The Big Picture: Found in Translation

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Lordofthesuplex:
Also Duel Masters was another case of an anime that went through the Pizza Cats treatment. Don't know all the details why that happened but basically over in Japan: typical Yu-Gi-Oh clone. Here in America? Dear god what a hilariously awesome gag dub that produced.

Fixed that for you. :D

More seriously, the dubbed Duel Masters actually ended up being really funny and entertaining both because of the bad dub, but also because they never explained anything (least of all the card game rules). When I first watched the series, I thought they were deliberately doing that as a spoof of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

I liked Inuyasha... Mainly because I didn't have to endure through it's english dub, although the latin american spanish dub was based upon the english dub, but overall, I liked it, though you could see miles away where they censored some stuff -_-'

And yes, I LOVED the Samurai Pizza Cats when I was a kid (they were named Los Gatos Samurai in my region), they were aired pretty much along with the Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles, so, it was a complete hour with samurai cats and ninja turtles!.

Inuyasha is one of those series where the manga is a lot better (and more nuanced) than the anime. Inuyasha: The Final Act captures a lot of that, mostly because it's the most directly translated manga-to-anime series I've ever seen.

Ah samurai pizza cats.. yes a very very funny show. Very enjoyable!

Meh, I don't really feel like looking through the rest of the comments to see if this was addressed, so I'll just ask: did you mean late 1980s in that first line? Seems like late 90s would make the anecdote a little after the fact.
Apologies for commenting on such a great video with a nitpick. Also, so far it seems like there's been greater preemptive backlash against the presumed reaction to the Inuyasha joke than there has been genuine backlash to the joke itself. The internet's a slippery place.

Im of the opinion that about 99% of all anime would work better as a parody. Its not that i don't like anime, its just that most of it sucks. But i do fund it fun to watch even when it dosen't work. Anime is fun to deconsutruct both for its Japanese tropes, their oddness out of a japanese context and some of its, how do i put this delicately.... Fucking shite stock characterisation.

It just lends itself to parody.

I am brazilian and I choosed o hear this show in english when I was young because of how much I liked the english voices in spite of not understanding all of it.

I loved watching this as a kid in South Africa!

I'll certianly pick up the dvd box set when it's out. :D

Bob, all is forgiven for having made that joke about Inuyasha. Probably make another set of fuck ups by the end of the month, but for now, good job.

DVS BSTrD:

Mangod:

DVS BSTrD:
That was a very informative episode Bob,
I never knew Inuyasha had a script.

Just because I'm morbidly curious, and never saw the show; what was so bad about it that Bob thinks it would've been improved by losing the script?

InuYasha!
Kagome!
InuYasha!
Kikyo!
InuYasha!
Kagome!
InuYasha!
Kikyo!
Shippo!
Miroku!
Sango!
Miroku!
Harold! Shrek! Fiona! Fiona! Mom! Harold! DONKEY!
SIT BOY!
*THUD*

Cut and paste for about twenty minutes and you've got an InuYasha episode.

is it wrong that I thought of this video when I read that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSRLITM-KTw

That's actually an interesting story. I'm probably one of the few people who never saw that series, but the story is kinda interesting. Especially that last bit about how the creators apparently thought it worked better as a spoof.

1nfinite_Cros5:
Lesson learned here from Bob: Abridging is the best thing to ever happen to anime.

Thank you, Little Kuriboh.

I was half surprised that Bob even knew about Abridging.

God, I love Little Kuriboh. Not just for his own series, but for his voice talent. His Frieza is spot on in DBZ Abridged and I love his Nylock in the new Tome series.
Suddenly wanna watch some Abridged series...

So Save our Samurai actually worked? We're getting our DVDs? THIS ladies and gents is why the world will end. Our (mine) long awaited dream will become fruitful, and the takeover by the SPC will continue where it left off! HUZZAH

i've never heard of ninja pizza cats and i'm glad i didnt grow up watching that crap, i enjoyed watcing masked rider when i was younger

This show seems ludicrous. I have no idea how to handle that. I still want to see it, but I have no idea why. Possibly as a drinking game.

