ADV got the rights to Mermaid Melody in June 2004, for release in North America. There was also planned to be merchandise. ADV was able to dub the entire series. But, no channel wanted to air it and because of that, they had to drop the series. The dub is currently being held by TV Aichi, who originally produced and aired Mermaid Melody. Nobody knows if TV Aichi will ever release it.
San Francisco had a screening of yugioh darkside of dimensions jp audio en SUBBED
so after seeing it I still really like the dub but major differences was that the dub was waaay more funny/+2000% sass and sick burns but the original/sub explained the plot a lot better…
I might make a video I don’t know but major plot points lost in dub/I missed/key themes explained:
(Spoilers if you still haven’t seen it)
Plana: is the group of people who are deemed to be “noble ones” and who have the power to travel between dimensions. When the 7 items are gathered and the pharaohs soul is returned to the afterlife they will have the power to transcend dimensions to a new one of light/purity/eternal future/happiness etc etc. however if any darkness/hate/revenge is still within their hearts the new dimension will be of darkness. They have a power to kind of “pool” their mental ability and create their own collective consciousness* (key word later) that can influence the world/dimension around them. This is why everyone at school knows aigami exists even though they are not sure when he exactly joined their class.
Dimension Duel: this is Aigamis duel method of choice and changes the duel field to actually be “in between” dimensions.
The millennium cube: this is an actual 8th millennium item. It’s origin was still not fully explained (my theory is a hidden “bonus item” within the key/shadi?) it’s power is only activated when the other 7 have been gathered and the power is to open a portal to a new dimension
Aigami not only took two puzzle pieces but the reason why the machine didn’t be like “hey two pieces are missing” immediately was that aigami actually replaced them with two made up pieces with identical mass but were the wrong shape (which is why in the zero gravity reassembly chamber there was the error with two pieces still floating)
Collective consciousness: new dimensions/our world only exists due to a collective consciousness. Basically you exist As long as someone else remembers you. Your world exists so long as your remember it. Think of it like the “woman in the red dress” scene in the Matrix.
Kaiba compared to a dictator: aigami calls kaiba out as this quite often later on. kaiba basically does rule domino. It is mentioned to even be a resident of domino that one must register their duel disk (linking to kaibas totally not-skynet) which is how he is able to collect data on everyone and know who is where when. He makes a grandiose speech before starting the aigami vs Yugi winner vs kaiba tournament about how souls are trapped by flesh and that we are constantly defending our souls/flesh with weapons and that his new duel disk is the greatest weapon one that will allow your soul to transcend the flesh (think basically plug yourself into SAO)
Deus ex Atem: if the pharaohs soul resurrects the plana will be stuck in the current (movie/manga) dimension and can no longer ascend to the higher new dimension of light.
Any memory or connection to Atem basically negates the planas power. This is why Jounouchi was able to escape the dimension of his memory created by aigami as soon as he ran to the clock square where he duelled Atem. This is why when Atem defeated Aigami that everything reset.
Hate-revenge-fear leads to nothing: the reason aigami doesn’t immediately lead the plana to their new nirvana dimension is he still has hate/revenge in his heart (against yami bakura) refuses to leave until he takes care of it. It later becomes fear of the pharaohs soul returning that motivates aigami to stop Kaiba and to eliminate Yugi. Aigami becomes engulfed by the darkness of the ring because of the fear of losing and losing sera as well as the loss and despair from losing shadi. Kaiba at the end his drive for revenge is slowly eating away at him when he finally makes it to the afterlife dimension.
I LOVED DOING THIS!! This amazing comic was drawn by the amazing @ticcytx and I had so much fun voicing this! I wanted to have it done by the time I left for Barcelona and I’m so glad how it turned out! Everyone go follow Ticcy if you can!
Koumei Hakuryuu and judal as vampires with a human s/o please?
Koumei is seldom seen, even by his s/o, but legends are told of the lost prince, now dubbed the dark emperor. He stole away his s/o in the night for a life of luxury in his secluded castle.
Hakuryuu is torn between his love for his s/o and his fear for their safety. He vowed to never drink human blood, but he’s so hungry and they smell so good. If he can’t fight his craving…he’ll disappear into the night.
Judar feeds on his s/o, and often. His eyes glow with hunger as he corners his s/o, the only thing stronger than his blood thirstiness is his lust. Feeding just so happens to satisfy both his desires.