At 1/6/10 06:45 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
I'm watching the first episode in English with subs on to compare and see if it has been changed much.
I tried doing that backwards with my Japanese My Neighbour Totoro DVD once. I have a Japanese copy of My Neighbour Totoro, and watching it in Japanese with English subtitles is really annoying.
The English subtitles are the for-the-hard-of-hearing subtitles that you can put on while you're watching the English dub. That is to say, they read out the English language script, rather than a straight translation of the Japanese script.
It made me find out that the dub added in a lot of lines to try and make the plot more accessible to younglings. So watching my DVD with English subtitles means that subtitles will keep popping up all over the place when there's no corresponding voiced dialogue.
Luckily My Neighbour Totoro is an incredibly simple movie, so I can watch it without subtitles and still easily understand everything.