Pokemon Black and White English release preview post


BLACKWHITE by ほう

It’s now a little over a month until Pokemon Black and White make their American debut on March 6th (and, for the first time, Europe will be getting the games two days before America on March 4th). Bits of info have been trickling in about the English release, particularly the English names of characters, places, items, and other aspects of the games…

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Thoughts on dubbed anime


Fruits Basket – one of the best dubs ever

Despite what we may think nowadays, the majority of us got our start with anime through dubs on TV, whether it was shows like Astro Boy and Voltron in the old days, Pokemon and Dragon Ball in the semi-old days, or Cowboy Bebop and Inuyasha in the newer days. Ever since anime began to be recognized as a medium that should be separated from typical cartoons and not necessarily be edited and Americanized, most non-kids anime, especially DVD-only releases, have had dubs that stay faithful to the Japanese script. So what is it about dubbed anime that spawns so much debate?…

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Nostalgia: Rewatching Digimon Adventure in Japanese

Back when I first became an anime fan about 10 years ago, I didn’t have cable TV or high-speed Internet, so I was stuck with watching mostly Americanized “kiddy” anime on local channels. Thinking back, many of these series were pretty dispensable. However, Digimon was one of my early favorites that I still enjoy even to this day…

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Veteran Pokemon voice actress Maddie Blaustein passes away

Earlier today it was announced that English anime VA Maddie Blaustein, most famous for her role as Meowth in 4Kids’ dub of Pokemon, passed away unexpectedly last Thursday at the age of 48…

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Fansubs and what the R1 industry needs to do

This has been a pretty hot topic amongst the English speaking anime world lately, especially with the collapse of Geneon and with ADV barely holding on. Now I don’t know much about business, licensing, finance, etc., nor about the inner workings of US anime companies. However, from what I’ve seen being an American anime fan for almost ten years, I definitely know that there are some things that need to be done in order to help the R1 anime industry recover, outdo fansubs, and to also please the majority of fans…

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Bleach movie: Memories of Nobody US theatrical release

Last night I went with my one of my friends to see the US theatrical premier of the first Bleach movie at a theater in Woodland Hills, CA. Like the US premier of the Death Note live-action movies back in May, Viz premiered the English dub of the Bleach movie for two nights (June 11th and 12th) at a few select theaters across the country…

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AnimeTV first impressions


After checking out the first two videos of AnimeTV, I have to say that it looks like it has potential. There hasn’t been any industry authorized show like this yet, so if it were to be brought to actual television, I have a feeling it would do pretty good. I doubt it would become as immensely popular as an actual hit anime show like Naruto or Bleach, but I think it would do good among mainstream American fans.

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Haruhi English dub cast announced!


I’m sure everyone knows that a few days ago, the official English cast for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was announced via the new episode of the ASOS Brigade. If there’s anyone who’s not familiar with the voice actors, here’s a list of their names, who they’ll be playing in the Haruhi dub, and some of their other anime roles I’m familiar with…

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All of Cardcaptor Sakura for only $75!


Despite the major anime fan I am, I only buy anime DVDs once in a while. Most of my money goes towards other anime products, such as posters, calendars, keychains, plushies, etc,. I think this is because I only like to buy box sets and they can be pretty expensive. And I’ll usually only buy DVDs of a series if I’m sure I’ll like it(if I’m gonna spend that much of my hard-earned money, I want it to be worth it =P) But every now and then I’ll treat myself to an anime box set, so when I found out about this awesome holiday deal at AnimeNation, I just couldn’t pass it up!

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New Bleach dub+rant: “Give English VAs a break”

Well, Bleach has finally been officially released in America. And even though it didn’t seem to create quite a reaction as when Naruto was officially released, it’s still a pretty big deal for Bleach fans. As of my writing this, I’ve watched Bleach fansubs up to episode 98 and I’ve watched the 5 dubbed episodes that have aired on Adult Swim so far…and I’m happy to report that I’m pleased with the dub.

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