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Should Ocean Studios go back in the dubbing business?
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Posted 12/25/12
Since Funi decided to actually outsource Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail to the original cast as opposing to dumping it in favor for an in-house cast that didn't live up to our expectations like what they did with Shana, it would be great if Ocean could go back into the dubbing game and dub some more anime again. Currently, the only company that could outsource to Ocean would be Aniplex of America but I would like to see Funi and Sentai something like that.
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Posted 12/25/12
You forgot about Viz using them to dub Inuyasha-The Final Act. Viz may consider using them too. I don't really know who Viz uses for their dubs regularly though.

As for Shana, I plan on purchasing the Second season combos after the New Year since Index and Mashiro-iro Symphony blew through my December anime budget so I'll let you know my thoughts on Ocean's dub of the first season vs. Funimation's in-house of the 2nd season(and since they come out in January, possibly the OVAs and the movie). Since we know now that Funimation plans on releasing the third season in March(and the third season began Fall 2011), Funimation wanted to get the whole franchise out quickly because they were so delayed on the rest of it because of the Geneon merger.

Aniplex of America also has a very spotty record of dubbing so I wouldn't count on that many dubs from them(Hey, if AoA would ask Ocean to dub Oreimo, I wouldn't complain).
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
Well apparently Funi's decision to rush it caused them to make a different cast that was, IMO and many others, mostly inferior compared to S1. The only one I find good enough is Cerami Leigh's Shana. Most of everyone else either isn't good compared to S1 or is a very hard hit-or-miss performance, as shown in this spoiler.
Because of what funi did, the only possibly way to fix that is to suggest Funi to do a Kickstarter project that will raise at least $600,000 (
). I already came up with the bundles.

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Posted 12/26/12
Didn't you already do a thread similar to this?
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
Well, those threads happened and ended before I got an update that Funi was going to outsoutce Roberta's Blood Trail to the original cast. Not to mention, the polls got too little of votes. I don't want to milk things out. Maybe I'm being a bit too critical of the current trend of anime dubs but no one wants a dubbing company to be left extinct in the anime dubbing business.
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
I think they are still an ADR, voice recording,editing and translation company and maybe not acquiring rights for animated properties and its distribution. The same thing as Bang Zoom.They just get hired to do the ADR work and audio recording.

Acquiring license and distribution rights are very expensive and since the downturn of the economy and advent of internet streaming, solid media sales are down. Both for music and video.

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Posted 12/26/12
what does that mean
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
meaning those companies are not making money and or are loosing money , so getting out of that business model is a move to keep their company alive. Bandai America all together got out of the North American market and the other company .

And So the others that does their own ADR got out of it and now they make money in the traditional way of just providing the ADR service and more.
So for example Viz who has the license to distribute a particular title and they don't have their own ADR company, they can hire any of the studio to do the ADR work.
Some company like NIS Amercia , who is a gaming publishing company also distributes their anime in the US but skip the ADR all together .

For now Sentai and Funimation along with VIZ and Aniplex are it.
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
well Bang zoom!' and ocean are on life support because of what Funi did with shana (deciding to rush it at the cost of an inferior new dub cast) and how bang zoom!'s dubs are limited to AOA. What would you rather have, them two getting back in the dubbing game or them going extinct and letting Texas COMPLETELY homogenize all anime dubs as we know it.
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
I know .

That's what I was worried when I saw the companies getting out of the business.

Well I had a talk with some of the voice actors from Texas and he actually told me that work is actually getting competitive because there are more and more voice actors over there.And so I am hopeful we don't hear the same actor over and over again. Some of the voice actors from LA actually work for the Texas companies on certain projects.

Bang Zoom did Durarara for Aniplex and Persona 4 for Sentai
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
I think I picked a good time in my life to start to prefer subtitle anime over dubs. Plus there's the bonus that I'm learning a little Japanese now.
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
@iashakezula: I am also hopeful that we get more variety of dubbing studios (i.e. get those two back in the game) (not just VAs in the same area), and ocean will do Roberta's blood trail for funi. I would like to know more of what you said. for the texas voice actors part, there's going to be a trend that the older texas/funi VAs will move out to California (the most recent was todd haberkorn). So what's dallas gonna be called, New Hollywood?


iashakezula wrote:

Some of the voice actors from LA actually work for the Texas companies on certain projects.


If you're talking about in-house dubbing, then those are only the non-union California VAs (Johnny Yong Bosch, the former Funi slate, Patrick Seitz, Stephanie Sheh, Carrie Savage, Liam O Brien, Sam Riegal, etc.) that get involved with Texas-done dubs (specifically Funi). For Video games, the only Texas company I can think of that outsourced to California was id. For cartoons, if Texas VAing is cheaper due to being non-union, then why don't those companies use Texas VAs instead of California VAs?
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
WEll Funimation will be at AnimeLA in a few days from New Year , I am going to see who will there and I can ask those questions .

.It is quiet rare for AnimeLA to have voice actors but they are having a bunch from Los Angeles this time, so I can ask them too and I know a few of them.

Yes some Los Angeles voice talents/actors who does ADR work are both and some are striclly only union like Crispin.

Also LA is still the biggest source of Voice Actor or talent next is New York and then Vancuver and I am not talking just the ones who does ADR work, There is only a few percentage who does that.
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Posted 12/26/12
If so, tell them to go start a Kickstarter to raise $600,000 by means of selling those copies to get back the original cast. You should've seen the spoilers that shows the details
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/27/12
ok I will try..

.they will have an Industry Panel @ Friday 730 pm January 4


I love the Japanese seiyuu too but I already got to know some of the american voice actors and met and talked with them in past years . Of course I am also a fan of their work ,

I trained in voice acting in LA , took so many voice acting,acting, improv acting , accent classes and met most of the casting directors which was pretty scary at times, Some of the teachers I met are actors who has done ADR work also. I formed a bond with some of them and folks from the community

. Anyway, I was about to work on putting a demo together and join an agency Unfortunately I somewhat stopped because of my day time job and my health. But I will get back to it and start all over again.

But for some of these actors , this is their only livelihood. Some are lucky and some are not . They go where the job is .

Even in the voice over community , the ones who does ADR especially with anime is a minority and most of them just do that but there are a few crossover, like Yuri , thanks to his agency of course, he is one busy voice talent and Blum who is a promo guy and got lots of games.


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