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Title: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Reed on July 28, 2012, 11:06:26 pm
Update 2: As noted by several people, the set was bumped a bit: to August 20th. Thread subject has been changed to match.

Update 1: WTK reported on the ANN Forums FUNimation's July solicitations, and "Fujiko" was among them:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=2911902 (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=2911902)
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Lupin the Third - The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) - 325 minutes - $64.98 - 7/30/13
Lupin the Third - The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: Complete Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo LE) - 325 minutes - $69.98 - 7/30/13

Of course, the MSRP will be discounted by some degree at the vast majority of retailers. Also, we don't yet know what's included in the LE. I suspect an art booklet or some other physical goodie, as is the FUNimation tradition.

Original post follows:

From their Otakon 2012 panel.

LtT.com article: http://lupinthethird.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95:funimation-acquires-home-video-rights-to-qfujiko-mineq-tv-series&catid=1:latest

Original ANN article: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-07-28/funi-adds-seikishi-yamato/r-one-piece/strong-world-fairy-tail-film-akira

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Funimation also announced it has added the home entertainment and digital rights to the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime series. Funimation previously revealed it acquired the streaming rights to the series in April, and the company streamed the series as it aired in Japan.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Fujiko Lover on July 29, 2012, 01:28:36 am
Woohoo! Crossing my fingers for Blu-Ray.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on July 29, 2012, 09:19:48 am
Blu-ray would be awesomesauce. I kind of already knew about this, but I kept it to myself until FUNi made their announcement to protect Sonny's job. FUNi is particular about things like that.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on July 29, 2012, 03:49:25 pm
This is really great news. I stopped watching at episode 5 or 6 and can't wait to rewatch those episodes and beyond in the comfort of hearing language. I respect the Japanese dub but I'd rather just watch the show in English, even if Krillin will be Lupin. It's also cool this will be the first (maybe) dub we'll get of the show since 05.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 29, 2012, 09:58:02 pm
This is really great news. I stopped watching at episode 5 or 6 and can't wait to rewatch those episodes and beyond in the comfort of hearing language. I respect the Japanese dub but I'd rather just watch the show in English, even if Krillin will be Lupin. It's also cool this will be the first (maybe) dub we'll get of the show since 05.

You are aware Sonny played Lupin 10 previous times for FUNi, right?
I just thought since you referred to him as Krillin, maybe you hadn't seen those movies.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 29, 2012, 10:08:06 pm
Honestly, I would rather they try out a different FUNimation alumnus than go right to Sonny Strait again. He performed quite well in those previous performances, and I don't think I could see anyone else playing those particular Lupins; but this Lupin is just way too different for his interpretation of the character.

In fact, I don't think any of the previous 7 Lupin voice actors quite fit the bill. This Lupin is much skinnier, much more agile, more cocky, and a tad more wacky and high-pitched; at least in that 1st episode. Sonny is meant for the slightly more sympathetic, butterball (just look at Harimao), strong, moralistic Lupin. His Lupin was more on the Cagliostro side than this Lupin is.

Then again, I guess it's because I got used to Kurita's voice this time that I feel it makes the most sense to imitate his performance but with English words, and that isn't always the way to go. So if Sonny is going to put on the jacket once more, just in a different color, then I'll be okay with that.

The real question is, who's going to play Fujiko?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on July 29, 2012, 10:17:58 pm
We all knew it was inevitable that Funimation was going to pick up the show I just didn't expect to hear about it so fast.

Also I'm calling this : The cast they choose for the Lupin regulars in this show will be the same exact ones they used for the specials. Well maybe they'll get a new Zenigata because of episode 5 but for the most part I'm expecting the same exact cast.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 29, 2012, 10:32:13 pm
We all knew it was inevitable that Funimation was going to pick up the show I just didn't expect to hear about it so fast.

Also I'm calling this : The cast they choose for the Lupin regulars in this show will be the same exact ones they used for the specials. Well maybe they'll get a new Zenigata because of episode 5 but for the most part I'm expecting the same exact cast.

Okay No. I'm sorry, but they cannot use the same actress they used for Fujiko in the Specials. That actress sounded so reserved and, well...she still was sexy, in fact very sexy, just not quite in same spectrum for this interpretation. Plus she's much younger right, in comparison. I don't mean to be rude, but that would ruin it all for me if they had her come back. They have plenty of other fine actresses to play Fujiko in this series.

Just please FUNimation, don't be lazy and just pick the obvious; that kind of decision making usually never leads to anything good.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on July 29, 2012, 10:37:40 pm
I thought she was a great Fujiko   :( Not as good as the Geneon one sure but still great. We'll just have to wait and see if she gets chosen for the role again or not.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on July 30, 2012, 12:54:11 am
This is really great news. I stopped watching at episode 5 or 6 and can't wait to rewatch those episodes and beyond in the comfort of hearing language. I respect the Japanese dub but I'd rather just watch the show in English, even if Krillin will be Lupin. It's also cool this will be the first (maybe) dub we'll get of the show since 05.

You are aware Sonny played Lupin 10 previous times for FUNi, right?
I just thought since you referred to him as Krillin, maybe you hadn't seen those movies.

I used to own them and didn't care much about them. The only voices I liked were Jigen, Goemon, and Zenigata. The dubs just weren't spectacular. I didn't even care for them in Japanese either, the style in them was way too anime, or the plots weren't good enough for my taste. They tried too hard to mimic the Geneon dub. But Sonys VA has improved over the years so if he still is Lupin, I'd like to hear how he will voice him. But I still just hear Krillin. I'd prefer it if they had the voice of Android 17/Shin-Chans Dad be Lupin.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: MGFanJay on July 30, 2012, 04:12:40 am
I'd be fine with Sonny as Lupin for the series, but I really hope they get Michelle Ruff for Fujiko - she's the best English VA for the character that I've heard.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on July 30, 2012, 06:12:08 am
I think Sonny will most likely be Lupin. He hasn't officially announced it, but he's hinted.that he is. As far Meredith McCoy, I have no idea if she will be Fujiko. She did return for FMA Brotherhood, but doesn't voice act much anymore. The fact that they recast her roles in DBZ Kai might indicate that's very possible for this series.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on July 30, 2012, 11:34:00 am
Ugh. I cannot stand Sonny Strait's Lupin or Meredith McCoy's Fujiko. And I like them as voice actors. They're just awful in these roles. Strait's Lupin sounds too much like a nerd, a goober. There's no element of "cool" to him, or even snarkiness. McCoy's Fujiko sounds way too masculine for somebody so sexy. Hell, she sounds more like a man than Lupin does.

It's funny because Lupin is Strait's favorite role, but he sucks so incredibly at it.

Oh well. There's always the Japanese version. Hopefully we'll be getting it on Blu-Ray, too.

Personally, as somebody who was at Otakon and attended the Funimation panel, I thought it was kind of a waste of time announcing it. They already had its license, it was just a matter of time before it had a home release. I was still happy about it (I cheered), but they should reserve convention panels for announcing entirely new licenses. They also wasted time on One Piece. But I guess when they had so little to announce, they had to fill up time. It still boggles me why they didn't get Penguindrum, but as this is a Lupin board, I'll refrain from ranting about that.

They tried too hard to mimic the Geneon dub.

I don't think they were going for that. I'm pretty sure Secret of Twilight Gemini, the first Funimation release of Lupin, came out before Pioneer/Geneon released their version of Part II.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Reed on July 30, 2012, 12:44:26 pm
They tried too hard to mimic the Geneon dub.

I don't think they were going for that. I'm pretty sure Secret of Twilight Gemini, the first Funimation release of Lupin, came out before Pioneer/Geneon released their version of Part II.

True facts. Twilight Gemini landed on April 30, 2002 according to Amazon. Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure came out in September, 2002. Their third, Dragon of Doom, came out February 11, 2003, only a few weeks after the Pioneer/Geneon adaptation had debuted on Adult Swim (Jan. 13, 2003), meaning it must have been recorded before then. Besides, they didn't even pronounce "Lupin" the same way as Pioneer/Geneon's adaptation: "LOOP-in" vs. "LOOP-on" (basically "LOO-pawn," w/American-English accent). Not to mention "Jiggin'" as opposed to "JEE-gen" (both with hard "g"s).

FUNimation tried to give their dubs a sense of humor and even tap on the 4th wall at times, but this was (mostly) in keeping with the spirit of the Japanese dialogue.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on July 30, 2012, 12:59:36 pm
Yeah, the scripts of the Funimation dubs were fairly good (more accurate than Geneon/Phuuz's), but the acting is what I have issue with.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: m-o on July 30, 2012, 02:14:07 pm
well, the truth is i never expected to read this, but of course it
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Reed on July 30, 2012, 03:45:04 pm
Yeah, the scripts of the Funimation dubs were fairly good (more accurate than Geneon/Phuuz's), but the acting is what I have issue with.

For me it's less the acting and more the casting. Sonny's not my favorite Lupin, but I can't fault him for his efforts. It doesn't help that he cannot escape his Krillin typecasting.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: hardware on July 30, 2012, 05:03:16 pm
Yeah, the scripts of the Funimation dubs were fairly good (more accurate than Geneon/Phuuz's), but the acting is what I have issue with.

thats the huge problem with Funi. its a terrible shame.
you'd think they'd have gotten more and better VA's by now
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 30, 2012, 05:06:25 pm
So who has the better VAs? I'm actually not even sure who the main Anime Distributors are anymore.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Reed on July 30, 2012, 08:50:04 pm
So who has the better VAs? I'm actually not even sure who the main Anime Distributors are anymore.

Sentai Filmworks (neo-ADV) - Sometimes doesn't dub
FUNimation
Media Blasters - Only dubs a few shows
Discotek Media - Never dubs anything anew
There's probably one other I'm forgetting....
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 30, 2012, 09:34:28 pm
I thought Rightstuf did their own dubs, along with distributing all the other released anime.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on July 31, 2012, 01:16:55 am
thats the huge problem with Funi. its a terrible shame.
you'd think they'd have gotten more and better VA's by now

Well, I think in general Funimation's dubs have improved in voice acting quality. In fact, even at the time they were dubbing Lupin stuff their dubs were pretty decent. Just not the Lupin ones.

Reed might have a point, though. It could very well be the casting that's the problem. But I recall plenty of just horrendous acting on the parts of certain characters.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on July 31, 2012, 12:37:33 pm
Blu-ray would be awesomesauce. I kind of already knew about this, but I kept it to myself until FUNi made their announcement to protect Sonny's job. FUNi is particular about things like that.

Wait Sonny told you they picked up the show? Man you have some awesome connections!  :P But if that's true then it should be obvious who is going to be voicing him in this dub.

Can't wait to hear more of his awesome -not nerdy- Lupin voice then. I really don't think you guys would have this problem if you would stop hearing Krillin whenever he spoke. I love DBZ as much as anyone but I don't think Picollo when I hear Funi's Jigen...well at least not all the time. Just as you shouldn't with his Lupin.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on July 31, 2012, 01:13:39 pm
No, when I hear his Jigen, I hear the generic Chris Sabat voice he uses for nearly everything.

My problem with Strait's Lupin has nothing to do with Kuririn and has everything to do with he just can't sound cool.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 31, 2012, 01:32:30 pm
Blu-ray would be awesomesauce. I kind of already knew about this, but I kept it to myself until FUNi made their announcement to protect Sonny's job. FUNi is particular about things like that.
Can't wait to hear more of his awesome -not nerdy- Lupin voice then. I really don't think you guys would have this problem if you would stop hearing Krillin whenever he spoke. I love DBZ as much as anyone but I don't think Picollo when I hear Funi's Jigen...well at least not all the time. Just as you shouldn't with his Lupin.
No, when I hear his Jigen, I hear the generic Chris Sabat voice he uses for nearly everything.

My problem with Strait's Lupin has nothing to do with Kuririn and has everything to do with he just can't sound cool.

