Quote Quote: from AndyThomas on 9:18 am on July 10, 2002One other thing - when you consider when this dubbing work was done, very early 80s, Manga Entertainment wasn't even a twinkle in someone's eye. So I suppose the industry's experience with translating Japanese shows must have been relatively limited at that point? Fair comment? Before I begin - IIRC, "Ginga" is Japanese for "Milky Way", a quite common visual background in many animated productions. It was also a Japanese bomber from W.W. I.I, and some anime do go quite heavy on the military analogies ( ever wonder why so many heroic mecha have "Zero" on the end of their name?! ), but I suspect X-Bomber isn't one of them. I don't know a great deal about anime translating - my Japanese skills beyond "Ba-kas!" are, erm, zero - but going by what I do know about the early days of anime in the West:It is probably fair to say that the anime translation business in the early days wasn't overly developed. However, theres quite a bit more early Western anime appearances than is sometimes considered, including Astro-Boy, Gigantor, and Battle of the Planets. Its probably fair to say, though, that in those days the licensees were more interested in trying to get the series cleared for U.S. T.V syndication - and this would be *childrens* T.V. - and to ####, or rather, Heck, with accurate translations. There was probably also a rather smaller pool of suitable and experienced voice actors in those days as well, which is probably why you get lots of deja vu when watching early anime releases! These days, with the explosion in US anime relases, theres a larger pool of voice actors (though you still get deja vu - watch Evangelion then Nadesico on Saiko-Exciting to see what I mean), there are computer aids to help dialogue fit mouth movements better, and some recent anime dubs have been absolutely superb - and this coming from a real sub fan.
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