Monthly Archives: May 2016
Lone Wolf and Cub follows the life of a powerful samurai Ittou Ogami whose life is turned upside down after his wife gets murdered and he gets framed for a crime he did not commit. In order to take his revenge and save his young son, Ogami decides to become an assassin. Their fates seem gloomy, but the affection between the father and son might be the only bright spot in the corrupt Edo era world they live in.
What makes this film a must-see is definitely Tomisaburo Wakayama‘s brilliant acting and the way he portrays Ittou Ogami’s ruthless personality and willpower. The amazing acting and the magnificent battle scenes make this film a real masterpiece.
Gouda Takeo is the living proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. He is huge, threatening and scary… but has a heart of gold. The manga explores the relationship between Gouda and his first girlfriend Yamato, including his cold and handsome childhood friend Sunakawa.
The live-action adaptation manages to provide the same sweetness and hilarious comedy that manga does, while the actor Ryohei Suzuki does a great job of being the huge and frightening Gouda who is, quite surprisingly, a completely shy and innocent, often misunderstood person.
Death Note follows Light Yagami, an ambitious student who wants to become God by using a supernatural notebook known as the Death Note, and L, an eccentric man who plans on stopping him.
It is not surprising that fans will always feel biased towards their favorite anime being given the movie treatment, and consequently this adaptation may have gotten a bad wrap from some fanatics. But let’s be real; it was a pretty good film. The talented Kenichi Matsuyama is known for taking on eccentric roles and he is a perfect match for the mysterious L while Tatsuya Fujiwara manages to bring out Kira’s proud and delusional nature. The film might not follow the manga closely but the way it focuses on psychological consequences is still very entertaining.
Most texts in manga consist of spoken dialogue. When translating spoken lines, it is crucial that translators select words and expressions that recreate the feel and nuance of the original Japanese spoken lines.
The English words and expressions used must be appropriate for the characters speaking those lines. Males and females express the same thing in different ways. Children’s vocabulary is more limited compared to adults. People speak differently when talking to friends, to acquaintances, to parents, and to superiors.
The way each character speaks to each other is also influenced by their relationships to each other. The contexts of those conversations (such as love confessions, quarrels, and everyday conversations) also influence how they speak.
Monologues, on the other hand, reveal the characters’ true feelings, as they’re not spoken aloud. Monologues are often combined with spoken lines to contrast what characters are publicly saying and their own, private thoughts. Thus it’s important to maintain the difference in style when translating these lines.
The big difference between novels and manga is that manga stories unfold using both dialogue and drawings. Translators should be careful not to focus solely on dialogue when translating spoken lines. It is important to also pay attention to what is drawn in and around the panels the spoken lines are laid out. Drawings often contain clues for translating those lines, as the characters’ facial expressions and body language may indicate their true, unsaid feelings.
I split up the translation process into three phases. I first begin with the literal translation, converting all the information contained in Japanese into English.
I then go over the translation, correcting grammatical errors and rewriting the dialogue so the words and expressions used are appropriate for each character. I smooth out the dialogue so the spoken lines sound natural in English. I also fine-tune the dialogue so the translation recreates the nuance of the original spoken lines. I aim for the end result where the characters sound like they’ve been talking in English from the start.
In the final phase, I compare each panel of the original manga and the translated script, making sure I haven’t missed any spoken lines, background text, and sound effects. I make corrections here as well, as I occasionally realize that the rewriting has cut out information I shouldn’t have. Depending on the quality of the translation, I repeat the second and third phase as necessary.
Sometimes after finishing an anime, you just have to sit back and let it sink in. The anime below will leave you stunned with their absolute insanity and weirdness. If you dig really deep, you might find some understanding of these “seriously, wtf” anime. But chances are, you’ll be just as baffled… no matter how many times you rewatch them.
Deliciously weird, surreal, and completely unexpected – dive into the rabbit hole for a look at some of the most bizarre anime ever made.
Tenshi no Drop
Angel’s Drop is a 5 minute short about two girls who eat an angel’s halo as a snack, which impregnates them and makes them periodically pee out colorful sweets. It’s full of cute girls talking about and doing crude things and doesn’t even try to make sense. Welcome to the world of weird anime! We’re off to a great start.
In this short anime, a cat boy goes on a journey to recover his sister’s soul, which has been split into two pieces. The art style is very different from traditional anime, and depicts strange and dark visions through disturbingly cute characters. The style and lack of speech make this a dream-like trip that’s done right: once you pick your jaw off the floor, you’ll definitely head back in for another watch.
