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Apparently they now show (some really awful dub of) Inuyasha on YTV at one o'clock in the morning.

There's a running, flying dog-thing that looks like a Pokemon.

Inuyasha's voice is done by Richard Ian Cox. Why do I find this disturbing?

...gimme a minute.


...he played Tony on Breaker High. Yup. That was it. o.O


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Sep. 20th, 2003 04:22 am (UTC)
Why do you say the dub is awful?
Sep. 20th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)
Almost entirely due to the presence of Richard Ian Cox, actually. ;)
Sep. 20th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Chandri, I'm gonna rant for a sec . . . *G*
Because the dub IS awful. I mean, REALLY awful. I've read the manga (both the official Viz release and the unofficial Chris Rijik translation, which is more or less current with the Japanese release), plus I have about 56 fansub eps of it. The dialogue is terribly stilted in places, not to mention occasionally incongruous with some of the characters (why is Inuyasha, a guy who's basically a thug, saying things like "I cannot withstand his might"?). I understand this is a peril of doing a show with a medival setting, but sheesh.

Also, while few of the voices are _hideously_ bad (I actually quite like Miroku's, for instance -- and BTW, he's also Scott from X-Men Evolution ;), there have been several times when it was clear the actors weren't even paying attention to the scene they were dubbing. When you have a character curled up with her head on her knees looking depressed as she's almost killed her younger brother and just watched a friend have a semi-psychotic break you do NOT expect her to deliever a line like she's discussing an episode of Will and Grace. The audio and visual inconsistancy is jarring.

If I hadn't actually had an investment in Inuyasha before I saw the dub I don't think I'd be as irritated . . . but not by much. The dialogue is just terrible sometimes, and I don't like sloppy writing.

Oh, and Chandri -- the little Pokemon-thing is called Kirara, and it kicks more ass than 50% of the main cast. It's like the Swiss Army Knife of animal sidekicks: it fights, it flies, it changes size! It's a marketing department's dream come true. :)
Sep. 21st, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry, Chandri, I'm gonna rant for a sec . . . *G*
Ah, duly noted then.

I met Richard Cox at Anime Expo and he's a pretty neat guy. I'm sad that you don't like his Inu-Yasha, because I liked his Ranma.
Sep. 21st, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry, Chandri, I'm gonna rant for a sec . . . *G*
Richard Cox himself isn't that bad, I don't think, but he's got the same problem as Lisa Oritz in Slayers -- his voice is permanently stuck on one setting, which is "clueless and/or pissed off". This worked okay in Ranma, I guess, but the main reason I liked Inuyasha in the first place is because, while the male lead is by no means a rocket scientist, he's a hell of a lot more emotionally mature than Ranma ever was. While Cox works okay for the fighting aspects of the show, he just can't sell the serious parts . . . which really hurts it, I think, because the love-triangle in Inuyasha is probably one of the most well-done/realistic ones I've ever seen in anime (at least, once they get past the initial "we're in love but won't admit it" stage, which mercifully happens relatively early).

However, as I said, this particular series is near and dear to my heart, so I'm a little harsh on its handling anyway. Also, it's not as if he's being given particularly stellar lines to deliver in some cases, so it's not entirely his fault . . . *G* (And I agree he was a much better Ranma than the chick. That was just . . . odd. ~.^)
Sep. 23rd, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry, Chandri, I'm gonna rant for a sec . . . *G*
Odd that he was a better Ranma than the previous voice actor (who was a girl)?

Or odd that they chose to go with a girl for the first Ranma (which was actually in keeping with the original cast selection)?
Sep. 23rd, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry, Chandri, I'm gonna rant for a sec . . . *G*
Odd that they first chose a girl to do male Ranma's voice, considering how "manly" Ranma's supposed to be.

And, um, I dunno if you've ever seen any subs of it or not, but the original voice for boy-Ranma was DEFINITELY not a woman. Though girl-Ranma's Japanese voice was indeed a woman's (the omnipresent Megumi Hayashibara, no less), boy-Ranma was voiced by Yamaguchi Kappei, who has a pretty sizable resume of his own and is definitely a man. I think he won an award recently, actually.

On a kind of "Well, that's . . . ironic" note, Yamaguchi is now the voice of Inuyasha . . . and Hidaka Noriko, who voiced Akane, is the voice of Inuyasha's ex-alive, ex-girlfriend Kikyo. Kind of an intentional brainscrew for Takahashi fans, I think. *G*

(And no, I didn't have all this on the top of my head -- I actually had to look these people's names up. I'm not THAT far gone yet. :)

Also, out of respect for Chandri, who probably has no clue what we're talking about despite the fact we've been having this convo on her journal for the past three days, I think that if we want to continue this we should probably take it to email. *G*
Sep. 20th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
He also palyed Alex on The Black Stallion
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