September 13, 2005

Naruto on Cartoon Network

Last saturday Naruto started airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block of programming. For those of you who aren't anime fans, Naruto is one of the most popular shows to come out of Japan in the last couple of years. Cartoon Network has a really random reputation when it comes to treatment of anime. Sometimes deserved, sometimes not.

Given the above, I was kind nervous tuning in to check it out. I tend not to be a fan of dubbing, but realize that it is the only way that most shows will make it onto TV. In the end, Cartoon Network did a pretty good job. My biggest complaint was 'why bother changing the opening and ending?'. The ones for the show are pretty good as it is (and some of the later ones are great). The voices themselves were okay, I think the VAs may have to grow into them a little, but hopefully that won't take long. Very little editing. One minor thing that bugged me a little was that they edited out nosebleeds. Nosebleeds? They're an anime thing. When a character sees something naughty or has perverted thoughts they tend to get nosebleeds. No, I don't get it either, but I'm used to it.

I've got it programmed into my TiVo as a season pass for now.

Posted by snooze at September 13, 2005 05:51 PM

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Thanks for turning me on to Naruto. I downloaded a full season, the subtitled version and then watched an episode on Cartoon Network. I think the voice for Naruto is much better in the subtitle version. The lack of nosebleeds is pretty lame as well. Have you watched the Ninja Scroll TV series?

Posted by: jd [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2005 11:31 AM

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