Gin Tama: The Motion Picture DVD (Hyb)
Sarah Petersen - May 29 2012
Great movie, bad dub.
Let me just say that I love the Gintama anime and was excited to hear that they made a movie retelling one of the best arcs of the show. But as with all retelling anime movies I was also a little worried how well they were going to fit the whole arc (4 episodes) into just over 90 minutes. I was pleasantly supplies to find that my fears were for nothing. The movie contains all the important parts of the arc and flows naturally without felling rushed or incomplete. Another thing I like about this movie is that it can stand on its own, but it also fits nicely into the main overriding story line of the anime; making it enjoyable for newcomers and long time fans alike.
The only sore spot in this release is the English dub; which is too bad because I was looking forward to showing this movie to friends and family who don't like to watch subtitles, but I am too embarrassed to share this dub with anyone. For the recorded I usually enjoy watching anime dubbed and most of the cast does an ok job reading their lines, but some of the voice actors are downright terrible and laughable (really I laughed out loud, because it was so bad). The biggest offender is the actor for Shinpachi but there are other examples; it would be tempting to say that the entire fault lies with the actors, but I have to placing the blame on to the director because it's really obvious he didn't care. The English dub is also pledged by prevalent mispronunciation of names, odd casting choices, and just plain odd localization choices that don't make sense. I could forgive such things if this was the mid 90s, but to have such a dub in this day in age is insulting to the fans. I think it is safe to say that all my future viewings will be done in Japanese with English subtitles.