The Ocean Group (a.k.a. Ocean Productions Inc.) is a well-known Canadian dubbing studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia
. They're responsible for the dubbing of quite a few anime
series, as well as a few foreign-language live action films and original English-language productions. They're probably most well known for their work on nearly every release in the Gundam
franchise and being the unofficial dubbing studio of the works of Rumiko Takahashi
Their most prolific clients include Viz Media
, and Bandai Entertainment
, among others. They were also used by FUNimation
and Central Park Media
in their early days. Keep in mind that the use of the voice actors in Ocean's talent pool does not mean Ocean had anything to do with the production. Ocean is just a dubbing company based in Vancouver that pulls from the same voice pool the rest of the studios do (it's a very common misconception).
Not to be confused with Ocean Software, an 80s/90s video game company.
The Ocean Group has dubbed the following:
The voice actors frequently used by them have also provided voice talents for the following Western Animation
shows and video games including:
Some tropes that The Ocean Group is most well known for:
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Blue Water Studios in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is known as Ocean's "Sister Studio" and while Ocean Studios' name has been mentioned during the credits of dubs that use Blue Water talent the studios are generally very different. To be fair, the voice talent from both studios have worked together before such as Dave Pettit of G Gundam fame has been in some English dubs of anime with Ocean lately and Saffron Henderson was the singing voice of Fancy Lala. Heck, both studios have worked together in some of the Gundam games. While Blue Water Studios is not as popular as the Ocean Group (in fact some have even considered Blue Water to be a Poor Man's Substitute for Ocean). However in Blue Water's defense, they have been in some renowned dubs such as Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and the Mega Man X series since X8.
- Out of Focus: Over the course of the 2000s (and even today), they did not have as much work as they used to. One of the reasons why is because Canadian voice talent was used pretty frequently back in the 1990s due to how the currency exchange between the American and Canadian currency made using Canadian talent more affordable, and how efficient their productions were. But due to the current economic troubles caused in the late 2000s, the currency exchange rate between the two countries no longer worked in Canada's favor and Canadian voice talent (and studios) had less work. For Viz Media, back in the '90s and the early 2000s, when the majority of their properties were voiced by The Ocean Group, they nowadays only use them occasionally such as in Death Note.
- In addition, some of the more popular voice actors like Scott McNeil don't get as many roles as the some newer ones, like Scott McCord, whilst other well-known voice actors like Trevor Devall and Matt Hill have moved over to California. Ashleigh Ball and Tabitha St. Germain have also seen a lot of work in recent years compared to voice actors like Kelly Sheridan and Teryl Rothery.
- This is actually averted with Blue Water Studios, because of how cheap their voice talent is, and the fact that their voice actors have gotten pretty good at their jobs. They're being used for many projects that Ocean's main Vancouver studio/actors would've been likely been used only a few years ago. Some of their recent projects include Deltora Quest, Cardfight!! Vanguard, The newer Mega Man games, Hunter × Hunter, Pretty Cure, Full Moon o Sagashite, and many others. They're many Japanese studios' choice for their own dubbing (including Toei and TMS), and they've seen a surge in work since the economy went under. Ocean's Vancouver Studio's only English dubs in recent years are InuYasha: The Final Act, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Trail, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, NANA, and Death Note''.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Kirby Morrow and Kelly Sheridan are well known for this, regardless if their roles are main characters or minor one shots. They have played love interests several times (in which some fans even wondered if they are an item).
- The Other Darrin: Many examples. Their dubs had issues with recasting on several occasions:
- Ranma ½: Happened with Ranma himself (both boy and girl), Kodachi Kuno (twice), Cologne, Dr. Tofu, the Jusenkyo Guide, and Nabiki Tendo (temporarily).
- Inuyasha: Happened with Sora, Eri, and Kohaku in the original series, and Kagome, Sesshomaru, Lady Kaede, and (once again) Kohaku when the show was revived for The Final Act.
- Maison Ikkoku: The dub was put on hold after episode 36, and revived years later. Many voices changed, including Yusaku Godai, Ikuko, Yotsuya, Kozue, Ritsuko Chigusa, Kentaro's mother, Kentaro's father, and Kentaro himself.
- Dragon Ball Z: Happened when FUNimation decided to move the dub in-house, and the entire Ocean cast was fired. Most of them came back though when their dub was revived for Canadian and European markets for the Trunks Saga onwards. Notably, they had three Gokus (Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis, and Kirby Morrow).
- Shakugan no Shana: Happened again, when FUNimation chose to continue the dub in-house instead of getting Ocean back from the first season, which was originally licensed by Geneon, due to a 2-year long delay caused by the Geneon/Universal merger red tape that was occurring at the time.
- Project AKO: The opposite, where the Ocean cast replaced another cast after the first film, which was dubbed by Manga UK.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Another case of Ocean taking over for another cast. The actual TV series was dubbed by the California-based Animaze, while Ocean handled the recap movies, which was technically the same material. Partial case of this and Dueling Dubs.
- Happened with Mega Man Powered Up. Instead of Ian James Corlett voicing Mega Man, it's Cole Howard.
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Due to a Canadian voice actors' strike, the Ocean cast couldn't return, and the show was instead given to Ocean's non-union sub-studio, Blue Water.
- Saber Marionette J: Happened with Cherry and Bloodberry in the original show, and the entire cast for Saber Marionette J Again.
- Monster Rancher: Happened with Golem.
- Ronin Warriors: Bizarrely happened with half the cast for episode 2 (and only episode 2), and other random members changed for one episode at a time at other points due to the tight schedule of dubbing. According to legend, episode 2 was such a bad case because many members of the cast had caught a nasty head cold that was going around Vancouver. Years later when the sequel OVAs were dubbed, many voices changed again.