* Done slightly in the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' dub. When tracking down a hacker, Faye remarks that their target is probably a smelly nerd, rather than using the term {{Otaku}}. This was changed back to its original comment in later runs.
* Probably both the archetypal and ironically least obvious example: In the North American dub of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' produced by Creator/VizMedia, ''all'' of the classical Japanese poetry quoted by Tatewaki Kuno has been skillfully replaced with near-perfect equivalents from Creator/WilliamShakespeare. This has been done so meticulously that for many years {{fanon}} held Kuno to be a devotee of the Bard.
** Another is referring to Shampoo and Cologne's village as "The Village of Chinese Amazons", which aside from being noted for its 'female warriors' (literal translation) has very few tropes to the usual depiction of Greek Amazons.
** The name of Ryōga's dog, Shirokuro, refers to the dog's fur colors ("shiro" means white and "kuro" means black). Viz's translation of the manga changed the dog's name to Checkers, which sounds similar to Shirokuro, retains the meaning about fur colors, and also sounds like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkers_speech dog's name]]. Viz's subtitles translated the name more literally, as Black'n'White.
* Mexican dubbing of anime and cartoons has been very guilty of this, inserting as many references to Mexican culture as they can have, which often results in borderline {{Gag Dub}}s; the more (in)famous examples are ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''TheSimpsons''. However, the public rarely protest, maybe because of the Mexican dominance in the Latin American pop culture since the 1930s until today, via films and soap operas. Some immortal examples of this: at one point during the Saiyans saga in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Yamcha says "We'll turn them into guacamole!"; in the ''Pokémon'' dub, James sometimes starts speaking in a heavy accent from either Veracruz, Nuevo León, or the Yucatán peninsula; and in one chapter of ''TheSimpsons'' a reference to Richard Simms was replaced for a more known (for Latin Americans) Lorenzo Lamas, without replacing the visual representation.
** ''Manga/DragonBall'' had an extreme example at some point. [[LaughablyEvil Emperor Pilaf]] has finally collected all the Dragon Balls, has summoned [[TheOmnipotent Shenron]], which will grant him any wish, and is stuck saying "I wish to conquer...", "I wish to conquer..." But then [[PettingZooPeople Oolong]] appears suddenly and makes a wish instead. What did he wish for? In the Mexican dub, he says "I wish to conquer [[TheChick Bulma]]!" This seems like a great plot twist, until the viewer is left clueless while a pair of panties falls off from the sky, and this is never explained...
** ''Manga/InuYasha'' also had a Japanese gag replaced with Shippo calling Inuyasha a "two-legged rat" in allusion to a song by famous Mexican ranchera singer Paquita la del Barrio.
** Interestingly, even when suffering from the same AnimationAgeGhetto syndrome as the US, Latin American-Spanish dubs in general rarely censor things unless it's too violent or too naughty (and even that is more done by broadcasters),there are cases that the original material made a previous stop in the USA were it was [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerized]] first and then licensed for Latin America.
** And the public rarely complains because of the exceedingly high quality of the dub performances, which have often taken mediocre shows and made them stellar through the power of acting alone.
* Not actually in the dubbing, but in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' whenever the main cast are eating something, in the original Japanese, it's almost always rice balls. In the English 4Kids dub, it's whatever the dub-techs were hungry for that day. In the Hoenn Saga, large sandwiches became the standard.
** One of the good things Pokémon USA has done is stop that practice completely. They have even begun calling them rice balls.
** The episode that introduced Todd Snap in the original dub did properly refer to them as "Rice Balls", however, as it showed Brock making them, umeboshi and all.
** On the subject of ''Pokémon'', the two recurring Team Rocket members are named "Musashi" and "Kojiro" in the original Japanese, named after the famous samurai. In the English version, their names are "Jessie" and "James", in reference to the American outlaw Jesse James.
*** Likewise, two less-prominent Team Rocket members are given [[PunnyName Punny Names]] based on the above characters: "Kosaburo" (literally "Third Son", as opposed to Kojiro, "Second Son"), and "Yamato" (a WWII-era battleship that served alongside the ''Musashi''). The English dub names them "Butch" and "Cassidy" after another famous American outlaw.
