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Quote of the Day (I thought the days of the NYT getting anime wrong were over. >_< Guess not.) 
20th-Jul-2008 01:02 am
In the 1980s, a Japanese animated movie, "Dragon Bell," used the monkey king, a Chinese classic if ever there was one, as its main character. - Richard Bernstein, "The Panda That Roared," The New York Times
20th-Jul-2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
He means Drangon Ballz doesn't he?
20th-Jul-2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
He means Dragon Ball.
20th-Jul-2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Huh. I could have sworn there was a Z somewhere in the title. Maybe it was the sequel^^ It seemed like the series would never end.
20th-Jul-2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
The "Z" is something VIZ did in North America to distinguish a later plot from an earlier one. The original manga--all 42 or whatever volumes--was just "Dragon Ball."
20th-Jul-2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
In that case, they did the same in Thailand. Each story arc had a different name added after the DB part.
20th-Jul-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Huh. I guess they're right that the U.S. interprets Japanese pop culture for the rest of the world...
20th-Jul-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know if the series ran at the same time in both countries.
20th-Jul-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think there was a "Z" that got attached to a later anime series. It was the *manga* that VIZ added the "Z" to where it wasn't in the original Japanese.
20th-Jul-2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Wasn't DB inspired by a Chinese story called Journey West [Chinese classic]...I think the name Goku is the name of the Monkey King character - but then how could he have forgotten Saiyuki? Isn't that also based on the same character?

Also, did Bernstein even mention that horrid Chinese live action rip off film of Dragonball? I think the score was settled on the 'rip-off' front.


20th-Jul-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
The Dragon Ball anime was almost certainly vastly more popular than Saiyuuki in China. And it's DUH-tastic that there was nothing to "forget" if he couldn't even spell the title right.
20th-Jul-2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Bwha! I didn't even notice that part =_=;; I would say typo...but that would be too merciful.
20th-Jul-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Err...why did you think I was complaining about this quote in the first place?
20th-Jul-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Who knows...?
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