History YMMV / SentaiFilmworks

2nd Jul '17 7:13:09 PM IMAGINEZapper
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* InternetBackdraft: In [[ImageBoards some corners]] of the internet, they believe there are notorious for their occasional lazy dubbing jobs with casts made up of many no-name or very inexperienced voice-actors; an inability to consistently make proper translations when the English is literally on the video; putting obnoxious blurbs on the covers of some licenses that degenerate works into pure FanService; and allegations of shipping out ''blank discs''. (Obviously, that isn't true, and all Sentai releases always have the Japanese track with subtitles, and the presence of a dub does not prevent people from switching to the Japanese.)
** Their decision to license and dub ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'', ''[[LightNovel/MahouSensou Magical Warfare]]'', and ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'' and giving ''LightNovel/GoldenTime'', ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', ''Anime/CaptainEarth'', ''MAnga/{{Haikyuu}}'', and ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' sub-only releases ''did not'' go over very well. Many of these complaints, however, are simply the result of one-sided FandomRivalry, as mentioned above, and said complainers typically know little about disc sales or how the English-language anime industry actually works.

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In [[ImageBoards some corners]] of the internet, they believe there are notorious for their occasional lazy dubbing jobs with casts made up of many no-name or very inexperienced voice-actors; an inability to consistently make proper translations when the English is literally on the video; putting obnoxious blurbs on the covers of some licenses that degenerate works into pure FanService; and allegations of shipping out ''blank discs''. (Obviously, that isn't true, and all Sentai releases always have the Japanese track with subtitles, and the presence of a dub does not prevent people from switching to the Japanese.)
** Their decision to license and dub ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'', ''[[LightNovel/MahouSensou Magical Warfare]]'', and ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'' and giving ''LightNovel/GoldenTime'', ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', ''Anime/CaptainEarth'', ''MAnga/{{Haikyuu}}'', and ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' sub-only releases ''did not'' go over very well. Many of these complaints, however, are simply the result of one-sided FandomRivalry, as mentioned above, and said complainers typically know little about disc sales or how the English-language anime industry actually works. Has been alleviated over the years as recently Sentai Filmworks has been more receptive to dubbing fan favorites as opposed to shows with high streaming numbers but smaller demand for a dub.
** Their partnership with [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Strike]] in 2017 has not been viewed favorably. Given how back then most of their titles would be available on the more accessible {{Website/Crunchyroll}} this did not go over well for long time fans. Starting in Spring 2017, any show Sentai licensed would be available on Amazon Strike and '''ONLY''' Amazon Strike. This even included sequels to shows that were previously available and still are available on Crunchyroll. It doesn't help that in response to the Crunchyroll/Funimation partnership Sentai has been nabbing more in-demand titles now made less accessible due to Amazon Strike being behind both a subscription and Amazon Prime paywall.
30th Jun '17 9:32:08 AM darkabomination
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** Sentai's tendency to preserve UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics in their dubs can produce some polarizing reactions. On one hand, some purists prefer this since it keeps the script more intact, especially since it can difficult to dub something without said honorifics without losing some meaning in character dynamics or conversation (especially if the honorifics get directly referenced in-series). On the other hand, this makes it much harder for the dub to be taken seriously since english voice actors, especially ones newer in the industry, will be unfamiliar with using the honorifics, often leading to awkward or unnatural sounding recordings. Many of their recent dubs, even for series taking place in Japan, have forgone honorifics all-together, though.

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** Sentai's tendency to preserve UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics in their dubs can produce some polarizing reactions. On one hand, some purists prefer this since it keeps the script more intact, especially since it can difficult to dub something without said honorifics without losing some meaning in character dynamics or conversation (especially if the honorifics get directly referenced in-series). On the other hand, this makes it much harder for the dub to be taken seriously since english voice actors, especially ones newer in the industry, will be unfamiliar with using the honorifics, often leading to awkward or unnatural sounding recordings. Many of their recent dubs, even for series taking place in Japan, Became a moot point when nearly all dubs produced after 2015 have forgone honorifics all-together, though.honorifics, even in shows set in Japan.



