Grouping this with our W&L on DBZ from earlier this morning, I suppose today’s theme is that dubs can be better than subs - - or at least presumptively better, in this case.
See, this is another one of the baffling micro-series that Crunchy Roll’s been importing this season, and I continue to scratch my head, wondering what sort of programming block they fit into. Since this is a gag show, and much less serious than the... cliffhanger (hee hee!) I just watched, I suppose it could be the anime equivalent of a Sunday funny like GARFIELD (or perhaps like OLD MASTER Q, if we want to keep the references Eastern here).
As I recall, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL came from about the same place. And since this tongue-in-cheek skewering of high school delinquents was already reminding me of that particular show, I think it’s safe to say I’d enjoy a lot more if it were…
- Edited together into longer chunks.
- Dubbed by a translation staff who took a ton of creative license.
…in about the same fashion as CROMARTIE.
I want to like this show more. I smirk when it ribs at tough guy bromance and a titter at the random acts of brutal slapstick - - but I want I want to be LOL'ing, man! If that CUTICLE DETECTIVE werewolf nonsense felt like a comedy sketch that'd been stretched past its normal life, then this feels like one that keeps getting cut off before it can even set up its jokes properly.
I mean, seriously, I watched four episodes in under eight minutes. It’s almost like these videos are intended to be enjoyed while you were waiting for other video to finish buffering. What gives, man?
Dubbed by a translation staff who took a lot of creative license.Watch the first episode, "The Introduction of Asakura" here and decide for yourself.