I finally found the time to watch the first episode of the Ghost Stories dub, and holy rewrites, Batman ! The dub writers have indeed done a lot to "spice up" the dialogue, with random moves such as turning Momoko into a fundie or Reo Jewish. It's mildly amusing, but strikes me more as a desperate attempt to make the show edgier (and somehow more juvenile). The mildly homophobic jokes here and there don't help.I don't think saying the Ghost Stories dub took liberties with the script quite underscores how many liberties they actually took. We might not quite be talking about the Samurai Pizza Cats level of rewrites, but by damn it was trying to get there!
Given my love of Tamayura you'd think I'd love this (and its been pushed on me enough because of it) but for some reason when I tried it never clicked. Never got past episode 1. And I'm not sure why.Aria: One of my favorite animes of all time. This is one of the most "feel good" anime in the world. There's barely any conflict, and villains are non-existent. The appeal is mostly character interactions and little mysteries, as well as the sheer beauty of it.
When I started watching anime a few years ago, this was my very first harem. Not sure why. Given my limited knowledge at the time about anime it was pretty eye opening. It is one of those few anime where I prefer the dub...maybe simply because of first exposure I'm not sure.Shuffle: The series that pretty much chronicles the moment where harem went wrong. The original visual novel is still well received, but certain changes made to the characters in the anime made it extremely divisive.
Actually, if you have a PS2, you might be better off hunting down a copy of the only Sakura Wars game to make it to the US - Sakura Wars: So Long My Love.At this point I must ask : are the various strings of OVAs (which are set in a parallel continuity, as far as I can see) any better ? I'm not exactly looking forward to trying them out...