Bandai Entertainment Confirms Gurren Lagann on Sci Fi Channel (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
At California's FanimeCon event on Saturday, the anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has confirmed that Gainax's Gurren Lagann science-fiction anime series will run on America's Sci Fi Channel, starting on July 28. The series will run at two episodes a week through October. However, Bandai Entertainment could not announce the names of the dub cast members, as it previously suggested it would.
Update: The "Bandai Talks on Gurren Lagann" panel included producers and executives Hiroyuki Yamaga (Gainax), Yasuhiro Takeda (Gainax), Robert Napton (Bandai Entertainment), Toshifumi Yoshida (Bandai Entertainment), Hiroe Tsukamoto (Aniplex), and Yosuke Kodaka (Aniplex). However, about 30 members of the Gainax staff also attended the panel from the two back rows of seats. Yoshida said that the English dub cast will be revealed in the future, to give fans something to anticipate later. Bandai Entertainment actually licensed the television and digitial distribution rights to Starz (the parent company of Manga Entertainment), and it indicated that both types of distribution rights are being explored.
Bandai Entertainment indicated it will use the original Greek/French pronunciation of the main character's name "Simon" (with the short "i" vowel), as opposed to the English pronunciation (with the long "i" vowel). Sci Fi Channel's run and Bandai Entertainment's first box set in July will include the same version of episode 6 that originally aired in Japan. However, Bandai Entertainment's later bilingual DVD release will include both this version and the updated version that premiered in the Japanese DVD release.
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Update 2: Yosuke Kodaka's name added as a panelist.