* The Tokyopop version of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' was adapted for the Western audience by comic book writer Keith Giffen -- he was given a straight translated script and altered it as he saw fit. This led to, among other things, lots of American pop culture references
* The English dub of ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'' replaced the closing trailers' horrid Japanese riddles with horrid English riddles. Apparently there's a law of Conservation of Corny involved in the translation process.
* The river Sanzu was changed to the Western equivalent, the river Styx, in the dub of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. The English manga calls it the river ''Sticks''.
** Also done for ''LoneWolfAndCub: Baby Cart at the River Styx''.
** Similarly, the English manga ''YamiNoMatsuei'' changes references to Enma-daioh (the ruler of the underworld in Buddhism) to The King of Hades.
* Creator/{{Geneon}}'s dub of the ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' TV series - originally created in the 1970s but dubbed in the 2000s - replaced dated Japanese pop-culture references with American equivalents, which was a good translation between country cultures, but also used ''modern'' references [[AnachronismStew in a show that was obviously not set in the modern day]], which were usually bad translations between decade cultures. [[RuleOfFunny It was still pretty funny though]].
* Creator/ADVFilms' 2005 dub of 1982's ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' uses the word "metrosexual" in episode 33. Since the show takes place in the years 2009-2012, though, that one is a bit more understandable.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina Inverse is known as the "Dragon Spooker", where "spooker" is a [[FunWithAcronyms contrived acronym]] "Dragon Steps Past Out Of Clear Revulsion". In the original, it's "Dra-mata", meaning "dragon mo mata ide tooru" (even a dragon would step over it), a play on words on the Japanese phrase "neko mo mata ide tooru" (even a cat would step over it), which means a nasty person. The acronym was needed because to finish the play on words, a dragon really does step over Lina.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Yukari temporarily switches from Language to Math to P.E. on a whim. Soccer is the initial game of choice. When questioned about her knowledge of the rules, she said, according to the sub, "I'm Nakata," probably referring to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidetoshi_Nakata Hidetoshi]]. In the dub, however, she instead says, "I'm Mia Hamm," an ''American'' soccer player.
** And in the American translation of the manga by ADV, she's Pele.
** Also, in the French translation of the manga by Kurokawa (possibly the editor relying the most on Cultural Translation in the French manga market), she's Ronaldo (the Brazilian player, not Cristiano Ronaldo).
** Another example would be Osaka meeting Chiyo's father. She makes a comment on his face. In the sub, she refers to him having a face similar to Mori Yoshiro, a former Japanese Prime Minister. In the dub, she comments that he looks similar to Bill Clinton, a former President of the United States.
** In the manga of ''Azumanga Daioh'', however, Osaka is translated to be from New York - Yukari-sensei invites her to say to the class, "Yo, how ''[[{{Friends}} you]] doin'?" The other girls also ask her about meatball sandwiches and Mickey D's instead of [=McDonald's=]. The phonetic accent works...[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries less perfectly...]]but otherwise, eh, fuhgeddaboudit!
** In one strip of the manga, Tomo greeted Yomi by saying "Good [[HelloProject Morning Musume]]!" ADV's translation of the manga changed this to another musical reference: "[[{{Oasis}} What's the story, morning glory?!]]"
* Although the actual cultural references in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' are unchanged, in the English dub of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' a passage from Sousuke's Japanese Classics assignment is read in what appears to be Middle English, in order to preserve the effect and explain why Sousuke is having so much trouble understanding the text.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the title character uses remarkably impolite [[{{Honorifics}} forms of address]] toward most adults outside his [[TrueCompanions closest circle]]; except for Jiraiya (''Ero-sennin'', Pervy Sage) most cannot be translated directly. However, this is more than made up for by the somewhat affectionate ''Tsunade-baachan'' becoming much ruder when non-idiomatically put into English as "Grandma Tsunade".[[note]]"Auntie Tsunade" would be a much more accurate adaptation.[[/note]]
** In Part II, when Sai reads a book that suggests that using honorifics on friends is polite but not helpful to becoming closer, he notices that Sakura never uses any with Naruto (when he had previously used "-san" on her and "-kun" on Naruto), and decides to no longer use honorifics on them. The book in the Viz manga advises against using "mister" or "miss" on friends, which Sai had not been doing before.
