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Crying Freeman (クライング フリーマン Kuraingu Furīman) is a 6 episode anime OVA series based on the manga series written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. It was released on home video in Japan from September 1988 to January 1994.

Synopsis

Yō Hinomura was an ordinary Japanese potter when a run-in with a Chinese mafia changed his life forever. Now an assassin for the 108 Dragons, Yō is the perfect killing machine. As a sign for remorse over his victims, he sheds tears after eliminating his targets. Because of this, he is infamously known by the Dragons and every crime syndicate in the world as "Crying Freeman."


Dubbing History

Prior to the better known American made dub of the series, Manga UK acquired the series and provided their own dub, covering all 6 episodes on 5 VHS tapes released from 1993-1995.

In the United States, Streamline Pictures acquired the rights to the series, dubbing the first 5 episodes and releasing them on VHS in 1995. However, due to Streamline's problems with its distribution company, Orion Pictures, the sixth episode was not initially covered until the rights were picked up by ADV Films in 2003. While ADV picked up and later redubbed many titles originally dubbed by Streamline, ADV went another route. Rather than redub the series with their own cast, Steve Bulen and Edie Mirman were flown out to Houston to reprise their roles, while the rest of the cast (fortunately, none of which appeared in prior episodes) were voiced by ADV's regular talent pool.

Cast

Main Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
United Kingdom Manga Dub United States Streamline
/ ADV Dub
Yo-Hinomura.jpg Yō Hinomura
/ Crying Freeman
Toshio Furukawa Steven Tremblay Steve Bulen
Emu-Hino.jpg Emu Hino
/ Hu Qing Lan
Chiharu Kataishi Edita Brychta Edie Mirman

Secondary Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episodes
United Kingdom Manga Dub United States Streamline
/ ADV Dub
Fu-Long.jpg Hu Feng Ling Nobuyo Tsuda Rosemary Miller Catherine Battistone 1-3
Bayasan.jpg Bai Ya Shan Dump Matsumoto Debora Weston Barbara Goodson 2-3, 5
Koh-Tokugen.jpg Huang De Yuan
/ Koh Tokugen
Ryūsei Nakao Vincent Marzello Jeff Winkless 1-2
Ron-Fu.jpg Ron Fu
/ Baiba Long
Kōhei Miyauchi John Baddeley Edward Mannix 1-3
Nitta.jpg Detective Nitta Yūsaku Yara Bob Sherman Michael McConnohie 1, 4
Kimie-Hanada.jpg Kimie Hanada Masako Katsuki Liza Ross Catherine Battistone 1, 4
Bagnag.jpg Bagnag / Dark Eyes Yoshiko Sakakibara Nicolette McKenzie Melanie MacQueen 2-5

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episodes
United Kingdom Manga Dub United States Streamline
/ ADV Dub
Ryuji-Hanada.jpg Ryuji Hanada Takaya Hashi Bob Sessions Kerrigan Mahan 1
Shudo-Shimazaki.jpg Shudo Shimazaki Nobuo Yana Burt Kwouk Michael Forest 1
Shieshinye.jpg Shieshinye Osamu Saka Terrence Hardiman Tom Wyner 2
Jinshinye.jpg Jinshinye Kazumi Tanaka Simon Prescott 2
Sean Barrett 3
Kitche.jpg Kitche Toshiko Fujita Shelley Thompson Diane Michelle 2
Chen.jpg Chen Kōji Totani Jay Benedict Eddie Frierson 2
Don-Carleone.jpg Don Carleone Banjō Ginga Peter Marinker Michael Forest 2
Yan.jpg Yan Ryō Horikawa Colin Bruce Michael McConnohie 2
Miranda-CF.jpg Miranda Kyoko Terase Eleni Kelakos 3
Jigon.jpg Jigon Daisuke Gōri Sean Barrett Mike Reynolds 3
Shikebaro.jpg Shikebaro Norio Wakamoto Gregory Snegoff 3
Goken-Ishida.jpg Goken Ishida Osamu Saka Garard Green David Povall 3
Professor-Mikage.jpg Professor Mikage Masaharu Satō Graydon Gould Tom Wyner 3
Oshu-Tohgoku.jpg Oshu Tohgoku Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Tony Clay 4
Master-Naitai.jpg Master Naitai Ichirō Nagai Mike Reynolds 4
Nina-Heaven.jpg Nina Heaven Gara Takashima Pamela Merrick Wendee Lee 5
Wonshaku.jpg Wonshaku Mika Doi Shelley Thompson Iona Morris 5
Larry-Buck.jpg Larry Buck Seizō Katō Graydon Gould Wally Burr 5
Lucky-Boyd.jpg Lucky Boyd Kōji Totani Allan Wenger Gregory Snegoff 5
Wong-CF.jpg Wong Osamu Saka John Blythe Simon Prescott 5
Tsunaike.jpg Tsunaike Bin Shimada John Swasey 6
Tania CF.jpg Tania Kyoko Terase Shawn Taylor 6
Choki-Tateyou.jpg Choki Tateyou Kaneto Shiozawa Vic Mignogna 6
Dairi.jpg Dairi Ikuya Sawaki John Tyson 6
Watajimi.jpg Watajimi Shōzō Iizuka Mike Kleinhenz 6
Chairman-CF.jpg Chairman Masato Hirano Phil Ross 6
Nicholaiev.jpg Nicholaiev Kiyoyuki Yanada Andy McAvin 6
Kiya.jpg Kiya Akiko Matsuda Kira Vincent-Davis 6
Yanagi.jpg Yanagi Kōji Totani Sean O'Neel 6

Additional Voices

Manga Dub

ADV Dub (6)

Notes

  • Peter Marinker is credited under the alias "Peter Wiseman" in the Manga UK Dub. Likewise, Jay Benedict is credited as "James Hathaway" and Pamela Merrick as "Pamela West". Shelley Thompson is credited both as "Katherine Pierce" in Episode 2 and as "Sara Murphy" in Episode 5. Graydon Gould is also credited under his real name in Episode 3, while being credited as "Graham Parker" in Episode 5.
  • In the Manga dub of Episode 1, when Nitta says "The gangster’s expected to come after you, so they’ll be waiting for an opportunity to kill him." the last part ("kill him") sounds to have been spliced in using a different voice actor (likely Peter Marinker).

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Manga Entertainment 1993-1995 VHS.jpg The Complete Series Manga PAL United Kingdom United Kingdom
5 Volumes
Streamline Pictures 1995 Episodes 1-5 Streamline NTSC United States United States
5 Volumes
ADV Films 2003 DVD.jpg The Complete Series Streamline
/ ADV
1
NTSC
3 Volumes
2004 The Complete Series
2 Discs
Discotek Media 2011 The Complete Series
2 Discs

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