** Sentai presumably forming a partnership with [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Strike]] in response to Website/{{Crunchyroll}} and Creator/{{Funimation}}'s business partnership. Strike is a divisive streaming service in the anime community due to requiring both a monthly subscription on top of also paying for an Amazon Prime membership. The fact that Sentai is seemingly putting all their pickups, both subs and dubs, on Strike caused a big stir.

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** Sentai presumably forming a Sentai's extensive partnership with [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Strike]] in response to Website/{{Crunchyroll}} and Creator/{{Funimation}}'s business partnership. Strike is a divisive streaming service in the anime community due to requiring both a monthly subscription on top of also paying for an Amazon Prime membership. The fact that Sentai is seemingly putting all their pickups, both subs and dubs, on Strike caused a big stir.
14th May '17 4:40:35 PM Lionheart0
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** Sentai's handling of the ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'' license has been a common point of discussion among the company's followers as it's their most popular license. Despite the popularity and critical acclaim the franchise has received Sentai has hardly done anything with the license minus a series of bare bones DVD-only releases for the first 51 episodes of the first series and a test dub with the movie that was [[LoveItOrHateIt met to mixed reception]]. Some fans think that Sentai should give it much better treatment especially because Sentai has grown as a company since their initial release for it. It is generally agreed among supporters that Sentai should go back and re-release the series with an English dub with some going as far as to say that it should air on {{Creator/Toonami}}. Since ''Gintama'' is the only long-running shounen franchise Sentai has the license for many supporters say they should dub it to compete with {{Creator/Funimation}} and {{Creator/VizMedia}} and their licenses of ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/FairyTail'', ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', and ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. Supporters often use the dub for ''Manga/BoboboBoBoBobo'' as precedent to how a dub for '''Gintama'' can be handled. Others however think it is too risky a move for Sentai to dub the series. Since Sentai is a smaller company than Funimation and Viz Media they might not have the resources to dub the franchise, and some think dubbing ''Gintama'' is a bad idea in general due to the amount of Japanese culture jokes that would not translate well into English.

