiae of the differences between the duels in the manga and anime, because it’s Duelist Kingdom; the definitions of “turn” and “monster” and “card” are all kind of fluid here. Most notably, the anime brings in the two Barbarians who make each other stronger in to represent Honda and Jonouchi, which is a nice thing.

Here’s another difference: anime!Jonouchi’s friends are enormous jerks. Pretty sure the only thing they do during episode 11 are shout words of discouragement. Or run away to care about the emotional situation of one of the other friends (who is also an enormous jerk). In the manga, they at least confine their doubts to a single panel, then happily reverse their opinions once Yugi expresses confidence in him by switching back to normal.

Good friends:

Bad friends:

In other news, it’s a little weird that the anime suggests that Jonouchi never wanted Honda to help him out when beating up on gangs before they met Yugi (I didn’t even know that that scene existed in the anime. ‘Swhat I get for never watching Duelist Kingdom). In the manga he’s always happy to have Honda helping him kick ass, and the “I do shit alone” line sounds like something that’d come out of Kaiba’s mouth (an YGO axiom: Jonouchi is always the opposite of Kaiba). But I guess the anime is a universe where Hirutani doesn’t exist, so it’s instead proposing Jonouchi as a loner thug in his younger years? I guess that works. Eh?

One other thing to note from this duel:

yeah we'll just chill and have a conversation in our head like it's nbd

Um. So apparently they can talk to each other before the duel with Pegasus. Not necessarily inconsistent with Yugi not being able to get Yami to hear him, because Yami initiates this conversation, but um…

Ok maybe I’m just weirdly fixated on this because I am an ex-puzzleshipper and I used to think this was like really important. :|

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Cracking the Code: Astral’s Language

Astral’s language is so cool, man. Cause it’s like, these weird symbols and stuff. And there’s like, arrows and shit.

Or not.

Cause the thing is, Astral’s native tongue wouldn’t cause madness in those who heard a single syllable. The Numbers cards are not the Voynich manuscript.

It’s Japanese. Continue reading

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