Ohshcape Episode 2 English Dub is a follow-up to the excellent first episode of our two-part series, Ohshc! We follow the crew as they try to figure out what happened to their friend, Mike (Tom Selleck) who disappeared last episode. The second episode focuses on the mystery behind his disappearance, and introduces us to our new main character, Coach Beagle (played by Greg Garcia). I’m not sure how I feel about the English dub for episodes 1 and 2, but if you’re a fan, you’ll probably be fine with it.
The story follows our main character, Mike, as he attempts to recover his friend’s case file. It turns out that the man who disappeared was actually a former classmate of Mike’s, called Paul. There’s an element of science fiction involved because Paul had some sort of experiment in which he fused a dragonfly egg with a human female’s brain. The resulting creature now possesses human-like thoughts and capabilities.
The local police department, detectives, and other authorities discover the missing person’s body under suspicious circumstances. One of the detectives, Mike, suspects that the missing person might have been killed somehow and that foul play is afoot. His theory is that this fish, which is called “Spikey Eye”, is the culprit. He takes one of the fish home and touches it. Suddenly, a strange woman who resembles a mermaid appears and takes the fish. She tells him that he can merge her with the fish in order to create a super-being called Oshuca.
Paul, now identified as “Tina”, agrees to join Oshuca as a member. Meanwhile, our main character, Mike, remains skeptical about the whole thing, particularly when he learns that the fish doesn’t have any memory since its creation. This leads our hero and his adopted daughter, Beth, to investigate the whole case. This leads them to the apparent location of the fish where our antagonist, Spike, resides. It is there that they find out that Spike used a mysterious serum to transform the fish into something else…
What follows is an action-packed episode. The first few minutes or so are quite fast-paced, which makes it difficult to catch up on the subtleties. Nevertheless, once the story starts to pick up, you’ll quickly realize that English dub is very well done. The dialogues are clear and audible, as are the actions. Most importantly, the music fits the scene perfectly, adding another element to the dub.
Another great thing about watching an English dub for an episode of Dragonball is that the actors do a wonderful job of impersonating their respective characters. A particularly good example comes near the end of the episode, when Goku suffers a heart attack. The episode is almost in real time, yet the subtitles let you know exactly what is going on: “Goku leaps into a lake”. In the dubbed version, the same exact lines are spoken, but the depth of emotion is amazingly realistic.
The character development is very strong in this dub. The first few episodes feature only a few characters, but as the show progresses, more are introduced. Each of these characters has a wide range of emotions; some are sad, others are pleased, and others are excited at the developments. In one memorable scene from the second episode, Goku even transforms into a monster, which is quite an amazing development. The voice actors really do bring out the character’s personality, especially when they react to situations.
All in all, Dragonball is a show that I thoroughly enjoy. I’ve never been a big fan of the Japanese Animation format, but I do enjoy watching episodes of Dragonball in English. Hopefully you’ll enjoy watching this dub, as well. If not, I’d recommend other Dragonball fans trying it out. My personal favorite is episode 11, “The Great Balls” with Mikeysu.