You might have heard that FLCL is about adolescence and puberty. You probably know that it’s full of symbolism. But no matter how much you watch it, chances are all you see is the absurd insanity. Probably one of the best known anime on this list, FLCL is a 6 episode anime about a boy who gets hit over the head by a girl with her guitar and subsequently has a robot emerge from his head. It might be insane, but it’s a fun ride.
Shingeki no Kyoujin follows the story of Eren Yeager in an apocolyptic world where humanity finds itself on the brink of destruction, constantly under threat from human-eating giants whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Set in a dark and gritty world filled with horror and violence, Eren and the other members of the elite Survey Corps fight what often seems like a hopeless battle against the seemingly endless Titans. With parts of his memory fragmented, Eren discovers an unusual connection with the enemies of humanity and finds himself in a truly unique position to aid the Survey Corps in their struggle against the Titans.
With Season 2 still many months away, we’ve put together list of anime that are all similar in one way or another to the breakout anime sensation. Hopefully, these anime can help you to pass some time until the next installment of awesome Titan-slaying action is released… unless you’ve been reading the manga that is… in which case keep the spoilers to yourself!
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Why it’s similar:
The Kabane, zombies on steroids, are not all that dissimilar to the Titans, and both of these monsters’ origins are similarly shrouded in mystery. The walled settlements in Koutetsujou no Kabaneri are similar in to the walled territory in Attack on Titan. The main characters of both stories have a similar origin story and are intent on revenge.
Steampunk Japan (yes, you read that correctly) is beset by a strange and mysterious virus that turns its victims into the Kabane, zombie-like creatures that can only be killed when their steel-encased hearts are destroyed. No cure has been found and most weapons and people are helpless against the growing swarms of Kabane. Ikoma, a lowly steamsmith with great aspirations dreams of one day cleansing the world of Kabane.
Why you should watch it:
Steampunk meets Japan meet zombies, is that not enough reason? But in all seriousness it makes a pretty enjoyable, but short viewing.
Why it’s similar:
Dark and gritty modern-era world filled with action, violence and a range of characters falling across the moral spectrum. Main character, like Eren Yeager, discovers he has strange powers and struggles to come to terms with them. Oh, and he has to do this in secret while eluding the government who is trying to capture him. The origin of the Ajin and how one becomes an Ajin is also unknown.
Ajin are hunted and feared, labelled as the single greatest threat to humankind. Kei Nagai, a diligent high school student whose only aim in life had been to become a great doctor, unintentionally discovers his true identity as one of these immortal beings. Desperately fleeing for his life after his discovery, he is thrown into the global spotlight as he is hunted down for capture.
Why you should watch it:
Like Attack on Titan, the characters are all complex with interesting personalities and moral alignments. Main character Kei is a strange kid, with a seriously sociopathic way of thinking, which is is both of frustrating and fascinating to watch develop. Ajin has a pretty tense atmosphere as the story pushes forward at a fast and suspenseful pace that makes it hard to stop watching once you start.
What’s your favorite anime opening? Ending? Chances are, you love it for the music, the action, or maybe for the fact that it changes and evolves as the series progresses.
But we’re here to celebrate a different kind of anime OPs and EDs: the kind that leave you completely and thoroughly disturbed. Whether it’s the animation or the music (or the combination of both), these anime endings and openings are some of the creepiest you’ll ever see.
he upbeat pace of the Mirai Nikki opening song makes the intro more thrilling than creepy, but the images used set a different tone. Selective use of colors, dark scenes and imagery, and plenty of bright red blood create an atmosphere of unease.
The haunting melody of Elfen Lied’s opening is hard to forget once you’ve heard it. It was written by MOKA using parts of the Bible and an old hymn, and is sung beautifully in Latin by Kumiko Noma. While the music fills you with awe and dread, the opening scrolls through mostly-still images that pay homage to Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. They feature some of Klimt’s famous works, with the series’ characters painted into them. The imagery and the song are both the kind that stay with you long after you’ve finished the anime.
Serial Experiments Lain
Muct of Serial Experiments Lain is strange and mildly disturbing. The opening song is a mellow one, performed in English. The words, taken in context with the show, relate to Lain’s transformation and growing understanding of the world around her. Even without listening to the words, the sound of the music fits in with the overall tone of the anime. The intro shows staticky images of Lain watching people through computer and TV screens, walking through real life photos, and walking through a eerily abandoned city where time seems frozen still.