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The English Dubs of ADV's Monster Island Studio

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byZalis
Aug 07 2023, 12:22 AM | Updated Aug 7, 2023 8:41 PM
ADV Films, the former incarnation of Sentai Filmworks, produced most of their English dubs in Houston, Texas. However, from the late 1990s until 2005, ADV also employed a secondary studio in Austin, Texas, known as Monster Island.

Monster Island could be considered ADV's "2nd-string" studio, as many (though not all) shows they dubbed were lesser-known and perhaps lesser quality. Shipping them to MI may have been a cost-cutting move, as many of the dubs are marred by fast-and-loose scriptwriting, questionable name pronunciations, and a general sense of roughness and inexperience.
Still, a lot of them had their own sort of charm, and some are well-regarded. You can find some comments about the dubs from me on some individual entries. Some may be approaching "lost media" status, or are not commonly available online by legal or illegal means.

So if you've encountered an ADV dub from the early 2000s and wondered why the cast was full of names you hadn't heard of, or why it felt different from the average ADV dub, chances are it was a Monster Island show.

*Note: some related/sequel titles dubbed by MI are noted only in the comments, in order to stay under the 50-item limit.
Mahou Yuugi 2D
ONA, 2001, 24 eps Me:- Author:4
Funny enough, but so much yelling... which is partially the show's fault. Maybe best not to marathon this one.
Mahou Yuugi 3D
OVA, 2001, 1 ep Me:- Author:5

Aozora Shoujo-tai

801 T.T.S. Airbats

Aozora Shoujo-tai
OVA, 1994, 7 eps Me:- Author:5
Okay in some places, but rough in others. Especially the voice of Yoko, who never acted in any other anime.

Kotetsu no Daibouken

The Adventures of Kotetsu

Kotetsu no Daibouken
OVA, 1996, 2 eps Me:- Author:6
Only released on VHS. May be lost media.
Birth
OVA, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Jigen Sengokushi: Kuro no Shishi - Jinnai-hen
OVA, 1992, 1 ep Me:- Author:-

City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart

City Hunter: The Motion Picture

City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart
TV Special, 1997, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
MI also dubbed the other City Hunter movies/specials: .357 Magnum, Bay City Wars, Million Dollar Conspiracy, and Secret Service.
Cosplay Complex
OVA, 2002, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
I got through this dub, but it wasn't easy.

Chikyuu Bouei Kigyou Dai-Guard

Dai-Guard: Terrestrial Defense Corp.

Chikyuu Bouei Kigyou Dai-Guard
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
One of MI's best. Hilarious script and performances for this corporate mecha comedy.

Ojousama Sousamou

Debutante Detective Corps

Ojousama Sousamou
OVA, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Devilman Lady
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Ryuuki Denshou
OVA, 1997, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
Only released on VHS. May be lost media.
Eden's Bowy
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:5
This is one of my favorite MI dubs. It is kind of uneven, but then again so is the show itself. MI's script rewrites work well in the funny and heartfelt moments, and the name pronunciations aren't as much of an issue in the fantasy setting of Eden's Bowy.
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
TV, 2001, 25 eps Me:- Author:6
Again, like the show itself, not so great overall, but has its moments.
GetBackers
TV, 2002, 49 eps Me:- Author:-
One of the last MI dubs ever created. Production moved to ADV Studios in Houston after episode 20, with no change in cast.
Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi
OVA, 1998, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Happy☆Lesson (TV)
TV, 2002, 13 eps Me:- Author:6
Features a pretty liberal script and often pronounces male MC Chitose's name like "Cheetos."
Happy☆Lesson
OVA, 2001, 5 eps Me:- Author:6
Only the first 3 episodes were ever licensed and dubbed.
Iczer-Girl Iczelion
OVA, 1995, 2 eps Me:- Author:4
Only released on VHS. May be lost media.

