I always thought Gelato was more about the style/presentaiton and tryingto make icecream sound posh and foreign. But here you go:
I think just putting random accents on things is a common way to make them look all forrun. It’s like sticking kanji on stuff to make it look all mystical/cyberpunk.
On a related theme, I have noticed that 4-5 different kids animations on cbeebies that have featured ‘japanese’ characters, all have basically the same generic ‘Japanese voice’’ - but I’ve never actually heard anyone in Japan talk like that. It’s like it’s a version of a Japanese accent that’s been built up from lots of old US movies that had bad Japanese accents - but they’ve never actually met a Japanese person.
(The show was The Deep, which isn’t too bad as kids cgi shows go. I can’t remember what the other ones were though… maybe Thomas, Chuggington, Octonauts, Thunderbirds, and/or something else…).
Watched Episode one of Batwoman. It wasn’t great, but I’m hoping that’s just first-episode-scene-setting-jitters.
The first episode suffers from 2 main things:
Being too much of a CW DC Show… they’ve already basically set up the standard Arrow/Flash/Supergirl 3 person team with the geeky tech person and the sassy one.
It particularly suffers in this regard because it’s a very generic origin story, and because they already did Green Arrow and made him very Batman-like, and this is starting very Batman-like. (not to mention we’ve all seen lots of batman origins, and lots of CW origins by now).
At least Arrow’s first season was fresh (at the time) and had the weird flashback thing going on. This doesn’t even really have that.
Also, as much as the CW shows can be a nice bit of fun, they don’t have half the budget / style / ambition that the Netflix Marvel shows had. I can’t help but wonder what they’d have done with Batwoman.
Second, the first episode suffers from way too much clunky exposition.
They try and introduce the main character (plus backstory plus origin) and all the team, and the love interest, and the family, and the bad guys… and this leads to lots of "tell don’t show’ lines where the character introduces them-self, their relationship and their entire justification in one long clunky unnatural sentence like this one.
They really could have left some of it for later episodes and focused more tightly on the main character.
There’s also a ‘twist’ at the end of episode one, if you can call it that because it was blindingly obvious from the first 10 minutes. I was thinking they were going to take the whole season to reveal it, so maybe it’s good that they got it out of the way early.
On the plus side, while the main actress is a bit off at times, she has her own unique charm. And the main villain actress seemed like she might be decent.