No Name (nnnslogan) wrote in cabad,
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Armitage: Dual Matrix

They've been showing this on cable this month. Something you may notice is that the lovely and talented Juliette Lewis graces this production with her voice, proving that she really is a great actress. There's also a relatively decent voice for one of the news anchors in this anime dub. Just to hear these two voices, it might be worth picking up this DVD.

Unfortunately (and predictably) the dub goes downhill from there.

Most of the rest of the cast is a rogues gallery of chronic noise polluters we've become familiar with in the world of bad anime dubs, even including the old Robotech voice actors Tony Oliver and Reba West, whose voice turned American viewers of Macross against Lynn Minmay, the Japanese fan favorite. I'm going to throw a friggin' party when these people are too old to do any more dubs.

It seems strangely fitting that this dub also features another voice that turned fans against a character that might otherwise have been tolerable.
Yes, Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar-Jar Binks, curses this production with his obnoxious and highly inappropriate overacting. He fits right in with the usual anime dub cast, making scenes unbearable to watch solely due to the sound of his voice, just as he did in the Star Wars prequels.

How in the world did they get someone as talented as Juliette Lewis to work with this cast of no-talent vocal villains? They must have offered her a lot of money, or the woman has a heart of gold.

See and hear for yourself. Order it here.

Remember: you can't judge the Japanese version by the American English dub version!

Check out this cute lunchbox set!

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I'm going to throw a friggin' party when these people are too old to do any more dubs.

No! Tony Oliver can't retire until he's finished dubbing Lupin III.

Your analysis of Dual Matrix is interesting, but not really substantive; why are most of the cast so bad? Who does Reba West play, and how does she botch the job? I'm all for critical analysis of dubbed cartoons, but what you're saying here amounts to raging against the dubbin' machine. More info, plz.

I have been a Lupin III fan since I first saw one of the Miyazaki episodes at a convention in the '80s and I consider Tony Oliver to be the worst thing to happen to Lupin III EVER. If he gets hit by a truck and never does another dub, I will dance around and celebrate for at least a week.

I never, ever want to hear his or Reba West's whiny voice in a dub ever again. NEVER. EVER.


I wrote an entire web site about what was wrong with Robotech and dubs in general. Maybe I should put it back online to explain in detail.

Reba West was awesome in Tenchi Muyo/Universe.
Reba West was adequately suited to Maple Town. I don't know if she could be something other than annoying with proper direction, but so far I haven't seen much she was in that didn't make me want to cover my ears.

oh fucking christ, armitage is back :(