Ou Dorobou Jing

Jing: King of Bandits

Ou Dorobou Jing
TV, 2002, 13 eps Me:- Author:7
Actually a pretty good dub imo. The 7th Heaven sequel was dubbed in Houston with the same director and VAs for Jing and Kir.
Legend of Crystania
OVA, 1996, 3 eps Me:- Author:-

Hajimari no Boukensha-tachi: Legend of Crystania

Legend of Crystania: The Motion Picture

Hajimari no Boukensha-tachi: Legend of Crystania
Movie, 1995, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Lost Universe
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
Strong scripts, but the voices can be grating.
Maps
OVA, 1994, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
Mazinkaiser
OVA, 2001, 7 eps Me:- Author:-
Kidou Shinsengumi Moeyo Ken
OVA, 2003, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
The 2005 TV series was dubbed in Houston with the same director and some of the same cast.
Boku no Marie
OVA, 1996, 3 eps Me:- Author:6

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia
TV, 1990, 39 eps Me:- Author:-
I haven't seen it, but this is considered one of MI's best dubs. Shout-outs to JTurner.

Shin Hokuto no Ken

New Fist of the North Star

Shin Hokuto no Ken
OVA, 2003, 3 eps Me:- Author:-

Makai Tenshou

Ninja Resurrection

Makai Tenshou
OVA, 1998, 2 eps Me:- Author:-

Puchi Pri*Yucie

Petite Princess Yucie

Puchi Pri*Yucie
TV, 2002, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
One of MI's last dubs. Production moved to Houston after episode 10. Reasonably good dub, kind of nice to have fresh voices for the Princess candidates, instead of all the usual suspects.
Queen Emeraldas
OVA, 1998, 4 eps Me:- Author:-

Ohoshi-sama no Rail

Rail of the Star: A True Story of Children

Ohoshi-sama no Rail
Movie, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Only released on VHS. May be lost media.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Seisou-hen
OVA, 2001, 2 eps Me:- Author:6
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen
OVA, 1999, 4 eps Me:- Author:10
While most of MI's dubs were for low-profile, less-popular shows, ADV's decision to send the Rurouni Kenshin spinoffs to MI is utterly inexplicable, and the dubs are probably best off avoided.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Ishinshishi e no Chinkonka
Movie, 1997, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Sakura Tsuushin
OVA, 1997, 12 eps Me:- Author:4
This title is in the unique situation of having an MI dub and a standard ADV dub. MI originally dubbed Sakura Diaries back in 2000, but ADV discovered that the masters they used were from a censored TV broadcast. ADV then re-released Sakura Diaries uncensored in 2001, but sub-only, since the MI dub didn't fit the uncensored version. Later, in 2005, ADV redubbed the series in Houston and released dual-language, uncensored DVDs.
I bought the old DVDs because the MI dub is not available online. It's got some funny/raunchy lines in the script, but the acting quality could be better. Overall, it likely isn't worth watching other than as a historical curiosity, since it's stuck with the censored version.
Sakura Taisen
TV, 2000, 25 eps Me:- Author:7
Other Sakura Wars entries were dubbed by Geneon or Funimation.

Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran

Sakura Wars 2: Return of the Spirit Warriors

Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran
OVA, 1999, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran
OVA, 1997, 4 eps Me:- Author:7

Shuten Douji

Shuten Doji - The Star Hand Kid

Shuten Douji
OVA, 1989, 4 eps Me:- Author:6

Sonic★the★Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

Sonic★the★Hedgehog
OVA, 1996, 2 eps Me:- Author:-
Senkaiden Houshin Engi
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:-

Tekken

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Tekken
OVA, 1998, 2 eps Me:- Author:-
Variable Geo
OVA, 1996, 3 eps Me:- Author:5
Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach
TV, 1995, 51 eps Me:- Author:7
This dub is pretty amusing, thanks to script rewrites that make the formulaic Magical Girl more interesting than it was in Japanese.
Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX
OVA, 1996, 4 eps Me:- Author:7

I: Wish You Were Here

Zaion: I Wish You Were Here

I: Wish You Were Here
TV Special, 2001, 4 eps Me:- Author:4

Zone of the Enders: Dolores, I

Zone of the Enders: Dolores

Zone of the Enders: Dolores, I
TV, 2001, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
MI also dubbed the "idolo" OVA.

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