That's the same with me. I've never watched Dragonball Z, so I no problem hearing anything other than Lupin. Although, I just looked at a few clips of Krillin, and both voices don't sound close enough to be annoying if I would have heard Krillin already. You guys probably grew up with DBZ, so I guess I can still see your issue.

Sonny Strait's Lupin is an okay version for the previous Specials. He's the 2nd best choice for a Lupin voice out of the 7 people who have played him in English. That I know for certain. However, he sounds too generic when he talks in his deeper voice, like when he's having a date with Fujiko at the beginning of "Columbus Files." He didn't sound like any sort of Lupin there; only after he dressed up as Fujiko and appeared in the mirror opposite her did he sound like Lupin. When he's all wild and crazy, he works as Lupin. When he talks in his deep, semi-normal voice (even though Lupin does talk like that sometimes) he just doesn't fit as well.

In the case of the "Fujiko Mine" series, I just don't believe he is the right choice for this particular incarnation of the Lupin character.

I've drawn many connections between Lupin the 3rd and the Dr. Who franchise; so I will use that as a way of making my point. Imagine if you will the least liked 6th Doctor, with the rainbow coat, and imagine casting the previous 3rd or 4th Doctor to play him. They are wildly different interpretations of the same character because the 6th doctor is a reborn version of the Doctor. So he now has a different combination of personality traits and facial features. The previous actors were good for playing their versions of the Doctor because of their voice, their manor and the personalities of their respective versions of the Doctor.
 
So in short: Sonny is an okay personal to play a Lupin, just not this Lupin.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on July 31, 2012, 02:03:49 pm
That's the same with me. I've never watched Dragonball Z, so I no problem hearing anything other than Lupin. Although, I just looked at a few clips of Krillin, and both voices don't sound close enough to be annoying if I would have heard Krillin already. You guys probably grew up with DBZ, so I guess I can still see your issue.

I've never found Krillin's voice to be annoying either nor do I hear him when I hear Sonny's Lupin (well not enough that I'm thinking "OMG THAT'S KRILLIN!111!!!!) but enough people do that it's a problem for them.
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In the case of the "Fujiko Mine" series, I just don't believe he is the right choice for this particular incarnation of the Lupin character.

I think I'm in a boat where Mine Fujiko is going to sound weird dubbed no matter who is doing the voices. I had this problem with Dead or Alive too. Just hearing English voices with that one movie was...unsettling. They just didn't feel like they fit that style or something.

I still have faith that the dub cast chosen will be great and play their roles the best they can but it's still going to be weird hearing this show in English either way.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 31, 2012, 02:09:26 pm
Anybody want to take a crack at guessing who will play Oscar?


Right now all I can see is the guy who played Shinji Ikari from "Neon Genesis Evangelion." But maybe that's cause I'm watching "2.22." Although, it's not a necessarily a bad choice.  :P
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on July 31, 2012, 02:14:18 pm
The guy who played Shinji Ikari in 2.22 (and in every Evangelion english dub so far) was Spike Spencer.

That said I don't think he'd be the best Oscar because his voice is too light and I'd want a voice close to the Japanese version which was pretty deep. I know that more than likely the voice we get for Oscar will be very girly but I just don't want that for some reason.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: hardware on July 31, 2012, 02:19:49 pm
So who has the better VAs? I'm actually not even sure who the main Anime Distributors are anymore.

Sentai Filmworks (neo-ADV) - Sometimes doesn't dub
FUNimation
Media Blasters - Only dubs a few shows
Discotek Media - Never dubs anything anew
There's probably one other I'm forgetting....

Manga

That's the same with me. I've never watched Dragonball Z, so I no problem hearing anything other than Lupin. Although, I just looked at a few clips of Krillin, and both voices don't sound close enough to be annoying if I would have heard Krillin already. You guys probably grew up with DBZ, so I guess I can still see your issue.

I've never found Krillin's voice to be annoying either nor do I hear him when I hear Sonny's Lupin (well not enough that I'm thinking "OMG THAT'S KRILLIN!111!!!!) but enough people do that it's a problem for them.

i had a similar problem with Maes Hughes on FMA, but i got over that
my problem is with Jigen cause yeah i do just hear his generic ass voice
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 31, 2012, 02:21:03 pm
The guy who played Shinji Ikari in 2.22 (and in every Evangelion english dub so far) was Spike Spencer.

That said I don't think he'd be the best Oscar because his voice is too light and I'd want a voice close to the Japanese version which was pretty deep. I know that more than likely the voice we get for Oscar will be very girly but I just don't want that for some reason.

I do believe I've heard multiple Eng VAs who could pull off an exact impersonation of the Japanese actor. There's no reason he shouldn't sound very similar. Sometimes you don't want to imitate the Japanese VA exactly, like in the case of Richard Moore from "Detective Conan," whom I think was much too deep and raspy originally. But in this case, I think having a Eng counterpart VA would be the better way to go to keep the personality there.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on July 31, 2012, 07:16:48 pm
I never liked Spike Spencer's Shinji Ikari. He's a wild exaggeration, a garish parody of the character. But I guess Oscar is pretty over the top.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on July 31, 2012, 09:02:21 pm
Blu-ray would be awesomesauce. I kind of already knew about this, but I kept it to myself until FUNi made their announcement to protect Sonny's job. FUNi is particular about things like that.

Wait Sonny told you they picked up the show? Man you have some awesome connections!  :P But if that's true then it should be obvious who is going to be voicing him in this dub.

Can't wait to hear more of his awesome -not nerdy- Lupin voice then. I really don't think you guys would have this problem if you would stop hearing Krillin whenever he spoke. I love DBZ as much as anyone but I don't think Picollo when I hear Funi's Jigen...well at least not all the time. Just as you shouldn't with his Lupin.

No, but he strongly hinted it to me. I know Sonny personally because I run several websites for him. Basically, I told him I figured it out, but would keep quiet until FUNi made the official announcement. Had I said anything before and they caught wind of it, Sonny could have lost his job.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on August 01, 2012, 02:05:49 am
It was pretty obvious FUNi had the home vid license, because if they didn't, we would've seen the show streamed online a lot sooner. Though I imagine the actual news wasn't declared until TMS decided a date which was in line with its aversion to reverse-importation.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on August 01, 2012, 08:16:06 am
YeP. I too expected that to happen, Gatsu. Didn't something similar happen with Panty and Stocking?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: hardware on August 01, 2012, 04:02:31 pm
kinda wish they'd had gotten the broadcast rights as well
Adult Swim could have used some help with their new fake Toonami
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Mr.Lupin on August 04, 2012, 07:49:27 pm
Good I can finally watch it , if it's as nicely done as Panty Stocking and Garterbelt box set, we all will have something to look forward to.  Oh and did anyone catch the Cagliostro homage in one of the episodes?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Jackson_H on August 05, 2012, 03:48:52 pm
kinda wish they'd had gotten the broadcast rights as well
Adult Swim could have used some help with their new fake Toonami

Probably wouldn't be picked up since Part II's ratings were bad IIRC. Plus they'd have to censor all those nipples. If the new Toonami was cool with airing a censored version they probably would've picked up High School of the Dead, Sekirei or Freezing.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on September 17, 2012, 11:58:14 pm
Nothing new, but I notice FUNi likes to give exclusive omake through Right Stuf for people who pre-order. So I'll try to give you a heads up if that happens.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on September 18, 2012, 12:12:58 am
Way to plan "a year until we get new info" ahead. Seriously I don't expect to get it anytime soon because the Japanese release has to make it's sales before the much cheaper US edition comes and from Japan begin reverse importing it.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on September 18, 2012, 05:52:33 am
I'd say a U.S. release date should be known within the next six months, because again, TMS wants Lupin to succeed in America.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Mr.Lupin on September 18, 2012, 10:24:39 pm
Just got my weekly PlayAsia email store update.  AWCMF Blu Ray box is going for $241.00 american .  Pretty expensive for 13 half hour episodes , no?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on September 19, 2012, 01:53:41 am
By Japanese price-gouging standards, it's pretty normal.  8) And don't forget S+H and tax.  ;)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on September 19, 2012, 06:12:16 pm
By Japanese price-gouging standards, it's pretty normal.  8) And don't forget S+H and tax.  ;)
Ah yes, the wonderful business practices of anime studios. Remind me why I'm a fan of this stuff again?
At least I'll never have to import anything... I hope.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on September 19, 2012, 06:20:08 pm
Flippy: Only if you're not a Macross Frontier fan.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on September 19, 2012, 06:30:45 pm
Flippy: Only if you're not a Macross Frontier fan.
Crap. That's on my list...
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on October 02, 2012, 07:10:07 pm
Yamamoto was saying there'd be "corrections, fixes, and retakes" (http://www.fandompost.com/2012/10/02/animefest-2012-sayo-yamamoto-panel-report/) for the Japanese edition. So I'm hoping that means new footage.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on October 02, 2012, 08:39:47 pm
They finally have time to finish all of the after effects crap they half-assed in the first place because they started late.
Well maybe we can get an opening title sequence that is consistent and one that is actually visible. Cause if you saw the last few openings, they put such a big bright light over top of Fujiko making out with herself that you can't see it. I know that sounds like a weird complaint, but I liked the opening version they had half way through. Not too little, not too much. In the end they added to many extra details that made it hard to watch.

As for the show itself, I think some of the CGI effects, especially those planes in that one Cuba episode, should be redone so that the sketchy shading doesn't look so fake all tacked onto the texture map. It just looks awkward.

I also hope that some extra color work can be done because I think certain episodes were way too dark, and a lot of it was very desaturated; which would help in the clarity department if they boosted the vibrancy up a bit.

I know I'm being nit-picky. It was okay the way it was, but you can tell from beginning to end on that simulcast, they were not getting everything they wanted to get done, done. So now they have a chance to fix what they missed. I'm hoping it moves my initial rating up from a 7/10 to an 8/10. I doubt it, but that's my hope. :P
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: SlackerWriter on October 03, 2012, 08:17:19 am
Yamamoto was saying there'd be "corrections, fixes, and retakes" (http://www.fandompost.com/2012/10/02/animefest-2012-sayo-yamamoto-panel-report/) for the Japanese edition. So I'm hoping that means new footage.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dq4e6bec1r6zsg0o1_1280.png)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on November 13, 2012, 05:38:18 pm
I don't suppose anyone's gotten any recent news as to WHEN it's coming out and with what specifications? It seems like FUNimation is taking a while, and I'm afraid they're not striking while the iron's hot, as it were. Don't want people to have already lost interest by the time they get the DVD's or Blu Rays out!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on November 14, 2012, 08:21:19 am
I don't think so. Sonny said he recently recorded for a new show, but he didn't specify what.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: victorystar on November 20, 2012, 10:34:07 am
I don't suppose anyone's gotten any recent news as to WHEN it's coming out and with what specifications? It seems like FUNimation is taking a while, and I'm afraid they're not striking while the iron's hot, as it were. Don't want people to have already lost interest by the time they get the DVD's or Blu Rays out!

I think I said this earlier in the thread but I don't think they're going to release the English release of this for another year or so, maybe Q2 next year at the least.

They have to make their money back with the Japanese release first, Japanese DVD's are really expensive compared to American releases and if they released it like just 6 months after it came to Japan people would just reverse import the American one keeping the Japanese distributors from making money from those people.

It'll come, you just have to be patient.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on November 20, 2012, 08:21:13 pm
I don't suppose anyone's gotten any recent news as to WHEN it's coming out and with what specifications? It seems like FUNimation is taking a while, and I'm afraid they're not striking while the iron's hot, as it were. Don't want people to have already lost interest by the time they get the DVD's or Blu Rays out!

I think I said this earlier in the thread but I don't think they're going to release the English release of this for another year or so, maybe Q2 next year at the least.

They have to make their money back with the Japanese release first, Japanese DVD's are really expensive compared to American releases and if they released it like just 6 months after it came to Japan people would just reverse import the American one keeping the Japanese distributors from making money from those people.

