steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

At Home with Sakura

A rather lazy weekend, spent mostly (barring a brief foray to collect a bicycle from the very generous wellinghall and adaese) rewatching Cardcaptor Sakura on DVD with my daughter. We're not quite finished yet, partly because we've stopped once or twice to view the American dub of the same episode (under the title Cardcaptors). The two make for an interesting contrast. The US version is notably more "boy-oriented", from the change in title, implicitly putting Li on an equality with Sakura, to the thumping and portentous lyrics of the theme tune (the Japanese is, as seems to be conventional, a tangential song about dreams, love and flowers). All hints at same-sex attraction in the original, of which there are many, have been pretty much erased, and the voices are generally far more ebullient and assertive (in the case of Sakura and her friends) and just plain lower for most of the male characters.

The US version is not without its charm, but it's not I what watch anime for - and of course it lacks the occasional dubious translation that enlivens the watching of dodgy Japanese DVDs...


My daughter's very sharp in her analysis, but bemoans that she'll never be asked to do it as homework. Maybe if she takes Film Studies, that could change?
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