** The English dub also has an unusual example of adding a literary reference: Kin Tsuchi fighting Shikamaru in the Chunin exams. Kin, who uses a jutsu based on the sound bells make, explains how they work normally in Japanese. In English, she quotes John Donne: "Ask not for whom the bell tolls..." (Given that ''Naruto'' is set in another universe, it must be assumed that ninja-John Donne exists within it.)
* In ''MaisonIkkoku'' episode 73, Godai has locked himself in his room after missing a job interview. Kyōko asks Akemi what he's doing, to which Akemi answers, "[[JapaneseMythology Amaterasu-omikami]]". Viz changed Akemi's reply in the subtitles and the dub script to "He's playing hide-and-seek".
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'' the famous "{{odango}} atama" insult, which translates as "dumpling head", was changed to "meatball head" in the Creator/DiC dub because odango style round snack dumplings aren't common in the west, whereas the similar sized meatball is. Both objects are roughly the same shape as Usagi/Serena's famous hair "balls". The Creator/{{Viz}} sub goes for "bun-head" instead, which fits both as a food-related insult and an apt description of her hair.
* In the Norwegian translation of the ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' manga, Benitora's kansai accent was changed to a Bergen accent, with a note explaining this was a common way of rendering this accent in Norwegian translations. While this was hardly true, not having been done anywhere else but here, it worked so perfectly no one complained. In Swedish, he was given a Gothenburg accent, which worked very well.
* ''StarBlazers'', FrothyMugsOfWater aside, there's also a scene where sushi is referred to in the dub as "chocolate cake".
** Also, many of ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'''s references to ''TheShinsengumi'' were changed to the story of ''JasonAndTheArgonauts''.
* The dub of ''TokyoPig'' had one of the worst instances of this ever, at the close of the first episode. The lead character's father says of his relationship with the eponymous pig "A boy and a pig. Only in America." In a series that was ''named Tokyo Pig in the dub version''. This was so blatantly stupid that when they FlashBack to the scene in a later episode, they redubbed that line as "Only in Tokyo."
** Not surprisingly, this dub was supervised by Harvey Weinstein (who is infamous for heavily editing and redubbing Asian material to incomprehensibility).
* A major clue in one ''KindaichiCaseFiles'' story was based on [[spoiler:the ability of Japanese computers to switch keyboard inputs between the various Japanese alphabets and Roman (English) letters. The translators altered this clue so that only knowledge of the standard QWERTY keyboard was required.]]
* Patricia Martin from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' uses her lack of Japanese language fluency to unsuccessfully avoid Kagami's criticism (despite speaking near-flawless Japanese up to that point.) In the English Dub, it wouldn't make much sense to say "I can't understand your language, I speak English!" ..When they're all speaking English. This was changed to an annoyingly immature "Lalala~ I can't hear you!" Given the situation, though, the dubbers were placed in a difficult dilemma.
* In an episode of the Hungarian dub of Soul Eater, Kid is chasing after an assassin called the King Fisher. When Patty opens fire on the assassin, she refers to him as "Ho-ho-horgász" (Fi-fi-fisher), the title of an old Hungarian animated series.
* In Filipino dubs of anime the JapaneseSiblingTerminology for familial relations are quite easily translated, with mat of the inherent context intact, since Filipino has direct equivalents. "Ate" for "Onee-san," "Kuya" for "Onii-san," and so on. Also like the Japanese language, Filipino allows for the usage of said pronouns to [[HonoraryUncle refer to unrelated people]].
* Japanese Beetles are said to be irresistibly attracted to fruit, especially watermelons, which is why it's sort of a RunningGag in ''{{Medabots}}'' that the beetle-themed main robot Medabee goes crazy for them. Most westerners aren't very familiar with this, so his voice actor plays him as a member of [[AngryBlackMan another group stereotypically fond of watermelons...]]
* These sort of notations appear all over ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', because much of the humor that isn't {{Slapstick}} revolves around wordplay (which would, of course, otherwise go right over the heads of a non-Japanese-speaking audience.)
