KBABZ wrote:It comes off as a big-lipped alligator moment, but I'd much prefer that to paedophilia.
Well... That's why it works. It becomes a legitimately kind of funny scene.
KBABZ wrote:Looking it up on Wikipedia, I can't find any reference to Hades being the actual name for the underworld. Definitely just sounds like a Next Dimension-type censorship thing to me. And yes I know that Vegeta was prince of Planet Vegeta with a father named King Vegeta, but they're using an established name and concept here...
Wikipedia is terrible for researching anything.
However, you may want to read the article again.
Hades, in the ancient Greek religion and myth, is the god of the dead and the king of the underworld, with which his name became synonymous.
In addition, note that the Blue Water dub tended to refer to hell as "The underworld" sometimes in addition to calling it Hades.
It's definitely a case of finding an alternative so they don't say "Hell" on TV, but it's a clever way to do it, because it gives them more options for scripting(Hades - two syllables; the underworld - four syllables), it essentially means the same thing as hell in its usage there, it sounds good, and it doesn't mean they have to do some dumb nonsense like "Home For Infinte Losers", which -- despite my not taking issue with it -- realistically is a pretty dumb way to censor it.
Honestly, if they used "Hades" and "The underworld" in an uncut dub, I'd be totally cool with it. In fact, I would even advocate for doing that if I was involved in decisionmaking for something like that, since it would fit perfectly fine in uncut, and mean the scriptwriters don't have to bend over backwards and use tons of alternate takes for the TV edit.
Dragon Ball is a goofy kids cartoon from a long time ago. You take it too seriously at your own peril.
Debate the plot, characters, adaptations, dubs, etc., criticise the home video, but never lose sight of the fact that it's all just entertainment. You're supposed to enjoy it. If you're not enjoying it, just walk away.