So I watched Code Geass R1 on Philippine TV today. I’ll go out on a limb to say that it’s good. Good, by abysmal Animax Philippines/Hero TV standards. I liked it. I enjoyed it. My 20-odd minutes were not wasted.
I’m sure the fansub Geass fans are raging all across the country. I can give you that. They’d rather die than have their beloved show turn mainstream. Because an anime stops being cool when everyone and their mother likes it, right?
People have a strange tendency to forget where they came from. I can speak for the Philippine elitist otaku population that we all grew up on Filipino dubs of Voltes V, Yu Yu Hakusho, Lupin III, Evangelion, Sailor Moon, DBZ, and Gundam G/W/X. If you’re a Filipino and you disagree, fuck you.
My comments on the specific character voices:
- Lelouch – Pretty okay, though I’m interested on how he’ll change his voice for Zero.
- Suzaku – Good.
- Kallen – Too butchy, but serviceable.
- Shirley – Just bad, can’t stand her. Her voice doesn’t have the cute appeal that Fumiko Orikasa had.
- Millay – Very good.
- Rivalz – Is called Rival, lol, but good nonetheless. Calls Lelouch “bro” and reminds me of Krillin’s dub voice.
- C.C. – Better than expected. Needs a bit more sultry and tsundere though.
- Jeremiah – Doesn’t sound much of a noble, kinda generic arrogant bad guy.
- Villetta – Fine.
- Clovis – TERRIBLE. Not fabulous enough. This VA should’ve worked on Schneizel instead.
- Diethard – Good.
- Lloyd – Excellent.
- Cecile – Perfect.
- Emperor Wakamoto – Lols, just can’t hold a candle to Norio. Lacks authority.
The translation was not bad. They used loanwords liberally and kept code-switching to English, but I guess it’s all for the lipsync purposes. Filipino words are kinda long (but are rather similar in syllabication to Nihongo). You’ll have to agree with me that “Mabuhay ang Japan” just doesn’t have the effect that NIPPON BANZAI has, though.
I have to hand it to TV-5. They exceeded my expectations by acquiring 3 anime in one fell swoop. Right after Shana, we have Mai-Hime (in which I predicted correctly in my previous post), Noein and Geass. I’ve seen Mai-Hime but not Noein, which I quickly remedied by watching the dub and checking out on the info. It looks good (yay Satelight) and has neat production values, but I doubt if people would like it too much due to the SCIENCE parts. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, too.
Needs more anime with role-model-worthy characters though. These 3 (along with Shana) ain’t so bad, but I wouldn’t want my kid to idolize Lelouch, or even Suzaku (because they might try to “Geass” their teachers into leaking them exam questions or run along a wall or something). I wonder how TV-5 will deal with the majority of anime being shown in widescreen format nowadays.
Also, if anything, TV-5 airs its anime without cutting the OP/ED parts. Respect.