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Old 01-02-2013   #1
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Default How popular is Western Animation in Japan?

Browsing through this website, I was surprised to learn that many of our cartoons such as Adventure Time, Spongebob Squarepants and Batman: The Animated Series have not only aired in Japan but have been given complete Japanese dubbing from highly respected seiyu. How popular is Western Animation over there? Is it like the equivalent to Anime over in the west?

This is just something I've been curious about.
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Old 01-29-2013   #2
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Default Re: How popular is Western Animation in Japan?

From what I've gathered, it would seem at the very least, Disney is extremely popular in Japan for two reasons: 1. Disney is just as good here, as when its dubbed by Japanese Seiryu and 2. because it is foreign.

The first one is very true, as we can all think on watching Disney Animated Films as children and loving them, so its only natural that its quality can be enjoyed overseas in other countries.

The second one is much like the Japanese Anime fans in America, they love the culture of something different from there own, and when they see such things done well..it fascinates them and entertains them. The reverse is also true for Japan when looking at Disney.
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Default Re: How popular is Western Animation in Japan?

The third reason is Kingdom Hearts.
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The third reason is Kingdom Hearts.
Pretty sure it was popular before Kingdom Hearts dude.
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I know; I just felt like saying something short and vaguely humourous.

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Default Re: How popular is Western Animation in Japan?

Sadly Nickelodeon has been taken off of Japanese TV. Some of the dubs were pretty bad; worst offender was Plankton sounding like a little girl!
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