* In ''{{Domu}}: A Child's Dream'', one child sings the first SuperSentai theme song to himself. This is changed to "[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Go, go Power Rangers]]!". The manga was written in the late seventies but not translated until the nineties, so at least the reference had a reasonable equivalent.
* Thanks to Jim Terry Productions, ''SF Saiyuki Starzinger'', a sci-fi adaptation of the Chinese fairy tale ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', becomes ''Space-keeters''...or should we say ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''...[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!!!
* All over the place in the English dub of ''BoboboboBobobo''.
* Chapter 67 of ''YoureUnderArrest'' featured Strike Man wearing a red-and-white bobble hat variation of his usual mask and a red-and-white cape rather than his usual ones, calling himself "Santa Claus Man", and claiming that he's not Strike Man. When asked why his mask has Strike Man's "S" emblem on it if he's not Strike Man, he answers that it stands for "Santa". This caused a problem for the French translation of the manga, because what Japanese and Americans call "Santa Claus", the French call "Pčre Noël"[[note]] or "Father Christmas" in English[[/note]], which doesn't have an "s". So, the translators changed "Santa Claus Man" to "Super Noël", which is pronounced like "Pčre Noël" except for the "su" prepended in front.
* In the dub of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Card Captors'', they were quite stringent about avoiding any and all references to the series being set in Japan, including the unusually technical reference to Tokyo Tower as just a radio tower.
* When [=4Kids=] got ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', they left the food in visually...but replaced references to overtly Japanese foods with those which westerners would understand. For example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33x3Wzc4V6c&eurl=http://www.tvtropes.org/ goodbye takoyaki]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG6ZzRFIsC0&eurl=http://www.tvtropes.org/ hello cookies.]]
** Episode 7's daifuku was changed to "cupcakes" in the English dub, and in the Italian version, it was changed to "dulces".
*** The same thing that happened in episode 7 of [=DoReMi=] happened in the Italian version of [[YesPrettyCure5GoGo Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo: Okashi No Kuni No Happy Birthday]]. Nutts' introduction speech had the word "mamedaifuku" changed to "dulces" in the Italian version.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' was changed to ''Mew Mew Power'' in the U.S.
* ''Videogame/ComicParty'' had this happen in the English dub. Yen becomes Dollars, Kimonos become Prada dresses. Oddly, the yen is shown and it is still called dollars.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'': The dub names takoyaki something else entirely again -- donuts. Maybe that has something to do with 4kids ''temporarily'' taking this series. That or they thought some slightly older kids would start making sophomoric jokes about "octopus balls".
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has plenty, such as a rice ball Zoro/Zolo is fed being changed to a cookie (that he somehow swallowed whole, which made a bit more sense with rice).
** Surprisingly enough for a 4Kids dub, most of the characters' names are not only left intact, but actually left in Japanese order of family name first, something that even the likes of VIZ or Funimation rarely do.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has the scene when T.K. and Patamon read a note in Primary Village about rubbing an egg to make it hatch. [[http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/3999/digicodeev2.jpg It's clearly written in hiragana]], but instead of translating it or simply cutting the shot and making the characters read it off-screen, they decided to say it's "digicode".
** It should be noted that there [[http://wikimon.net/Digimon_Alphabet actually is a Digicode]], even though it doesn't look anything like hiragana.
** A similar scene occurred in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' dub: Usagi/Serena's "funny squiggles" handwriting refers to the original RunningGag that Usagi never learns proper Kanji writing, even as an adult.
* Although almost everyone else in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has (or at least attempted) a British accent, Alucard spoke with a distinctively American tang. Interviews with the translation director revealed he made this decision because of a theory that people can relate to a protagonist better if he sounds like them.
* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' ran into a problem when it was Americanized -- one episode has the cast traveling to an American ranch from their native Japan. The dubbers changed the location to Australia and gave the American characters Australian accents. But the "Australian aborigines" sure didn't look like aborigines.