It'll come, you just have to be patient.
Maybe people would stop reverse importing things if they didn't make their discs so ridiculously expensive... but how Japanese companies are ineffectually run is another topic, I suppose.
So you think it'll be Q2 next year, really? Wow. That really does seem like they're just leaving money on the table. Guess I'll just have to grin and bear it.
Harrumph.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on December 01, 2012, 07:24:02 am
At 64:54 of the ANNCast, they talk about (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2012-11-30) how they're currently working on the dub, and planning a "mid-year" release for the set.

Edit: Also, at 84:50, they say they might be interested in being in the Lupin business again, if Fujiko sells. But only if we get more Lupin adaptations like Fujiko.  :(
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on December 01, 2012, 09:00:24 am
They also said there is around a 5% chance of more Detective Conan. Which probably makes it a slight possibility that we could get Lupin vs Conan (as they've stated before the Conan movies sell good). I honestly think they should take another shot at some of the specials because they are much bigger than they were back when they licensed the old ones and I think they have a lot more marketing power now.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on December 01, 2012, 12:19:04 pm
They also said there is around a 5% chance of more Detective Conan. Which probably makes it a slight possibility that we could get Lupin vs Conan (as they've stated before the Conan movies sell good). I honestly think they should take another shot at some of the specials because they are much bigger than they were back when they licensed the old ones and I think they have a lot more marketing power now.

I would be excited for a bit more Conan.

Even though 550 episodes is over-doing it, and I'm sure after a while the newest episodes will seem like torture because nothing has advanced in the over-arching plot, I would still enjoy a bit more than 150 episodes. Besides, they should dub the rest of the films, cause I would think a few more of them might be decent.

"Lupin vs Conan" though, is unnecessary to license. It was a waste of time when I saw the subtitled version. Just act like it didn't exist. There was no battle of whits, there was no major heist, and a lot of the story was dominated by a Princess and the Pauper tale. It is NOT what a Lupin Vs Conan movie should be.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on December 01, 2012, 04:53:22 pm
Yea, but the whole idea of the crossover is what would make it sell, I'd think.

And yea, I've seen all of Conan up until the past 10 episodes or so. It becomes torture beyond your imagination. I think if they would license more maybe they should only license the plot-relevant episodes along with the kaitou kid crossover ones. Detective Boys is a no-no. The most recent films are quite good, actually every film is at least slightly enjoyable except for Movie 11. Movie 11 doesn't need to exist.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on December 01, 2012, 10:20:52 pm
Well, I doubt that we'll get more Conan. Hate to be Debby Downer, but dem's de breaks. I'd love it, but I doubt it's even 5%. Think about how cost-prohibitive it'd be--500+ episodes! Also, I don't think the movies sold well--maybe that's a relative term, but they said in the interview that they "tried" with the movies twice. They clearly didn't get the results they were looking for.
Also, selling scattered episodes would be awful and confusing and would do more harm than good.

Sigh.
At least we have the manga, right?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on December 04, 2012, 07:56:09 pm
At 64:54 of the ANNCast, they talk about (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2012-11-30) how they're currently working on the dub, and planning a "mid-year" release for the set.

My question, by the way.

Hey, I tried. Was really disappointed. The announced it several months ago. They need to get on this.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on December 04, 2012, 11:36:52 pm
Well, I doubt that we'll get more Conan. Hate to be Debby Downer, but dem's de breaks. I'd love it, but I doubt it's even 5%. Think about how cost-prohibitive it'd be--500+ episodes! Also, I don't think the movies sold well--maybe that's a relative term, but they said in the interview that they "tried" with the movies twice. They clearly didn't get the results they were looking for.
Also, selling scattered episodes would be awful and confusing and would do more harm than good.

Sigh.
At least we have the manga, right?

Well the point is, they Don't HAVE to license the other 500+ episodes. Who in the world would WANT to license all of those. They already licensed the episodes we have in English, so what's the harm in licensing another 50 to 100 of them? They're not bad at all. I've heard a lot of people would be psyched to get more episodes rather than movies because after movie 2, the quality starts to sink, and it's gradual in a very obvious linear way for the other 4. The 1st and 2nd had good hooks with their dark and heavy story lines. I won't doubt that the 3rd one was also fairly interesting with the Phantom Thief kid involved, playing Jimmy for a moment to throw Rachel off of the scent that Conan is actually Jimmy. But after that, they're not nearly as solid or as exciting as the first 2. I don't even think they have the same budget either, they don't look as good. Also, after season 5, the production of the episodes starts to shift from traditional cel, ink and paint, and top-down camera animation to full-digital coloring and editing: which ends up making the show look more sterile and dull. It's only in recent years with shows like FMAB and Soul Eater that the modern digital painting and SFX process has made shows look great. Back at the turn of the century a lot of shows looked odd when they went through this transition; some were okay, some were ruined because the inhereant qualities were lost and could not be easily replaced with computer standards. So I'd rather not have too many episodes licensed that are done in the modern digital process because they just don't feel the same as the older ones for this particular series. I'm not sure if there are enough episodes in the 6th season before this full change occurs, because there's already an episode that is done digitally in the 5th.

Anyways I don't think it'd hurt FUNimation to at least license a season 6 for the fans who'd like a bit more. Any real fans should be able to tell the episodes degrade in quality as the show goes on too long, so I don't think they'd personally want much more than a few extra seasons. I know you can see a lot of the episodes subtitled somewhere, but I LOVE the FUNi voice actors, and I love the presentation by FUNimation for the last 2 releases of the sets. So it would be awesome if they could bring us just a tad more and maybe a few other Lupin releases like the Mankatsu project, that might be more up their alley since it's different than all the other Lupin related material, and it's more recent.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on December 05, 2012, 01:43:40 am
penguin: Hey, the longer the wait, the better it'll help increase demand for Discotek's Lupin stuff. Well, at least, ideally.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on December 05, 2012, 05:58:31 pm
A fine point. But I'm not holding my breath on that.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on December 06, 2012, 01:13:48 pm
Well, I doubt that we'll get more Conan. Hate to be Debby Downer, but dem's de breaks. I'd love it, but I doubt it's even 5%. Think about how cost-prohibitive it'd be--500+ episodes! Also, I don't think the movies sold well--maybe that's a relative term, but they said in the interview that they "tried" with the movies twice. They clearly didn't get the results they were looking for.
Also, selling scattered episodes would be awful and confusing and would do more harm than good.

Sigh.
At least we have the manga, right?

Well the point is, they Don't HAVE to license the other 500+ episodes. Who in the world would WANT to license all of those. They already licensed the episodes we have in English, so what's the harm in licensing another 50 to 100 of them? They're not bad at all. I've heard a lot of people would be psyched to get more episodes rather than movies because after movie 2, the quality starts to sink, and it's gradual in a very obvious linear way for the other 4. The 1st and 2nd had good hooks with their dark and heavy story lines. I won't doubt that the 3rd one was also fairly interesting with the Phantom Thief kid involved, playing Jimmy for a moment to throw Rachel off of the scent that Conan is actually Jimmy. But after that, they're not nearly as solid or as exciting as the first 2. I don't even think they have the same budget either, they don't look as good. Also, after season 5, the production of the episodes starts to shift from traditional cel, ink and paint, and top-down camera animation to full-digital coloring and editing: which ends up making the show look more sterile and dull. It's only in recent years with shows like FMAB and Soul Eater that the modern digital painting and SFX process has made shows look great. Back at the turn of the century a lot of shows looked odd when they went through this transition; some were okay, some were ruined because the inhereant qualities were lost and could not be easily replaced with computer standards. So I'd rather not have too many episodes licensed that are done in the modern digital process because they just don't feel the same as the older ones for this particular series. I'm not sure if there are enough episodes in the 6th season before this full change occurs, because there's already an episode that is done digitally in the 5th.

Anyways I don't think it'd hurt FUNimation to at least license a season 6 for the fans who'd like a bit more. Any real fans should be able to tell the episodes degrade in quality as the show goes on too long, so I don't think they'd personally want much more than a few extra seasons. I know you can see a lot of the episodes subtitled somewhere, but I LOVE the FUNi voice actors, and I love the presentation by FUNimation for the last 2 releases of the sets. So it would be awesome if they could bring us just a tad more and maybe a few other Lupin releases like the Mankatsu project, that might be more up their alley since it's different than all the other Lupin related material, and it's more recent.

I'm pretty sure that the first 100% digital episode is Episode 314. The digital animation does start to look better as the series progresses. In terms of the movie some of the CGI in some of them is a little excessive, such as in Movie 7 there is a scene with the motorcycle that looks awful in CGI. Then again, the CGI for the Boat in Movie 9 looks great.

The show doesn't really degrade in quality as it goes on, it just seems that if it doesn't involve the black organization or phantom thief kid, the quality will suffer. Episode 345 and 425 both are amazingly done, both involve the black organization and both are 2.5 Hours long (lol). Sadly we will never get there.


I think FUNimation could do a better job now of marketing lupin then before in all honesty.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on December 06, 2012, 03:20:06 pm
Why spend effort marketing something that will, at best, only bring in modest returns? An ancient franchise that most NA anime fans will judge entirely by its age and reject, since they didn't grow up watching it?

We're lucky any NA anime licensor shows an interest in Lupin, to be honest. It's a proven failure over here.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on December 06, 2012, 09:02:06 pm
Well, I doubt that we'll get more Conan. Hate to be Debby Downer, but dem's de breaks. I'd love it, but I doubt it's even 5%. Think about how cost-prohibitive it'd be--500+ episodes! Also, I don't think the movies sold well--maybe that's a relative term, but they said in the interview that they "tried" with the movies twice. They clearly didn't get the results they were looking for.
Also, selling scattered episodes would be awful and confusing and would do more harm than good.

Sigh.
At least we have the manga, right?

Well the point is, they Don't HAVE to license the other 500+ episodes. Who in the world would WANT to license all of those. They already licensed the episodes we have in English, so what's the harm in licensing another 50 to 100 of them? They're not bad at all. I've heard a lot of people would be psyched to get more episodes rather than movies because after movie 2, the quality starts to sink, and it's gradual in a very obvious linear way for the other 4. The 1st and 2nd had good hooks with their dark and heavy story lines. I won't doubt that the 3rd one was also fairly interesting with the Phantom Thief kid involved, playing Jimmy for a moment to throw Rachel off of the scent that Conan is actually Jimmy. But after that, they're not nearly as solid or as exciting as the first 2. I don't even think they have the same budget either, they don't look as good. Also, after season 5, the production of the episodes starts to shift from traditional cel, ink and paint, and top-down camera animation to full-digital coloring and editing: which ends up making the show look more sterile and dull. It's only in recent years with shows like FMAB and Soul Eater that the modern digital painting and SFX process has made shows look great. Back at the turn of the century a lot of shows looked odd when they went through this transition; some were okay, some were ruined because the inhereant qualities were lost and could not be easily replaced with computer standards. So I'd rather not have too many episodes licensed that are done in the modern digital process because they just don't feel the same as the older ones for this particular series. I'm not sure if there are enough episodes in the 6th season before this full change occurs, because there's already an episode that is done digitally in the 5th.

Anyways I don't think it'd hurt FUNimation to at least license a season 6 for the fans who'd like a bit more. Any real fans should be able to tell the episodes degrade in quality as the show goes on too long, so I don't think they'd personally want much more than a few extra seasons. I know you can see a lot of the episodes subtitled somewhere, but I LOVE the FUNi voice actors, and I love the presentation by FUNimation for the last 2 releases of the sets. So it would be awesome if they could bring us just a tad more and maybe a few other Lupin releases like the Mankatsu project, that might be more up their alley since it's different than all the other Lupin related material, and it's more recent.
Oh, believe me, I wouldn't complain if they released even one more season set. We'd be no worse off.
The completionist in my would be squirming around in agony though
But, FUNimation is a business. They're not going to do something that wouldn't be obviously beneficial to them. Maybe streaming....?

