Abridged series and fandom remix culture

Zephra Doerr

Abstract


The "abridged series" is one of the more recent genres to come out of the fan culture of anime fan subs. An abridged series is a form of fan parody in which some of the peculiarities of fan subs are mixed with the more general conventions of Internet parodies to produce a shortened version of an anime series with edited video and original dubbed-in dialogue. The abridged series is not just a form of fan translation or a humorous recap of an existing work; rather, because they are engaged in significant textual criticism, construction of independent narratives, and interaction with greater fan communities, they should be considered a unique creative genre of transformative work.

Keywords


Anime; Fan vid; <em>Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series</em>; Parody

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2012.0396

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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