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kpaxonite Jul 3, 2011 03:26 PM

It hurts my head so much I have to watch it on mute.

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    wattacetti RE: kpaxonite Jul 3, 2011 07:28 PM

    Iron Chef Japan?

    1. skaboy RE: kpaxonite Jul 3, 2011 09:11 PM

      Alton Brown? On the contrary, love his nerdy take on things.

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        paulj RE: skaboy Jul 3, 2011 10:40 PM

        There was a thread half a year ago complaining about Alton
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751394
        Mainly people did not like his new leaner look. And there is at least one poster who thinks he knows more about food than Alton! :)

      2. ursy_ten RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 01:45 AM

        Me! Plus I hate all of the voiceovers they give everyone else, it makes them all sound incredibly dopey. But looking at a couple of the other replies, are we talking about the same version? What we get here in Australia is the Japanese version with english (American accents though) dubbed over the top of the original Japanese.

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          wattacetti RE: ursy_ten Jul 4, 2011 09:28 AM

          My understanding is that the original English dub of the original Japanese series was done with Canadian voice actors. I don't mind this, since I've seen some of the original Japanese episodes and the commentary can be equally dopey.

          Iron Chef America - the one with Alton Brown and Kaga's "nephew" (the same chairman as the ill-fated Australian version of IC), isn't great. And I don't see why they need to dub Morimoto.

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            ursy_ten RE: wattacetti Jul 5, 2011 02:41 AM

            Ah well, if the original is pretty dopey then I guess we can't really blame the voiceovers. I often wondered about that!

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              paulj RE: ursy_ten Jul 5, 2011 08:44 AM

              "Reactions to Sakai's appointment to Iron Chef were largely negative amongst chefs circles, largely because of the low stature of Iron Chef among chefs at the time which led many to believe would ruin their reputations as chefs,..."
              Wiki article onf Sakai

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              rozz01 RE: wattacetti Jul 5, 2011 08:38 PM

              The " nephew' played Sensei ping on the Middleman on ABC family... He was pretty funny

          2. paulj RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 09:57 AM

            Complaining about the voices on Iron Chef Japan makes about as much sense as complaining about the voice of Julia Child. There's nothing you, anyone else, can do about it.

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              kpaxonite RE: paulj Jul 4, 2011 11:08 AM

              Yes there is; like i said- i put it on mute.

              and they could fire the announcer and hire a new one that isn't so annoying

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                huiray RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 11:33 AM

                ...and if you ARE referring to Iron Chef Japan you DO realize that it would be impossible to "fire the announcer" (Chairman Kaga?) because that series is no longer being produced and you are watching reruns?

                I myself find Kaga FAR PREFERABLE to the execrable SWOOSH SWOOSH antics and goggle-eyed histrionics of his erstwhile so-called 'Nephew" forced upon a Murcan public that TPTB think utterly adore such theatrics.

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                  huiray RE: kpaxonite Jul 5, 2011 09:02 AM

                  BTW, it's still not clear who you are referring to as "the announcer", and which show you are talking about...

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                  mucho gordo RE: paulj Jul 4, 2011 11:41 AM

                  The voice-overs on ICJ are a farce with their use of American idioms and expressions. ICA isn't much better; we can do without Kevin altogether, Alton would do well to educate us in a more straightforward manner and the "chairman" needs to drop the fake acrobatics as well as stop the inane histrionics.

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                    paulj RE: mucho gordo Jul 4, 2011 12:56 PM

                    We need the joking, acrobatics and histrionics to remind us not to take the competition too seriously. And to remind us of the Japanese original.

                    The acrobatics could be real (the actor mostly plays martial arts roles), but like most intro sequences are not filmed fresh for each show.

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                      mucho gordo RE: paulj Jul 4, 2011 01:03 PM

                      Good point, Paul. I've no doubt the acrobatic sequence is real but, it has also been edited. Watch closely and you'll see that during the backflips, his shirt rides up exposing his belly yet, when he lands, the shirt is perfectly tucked in.

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                        paulj RE: mucho gordo Jul 4, 2011 01:19 PM

                        The behind scenes shows and articles talk about multiple takes for sequences like unveiling the secret ingredient.

                        May be the reason sequences like this bother you is that you pay too much attention to them. :) It was quite a while before I realized that the 'nephew' eyes a bell pepper (like his 'uncle') but then bites into an apple.

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                          mucho gordo RE: paulj Jul 4, 2011 01:36 PM

                          You may be right, Paul. I am a detail oriented person. Regardless of whether it's written or visual, I tend to look for errors/mistakes.

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                            Jenny Ondioline RE: mucho gordo Jul 6, 2011 03:40 PM

                            So while looking for errors, you never noticed the backflip sequence is reversed? (That is, he doesn't do a backflip onto the platform, he does a forward flip OFF the platform and the film is reversed.)

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                  downtownfoodie RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 11:39 AM

                  Alton Brown is great. He is knowledgeable and charismatic. Sometimes potentially a little repetitive with his jokes about the clock etc but that's not going to stop me listening to him.

                  The "anglicized" Japanese version played up the eccentricities of the culture (as they appeared to the North American market). I found it a little over-theatrical but I was really only watching the show for the cooking anyway, so who cares?

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                    mucho gordo RE: downtownfoodie Jul 4, 2011 01:50 PM

                    Are the ICJ voices American or Japanese? Do we really sound like that to them or is it just their perception of how we talk?

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                    lifeasbinge RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 01:12 PM

                    No.

                    1. EWSflash RE: kpaxonite Jul 4, 2011 01:30 PM

                      If you'd ever seen the first iteration of ICA, with William Shatner narrating, you'd understand at once how much better it is now. I like Shatner a lot at times, this was not his finest hour. The whole show was embarrassingly awful.

                      I'm one of Alton's fans, too, but he is a bit much at times

                      They use subtitles for Morimoto because his English is heavily accented and he can be difficult to understand. I saw him on No Reservations and had a hard time keeping up.

                      1. Antilope RE: kpaxonite Jul 5, 2011 07:50 AM

                        Maybe they should redub Good Eats using the same actors that redubed the original Iron Chef into English. ;-)

                        1. mnosyne RE: kpaxonite Jul 5, 2011 09:32 AM

                          i really have it in for the Bravo announcer who screams his way through all the promos. If I ever meet him I'm going to jam an icepick in his ear!

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