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> Initial D anime licensed by Funimation, Funimation to re-dub all stages
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  Posted: Sep 25 2009, 12:53 PM


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http://blog.funimation.com/

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Published at: 02:09 pm - Friday September 25 2009 by Rojas

Announcing the redub of Initial D: First Stage, Second Stage, Extra Stage, Third Stage, and Fourth Stage. And yes, we will keep the original music.

Also X (TV) and X OAV! w00t!

More info to come soon!


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-...-d-anime-stages

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Funimation Adds X TV/OAV, 5 Initial D Anime Stages

The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced at its New York Anime Festival panel on Friday that it has licensed the X fantasy anime television series and its X OAV prologue, as well as five stages of the Initial D street-racing anime. Funimation will ship MADHOUSE's anime adaptation of CLAMP's X manga with the English dubbing that Geneon/Pioneer Entertainment, the previous licensee, had released.

On the other hand, Funimation will redub the Initial D anime instead of using the adaptation that the previous licensee, Tokyopop, had produced earlier. (Tokyopop had also licensed the original manga by Shūichi Shigeno.) Funimation has acquired Initial D: First Stage, Second Stage, Extra Stage, Third Stage, and Fourth Stage. Funimation will retain the original, uncut music for its soundtrack.


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I hope they also fix the video problem at the end of Second Stage, which I brought up in another thread.

But still, praise to Funimation for getting it.
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Oh!!! Flippin' SWEET!! I love Funimation!! XD
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This is good news... I do wonder what extras will be on their releases.
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Holy Shitola this is awesome!
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when i first saw this i thought they're going to make stage 5 laugh.gif
anyway i've never watched dubbed series so i have no idea what funimation does
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QUOTE (kou yuuzhen @ 2 hours, 28 minutes ago)
when i first saw this i thought they're going to make stage 5 laugh.gif
anyway i've never watched dubbed series so i have no idea what funimation does

For me it was that "It's coming" thread... It made me think 5th Stage was going to be animated after all...
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ok. hold up. stupid question: why is this news good? i thought most fans had copies of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th stages....
will there finally be a 5th stage? a Japanese version hasn't even been produced.
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QUOTE (bighunt @ 10 minutes, 46 seconds ago)
ok. hold up. stupid question: why is this news good? i thought most fans had copies of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th stages....
will there finally be a 5th stage? a Japanese version hasn't even been produced.

no it has nothing to do with stage 5
apparently they're going to do another english dubbing for stages 1-4
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i was more hoping for a 5th stage sad.gif
But i'll be looking forward to this funimation's fixing.
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QUOTE (kou yuuzhen @ Yesterday, 5:40 PM)
when i first saw this i thought they're going to make stage 5 laugh.gif
anyway i've never watched dubbed series so i have no idea what funimation does

Oh gees! Come on people! Why is it that every time I make a thread everyone comes in here thinking its news about a 5th stage?!? No where in any of my threads do I ever talk about stage 5.

If I ever get news of a stage 5, believe me, I will tell you. In caps, I will put in the title "Stage 5 Coming Soon!" or even discuss it on the stickied thread which is dedicated to stage 5.

The redubbing of Initial D is great news. I know I cant enjoy animation if Im too busy reading subtitles, or vice versa. The original english dub was so terrible that I would never tell anyone I liked the show due to fear that they may assumed that I liked that version. Anytime I suggested the show to someone I had to suggest fansubs because the english one was so bad.

This new dub will be great because more non anime fans will get into the show, and that may lead them to want to experience more anime. j pop and euro beats may become popular. Popular enough that you may heard them in this country, and NOT be listening to your ipod or anime radio. Drifting, or the youth car scene may become bigger (rather than it just be a bunch of old dudes and their hot rods)

This show has potential enough to be on Adult Swim, G4, Spike, even Speed Channel. With the popularity, comes merchandise. Think about all that you could buy... ...things offline at a brick and mortar store that you could buy.

I really believe that this show has that potential. Big enough to be the next pokemon or DBZ. (clearly targeting a different demographic)
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QUOTE (kou yuuzhen @ 7 hours, 57 minutes ago)
no it has nothing to do with stage 5
apparently they're going to do another english dubbing for stages 1-4

i know dude. i understand that.
my thing is: why do anther dub?
i rather read the subs in the CORRECT language than have a dub version. that's just my opinion.
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QUOTE (bighunt @ 6 minutes, 56 seconds ago)
i know dude. i understand that.
my thing is: why do anther dub?
i rather read the subs in the CORRECT language than have a dub version. that's just my opinion.

i'm not a dude....... lol
some fans are dissatisfied with the first dub. although i never watch any animes in english, so i've no idea why it was so bad ermm2.gif
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QUOTE (bighunt @ 11 minutes, 20 seconds ago)
i know dude. i understand that.
my thing is: why do anther dub?
i rather read the subs in the CORRECT language than have a dub version. that's just my opinion.

Just watch one episode, just one... ...heck, 5 minutes of tokyopops version and you will understand completely 100% with why a new redub is necessary.
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QUOTE (bighunt @ 1 hour, 27 minutes ago)
i know dude. i understand that.
my thing is: why do anther dub?
i rather read the subs in the CORRECT language than have a dub version. that's just my opinion.

The dub is incredibly bad... They changed up the way characters talked (and throwing in stupid attempts at slang), used stupid nicknames, added incredibly bad 80s video effects, used an awful soundtrack which replaced Eurobeat... that's pretty much it right there...
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I only watched a few which were free on On Demand, but didnt they also get rid of the whole "Natsuki is a prostitute" bit?
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QUOTE (UmmYeahOk @ 5 minutes, 56 seconds ago)
I only watched a few which were free on On Demand, but didnt they also get rid of the whole "Natsuki is a prostitute" bit?

They kinda played it down, yeah, but not entirely as I recall.
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QUOTE (UmmYeahOk @ 2 hours, 54 minutes ago)
I only watched a few which were free on On Demand, but didnt they also get rid of the whole "Natsuki is a prostitute" bit?

Yeah, as Ryo said, it was played down... In the manga, Tokyopop even censored a few bits regarding her....
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QUOTE (BOZZY @ 1 minute, 59 seconds ago)
Yeah, as Ryo said, it was played down... In the manga, Tokyopop even censored a few bits regarding her....

I know Vol. 1 had some stupid dialogue and innuendo between her and "Papa". I'll post it later... laugh.gif
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QUOTE (ryosuke63 @ 30 minutes, 47 seconds ago)
I know Vol. 1 had some stupid dialogue and innuendo between her and "Papa". I'll post it later... laugh.gif

Yeah and there was some nekkid Natsuki in Takumi's thoughts that was edited out in later versions of Volume 1.
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That's excellent news. I would love to see FUNimation release all the soundtracks over here in Canada. I would grab some if I go to a HMV.
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any news if they will release by DVD or box sets?

I'm hoping box sets since i already spent like $300 on the tokyo pop DVD's when i'd buy them every month they'd come out...
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Do they actually release soundtracks in Canada for their other works?
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Oh im thrilled. I can finally actually show this show to my friends (who all refuse to watch anything with subtitles) but love the initial d game. i own all the tokyopop dvds simply cause of the convience and watching them in my truck. maybe now netflix will restock since all the ones they were renting out "disappeared" in the mail.

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