Ask Sentai #8: Streamline Dubs and the Battle of the Anime Wingmen

Hello all! Time for another installment of "Ask Sentai"! Normally these Q&A sessions are held every Thursday, but with our double announcements of TRIAGE X and MY love STORY!! yesterday there was not much time left to get into it. Expect the next installment to be on time! 

As always, if you have any questions for us, hit up our ask.fm account and we will try to answer them if we can. Thanks!

 

IT MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR ANIME TO SEE CHANGES FOR ITS BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASE. WHEN YOU GUYS RELEASE YOUR VIDEOS, DO YOU USE THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL FOUND ON TV OR DO YOU USE THE HOME VIDEO MATERIAL? 

You are right, a lot of the time stuff changes from the time a show airs on TV and when it is released on home video. This could range anywhere from redoing animations to slightly fixing things here and there. Here at Sentai we use the home video masters that are sent to us from Japan, to make sure we (and you all) get everything, fixes and all. Thanks!
 

DO YOU GUYS WATCH LIVE-ACTION SHOWS ON TELEVISION WHILE TAKING A BREAK AT THE SENTAI OFFICE?

Anime never takes a break! >.>
 
Actually, we have a huge TV in our kitchen area that some people watch while on break. Most of the time it's either on CNN, ESPN, CNBC for stock watchers, stuff like that. I usually put on ESPN if I'm alone in there.
 

IS IT TRUE THAT YOU GUYS FILED A TRADEMARK CALLED 'SENTAI SELECTS', IF THAT'S TRUE, WHEN YOU GOTTA ANNOUNCED IT SOON?

As of this moment, I really can't comment on that particular subject, sorry!
 

WHY IS VAMPIRE HUNTER D IS GETTING A NEW DUB? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINAL STREAMLINE DUB?

This is a question that's been popping up since we announced our upcoming release of Vampire Hunter D. I don't know all the details exactly, so I went to our licensing department to get a clearer picture as to why this is. This is what they had to say:
 
"For Sentai Filmworks' release of the remastered edition of Vampire Hunter D, the stakeholders in this project, both here and afar, preferred to have something that fans old and new could be excited about. That means a new dub with refreshed English voices to breathe new life (HA!) into Vampire Hunter D’s iconic main character and its rich cast of supporting players. We certainly respect the work of all the talent involved in the original Streamline dub. It will always have a special place. However, there are challenges associated with that version that would have been a distraction. We are now looking forward and intend to bring something new and exciting to the conversation to coincide with and compliment the remastered edition of the film."
 

DOES YOUR TASTE IN ANIME REFLECT THE TYPE OF ANIME THAT ARE LICENSED BY SENTAI? BECAUSE THAT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT.

Not at all. But we're all fans here, after all, so anytime we license something, there are pockets of people that get super excited. For example, I was stoked when we picked up HELLO! Kinmoza and MY love STORY!! for the Spring. The girls sitting next to me were more excited about RIN-NE and UtaPri 3. So, our tastes in shows come out after we've announced stuff, not so much before. :)
 
PS We fought about what shows were better later. >.>
 

I AM A HUGE FAN OF HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER. I RECENTLY SAW THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SEASON 1 AND I KNOW THAT SEASONS 3 & 4 ARE ALSO BEING RELEASED. I AM WONDERING IF THERE ARE PLANS FOR A US RELEASE OF SEASON 2 AND THE "HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH" FILM? 

We are looking into acquiring the entire set, actually! We will update you guys on our progress as we continue negotiations. In the meantime, cross your fingers for more news in the coming weeks.
 

WILL K-ON SEASON 1 BE RELEASED ON BLURAY?

Yes, it absolutely will eventually be released on Blu-ray.
 

ILLYA, SAKURA, SABER OR RIN TOHSAKA? WHO IS BEST FATE GIRL?

I'm leaning toward Illya, just because I like magical girls, but Rin is also a maho shoujo in Fate/kaleid. Still gunna have to stick with Illya though. :)

Illya, Sakura, Saber or Rin Tohsaka? Who is best Fate girl?
 

WHEN WILL YOU BRING CORY IN THE HOUSE OVER HERE TO THE WEST?! EVEN IF IT IS ONLY JAPANESE W/ ENGLISH SUBS IF YOU DO A COLLECTION EDITION PEOPLE WILL EAT IT RIGHT UP. ALTHOUGH I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU GUYS GIVE IT A DUB. ;D

PLEASE SIR THIS IS A SERIOUS Q&A SESSION, SERIOUS QUESTIONS ONLY PLEASE THANK YOU.
 

DO YOU GUYS PLAN TO MAKE MORE TEE SHIRTS IN THE FUTURE FOR OTHER ANIME TITLES YOU HAVE? WILL THIS START TO BECOME MORE OF A THING FOR YOU GUYS WILL YOU LOOK INTO THIS MORE OFTEN NOW?

We have a few designs floating around the office, yes. Whether or not they make it out of the initial stages depends on a number of factors. Right now we have our Log Horizon Chibi shirt and No Game No Life Shiro shirt available for preorder, you can scoop those up here: 
 
 

"TOMODAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!" OR "SUNAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!" ?

Tomoda all the way, chief. He's the bro-est of bros. No disrespect to Sunakawa, but Tomoda goes above and beyond at all times to make sure you land the girl.
 
...damn, I want a Tomoda spinoff now. :(
 

YOU GOING TO BE AT AX2015?! :]

Yes we are! We'll see you there! ;)
 

WILL LOG HORIZON SEASON 2 BE DUBBED OR WILL YOU STICK WITH THE SUBBED VERSION?

It's a pretty safe bet to say that Log Horizon Season 2 will be dubbed, but we will keep you guys informed when more news about it becomes available.
 
 
That's it for this week! Next week we'll talk about what lies beyond the invisible boundary lines and how to use that information to beat the stock market. See ya!