Gurren Lagann (partially found ADV films English dub of anime series; 2007)

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Gurren lagann title card.jpg

Title card from the Bandai dub.

Status: Partially Found

The Gurren Lagann, also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in Japan is a mecha anime that aired in Japan from April 1 to September 30, 2007. Upon its release, the Gurren Lagann was a success and an English dub was announced by ADV Films. Financial troubles would plague ADV Films causing a new distributor to redub the anime.

Background[edit | edit source]

ADV Films was founded in 1992 as a way to bring anime into the English speaking market. The company would go onto dub various anime titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, and ROBOTECH. As time went on, the company would start to distribute for Germany and the United Kingdom as well as start their own magazine. Eventually, the profitability of the animes varied with many not making back what ADV had hoped to. To remedy this, ADV started to only get the rights to popular and successful anime as opposed to obscure anime.[1]

The Dub[edit | edit source]

ADV Films announced at Anime Expo 2007 that they would dub Gurren Lagann in English.[2] ADV Films was facing financial troubles around the time they had announced that they would dub Gurren Lagann. In January of 2008, ADV Films website updated and removed any mention of fourteen anime titles including Gurren Lagann.[3] This caused many to speculate that the dub would be canceled.

Cancellation and redubbing[edit | edit source]

On September 9, 2009, A.D. Vision the parent company of ADV Films announced that ADV Films would shut down and its assets would be transferred. Bandai Entertainment would end up acquiring the license to dub Gurren Lagann into English. Bandai Entertainment ended up releasing their own dub of Gurren Lagann with a new cast as opposed to using ADV's cast.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Little footage of the ADV dub for Gurren Lagann can be found and has not resurfaced in its entirety. Allegedly a test disc had been sent out by ADV films to select audiences and or networks with the first few episodes of the dub though this cannot be confirmed. As of now, only a few clips of the ADV dub for Gurren Lagann has surfaced, and due to the complications of Bandi Entertainment now holding the rights for Gurren Lagann and the closure of ADV films, the ADV dub has yet to surface.

ADV Dub Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Brett Weaver as Kamina
  • Josh Grelle as Simon
  • Luci Christian as Nia Teppelin
  • Tiffany Grant as Yoko Ritona
  • Brittney Karbowski as Kinon
  • Chris Patton as Rossiu
  • Greg Ayres as Gimmy
  • Hilary Haag as Darry
  • Jason Douglas as Kittan
  • John Gremillion as Dayakka Ritona
  • Kira Vincent-Davis as Kiyal
  • Mark X. Laskowski as Leeron
  • Monica Rial as Boota
  • Monica Rial as Kiyoh
  • Vic Mignogna as Viral

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The original ADV Films trailer for Gurren Lagann.
More footage (from Mike Toole's "Dubs that time forgot" panel at Otakon Vegas 2014).
Clip of ADV's dub.

References[edit | edit source]