Outlaw wrote:I don't know the particulars but from what I'm getting it's along the same lines as why we don't get SRW games or why Tatsunoko vs Capcom was such a bear to release in the west. One company owns all the rights in Japan but in the west they are licensed out all over the place bla, bla, bla. It does seem to happen when multiple series appear in the same game as most single series games tend to keep the music (NET being at least one exception). As for the VAs I find most of them to be pretty passable, some of them might be pretty rough but I have heard waaaaaay worse, some in games that I really like.
Well, it's not quite that. Using the SRW example, if any given game were to be licensed, then in addition to the people who actually made the show they would have to involve the companies that produced the English version. So you'd throw in people like Bandai, Viz, Funimation, and this of course doesn't get into series whose licensees have since gone out of business like ADV and Geneon.
(Also, one reason given for SRW is that Sony requires all US games to have English voice tracks, and it was considered prohibitively expensive to have to redub an entire SRW. But that's beside the point.)
LightningCount wrote:Mark Gatha is a doctor?!
I've variously heard people say he's a doctor, dentist, or pediatrician, so I'm not sure precisely what he's doing now beyond being some medical professional. But I agree, he was an excellent actor, and his interview with the Shuffle Alliance Shrine really gave the feeling that he was passionate about what he did, so his retirement is quite sad.
LightningCount wrote:Mark Hildreth, it's a shame he had such a souring experience. If I recall, people constantly wanted him to talk mushy in Heero's voice toward the other Wing characters and talk about fan pairings at conventions, and then dissed him for being too "flat" as Heero (which I think is an exaggeration; he IS Heero for me, and subtle emotions do come out).
I'll cop to being one of the people who trashed Mark's performance in the past, but the revelation that he was told to act that way made me feel pretty bad for saying so. Having heard him in other anime and seen him in live TV shows really proved that the guy can act, which makes it more the shame that he wasn't allowed to really act as Heero. And really, I can't fault the guy for getting sick of drooling fangirls who want him to massage their egos by saying "I love you Duo" and crap like that. Even the real nice guy voice actors like Scott McNeil and Vic Mignogna are starting to crack down on this sort of thing.
Mark064 wrote:For music I imagine it's the same deal as with anime. Anime rights and music rights are two different issues. So I imagine it's the same with games, you have to pay extra money to use the music tracks which comes from the animes and I guess some companies just don't want to pay the costs and make their own music instead.
That's what bugs me though, up until about Never-Ending Tomorrow this wasn't a problem. They brought over these games with everything intact, including all the licensed music (I was always especially fond of the special opening in Journey to Jaburo, complete with "Tobe! Gundam"). Around the time the anime failed, they decided not to put forth the same amount of effort. And my thought is, why should I give my money to a company that didn't do everything in its power to put out a quality product? I don't buy mediocre movie tie-ins like Thor just because I liked the movie involved, so why should Gundam be any different?