It is now day four of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.
#4: Biggest Difference Between a Dubbed and Subbed Anime
While its true that this is a pretty obvious pick, it nonetheless is the one that I think most contrasts between its two versions. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the Japanese version of the show, a lot of “Cowboy Bebop’s” stylistic elements make it a much more western oriented series, even down to the title, which is a reference to a very specific image of a rugged lifestyle lived by some Americans in the late 1800s.
This more western oriented feel also was not an accident. Between the many shows he directed, including others such as “Samurai Champloo,” and even more recently “Carole and Tuesday,” Shinichiro Watanabe has always had his eyes on a more western audience.
What anime do you think has the biggest difference in its sub and dub version? Let me know in the comments.
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We are back again this week to talk about some anime-related news. Nothing super exciting like last week, which you can read here, but Fairytail fans should be excited if you have not been in the loop. With that being said, let’s get started.
Details on Fairytail Sequel Manga and Anime Cast
A couple of important pieces of Fairytail new were revealed this week. The first of which are new details on the Fairytail manga sequel that was announced last week. The manga will be supervised, not written by, Hiro Mashima, and the story will apparently focus on the guild after the end of the original manga. In other words, it looks like this is going to be a direct sequel.
The second piece of news concerns the status of the cast for the Fairytail anime. Among those who have listed their return are Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu, Aya Hirano as Lucy, Rie Kugimiya as Happy, Yuichi Nakamura as Gray and Sayaka Ohara as Erza. A-1 Pictures will be returning to produce the series, and Shinji Ichihara will reprise his role as director.
The Fairytail manga is one that I have always wanted to get around to reading but have never had the time. If I ever do though, I am really glad that there will be a sequel waiting for me as well. As for the anime, I am always excited for more Fairytail. I know that it is not exactly one of the best Shonen series out there, but I am kind of biased because I grew up with it.
Anime Film Maquia Comes to North America
About a month ago it was announced that P.A. Works would be debuting a new anime film named Maquia, the story of a girl whose family and home are destroyed and has to escape in order to start a new life. It has now been announced that the company Eleven Arts will be licensing and screening the film in North America. It was reported that the film will be screened in multiple theatres on July 20th.
I was genuinely interested in this film as soon as I saw it, and now that it is coming to theatres, I will be eagerly waiting to buy my tickets. Actually, more anime films coming to theatres, in general, is good, because it means western audiences can have the opportunity to enjoy anime in a format that we only usually reserve for blockbuster releases.
Cowboy Bebop’s Anniversary: A Special
Unfortunately, I missed this story from last week because I was not paying attention, so I thought I would make up for it now. Last week, on April 3, Cowboy Bebop hit its 20th anniversary, originally airing on April 3rd, 1998, produced by Studio Sunrise.
Full disclosure: I have only seen 4 episode of the show, and I probably will not end up finishing it for a while. I wanted to take the time to make a comment because I think it is important to celebrate milestones like this. Anime has been a niche community for most of its existence and is only now getting mainstream recognition from mainstream culture. If we don’t celebrate important pieces of art in the anime community, then people will not know what makes it so special to begin with.
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Jazz is a genre not often represented in the music scene, even in its home of America. Granted, this is likely because of its declining popularity since its inception in the 1920’s, and that goes double for anime. There are occasional gems like the recent “Kids on the Slope,” but it is not prominent in the music landscape. It is a shame too because at the top of the genre’s musical givings are song’s like Tank. Welcome to Opening of the Week, where this week we’ll be looking at one of Yoko Kanno’s greatest musical accomplishments: Tank.
Cowboy Bebop hosts a diverse range of musical genres, but being one of the first songs you hear from the show’s soundtrack, Tank certainly leaves an impression that not many other songs do. The song opens with a voice saying “I think it’s time to blow this popsicle stand. Alright, one two three let’s jam!” Immediately the song goes from sounding like the opening of a spy movie to full-blown Jazz explosion.
Although, I guess you could say that most of the song after the initial build-up sounds like the soundtrack for a classic Bond movie, but this song sounds a lot better.
How do you guys feel about the opening? Is it a favorite of yours? Don’t really care for it? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!
While anime may be one of my favorite pastimes, I have yet to properly the explore the medium’s history to any significant degree. Sure, I’ve seen Akira, but that’s about as far as my jump back through time goes. Honestly, it kind of makes me feel like I am missing out on a lot, so I have been trying to rectify that little by little, and this marks one of my biggest steps so far: Cowboy Bebop.
Bebop that exists in a lot of people’s mind as the pinnacle of anime, and I can now definitely see why. The first episode was a well-paced thrill ride that got me invested right from the beginning with a scene from Spikes past that will likely be addressed later.
After listening to/seeing one of the best anime openings of all time, and yes you can quote me on that, we are introduced to life on the Bebop with Spike and Jet. You can tell immediately based on the roughed up look of the ship and by the fact that Jet cooks Bell Peppers and Beef with no beef that they are flatly broke. The two work as bounty hunters, finding targets and collecting the money afterward.
The first episode has them going after Asimov Solensan, a man who works selling a dangerous drug called bloody-eye which heightens a person’s senses. The drug is exceptionally hard to make and is worth millions of dollars. While searching for the man, Spike runs into his girlfriend Katerina, and she explains that she wants to get to Mars in order to find a good life. Spike explains that he was born on Mars, and also tells her that its only good if you’re rich. The conversation establishes that she isn’t really the bad guy in all of this and that Asimov is actually kind of insane, as evidenced by the fact that he tries to choke out Spike.
The three of them meet again when Spike reveals that he stole a vile of bloody eye when they last met. Asimov and Spike for a bit before the police show up, to which Asimov responds by running away with Katerina. Spike chases the two in his ship, following them to exit of the planet. Katerina realizes that Asimov has become insane and that she likely isn’t ever going to get to Mars, so she proceeds to Asimov in the head. a barrage of bullets gets fired at their ship from a blockade in front of them, destroying the ship and leaving Katerina to fall to her death.
As far as a first episode goes, I was impressed. The shows animation holds up very well, even compared to shows that are coming out now in the age of digital animation. This even more impressive when you realize that Cowboy Bebop was one of the last anime to use Cell animation, as in totally hand-drawn frames.
The music is another one of the show’s high points, and boy did it deliver. Yoko Kanno not only manages to bring a diversity to the sound and tone of her composition but also manages to make each of her songs sound incredibly good on their own. Tank, the show’s opening theme, is a prime example of this. Its fast pace jazz sound gives the feeling that the show you are about to watch is anything but calm. This has truly been an amazing beginning to a journey back in time, and I can’t wait to finish the rest of it.
What do you guys think of Cowboy Bebop? Love it? Hate it? Overrated? Underappreciated? Let me know in the comments. By for now, Friendos!