Netflix’s upcoming streaming premiere of the iconic 1990s anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion” will feature a whole new English dub with an all-new cast of voice actors.
The news is being seen as a slap in the face to fans, many of whom grew up on ADV’s original English dubbing track and its memorable voice cast including Spike Spencer (as Shinji Ikari), Tiffany Grant (as Asuka Langley Sohryu), Allison Keith (as Misato Katsuragi) and Amanda Winn Lee (as Rei Ayanami).
It had been rumored Netflix may redub the series, and Lee released a tweet clarifying the situation:
“FYI Not only were our roles recast in Evangelion, but they never had any intention of even auditioning us in the first place. So stop wondering. No, Spike, Tiffany, Allison, and I are not in it… They let us audition – AFTER we found out auditions were being held and raised a fuss. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they threw out the files as soon as we left the studio. They never had any intention of involving us.”
Lee was not the only one to respond as Grant, in a Facebook post, revealed how she dealt with the knowledge that she would no longer be voicing Asuka:
“The truth is that I have known for months that we were all being replaced. I flew myself out to LA in early December to audition – for the first time – for the role of Asuka. It was the most surreal moment of my life.”
This would seem to confirm that the original dub, which has been out of print for years, will not be available for streaming and it’s highly possible that the ADV dub will not get another official release.
Spencer, Grant and Keith remain cast as Shinji, Asuka and Misato in the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films with the fourth chapter expected to be released in Japan in 2020.
The newly dubbed “Neon Genesis Evangelion” will hit Netflix on June 21st.