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Lensman (SF新世紀 レンズマン SF Shinseiki Lensman, lit. "Science Fiction New Century Lensman") is a Japanese animated film based on the Lensman novels by E. E. Smith, produced by Madhouse and directed by Kazuyuki Hirokawa and Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the later director of Ninja Scroll.

Synopsis

Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was dying, he mysteriously passed on the Lens to Kim. With more companions to come by, Kim must find out the purpose of the Lens before the Boskone dynasty does.

Dubbing History

The film was dubbed by Harmony Gold USA as Lensman: Secret of the Lens in 1988. Harmony Gold's dub had many scenes cut for content and time, and a new soundtrack, with some tracks carried over from their previous titles Robotech II: The Sentinels and Robotech: The Movie.

In 1990, the film was given a redub by Streamline Pictures, which left the original soundtrack intact and left it uncut. This new dub contained many of the same voice actors as the Harmony Gold dub, some of which reprised their roles (Kerrigan Mahan as Kimball Kinnison and Michael McConnohie as Peter Buskirk).

Cast

Character Seiyū Harmony Gold Dub Streamline Dub
Kimball Kinnison Toshio Furukawa Kerrigan Mahan
Peter Van Buskirk Chikao Ōtsuka Michael McConnohie
Clarissa MacDougal Mami Koyama Melanie MacQueen Edie Mirman
Worsel Nachi Nozawa Jeff Winkless Steve Kramer
D.J. Bill Katsuya Kobayashi Gregory Snegoff
Lord Helmuth Seizō Katō Tom Wyner
Gary Kinnison Tadashi Nakamura Michael Forest
(1st half)
Mike Reynolds
Tom Wyner
(2nd half)
Admiral Haines Hidekatsu Shibata Mike Reynolds Michael Forest
The Lens Tadashi Yokouchi Tom Wyner Alexandra Kenworthy
LaVerne Thorndyke Takeshi Aono Steve Kramer Dave Mallow
Sol Yūko Saitō Ted Lehmann Robert Axelrod
Blakslee Yasuo Tanaka ¿? Doug Stone
Zuilk Shingo Kanemoto Kerrigan Mahan Milton James

Additional Voices

Harmony Gold Dub

Notes

  • Gary Kinnison inexplicably goes from being voiced by Michael Forest to Tom Wyner in the Harmony Gold dub.
  • The Lens has a male voice in the original Japanese and Harmony Gold dubs, but in the Streamline dub, it has a female voice.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Harmony Gold 1988 VHS.jpg Harmony Gold NTSC United States United States
Streamline Pictures 1990 Streamline

See Also

External Links

  • Lensman (anime) at the Anime News Network
  • Lensman at the Internet Movie Database
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