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Song Challenge Day 27: Making Fun

“A song you make fun of”

Liking a song and making fun of it are nowhere near mutually exclusive, especially if the song is Japanese; have you heard the Engrish in some of the songs that are in anime? “Just Wild Beat Communication“. “Going Your Days Grow Up“. And of course “I Believe in Drastic My Soul“.

But “Honoo no Overdrive” by Koji Wada, the theme song of Transformers: Car Robots (original Japanese version of Robots in Disguise…er, the first one; say what you will about Japanese Transformers series having equally generic titles, but at least they’ve never repeated one.), is my go-to example.

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“Go Boy! Convoy!”

“Fire Flush!” (Actually supposed to be “Fire Flash!”)

What happens when Japanese companies choose English names

I just ordered some anime DVDs, including a preorder for Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!, a series whose English subtitle release had originally been announced with the title Shin Mazinger Z Impact, which seems to make more sense in English even with a word left untranslated.

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