'Heroes' in Japan?

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  1. Nerroth

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    Hi!


    For the last few years, we've seen the flow of TF series mostly go from Japan to the West - from Car Robots/RiD up to Galaxy Force/Cybertron, and even with releases in Europe of Masterforce and Victory DVD box sets. With the exception of Beast Machines and the upcoming Movie, there's not been an awful lot of traffic in the other direction.

    (What's worse, the growing catalogue of TF comic trades, from DW and IDW, don't seem to be getting a lot of exposure in Japan - it would be great if IDW could agree a deal with TakaraTomy and one of the Japanese publishers to do something about it...)

    However, with the upcoming series being produced in North America, are there, or are there likely to be, a relatively quick Japanese version of the series? If so, will it be set up to match a toy range release by TT? And will it be pitched to the networks which gave the likes of Galaxy Force a home?


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    I'd say yes on all accounts. Beast Wars was aired in Japan in the fashion you described, there is no reason to think differently for Heroes.

    Also, before RiD, there were five TF shows that never got a US release, and the TF Mangas have never been released outside of Japan. The comics, therefore, are a moot point since they've never really breached the language barrier in either direction.
     
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    yeah, I don't care that the english comics never get to japan. we never got the mangas, so I think it's a bit fair.
     
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    Well, several volumes of the Dreamwave stuff got released officially in Japan, though I don't know how well they received it (to my knowledge all they got were trades of G1 Vol. 1, G1 Vol. 2 and War Within Vol. 1).


    I'm sure they'll get "Heroes" fairly quickly. The American-made Transformers cartoons seem to be more popular over there than they're home-brewed stuff. My guess is because the Japanese shows reek of "generic anime" while the Western cartoons tend to be different and a more refreshing change of pace.
     
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    the japanese versions of BW and BM are garbage though.
     
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    I won't argue that. Their dubs are an atrocity. Yet the Japanese seemed to adore them, so go figure.
     
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    Hard to say, given Takara/Tomy's change of focus on TFs.

    Still, Hasbro-led lines and media have occasionally been more successful than Takara expected (BW for one), so they might embrace Heroes/Animated.
     
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    As far as I know, the Japanese audience enjoys the way our stories are written. A majority of Japanese cartoons/anime usually tread the same way both in plot, overall story, and character development.

    They go more for the visual stunning appeal than the story appeal.
     
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    Yeah, I've noticed that. I think what it is, is that the fans see Transformers as an American series and different than Japanese robot shows. So when it gets turned into the same kind of anime that's already being shown in Japan, it's just another robot show and not nearly as popular.
     
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    Animated maybe apped in Japan.
     
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    Zombie thread!! Quick, sombody get Bruce Campbell and a chainsaw!!
     
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    What the hell is that even supposed to MEAN, and why did you feel the need to bump this thread for that purpose?
     
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    And the US versions weren't?
     
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    no. Beast Wars was awesomeness condensed into it's purest form.
     
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    Which US versions are you referring to? imo the American versions of both BW & BM are particularly well written series (as compared to the Japanese ones, which were crapola).
     
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    Please don't reply to year-old threads, start a new thread instead.
     
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