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** Sentai's handling of the ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'' license has been a common point of discussion among the company's followers as it's arguably one of their most popular license. Despite the popularity and critical acclaim the franchise has received Sentai has hardly done anything with the license minus a series of bare bones DVD-only releases for the first 51 episodes of the first series and a test dub with the movie that was [[LoveItOrHateIt met to mixed reception]]. Some fans think that Sentai should give it much better treatment especially because Sentai has grown as a company since their initial release for it. It is generally agreed among supporters that Sentai should go back and re-release the series with an English dub with some going as far as to say that it should air on {{Creator/Toonami}}. Since ''Gintama'' is the only long-running shounen franchise Sentai has the license for many supporters say they should dub it to compete with {{Creator/Funimation}} and {{Creator/VizMedia}} and their licenses of ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/FairyTail'', ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', and ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. Supporters often use the dub for ''Manga/BoboboBoBoBobo'' as precedent to how a dub for '''Gintama'' can be handled. Others however think it is too risky a move for Sentai to dub the series. Since Sentai is a smaller company than Funimation and Viz Media they might not have the resources to dub the franchise, and some think dubbing ''Gintama'' is a bad idea in general due to the amount of Japanese culture jokes that would not translate well into English.
24th Apr '17 4:26:13 PM Lionheart0
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** Sentai presumably forming a partnership with [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Strike]] in response to Website/{{Crunchyroll}} and Creator/{{Funimation}}'s business partnership. Strike is a divisive streaming service in the anime community due to requiring both a monthly subscription on top of also paying for an Amazon Prime membership. The fact that Sentai is seemingly putting all their pickups, both subs and dubs, on Strike caused a big stir.
10th Mar '17 12:46:57 AM gjjones
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Licensing ''LIghtNovel/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', a series notorious for being ''nigh impossible'' for any distribution company to bring stateside. Remember that Sentai Filmworks isn't nearly as big a company as Funimation or Viz Media, which stacked the odds against them further.
*** Even better is what Sentai said on [[http://www.sentaifilmworks.com/news/anime-expo-2015-announcements-rundown their article recapping their Anime Expo 2015 announcements]], in regards to ''Legend of Galactic Heroes'' being impossible to bring to western shores.
-->They said that it couldn't be done, that bringing this series to the US was IMPOSSIBLE. Well... [[BringIt we like a challenge]].
** Basically, any time that Sentai Filmworks does something unexpected will garner this reaction. Across from getting ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' to air ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' and ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', them dubbing ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' was ''completely unexpected'' considering how Sentai Filmworks [[NoDubForYou had handled similar titles]] from the Magazine/MangaTimeKirara brand in the past.
** Licensing the CultClassic ''Anime/DennouCoil'' for the first time in North America, even including an English dub! Sure it doesn't have any extras, but to put it in perspective, fans gave up hope years ago that a 2007 production with [[AudienceAlienatingPremise an off-kilter premise]] would see a release Stateside, or that it would be anything other than a sub-only release. This definitely earned the company some cred with older fans.
** The announcement that ''Manga/SchoolLive'' would be getting an English dub. The show was one of their most popular 2015 licenses, their other Manga Time Kirara title ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' getting a dub and the DarkerAndEdgier feel of the show compared to other {{Moe}} shows left fans optimistic it would get a dub. However as time went on fans became more skeptical as it wasn't in the major dub announcement at Anime Expo 2016 and it was took a very long time for Sentai to announce the home video release for it. Thankfully come February 2017 it was officially announced that the show was getting the dub people were anticipating.
19th Feb '17 8:56:21 PM IMAGINEZapper
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** The announcement that ''Manga/SchoolLive'' would be getting an English dub. The show was one of their most popular 2015 licenses, their other Manga Time Kirara title ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' getting a dub and the DarkerAndEdgier feel of the show compared to other {{Moe}} shows left fans optimistic it would get a dub. However as time went on fans became more skeptical as it wasn't in the major dub announcement at Anime Expo 2016 and it was took a very long time for Sentai to announce the home video release for it. Thankfully come February 2017 it was officially announced that the show was getting the dub people were anticipating.
19th Feb '17 8:37:10 PM IMAGINEZapper
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*** As of July 2016, this has been alleviated with Crunchyroll announcing that they'll be releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub. In addition the series is possibly going to air on Canadian television as it was approved for television by the CRTC. Now that Crunchyroll and Funimation have established a partnership with one another ''Gintama'' will be released on video by Funimation. As of early 2017, the English dub for season 3 was uploaded to Crunchyroll alongside the reveal that the Canada-based Ocean Studios was now providing their talent to the show. Though it has been revealed that Crunchyroll only has the license to the third and currently airing fourth season while Sentai still has the license to the first two seasons still leaving this up in the air.

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*** As of July 2016, this has been alleviated with Crunchyroll announcing that they'll be releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub. In addition the series is possibly going to air on Canadian television as it was approved for television by the CRTC. Now that Crunchyroll and Funimation have established a partnership with one another ''Gintama'' will be released on video by Funimation. As of early 2017, the English dub for season 3 was uploaded to Crunchyroll alongside the reveal that the Canada-based Ocean Studios was now providing their talent to the show. Though it has been revealed that Crunchyroll only has the license to the third and currently airing fourth season while Sentai still has the license to the first two seasons still leaving this up in episodes they released on DVD as evidenced by the air.listing on their website.
13th Feb '17 6:57:59 PM IMAGINEZapper
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*** As of July 2016, this has been alleviated with Crunchyroll announcing that they'll be releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub. In addition the series is possibly going to air on Canadian television as it was approved for television by the CRTC. Now that Crunchyroll and Funimation have established a partnership with one another ''Gintama'' will be released on video by Funimation and the speculation seems to be that a Canadian studio like Ocean or Blue Water will be handling the dub thus meaning that Sentai Filmworks no longer has the rights to ''Gintama'' in any way.

