Show By Rock!! Season 1 is coming out on Blu-ray/DVD combo on December 6th, so we’re making our own Battle of the Bands Bracket with the bands of Show By Rock!! Just as its ADR director is giving us a sneak peek into the process for dubbing music in her guest editorials, we’re doing our own music bits here. Come back here each week to meet the bands and vote for your favorite bands.
Music is a common theme in many anime titles, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on many musical series in a variety of different capacities. I’ve played singing characters, I’ve adapted lyrics into English for opening and closing themes, sung those themes, and more recently, had the immense challenge and pleasure of directing a musical show, one of my favorites, Show By Rock!!.
At conventions, I’m often asked to host a panel on dubbing music for anime, because not many people know how it is done, or just how much work is involved. With the home video release of Show By Rock!! Season 1 coming up next month (shameless plug- pre-order here!) and Season 2 currently streaming in simuldub format (another shameless plug- watch it here!), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give you all an inside look at the process.
watch Season 2 here cough*
As an ADR director, it’s always been my desire to have the shows I work on be in English, top to bottom; every theme song, every insert song, all of it. But in reality, that isn’t always possible, for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, getting permission from the original record label and artist to dub their songs, acquiring the license for a show’s music, and having available time to do the meticulous work of adapting and recording the song or songs. I mean, what if my show is 13 episodes and each one has a different closing (I’m looking at you, Riddle Story of Devil…)? Also, the Japanese licensors may have many legitimate reasons for not wanting their music dubbed into English, and who am I to argue? Sometimes you can’t win ‘em all.
Episode 2 and 1 Endings of Riddle Story of Devil. It changes every time too!
For the sake of this article, however, let’s say Funimation does get permission, acquire the license, and have the time. What comes next? How does your favorite anime theme get transformed from Japanese to English? Well, over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you! Come back next week for more info about the adaptation process, and the following week to learn how we record and mix the music, complete with a live stream look into an actual music recording session. It’s going to be so much fun- I can’t wait! See you then!
The world is getting more stressful for multiple reasons- maybe work is piling on more work or exams are coming- but we’re here to help deal with that. With the release of Omamori Himari (on November 8th on DVD), we got the great idea to bring you some of the cutest catgirls that we could find! Internet cats and cute anime girls are scientifically proven to relieve stress (we’re pretty sure), so why not put them together? See some of our favorites below:
See what’s coming out in December for home video release!
|Quick Guide – Click to navigate to:…………………….|
|Izetta: the Last Witch|
|Orange||Kiss Him, Not Me
|Yuri!!! On ICE||ALL OUT!!|
|Keijo!!!!!!!!||Monster Hunter Stories: RIDE ON!|
|JOKER GAME||Alderamin of the Sky
|Show by Rock!! Season 2|
This Fall, we’re dubbing even more shows than before and that means more cast announcements are going out! See the cast list for all of the Fall simulcast shows below as we put them out:
Just announced at our industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, TX, here are the English voice casts for the following broadcast dubs!
Character – Cast
Junichiro Kagami – Anthony Bowling
Suzune Kagami – Mikaela Krantz
Minako Kanou – Sarah Wiedenheft
Miho Kitou – Jamie Marchi
Koyomi Hiiragi – Jad Saxton
ADR Director: Kyle Phillips
Lead ADR Engineer: Peter Hawkinson
Assistant ADR Engineer: Jeremy Woods
Lead Writer: Clint Bickham
Character – Cast
Asuhi – Trina Nishimura
Bimii – Sonny Strait
Eruna – Monica Rial
Himi – Lara Woodhull
Katai – Apphia Yu
Kurumi – Bryn Apprill
Kuzuryu – Chris Rager
Sadamatsu Minatogawa – Josh Grelle
Seisa – Jamie Marchi
Shigure – Ben Phillips
Yuriko – Kristen McGuire
Yuto – Micah Solusod
Mewmirin – Alexis Tipton
ADR Director – Sonny Strait
ADR Engineer – Patrick Morphy
Lead Writer: Jamie Marchi
Character – Cast
Cyan – Bryn Apprill
Chuchu – Alexis Tipton
Retoree – Caitlin Glass
Moa – Monica Rial
Shu☆zo – Vic Mignogna
Kai – Ricco Fajardo
Riku – Micah Solusad
Crow – Mike McFarland
Aion – Jerry Jewell
Yaiba – Ian Sinclair
Rom – Chris Sabat
Maple – Sonny Strait
Angelica – Rachel Robinson
Strawberry Heart – Justin Cook
ADR Director – Caitlin Glass
Writers: Rachel Robinson, Mike McFarland
Lyrics: Brina Palencia, Vic Mignogna
Character – Cast
Prince Arslan – Aaron Dismuke
Daryun – Ricco Fajardo
King Andragoras III – Christopher R. Sabat
Queen Tahamenay – Stephanie Young
Vahriz – Cole Brown
Kishward – Jarrod Greene
Kharlan – Kent Williams
Narrator – Mike McFarland
ADR Director: Christopher Bevins
Asst. ADR Director: Jeremy Inman
Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard
ADR Engineer: Domonique French
Asst. ADR Engineer: Kevin Ussery
We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the rights for Studio Bones’ new super-cute nekomimi music anime, Show By Rock!! This series is all about music and features bands of cute animal-ear girls AND handsome animal-ear guys, covering all types of music— pop, visual kei rock, Japanese, and more, with something for all audiences. The Show By Rock!! franchise comes to you in conjunction with Sanrio (yes, THAT Sanrio), and it’s got lots of popular Japanese seiyuu voice actors with popular singing backgrounds, so you know it’s going to be adorable and fun!
Here’s a preview of the bands in Show By Rock!!
Our protagonists, catgirl Cyan, bunnygirl ChuChu, doggirl Retoree and sheepgirl Moa, of Plasmagica
|CHARACTER||VOICE ACTRESS||PREVIOUS ROLES|
|ChuChu||Sumire Uesaka||Fubuki (KanColle), Anastasia (Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls),
Sanae Dekomori (Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions)
|Retoree||Manami Numakura||Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster), Takao (Arpeggio of Blue Steel),
Yumi Iguchi (Shirobako)
|Moa||Ayane Sakura||Nagato, Naka and Shimakaze (KanColle),
Haru Onodera (Nisekoi), Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)
The ultra-cool Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz
Features Kishow Taniyama (Uta no Prince-sama’s Natsuki Shinomiya, Bakumatsu Rock’s Ryoma Sakamoto, Kuroko no Basket’s Tatsuya Himuro) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Crow!
The lovely ladies of Japanese-inspired Tsurezurenaru Ayatsuri Mugenan
The starry boyband Trichronika
Features Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose, Free!’s Rin Matsuoka, Death Parade’s Harada) as lead guitarist and vocalist, Shu Zo!
And the anime-original ultra-cuties of Cristicrista!
First episode will be available on Sunday, April 5th at 10am ET. Click here for more info.
Musical merriment and cute creatures collide in this series from the dream team pairing Sanrio and Studio Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)!
Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…
Check out the Promotional Videos below!