May it be a color inconsistency, unexplained disappearances, or things that does not make any sense, we cannot deny the fact that some there are scenes in anime that are guilty of such errors that we never noticed at all… unless we were just darn busy watching which would explain why. Today, I will point out some of the errors (and inconsistencies) I was able to uncover over the years that I have been watching anime.
1. Erroneous English
Let’s begin with something that is quite easy to identify. This was shown in episode 4 of the 1st season of Fate/kalied liner Prisma Illya. Illya tried to simplify things by saying out loud “Don’t think! Imagine!” However, the one on screen has a typo on it because it is misspelled as “Imasine.” I don’t know if this was intentional in order to make the viewers laugh but this is clearly an error.
Fortunately, this was rectified on the DVD and Blu-ray release so I guess whoever was responsible for this episode was well aware of their goofs and made the necessary correction.
2. Switcheroo Socks
Another error I was able uncover can be found exclusively with the second special episode bundled with volume 2 of the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Prisma Illya 2wei (Japan only). We see our heroines walking on the way to school.
Notice the long black thigh socks Miyu is wearing? She has been wearing that throughout season 2 and just as well on this episode.
The next morning we find Miyu wearing socks as long as Illya’s. Now the real issue begins…
… when we see Miyu wearing her black thigh high socks again even though it was short a few seconds ago.
A few more seconds and a gust of wind suddenly blew under the girls’ skirts (*sigh* that’s fan service for you) conveniently letting you view Miyu’s thighs and the next the next thing you know, her socks are short again.
To further complicate things, Miyu is once again seen wearing her black thigh high socks near the end of the episode. The inconsistency about Miyu’s sudden change in socks makes me wonder if the person in charge on checking the animation was either too busy on other things or was just slacking.
3. Conflicting Chopsticks
Now we go with episode 23 of Outlaw Star entitled “Tenrei, The Hot Spring Planet” which is a hilarious episode of Gene trying to get caster shells for his caster (some sort of gun that shoots out bullets powered by mana). Observe this scene where Suzuka is pouring sake on her cup on a floating tray. Other things on the tray include a pair of chopsticks, a small eggplant where the chopsticks are being laid, and an appetizer to chow down while drinking your liquor.
On the next scene just after Suzuka picks up her cup to drink, amazingly, the pair of chopsticks and the small eggplant disappeared. She was not even seen eating her appetizer. I wonder where it went?
Before Gene was hurled down the snowy mountain via a “large” snowball and before the poor fellow crash landed on the hot spring where Suzuka and Melfina were comfortably soaked in, we are again shown a scene where the lovely female assassin is still drinking. Please focus your eyes on the tray because this is a bit tricky. Just beside the container where the appetizer is the pair of chopsticks and the eggplant is back again!
It’s really small to notice about the sudden appearance of those missing items but if you zoom it like what I did on the picture above, then you will see it as plain as day.
4. Talking Two Year Olds
To finish today’s post, let’s go and ponder the 19th episode of Magical Stage Fancy Lala titled “Something Chisa Left Behind.” Some may not agree with my reason here but please here me out first.
Miho was accidentally transported back to the past but she is seeing it on her big sister’s view. During the run of the episode she saw her younger self and concludes she was two years old.
Now, my question is this- how come Miho is able to speak and converse to her big sister and mother without any difficulties even though children at age two can normally on average speak two word sentences with the occasional mispronunciations?
Perhaps some kids can actually pull off 5-7 word sentences fluently which is dependent on their IQ. To answer this question, I did a little research about how toddlers develop speech and I was able to find out that:
“By 24 months, children should be using about 50 words regularly, such as more, juice, and Grandma.” – Language Development Milestones: Ages 1 to 4
“Children now understands simple commands and questions. Each month they will add more words to their vocabulary. During this phase children may begin stringing two words together, making basic sentences such as “Carry me.” Since her grammar skills are still undeveloped, you’ll hear odd constructions such as “Me go.” – Toddler milestone: Talking
Perhaps this research may only be limited to studies conducted in the English speaking countries but all I can say is that, all children are alike and function on that kind of rule when it comes to speech, regardless what country of origin the child may be because this are proven facts (unless Miho is an actual genius). I’m convinced Miho should still be incapable of fluent Japanese on this episode, even though her seiyuu was trying hard to portray and act like a twenty-four month old toddler.