Sunday, December 14, 2008

Internationally Debuting Anime

Mindful that some anime fans use the time-lag between release of new anime in Japan and its official translation in America as an excuse to create unlicensed fan-sub copies, licensors have been working on narrowing the release gap between Asia and the U.S.

The latest example is Kurokami, a fantasy series that will debut simultaneously in Japan, the U.S., and South Korea. Even more impressive, the release in the U.S. will be dubbed, using Screen Actors Guild actors, rather than subtitled. To accomplish this, the American producers reportedly dubbed it off of pencil test footage rather than final animation.

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