Gaiman also sharpened the razor tongue of Jigo, the monk voiced by Billy Bob Thornton. He explains: “In the original Japanese, Jigo seems mild by American standards. When he insults a bowl of soup he merely says it tastes like water. In Japan, this is as insulting as you can get. But to us, it seems understated. Now, when Jigo says the soup tastes ‘like donkey piss’ Americans really understand he doesn’t like the soup.”