Aniplex of America, Viz Media, Toonami and Crunchyroll have made some particularly big announcements during their panels on the first day of Anime Expo 2016.
First up, Aniplex of America announced at their panel that God Eater would be receiving a dub, and be released on two Blu-ray Disc sets on November 29, 2016 and January 31, 2017. They also announced they’d be releasing ERASED on two Blu-ray Disc sets on October 18, 2016 and January 24, 2017 with Durarara x2: The Third Arc being released on two DVD/Blu-rays sets on October 18 and December 13.
God Eater’s dub cast, as directed by Tony Oliver stars:
- Lenka Utsugi: Robbie Daymond
- Lindow Amamiya: Kyle Hebert
- Soma Schicksal: Crispin Freeman
- Sakuya Tachibana: Michelle Ruff
- Kota Fujiki: Lucien Dodge
- Alisa Illinichina Amiella: Cherami Leigh
- Tsubaki Amamiya: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
- Johannes von Schicksal: Patrick Seitz
- Paylor Sakaki: Spike Spencer
- Aisha Gauche: Wendee Lee
Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan in the year 2071, the world has been mostly destroyed by monsters known as the Aragami. An organization known as Fenrir was made to exterminate these monsters using ‘God Arcs’ weapons made from Aragami cells. Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters. Lenka Utsugi is one of these God Eaters and he is out for vengeance after his family’s death at these monsters’ hands.
Having called this dub’s existence about a month ago, I very much look forward to seeing this cast in action. Especially with the likes of Crispin Freeman and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn getting to voice act again in another union anime dub. Though the recasts of certain actors from the game are quite weird to say the least, Crispin is taking over Yuri Lowenthal’s role as Soma (especially weird as Crispin already had a role in the game as Johannes) while Lucien Dodge replaces Johnny Yong Bosch as Kota. Though, with such a strong cast, it promises to be quite a good dub that these recasts don’t bother me too much.
The English One Punch Man cast, under the direction of Chris Cason are:
- Saitama: Max Mittelman
- Genos: Zach Aguilar
- Mumen Rider: Robbie Daymond
- Speed ‘o’ Sound Sonic: Erik Kimerer
The series follows Saitama whose hobby of being ‘a hero for fun’ has resulted in him becoming the most powerful person alive, capable of destroying enemies with a single punch. He has naturally become bored with this fact, hoping to find a rival or villain capable of fighting him and not be defeated by his punches. All while dealing with the lack of respect he gets as a hero even after getting an apprentice in the form of cyborg hero Genos and joining the Heroes’ Association.
Viz Media added that they would be releasing Part 1 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Phantom Blood) on Blu-ray, noting that there would be a dub attached (with Patrick Seitz as Dio) and that Warner Bros. still holds the DVD rights to the series.
They also previewed a clip from the long awaited Stardust Crusaders (Part 3) English dub which you can view here:
Following on from this, Adult Swim’s Toonami panel at Anime Expo announced that One Punch Man would be premiering on the block on July 16, 2016. The panel also revealed that they will be airing a five part micro-series (each ep running at 5 minutes each) directed by Mamoru Oshii and produced by Production I.G, set to premiere in 2017. They also announced that the third instalment of their Intruder series will be airing this November.
Check out Toonami’s official promo for One Punch Man here:
Lastly, Crunchyroll announced their plans to dub and release several of the shows they are streaming on DVD and Blu-ray. Among the shows announced was Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress which they had not only licenced but also picked up the merchandising rights to.
The other shows part of this announcement are:
- Berserk (2016)
- Twin Star Exorcists
- Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (Season 1. Note: its dub was already created and is currently streaming on their site)
- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- Big Order
- Myriad Colors Phantom World
This is particularly huge news, not only in showing how Amazon’s rights for Kabaneri didn’t extend as far as one might think but in how Crunchyroll is investing so much in this type of audience and giving these shows a chance to have a proper release with a dub and DVD/Blu-ray, rather than staying as a streaming title that may possibly never get picked up by a company.
Whether this news of Crunchyroll dubbing Gintama has anything to do with a Canadian dub of the series that was approved to air on TV remains to be seen as well and I really hope that Crunchy will call on the likes of Michael Sinterniklaas and NYAV Post for the dub of the new Berserk series too, he’s certainly open for it.
So what do you make of all this big news out of Anime Expo 2016 Day 1? Are you excited to check out One Punch Man’s dub? Or what else Crunchyroll might dub and release on DVD/Blu-ray? Let us know in the comments.