Trivia / Saber Marionette J

  • Acting for Two: In the English dub of J:
    • Erin Fitzgerald voiced Cherry and Luchs from episode 3 to episode 10.
    • Nicole Oliver, who voiced Baiko, later took over for Erin for the remainder of the series.
    • Tamasaburo and Lorelei were both voiced by Ellen Kennedy.
  • Adaption Displacement: How many people are aware of the Saber Marionette J audio series? Or the J light novels? Exactly.
  • Amateur Cast: Many of the English voice actors from J to X haven't done much else. At least a few of them aren't even credited.
  • Franchise Killer: The controversial Saber Marionette Z manga. The story is that even though it's by then normal with human women on Terra II, maiden circuits are made for every marionette, and some chose to turn evil. The main marionette, Zero, had Combat Tentacles that she used to absorb the other marionettes and gain their skills. It only reached only 7 chapters with a huge Art Shift in chapter 6. It never was collected into a whole volume. It caused such a stir the whole franchise was put on hold until bought in 2015.
  • Casting Gag:
    • The entire Japanese voice cast returned in J, despite R having none of the same characters (they are similarly named Expies), whereas most dubs had little to none of the voice casts return.
    • The U.S. release got R's Lime and Cherry, Maggie Blue O'Hara and Erin Fitzgerald respectively, to play J's Lime and Cherry... until Erin moved to Los Angeles.
    • Christina Hernandez played both Limes in Mexico.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In the Japanese versions of the series, Junior and Otaru are voiced by Yuka Imai. In the Spanish version of R, Junior is voiced by Laura Torres.
  • Directed by Cast Member: The Mexican Spanish dub was directed by Love Santini, who also voiced Bloodberry (Zazarmora in the dub).
  • No Dub for You: The J VHS release in 1999 was sub only, even though J Again, released around the same time, had a dub. Averted with the DVD release.
  • No Export for You: The Battle Sabers videogame.
    • Nor did the controversial Saber Marionette Z leave Japan, it didn't even get a whole volume.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • After episode 13, Nicole Oliver replaced Erin Fitzgerald as both Cherry and Luchs in the English dub after Erin moved to the US.
    • Also the J series ended up being dubbed by Ocean in Vancouver instead of Animaze in LA note , so the entire cast was changed. Notably, Otaru went from being voiced by a female (Mona Marshall) to a male (Brad Swaile). Then J to X went to Blue Water in Calgary, presumably due to union issues, and the entire cast was changed once again.
    • The rest of the dubs were more consistent, with two major exections in J Again. In Japan, Kikuko Inoue was on maternity leave during production, and thus was replaced by Emi Shinohara. In Mexico, Isabel Martinon was replaced by Elsa Covián, who ironically played R's version of Cherry. In both cases the original actress came back for J to X
    • This may also happen to Yuko Mizutani as Luchs following the actress's passing in 2016.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Apple was going to be part of the original series, but she was cut. She appears in the Battle Sabers game, anyways.
    • Saber Marionette J only has 25 episodes because the 26th was turned into J Again.
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