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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:53 pm Reply with quote
Let's have a look at the description for A Place Further than the Universe, as written on the ANN preview guide:
Tamaki Mari (known to her friends as “Kimari”) had big hopes heading into high school. She was going to travel to new places, skip a day of school, and just all-around make the most of her youth. But one day she realizes that she's somehow reached her second year without doing any of those things, because she's afraid. Every time Mari tries to do something new, she gets anxious and backs out at the last minute, and no matter how much she tries, she can't seem to get past that block. Then one day, she sees a girl from her school racing past her at the train station. The girl loses an envelope that turns out to be filled with cash – one million yen. When Mari tracks her down, she tells Mari that her mother was lost on an Antarctic research trip when she was in middle school, and now her goal is to raise money to go find her. She invites Mari to go along with her on the trip, which just may be the push that Mari needs to finally begin living the life she wants.

A'ight. Okay. I can get behind that. Let me go and add it to my VRV watch list.
Goes to VRV and does so, only to notice the description written there:
Scenery that we have never seen. Sounds that we have never heard. Scent that we have never smelled. Food that we have never tasted. And the surge of emotion that we have never experienced. This is the expedition of recollecting the pieces torn apart and sensation left alone. When we reach that place, what will we think? Howling, 40 degree angle. Raging, 50 degree angle. Shouting, 60 degree angle. A wilderness beyond the heavy sea. The furthest south, far from civilization. At the top of the Earth. We will find lights through the girls' eyes to live tomorrow.

What the ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff...!

What does this shit even mean?! Like, I understand trying to sound mysterious, or cryptic, or...I dunno, ethereal or whatever?! But like...this legit doesn't make any damned sense, and if this were my only reference point going in, I would probably have thought, "Yup! This is this season's token fluffy abstract anime that's trying to be deep and woke, but really, really isn't." Fortunately, the good editors at ANN (assuming they wrote their own description) have their shit together.

Maybe one of you can enlighten me. Alternatively, you can post some of your own findings, here. Could be good for a laugh. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:54 pm Reply with quote
Yeesh. That sounds like something that was originally written in Ancient Sumerian and was then put through Google Translator...

...on the other hand, I kinda want some of whatever the writer was ingesting before writing that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:27 pm Reply with quote
Bandai's description of Love Hina:

Attempting to fulfill a promise to his childhood sweetheart, Keitaro Urashima is determined to enter Tokyo University! After being rejected twice, he decides to leave home and stay at his grandmother's apartment complex to study. But when he arrives, his grandmother is gone and he finds himself under attack by the all-female residents!

Will the girls accept him as their new apartment manager? Will his bones ever knit? More importantly, can he concentrate on his studies when he discovers that one of his tenants might be his long lost sweetheart?

A reasonable description of a TV-14/13+ series, right? Now, Funimation's sexed-up description...

College isn't the only thing he can't get into!

How's a guy supposed to keep his nose in the books with so many sexy girls in his face? Keitaro moved to his grandma's apartment building to cram for a college entrance exam. Too bad nobody told him the complex is for ladies only and that he's the new manager!

The job has some perks: girls frolicking in the hot springs all day and lounging in their naughtiest nighties all night. It's definitely gonna be tough for Keitaro to focus on studying - especially if one of his titillating tenants turns out to be his long lost love! From the man who quickened your pulse with Negima! and My Santa, it's Ken Akamatsu's classic - Love Hina!

Someone at Funimation needs to get fired for getting ridiculously horny at work and feeling the need to rewrite a perfectly fine description into softcore porn. I get wanting to sell DVDs, but you've gotta draw the line somewhere. Anyone who buys Love Hina looking for "girls frolicking in the hot springs all day and lounging in their naughtiest nighties at night" is going to be disappointed by the minimal amount of fanservice (especially by today's standards).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:31 pm Reply with quote
Sounds like a Makoto Shinkai plot.

I doubt either wrote them themselves, just picked up from promo material.

For the preview guide I bet ANN used a first episode description.
CR / VRV took the description from other promo material.Did a basic translation and didn't edit it.
And if you look at ANN's Anime Spotlight for the show you'll see a version of the same text, but edited better and beacuse it's part of a larger guide it doesn't matter that only a bit of it is flowery and vague.


Our first step always began from simple curiousity.
Scenery we've never seen.
Sounds we've never heard.
Scents we've never smelled.
Textures we've never felt.
Food we've never tasted.
And, a heartbeat we've never experienced.
This is a journey we've embarked on in order to pick up the pieces we forgot somewhere along the way, the touching moments we left behind.

I wonder what we'll think when we get there.

The Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties and Shrieking Sixties. A primordial land located across a raging sea, at the south of the planet, separated from civilization. This is the story of four girls on a journey to the South Pole—A Place Further Than the Universe. These are sparkling memories we will make, seeing everything through these girls' eyes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:13 am Reply with quote
I believe that comes under the heading of "lost in translation".
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