Thursday, January 29, 2009

Speaking out on the fandub of Macross: DYRL?

Macross is one of the main well known franchises in Japan I don't follow a great deal. I buy the odd occasional toy here and there, but that's it.

I've never watched any Macross series (including Robotech) before picking up Macross Frontier, which I actually enjoyed till I saw that rage inducing excuse they call a conclusion (DAMN YOU, SATELIGHT!).

Anyway, this post isn't about Frontier, but rather my incoherent thoughts on the Dark Heroes Entertainment fandub of the Macross movie Do You Remember Love?

A production that has been heavily pimped by my mate Time Lord on various internet forums.

It should be known that I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to dubbed Japanese anime. However, I decided to bite the bullet on this one and watch it nonetheless.

Ol' Timey will get a kick from reading this bit, but I'll have to grudgingly admit I was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly well done the fandub was. The only real criticism I had toward it was the lack of English subtitles for the Zentradi spoken language scenes in the online streaming version I watched on YouTube.

In closing, I would class this as something I could recommend wholeheartedly without seeing the original Japanese release beforehand. Although I will grabbing their downloadable WMV version (with English subtitles) for when I watch it again with an audience this weekend.


Anonymous said...

This is Hikuro, the director of DYRL's dub and the voice of Hikaru Ichijo. I'd like to thank you for taking the time and posting about it. Timey is indeed very proud of taking part in such a major production.
I do apologize on the zero subtitles on the Youtube version, it's mostly because it's just a promotional piece so people will go ahead and download the full movie and see it with better quality audio and video.
It should also be brought up I'm currently working on a Yahk Deculture edit of Macross Frontier's episode 1 which is now in the vocal stage.

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