I also wouldn't hold my breath for any more Lupin for them. Discotek seems to be doing a stellar job right now anyways.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on December 07, 2012, 01:57:38 am
Well, I doubt that we'll get more Conan. Hate to be Debby Downer, but dem's de breaks. I'd love it, but I doubt it's even 5%. Think about how cost-prohibitive it'd be--500+ episodes! Also, I don't think the movies sold well--maybe that's a relative term, but they said in the interview that they "tried" with the movies twice. They clearly didn't get the results they were looking for.
Also, selling scattered episodes would be awful and confusing and would do more harm than good.

Sigh.
At least we have the manga, right?

Well the point is, they Don't HAVE to license the other 500+ episodes. Who in the world would WANT to license all of those. They already licensed the episodes we have in English, so what's the harm in licensing another 50 to 100 of them? They're not bad at all. I've heard a lot of people would be psyched to get more episodes rather than movies because after movie 2, the quality starts to sink, and it's gradual in a very obvious linear way for the other 4. The 1st and 2nd had good hooks with their dark and heavy story lines. I won't doubt that the 3rd one was also fairly interesting with the Phantom Thief kid involved, playing Jimmy for a moment to throw Rachel off of the scent that Conan is actually Jimmy. But after that, they're not nearly as solid or as exciting as the first 2. I don't even think they have the same budget either, they don't look as good. Also, after season 5, the production of the episodes starts to shift from traditional cel, ink and paint, and top-down camera animation to full-digital coloring and editing: which ends up making the show look more sterile and dull. It's only in recent years with shows like FMAB and Soul Eater that the modern digital painting and SFX process has made shows look great. Back at the turn of the century a lot of shows looked odd when they went through this transition; some were okay, some were ruined because the inhereant qualities were lost and could not be easily replaced with computer standards. So I'd rather not have too many episodes licensed that are done in the modern digital process because they just don't feel the same as the older ones for this particular series. I'm not sure if there are enough episodes in the 6th season before this full change occurs, because there's already an episode that is done digitally in the 5th.

Anyways I don't think it'd hurt FUNimation to at least license a season 6 for the fans who'd like a bit more. Any real fans should be able to tell the episodes degrade in quality as the show goes on too long, so I don't think they'd personally want much more than a few extra seasons. I know you can see a lot of the episodes subtitled somewhere, but I LOVE the FUNi voice actors, and I love the presentation by FUNimation for the last 2 releases of the sets. So it would be awesome if they could bring us just a tad more and maybe a few other Lupin releases like the Mankatsu project, that might be more up their alley since it's different than all the other Lupin related material, and it's more recent.
Oh, believe me, I wouldn't complain if they released even one more season set. We'd be no worse off.
The completionist in my would be squirming around in agony though
But, FUNimation is a business. They're not going to do something that wouldn't be obviously beneficial to them. Maybe streaming....?

I also wouldn't hold my breath for any more Lupin for them. Discotek seems to be doing a stellar job right now anyways.

And I would prefer if they stick to it as well. They do such a stellar job with quality film prints and detailed stylized menus and box-art. They put effort and hard work into what they do so that their middle-ground price range is worth the money for the unique items that they license. We can only hope the love and support continues and the titles keep coming for many years to come.  ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on December 07, 2012, 09:46:29 pm
Amen!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: SlackerWriter on January 03, 2013, 12:18:44 pm
Sonny Strait posted on facebook that he's dubbing Lupin for Fujiko Mine. No surprise but I'm glad he'll be Lupin for this
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on January 03, 2013, 07:52:19 pm
I just texted him my congrats, but I'm not surprised. I think Tony would do a good job as well.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: DrFurball on January 04, 2013, 10:17:59 am
Nice! Here's to hoping they try to pronounce the names right.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on January 04, 2013, 04:33:50 pm
Sonny Strait as Lupin again.

Great. More Lupin The Nerd. Ruining my favorite manga/anime character all over again.

Guess I'll be sticking to the Japanese version.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: MGFanJay on January 06, 2013, 06:38:51 pm
Call me crazy, but I'm reasonably certain Sonny is able to play a character in more than one way. He did a fine job getting across the drama whenever needed in the movies, and was good with the comedy aspects as well.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on January 07, 2013, 03:53:13 am
I have stated my thoughts of Sonny being Lupin, but now I really think he can do it because he has improved as an actor over the years and I know he will be perfect. I hope Sabat comes back as Jigen an Mcfarlene as Goemon. They need a rough mean voice for Zenigata, and a sexy not old lady voice for Fujiko. Was never a fan of Funi's original VA for her.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on January 07, 2013, 08:13:03 am
Sonny Strait as Lupin again.

Great. More Lupin The Nerd. Ruining my favorite manga/anime character all over again.

Guess I'll be sticking to the Japanese version.

Penguin, give him the benefit of a doubt until you've at least watched the new dub. Sonny has improved overall as with the majority of the FUNimation cast. =)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on January 07, 2013, 08:15:42 am
I have stated my thoughts of Sonny being Lupin, but now I really think he can do it because he has improved as an actor over the years and I know he will be perfect. I hope Sabat comes back as Jigen an Mcfarlene as Goemon. They need a rough mean voice for Zenigata, and a sexy not old lady voice for Fujiko. Was never a fan of Funi's original VA for her.

I think Meredith McCoy is retired from voice acting anyway. I think she and Zenigata will be most likely recast. Sonny said they haven't released much info other than him being recast-not that he would be allowed to disclose anything until FUNimation gives him the greenlight anyway.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: SlackerWriter on January 07, 2013, 11:12:13 am
Sonny Strait as Lupin again.

Great. More Lupin The Nerd. Ruining my favorite manga/anime character all over again.

Guess I'll be sticking to the Japanese version.

I think the Lupin the nerd title goes to Robin Robertson
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 08, 2013, 11:11:24 am
Sonny Strait as Lupin again.

Great. More Lupin The Nerd. Ruining my favorite manga/anime character all over again.

Guess I'll be sticking to the Japanese version.

I think the Lupin the nerd title goes to Robin Robertson

Yeah, Bob Bergen or Robin Robertson especially sounded the nerdiest. If you were going to cast a nerd voice, you'd likely go for Robertson.

Sonny's Lupin is just simple. There's not as much inflection or unique twists and turns that it takes, unlike Yasuo Yamada who had so much going into that character that it would be hard to repeat. And Kurita is only now (as many of you have said) finally fitting into the role as a fitting replacement for Yamada.

There's nothing particularly great about Sonny's portrayal, but I don't consider anything about it wrong either. Fact is he's just the least interesting to listen to, plain and simple. Tony had a very unique voice which gave way for a unique and wacky interpretation. Bob Bergen had a lively and perky voice which felt a little detached from the character at times, but it sparked off this pattern of Lupin voices that would all try to emulate his high pitched expressive portrayal in English dubs. Which is probably why Dufris and Robertson both sound so high strung in their voices. Although Yamada has a high voice about a 4th of the time, so they could have gotten it from that as well. Trouble is most people never picked up on Yamada's soft and level voice for more serious moments, they just stuck with the high voice the entire time like they're Yacko Warner or somethin'.

But despite everyone else being more interesting (either for the "so bad it's good" quality or the "sounds more accurate" quality), Sonny Strait does not lose my interest as a Lupin actor. Who knows, he may even try to re-work his portrayal to sound more wacky and high-pitched like he's supposed to. I'm sure there would have been a few other FUNimation candidates who could hit the mark closer. But we kinda knew this was coming because he did 10 other movies for them, and he hadn't left the company. And besides, some of us didn't even like "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" all that much, I know I don't as much as I thought. But at least being able to hear it in English will make the show easier to digest and comprehend simply because it doesn't take as much thought to get it through translated text. So I personally don't care who they get to play the characters. I just hope that they don't get back ole' Ramen Noodle Zenigata because that just won't work at all. :P
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on January 08, 2013, 09:52:39 pm
Psh. If anything, Strait's Lupin is already over-the-top and high-pitched, but not measured or with the same charming sensibilities as a Yamada or Kurita. And he absolutely stumbles when it comes to Lupin's more cool, cocky, confident mode. He ends up sounding too soft and without real spirit. Sure, he's better than say, Robertson, or even Dufris, but I'm not looking for "better than the worst", I'm looking for good. He's just a slightly more manic version of David Hayter's. This particular entry in the franchise needs a more Tony Oliver-ish approach, or even better.

There's a warmth there in Strait's performance, but it's a placid, harmless warmth, instead of a smirking child's mirth, a devil-may-care curiosity that the Japanese VAs bring to the role. Lupin isn't just some safe, vaguely wacky rapscalion, the man is an honorable bounder, and Strait comes off as too cornball. I want a little danger in the delivery.

But fine, I guess I'll give him a shot again. It has been years since he's played Lupin, after all. But this is my all time favorite manga/anime character, so I'm only going to give so much leeway.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 08, 2013, 11:33:13 pm
Psh. If anything, Strait's Lupin is already over-the-top and high-pitched, but not measured or with the same charming sensibilities as a Yamada or Kurita. And he absolutely stumbles when it comes to Lupin's more cool, cocky, confident mode. He ends up sounding too soft and without real spirit. Sure, he's better than say, Robertson, or even Dufris, but I'm not looking for "better than the worst", I'm looking for good. He's just a slightly more manic version of David Hayter's. This particular entry in the franchise needs a more Tony Oliver-ish approach, or even better.

There's a warmth there in Strait's performance, but it's a placid, harmless warmth, instead of a smirking child's mirth, a devil-may-care curiosity that the Japanese VAs bring to the role. Lupin isn't just some safe, vaguely wacky rapscalion, the man is an honorable bounder, and Strait comes off as too cornball. I want a little danger in the delivery.

But fine, I guess I'll give him a shot again. It has been years since he's played Lupin, after all. But this is my all time favorite manga/anime character, so I'm only going to give so much leeway.

Well I'll agree with most that you say, but I don't particularly mind as much as you might.

And I actually enjoy listening to Dufris the most because he goes over the top so much that it's facinating to me because I love listening to and imitating voices. So he is more fun to listen to than all of the other guys, including Tony. But if I was looking for the English actor that does the best Overall, I guess it'd have to be Tony for taking on the character like he owns it. But Sonny is not bad when you don't want an annoying and grading voice in your ears. He may not get into the cocky wackiness as much as others, but he's not nearly as difficult to listen to when you don't want Tony or Dufris going over the edge.

I think Hayter is the only one who ever trumped Sonny is being easy to listen to but sounding quite a bit better. No one has really gotten both ends of the spectrum with the voice though, so it's hard to chose who is the single best. I'd say it'd have to be a tie or a 3-way, but between who, I can't say at the moment.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on January 09, 2013, 03:45:26 am
Just give me new Lupin DVD's that are not subbed only,and dubbed in Englsh, I want it now. Take my money.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gold Demona on January 09, 2013, 07:16:16 am
Just give me new Lupin DVD's that are not subbed only,and dubbed in Englsh, I want it now. Take my money.
Here here!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 09, 2013, 04:57:28 pm
Just give me new Lupin DVD's that are not subbed only,and dubbed in Englsh, I want it now. Take my money.
Here here!

I really want Discotek to try and get one of them that isn't dubbed, dubbed again with brand-new people.

I want to hear another Lupin voice, somebody who is an amalgamation of all the previous guys, but one who has actually taken a good listen to how Yasuo Yamada does his performance.

Although let's not get a Crispin Freeman Lupin, cause he's in like... everything. (although I like him in pretty much everything he does. Especially "Irresponsible Captain Tylor.")
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Jackson_H on January 14, 2013, 01:42:20 pm
Got a reply from Sophie; a Funimation rep @ the Funimation forums.

She said fans can expect the rest of the dub cast for The Woman Called Fujiko Mine sometime in Spring.


That's not too far away.  :) Funimation's marketing team based on past history usually announces a dub cast 3-4 months before the home video release date.

