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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Episode 03 ENGLISH DUB Review

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Episode 3, "The Town of Heresy"

It was an hour before Ed and Al realized that they weren't at the Springsteen concert.

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: In the town of Lior, the Elric brothers learn of a preist named Cornello who can perform "miracles". Investigating, they discover that the man is a fraud, using what seems to be a Philosopher's Stone to bypass the law of Equivalent Exchange. Confronting him, they also expose his deception to the townspeople. Edward defeats Cornello, who goes into hiding, only to be killed by two mysterious figures.

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DBZ Kai Dub Anticipation

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Dragon Ball Z Kai Cast Announced (and Analysis)

(From Funimation's blog, a few days ago:)

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Reprising their roles from Dragon Ball Z:

Goku – Sean Schemmel
Vegeta and Piccolo – Christopher R. Sabat
Raditz – Justin Cook
Master Roshi – Mike McFarland
Tien – John Burgmeier
Ox King – Kyle Hebert
Chi-Chi – Cynthia Cranz
Nappa – Phil Parsons

Also returning are Linda Chambers Young as Frieza and Sonny Strait as Krillin and Bardock.

Joining the cast:

Gohan – Colleen Clinkenbeard
Bulma – Monica Rial
Narrator – Doc Morgan
Chiaotzu and Puar – Brina Palencia

FUNimation Entertainment will begin releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray starting with Part One on May 18, 2010.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Episode 01 ENGLISH DUB Review

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Episode 1, "The Fullmetal Alchemist"

Guess who's back? Back again!

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: A man named Isaac McDougal is terrorizing Central, the capital of Amestris, with his use of water alchemy, heating it up to burn his victims or freezing it to freeze them alive. The President, Fuhrer King Bradley, puts Colonel Roy Mustang in charge of capturing Isaac, who fought alongside him in Ishbal. Mustang calls on the help of the Elric brothers, Edward (the "Fullmetal Alchemist") and Alphonse. Isaac plans to kill the Fuhrer using his ice alchemy, which is boosted by a Philosopher's Stone, but it is the Fuhrer who ends up killing him, and the stone in him dissolves before the miltary has a chance to check.

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Dragon Ball Kai Licensed/Announced By Funimation; May Release

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Funimation has announced that it has licensed Dragon Ball Kai, the new version of Dragon Ball Z now airing in Japan on Fuji TV. Kai is a cut of the show touched up for HD, with some redrawn scenes and filler removed for a smoother pace that resembles Akira Toriyama's manga. A new musical score has been composed by Kenji Yamamoto, known for his work on Dragon Ball Z video games like the Budoukai series, Burst Limit, Infinite World, and Raging Blast. Most of the original Japanese cast, including Masako Nozawa (Son Goku/Gohan/Goten), Ryo Horikawa (Vegeta), Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo) have returned to their original roles, but some roles have been recast, such as Aya Hirano as Dende.

Dream Casting: Recasting The Dragon Ball Z English Dub

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This is a first in a series of articles on how I would cast the English dubs for certain titles that either have not been licensed for North America or have dubs I would like to see recast. Enjoy!

The English dub of Dragon Ball Z is horrible. To say that there has never been a good dub for the television series is probably not a controversial statement, even in the Dragon Ball fan community. First there was the one with the Ocean cast wherein there were tons of script problems and wooden acting, and then the in-house Funimation dub with it's painful voices and jokey rewrites. The both replaced the original musical score with either generic mood music that just sort of sat there or hacky electronica-rock mixes to fill up any possible moments of silence. In other words, they were bad. Really, really bad.

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