You may recall my post about this little situation a few weeks ago:
TLDR – Rumor was that Central Fiction, the fourth game in the BB series, would have no dub. Myself and a handful of fans and a couple reporters that gave a shit(amidst a sea of ones that didn’t) tried to get an answer from Aksys and/or Arc System Works.
Neither said a damn thing.
On one hand, I’m legit shocked they came out and said it. I figured they were going to bury their heads in the sand until it came out.
But nope. That took balls. Not just admitting it, but spewing that much bullshit in two tweets.
Let’s look at some number, shall we? (Yaaaaaaay)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger –
JP: June 25, 2009
NA: June 30, 2009
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
Wow. Not quite eight months, is it? Even the massive Chrono Phantasma only took four.
But hey, maybe BlazBlue’s losing money. Maybe the industry’s changing. Maybe a niche pub can’t afford to do a quick turnaround nowaday-
Shin Megami Tensei IV
- JP: September 15, 2016
- WW: February 14, 2016
Guilty Gear Xrd
Okay, that last one’s rough. But you get the picture- it’s rare for a dub to take that long. But you know what, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it is a long wait, and surely fans don’t want –
Huh. Well look at that.
You get the idea. Aksys think fans are idiots.
Central Fiction’s gonna sell anyway, who gives a shit about the dub or what fans think.
Or even the voice actors THEMSELVES.
“I’m disappointed by the news—and I’m especially disappointed to be getting it via tweet. Reaching out to the cast would have been a simple enough courtesy for Aksys to extend. Maybe they think we don’t much care either way, but many of us do. I know I do.
I’ve been Ragna from Calamity Trigger onward. I served as script-adapter and VO director on Continuum Shift Extend. When BlazBlue: Alter Memory got licensed for a U.S. release, I coordinated with Funimation to adapt and direct it out in Los Angeles, so that we could retain practically the entire cast and give longtime fans of the series a dub with the voices they’ve known all along. Granted, my experience with BlazBlue might be a bit more “behind the scenes” than most—but at the end of the day, I’m a fan, too.”
This can’t stand. If you preordered Central Fiction, cancel it. If you were gonna wait for the US version, import it. If you were gonna buy it new, wait for used.
Don’t give Aksys or Arc System Works US a red cent.
Can we change their minds? Unlikely, but hundreds if not thousands of lost sales will send a pretty damn clear message. Timing is clear, people.
Go make some noise.
We’re stronger than they think.