Funimation, the North American anime distributor, recently posted a dubbed “test episode” of Sgt. Frog on their YouTube channel. According to the notes Funimation have just started work on the video and want some input. What Funimation actually say is the following:
Sgt. Frog Needs You! We are beginning work on Sgt. Frog, and we need your input. Watch the test episode and add your comments. Let us know what you think!
Sgt Frog is a popular anime that’s been around for many years in Japan, it’s about frog-like aliens who come to invade the Earth, but end up stranded, befriending the locals and defending the Earth from other invasions.
As of publishing this news post, the video has 372 comments, and most seem to be indicating that rewriting the script of any show is a terrible idea.
It’s a very rare thing for a company to ask for such direct input from the fans, and this is one of the first time’s it’s happened in the West. Of course, this is unlikely to follow in the UK as it’s rare for a series to be re-dubbed with English voice actors.