Zoids Genesis (partially found English dub of anime series; 2007)
Zoids Genesis is the fourth anime series in Takara Tomy's Zoids franchise. The 50 episode show is centred around a young boy named Ruuji and his fight to save his village after uncovering a lost Zoids mech. It ran on TV Tokyo between April 2005 and March 2006.
Following up on their involvement with prior iterations, in January 2006, Viz Media officially announced that they had acquired the series' international rights. In April, the company announced that Zoids Genesis would be one of the titles to exclusively debut on Toonami Jetstream, an online video portal launching that July. The series was then listed as a "TBD" premiere in a press release dated August 2007. As of the service's termination in January 2009, Zoids Genesis had yet to launch.
Despite that, an English dub was produced in Los Angeles, California by Salami Studios in association with Verite Entertainment. Voice actors resumes indicate the dub was recorded sometime between 2006 and 2007. The English dub premiered on Cartoon Network's Asian affiliates on October 8, 2007. This version of the show allegedly was edited for content and featured replacement opening and ending musical tracks.
To promote the series, Phillipino restaurant chain Jollibee included Zoids Genesis toys with its kid's meal in January 2008. The restaurant would later bring the line back to promote a Tagalog-dubbed version on a local broadcaster in 2010.
No footage from the English dub's broadcast has surfaced online, nor are any home video releases known to exist. The only recovered piece of this dub is a sales trailer from Viz Media's European website. The series was listed as a property under their control until 2011, indicating their license to Zoids Genesis had expired. During an Otakon 2011 panel, a representative from Viz Media said they'd like to see more Zoids material released in North America but had nothing to say.
- Susan Deming as Ruji Familon (pilot)
- Darrel Guilbeau as Seijuro
- Julie Ann Taylor as Kotona Elegance, Mur
- Devon Bowman as Gola
- Tara Platt as Ferme
- Tom Gibis
- Script: Donald Roman Lopez, Rene Veilleux
- Voice Direction: Rene Veilleux
- Casting: Rene Veilleux
- Zoids - The second and third entries in the franchise received unreleased English pilot dubs recorded in Japan.
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