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 pieces of this version are its intro, sourced from the Arabic dub based on it, as well as a sales trailer from Viz Media Europe's 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.
In July 2018, voice actor Darrel Guilbeau tweeted out a request to Viz Media and Toonami to release the show. In August 2020, an employee from anime distributor Discotek stated that the "2000s Zoids stuff is tied up with both the toy people and ShoPro," making them unavailable to unaffiliated publishers.
Staff[edit | edit source]
Cast[edit | edit source]
- 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
Crew[edit | edit source]
- Script: Donald Roman Lopez, Rene Veilleux
- Voice Direction: Rene Veilleux
- Casting: Rene Veilleux
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Zoids - The second and third entries in the franchise received unreleased English pilot dubs recorded in Japan.
References[edit | edit source]
- New Viz Properties from NATPE Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- Cartoon Network, Viz Launch Free Broadband Service Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- Cartoon Network and VIZ Media Celebrate First Anniversary of Toonami JetstreamTM with A Power-Packed Expanded Show Lineup Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Zoids Genesis - Verite Entertainment Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- TaraPlatt.com - Voice Over Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- JaniCon 2007 - November 2 - 4, 2007 Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- Cartoon Network October Highlights Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- Zoids Genesis @ Cartoon Network - Zoids Philippines Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Jollibee Kids Meal - Zoids Genesis Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Toy from Past: JKM2007 - Zoids: Genesis Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Jollibee Zoids Genesis by Herogi Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Jollibee Kids Meal unleashes the Zoids Genesis Action Pack! Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- zoids genesis action pack - jollibee kids meal Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- ABS-CBN Shows Rule TNS National TV Ratings Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Philippine Anime News update! Retrieved 21 Feb '18
- Zoids Genesis English Trailer Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- viz media Europe - Zoids Genesis Anime Retrieved 18 Mar '17
- Otakon2011: Industry Panel Reports Retrieved 27 Feb '18
- Viz Media Otakon 2011 Live Blog Retrieved 27 Feb '18
- Hey @VIZMedia @ToonamiNews #Toonami! Don't you think its time to release all 50 episodes of #EnglishDub #ZoidsGenesis #anime #otaku #OtakusRule #LostAnime #fanboy #ZOIDS_FOR #animefan #animefriends #robots #animeplanet #Dubs @netflix Retrieved 23 Oct '19
- All of the 2000s Zoids stuff is tied up with both the toy people and ShoPro. Have inquired about it a couple of times, never available Retrieved 7 Jan '21
- Zoids Genesis (TV) - Anime News Network Retrieved 23 Feb '18
- Susan Deming -IMDbPro Retrieved 23 Feb '18
- Voice Registry Podcast – Tracy Pattin talks to Anime Voice Director Rene Veilleux Retrieved 23 Feb '18