It is common for Hollywood movies to have their dialogues dubbed over in Japanese before they are released in Japanese theaters. It is also common for the voice actors and actresses that does the dubbing to also work in the anime industry. That however does not change the fact that the selected dubbing cast for Pacific Rim is pretty impressive.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata from Gintama) was selected to be the dubbing voice for the movies’ main character Raleigh Becket. This week, it was announced that Sugita will be joined by Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion), Tessho Genda (Optimus Prime from Transformers), Shuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable from Mobile Suit Gundam), Toru Furuya (Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam), Yuji Mitsuya (Tatsuya Uesugi from Touch), Shigeru Chiba (Don Kanonji from Bleach), and Daisuke Namikawa (Waver Velvet from Fate/Zero, Ulquiorra Schiffer from Bleach).
Fans of voice actors and actresses will notice that given the cast selected, the Japanese dubbed Pacific Rim will sound like a movie featuring Gintoki, Rei, Optimus Prime, Char, and Amuro. The decision to have mainly voice actors and actresses do the dubbing for a major Hollywood movie has caught some by surprise as there has been a trend in Japan in recent years to have actors, actresses and variety show talents do the dubbing for Hollywood movies.
Pacific Rim is an upcoming movie directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Travis Beacham. It is set in the near future where humans battles against giant monsters that have risen from the Pacific Ocean using gigantic robots known as Jaegers. According to the director, the movie is inspired by Japanese science fiction monster movies, manga and the mecha genre.
Pacific Rim is scheduled to open in Singapore theaters on July 11 and will open in Japanese theaters on August 9.
Source : Yaraon