* ''Anime/ShinChan'' characters in the English GagDub seem to know more about American pop culture than they know about Japanese pop culture to an extent that you might question whether the show takes place in a Universe where Japan is part of the United States instead of Asia.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point:
--->'''Georgie:''' And that's why Rudy Giuliani should be America's next president.\\
'''Shin:''' Don't we live in Japan?
** Spain's dub suffers from that sometimes, like two episodes that call the [[JapaneseHolidays O-Hanami]] a "Pic-nic", with no explanation it's supposed to be a holiday. The weirdest part? [[InconsistentDub Other episodes do explain it's a holiday, and even call it by name]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' underwent Americanization, but this was specifically at the request of creator Gosho Aoyama, who thought foreign fans would better identify with local characters than Japanese ones. The name change to ''Case Closed'', however, was purely a legal issue. This however still doesn't explain why only the American release had to be changed and all the other releases in over 15 Countries were left completely intact.
* The Creator/BangZoomEntertainment dub of ''Manga/KOn'' has changed the currency from yen to dollars.
* Following in the footsteps of ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' is ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', a Japanese version of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. Most notably, the original's Hawaiian setting is transplanted over to Okinawa, and Lilo is replaced by a new girl named Yuna. (Interesting in that a significant portion of the people who live in Hawai'i are ethnically Japanese.) Extra points go to it for replacing ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' in its time slot.
* Early examples of the Dutch ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' dub introduced the euro system to the currency world. Mind you this was YEARS before the euro was introduced as currency in the Dutch society, being late 90s and the euro entering the world as currency in 2002.
** This is true for the German dub as well.
* In one episode of Anime/ExcelSaga, Il Palazzo's [[OnceAnEpisode speech outlining the current strategy for world domination]] is peppered with random bits of what may or may not be real Italian and other bits which are English spoken with a heavy fake Italian accent; as the trivia tooltips point out, this is because in the original Japanese the speech was interspersed with random ''English'' and a bad American accent, and they needed to retain the same feel. By and large, though, the series averts the trope; jokes will be translated more or less as they are, and instead you can turn on the aforementioned tooltip feature which will explain why something which is just an insane non-sequitur in English is actually an elaborate joke in Japanese.
* Similarly, in the spiritual sequel ''PuniPuniPoemy'', one scene set in a battlefield in an unspecified foreign country had the extras saying names of various foods rather than actual dialogue. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0EVRNe0QKI The English dub does the same.]]
* Some of the less, shall we say, scrupulous (read: probably bootleg) translations of {{Doraemon}} published in Taiwan had the series set in Taiwan rather than Japan, changing out all of the locations.
** The official Indonesian translation also occasionally contains this ([[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BubuFW7CEAAKpfY.jpg:large example]]; UGM stands Gadjah Mada University, in Yogyakarta), but when the series was reprinted with the Japanese cover, the series were given new translations and the cultural translations were largely removed.
* This trope is referenced in the translation notes for Volume 3 of Del Rey's translation of xxxHOLiC, to note an aversion and to assure us that Watanuki did really mistake Yuuko's reference to {{Casshern}} for one to ''Franchise/StarWars'' in both languages.
* Spanish dubbing studio Luk Internacional is heading into this territory with their ''CrayonShinChan'' and ''{{Kochikame}}'' dubs. No, the sexual stuff is intact. However, they sometimes seem to have a 4Kids-level dislike of Japanese culture and like to hide it whenever possible. Two {{egregious}} examples: In ''CrayonShinChan'', Masao's nickname of "Riceball Head" is changed to "Onion Head", which would normally count as a {{woolseyism}} except they even do it ''[[ViewersAreMorons when obvious visual references to riceballs are shown]]''. Even worse was an episode of ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' about the Hanami festival. Not only they kept referring to it as a "picnic" and nothing more, they also called the cherry blossom trees '''almond trees''', for no reason unless they absolutely needed to hide that little bit of Japanese culture. To be fair, this seems to be [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the translator]], as they can go the opposite route at times too, but when they do this, they do it '''bad'''.
* The mystic aura of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' depended heavily from Classical Mythology, but the Italian dub had to rely on higher epicness in all the dialogues and insert DivineComedy references because ''every single Italian is familiar with Classical Mythology since before grade school''.
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