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05 September 2004 @ 07:39 pm
Just got back from AnimeFest-- a relatively small con in Dallas-- tonight, after being there all weekend. Lots of fun, bought almost the complete set of the FMA pins. Very cute.

Anyways, the reason I'm posting this is because I got to meet two of the VA's for FMA: Vic Mignogna, who I'm sure everybody knows will be doing Ed, and Mike McFarland, who will be doing Havoc's voice.
Here's a couple pictures of the two sitting together at a panel; Vic's on the right, Mike's on the left: 1 2

They both seemed very nice; I can't say much of what I think of their voice acting itself since I'm not much of a fan of dubs, except that I rather liked Vic's voice as Gawl in Generator Gawl. One of the few dubs I don't mind. A friend who was in line for autographs a little bit behind me asked Vic to do his Ed voice, but all she could say about it was that 'it seemed nice,' which doesn't help much. He did mention something about how he had wanted to make Ed's voice higher, but the Japanese side of the pond-- who have apparently taken a great deal of interest in the choice of VA's for the dub-- told him they didn't want it that high.

Another thing he mentioned is that he's actually a really big fan of FMA-- he said it's the first show he's worked on that he's actually watched all the way through before hand, and researched a lot about. Mike also seemed to really like the show. That's pretty reassuring to me, at least-- hopefully they'll take extra care to make it really good.

Anyways, that's about all I have to say-- except that they're now selling sets of WINRY TOOLS-- yes, little tools that are supposedly like the ones Winry uses. This disturbs me.

Oh! and I also have a really cool towel now, with Havoc, Roy and Hughes. *huggles it*

*EDIT* Forgot to post the FMA cosplayer pictures. Not many of them, just Ed & WInry, and a different Winry. There were lots of people in the military outfits this year though, and several Ed's that I didn't get pictures of.
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(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
Well, I have good news and I have bad news. See I love 'Ready, Steady, Go' - that songs gets me fuckin pumped to watch the series I have to say. That aside, one of the first questions I asked the directors is 'How much of this awesome music do we get to keep?' Well... the good news is: we get to keep all the original background music and sound effects so that everything you hear during the episode will remain the same. And we also get to keep the songs for all the opening and ending themes....but....and here is were it gets a slight bit retarded if you ask me; the songs remain the same as the original only with ENGLISH words and verses. Now, that aside - I dont know if that means the original artists are going to sing the songs in english or if FUni will be stupid and just get some schmuck to do it. Who knows what will happen with that one. Aside from some small script translations sometimes, the opening and ending themes seem to me the only thing that FUNi might fumble. I'm up the episode 47 right now and will see 48-50 this upcoming Monday during recording. I notice alot of you all comment on being on this site during class. This wouldn't be just one school would it, God I hope not. Pretty cool if its a nation wide thing...
Calessandriana on September 7th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
*wince* Erg... someone else singing 'Ready, Steady Go'? But-- but-- it's L'arc~en~ciel! They aren't allowed to do that!
I am glad about keeping the background music, though. Some of it is really beautiful.

Nope! Not just one school, that's for sure. I go to school in Waco, TX, but I know a lot of people all over the country who like it. I do think the average age of people here is probably somewhere between 15-25, though, which explains why so many of us are on here during class....
yumeminouta on September 7th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
I was afraid that Funimation would do that. They did it to Fruits Basket and Yu Yu Hakusho, and I was sure that they would do the same to Full Metal Alchemist. "Ready, Steady Go" is an awesome song; I have L'Arc~en~ciel's Ready Steady Go album and agreeing with alessandriana, I really can't imagine anyone else singing it! My personal favorite is "Tobira no Mukou e" by YeLLOW Generation and now you have me paranoid as to how Funimation will change it.

You really seem to be a little ahead of everyone else right now and that's good! I guess I'll just have to wait to see the rest of the episodes when it comes to America.

I would like to say that I comment during class but I really don't, it's before I go to school and when I come home. My Web Mastering/Digital Graphics and Animation teacher would KILL me to see me surfing the web, especially on LiveJournal. LiveJournal is an online blogging tool for people all over the world. There are a LOT of users and I barely know anyone on fm_alchemist. While alessandriana goes to school in Waco, TX, I'm currently going to school in Houston, TX. Other people may be in Canada or so. It really depends. I even have a friend in France that is obsessed with FMA.

Now, that aside - I dont know if that means the original artists are going to sing the songs in english or if FUni will be stupid and just get some schmuck to do it.

My money goes on the schmuck. Definitely.
Calessandriana on September 7th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
And they did it to Case Closed-- aka Detective Conan-- too. Blech. It always bothers me, because I hear the music and start to sing along in Japanese, and then suddenly realize it's in English!
Ugh. Can't you just imagine some bad american pop band singing Tobira no Mukou e? "So just break through, the door to the fuuuuuture...!" I mean, as much as I love the songs, they tend to sound better in Japanese than when they're translated. Some things just don't cross the language barrier very well.

Speaking of locations, though, I have noticed that a surprisingly large number of people here in the FMA comm live in Texas. Or maybe it's just that I tend to notice it more...?

