Post Reply Does Viz's Jojonium localisation change names?
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Posted 10/2/16
I've really been enjoying the Jojo's bizarre adventure manga trough scans and the like lately but I'd rather have physical copies of it as I feel a lot of visual fidelity is lost with scans (especially with art as detailed and stylish as Araki's) As far as I know the only way to do this in north america is through Viz's localizations of the Jojonium collections. From what I've heard viz changed the names of several characters in their original localisation of Stardust Crusaders and their dub of the anime. Does this happen in the Jojonium as well? I don't think I'll buy it if it does as I personally believe that the names (particularly the ones that are musical references) add to the charm and enjoyment of the franchise.
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I haven't gotten up to part 3 yet, but so far in parts 1 & 2, they've mainly just used differing spellings to get around that. Such as Esidesi instead of ACDC, and Whammu instead of Wham. Stuff like that, but the books are super high quality. The issue with the names is that in the US, they run into copyright issues with using musical references.
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Posted 10/2/16 , edited 10/2/16

SaitamasFist wrote:

I haven't gotten up to part 3 yet, but so far in parts 1 & 2, they've mainly just used differing spellings to get around that. Such as Esidesi instead of ACDC, and Whammu instead of Wham. Stuff like that, but the books are super high quality. The issue with the names is that in the US, they run into copyright issues with using musical references.


Ugh, that's stupid though. Plenty of people have made references like that in other works of fiction and gotten off scott free. And why do you even need to change those names? AC/DC does not belong to the band AC/DC, it's an initialism describing two types of mains power. And Wham is like one of the most common onomatopoeia in the english language, why the hell would you think someone would be able to sue you over it? Roy Lichtenstein didn't sue the Wham! band over using the name of his painting, and they even had the exclamation point, unlike the Jojo's villain. That's because nobody can claim the copyright over simple commonly-used words. I'm sorry but this just pisses me right off.
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