By: Edwin Manalo
Launched by anime channel Hero TV (a subsidiary company owned by ABS-CBN), Voltes V Evolution promised to capture the hearts of a younger generation that never got to enjoy this animated classic. Voltes V first aired in the late '70s right till about the early '80s; but not even Voltes V's Laser Sword could stop Marcos from pulling the plug on the show. The people behind Voltes V Evolution cast some of today's hottest stars to re-dub the character voices, thinking that it would definitely appeal to this new generation of viewers. Being a big Voltes V fan myself, I wasn't really sure how good this newly re-dubbed series would be; but I gave it chance and watched several episodes, hoping this would pacify this die-hard fan's inner voice.
After a few weeks or so, I was curious to find out what other fans had to say about Voltes V Evolution. So I did a bit of sleuthing all over the Pinoy Blogosphere, newsgroups, forums, forwarded e-mails, and it wasn't much of a surprise to discover that many people had bad things to say about it. What seemed to be a good idea, has left original Voltes V fans alienated. It's been over 8 months since Voltes V Evolution first aired, and here are a few highlights of the many excerpts I found:
I wanted to see if all this hype about Voltes V Evolution would live up to its claim, but I was so disappointed when I heard the voices. They should've hired better actors, ones who have real experience in animation voice overs. I won't go anymore into detail... you have to see it for yourself. -Rico
My family watched this on tv, but then I got the Voltes V vcd box set for Christmas and watched the entire series with my son during Christmas break. I was surprised to find out that he liked this one more than whats shown on Hero Channel. I guess he likes the voices more, and for me the original had more feeling and expression. -Tony Gonzales
They better put back the original on tv! I don't like it at all! -Lesley
Naknangpucha! Bakit naman nila ginawa yun?! Nandyan na ang box set ng vcd, nagdub pa ang mga walanghiya ng panibago pero walang kwenta naman ang mga boses! Waiter, yung bill nga! -Animajika
abs-cbns original press release said: "Nikki Valdez voiced for the prince’s sister, Princess Zandra." uummm... diba inlab si zandra kay zardos? sa last episode noong namatay siya sa bozania ay doon lang nalaman ni zardos na inlab sa kanya si zandra. men, sino ba ang sumulat ng press release na ito? napanuod ko noong isang araw, at hindi ko talaga nagustuhan. ang daming mali sa pagkatranslate. -BobbyM
The most unbearable to hear was Jamie Robinson. I mean, what would you expect if Sandara Park was dubbing her? I just laughed at all of her parts. At first I thought it was too much, but when my brother started laughing at her too, I guess I may not be so bad XDDD. Sandara's voice is annoying. Parang trying hard na boses babae sa anime na matinis, but I can't blame her if that's the way her voice sounds...but there's the diction problem. I just feel I'm gonna hear more mishaps with pronunciation as the series progresses. They could have chosen other professional dubbers for Jamie's part. -Grimrehyper
Whether it's blaming ABS-CBN for cashing in on their stable of stars, or accusing the network of ruining their childhood, Voltes V Evolution has definitely disappointed many fans of the original series. I'm sure ABS-CBN had good intentions in re-dubbing Voltes V in Filipino, so that it would reach a greater audience. Presenting Voltes V in Filipino surely makes it seem more nationalistic, but I guess what original fans are not so happy about is the quality and talent of the actors they hired for this project. Dubbing voices for animation features aren't as simple as one would think. It's entirely different from acting on screen, as one has to breathe life into the animated characters. With this said, the caliber of talent needed for such an endeavor is crucial to the success of the project; success which is measured by acceptance of an entire audience, especially from the original fans who grew up on Voltes V. These fans of the original series deserve nothing less, as they were responsible for making Voltes V a classic that has withstood the test of time.
To get the original 40 episode collection on vcd, go to: www.kimcastro.com
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