-Z- (Z@Gundam.Com)
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 21:48:59 -0800


At 21:09 11/24/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>In Japanese, it's quite possible to show personalities
>just by different speech patterns. It's not possible to do this in English.

What a ridiculous assertion! One need look no further than Star Trek to
see that characterizations can be done quite effectively with speech
patterns in English. Spock's distinctly "logical" delivery is so widely
imitated as to be a cliche now. Almost every Star Trek character had a
such distinct speech patterns and character specific turns of phrase that
its become a party game to parody them.

Star Wars, same deal.

The problem with dubbed anime is that the voice actors are never allowed to
develop any characterizations. They're too busy just trying to get the
dialogue out to the beat dictated by the mouth movements. The closest they
ever get to true voice acting is copping a funny accent or weird laughter.

-Z-

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