Translation Notes, Honorifics and US Manga

November 12, 2011

Something that I rarely do is buy Manga. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I pirate Manga, which I don’t, it’s just that I am not really a Manga reading person. If you ask me, given the choice between Anime and Manga, I’d choose Anime. Why? Because it’s a more immersive and engaging experience. You have movement, voice, audio, color, the works. However, I do understand that usually, due to budget and run-time issues, the Anime version ends up being a less-than-faithful adaptation of the much-better original Manga. Yet, knowing this, another reason I avoid reading Manga is because I fear that I would spoil myself if they were to ever make an Anime adaptation of it.

Yet, sometimes, I do buy the Manga to give it a read after I’ve finished, and loved, the Anime series.

Here’s the thing. Having not bought any US Official English Translated Manga before, I was extremely hesitant to. I have seen my fair share of liberal official US Anime subtitles and being a staunch supporter of literal-translations, I could not fathom the horrors that awaited me. But, I went ahead and bought three different volumes of Manga, Railgun, Cardcaptor Sakura and Lucky Star.

…was I in for a surprise.

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Actar’s Reviews 225 – Figma Kaname Madoka

November 5, 2011

I’m back after a short hiatus with the very first entry of a brand new line of figma figures from Good Smile Company and Max Factory.

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Actar’s Reviews 221 – Bandai’s Official Cardcaptor Sakura Star Wand (DX Star Power Set)

September 6, 2011

It is definitely a monumental milestone in my collecting life as I finally attain the last piece necessary to complete my Cardcaptor Sakura collection, the DX Star Power Set featuing Sakura’s Star Wand.

This also means that this is the final installment of our Cardcaptor Sakura series of reviews. I really do hope that you’ve enjoyed this series of reviews and I also hope that they have helped fellow Cardcaptor Sakura fans.


Birthday, June and Late May Acquisions

July 14, 2011

With all the Birthday shenanigans and tomfoolery out of the way, it’s time to count up my acquisitions. This post will not only consist of the stuff I got for my Birthday (both as gifts and self-indulging), but also stuff that I’ve been accumulating over the past month.

 

– Yamato’s 1/60 Perfect Transformation VF-19 Kai Fire Valkyrie
– Actsta Fate Testarossa
– Figma Koyomi Araragi
– Figma Ayanami Rei
– S.H.Figuarts Faiz Blaster Form

– Composite Ver. Ka Shinkiro
– Figma Kousaka Kirino
– Rubber Keychains: Misaka Mikoto, Misaka Imouto, Last Order

– Misakaa Imouto Plush Doll
– Figma Senjogahara Hitagi
– Puella Magi Madoka Magica BD Vol. 1
– Nanoha The Movie 1st iPhone 4 Case Fate Magic Circle Ver.
– Imaichi Moe Nai Ko Strap

– DX Kaixa Blaygun
– Tamashii Stage W Act
– S.I.C. Kamen Rider Faiz
– Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Guide Book

– DX Accel Driver
– Faiz Axel Watch
– DX Metal Shaft
– Ichiban Kuji Fuuto-kun Keychain

– Bandai’s DX Star Power Set (YES!!!)
– Digivolving Gallantmon/Dukemon Figure

– Robot Damashii Codarl
– S.H.Figuarts Cure Sunshine
– D-Arts Beezlemon
– Amiami Exclusive Chibi Icaros Figure
– Amiami Exclusive Chibi Astrea Figure

– Digivolving Imperialdramon Paladin Mode Figure
– Digivolving Agnimon Figure

– Figma Misaka Imouto
– Figma Misaka Imouto
– Figma Misaka Imouto
– Figma Misaka Imouto
– Figma Misaka Imouto

– Nendoroid Panty
– Nendoroid Stocking
– Dual Model Kit Optimus Prime

– Alter’s 1/8 Scale Kazari Uiharu
– GSC’s 1/7 Scale Tosaka Rin
– GSC’s 1/8 Scale Tenshi

– Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu Complete Blu-Ray Box

– Ga-Rei Zero R1 Hybrid Box Set

– Kamen Rider 555 Movie: Paradise Lost BD

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The “Americanisation” of Cardcaptor Sakura

May 28, 2011

Picture by artist Moonknives, who does the most gorgeous Sakura art.

Taking a course on Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture this past semester, I was fortunate to find myself in the company of many other like-minded people who shared my passion for Japanese Animation and the preservation of its originality. For our class research paper, we decided to do it on the Americanisation of Anime, using the series that I and my group mates adore, Cardcaptor Sakura, as a case study. Since term is now over, and after consulting with them, it is my pleasure to bring you our paper in it’s unadulterated form.

Do note that this is somewhat different from the other articles that you have read on this blog due to the nature of it being an academic paper. Not to mention, do be prepared for a ton of text as I don’t think I’ll be putting any pictures in this article beyond this point. However, if you are a fan of Cardcaptor Sakura or Anime and just want to know what went on/goes on behind the scenes, I do believe it’s worth a read. Do also note that the paper will be in standard British English.

The paper is written by myself, Jovi, Wei Lun and Anmari.

Without further ado:

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Early March Acquisitions

March 16, 2011

– Kamen Rider Kabuto DX Kabuto Zecter
– Kamen Rider Kabuto DX Hyper Zecter
– Kamen Rider OOO DX TaJa Spinner
– Azone’s 1/6 Scale Asahina Mikuru Doll (School Uniform Ver)
– Mylene Jeinus Toy Book

– Figma Shameimaru Aya
– Kamen Rider OOO Medal Set 2
– Cardcaptor Sakura Sakura Doll (Carded Version)
– Spirit Digivolving MagnaGarurumon
– Composite Ver. Ka Haruhi Robo
– D-Arts Omegamon
– Sci-Fi Revoltech Predator

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Actar’s Reviews 183 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Sakura Cards Set (2nd Movie Version)

January 9, 2011

The final Sakura Card set released by Bandai is based on the Second Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – Sakura and the Sealed Card. While not as extravagant as the sets before it, it still comes with enough to make it a decent release in its own right.

RELEASE!!!


Same Voice, Different Character and Vice Versa

January 7, 2011

Now, as there are very few good voice talents out there, it is natural that some voice actors are reused. There are cases where they are able to change their voice so much that they sound completely different, but still deliver perfect dialogue.

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Actar’s Reviews 182 – Bandai’s Official Card Captor Sakura Clow Wand/Sealing Staff Role Play Toy

January 7, 2011

What’s a magical girl without her Staff? It’s time to ‘Release!’ with Sakura once again as we take a look at another entry in Bandai’s series of Card Captor Sakura toys, this time, it’s her signature bird headed Sealing Staff.

RELEASE!!!


Final Acquisition of 2010

December 31, 2010

As the year of 2010 comes to a close, I take a look back. 2010 was really an awesome year for me on many levels, in both my personal and hobby-related life. To end of the year, here we have my final loot, which consists of some things which I’m been eying for for quite sometime:

– Bandai’s Cardcaptor Sakura Clow Staff X 2
– Azone’s 1/6 scale Haruhi Doll
– Azone’s 1/6 scale Mikuru Combat Waitress Doll
– The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi Limited First Edition Blu-Ray Set Rakuten Books Ver (+ Replica Yuki Bookmark Set)
– The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi Ichiban Kuji Set E (Episode 00 Stationary Set + 2 Muffler Towels)

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