So maybe summer 2013 on DVD & Blu-ray?

I think Summer 2013 was mentioned before at a previous convention panel so hopefully they stick to this; it would suck if it was moved to Fall.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Jackson_H on January 18, 2013, 06:35:52 pm
Looks like Michelle Ruff will voice Fujiko again unless it's a different show

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleRuffVoiceoverFanPage/posts/450283515026652

If it is TWCFM I guess Chris Sabat is directing it but there's also the possibility he might co-direct it with Sonny Strait
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 18, 2013, 11:03:12 pm
Looks like Michelle Ruff will voice Fujiko again unless it's a different show

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleRuffVoiceoverFanPage/posts/450283515026652

If it is TWCFM I guess Chris Sabat is directing it but there's also the possibility he might co-direct it with Sonny Strait


Now I'm just thinking how unconvincing it's gonna sound with old FUNi Fujiko speaking the intro dialogue. I mean, she's not unlistenable by any means, I just always thought she sounded more motherly rather than a sexy, young, femme-fatale.

If we get a clip before the box-set comes out, of Michelle dubbed over the opening, or a trailer that includes that in it; then we'll know if it's going to sound weird or not.

Mainly I'm hopeful that everybody improved some, or knows a little more about their characters to give them a better try at portraying them faithfully.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Fujiko Lover on January 18, 2013, 11:06:20 pm
Looks like Michelle Ruff will voice Fujiko again unless it's a different show

Wow, if true, I'm intrigued to hear this. I always liked her Fujiko in the Geneon version. It will be interesting to see her handle the many sides of Fujiko as shown in this series.

Though I have to say, it also bums me out a little that we aren't getting the rest of the Geneon cast. Hearing Michelle's Fujiko play opposite Sonny Strait instead of Tony Oliver will take some getting used to.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Fujiko Lover on January 18, 2013, 11:10:31 pm
Now I'm just thinking how unconvincing it's gonna sound with old FUNi Fujiko speaking the intro dialogue. I mean, she's not unlistenable by any means, I just always thought she sounded more motherly rather than a sexy, young, femme-fatale.

Interesting... different strokes, I guess. I always thought Michelle's Fujiko had a sexy voice. Definitely sexier than Meredith McCoy, at any rate. And Eiko Masuyama too, in my opinion.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: DrFurball on January 19, 2013, 02:27:36 am
Michelle Ruff was a great Fujiko, I thought.
I wonder what the odds are of Richard Epcar getting to reprise Jigen? Not to knock any of the other actors, but Epcar's Jigen was the best English voice the character could've had.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on January 19, 2013, 09:07:27 am
Now I'm just thinking how unconvincing it's gonna sound with old FUNi Fujiko speaking the intro dialogue. I mean, she's not unlistenable by any means, I just always thought she sounded more motherly rather than a sexy, young, femme-fatale.

Interesting... different strokes, I guess. I always thought Michelle's Fujiko had a sexy voice. Definitely sexier than Meredith McCoy, at any rate. And Eiko Masuyama too, in my opinion.
Freud, eat your heart out :P
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: MGFanJay on January 19, 2013, 08:09:58 pm
So glad that Michelle Ruff will be doing this - she's my favorite English Fujiko VA ever. Seemed to really get the character instantly in the second series.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 19, 2013, 11:33:03 pm
So glad that Michelle Ruff will be doing this - she's my favorite English Fujiko VA ever. Seemed to really get the character instantly in the second series.

WAIT?!

Okay, which VA are we talking about? Is Michelle actually the Fujiko that was in Geneon/Pioneer's Red Jacket Series? Or is she the one from the older FUNimation films.

Because if Michelle Ruff is Red Jacket Fujiko, THEN HOT DAMN! Thank the LORD!

I was referring to FUNi's previous Fujiko when I said she sounded Motherly. Geneon's Fujiko is the ABSOLUTLE BEST EVUH! Much props to FUNimation for making the right choice.  ;D

I wonder what the odds are of Richard Epcar getting to reprise Jigen? Not to knock any of the other actors, but Epcar's Jigen was the best English voice the character could've had.

Um... YES PLEASE.



I like Chris Sabat as Kororo and Garterbelt, but I'd much prefer a Jigen with more character in his voice than just Sabat's deep voice.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Reed on January 20, 2013, 01:02:35 am
You...you guys know that that's not confirmed, right? Actual story: Michelle Ruff is being directed by Chris Sabat for a Funimation dub of SOMEthing. That's all we have to go on.

Do I think it's possible she's cast as Fujiko? Sure, it's possible, maybe even likely. But jeez you guys practically called shenanigans when I presented about as much evidence for the TV series existing to begin with. Calm down.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on January 20, 2013, 04:22:50 pm
Looks like Michelle Ruff will voice Fujiko again unless it's a different show

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleRuffVoiceoverFanPage/posts/450283515026652

If it is TWCFM I guess Chris Sabat is directing it but there's also the possibility he might co-direct it with Sonny Strait

I think it would be interesting to hear Sonny working with Michelle instead of Tony Oliver.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on January 24, 2013, 01:08:26 am
As much as I'd love to hear Michelle Ruff as Fujiko again (even if we're not getting Tony Oliver back), isn't it also possible the show she's working on at Funimation is Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing? She played Alvis in the original series, Funimation license rescued the original series and streamed this one, which also had Alvis.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Reed on January 24, 2013, 02:19:34 am
Is Alvis the only returning character in the sequel series?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on January 24, 2013, 03:08:20 am
Some of the others return, too, but some of them are just token appearences.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Jackson_H on January 24, 2013, 09:25:28 am
As much as I'd love to hear Michelle Ruff as Fujiko again (even if we're not getting Tony Oliver back), isn't it also possible the show she's working on at Funimation is Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing? She played Alvis in the original series, Funimation license rescued the original series and streamed this one, which also had Alvis.

Someone else had the same thought on another forum and this was the conversation over there.


Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing already has a release date for April 30 which implies the dub is already completed. Some VAs even had the show listed on their talent agency resumes late last year.

Funimation sits on their completed dubs for about 6 months to a year.

A company like Sentai Filmworks has a habit of setting release dates in advance and then working on the dubs before the deadline. Funimation on the other hand doesn't really operate that way (probably why their dubs have better quality control since they're aren't as rushed).

Now it's always possible that Ruff could still voice her character in Silver Fam (there's still time and maybe she's last to record) but would she really fly out to Texas ($$$ for plane ticket and $$$ for hotel; Funimation definitely isn't paying for those expenses) just for work on a show she probably wouldn't profit from?

Fujiko on the other hand is a main character and has more lines = more hours = more $. After paying her expenses she'd at least walk away from her experience at Funimation a little richer instead of breaking even or actually losing money.

Plus Chris Sabat was a Line Producer and ADR Director for some of the old FUNi dubs of Lupin.

It's not definite of course but it seems more likely to be work for the Fujiko dub than Silver Fam
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on January 24, 2013, 05:40:18 pm
As much as I'd love to hear Michelle Ruff as Fujiko again (even if we're not getting Tony Oliver back), isn't it also possible the show she's working on at Funimation is Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing? She played Alvis in the original series, Funimation license rescued the original series and streamed this one, which also had Alvis.

Someone else had the same thought on another forum and this was the conversation over there.


Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing already has a release date for April 30 which implies the dub is already completed. Some VAs even had the show listed on their talent agency resumes late last year.

Funimation sits on their completed dubs for about 6 months to a year.

A company like Sentai Filmworks has a habit of setting release dates in advance and then working on the dubs before the deadline. Funimation on the other hand doesn't really operate that way (probably why their dubs have better quality control since they're aren't as rushed).

Now it's always possible that Ruff could still voice her character in Silver Fam (there's still time and maybe she's last to record) but would she really fly out to Texas ($$$ for plane ticket and $$$ for hotel; Funimation definitely isn't paying for those expenses) just for work on a show she probably wouldn't profit from?

Fujiko on the other hand is a main character and has more lines = more hours = more $. After paying her expenses she'd at least walk away from her experience at Funimation a little richer instead of breaking even or actually losing money.

Plus Chris Sabat was a Line Producer and ADR Director for some of the old FUNi dubs of Lupin.

It's not definite of course but it seems more likely to be work for the Fujiko dub than Silver Fam

That is a very good point, Jackson_H.

Let's all hope that is the case. Ruff would carry this version of Fujiko much better than anyone else.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on February 15, 2013, 08:17:50 pm
Well, Last Exile's sequel's dub cast has been revealed, and Michelle Ruff is nowhere to be seen, so perhaps she IS reprising Fujiko!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on March 01, 2013, 10:22:40 pm
Let's cross our fingers. ALL TOGETHER Now! ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: girlxdynamite on March 10, 2013, 01:53:46 am
Fingers crossed  ;)

To me, Michelle Ruff *is* Fujiko and no other English Fujiko will do (for me anyway!), especially for this series. How interesting if she ends up doing Fujiko for FUNimation!

I was fine with Funimation's Lupin and Jigen, but not Zenigata. He had a goofy high pitched cop voice that worked well for the TV specials (like Tokyo Crisis) but I can't see that working at all for this iteration of Zenigata. Can you imagine.

Anyway, just my thoughts, I realize we know nothing about the dub cast right now but I just felt like musing out loud to pass the time until we DO know! :)
Title: Richard Epcar is cast as Inspector Zenigata!!!
Post by: LadyLupin on March 23, 2013, 08:58:21 am
I recently became friends with Richard Epcar on FaceBook. I mentioned something about his work on Lupin on his wall. He replied that he is cast to play Zenigata in FUNimation's upcoming dub of Fujiko Mine.
Title: Re: Richard Epcar is cast as Inspector Zenigata!!!
Post by: Gozar on March 23, 2013, 09:02:12 am
I recently became friends with Richard Epcar on FaceBook. I mentioned something about his work on Lupin on his wall. He replied that he is cast to play Zenigata in FUNimation's upcoming dub of Fujiko Mine.
W-what?!? I...What?!?!

If this is true, it's phenomenal news. He's already played Jigen and Goemon, I'm looking forward to his eventual take on Lupin and Fujiko.
Title: Re: Richard Epcar is cast as Inspector Zenigata!!!
Post by: LadyLupin on March 23, 2013, 09:09:16 am
I recently became friends with Richard Epcar on FaceBook. I mentioned something about his work on Lupin on his wall. He replied that he is cast to play Zenigata in FUNimation's upcoming dub of Fujiko Mine.
W-what?!? I...What?!?!

If this is true, it's phenomenal news. He's already played Jigen and Goemon, I'm looking forward to his eventual take on Lupin and Fujiko.

Gozar, it's true. I don't think Epcar would just post something like that if it weren't.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: SlackerWriter on March 23, 2013, 09:22:03 am
FilmmakerJ, your next fan art is Epcar as Jigen, Goemon and Zenigata
Title: Re: Richard Epcar is cast as Inspector Zenigata!!!
Post by: Gozar on March 23, 2013, 10:06:30 am
I recently became friends with Richard Epcar on FaceBook. I mentioned something about his work on Lupin on his wall. He replied that he is cast to play Zenigata in FUNimation's upcoming dub of Fujiko Mine.
W-what?!? I...What?!?!

If this is true, it's phenomenal news. He's already played Jigen and Goemon, I'm looking forward to his eventual take on Lupin and Fujiko.

Gozar, it's true. I don't think Epcar would just post something like that if it weren't.
I never treat things as 100% fact until a formal announcement from FUNimation. When DragonBall Kai was announced for North America, Travis Willingham stated that he was told that he'd be playing Cell. By the time the Dub actually got around to that, they were able to get their original Cell, Dameon Clarke, back.

I don't think Epcar is lying. I just don't want to get too hyped and it turns out that it wasn't recorded yet and they were only in talks with Epcar and it ultimately never happens.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on March 23, 2013, 10:37:05 am
Gozar: I gotcha. Well, here's hoping it's true. :)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: aalong64 on March 23, 2013, 01:02:14 pm
Not sure what to think about that news.

