Creator: Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Bang Zoom! Entertainment is a dubbing studio in California well known for providing anime dubs for Aniplex USA, Ponycan USA, Viz Media (in addition to Studiopolis and The Ocean Group), and occasionally for Media Blasters (who mostly uses NYAV Post or Headline Studios, and recently, MB VoiceWorks), Sentai Filmworks (who mostly uses Seraphim Digital Studios), formerly Bandai Entertainment and Geneon before both companies stopped distributing Anime in North America and now, NIS America. Some of the well-known anime dub works include Haruhi Suzumiya, Eureka Seven, Fate/stay night, IGPX Immortal Grand Prix, Lucky Star, Samurai Champloo, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.They are also involved in creating many, many video game voice tracks.And yes, they're responsible for the No Export for You English dub of Violetta. (The proof is in the trivia page of that show. We kid you not.)
Tropes and trivia associated with Bang Zoom! Entertainment:
- All-Star Cast: Bang Zoom mostly averts this trope ever since their K-On! dub and they have been hiring newer names in addition to several veteran voice actors. They still do this on an occasional basis, like with Fate/Zero and Durarara!!.
- Amateur Cast: Most of their anime and video game dubs after 2011 falls into this trope, usually involves young and newer voice talents from open auditions from Anime Expo.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: A issue Eric P. Sherman brought up with his controversial comments. This trope is also stressed by many voice actors who work with Bang Zoom!
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Bang Zoom Entertainment uses top profile and well-known veteran anime voice actors like Steve Blum, Wendee Lee, Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Crispin Freeman, and Yuri Lowenthal.
- Ever since the K-On! dub, they've been hiring newer talents in their anime voice work. They still hire large names from time to time.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Zig-zagged. At first, it seems that Bang Zoom has a habit of doing this with their own voice actors (especially with their newer voice talents). However, since Bang Zoom is known to get new voice talents through Anime Expo, many of the voice actors who seem to be typecasted usually break away from their typecast once they establish a professional career. In some cases, Bang Zoom may have the voice actor Playing Against Type and end up with a new typecast after the said role. note
- Production Posse: Bang Zoom has traditionally use the same voice actors in many of their dubs. However, they are open to using newer voice talents (usually from the ones from their yearly open auditions to several anime or video game projects from Anime Expo)
- Spiritual Successor: Bang Zoom can easily be this to Animaze (another Los Angeles based studio that specialize in anime dubbing). In addition, many of the veteran voice actors who used to work with Animaze eventually end up working with Bang Zoom.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: The casting of Lucky Star manages to keep all the references and Actor Allusions intact, and even throws in more references in some cases.