Originally Posted by Hazumirein
Though, I don't get why they couldn't have just used "Shinigami" too, instead of changing it to "Soul Reaper".
Well, overall, the first dub episode was pretty good. Let's hope the rest of the voices and stuff are good too.
A shinigami is a Japanese death deity and is one of the many shinto religion gods. Well since a majority of americans/canadians are christian, jewish and other popular religions outside the japanese, they dont want their children or so believing that a shinigami from an anime, is the real death of god for their own religion, ya see?
its like saying to a child an apple is ONLY red. All children would see apples as red (when they're in preschool etc). Its a common colour. Go to a 4 year old and tell them an apple is also green, it kinda ruins the common culture of what children know and sort of confuses them
so...as soul reaper is the closest definition to a "shinigami" and there wont be any debates about what god belongs to what, its legit.