Cyborg 009: God's War (partially lost unaired English dub of anime; 2003)

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Cover of Cyborg 009: God's War’s Japanese DVD release.

Status: Partially Lost

Cyborg 009: God's War was a 3-episode OVA series created and aired as the final portion of the 2001 anime adaptation of Cyborg 009. It spans episodes 49 through 51, and was the earliest adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori's unproduced final story for the manga.

Broadcast

When the English dub of the Cyborg 009 series was produced through 2003, it is said that all 52 episodes were dubbed, including God's War and the recap episode "The Yomi Group" (which aired between episodes 47 and 48).

However, Cartoon Network USA cut the broadcast of the series short, stopping it at episode 47. "The Yomi Group" and episodes 48-51 were broadcast in Australia sometime through 2004-2005. Episode 48 later was leaked online due to a fan having recorded and ripped it for a video upload, but the three episodes of "God's War" remain elusive.

The scripts for the English adaptation were later utilized for a Latin American dub of the series, which included these OVA episodes. The scripts contained edits that were made due to violence and time restrictions, for the original purpose of being aired on Toonami, as had been the case with the other 48 episodes.

Surfaced Content

As Sony Pictures has never released the entirety of this dub on home video, and several other episodes have been difficult to find due to their limited airings, it was uncertain if the God's War episodes would ever be uncovered. Sony Pictures' North American license to the series has since lapsed.

In 2017, Discotek Media announced plans to re-release the series on home video.[1] It's been confirmed that this release will include the dubbed episodes of God's War.[2]

Credits

Production Staff

  • Script Translation: Travis Anderson
  • ADR Direction: Michael Sorich

Voice Cast

Due to the dub's non-union status as well as the English versions of these episodes currently being unavailable, only the main voice cast is known.

  • Joe Shimamura/009: Joshua Seth
  • Ivan Whisky/001: R. Martin Klein
  • Jet Link/002: Kirk Thornton
  • Francoise Arnoul/003: Dorothy Elias-Fahn
  • Albert Heinrich/004: Peter Doyle
  • G-Junior/005: Beau Billingslea
  • Chang Changku/006: Steve Kramer
  • Great Britain/007: Michael Sorich
  • Pyunma/008: Mario L. Patrenella
  • Dr. Isaac Gilmore: Simon Prescott

References