Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dubs Rising: Clannad After Story, Rosario and More!

Hello to all of my followers! (You're still out there right?) Looks like once again, the Fates are smiling on we English dub fans! Once upon a time I made a heartfelt wish. It was a small and simple one but important to me.

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Now that wish has been answered.

Today, news came from Izumicon via a post on Mania.com's AoD board and later ANN, that Clannad After Story and the Clannad movie will be getting an English dub! David Williams will return to ADR directing to co-direct with Janice Williams! There will even be an exchange program like there was for Clannad, meaning once again English dub and sub lovers can live together in peace and harmony!

Well, okay, that's probably wishful thinking since there's always someone who has to spoil our fun with unnecessary fan hate but right now, I'm giddy with joy! I feel like Scrooge when he found out the spirits did it all in one night! By taking this course of action, Sentai Filmworks will please a hell of a lot of anime fans and prove once again that the anti-moe fanatics that attack all Key productions can't do much against the consumer might of dedicated pro-anime fans!

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Remember, though the battle may be a long and difficult one, in the final battle good always triumphs over evil. Fan love will, in the end, prove victorious over fan hate! So take a moment my readers and congratulate yourselves on being part of why these English dubs and more are happening. You told them what you wanted, you bought what you could to show them your support and now English dub fans are getting a little encouragement!

Further, Section23 licensed Needless, a series that from what I've read will become a personal favorite. (Crazy sci-fi action mixed with wacky hi-jinks and lolicon themes? Dudes, you know I'm there!)

Of course, that was a sub-only announcement, right? I mean, they usually are right?

Wait, hold on, let me double-check that news article from ANN. . . .

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Ooh snap, Needless is getting an English dub too! (Okay, I didn't really need to check, I already knew. Did you?)

Truth be told, I barely even pay attention to license announcements that don't come from Funimation any more since most of them are sub-only but lately, the fragments of ADV have gotten my attention! Now, if they can just get into an all-dub-all-the-time mode of business, we'll be in full on miracle of anime time.

As long as I get what I want, I'm quite satisfied to be proven relatively wrong about the future of the fragments. (Though I think I'm being proven right about the need for English dubs!)

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Speaking of Funi. . . have you been waiting for the English dub cast to be announced for Rosario Vampire or it's second season, Rosario Vampire Capu 2? Have you perhaps felt a sense of faint hope that the series might get the art box treatment? Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

I'll assume you want to know so here's a cast list for Rosario!

Moka: Alexis Tipton
Tsukune: Todd Haberkorn
Kurumu: Brina Palencia
Yukari: Monica Rial
Mizore: Tia Ballard
The Bat: Jerry Jewell
ADR Director: Jason Grundy (No relation to Solomon.)
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If you don't believe me, go to Funi's blog and check it for yourself! Oh and some additional details:
Rosario + Vampire
Available on DVD Spring 2011
•Art box
•Art booklet (subject to change)
•Contains episodes 1-13
Rosario + Vampire – CAPU2
Available on DVD Spring 2011
So we've got another sweet art box and booklet coming our way like the one for Sacred Blacksmith. (Ooh, will there be another centerfold? Dang Funi, how about one of these for season 2 of Strike Witches!)

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Well, that's a lot of awesome English dub news from the big Funi wolf and the rising starfish of Section23/Sentai Filmworks! I love it when good news happens! Lately, it seems like a lot of good things are happening. I got a fair bit of money recently thanks to a family member repaying the loan I gave them previously, several anime I'm interested in are getting English dubs and I'm feeling slightly confident about my law school finals. Guess I should end this blog on a happy note right here!

Oh, wait, I think I forgot something. . . .

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Ahh! Stop the death glare! I apologize about that! Chrome Shelled Regios also got it's English cast announced by Funimation and it will also get the spiffy art box plus bonus item treatment!

Casting News:
Layfon: Todd Haberkorn
Nina: Brina Palencia
Felli: Monica Rial
Sharni: Eric Vale
ADR Director: Chris Cason
And some additional info via blog post:
Available February 2011 featuring:
•Art Box – Holds Part One and Part Two (sold separately)
•Collectible Miniature Flag
•Contains episodes 1-12 on 2 discs.
Wow, today was a good day huh? I'm a tad bothered by the English cast repetition Funimation's got going but then again, their regular VAs are quite talented in my opinion so it's fine.

