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samuelp



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:28 pm Reply with quote
Good luck to the localization team on this one.

I watched the show when it was on Japanese TV (without subtitles of course) and it was pretty hilarious, but I'm actually relatively familiar with rakugo and 30% of the jokes still took rewatches for me to parse.
A subtitle track with copious notes could maybe _explain_ most of the jokes, but then the experience would be awful...

I feel like this is either a show best served where you know Japanese, or with a dub that literally rewrites 80% of the dialog and just does its own hilarious thing in the spirit of the original. A straight dub would be a parade of references no one understands and Japanese language wordplay that would become incomprehensible in translation...

It's a good show though! I especially liked the segments outside, which highlight a number of good tourist spots in Tokyo. As a (former) Tokyo-ite it was nice to see them going around like "my neighborhood".
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:33 pm Reply with quote
Oh boy. Koji Kumeta's side-eyed take on Cute Girls doing Cute Things. I learned to appreciate this series a good deal more after seeing Showa genroku rakugo shinju, even though the two series are completely different. Glad to see it licensed for home video release.
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DRWii



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:53 pm Reply with quote
Pleasant surprise. Between this and Zetsubou Sensei getting (re-)licensed, now I'm curious if someone's going to pick up Katte ni Kaizo.
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Kami-koto



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:07 pm Reply with quote
What a nightmare this must be to localize. Good luck.
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ninjamitsuki



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:46 pm Reply with quote
Finally, I gave up hope! Good luck, they're gonna need it.
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Covnam



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:50 pm Reply with quote
Interesting pickup. I just skimmed a little bit of the first episode and it seemed amusing, so I'll have to watch a bit and see if it's worth picking up. Looks good so far though =)

Maybe they can do a pop up notes option like Excel Saga had
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killjoy_the



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:25 pm Reply with quote


Honestly though the anime is absolutely better than the manga in that it adds a lot of segments. Sure, those segments are specifically about Japanese locations and customs and might be completely uninteresting to a lot of people, but the rest of the content is just fairly light Kumeta being Kumeta.
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Ali07



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:52 pm Reply with quote
Well, I didn't see this one coming at all. Like others, I wish whoever works on this release good luck. I'll look at importing this one for my collection.
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:28 pm Reply with quote
I have to wonder how much the experience of making this show shaped the development of Shirobako.
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shosakukan



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:12 pm Reply with quote
samuelp wrote:
but I'm actually relatively familiar with rakugo

A person who has not listened to even Shinchō live and in person is just a niwaka.
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