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Anyone else hate the announcer on Iron Chef?

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

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

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      1. re: skaboy

        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. 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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        1. re: ursy_ten

          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.

          1. re: wattacetti

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

            1. re: ursy_ten

              "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

            2. re: wattacetti

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

          2. 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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            1. re: paulj

              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

              1. re: kpaxonite

                ...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.

                1. re: kpaxonite

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

                2. re: paulj

                  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.

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    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.

                    1. re: paulj

                      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.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        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.

                        1. re: paulj

                          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.

                          1. re: mucho gordo

                            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.)

                3. 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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                  1. re: downtownfoodie

                    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?