I love Epcar in everything, and I'm sure he'll do a great job as Zenigata... But he was so perfect as Jigen. He just fits that role so perfectly, and it's pretty much unanimous among fans that his version was superior to Sabat's take, so why would they give him Zenigata instead?

If we get Michelle Ruff and Richard Epcar back in this Lupin dub, it'll feel really strange to not hear Tony Oliver, Jake Martin and Lex Lang as well.

Sigh.. I still just want the whole Geneon cast back. I guess some is better than none though.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on March 23, 2013, 01:05:54 pm
it'll feel really strange to not hear Tony Oliver, Jake Martin and Lex Lang as well.
While I understand your sentiment, Martin's take on Zenigata would not suit the tone of "Fujiko Mine" at all.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: SlackerWriter on March 23, 2013, 01:08:59 pm
it'll feel really strange to not hear Tony Oliver, Jake Martin and Lex Lang as well.
While I understand your sentiment, Martin's take on Zenigata would not suit the tone of "Fujiko Mine" at all.

It would be pretty awkward hearing, "Crap, crap, crap!" in certain scenes
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: penguintruth on March 24, 2013, 06:02:12 am
Why would Funimation go out of their way to get Richard Epcar, a guy who doesn't do work for Funimation, and cast him as Zenigata instead of Jigen? They can just get Chris Rager.

The one they really need is Tony Oliver, because I don't have a lot of confidence in Sonny Strait as Lupin.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: LadyLupin on March 24, 2013, 06:32:42 am
Why would Funimation go out of their way to get Richard Epcar, a guy who doesn't do work for Funimation, and cast him as Zenigata instead of Jigen? They can just get Chris Rager.

The one they really need is Tony Oliver, because I don't have a lot of confidence in Sonny Strait as Lupin.

Penguin,

They got many of the VAs for Tenchi (before some retired) and the cast of Evangalion. I think over the past several years they've used other VAs, including Tony Oliver (Tenchi GXP). Either way, I am just going by what Epcar said himself. At this point I am almost 99.9% positive what he said is true.

I'm definitely giving Sonny a chance, not just because I know him, but the fact he has gotten much better as a voice actor. My bigger concern is the prounouncing the names correctly.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: aalong64 on March 24, 2013, 09:11:20 am
it'll feel really strange to not hear Tony Oliver, Jake Martin and Lex Lang as well.
While I understand your sentiment, Martin's take on Zenigata would not suit the tone of "Fujiko Mine" at all.
Oh, I can't argue with that! I'm not necessarily saying that Martin would be best for the role in this series, just that it'll be jarring and confusing initially to hear some of the familiar voices from one dub without the others.

But anyway, overall this is pretty cool. And I'm looking forward to hearing Sonny again. While he wasn't my #1 favourite Lupin voice, he still did a fine job and his take is probably a better natural fit for something dark like this than Tony Oliver's was.

Although part of me wishes we could've heard Tony Oliver and Martin try dialing it down for one of the more serious outings, just to see how they'd fare. I think they're good enough actors that if they wanted to do a less wacky version of their established voices, they could've.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on March 25, 2013, 10:55:32 am
FilmmakerJ, your next fan art is Epcar as Jigen, Goemon and Zenigata

Haha, I will make sure to put that on my list for VA fan-art. ;)

As for Epcar as Zenigata, I'm actually okay with this. I mean, it's a good change of pace for FUNimation because if they had just put Epcar as Jigen like we all would have preferred, then we might have just gotten Chris Sabat doing his quint-essential deep tough-guy voice again. But now that we have avoided that problem, let's just hope FUNi doesn't put Sabat back as Jigen either, cause I'm sure we'd all rather not see that again.

Though on a positive note, I do enjoy Sabat as Garterbelt and a few other characters from back in the early 2000s. He's not best for everything, but he's awesome as certain characters. Just not Lupin ones.

Maybe it'll be jarring to hear Epcar as Zenigata at first, but I will hope for the best that he can deliver a good performance for him that fits the character and the tone of this particular series.

The other thing I'm hoping for is that Michelle Ruff is in fact playing Fujiko, and that her interpretation of the opening credit speech won't sound awkward when fully translated. In fact, even if it does sound okay, I would hope that they would either just have the first episode with the words and the rest without them, or at least include a version of the opening without both credits and words, so that we can just hear the awesome theme music. Cause that always got me pumped up for watching this new series: with the slow buildup and the big blast on the trumpets and all that. ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: girlxdynamite on March 25, 2013, 02:50:09 pm
Not sure what to think about that news.

I love Epcar in everything, and I'm sure he'll do a great job as Zenigata... But he was so perfect as Jigen. He just fits that role so perfectly, and it's pretty much unanimous among fans that his version was superior to Sabat's take, so why would they give him Zenigata instead?

Seconded.... I read the "Epcar as Zenigata" news and literally said out loud, "WHAT?!" Not in a bad way, just in a surprised way.

It has piqued my interest though. I was kind of lukewarm on the idea of buying the DVD/s (not because of lack of interest, but because of lack of a giant money pool in my basement) but now it's becoming a must-buy for me  ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on March 25, 2013, 09:48:41 pm
let's just hope FUNi doesn't put Sabat back as Jigen either, cause I'm sure we'd all rather not see that again.

Though on a positive note, I do enjoy Sabat as Garterbelt and a few other characters from back in the early 2000s. He's not best for everything, but he's awesome as certain characters. Just not Lupin ones.
I actually disagree with this. Sabat's Jigen was horrific in the first 3 or 4 features that they Dubbed. But once he tones down his voice and smooths it out, he's not a bad Jigen at all. He actually makes Jigen pretty damn funny sometimes when he was being sarcastic.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on March 29, 2013, 07:56:13 pm
@WTK says July date with a cast announcement soon (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/317786429394669568).
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on March 30, 2013, 11:53:16 am
Excellent news. I was actually expecting it not to release until August, so this is great!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on March 30, 2013, 07:09:10 pm
This link (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2013/sakura-con/10) is more specific. And no, they've still not considered picking up more Lupin, besides Fujiko, anytime soon.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on March 31, 2013, 04:55:18 pm
Shame, but by no means a surprise.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on April 12, 2013, 11:52:05 am
Sorry to post twice in a row, but this warrents it I believe:

Looks like "Fujiko Mine" is slated for July 30th as a BD/DVD Combo pack with a Limited Edition version also to be released:

http://www.mania.com/aodvb/showthread.php?t=112713
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: GATSU on April 12, 2013, 04:52:34 pm
I wonder if they'll include a bonus if you pre-order at Right Stuf.

Edit: I'm kinda hoping the LE's got Master File, but probably no chance in hell of that.  :'( It's probably the CD.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Gozar on April 12, 2013, 10:57:21 pm
Maybe a small art book?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: Fujiko Lover on April 13, 2013, 11:57:55 am
Hooray, Blu-Ray! I'm now ready to pre-order.

Also, with a limited edition only $5 more than the standard edition, why would anyone bother with the standard?

Hard to believe it's already been over a year since this series premiered. This time last year, we were discussing episode 2. The FUNimation set comes out over a year after the series ended!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine" for home video (no details yet)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on April 13, 2013, 01:07:57 pm
Nice to see we're getting more specifics!
But WHEW! $65.
I hate to wait, because whenever they do rereleases they tend to take out some of the goodies, but that's a little steep.
Guess I won't be getting anything else that month...
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on April 13, 2013, 10:48:54 pm
Flippy: Just wait for the marked down version on Right Stuf and/or Amazon.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 13, 2013, 11:19:11 pm
Yeah. You'll get it for about $45.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Jo on April 14, 2013, 12:57:46 am
I feel terribly inclined to order the LE. If only so that I can sit with popcorn and mutter angry commentary at it..... I kid. I loved the animation and would love to watch it on BD. 
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Mr.Lupin on April 14, 2013, 10:59:20 am
Wonderbar! AWCFM is a must have , even if I have to Ebay something to afford it!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: SlackerWriter on April 14, 2013, 09:14:38 pm
Sonny Strait announced on his facebook that he'll be at anime central in May and there will be a premiere for Fujiko Mine shown
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 14, 2013, 09:21:13 pm
Awesome! That means we should have a formal cast announcement within the next month.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gold Demona on April 15, 2013, 04:09:44 am
I can't wait to see the official cast for this series. :>
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 15, 2013, 11:51:22 pm
I know. I really hope that the Epcar thing is true!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on April 16, 2013, 02:36:59 am
Reed and Gozar noted on Twitter that Fujiko's already for pre-order on Right Stuf.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: LadyLupin on April 16, 2013, 06:33:19 am
I know. I really hope that the Epcar thing is true!

I'm with you, Gozar, but I think it is.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on April 17, 2013, 08:46:28 pm
I pre-ordered the limited edition version. I cannot wait for this release.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: LadyLupin on April 17, 2013, 09:03:08 pm
I pre-ordered the limited edition version. I cannot wait for this release.

As did I. I wonder what makes it limited edition. I know the Hetalia ones came with a bandana.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on April 18, 2013, 04:17:51 pm
WTK spotted the cover (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/324686248709066754).
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 21, 2013, 12:47:29 pm
Nice cover. Glad they chose that!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on April 21, 2013, 01:24:55 pm
Nice cover. Glad they chose that!

I kind of assumed they were going to use that picture anyway, since it's the signature promotional artwork for the series. And I like the classy font they chose.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 21, 2013, 02:07:08 pm
Yeah, I'm glad TMS didn't stick them with the gold bar logo or anything. It wouldn't fit this series.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Red Dear on April 21, 2013, 04:58:31 pm
The cover is effective and the font is indeed well chosen.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: aalong64 on April 26, 2013, 07:56:41 am
Great choice for the cover! I still love that pic. I'm looking forward to watching this again with a dub and seeing if I like it better on a rewatch, now that we know the whole series is basically trolling us.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Mr.Lupin on April 26, 2013, 03:37:51 pm
Right Stuff preorder price $38.99 , thats more to my liking , hope this helps someone

http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/-F8IIXvOaadDwqyECV/browse/item/98136/4/0/0
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on April 29, 2013, 11:23:39 am
Yeah, TRSI typically has very good Pre-Order prices for FUNimation merchandise.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on April 30, 2013, 11:14:24 pm
@Animeresearch spotted this @WTK tweet (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/329308358295318528) which indicates the LE bonus is an artbook.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: mikezilla2 on May 01, 2013, 05:18:43 am
TRSI stands for ?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on May 01, 2013, 05:19:11 am
The Right Stuf International.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: mikezilla2 on May 01, 2013, 11:06:30 am
there relaseses are region locked ?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on May 01, 2013, 11:55:21 am
@Animeresearch spotted this @WTK tweet (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/329308358295318528) which indicates the LE bonus is an artbook.
Thanks for the heads up on that. I missed that one! Great news, I really do like the artwork in the series.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on May 01, 2013, 02:10:05 pm
@Animeresearch spotted this @WTK tweet (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/329308358295318528) which indicates the LE bonus is an artbook.
Thanks for the heads up on that. I missed that one! Great news, I really do like the artwork in the series.

Good thing I pre-ordered that then. Although it's a bit hard to tell which is which on Amazon, especially since they spelled Fujiko, "Fukiko." But if you look at the price difference, you can tell that the higher priced one must be the limited edition. It's also linked in the Limited Edition page for the series on Blu-ray.com

Just in case anybody needed to know.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on May 01, 2013, 05:26:58 pm
Mike: Most of 'em, yeah, I think.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on May 02, 2013, 07:27:22 am
Keep in mind that the regions for Blu Ray are different than that of DVD, though. I can't say I know where you live, Mike, but a quick Google search should reveal if you're within Region A for Blu Ray.
Or if you already knew that then there's no point in me saying this.
Hmm..
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: LadyLupin on May 02, 2013, 08:27:40 am
Keep in mind that the regions for Blu Ray are different than that of DVD, though. I can't say I know where you live, Mike, but a quick Google search should reveal if you're within Region A for Blu Ray.
Or if you already knew that then there's no point in me saying this.
Hmm..