Oh wow, I remember Samurai Pizza Cats...I used to watch it when I was a kid, along with Power Rangers, Dragonbal Z, Big Bad Beetleborgs... ah, the good old days...

I always remembered seeing an episode of this waaaaaay back when I was a kid, home sick from school. Since it was only on during a time of day when kids are supposed to be in school, no one else had seen it, so I was left to grow up as the vague memories of that one episode grew fainter and fainter...

Until it was referenced in an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged. Then I realized there were others who remembered it, and watched the whole series online. God bless you, internet.

The Samurai Pizza Cats is getting a DVD release?! Must... Have...

I have such fond memories of that series. I guess it goes to show that a muddled dub job isn't always a bad thing.

Captcha: namby-pamby

Hey! That isn't nice!

I do remember this from my childhood and i remember it to weird to understand, probably because of the mashup. But that it was this twisted, i didn't know, actually that's interesting. If i find it anywhere, i guess i'll give it a try again.

I'll be interested in this release. I remember watching SPC back in the day, and I really enjoyed it. And being able to see all of the episodes (not just the ones that made it to air) will be even better. I also like that Discotek is releasing the series subbed as I tend to prefer to watch subbed anime. I'm just wondering if they will be able to get the original dub cast for this show.

As for InuYasha. I am a huge fan of Takahashi Rumiko, but only up to a point. My favorites are Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku. I also liked One Pound Gospel. I watched some of Ranma 1/2, and I found myself saying "Meh" to the entire run. And I barely watched InuYasha. So either of Bob's statements on InuYasha would be correct for me.

Know what I'd like to see you do next, Bob? Voltron. Both the "GoLion" and "Vehicle Voltron" versions. Or some of the other really early Anime series like "Speed Racer" aka "Mach GoGoGo" in the original series (that's why the theme was "Go, Speed Racer"- Go was Speed's original Japanese name), G-Force/Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets/Eagle Riders (as well as the 1993 retooling that condensed the storyline into three episodes) and those abominations, 7-Zark-7 and his dog, 1-Rover-1 (both used to cover up how much violence had to be deleted from the original episodes). Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato, or Robotech. (Depending on which series, cobbled together from the Japanese series Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA). I tell you, Robotech was like Crack for new Anime Fans back in the day...

Not knowing anything about what they're localizing and turning out better products for it seems to be a theme of Saban.

Hitchmeister:
I'm sad. No one else is old enough to remember the glory days of USA's Night Flight and Dynaman. "We have WATCHES!"

It had disappeared from regular rotation by the time I found out about it. I only saw one episode of that, and laughed my tuckus off.

Happily, some of it appears to have been rescued to YouTube.

LordLundar:
is it wrong that I thought of this video when I read that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSRLITM-KTw

Never even heard of that before. Thanks for sharing.

I'm older than Bob and used to see Samurai Pizza Cats usually with a hangover on Saturday mornings. I was amazed at how over-the-top it was, and it soon became a weekend ritual for me. I always wondered about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; was the yellow ranger a guy in the Japanese version? She doesn't have a little skirt like the pink ranger, and she's pretty flat-chested...

Bob, I don't know if you read these, but this episode made me the happiest guy ever. I used to wake up at 4:30-5:00 in the morning when I was six just because it was the only time I could watch this show and now to see an "origins" episode of how it came to be was just amazing and completes the circle in some way. Thank you very much for your time and hard work! =)

I loved the pizza cats, I'll stab anyone who disagrees !

No one else was reminded of this when he played the opening theme of Pizza Cats?

I feel like that might have been done on purpose now.

Geekeric:
I'm older than Bob and used to see Samurai Pizza Cats usually with a hangover on Saturday mornings. I was amazed at how over-the-top it was, and it soon became a weekend ritual for me. I always wondered about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; was the yellow ranger a guy in the Japanese version? She doesn't have a little skirt like the pink ranger, and she's pretty flat-chested...

