So...I have a discussion about a thing but I'm going about it in a somewhat roundabout way. I happened to stumble across a video about how Sonic is supposedly "fundamentally Japanese":
It was an odd situation since I found some of his actual facts insightful but I hard
disagreed with his conclusion that the American side of the franchise is 'incorrect'. I hold that the earlier discussion that western + eastern + 90s cool is why
Sonic works. Bad translations have certainly happened but Sega's pulled some things into the franchise from the American side of things and ignored other things. The franchise has been around long enough that people on both sides of the pond have employees who grew up liking Sonic and the involvement of newer people alters things. And of course there's the whole fact that some of the original members of Sonic Team have gone on record stating that the series was designed for America so they like seeing what Americans do with it.
The wrinkle comes from the comments. There's surprisingly civil conversation in the comments, particularly since most of it is disagreeing with him, and/or pointing out translation inaccuracies. The comments bring about the actual discussion.
I was watching and didn't finish his video on Amy, specifically about her currently displayed strength level compared to her role as the Normal. I'll opt not to link to it since I kinda get a neckbeard elitist vibe from him and would rather not give him the clicks (only linked the above due to some of the actually interesting talking points). But before clicking elsewhere, I looked at the comments. Good discussion was brought up, such as the fact that the introduction of Rouge and Cream shifted things or pointing out that she actually is one of the few characters we've seen explicitly train. But one comment caught my eye in particular. It pointed out that Amy had an arc of improvement across SA1, SA2, and Heroes with Japanese version of Heroes having a key difference from the American translation in that she originally challenges Sonic to a fight to prove she is worth marrying as opposed to trying to force him into marriage. And then it hit me, I was halfway joking in our Amy discussion a while back but this was a confirmation I was actually correct. It actually got me thinking that one of the things that might be holding back some rereleases might be a desire to redo the dialogue an the effort that might require since some of the original voice actors are no longer available.