Japanese DVDs

Discussion in 'RED DWARF UNIVERSE' started by Chief_Eunuch, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Chief_Eunuch

    Chief_Eunuch Skutter

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Does anyone know of an easy way to get my hands on the Japanese RD DVDs here in the UK? I've just learning Japanese so having those dubbed episodes would be fun as well as educational. :-D

    I know I can order them through amazon.co.jp, but that site is mostly in Japanese (even when clicking 'English') and I'm sure the shipping will be horrendous. :-(
     
  2. Listerschick4eva

    Listerschick4eva First Technician

    Messages:
    149
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Location:
    Doncaster UK
    most likely choice would be on ebay or maybe amazon i don't think the shops sell them :-)
     
  3. Chief_Eunuch

    Chief_Eunuch Skutter

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Just checked amazon.co.jp - Each individual series DVD costs £25! The full boxset is £180!! And that's not including delivery to UK :shock:

    Hmm, I'm going to have to rethink. This is especially annoying as I don't even want the full DVD's, I just need the audio from the Japanese dub..
     
  4. telegramsam

    telegramsam First Technician

    Messages:
    183
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Location:
    Smeg Town, Upper Smegvania
    If you're just using it as a learning tool, I'd pick up maybe one or two series off ebay, there's no reason to buy the entire set, especially at that price. Or you could do what I did to get my copy of Studio Ghibli's Earthsea film, and have a brother who speaks Japanese do a 6-month internship over there and bring it back for you. :P

    Also I'd caution against trying to learn Japanese by comparing the Japanese and English language tracks. When they overdub, the translations tend to be pretty loose and no-where near word-for-word. A lot of the dialogue, and especially humor, tend to be "localized" to fit beter with the native culture. Subtitles tend to be a more accurate but it depends largely on who did the translation and how faithful to the original they were trying to be. (Which is personally why I always watch Japanese anime with subtitles rather than overdub, plus the fact that the english voice actors are often inferior to the original Japanese actors, but that's just my personal preference)
     
  5. Mardroid

    Mardroid Console Officer

    Messages:
    2,935
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    If one programme is enough, just get Red Dwarf Series 1 region 2. There is a Japanese version of 'The End' on that one.
     
  6. Bluey

    Bluey Science Officer

    Messages:
    12,921
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2001
    And very entertaining it is too. For some reason the Japanese people who do the dubbing always sound so loud and manic.

    The poor Japanese also have to suffer the remastered episodes.
     
  7. Chief_Eunuch

    Chief_Eunuch Skutter

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Thanks for the tips, I'll check ebay! Don't worry I just want the audio without subtitles; I'm not trying to directly translate, it's just useful having Japanese audio which I can listen to and enjoy and which I can also understand the context (I know all episodes of RD off by heart!!).

    Funnily enough it's that episode that gave me the idea! I own the idea and have just ripped the audio; listening to it now, it's brilliant!:-D
     
  8. seanachai

    seanachai Skutter

    Messages:
    4
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    I wish people would upload more clips of Japanese Red Dwarf! Actually, I wish I knew more about what Japanese fans thought about the show. Supposedly it was very popular there around 2003-4.

    Anyway, the main point of this post: I don't speak Japanese but I watch a lot of subbed anime and so I became interested in who the voice actors were for the Japanese dub. I once looked into the Japanese dub for Doctor Who and found out that Rose is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (Haruhi from Ouran! and many other things, she's famous) and Ten is voiced by freaking Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing ...

    So, my results, for anyone interested. They are pretty amusing.

    LISTER - Kenyuu Horiuchi
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=1177
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken%27y%C5%AB_Horiuchi

    Roles he is known for:
    He's done a lot anime but most of his big roles are from series I am not familiar with :P However! He is
    Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Han Solo - Star Wars :shock:
    And he does a lot of roles for Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, etc. Awfully heroic for Lister, hm.

    RIMMER - Masashi Ebara
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=510
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masashi_Ebara

    Roles he is known for:
    Lumiere in Kingdom Hearts II
    Sazh Katzroy in FFXIII (o_O)
    HOHENHEIM OF LIGHT in Fullmetal Alchemist (That really excited me! I love Hoho!)
    Berkeley Rose in FAKE (lajsdljallkjd oh dear)
    LESTAT in Interview with the Vampire
    VOLDEMORT in Harry Potter whut
    He also does a lot of Tom Hanks roles.

    And, the real surprise here:

    CAT - Koichi Yamadera
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=1009
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koichi_Yamadera

    Roles he is known for (and how:-(
    SPIKE SPIEGEL - Cowboy Bebop
    RYOJI KAJI - Neon Genesis Evangelion
     
  9. joe_mills

    joe_mills First Technician

    Messages:
    136
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Location:
    chester
    I used to get Dragon Gate stuff direct from Japan, the costs were ridiculous compared to regular dvds/merch from the UK, and that didnt include shipping. If I were you I would keep an eye on ebay, as Ive definately seen the Japanese versions on there, or you could search for someone who specialises in selling/importing the discs as I eventually did - saved a ton of money.

    good luck
     

Share This Page