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Post Reply Your thoughts on RWBY being licensed in Japan?
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Posted 8/17/14 , edited 10/20/14
my thoughts regarding the announcement itself: good for them! Rooster Teeth is a great company that makes entertaining things. I'm happy that it's going to be released officially in Japan, and more people will be able to enjoy it.

my thoughts regarding anime fans: quit being pricks about english dubs............ *cough* carry on about your business.
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I think it is great for everyone involved. RWBY needs more love.
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I know is Rooster Teeth Productions was some independent film makers that started out in Texas.RWBY does have an interesting story.
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Posted 8/17/14 , edited 8/17/14
I'm not too surprised that RWBY got licensed in Japan.

I browse Pixiv from time to time, and I actually see lots of RWBY fanart in there. At the same time, I just visited Comiket 86 a few days ago and actually noticed a few doujinshi booths that were selling RWBY doujins. I think those should be enough proof that RWBY has built a presence here in Japan.

On another interesting note, My Little Pony is not doing well here in Japan. In Comiket, I didn't see a single MLP booth at all, and in the official Bushiroad booth (mind you, Bushiroad is the company that localized MLP in Japan), all they were selling were Cardfight Vanguard goods. Not a single MLP product was to be found.

There was also a time a few months ago when I was at Gamers Akihabara Branch, which is a huge store dedicated to selling anime, manga, light novels, and other otaku-related goods. On one of the floors, they had a tiny section dedicated to MLP goods, and it seems that that section had an overstock of MLP toys since not much people were buying them.

Then, these two guys carrying a lot of moe products in their shopping baskets passed by the MLP section, looked at the ponies, and just laughed. One of the guys asked (in Japanese), "What the hell is this anyways?" The other responded, "Some cartoon from America or something. A lot of foreigners seem to get turned on by these horses on the internet."


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In addition, MLP doesn't seem to be doing well among its target audience here in Japan as well. I work as an elementary school teacher here in Japan, and when I ask all my girls as to what they're currently into, they usually mention anime like Precure, Youkai Watch, or Aikatsu. None of my girls on any grades even seem to be aware as to what MLP: FiM is.
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Posted 8/17/14 , edited 8/17/14

hpulley wrote:

Wasn't My Little Pony made in America? It was dubbed into Japanese recently as well. Does that not count as anime? Ah well...

Good for Rooster Teeth anyways.


MLP is actually Canadian made(or at least the studio that makes it is Canadian and the majority of the voice actors are Canadian, or at least have citizenship there).
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Posted 8/17/14 , edited 8/17/14
I think that is pretty sweet to see happen, always nice to see a local production group go big.
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There you go. I'm more interested in the Japanese response to the official Japanese version than what anyone here might think. Will the Bluerays/DVDs and merchandise outsell the American versions or will they be subtitled and exported and sold at a discount to rabid American otakus who've gone off the deep end and watch everything in subtitles?
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Posted 8/18/14 , edited 8/18/14

Koda89 wrote:


hpulley wrote:

Wasn't My Little Pony made in America? It was dubbed into Japanese recently as well. Does that not count as anime? Ah well...

Good for Rooster Teeth anyways.


MLP is actually Canadian made(or at least the studio that makes it is Canadian and the majority of the voice actors are Canadian, or at least have citizenship there).


Interesting. I thought it was made in New York. Proudly Canadian or should I hang my head in shame? Lol
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Posted 8/18/14
The more the merrier for the animation medium! Hope it does well ...and gets even better ...and LONGER!
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Posted 8/19/14
RWBY is more solidly considered as anime. And weaboos are not happy with that.

More importantly, congratulations to Monty Oum and RoosterTeeth. Keep up the good work.
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Posted 8/19/14 , edited 8/19/14
I love RWBY
I am really hoping for the best. Good response would feel like anime fans will get closer.
I say best of wishes in Japan, let's see how it plays out.

Also I'm entertained by the Japanese Dub, I'm sticking to English though.

I follow the original first, only exception is Dragonball Z
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
'tz pretty coool
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KyuuA4 wrote:

RWBY is more solidly considered as anime. And weaboos are not happy with that.

More importantly, congratulations to Monty Oum and RoosterTeeth. Keep up the good work.


When compared to what exactly? Monty has always been inspired by Japanese media. Look at his early stuff with DOA vs Final Fantasy. Also he made Samus and Master Chief (who he turned into a woman) have sex after beating each other senseless. So he is a fan of the Yuri... So of course the show is considered anime, that's what he was going for.
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Posted 8/20/14
It can never be a bad thing. Personally I LOVE RWBY and think it deserves a lot of attention from around the world
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I'm sort of curious how well known Western fairytales and stories are in Japan. Will the fact that Ruby Rose is inspired by Little Red Ridinghood or that Ozpin is the Wizard of Oz be as obvious? Joan of Arc seems popular in anime, so Jaune might be easier to pick out.
Though I imagine Sun will be obvious enough.

Besides the action scenes, the fun of picking out the various allusions and inspirations are what I enjoy about the show.
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