I consider the fact that Musashi and Kojiro in this episode acted like total bastards towards each other as much worse thing. But that's in the past, let's be happy :D
They're not only mere insults, but like Ii kanji arleady said, their character are dfferent as well. Jessie is much more egoistical, and she's often portrayed as vain bitch, and James is well... James. He seems far less intelligent than Kojiro and he fails at being serious. Not to mention his jerkiness. And does the dub still do "JIG" jokes?'Cause of the insults? Well, just remember, Americans are much more prone to "friendly insults" than the Japanese...that is, insults that don't mean anything, really; they're just a kind of...casual banter. My friends and I do it all the time. (We also support each other when we actually need it.) (Hey, our nation was formed around people who were outcasts, ne'er-do-wells, and troublemakers; of course we're going to have a boisterous and competitive style of interaction! )
And, as I said, I will mentally "edit in" important interactions from the original dialog and make them part of the dub continuity in my head, in subtext if not in text.
Oh I know how you feel. I remember how I used to write pretty long essays on Team Rocket and Rocketshipping when I was 14. Now when I read them, I can't help but to laugh out loud, as I knew bullshit about TR/RS back then xD; And I was convinced that I knew everything, pfff...That may work for you, but it doesn't for me. I can write fic after fic about Contest shippyness, (which I think I pretty much have...) but if nothing happens at the GF, they all become meaningless to me, and I'll have to move to something new.
Fanwank would work for me only at the end of the show, if Rocketshipping wouldn't become official canon. It's canon to me now anyway ;D Just make them stay together forever and I'll be happy as neverOr to put it simply, fanwank doesn't work for everyone. Some of us only care about canon stuff that happens on the show.
As much as I hate dub, I love such lines xD But the truth about such lines is, they're random. The dub writers just put whatever that sounds funny, shippy or anti-shippy, no matter what it takes
I couldn't believe that they were able to make Jessie mention her nails and hair while she was hugging her friends after the reunion either...Honestly, it just varies from episode to episode. Sometimes the dub-script-writers have the opportunity to switch things around, but a lot of body language in the animation won't let them change it too much :P While Kojiro's body is showing how empathetic he is towards Musashi's loss, they can't make him say "I can't believe she's not angry!" 'cause even little kids would find it confusing haha.
Sometimes, if the line is stupid enough, it just can spoil any body language.
In comparison to the old times, they're much less selfish for sure. And it looks like they're less and less selfish as the time passes, so that's good :DI agree! As much as people say that they were closer in Kanto, I don't think they actually were. They could both still act mean and selfishly. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think they've actually been selfish recently at all.
I just want it to happen, I don't really care how Tomioka is going to solve it, during or after GF.I doubt it somehow :(
Personally, I think our best hope is for her to lose early and then the Rockets' screentime during the remainder of the GF can be devoted to her being depressed/cheered up.
Apart from the most awesome comforting scene ever and two of the most shippiest motto ever, some cute hugs and hand holds we didin't get much... Jouto was the first series of shipping decline, but at least, it wasn't as anti-shippy like AG was, so I'm pretty much neutral about it. It just became dull about shipping