Friday, December 4, 2015

Soul Chaser Asks Korean Chosen Children to Return to the Digital World


Special thanks to @fuzzleyan for acting as our Korean consultant.
On November 24th, 2015, Bandai Namco Korea uploaded the first trailer for Digimon Soul Chaser, an upcoming smartphone RPG formerly known as Soul Hunter. The trailer plays heavily on Korean nostalgia for the first season of Digimon, using the anime's Korean dub opening theme Digimon Adventure by Hong Jongmyeon, and prominently features the Digimon partners of Adventure's Chosen Children. (Known in Korea as the Seontaek-badeun Ai-deul, a literal translation of the Japanese terminology.) A translation of the trailer's narration is provided below, in both English and Japanese, with Korean transcription.

Although the Korean dub was generally more faithful to the script of Digimon Adventure than the now-infamous American dub, it was extremely harsh on the series' setting, removing all references to Japan and renaming Japanese characters to be either Korean or ambiguously foreign (i.e. Takaishi Takeru became "Ricky"). Political tensions over Japan's colonization of Korea, and refusal to admit to war crimes or compensate the victims, have lead to strong cultural censorship of Japanese products in Korea, particularly anime. While Korea has been one of the strongest advocates for Digimon in the world, even joining in the 2002 D-1 Grand Prix and dubbing every anime up through Young Hunters, this policy of censorship continues. In part due to Japan's proximity, the Koreanization of Digimon appears paper-thin to Korean fans, who are are well aware of the series' Japanese roots.

The narration in the trailer is done by Jeong Misuk, the Korean dub voice of Yagami Taichi, while the theme song Digimon Adventure is the original version aired with the TV series.

Thanks to Dimensão Digimon for the tip.

English Translation
Another crisis comes to the Digital World!
Chosen Children!
Come back to the world of Digimon!
An RPG to restore your Digimon to Ultimate.
Help us! Greymon!
Greymon, evolve: Metal Greymon!
Evolution

Raising
Leveling up
Let's make our own super-powerful Digimon team!
Through many battles, you'll get stronger and stronger~
Let's complete a collection of the best Digimon!
Please make your reservation for Digimon Soul Chaser!
Advance reservation! Let's go!

Japanese Translation
デジタル世界にまた危機が来た!
選ばれし子供よ!
デジモンの世界に戻って!
完全体に戻ったデジモンRPG
助けてくれ!グレイモン!
グレイモン進化! メタルグレイモン!
進化
育成
レベルアップ
極強のデジモンチームを作ろう!
多くの戦闘を介して
きみはますます強くなるだろう〜
最高のデジモンコレクションを完成しよう!
今すぐデジモンソウルチェイサーを予約してください!
事前予約!Let's go!
Korean Transcription
디지털 세계에 또다시 위기가 왔어!
선택받은 아이들아!!
디지몬의 세계로 돌아와!
완전체로 돌아온 디지몬 RPG
도와저! 그레이몬!
그레이몬 진화!
매탈그레이몬!
진화
육성
레벨업
극강의 디지몬 팀을 만들자!
수 많은 전투를 통해
넌 점점 더 강해질거야~
최고의 디지몬 컬렉션들 완성하자!
지금 바로 디지몬 소울 체이서를 예약하세요!
사전 예약! Let's go!

4 comments:

  1. when you look to wikipedia you will find out that there already 8 smatphone games for digimon ... WTF!?
    to much for non-japanese fans.

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    2. Like I was saying before stupid auto correct it really sucks for us USA digimon fans because we don't get jack shit.

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