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Sam & Max in Japan?

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That would be interesting.

Though based on Japanese voice acting culture, I would imagine Max being voiced by a girl...

EDIT 1/13/10: Hey, since we all seem to have this much faith into this thing, how about we actually have everyone pitch-in and create a dub for the animated Sam & Max episode "Aaiiieee Robot"? I know it's a longshot, but I believe with a lot of teamwork and time we could absolutely do it! :D

For those that wanna join the project, simply post and state what you'll be doing to help out!

What we need:

*Japanese translators
*Japanese dub script writers
*Voice actors who can read and pronounce Hiragana fluently
*If possible, a copy of the episode "Aaiiieee Robot" with the sound effects, music and no voices (for dubbing)
*Other great people that think they can help out in some way

Q&A:

Q: Why Japanese?

A: Mostly because Japan's never heard of Sam & Max: Freelance Police and we want to let the country know about it. Not only that, we also actually have a surprisingly good amount of Japanese speakers right here in the Telltale forums, ready to do this project.


Q: Do I have to know Japanese in order to help out?

A: Absolutely not, if you think there's a Japanese-free way which you can help out on, feel welcome to do it.


Q: Who's idea was it to dub "Aiiieee Robot"?

A: Steve Purcell himself! Nah, not really... But out of ALL his 18 posts in the entire time he's been in the Telltale forums, he posted the link to the episode in this topic. Giving us the idea of dubbing that episode.


Q: When can we expect the whole dubbed episode to be ready?

A: In a long while. At least more than 6 months I think. We gotta recruit members, write a script, record voices, edit the episode, etc.

Okay, that's it! I really hope we can get this whole thing through. If we do, that will be an amazing achievement to the Sam & Max fan community! I'll try helping out by doing various things when needed. I'll mostly be supervising the topic and respond to questions about the project though.

がんばって!(good luck!)

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    divisionten Moderator

    @Steve Purcell said: How 'bout this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L37DKgeletw

    O_O. Holy ****. Well, if Steve Purcell wants me to do it, who am I to argue? Mr. Purcell, consider it done! Do you want the whole thing in Japanese, or just the parts in Japan?

  • Not to ruin your enthusiasm, but are you quite sure that's what he's suggesting, and he's not just making a general comment on "Sam & Max in Japan?"? I smell a miscommunication.

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    divisionten Moderator

    @Harald B said: Not to ruin your enthusiasm, but are you quite sure that's what he's suggesting, and he's not just making a general comment on "Sam & Max in Japan?"? I smell a miscommunication.

    Well, it's good practice regardless.

  • Out of curiosity, are you a native Japanese speaker? I only ask because there's a few pretty elementary Japanese errors in there, and I'm not sure if they're just typos or not :P

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    @KuroShiro said: Out of curiosity, are you a native Japanese speaker? I only ask because there's a few pretty elementary Japanese errors in there, and I'm not sure if they're just typos or not :P

    As many of the people on the boards know (or if you check my profile) I'm not a native speaker, I'm not Japanese either, I just have been living in Tokyo for a while (I'm actually an albino Ashkenazi girl born in New Jersey, if you care). I also know there are a number of mistakes, and quite a few typos that I caught too- I was typing that on my phone and it is only a draft. (also, it's funny- many Japanese people can't even speak Japanese 'properly', not that this is an excuse, just something I observed. Then again, that's true of most languages, just look at usage of their-they're-there on the Internet)

    I'm more used to translating out of Japanese than into it, which is why I want to practice. Since I love Sam and Max, and humor is hard to translate, I thought it would be a good idea. But, I'm happy to take any criticism or comments if you have them.

  • @divisionten said: As many of the people on the boards know (or if you check my profile) I'm not a native speaker, I'm not Japanese either, I just have been living in Tokyo for a while (I'm actually an albino Ashkenazi girl born in New Jersey, if you care). I also know there are a number mistakes, and quite a few typos that I caught too- I was typing that on my phone and it is only a draft. (also, it's funny- many Japanese people can't even speak Japanese 'properly', not that this is an excuse, just something I observed. Then again, that's true of most languages, just look at usage of their-they're-there on the Internet)

    I'm more used to translating out of Japanese than into it, which is why I want to practice. Since I love Sam and Max, and humor is hard to translate, I thought it would be a good idea. But, I'm happy to take any criticism or comments if you have them.