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*** As of July 2016, this has been alleviated with Crunchyroll announcing that they'll be releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub. In addition the series is possibly going to air on Canadian television as it was approved for television by the CRTC. Now that Crunchyroll and Funimation have established a partnership with one another ''Gintama'' will be released on video by Funimation and Funimation. As of early 2017, the speculation seems English dub for season 3 was uploaded to be Crunchyroll alongside the reveal that a Canadian studio like the Canada-based Ocean or Blue Water will be handling Studios was now providing their talent to the dub thus meaning show. Though it has been revealed that Sentai Filmworks no longer Crunchyroll only has the rights license to ''Gintama'' the third and currently airing fourth season while Sentai still has the license to the first two seasons still leaving this up in any way.the air.
9th Jan '17 9:16:49 PM IMAGINEZapper
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* CrackIsCheaper: Usually averts this trope. The price of their home video releases is proportionate to how much episodes the release has and if there is a dub or not and usually comes out to a fair price at launch. There's also the fact that their prices lower as a release gets older and their releases frequently on sale on their website and Rightstuf. Even their limited editions are on the less expensive end especially if they're in a sale and some fans even say the goodies in them is enough to justify the price.
2nd Jan '17 10:57:42 AM darkabomination
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* BrokenBase: Steven Foster is possibly the most infamous ADR Director in the anime industry, as he is either seen as an example of {{Woolseyism}} with shows like Manga/CromartieHighSchool and Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead, or the face of everything wrong with dubs due to his use of ObligatorySwearing and awkwardly placed Pop Culture references. (To put in perspective, ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'''s dub became better received ''after'' he was replaced by Janice Williams). Fans don't have to worry about him anymore though, as he recently left the company.

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Foster is was possibly the most infamous ADR Director in the anime industry, as he is was either seen as an example of {{Woolseyism}} with shows like Manga/CromartieHighSchool and Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead, or the face of everything wrong with dubs due to his use of ObligatorySwearing and awkwardly placed Pop Culture references. (To put it in perspective, ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'''s dub became better received ''after'' after he was replaced by Janice Williams). Fans don't have to worry about him anymore though, as Williams). This became moot after he recently left the company. company.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Licensing ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', a series notorious for being ''nigh impossible'' for any distribution company to bring stateside. Granted, Sentai Filmworks isn't as big a company as Funimation or Viz Media, which stacks the odds against them further. Still, they at least deserve points for making an attempt ''at all''.
** Even better is what Sentai said on [[http://www.parasytetheanime.com/news/anime-expo-2015-announcements-rundown their article recapping their Anime Expo 2015 announcements]], in regards to ''Legend of Galactic Heroes'' being impossible to bring to western shores...

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
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Licensing ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', ''LIghtNovel/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', a series notorious for being ''nigh impossible'' for any distribution company to bring stateside. Granted, Remember that Sentai Filmworks isn't nearly as big a company as Funimation or Viz Media, which stacks stacked the odds against them further. Still, they at least deserve points for making an attempt ''at all''.
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Even better is what Sentai said on [[http://www.parasytetheanime.sentaifilmworks.com/news/anime-expo-2015-announcements-rundown their article recapping their Anime Expo 2015 announcements]], in regards to ''Legend of Galactic Heroes'' being impossible to bring to western shores...shores.



** Basically, anything that Sentai Filmworks does something unexpected will garner this reaction. Across from getting ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' to air ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' and ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', them dubbing ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' was ''completely unexpected'' considering how Sentai Filmworks [[NoDubForYou had handled similar titles]] from the Magazine/MangaTimeKirara brand in the past.

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** Basically, anything any time that Sentai Filmworks does something unexpected will garner this reaction. Across from getting ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' to air ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' and ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', them dubbing ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' was ''completely unexpected'' considering how Sentai Filmworks [[NoDubForYou had handled similar titles]] from the Magazine/MangaTimeKirara brand in the past.past.
** Licensing the CultClassic ''Anime/DennouCoil'' for the first time in North America, even including an English dub! Sure it doesn't have any extras, but to put it in perspective, fans gave up hope years ago that a 2007 production with [[AudienceAlienatingPremise an off-kilter premise]] would see a release Stateside, or that it would be anything other than a sub-only release. This definitely earned the company some cred with older fans.
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