Blu-ray region in North America is A. This is also the same for Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. I ordered the blue-ray of the Master File from Japab. it plays in my blu-ray drive flawlessly.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Gozar on May 02, 2013, 11:12:05 am
Yeah, I wish I had a Blu-Ray player back when I purchased the Master File!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Fujikogirl23 on May 12, 2013, 05:04:47 am
I know. I really hope that the Epcar thing is true!

Oh, it's definitely true! I just got back from a local con called LouisiANIME and he told all of us during a Q&A panel that he will be in that show as one of the VAs.
(click to show/hide)

Btw, it was so cool to finally see him in person! :D He was great and his wife, Ellen Stern, is such an awesome person. ^_^
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on May 16, 2013, 06:16:23 pm
Dub preview (http://www.fandompost.com/2013/05/16/lupin-iii-the-woman-called-fujiko-mine-debuts-anime-dub-trailer-cast/), courtesy of @Chrisbeveridge.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on May 16, 2013, 06:58:12 pm
Looks good! I'm not a big dub person, but Fujiko's voice seems to fit.
Also, the trailer actually had some minor spoilers in there... I can see people getting pissed off about that
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: MGFanJay on May 16, 2013, 07:09:45 pm
Outstanding trailer - Michelle performed Fujiko differently here in the bits shown in the trailer than before, while still using the same voice. This made me excited about what the full series dub has in store for us.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on May 16, 2013, 07:42:02 pm
I'm really glad that they were able to get Michelle Ruff for the role. I love her work!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on May 16, 2013, 07:54:24 pm
Dub preview (http://www.fandompost.com/2013/05/16/lupin-iii-the-woman-called-fujiko-mine-debuts-anime-dub-trailer-cast/), courtesy of @Chrisbeveridge.

OK! So I think we all know that this show is still incredibly pretentious...

...but DAMN! Is it ever Awesome to know that Michelle Ruff is Fujiko again.

This is one of the best things to happen in any of my favorite franchises since I heard Ratchet and Clank was getting it's own movie. And that was only a few weeks ago. lol

I've got the limited edition pre-ordered, and it already went down $10 bucks. So I am pretty stoked.  ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8)



(EDIT): Also, her line read was Incredible.
She has rediscovered Fujiko here, and has taken on the depth of the role that this version of the character requires.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Lupin34 on May 16, 2013, 08:31:59 pm
Is this going to be Blu-ray and DVD release in one? If so, will the episodes be on the DVDs? Just want to know if it's worthwhile to order it from Australia and sorry if this has already been posted  :)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on May 16, 2013, 08:56:14 pm
Is this going to be Blu-ray and DVD release in one? If so, will the episodes be on the DVDs? Just want to know if it's worthwhile to order it from Australia and sorry if this has already been posted  :)

Yeah, it's a Blu-ray/DVD combo. So you can't buy one type or the other. Which also means, yes, the same content (except for any Special Features; if any) will be on both the Blu-rays and DVDs.

It was the same for the "Tenchi Muyo Original OVA" release.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on May 18, 2013, 11:06:34 am
Looks like FUNi will upload (http://www.mania.com/aodvb/showthread.php?t=110875&page=2) a couple of the dub eps next month.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: RobertTheGamer on May 19, 2013, 03:09:07 am
there relaseses are region locked ?

Funimation is very strange with their Blu-Rays and DVDs. Sometimes they will region lock them for just region A/1 and sometimes they're compatible with multiple regions (including 4 for DVDs and B for Blu-Ray). A good example would be their DVD+Blu-Ray combo of "Rideback" and "Ga-Rei Zero". The DVDs in those sets will work on Region 4 DVD players and the Blu-Rays will work on region B Blu-Ray players. Even the case list them as compatible regions.

So it's a 50/50 chance their DVD and Blu-Ray release of Fujiko Mine will be region locked. But when I get my copy, I will report the state of the region locking for Aussie fans like you Mike.

I should mention that Fujiko Mine has not been licensed in Australia, New Zealand or the UK and I have doubts it will ever be. Since Lupin never took off in these regions.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: AutoGyro on May 21, 2013, 09:05:28 am
there relaseses are region locked ?
I should mention that Fujiko Mine has not been licensed in Australia, New Zealand or the UK and I have doubts it will ever be. Since Lupin never took off in these regions.

It's just been licensed in the UK :P http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-25/manga-entertainment-acquires-k-on-movie-lupin-iii/the-woman-called-fujiko-mine (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-25/manga-entertainment-acquires-k-on-movie-lupin-iii/the-woman-called-fujiko-mine)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: victorystar on May 24, 2013, 12:29:30 am
I'm sorry but Epcar should have been Jigen again. His voice really fit the role best out of all english VA's. Sabat's Jigen isn't bad though so I'm not complaining about that much. Can't wait to see his Zenigata however.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on May 24, 2013, 01:06:42 am
I'm sorry but Epcar should have been Jigen again. His voice really fit the role best out of all english VA's. Sabat's Jigen isn't bad though so I'm not complaining about that much. Can't wait to see his Zenigata however.

Well see, that's the thing; it's an obvious trade-off in this case. We could have either gotten Epcar doing Jigen, and Sabat doing the same voice he always does (or most often does) for Zenigata; which I think would ruin the character and make him feel even more dull and forgettable than he already ends up being through most of the series. But with Sabat as Jigen and Epcar as Zenigata; it allows for both characters to stand out better than they might have. Sure Sabat isn't great in every role he does, but as Jigen I think he fits the role just fine; and what with this series being all dark and serious as it is, Sabat's Jigen might fit better in this interpretation. Whereas Epcar's take on Zenigata will likely fit his interpretation much better as well. Epcar can give Zenigata a bit more grit and unique definition as opposed to Sabat, which will make Zenigata feel a bit more present and 3-dimentional, and his voice will be instantly recogizable, rather than the same-old-same-old.

I know this might not sound all clear to some of you, but that's the best I can describe it.

Of course we shall see what it sounds like when the episodes start streaming again. I'll probably rewatch the first two episodes just to see how the dub is, and then I'll wait for my copy to arrive in August.  ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: LadyLupin on May 24, 2013, 07:35:58 am
I don't know yet, but I speculate that FUNimation might pronounce the names right this time. I do not have any physical evidence, but I was watching a panel Sonny participated in earlier this year on YouTube. He pronounced Lupin correctly. This stood out to me because in the past he pronounced it as Loo-pin.
Title: First Two Episodes Dubbed - Streaming With FUNimation Sucscription
Post by: LadyLupin on June 13, 2013, 08:41:48 am
FUNimation has uploaded the first two episodes dubbed for those that have a subscription account. I watched all of the first episode and some of the second. I just wanted to give some of my feedback on the voices & such.

(click to show/hide)

Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: mikezilla2 on June 23, 2013, 04:11:50 pm
so hanabee picked up the Aussie license

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/news/2013-06-23/hanabee-announces-third-suprise-announcement-lupin-iii/the-woman-called-fujiko-mine
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: Mr. Foo on June 24, 2013, 12:59:37 am
so hanabee picked up the Aussie license

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/news/2013-06-23/hanabee-announces-third-suprise-announcement-lupin-iii/the-woman-called-fujiko-mine

Awesome!  ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on June 26, 2013, 04:59:12 pm
@Gokuffy and @Animetoday noted it will be pushed back (http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/news/individual/?ForumThreadName=FT0000005382&ReturnTo=Main) to August.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on June 26, 2013, 10:42:36 pm
No reason given, I suppose? Oh well, I'd rather have it done right than done fast.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: GATSU on June 27, 2013, 02:29:21 am
They're probably backlogged.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out July 30,'13)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on July 03, 2013, 08:43:38 pm
Incase nobody knows, but the first two dubbed episodes are also on Hulu.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: penguintruth on July 07, 2013, 04:14:58 am
The dub seems decent enough, I suppose. Sonny Strait is still wrong for Lupin, he just doesn't have any cool charm. Michelle Ruff still hits it out the park as Fujiko. Chris Sabat's Jigen has improved somewhat. One-off characters are a mixed bag. Script seems mostly solid, but with a few slips.

But this is all based on the first two episodes. I'll have to hear more before I make any real critical observations.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on July 16, 2013, 08:14:04 pm
I haven't checked in the many pages in this thread, but I inquired with TRSI about the artbook that was suppose to be included with the LE.

Here is the response that I got:

Hello

Thank you for your email.

Funimation changed their mind. It's just going to be a chipboard collectors artbox.

Please contact us if you need further assistance.

Thank you and have a great day!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 17, 2013, 04:51:47 pm
I haven't checked in the many pages in this thread, but I inquired with TRSI about the artbook that was suppose to be included with the LE.

Here is the response that I got:

Hello

Thank you for your email.

Funimation changed their mind. It's just going to be a chipboard collectors artbox.

Please contact us if you need further assistance.

Thank you and have a great day!

Yeah, that's pretty damn cheap if you as me. If I'm bothering to pay for a Collector's Edition, I might as well get something for my money other than a nicer box that mainly just skips on the Blue bar at the top.

Besides, for some reason, the Limited Editions for both Fujiko and Michiko are $10 or more cheaper than the normal editions, so I don't quite get what's supposed to be so special about them, other than maybe they're making them cheaper so that people will buy more of them, and then once those are gone, we'll just get stuck having to pay $55 for the normal versions.

But still, Limited Editions shouldn't just give me a nicer box. If you wanna start doing that, give me a treasure chest with a faux diamond key at least.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FlippytheMaster on July 17, 2013, 09:13:40 pm
Wait, seriously? That blows.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: penguintruth on July 17, 2013, 10:58:41 pm
So I guess I'll be getting the regular edition. I'm not spending ten dollars more for a better package.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 18, 2013, 10:33:10 am
So I guess I'll be getting the regular edition. I'm not spending ten dollars more for a better package.

Actually, if you read what I said, you're not paying $10 dollars MORE, you're actually paying $10 dollars LESS right now. The Limited Editions are actually a lot cheaper than the normal ones, but that may soon change.

I've already pre-ordered Michiko and Hatchin Part 1 for only $30.96, as opposed to the normal edition which is $59.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on July 19, 2013, 09:23:07 pm
Effingmation is still treating Lupin like a second-class show, it seems.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 19, 2013, 11:04:13 pm
Effingmation is still treating Lupin like a second-class show, it seems.

Well now don't sell them too short. They did know enough about Lupin lore to call up the best Fujiko the US ever had, and hire her for the lead. And they also treated the special features like they did the "Panty and Stocking" Blu-ray by including a cast reunion to talk about the recording sessions: which I find pretty cool to see. And they did get the proper box-art rather than something cheaper looking with the Gold Bar Lupin sign.

