Finally caught up on some anime and wanted to talk about Engrish after watching an episode of Shinryaku!? Ika Musume. I think you know the episode in question.
First off all, thanks to Mushyrulez for finding a sub group that doesn’t include all of the annoying squid puns. I LOVE puns, especially bad ones. The cornier they are the better. But all of the squid puns in Ika Musume are just unenjoyable (I liked them for about 5 minutes before I got seriously annoyed). So now I refuse to watch any subs other than FFFpeeps, who do a good job.
On to the episode. I forget what episode it was exactly, but in it, everyone decides that it would be a great idea to learn English. They get the science girl (Cyndi) to teach them, and somehow they all learn how to speak perfect English in about 1 minute, which was funny. When I say everyone, I of course mean everyone except Eiko, who goes on to converse in Japanese, but everyone seems to have suddenly forgotten Japanese all together, and assume everything she says is an attempt at English.
What insues is one of the stupidest, best, worst Engrish segments in all of anime. The whole thing is in English. Every character is speaking it. Cyndi speaks it so well that it sounds like an American dub. In fact, I haven’t looked it up because that takes time, but the voice of Cyndi seemed to have completely changed all together. I’m pretty sure they just brought an American in to voice her during the English segment. Let’s say that Cyndi was still voiced by her Japanese voice actress. If that’s the case, then her Engrish was very good, but she still sounded unenthusiastic and bland. She reminded me of a lot of English dubbed characters. In fact, I swear I’ve heard her before on some English dub. Maybe Pani Poni Dash or Azumanga Diaoh or something. I usually hate most female dubbed voiced, with the exception of Ryoko (Tenchi Muyo) who I liked for whatever reason.
I love Engrish, but I’m not sure how I feel about all of this. It was beyond odd. What surprised me was that everyone suddenly seemed to become actually retarded with this change to English, especially Cyndi, who decided to spin around like an idiot, expecting an alligator after Eiko thanked her for water (arigatou).
Cyndi, you’re a fucking idiot. I’m going to pray that Engrish never lasts this long again. It was too much for me.