Ditto on the schmuck thing.
yumeminouta on September 8th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
"So just break through, the door to the fuuuuuture...!"

I'd rather DIE than have to listen to that!!! Ironic because I'm listening to "Tobira no Mukou e" right now. o_O... >_<;;;

Mmmmmmm... really? I never noticed that. I should pay attention to things more often. After all, Texas IS a big place! XD What about California? o_O

>_<... I think it would save Funimation the time AND money if they DIDN'T dub the songs. Isn't it a bit practical?
Calessandriana on September 8th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
It's about on par, for me, with replacing (in the Yu Yu Hakusho OP) 'arigato gozaimasu' with 'thank you for waking me uuuup'.

Well, maybe it's just the people I pay attention to-- I'm not entirely sure. But a lot of the fanfic authors I admire are from Texas, or go to uni in Texas; or at least two specific authors I can think of right now do, anyway. (I'm not talking about just in the FMA comm, here, but in general anime fandom.) And then you're from Texas, and several people on this comm who replied to my original post up there *points* went to AnimeFest, so they're prolly from Texas, and Mr. Roy's VA is too (which I suppose, since he does work for Funi, isn't surprising), and, well, it just seems like a lot of people... I dunno. It may very well be that I just tend to notice and remember when people are from Texas, but forget about people from other states. Except that theory doesn't really seem to extend to California as well; I can't name anybody I know solely online who's from Cali, which is weird because I have lived there half my life, and you'd think I'd remember people from there, too...

Yeah, it would totally save time and money. But hey, why be satisfied with what you have already when you can go out and spend money on lower quality stuff? >.
yumeminouta on September 11th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
Yeah, it would totally save time and money. But hey, why be satisfied with what you have already when you can go out and spend money on lower quality stuff? >.<

That will forever remain a mystery, really. XDD That really makes you think though. *nodnod*

That's so odd because of all the people I've met from the anime fandom tend to either live in California, Texas or just up in Canada. (A few of my friends are from Australia.)

It's about on par, for me, with replacing (in the Yu Yu Hakusho OP) 'arigato gozaimasu' with 'thank you for waking me uuuup'.

*giggles* I always liked how they sang 'arigato gozaimasu'. I can't say that I've listened to the English version. (Either that or I just can't remember. Very senile, I am.)
Calessandriana on September 11th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
...I guess it just must be something about California and Texas, then? Don't ask me... ^^;;;

Well, they did manage to get a singer who sounds pretty similar to the original one, so I can't complain too much about that. But the way it was translated bothers me. I suppose I'm just one of those annoying purists. ;P
yumeminouta on September 11th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
I suppose I'm just one of those annoying purists. ;P

I can sympathize, which is why I really don't like the idea of them doing anything to the songs. I've gotten used to dubs (some are better than others) but I really don't want them to touch ANYTHING, not even clean up the blood when they show it on Adult Swim. T_T;;;;

Yay for us Texans! I remember one time when my friend in Washington asked if everything was really bigger in Texas and I said, "How do I know? I've never been anywhere out of Texas and things look okay to me." I'll probably leave the state one day and see how everywhere else has smallers things. XD
Calessandriana on September 11th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
I have seen some dubs I don't mind, mostly back in the days when I chose between the two based on which was cheaper. The Generator Gawl dub was pretty decent (and also had some great lines), as was the 'Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku' dub, aka 'Now and Then, Here and There'. But I *do* really mind it when they censor/change things in the actual video.

Lol, that's pretty funny. A lot of things *are* bigger here, I've noticed. Houses especially, and backyards. Everything is getting so crowded in California, it's pretty insane. And the fact that most of Texas is so flat makes things seem a lot larger-- California, if you flattened it out, would probably have equal the land space Texas does, but as it is you can hardly even see a few miles into the distance because the hills get in the way, so things seem smaller. It always makes me laugh when people call these little tiny hills here mountains. ;) I do understand that east (or is it west? i can't remember) Texas is different, but... :P
yumeminouta on September 12th, 2004 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
The dubs that I don't really mind are Wolf's Rain and Cowboy Bebop. I'm not really sure if there are any others but Wolf's Rain's dub actually impressed me.

Sure, things can get a little violent but they're airing the shows late at night and it's all animated. I'm always afraid of motion pictures with all the fake blood but I'm not really one to wince at the sight of blood in anime.

XD They really are? I live in the land of big things!!! :O Shock!

I haven't really been around Texas much but well, I live in Houston and I guess it CAN get a little crowded. There are a lot of people! Oo But they're building MORE buildings along the streets and my dad keeps seeing more construction sites. It's a shame because I loved seeing the bare patches of grass with the "For Lease" signs on them. ._.;
Calessandriana on September 18th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: FUNimation VA's
Yeah, animated blood is just that-- animated. It doesn't have the same oomph as the live action stuff has.

California keeps getting more and more built up, too. There are so few open spaces anymore... kinda sad. Here in Waco... well, actually I don't really know, because I don't get off campus much. It isn't as crowded as Dallas or Houston, though.