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OT: Anime sex change (was Re: OT: White Goddess)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, April 23, 2001, 3:10
On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 04:25:16PM +0200, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> En réponse à bjm10@CORNELL.EDU: > > > On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Christophe Grandsire wrote: > > > > > Amaterasu is a goddess?! Then it gives a very different reading to the > > name of > > > one of the kings of the Five Stars Story: king Amaterasu (yes, king, > > not queen), > > > > Lemme really mess you up: "Freeza" (DBZ) is female in the original > > Japanese. > > > > Is he?! (or she in that case :) ) Very strange, because Freezer doesn't look > feminine at all, whatever his/her shape... Well, after all it's an alien, so > what do you expect? :))
I don't know much about anime and manga, but I've heard from several anime fans I hang around with online that Japanese TV has different standards of decency, including issues of gender and sex. So sometimes an androgynous character of one sex becomes the opposite in the American dub (not sure about Europe and other countries though), especially if there was something about the character Americans would really throw a fit over, such as homosexuality. Gotta love bowdlerism. -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo