YMMV / Bang Zoom! Entertainment

  • Broken Base:
    • As of 2011 many Bang Zoom! dubs have been non-union and use newcomer voice actors over established veterans. As such many well established voice actors like Steve Blum, Yuri Lowenthal, Crispin Freeman, and Kari Wahlgren have had less presence in the studio's talent pool. Union projects have been becoming increasingly rare with very few anime dubs done by Bang Zoom! (ex. Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Durarara!!, God Eater and Doraemon) getting the union treatment. Some fans don't really mind this because the usage of new talent allows Bang Zoom! dubs to bring in fresh new faces while long time dub fans are disappointed that many of their favorite voice actors don't get the same work that they used to.
    • Compared to Funimation and Sentai Filmworks Bang Zoom! is often criticized by anime fans for using many of the same voice actors in their English dubs. On top of that a lot of Bang Zoom! regulars often tend to be typecast into the same kinds of characters to the point where it almost feels like they are constantly voicing the same character. Some fans don't mind this since all that matters to them is the quality of performance the actor gives regardless of how many anime roles they voice. In fact many people who don't mind this often bring up the fact that Japanese dubs are also known to reuse and typecast voice actors as well. Others feel however that it greatly detracts from the quality of Bang Zoom! dubs since it shows a lack of versatility in the range of the voice actors, it gets tiring seeing the same voice actors in every dub, and even the possibility that there are other actors out there who could have been a good fit for the role as well.
    • Similar to the example above Bang Zoom! dubs often have a tendency to cast the same voice actor into multiple roles in a single dub. Usually a voice actor in the secondary cast (or sometimes the lead cast) can often be found voicing minor episodic characters in a dub. Similar to the example above some don't mind it since usually the characters that get this treatment are very minor and ultimately meaningless to the viewer. For others this is very bothersome since like the typecasting it doesn't take into consideration the possibility of other voice actors out there who could have been chosen for the role. Many detractors of this policy also bring up how in Japanese dubs characters very rarely share voice actors, minor episodic and background characters included.
    • The fact that they were used for the dub of the Lupin III short film Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen instead of the Geneon or Funimation voice casts caused some fans to be unhappy, while some others didn't mind.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • Despite the closure of Geneon and Sentai Filmworks acquiring the licenses for K-On!, Rozen Maiden, and Fate/stay night (the 2006 anime), Bang Zoom! was still capable of dubbing the second season for K-ON!, Rozen Maiden: Overture, and the original Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works film.
    • When Sentai Filmworks handed production of the dub for Persona 4: The Animation to Bang Zoom! many were pleased that Bang Zoom! was able to get the entire cast from the game back minus Naoto's original unidentified voice actor and Troy Baker in the second half of the series.
    • The fact that Bang Zoom! was willing to go back and dub shows previously released without English dubs like ToraDora and Love Live! for the re-releases of these shows NIS America put out.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Fans of Studiopolis and Bang Zoom! often find themselves at odds with each other. They're both the biggest dubbing outlets in Los Angeles and even use the same voice actors from time to time. However fans of Studiopolis are often harsh on Bang Zoom! as Studiopolis is known to occasionally use voice actors from outside the anime voice acting talent pool (as seen with the dubs of Naruto and Tiger & Bunny) while Bang Zoom! mostly sticks to anime voice actors.
    • Also with fans of New Generation Pictures especially since both it and Bang Zoom! were the biggest clienteles for Geneon in the early and mid 2000's. Unlike Bang Zoom!, New Generation Pictures is known to use in-house voice actors who appear exclusively in those dubs but also voice actors from New York, Dallas, San Francisco, and even the United Kingdom. Many fans of New Generation Pictures often praise dubs such as Texhnolyze, Paranoia Agent and Hellsing Ultimate for the diverse casts compared to the casts that Bang Zoom! usually employs which has mad them less favorable towards Bang Zoom.
  • Growing the Beard: The English dub for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is what put the studio on the radar for English dub followers due to the high quality of the dub and how it would eventually establish the Bang Zoom! talent pool in the coming years.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: in 2010, CEO Eric P. Sherman stated that Bang Zoom! that the studio will stop dubbing anime due to internet piracy. Fans either 1.) had a good scoff at Sherman's complete nonsense, 2.) outright yelled at him for dare speaking down to the fans as if they don't have any respect, or both. Two years later, Bandai Entertainment, Bang Zoom!'s last largest client for their dubs, shuts down DVD/BD distribution. Because of this, there would be no more anime dubs coming from Bang Zoom!... at least, under Bandai.
  • Internet Backdraft: The comments from CEO Eric P. Sherman regarding digital piracy.
  • Love It or Hate It: The English dub for the 2012 reboot of Jojos Bizarre Adventure is perhaps the most divisive dub the studio has produced. Some love it for the risk it took in using accents and the fact that it actually brought back a few veteran voice actors from the Los Angles scene. Others however disliked it for weak performance quality, the fact that many iconic lines from the subtitled version were changed, and the accents either being inconsistent or unnecessary.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Heat Guy J cost as much to dub as Fullmetal Alchemist, but it ended as a big flop to the point that it helped cause Geneon to bankrupt themselves.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Quite a few dubs produced by Bang Zoom! are considered some of the best anime has to offer with notable examples including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Fate/Zero, and Durarara!!.
  • Woolseyism: A good portion of their dubs.

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