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Hitokiri Kenshin



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:36 pm Reply with quote
Was wondering lately, does anyone else miss English opening songs in anime? They used to be done a bit and know a lot of folks didn't like dub versions, but I miss them. Partially as it's easier for me to sing to something in English than in Japanese. (I'm not good at singing songs in other languages). So was wondering if anyone else missed them and singing to them?
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omiya



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:24 pm Reply with quote
Hitokiri Kenshin wrote:
Was wondering lately, does anyone else miss English opening songs in anime?


I find it rare that one gets the same intensity from an English OP song, and actually find it interesting how much English appears in the lyrics of the Japanese OP/ED songs.

(To be fair, I enjoy being able to hear the OP/ED songs performed live at events like Animelo Summer Live and Animax Musix, mainly by their original singers or otherwise by really capable singers).
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omiya



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:23 am Reply with quote
Occasionally one will get the same song sung in both English and Japanese by the same singer (e.g. Everlasting Song from Elementar Gerad by Aira Yuuki) or Uchū ni saku (宇宙に咲く) / Faith from Rental Magica by Lisa Komine - I like to be able to hear an English version of a Japanese song by the Japanese artist.

Christina Vee's English cover versions of Japanese anime songs are pretty good also.

This article mentions a similar thing having happened in France - originally anime OP/ED songs were replaced with French songs, but now the original songs are retained:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001860712
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theflickx



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:41 am Reply with quote
I always have enjoyed the language that anime is in Smile loved them the way they are.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:38 pm Reply with quote
As I understand it, Funimation used to dub the Op/Eds of series that they were trying to get broadcast on various channels and that this effort ended when they launched their own cable channel. I could be wrong about this, of course.
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jay19



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:10 am Reply with quote
Yes I miss English songs in Anime. Sometimes, the english songs are better than japanese songs.
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faridania



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:46 am Reply with quote
Hundred percent yes! I wish they could translate this anime song to english.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:52 pm Reply with quote
^
But what anime song are you referring to?
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Vee-Tee



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:43 am Reply with quote
I actually liked a lot of English dub anime songs growing up... I unashamedly prefer Dic's backing music for Sailor Moon. Shocked

I think fans nowadays prefer the fidelity of the original song, rather than a dubbing studio doing a new one that's often translated a little wonkily to fit the metre. I remember Funi did Ouran High School Host Club's opening in English... and fans hated it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:47 am Reply with quote
Yes,
I am missing English songs, because I love English songs.
Gustavo Woltmann
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Gatherum



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:56 am Reply with quote
I don't so much miss dubbed Japanese songs as I do songs that were in English to begin with.

My favourite OP songs are, by far, "Duvet" by Bôa and "Kiri" by Monoral, which were employed by Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy, respectively. But maybe it's because it's the rarity of it happening that anime will employ such material that makes it a truly beloved thing.

...Still, the latter is hitting its tenth anniversary this year, and the former is beyond its fifteenth. I feel like it's time for a good, new contender.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:12 pm Reply with quote
It would vary depending on the quality of the dubbing and how well it syncs with the musical accompaniment. I recall the mentioned quality being rather hit or miss for older titles depending on the effort of the voice actors and whether or not they have any singing ability to go along with their acting.
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Dunk_Kong



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:59 pm Reply with quote
For me it would be varied. Some of them are good, but there are also some of them that should be only in Japanese. The translation sometimes feel bad and that is similarly happen to any Japanese game with English Voice.
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animecosplayer



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:29 am Reply with quote
This is just my opinion but I still prefer the original version as I don't really appreciate it once it is translated into English.
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Alan45
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:50 am Reply with quote
No, I don't miss them at all. Songs simply don't translate well. Generally if you got a good song, it was a poor translation and usually a poor fit for the show. Most of the time you got a so-so song and a so-so translation. I can't think of anything where I wouldn't prefer the original.
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