The country’s much-loved anime classics will be given a vocal face-lift, as terrestrial network GMA is currently commissioning a brand new dubbing of popular mecha titles Voltes V and Daimos.
Anime Pilipinas has learned through informed sources close to the production that plans for a celebrity redub of Voltes V are in the works.
This was further confirmed in a social media post by GMA talent Ken Chan during one of the dubbing session. Chan is confirmed to voice the main villain “Prince Heinell”, locally known as “Prince Zardoz”, in this new version.
Beside from Chan, there are no other details on who will also be a part the project.
Further, the same source also revealed to Anime Pilipinas that a redub of Daimos is now in the works, where the voice casts are reportedly composed of celebrity and experienced voice actors.
A post on Instagram by a certain Nate Gonzaga reveals that Alden Richards, a so-called “Kapuso heartthrob” and the other half of the popular “AlDub” loveteam on the variety show Eat Bulaga!, is currently a part of the dubbing cast of the series.
The sources tell Anime Pilipinas that Richards (Faulkerson Jr. in real life) is set to voice the lead character “Kazuya Ryuuzaki”, locally known as “Richard Hartford”.
Similar to the Voltes V reboot, no other details have been revealed at this time, including the dubber for Erika.
The overall rights for both Voltes V and Daimos remains with Telesuccess Productions, but the redub of both titles will be handled by Alta Productions, Inc., the post-production subsidiary of GMA Network.
There is still no word on when the redubbed versions will air, as they may still be in its initial stages of production.
This will be the fourth time that Voltes V had been dubbed locally, and the third time in Filipino. Daimos, on the other hand, has been dubbed locally for three time, and the second in Filipino language.
UPDATE: Alden Richards’ real last name is Faulkerson Jr., not “Faulterson” which was written in an earlier version of this article.