June 27, 2007

*snicker*

Bumper Sticker seen on the way to dinner this evening:

"If Only Life Was As Simple As Evangelion"

Oh my aching head...

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June 24, 2007

Um... Mr Ani-nouto?

Ani-nouto starts to get the dry heaves from this line in Lucky Star, ep 11:
...eating taiyaki?

There are some girls out there who'd like to have a talk with you, I think...
Gunslinger Girls, to be exact...

(note: the reference is actually to Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu, a short-run TV drama from 1982, that took place in Asakusa... which is where Konata ended up when she fell asleep on the train... and has NOTHING to do with Nazis, by the way.)

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June 21, 2007

Adventures In Fansubbing

A few days ago, I was discussing with Ph.Duck the whole concept of fansubs. As a translator (one of the very few people in the world who understands a language called 'Marathi' well enough to translate poetry from it into English), he understands the difficulties involved... but he didn't quite grasp why people did it. "It's just TV shows, right?"

TV shows, movies, manga, books... you name it. "But why do they do it?"

Near as I can figure, fansubbers do their thing mainly because they enjoy it. They're improving their grasp on a difficult language, and in the process spreading the artform that is anime to those of us who have problems with languages (or just don't want to bother to learn). Further, they know there's an audience out there for what they're doing. They must get some sense of pride that, say, Rocket Girls is becoming a hit amongst a certain group of fans... a cult hit, to be sure, but nevertheless a hit.

In my theatre days, what I did would be analogous to that of the fansubber's role. I was a lighting designer. Everybody saw my work... indeed, my work could have a pivotal role on the success or failure of a show (lighting designers have a saying: "Fsck with me, and you act in the dark.")

But the audience never knew my name. Like an umpire in baseball, I was most successful when people didn't even notice the job I did. Only once out of nearly 200 shows was I ever brought out on stage after a production for a round of applause (a high school production of Dracula; I was a guest designer, and even my crippled ego at the time recognized that the design I came up with was pretty darn good. That production wound up being invited to the All-State High School Theatre Festival, one of just six plays from the entire state to have that honor. It's no stretch to say that it was, far and away, the best there, too.)... and I got a standing ovation. But that production was as flashy as a Pink Floyd concert; the word 'melodrama' was invented just for shows like that one, and the lighting was supposed to be noticed.

I digress. My point is, the individual fansubber doesn't usually get noticed, either. Yes, there are groups that are known for the quality of work they do; AFK and Eclipse leap to mind, for example. But the individuals involved aren't generally well-known at all.

All of which leads me to the whole point of this post... the occasional lapse in a fansubber's concentration level which turns a scene completely on it's ear.

Rocket Girls, episode 10. A high-school girl who ran away from home to become an astronaut has just been informed that she's going into space in two days, after only a couple of weeks worth of training. Furthermore, the news has been blared over the world's media. She calls home for the first time since she left, hoping to talk with her mother and father. Instead, her younger brother answers, and after a few minutes of small talk, she asks to talk to her parents. "They're not home," her brother says. "They've gone to the shrine." "The shrine," asks our heroine? "Yep," replies her brother, "the shrine...":
...she was raised by a pack of lions?  Werewolves?  Hyenas?

Oy.

I'm not making fun of the fansubber here, really I'm not. It's more a case where this sort of thing is so uncommon that it almost begs to be pointed out. Yes, you might have clumsy translation (even the professionals do it: "Future Men" my left wingtip...), and this is probably just a simple spelling mistake, but the difference between "pray" and "prey" is too funny to let pass.

By the way, thank you, Rakuda Fansubs, for your efforts for Rocket Girls. I'd link to your website, but you don't have one!

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June 08, 2007

My Brain... melting away...

Will posted something painful down in the comments a few posts back that made my head hurt. It seems to have done the same to Brickmuppet, who puts out a plea for someone... anyone... who knows what the halibut is going on, to please explain it.

I second that... and please, do it quickly. I'm running out of ways to keep my brain from leaking out my ears...

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June 04, 2007

*moaning quietly*

This is just... wrong.

Update: In comments, Pete points towards this, which might be even MORE wrong.

Which, in it's turn, reminded me of my favorite clip from AMV HELL 3: The Motion Picture... said clip can be seen HERE.

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