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Ten Years Later: 2004 Anime Dub Digest

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This was still a period of rapid growth in the fanbase, corresponding with the boom of the domestic market beginning from the turn of the decade and the introduction of DVD.
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The 2004 remembrance tour takes a small detour down south. Another company left behind in the boom was recording studio Coastal Carolina. It had worked most often, until shortly after the turn of the century, with AnimEigo, also based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Most notably on Oh! My Goddess, You’re Under Arrest, and, for Bandai Entertainment, Blue Submarine No. 6. In 2004 the studio had a very brief resurgence, in another recording facility across the state, with many never-heard new actors.

miami-gunsMiami Guns (Coastal Carolina, as Phoenix Post)

Yet one more silly and irreverent comedy, this put out by the short-lived AN Entertainment. Directed by the respected veteran couple Scott Houle and Pamela Weidner, this strange little police adventure best indicates how wide-ranging dubbing had become at this point, where actors from nowhere could come right in and shine. For Miami Guns, it’s about another husband and wife team, and pair of anime dubbing one-hit-wonders, Nicole Gibson (as crass and spoiled policewoman Yao), and Charles Dee Rice (Yao’s gruff, frazzled boss, Chief Amano). Both are comedy naturals, punching up this often ridiculous and profane action-comedy from moderately enjoyable to highly entertaining. Others in the cast are not quite as natural, as to be expected, but are directed so professionally that the whole effort was competitive with most mainstream anime work that year. And that overall feel, looking back now, is of the energy and excitement, even if naive, of a new talent group striking out into the medium for the first time. Not yet too comfortable with the unique but generic modes of anime, or used to being typecast into limiting roles. Miami Guns, however, was it. Coastal has returned to anime only once more since then, in 2008, with their traditional talent group from Wilmington, for Bandai Entertainment’s Clamp School Detectives.

Brian Threlkeld

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