Been watching the re-dub of Gundam SEED and… I have mixed issues with it. On the one hand, a good chunk of the cast (Mu, Athrun, Rau, Sai, Tolle, Kuzzy, Murdoch, Yzak, Dearka, Nicol, etc.) have been pleasant to hear, and in some instances are superior to the original dub. On the other hand, the tones for other characters (Kira, Marrue, Natarle) just sound off to me. For instance, the new English voice of Natarle Badgiruel doesn’t quite have the snarl of a Drill Sergeant Nasty archetype that the old dub voice nailed, or that the new English voice of Marrue Ramius doesn’t quite have the commanding presence that the old voice had. I don’t know, maybe I have a bias towards the old dub even though I went in knowing that it would not be the same.
Sidenote: One dub voice that has me laughing on the floor is the new dub voice for Lacus’ pink Haro. That thing is f**king hilarious as from time to time it just spews out references to other Gundam shows. Such examples include “The Beast of Possibility” (Unicorn), “Life is cheap” (Wing), and “Blame this on the misfortune of your birth!” (0079). I’m sorry, but hearing an iconic Char line coming out from the squeaky voice of Pink Haro is just so funny.