January 1, 2005
Happy New Year by the way!
As for Animax-Asia though… absolutely… no hope.
This is the wrap-up. Despite showing/eventually showing so many anime I haven’t seen before:
Ex’D (OAV and Movie)
Future Boy Conan
Mobile Suit Gundam Z
Saber Marionette J Again (OAV)
… it’s never, ever good enough to see them dubbed in English.
Now, I know the reasons why they did this, I just can’t accept it. The more I couldn’t accept it because their dubbing was just so bad. I would forgive half of all it if the dubbing were good, but hell, they did not improve. It’s been 5 months since Animax-Asia’s move to almost complete English dubbing. And ever since that move, I never watched the channel regularly anymore. And as each month passes, the less I watch, until December, where virtually I just include Animax-Asia when channel-hopping or surfing.
Yes, I never watched a complete episode of an anime in Animax-Asia this December.
Call me elitist or what-not, but if you have the channel, you would feel the same as me, even if you like dubs. Hey, I love our own local Philippine dubbing, because (well sometimes) they do a great job in translating and dubbing the anime (well the only caveat is rabid scene cutting). I like English dubs too, just like those in AXN-Asia a while back, Samurai-X on Studio 23, Samurai-X the movie and recently the Cowboy Bebop movie on HBO, and Gundam SEED on Cartoon Network. All of them have great, good, and some forgivable English dubs. But Animax-Asia’s dubbing never rose to that level. What’s more, you hear the same dubbers in every anime you watch, wouldn’t it be so redundant?
I heard they would show Midori no Hibi, and so I ask how the heck can they handle the censorship. Well, almost one year ago, I applauded Animax-Asia for being so vulgar in showing uncensored anime. Now, even the Super Maniax animes (the only survivors, they are Japanese dubbed with English subtitles) late at night get cuts. I never got to watch Angel Sanctuary though (also subbed) because it has too late a time slot, almost mimicking the way many anime is show all over Japan (ever heard of a 26:00 timeslot?)
In any case, I still want to support the channel. For one, this is indeed the first ever cable all-anime channel in Asia (well not quite all-anime anymore, a non-anime movie got shown), and it is very brave of them to have such. There is indeed a demographic reason why they pushed through all this dubbing stuff, and I respect that. It’s just that I can’t accept it.
One more thing I can’t accept is that some countries (like Singapore), have Animax-Asia in dual-sound! That means they can choose to have the dubs in English or in raw Japanese. They have Mandarin subs over there and that makes an equivalent of having Japanese dubs with Mandarin subtitles. That’s not a bad deal, in fact, I’m quite envious.
All in all, I don’t think if I can make myself watch Animax-Asia anymore. But this series will continue somehow. We’re at Episode 5, wow.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 1: The end of Animax-Asia? Too sudden!?
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 2: Cardcaptured.
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 3: Trying to Adjust
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 4: Towards the 1st Anniversary
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 5: I gave up on Animax-Asia
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 6: One year since
Animax-Asiaâ€¦ Dubbed in English – Episode 7: Dubbed in Filipino?!?
Animax-Asiaâ€¦ Dubbed in English – Episode 7.5: Initial D Filipino Stage
Animax-Asiaâ€¦ Dubbed in English – Episode 8: More Pain
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 9: Now in blue
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 10: Fake Revival
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 11: Something New
Animax-Asia… Dubbed in English – Episode 12: Red with anger