I’m happy my expections didn’t amount to nothing. FUNimation’s been disapointing me lately but I’m actually happy with Ouran’s dub! There’s a lot of weird stuff to it but I’m happy overall with it. Particularly the voice acting.
(By the way, I watched the first two episode up on FUNimation’s website.)
Translation and Script
This has got to be the weirdest dub I’ve ever listened to. The overall script is great and the translations were well done. Tamaki’s lines are the absolute best and they did well the part where Haruhi used ‘ore’ in episode two. I was worrying about that but it came out okay. But what I didn’t expect was how they kept so much Japanese terms and honorifics. It reminded me of fansubs … just audio. I mean, why make that english and keep something else japanese? They kept RAMEN. I mean ‘ramen’? Why not make it ‘noodles’? And why keep “Senpai” “Tama-chan” “Usa-chan” Haru-chan” but make “Dono” “Boss” and “Kanako-hime” “Princess Kanako?” I don’t understand it one bit. There were more strange translations but those are the general ones.
(Pronunciations are always strange but that’s something I’ve come to expect and it doesn’t bother me anymore)
Tamaki’s great. Vic’s doing a great Tamaki. They were right at the panel when they mentionned how Tamaki’s a mix of the three most popular characters that Vic has voiced; Fai, Dark and Ed. His lines are the best and I absolutely love it when he goes extreme mode. My favorite is the scene in episode two when he goes “MAMA! HARUHI’S USING THOSE DIRTY BOY WORDS AGAIN!” … that was so cute and funny I thought I was going to die. Tamaki’s flamboyance and elegance is voiced perfectly. Vic almost as good as Mamo-chan. I was a little bit worried about Vic voicing Tamaki but I know now that I worried about nothing. It’s known that Vic loves Ouran and Tamaki so I highly doubt he’d ruin a character he likes. He’s the perfect english counterpart for Tamaki.
Hikaru and Kaoru
Greg and Todd’s voice blend in perfectly. They’ve got the some playful tone Yoshinori and SuzuKen had in the original dub. Separately, they sounds different yet similiar in the same way as the Japanese voices; Kaoru sounding smoother than Hikaru. The homo scenes were done well. The bases being that I squealed. I would’ve groaned disapointedly if it sucked. I can’t wait to watch the more twin-centric episodes to hear their voice more.
And the rest ~
I’m smashing the rest of the hosts into one paragraph because I don’t have as much comments on them. Caitlin’s Haruhi was fine. Not too girly and not too boyish either. Just in between the way Haruhi is. Sometimes her voice was a little too low but it was okay I guess. The outbreaks were well done and I laughed at the dub she did for the “love letter” in episode two. Luci’s Hunny was great too. She’s so cute! Hunny’s so cute! The voice was sooo cute! Not as cute as the Japanese mind you but still damn cute. Enough that I was went “kya!” and “aww” nearly everytime Hunny had a line. Mori … well, he had like two lines so no comment. Kyoua, honestly, wasn’t that good. Kyouya’s megane coolness isn’t being properly transmitted.
OP AND ED
Why were they dubbed? Why why why? Sakura Kiss wasn’t bad but Shissou was … ugh. No honestly, they could’ve saved money just leaving it japanese.
I laughed. I had fun. It was a great dub. It saddens me how much effort was put into Ouran’s dub when Oofuri just plain fucking sucked. Obviously, this is where fanbase and popularity comes in. I won’t be talking about Oofuri here. The general was very well done. My favorite thing has to be Tamaki. You’re going up ranks again Tamaki! Honestly, this was a good enough dub that I actually really really really want to buy it. And I will … somehow. Gods, I want it. Obviously, the fact that we get half the series in one box is what’s attracting me to get it. So yes. I lenjoyed the dub thoroughly. Feel free to complain and see if I care. I love Vic’s voice. Yes, it pisses me off how he’s sometimes way too against yaoi but I love his voice nontheless.
I love Ouran so obviously I’d complain if the dub sucked but it was good so no complaints.