The official Paramount Japan YouTube account have uploaded our first Japanese dubbed version of the Transformers Rise of The Beasts trailer.
Additionally, via the official Transformers Rise Of The Beasts Japanese website we have the following voice actors confirmed:
- Tesshō Genda as Optimus Prime – The original G1 Convoy/Optimus Prime Japanese voice who also worked in several other Transformers series over the years up to Netflix’s War For Cybertron trilogy Optimus Prime.
- Takehito Koyasu as Optimus Primal – Optimus Primal voice in the Beast Wars Japanese dub, Optimus Prime in Transformers Cyberverse and once again Optimus Primal in Netflix’s War For Cybertron trilogy.
The movie has been confirmed to premiere in Japan on August 3rd, 2023. Watch the trailer after the jump (no new footage though) as well as both Tesshō Genda and Takehito Koyasu comments about the film (via Google translate).
Dubbing cast comment
■ Tessho Genda / Optimus Prime
Long time no see! Optimus Prime, Tessho Genda.
This time, in “Beast Awakening”, I’m excited and grinning because I’m playing the role of Optimus Primal with my good friend Yasu-kun. Each time, it develops a new world that surpasses the previous work, so expectations are likely to burst this time as well. Feel the fate of the Transformers who have returned again, and let’s go! “Autobots, and Beast dispatch!”
■ Takehito Koyasu / Optimus Primal
Hi everyone, it’s been a while. Convo… It’s Takehito Koyasu from Optimus Primal.
What a wonderful world to finally be able to play a gorilla in a live action movie. I can’t stop being excited.
Moreover, co-starring with Mr. Genda’s Optimus! What kind of story will unfold? Even though I’m a performer, my heart is pounding like a fan! I can’t wait for the release now! Let’s conclude with this phrase! It’s the beginning of “Transformers / Beast Awakening”!
So they get their original Primal actor but we don't get Gary?! Hasbro is DAMN lucky Peter Cullen keeps coming back for more after all the stinking crocs of shit they send his way over and over again. My heart broke to hear him lament how he had to compete with other voice actors just to get a chance to voice the role that he helped create in 07 auditions and they were still screwing him all the way up to Bumblebee movie. You know what? I'm glad Gary isn't attached. These magnificent men deserve fucking better than the way American businesses treat their talent.
Naturally Japan is positioned above the USA in terms of original voices respected.
Indeed. In fact, its a blessing Tessho-san still voices Convoy after all these years and enjoys it.
Not sure if Garry Chalk can’t voice him, he’s been in American-made movies but I wonder if him being non-American Union does preempt him.
Goddamn it. Well I’ll have to take a break from these threads this summer until I can go see it. I’m sick of these staggered releases in Japan.
Goddammit, Japan. YOU WIN AGAIN. BOTH OG LEGENDARY SEIYUU VOICING THIS?!
The Japanese get it. Imagine if we’d had Gary Chalk alongside Peter Cullen.
It’s how you know the director is bullshitting about being a Beast Wars fan.
You have no idea. Especially when it comes to anime, it's not uncommon for voice actors to come out of retirement to voice characters they voiced decades ago for a random cameo in a random spin-off that's only tangentially related to the original. Seriously, 99 times out of 100, if you voice a character, you're attached to the character for life.
Wouldn’t it have been tricky to get Chalk for ROTB since he’s part of a Canadian voice acting union? I’m not surprised that a movie made in the US went with a popular voice actor from the US. (Plus, we got Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime again, so it’s not like they’re ignoring the original voice actors completely.)
Damn, wish we could have gotten Chalk for Primal in english!
Respect to Japan for letting the orginal voices reprise their roles.
It'd be hilarious if they got the same people that worked on the Beast Wars dub to work on this. So the movie ends up a completely irreverent comedic mess
Once again Japan outdoes America, how come they can have BOTH OG actors for prime and primal but we can\'t? Star power is powerful I get it, but damn.
GOD what I would’ve given to have Peter Cullen and Garry Chalk share the screen together as their characters.
IS THAT DIO!!!!!!!!!
Yeah it really would've been something else to hear the legendary voices of Prime and Primal interact with each other. Absolutely a missed opportunity.
On the flip side though, if this movie turns out to be a train wreck, I'll be kinda happy that Gary Chalk wasn't a part of it.
Kono Primal Da!
It only proves this
I have no problem with Ron Pearlman, but this proves they should have gotten Gary Chalk back to voice Primal too.
Peter Cullen's story about his treatment during the Bumblebee movie supports this.