So sure, maybe they skimped out on an art book. But since when did they ever offer an art book or anything for their other releases? Only recently have I even seen them sell a Limited Edition of anything. They're not treating it second class compared to their other Limited Editions.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on July 20, 2013, 06:22:53 am
They've only recently started doing bigger LE's with recent releases of Serial Experiment Lain and Hellsing Ultimate and they've stated that the sales on both of those would determine if they would do more LE's like them in the future. I'm guessing with the artbook that they didn't wanna take a gamble on Lupin (no matter how different from the other episodes/specials/movies this is) in case it didn't sell well enough for them.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on July 20, 2013, 07:17:22 am
I'll admit they're at least putting in effort to avoid making a Lupin property look like it belongs in a bargain bin. They just don't seem to be very enthusiastic about marketing it beyond that.
Title: Did anyone else get their copy early?
Post by: LadyLupin on August 02, 2013, 08:48:52 pm
Okay. I thought Fujiko Mine was pushed back well into August, but I just got mine today from Rightstuf.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on August 02, 2013, 10:33:14 pm
A friend mine told me that Rightstuf usually ships releases weeks ahead of the street date. They quite possibly originally delayed the set because demand was higher than the supply originally or something similar and maybe you got one of the earlier pre-orders in or something.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: ultimateemail5000 on August 05, 2013, 06:37:34 am
Funimation dissapointed me with their false LE release soo I cancelled it. I do not think I'll be getting this set either. As much as I want to support Lupin I can't do it. I realized also this series wasn't for me. It tried to be too serious. I enjoy the art style since it's one of those closest to MP style we'll ever get.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on August 05, 2013, 07:06:59 am
Well, don't feel too bad for not buying it. In a way it is not supporting Lupin that much by buying it. FUNi said they have no plans to bring any Lupin-related releases out unless they are in the style of Fujiko Mine so even if the set would sell a lot, they would never go and bring back any of the older stuff or newer stuff (assuming it's not like Fujiko Mine).
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on August 11, 2013, 06:16:41 pm
@WTK spotted a set review with NSFW screenshots (http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/reviews/lupin-third-woman-called-fujiko-blu-ray-review.html).
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on August 11, 2013, 10:39:23 pm
@WTK spotted a set review with NSFW screenshots (http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/reviews/lupin-third-woman-called-fujiko-blu-ray-review.html).

I guess it doesn't matter a whole lot; but I got a bit more annoyed then usual that the writer's punctuation here was off in multiple places. And typically I don't see more than 2 mistakes, but I caught maybe 4-5 in the same paragraph.

But that nit-picking aside, I wish some more of these anime reviewers could stop being as biased as they are over the original Japanese audio and give just a little description and opinion on the English voice cast. 'Cause I felt that it was a pretty big deal to get the Fujiko from Red Jacket back for this, over her multiple other counter-parts. And honestly, it's a shame some people don't give a closer look at the English cast, because that's the thing that takes up most of FUNimation's time before they release any of their shows. If they skipped out on that part, then we'd be getting stuff faster; but then I couldn't rest my eyes and brain from having to read text all day. Now I don't mind reading subs from time to time, but I much prefer being able to listen to an English track as I would anything else, as long as it's a nice dub.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on August 12, 2013, 12:52:19 am
Just read the part about supplements. They really suck, don't they?
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on August 12, 2013, 01:23:46 am
Just read the part about supplements. They really suck, don't they?

Were you expecting any better? And should you?

Frankly all anime titles that I've ever seen or looked into, except for the out-and-out "Special Editions," never have any extra features worth "squeeing" about. It's always "Textless OP and ED," Trailers, and what ever unnecessary trivia or info section they tacked on for what-ever reason. Even the Ghibli releases never include anything meaningful except for those behind-the-scenes spots with the voice cast.

Personally, I'd love to see many of my favorite animes have some videos about "The Making Of" and interviews with the director and creative team. But I've only ever seen that on certain films like maybe "Steamboy" and "Project A-ko," and then on certain OVAs such as "Read Or Die" and something here and there on other random shows. The one show that I felt did an honestly good job including bonus material (other than Lupin Part I of course) was "Ninja Nonsense," because they actually included a multitude of booklets that gave insight into the show's creation: which I quite enjoyed reading. And there are of course the special releases of the "Patlabor Movies" with their bonus features disks and their storyboard books.

But other than those few exceptions, we can't expect much from FUNimation, nor anyone else for most animes. Only special circumstances will grant us anything substantial in terms of bonus content. And thank goodness Discotek is one such company that wants to bring us more of that sort of thing.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on August 12, 2013, 03:44:19 am
Filmmaker:
Quote
Were you expecting any better? And should you?

Would've been nice to include a feature or liner notes introducing newbs to the Lupin universe.  ::)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Akai Shuichi on August 12, 2013, 05:19:12 am
Heh, I'm honestly surprised that FUNi is giving us more than just trailers. You also have to take into account that sometimes they are probably pretty limited on what they can do with extras because of their licensing deal.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Cast Reunion (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:26:34)
Fujiko Mine at OkraTron 5000 (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:05:46)

These 2, especially the second one interest me the most. I'm assuming we will get to see them recording at Chris Sabat's recording studio  ;D
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on August 12, 2013, 10:37:43 am
Heh, I'm honestly surprised that FUNi is giving us more than just trailers. You also have to take into account that sometimes they are probably pretty limited on what they can do with extras because of their licensing deal.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Cast Reunion (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:26:34)
Fujiko Mine at OkraTron 5000 (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:05:46)

These 2, especially the second one interest me the most. I'm assuming we will get to see them recording at Chris Sabat's recording studio  ;D

Well they had that cast reunion thing for "Panty and Stocking" too. So I wasn't so surprised with seeing this, because if anything, this is the one thing that they can easily put together themselves.


Would've been nice to include a feature or liner notes introducing newbs to the Lupin universe.  ::)

And to that I say, Reed already did that with the "Fuma Conspiracy" DVD. And even though having something like that on Every Lupin release would be a nice thing, I'm sure anyone who wants to learn more about Lupin can just do a wiki search. They don't need a Lupin bio or trivia section to help them out. Just about every description I've ever read of Lupin starts and ends the same way with the same descriptive vocabulary; and looking up how many movies and TV specials there are is fairly easy.

Besides, if I remember correctly, every single one of you got into Lupin because you either watched the Red Jacket series or Cagliostro, and you then went out on the internet to look up more about the franchise. So I don't think an included Lupin trivia section on a DVD would have made much difference for all of us. And it shouldn't make much difference for the newly interested fans out there now. That feeling of discovery is what makes Lupin all the more awesome anyway. 
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on August 13, 2013, 07:14:47 am
Filmmaker:
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And to that I say, Reed already did that with the "Fuma Conspiracy" DVD.

Yes, but this would be for the first-time Lupin viewers who might help boost sales by buying the Discotek stuff.

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I'm sure anyone who wants to learn more about Lupin can just do a wiki search.

But again, not everyone who's casually searching Wikipedia would know which films and specials are currently available here. FUNi's still clearly treating Lupin like a second-tier title, even if they're bothering putting in more effort on the dub and transfer.

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Besides, if I remember correctly, every single one of you got into Lupin because you either watched the Red Jacket series or Cagliostro, and you then went out on the internet to look up more about the franchise.

Back then, we had a ML, though. And an official website. Not to mention box stores which prominently displayed Cagliostro.  :'(

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And it shouldn't make much difference for the newly interested fans out there now.

Let's hope so. *sigh*
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on August 13, 2013, 11:48:25 am
Filmmaker:
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And to that I say, Reed already did that with the "Fuma Conspiracy" DVD.

Yes, but this would be for the first-time Lupin viewers who might help boost sales by buying the Discotek stuff.

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I'm sure anyone who wants to learn more about Lupin can just do a wiki search.

But again, not everyone who's casually searching Wikipedia would know which films and specials are currently available here. FUNi's still clearly treating Lupin like a second-tier title, even if they're bothering putting in more effort on the dub and transfer.

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Besides, if I remember correctly, every single one of you got into Lupin because you either watched the Red Jacket series or Cagliostro, and you then went out on the internet to look up more about the franchise.

Back then, we had a ML, though. And an official website. Not to mention box stores which prominently displayed Cagliostro.  :'(

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And it shouldn't make much difference for the newly interested fans out there now.

Let's hope so. *sigh*

Have you ever once read a Biography page about Clint Eastwood or somebody on one of those old DVDs from 2002? Cause if you have, well then that's great, but I just don't see a lot of other young anime fans doing that when there's so much better sources to find online these days.

Besides, even if FUNimation did put a biography section on Fujiko Mine, I don't think they'd mention what Lupin films have been released in the US, because most of them are out of print and very hard to buy right now. So on that note, it's pretty pointless. I bet most people don't even know Red Jacket is now on Hulu and the later episodes are now online as well.

Lupin is a very big and very difficult franchise to clock and keep track of. And so if you want anybody to get their information right, I'd rather just let the fans look things up at their leisure and figure it out for themselves.

The best thing you and Sprak and Reed, and who-ever-else can do is give these new fans a definitive place to go to look at what's existed thus far, what's coming, what's good, what's bad, what's easily available to buy and where to get it. Because I don't think there even is a definitive place with all of that information. And it really would be nice if there was such a place. But you're not gonna get all that from a panflet --because it can't be updated-- and you're not gonna get all that from a DVD special feature, because it too can't be updated or changed to reflect the times either.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: sprak on August 13, 2013, 12:45:10 pm
The best thing you and Sprak and Reed, and who-ever-else can do is give these new fans a definitive place to go to look at what's existed thus far, what's coming, what's good, what's bad, what's easily available to buy and where to get it. Because I don't think there even is a definitive place with all of that information.

Granted, I haven't updated the site too well for the most recent special (I still haven't watched it myself yet) and the Mine series; however, have you actually browsed my site here? I like to think I've done a decent job of capturing what's come out, including capturing VHS, LD, DVD releases as much as possible with links to RightStuf, etc. to buy them where applicable.

I'm in the process of redesigning the site to hopefully better expose this info., so pass along any ideas you might have on that score.  As for good/bad, I try to have a review up for most of the specials / films / OVAs.

Yes, tooting my own horn, but the information is already out there on my site and others.
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: FilmmakerJ on August 13, 2013, 03:54:03 pm
The best thing you and Sprak and Reed, and who-ever-else can do is give these new fans a definitive place to go to look at what's existed thus far, what's coming, what's good, what's bad, what's easily available to buy and where to get it. Because I don't think there even is a definitive place with all of that information.

Granted, I haven't updated the site too well for the most recent special (I still haven't watched it myself yet) and the Mine series; however, have you actually browsed my site here? I like to think I've done a decent job of capturing what's come out, including capturing VHS, LD, DVD releases as much as possible with links to RightStuf, etc. to buy them where applicable.

I'm in the process of redesigning the site to hopefully better expose this info., so pass along any ideas you might have on that score.  As for good/bad, I try to have a review up for most of the specials / films / OVAs.

Yes, tooting my own horn, but the information is already out there on my site and others.

It's true I haven't looked at the Encyclopedia in a while. Last I took a good look was 3 years ago.
I was actually certain that quite a bit of info was retained on the site even at that time, but I'm still concerned about all of the competing sources and reviews floating around out there that get certain details wrong due to multiple dubs and directors and voice actors being mixed up. And the fact that most of the Lupin movies are TV specials, while some are also OVAs; and you can't tell the difference right off the bat. Even I didn't know that "Return of the Magician" was an OVA. At least, I think that's the one that was, along with Fuma. lol

But I'm glad you're also planning on some redesigns, because I think what helps one site set itself apart from others is the design and the layout. There are certain sites that have become the definitive place to get info on a particular franchise. And so, however it happens, I think if the Lupin Encyclopedia isn't the definitive reference website, then it needs to become that for the sake of accurate historical details.

I'm very pleased to know you guys put in all of the effort that you do. So please keep these sites alive.  :)
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: GATSU on August 20, 2013, 07:10:44 pm
@AICNanime linked the latest trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoGX2Bo78y8&feature=youtu.be).
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: MGFanJay on August 22, 2013, 05:15:55 pm
Got this a couple of days ago and finally got a chance to watch it today. As expected, the VQ is awesome and I'm digging the English VO work. It will take a while to get used to Epcar as Zenigata though. The extras are minimal, but I loved the reunion bit. The recording video with Michelle is too short to really accomplish much.

Edit -
My review of the set is here -
http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/08/26/review-lupin-the-third-the-woman-called-fujiko-mine/
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: Mr.Lupin on September 10, 2013, 01:05:26 pm
Great review ,  my Blu Ray set arrives tomorrow almost a week earlier than expected.  Can't WaIT !!!
Title: Re: FUNimation licenses "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine" (BD+DVD pack out Aug 20,'13)
Post by: MGFanJay on September 13, 2013, 10:53:44 pm
I'm glad you liked the review - It's the first one I've done on an anime, and fortunately, I was able to capture some great Blu-Ray screens with my PS3.