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05 June 2006 @ 02:23 pm
I woke up early to - gasp - turn on the TV this morning, because Ōban Star-Racers was premiering on Jetix (Toon Disney, ABC Family.)

Despite what Matt says about the series, I found it pretty charming and quite well-produced. The character designs especially stood out to me, and they all seemed very likeable. Yes, the voice acting could be better and the plot is very run-of-the-mill, but I just might continue watching it since I've become somewhat of a fan over the years.

For anyone else who's interested, I believe it plays on Saturday at 10:30AM and Monday at 8:00AM/PM on ABC Family.
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安: gotou masafumigogalucky on June 5th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
what channel is abc?
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on June 5th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
ABC Family is ch. 52
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安gogalucky on June 5th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
oh lame, my 3-channel tv doesn't get that.
Yelizavetamajesticarky on June 6th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh man I've heard of this *years* ago when it was first starting to come into development. This is the first time I've heard of it since then and it looks awsome! This is the first time I have ever heard of French/Japanese animated show. I thought it was going to be French-only but that's cool that they collaborated. I guess I'll sometime have to download the Japanese version. What channel does it play on here? I mean the exact channel, because channel 7(ABC) doesn't have it listed as playing tonight or Saturday morning : (.
Yelizavetamajesticarky on June 6th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
ohh you answered that while I was typing this :p. yey.
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on June 6th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
Why would you get the Japanese version? It was originally released in French less than two months ago - I don't think there currently is a Japanese version and dates for Japanese broadcast have not been announced.

Unless you'd like to watch French in subtitles (not a big priority for any fansub group), I'd suggest just catching it on ABC Family.
Yelizavetamajesticarky on June 6th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering about that. I wasn't sure if it was voiced in French or Japanese. When I saw a trailer of it years ago, the animation looked very "not-anime" and now it looks significantly anime so now I'm suddenly thinking of it as an anime :p. I'm used to the idea of most popular anime shows being subbed within 24 hours of their original broadcast on Japanese TV so I thought the same would be with Molly Star Racer, but yeah hearing the original voices seems very implausible. I checked the listings and it doesn't look like it's playing tonight so I'm going to set the TV up to record it for Saturday : ).
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on June 6th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Well, it is a France-Japan co-production because almost all of the animation was done in a Japanese studio.

The original French studio, Sav! The World Productions, which was originally going to do the entire show, instead just created the world/characters/story, wrote the scripts, did the storyboarding (I think), and rendered the 3D backgrounds and ships.

You can see the original trailer here - this was completely French-made, and you can tell they're obviously trying a bit too hard to make it Japanese-style (generic eurobeat and all). Although it would have been nice to see the entire show done in 3D, I think they chose a good studio for the transition.