US BEAST WARS in Japan

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  1. QLRformer

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    According to IMDb trivia (Beast Wars: Transformers (1996) - Trivia - IMDb), when the series was released in Japan, certain changes in characterization/plot were carried out (some of which did not go down well):

    •Foolish questions would be asked at the beginning of each episode - an infamous instance reports the robot Optimus Primal asking "Where is my banana?"

    •There was plenty of fourth-wall humor and over-the-top and in-your-face jokes, even at the most inappropriate of moments.

    •Clipshows would feature the characters interacting in silly game shows and contests (e.g. in the episode "Other Victories" Megatron acted as a judge in a celebrity impersonation contest);

    •the Predacon Megatron was rendered a bumbling fool who often made high-pitched screams (which replaced his "Yeesss" and "Nooo" exclamations);

    •the Maximal Cheetor would almost always end his comments with a long, stressed "Ja-n!" (which is meant to be a feline growl)

    •the Maximal Rattrap would often break the fourth wall, sniffing in the viewer's direction and commenting on what food he could smell;

    •the Predacon Tarantulas had a high-pitched voice, shrieked constantly and had his trademark cackle altered to be more feminine;

    •the female robot Blackarachnia carried a "bipolar" voice, switching from a sultry flirtatious drawl to a bloodthirsty maniacal scream; she also became less independent (though still a strong female character) and was occasionally prone to begging for mercy from her enemies;

    •the Maximal Tigatron was made a samurai-inspired warrior, acting and speaking in a formal tone;

    •the female Maximal Airazor was made a male to increase sales, and HIS relationship with Tigatron was reestablished as a relationship between a protective guardian and his young apprentice (where certain unavoidable scenes were featured that presented otherwise, the Japanese gently informed viewers that "these things sometimes happen between people")

    •the Maximal Silverbolt was made an rigidly cheerful and polite character who would always end his sentences with the word "desu!" (a Japanese phrase for "Yay!")

    •and the Maximal Depth Charge would sing a fishing song ("Ito Maki-Maki," or "Wind the Thread") whenever he transformed.



    Is this for real (especially the Tigatron-Airazor thing)? Does anyone have clips to compare?
     
  2. Stardust262

    Stardust262 Moe is the Only Way

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    Yes, it's all real
     
  3. rxlthunder

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    It's probably on TFWiki, but you're just some kid on IMBD, so I don't care.
     
  4. Aernaroth

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    The Japanese dub of Beast Wars is insane. That list is completely accurate and does not completely cover how insane.
     
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    QLRformer, I believe I've already said you need to cut down on the instant postings of threads you thought up seconds ago.

    And IMDB is not a good primary source for just about ANYTHING other than movie times and overall reviews. Just saying.
     
  6. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Why is that we "screw up" dubbing their anime while they "screw up" our animation?

    But yeah wow, I wonder if the japanese dubs of the movies are evener dumber than the original version.
     
  7. OOSnake

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    I read about the changes to Beast Wars. Why? I know they wanted to make it suitable for a different auidence, but that's a lot of major changes. Why not something less OTT? Like in Canada, the name was changed to Beasties, I think to appealt to a younger audience. How pleasant is that? :-D
     
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    Beast Wars: Transformers (cartoon) - Transformers Wiki

    Scroll down to topic Internation Release, then check the Japan section. For more detailed changes, click on the individual episode titles and look at the Foreign Localization section at the bottom of each episode page or check the individual BW character profiles and read the Notes sections on the bottom.
     
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    They didn't like the word 'Wars' in the title.
     
  10. Thunderjet

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    Is that even possible?
     
  11. TrueNomadSkies

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    Yeah, I've seen a couple of episodes, but I never knew about the Depth Charge stuff couse I only watched season 1/2 shit.
     
  12. The621

    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    QLRFormer, you need to read the TFWiki before posting this. This has been debunked in posts and other threads.
    Makes you wonder what the hell were they thinking when writing the script and why they didn't repeat it for BWII and BWNeo.

    Actually, I'm glad they didn't repeat that shit for BWII and Neo. Those two spin-off sequels were actually more serious and well done.
     
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    I'll have to check em out someday...
     

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