10 Amazing Things You Never Imagined You Could Find Dubbed In Japanese

Some of the most amazing things have been dubbed and/or translated into Japanese. Here’s a few of them:

  1. Primer
    • The best sci-fi movie ever made? I mean…I don’t want to  talk it up too much, because that’s one of the best ways to set people up for disappointment. Certainly it’s the most realistic sci-fi movie I’ve ever seen (and, by extension, the most realistic time travel movie). Um…yeah. And it exists in Japanese!
  2. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • I know, right?! The entire TV series. The jokes even actually work, which is crazy…
  3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    • I KNOW, RIGHT?! Somewhere right now, comedian Brain Regan is screaming:  “Could life get better? I submit that it cannot!”
  4. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
    • I’ll understand if you need to go change your panties…
  5. FOX SEASONS DVD Boxsets
    • What’s amazing about FOX SEASONS isn’t what (although, don’t get me wrong, I love Stargate: SG-1, Ally McBeal and The Practice like old friends), but how. The FOX SEASONS boxsets are full single-season DVD sets of a bunch of American shows. This is news because it used to be that you pretty much couldn’t buy a full season of these shows in one go 1. Instead, even a single season was split into 2~3 separate sets, which was and is super lame.
    • Another thing the FOX SEASONS compact sets have going for them is the fact that they’re small (I hate extraneous packaging) and also super cheap, clocking in at a new Japanese record of only 3000~4000 yen a pop.
    • Now if only we could get complete series boxsets, huh? Amiright?
  6. V (2009)
    • While lacking the relentless verbal and epistomological realism of Primer, it’s still awesome, gritty sci-fi and it’s great to be able to watch it in Japanese. Too bad it got cancelled. It and The 4400. And The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I’m not bitter.
  7. The Boondocks (comic)
    • Boondocks. Awesome. In Japanese. Double awesome. Translated by MACHIYAMA Tomohiro — film critic, humorist and Americana expert extraordinaire; I never knew I would live to see a man who’s this funny and interesting both in speech and text. Triple awesome.
    • Can you feel that pain? Yeah? That’s the sensation of blood in your arteries being replaced with awesome sauce.
    • The first season (or two?) of the anime was also dubbed into Japanese, but no one’s bothered to put out DVDs of it yet. As Riley might say: “gaaaaaaaaaaay” 2.
  8. South Park
    • First of all, this list is not a ranking. This list is numbered, not ranked. So don’t be like “it shouldn’t be eighth”. I know that. But I also know that you already knew that South Park exists in Japanese (albeit only the first 7 seasons, because all the emperor jokes got too raunchy to air on Japanese TV without facing boycotts and death threats from wingnuts of the right persuasion). Nevertheless, the mere fact of this existence and the awesomeness of the dubbing warrant re-mentioning.
    • Good luck finding retail DVDs of SP. That stuff’s sold out like a ska band on MTV. Here’s some online video: サウスパーク 動画 – Google 検索 – goo.gl/iOgpK
    • Honorable Mention: Friends
    • Dishonorable Mention: Full House (フルハウス) (yes, it sucks just as hard in Japanese; it’s nothing like Biohazard/Resident Evil, which improves with Japanese dubbing). Oh, I get it, the house is full of people, and also full of love, and it’s just as good as if not better than having a full house in poker. Stop calling her “Deej”; stop playing preachy piano music during already-preachy moments; I don’t need to be told that babies are cute — I can decide for myself.
    • Double Dishonorable Mention: Gigli
      • Let it never to be said that I wasn’t a man of extremes. In a list full of some of the best movies ever made, I give you one of the worst. Yes it’s the legendary Bennifer gangster flop and, yes, it’s in Japanese.
  9. GhostWorld (comic and movie)
    • Cool, huh?
  10. Donnie Darko
    • ‘Nuff said.
    • I mean, what more do you want? How much more stupendousness can you fit in one post?! Rhetorical question. I’m just saying: don’t test Brian Regan.
    • So apparently there’s a Donnie Darko graphic novel as well? That’ll need some looking into…
  11. The SIMPSONS
    • FULL SEASON BOXES, PLAYA!!! WHAT NOW?!!?! PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!!
  12. Annoying Orange.
    • Who’da thunk? I never would’ve 3. Yeah, the YouTube thingy. Let hilarity ensue.
  13. Oasis’ Wonderwall…
    • Not sure “dub” is the correct term here, but, whatever.
  14. The Beatles (Yesterday et al.) 王様ライヴ ビートルズメドレー – YouTube – goo.gl/htFLR

But wait! Simmer down now. It’s not all tickles and rainbows, people. There’s a bitter aftertaste to this particular batch of gummy berry juice. That’s because there are plenty of amazing things that aren’t in Japanese yet. I’m not going to go and full on fill out that list, that would just make us all sad, but two things that immediately come to mind are The Wire (as with the Boondocks anime, the dub was aired on cable, but no one’s bothered to DVD it up yet) and Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Blankets. Yeah. 悲しい, yo. 寂しい, yo. Go drown your sorrows in some Monty Python.

Notes:

  1. in Japan, that is
  2. It’s OK, mang. My best friend is gay
  3. Wow…contractions stop being cool when you overuse them

  1 comment for “10 Amazing Things You Never Imagined You Could Find Dubbed In Japanese

  1. Katie Senn
    2012年9月30日 at 13:17

    I have the Monty Python’s Flying Circus boxset, but I wanted to warn people that even the “Japanese dubbed” version is not fully dubbed. Some of the skits, for whatever reason, aren’t dubbed. It’s a good thing to watch out for before dropping the ¥30000 on the set.

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