I looked at the Wikipedia entry for Zyuranger (the show that MMPR was based off of), and it featured four men and one woman. Hence why Yellow did not have a skirt. I know that the Japanese version has been fansubbed through TV Nihon. I'll have to give it a try.

DVS BSTrD:
That was a very informative episode Bob,
I never knew Inuyasha had a script.

They used the one for DBZ, they just flipped filtered it though a romance novel. Inuyasha is DBZ for chicks.

I loved this show when I was a kid, it was funny and ridiculous and starred cats (which I love). I will say that there are quite a few things that we got wrong from watching this show:

-We thought the big cheese was a woman
-We couldn't understand why no one could tell who the Pizza Cats were (they basically look the same in armor as out)
-We didn't get more than half the puns.

I tried to watch the original series (I understand enough Japanese to watch most anime) but I found it rather dull except the intro which is totally ridiculous and I can see why they made a new one for the US release.

Thanks Bob for reminding me why I liked this show so much.

America managed to make the WTF factor of Japanese anime funny?

*hears it was in the 1990's*

Ah... that would explain it!

DVS BSTrD:

InuYasha!
Kagome!
InuYasha!
Kikyo!
InuYasha!
Kagome!
InuYasha!
Kikyo!
Shippo!
Miroku!
Sango!
Miroku!
Harold! Shrek! Fiona! Fiona! Mom! Harold! DONKEY!

Rocky!
Janet!
Brad!
John!
Yoko!
Plankton!
Krabs!
Sponegbob!
Bueller!
Skinner!
WILSON!
Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!

Ah, that never gets old.

Inuyasha wasn't that bad, but after a point, the main plot could more or less be summarized like this:

artanis_neravar:
Ok now I feel that I can ask, how is Turn A? I'm waiting for the dub before I watch it

Haven't you heard? Bandai Entertainment went under, so I don't think we're ever getting an official Turn A Dub. I want to cry :'(

What sets this apart is the unique (I want to say "Victorian-era", but I could be wrong) setting. Almost every single character, minor or major, looks unique and has a distinct style (as opposed to Gundam Wing, which had every non-main character redefine "generic" in the worst way possible), and the soundtrack is just amazing...so far. I'm currently watching it, and I'm at ep 8 right now, but I am VERY impressed. I actually heard it's not as dire and bleak compared to other shows, so if you liked Zeta, or Victory Gundam because of it, you might be in for a bit of disappointment. But otherwise it's a VERY different, original, and entertaining take on the Gundam franchise, and not in a bullshit "toning down violence and mature themes in order to attract new fans of the series" way, like Gundam AGE.

animehermit:

Grenge Di Origin:

Z- Sure, why not?

Zeta is the best Gundam's ever been. There have been many who have tried to emulate it, but none of succeeded.

Really? That's a pretty big claim to make. I mean, yeah, I've recently begun watching it on Crunchyroll and it's looking pretty good so far, but why do you think Zeta is the best? I'm interested to hear your input.

Also, what's your opinion of ZZ, if you saw it? I... only watched the first episode, and wanted to complete Zeta before going on to ZZ.

OMG
i didn't even remember samurai pizza kids till 6 minutes ago but this was one of favorite shows as a kid. I frequently got into serious trouble because i got up early on Saturday mornings to watch it and my parents had a very strict"no TV" policy

I imagine I'm not the only person in these comments who is impatiently waiting for TeamFourStar to post episode 28 of DBZ Abridged already. They do such amazing work with their version to the point in many ways its better than the real english dub which is probably due to TFS cutting out tonnes and tonnes of the pointless filler bs so many big anime are known for.

As for Pizza Cats I recall only ever watching a handful of episode, didn't get huge in to anime until the latter half of the 90s myself when I discovered all the fantastic mature stuff lol.

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