I'm seriously looking forward to more Clannad goodness! Guess I'd better start carving some starfish. (By the way, if you haven't gotten the first season yet, now is the time!)

Honestly, I am so happy for this news! I kept my faith until the very end and triumphed! I'm happy pink!

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Bye-ni!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11 on Veterans' Day

Hello everyone! Due to finals prep and mental fatigue, I've been lax (again) at posting. Still, I think today's an important day so here's a quick post!

Today is November 11th, a very important day for anime fans. Obviously because it is day we honor the prestigious agent of MI6 (or the British Secret Intelligence Service if you prefer the proper terms) from Darker Than Black, November 11!

A remarkable contractor using the ability to freeze in battle, he-

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November 11: Hold on there. I think you're missing something important.

Richard J.: Hmm? What are you talking about? Not second-hand smoke again.

November 11: Well it does have 680 to 823 nanograms of carcinogens but let's set that aside for a moment. Today is Veterans' Day, which is at least as important as honoring me.

Richard J.: You have a point. Let me try this again.

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Today is November 11th, Veterans' Day! Today is a day used to honor military veterans, those who live and those who have fallen alike who have served this country and so many others as well. Originally, Veterans' Day was called Armistice Day and was meant to celebrate the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I and to honor the service of fallen military members who's efforts made that cessation of war possible.

President Woodrow Wilson first declared the federal holiday in 1919 and the 1926 Congress passed a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies. Congress enjoyed themselves so much, they passed an act in 1938 to make every November 11 a legal holiday "dedicated to the cause of world peace." (It went from clearly honoring soldiers to generically honoring world peace just before the world went crazy again. Perhaps they were being sarcastic?)

Fast forward to the year 1953 and a Kansas show store owner by name of Alfred King began a quest to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. Well, after WWII it probably seemed unfair to only honor WWI vets. It likely was mostly due to having a son who fought in WWII but it was much more than a personal dream.

Proving that ordinary an citizen working toward a goal can accomplish great things, King sought to expand the day to all veterans both alive and fallen and his efforts in his home of Emporia, Kansas got the attention of the Emporia Chamber of Commerce. They took up his cause (in large part due to 90% of Emporia merchants honoring the day plus the Board of Education) and in 1953 Emporia became the first town in America to celebrate Veterans' Day. With the aid of local congressional Representative Ed Rees, a bill for the holiday made the rounds in Congress. On May 26, 1954, the bill was signed into law, on June 1st it was amended to change "Armistice" to Veterans (only politicians could have forgotten that was a big part of King's effort in the first place) and October 8th, President Dwight Eisenhower officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. (Officially there is no apostrophe but the common grammatical inclination is to add one.)

Incidentally, from 1971 to 1978, Veterans' Day was not necessarily celebrated on November 11th. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved the day to the fourth Monday of October (okay, I think they got a little too removed from the history there) but it was moved back after the obvious retaliation for ignoring the historical relevance of the date. Unfortunately, after the change back businesses, schools and local governments have begun to ignore the holiday and by extension the service and sacrifices of millions of veterans, 24.9 million approximately, in the United States. (I didn't get the day off from class and no one mentioned the holiday. Sad panda.)

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So, I hope you'll take a moment after reading this post to be grateful for the service of a veteran. War is a horrible thing and no honorable warrior longs for it but when times of trouble have risen, when the fates of free people have been placed upon the shoulders of a brave few, soldiers have done their duty and those veterans of wars and conflicts past deserve our respect and gratitude. I may have opened with a bit of light-heartedness but I must say that no one can question my belief that the men and women who've given so much for so little long ago earned the right to my respect and thanks. I hope you'll join me in saluting our veterans.

November 11: I may not be American but I can't disagree with your sentiment at all.

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Richard J.: Well, that's it for this post at Blog of A Heretical Dub Lover. I know it wasn't very anime-centric but do consider buying and watching Darker Than Black for November 11 while you take a moment to honor our veterans!

November 11: Oh and for information on second-hand smoke, you might want to try government websites. Governments are always trustworthy after all.

Richard J.: Really?

November 11: I'm only kidding.

Richard J.: So long everyone and thanks for all the posts!

Bye-ni!