    Cool. Sorry, I wasn't trying to be a jerk or anything -- you just used some fairly advanced/uncommon words so I wasn't sure!

    I too lived the 「異人」experience in Japan for a number of years, and I wholeheartedly support anyone trying to get better at the language so... go you :D. I won't offer suggestions since it's your project (unless you want them)... Though you should drop the い in 多いすぎる.

  • @Steve Purcell said: How 'bout this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L37DKgeletw

    Can we have more giant mechas in the future? :D

    I love the MegaMax 3000... =V=

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    @KuroShiro said: Cool. Sorry, I wasn't trying to be a jerk or anything -- you just used some fairly advanced/uncommon words so I wasn't sure!

    I too lived the 「異人」experience in Japan for a number of years, and I wholeheartedly support anyone trying to get better at the language so... go you :D. I won't offer suggestions since it's your project (unless you want them)... Though you should drop the い in 多いすぎる.

    That wasn't a typo- that was me originally just wanting to type 多い (ooi; many or much) but I felt it didn't have the impact of "rife". Since there's no real word for rife directly in Japanese, I decided to make it more pronounced by changing it to "多すぎる” (oosugiru, way too much) and forgot to drop the extra い. So, that was simply my stupidity. I should have waited to post the scrip until I finish.

  • @Steve Purcell said: How 'bout this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L37DKgeletw

    Taking some shots at this despite my complete ignorance of casual Japanese grammar.

    SAM: Well, here we are in Japan, land of the Rising Sun and home to shambling, rubberized beasties of all persuasions!
    じゃあ、ここ日本!恐ろしくて変てこで映画的な怪獣だらけ!
    (Jaa, koko Nihon! Osoroshikute henteko de eigateki na kaijuu darake!)
    (Well, here's Japan! Filled with terrifying, weird and movie-like monsters!)
    (Well, here Japan! Scary and strange and movie-like monsters riddled with!)
    (when i return land to the right suntan lotion ling rubberized these days of all persuasions)

    MAX: Y'know, this is exactly what my dreams look like when I eat green bananas in bed!
    ね、夢がこれになっちゃって。緑バナナこなすからと思う。
    (Ne, yume ga kore ni nachatte. Midori banana konasu kara to omou.)
    (Huh, my dreams have become this lately. I think it's because of those green bananas.)
    (Hey, dreams here in end up become. Green banana digest from with think.)
    (in only sixteen did extremely well)

    SAM: Looks like we got here just in time! This town is desperately in need of our extreme brand of unauthorized freelance policing!
    すれすれ行った!スーパー甚だしいフリーランス警察警備してあげてはどう?
    (Suresure itta! Suupaa hanahadashii furiiransu keisatsu keibi shite agete wa dou?)
    (We sure got here on time! How about we supply this town with some SUPER EXCESSIVE FREELANCE POLICE DEFENSE?)
    (On the margin went! Super Extreme Freelance Police Defense doing giving as for how about?)
    (dada dog-eared just in time discounts desperately in need of our extreme brando unauthorized freelance policing)

    MAX: Extreme Freelance Police! Sounds like a committee-generated notion for next season, Sam.
    スーパー甚だしいフリーランス警察!テレビプロデューサどんな意見かな。
    (Suupaa hanahadashii furiiransu keisatsu! Terebi prodyuusa donna iken kana.)
    (Super Excessive Freelance Police! Wonder what the higher ups will think of this.)
    (Super Extreme Freelance Police! Television producer what kind of opinion I wonder.)
    (extreme relates policeman sounds like a committee generated notion for next season sam)

    SAM: Quiet, Max, they'll hear ya.
    いや、できない。
    (Iya, dekinai.)
    (Nah, they won't even bother!)
    (No, can't do.)
    (quiet maxtor cheerio)

    So how'd I do?

  • @divisionten said: That wasn't a typo- that was me originally just wanting to type 多い (ooi; many or much) but I felt it didn't have the impact of "rife". Since there's no real word for rife directly in Japanese, I decided to make it more pronounced by changing it to "多すぎる” (oosugiru, way too much) and forgot to drop the extra い. So, that was simply my stupidity. I should have waited to post the scrip until I finish.

    There sort of is a good word for 'rife' actually -- 横行. It's usually used with suru. i.e. まやかしの警察官の生活では問題が横行している。Hope that helps a little.

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