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Exclusive Interview with Bleach's Voice Actor
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naive?

In the context of the interview, there is nothing naive about it.

He argued the morals of taking without paying. on the other hand, if you can't pay for it, but you can get it, then there would be no issue.

The problem is how hard you seek for this method to support the creators before you simply take it.

At any rate, go out and buy the box sets. :-)
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I love this guy ! He has so much passion for VA.
Funny how "the hero" wants to voice Aizen
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Yeah we want to watch it legally, but that´s really hard when you only have a few of the most recent episodes
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that was a great video .. really interesting
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japanese anime FTW!
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Well, what it all comes down to is that Bleach still sucks.
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If it weren't for fansubs, anime would NEVER had caught on as much as it has in the United States, and other English speaking countries. Thanks to fansubs, legitimate distribution had a ready made fan base to serve in those markets. Companies that license, and distribute anime have to be quick and agile when it comes to making good titles available to markets outside of Japan. Crunchyroll, seems to try to do this.

In the past, that was NOT the case. That's why fansubbers were the "go-to-guys" for popular anime, but if distributors can successfully, and quickly make available new episodes - like Crunchyroll does now, and if the quality of the subs is high, serious fansubbing will be a thing of the past. I hope more distributors like Crunchyroll come into being. I know they can't license or stream every anime ever made, which is why I'd like to see other legitimate distributors like them.

I like Funimation's site too. They showcase titles that have been dubbed into English letting you hear the quality of the English voice acting the first one or two episodes, the remaining episodes are the subbed versions, but that showcases the quality of their subbing, too. It used to be difficult to decide to buy legit anime, because you didn't know if the English voice acting was gonna blow chunks and if the subs were crap, but the way Funimation does it, it makes my buying decision much easier. I think it puts them on the spot too, they have to be sure to cast good voice talent - and the RIGHT voice talent for each role. Those things make it much easier for me to part with my money when I buy box sets of anime.

Voice casting is VERY important. Something the Naruto people dropped the ball on when they cast the voice talent for Naruto. It's why fans of Naruto preferred the Japanese voice talent over the English voice talent - and preferred going to the fansubbers for their Naruto fix. It's not that the voice actors were bad, it's that they had the wrong voices for some of the characters... (O.K. some of the voice acting was bad, in the English version too, but I only bought season one, and never got anything else after that. So, I don't know if they improved from season two onward). However, I've been seeing a LOT of recent anime with English voice talent that were properly cast for their characters. And the "acting" in voice acting has improved markedly for English dubbed anime. It's been as much a pleasure to watch stuff dubbed in English as listening to the Japanese voice talent.

Oh.... I'm rambling now.... I'll shut up now.....
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Hey CR how about a giveaway of a singed Bleach manga. Don't tell me you are keeping the only one for yourselves?
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DeadlyOats wrote:

If it weren't for fansubs, anime would NEVER had caught on as much as it has in the United States, and other English speaking countries. Thanks to fansubs, legitimate distribution had a ready made fan base to serve in those markets. Companies that license, and distribute anime have to be quick and agile when it comes to making good titles available to markets outside of Japan. Crunchyroll, seems to try to do this.

In the past, that was NOT the case. That's why fansubbers were the "go-to-guys" for popular anime, but if distributors can successfully, and quickly make available new episodes - like Crunchyroll does now, and if the quality of the subs is high, serious fansubbing will be a thing of the past. I hope more distributors like Crunchyroll come into being. I know they can't license or stream every anime ever made, which is why I'd like to see other legitimate distributors like them.

I will agree fansubs serve a legitimate purpose in countries where an anime has yet to be licensed. The real problem is not with the fansubs themselves, but the abuse of them by fans. For example, as there were still a lot of countries where Bleach isn't licensed, DB would have had a legitimate reason to continue with their fansubs. They knew full well, however, that are substantial number of people in the U.S. and other countries where CR made it available would continue to download their subs, which would be pure and simple piracy. Knowing this, they stopped.

There will always be those that will use any excuse to download a free fansub, even when legitimate material is available. Streaming anime, like at CR? They complain about the subtitles, or worse, they have the gall to complain that they have to pay or watch ads (apparently both are acceptable for people in Japan, but not them). DVDs? They complain about it being dubbed (despite the subtitles and original Japanese audio being present), again about the subtitles, that it takes too long to come out, or that they can't afford it. TV? The excuses are that it is dubbed, takes too long to come out, or they don't have access to the channel it is aired on.

These are the people that turn fansubs from a beneficial tool to pure and simple piracy.




I like Funimation's site too. They showcase titles that have been dubbed into English letting you hear the quality of the English voice acting the first one or two episodes, the remaining episodes are the subbed versions, but that showcases the quality of their subbing, too. It used to be difficult to decide to buy legit anime, because you didn't know if the English voice acting was gonna blow chunks and if the subs were crap, but the way Funimation does it, it makes my buying decision much easier. I think it puts them on the spot too, they have to be sure to cast good voice talent - and the RIGHT voice talent for each role. Those things make it much easier for me to part with my money when I buy box sets of anime.

I expect you'll get at least one or more responses here about how much dubs suck, but I certainly won't be one of them.

I too am a fan of Funimation's site, and was heartened by the recent news that later this year they plan to offer an Elite Membership (i.e., paid), that will result in ad-free streaming, and possibly higher video quality.

Actually, for most of the series they have a couple of dub episodes for, they eventually offer all of the episodes in dub format. These usually lag behind not only because they take longer to produce than the subs, but also because delaying them probably helps DVD sales.

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Loved this interview, thanks!
Posted 8/7/10
lol now i feel like getting orange hair too..............

Ganbatte kudasai Masakazu Morita!!!
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he seems nice lolz he dose a good job for the voice for ichi ^.^
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Hes a funny guy.
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lol the BANKAI! part kind of scared me a little.
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Really Nice Interview!! Motivated by his speech!
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