The post-apocalyptic steampunk adventure ‘Future Boy Conan’ made its premiere in April 1978 from Nippon Animation, running for twenty-six episodes. The show holds a special place in the hearts of anime fans, as it was the directorial debut of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, director of several Japanese animated films including ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ and ‘The Wind Rises.’
Following the announcement that GKids acquired the right to release the series on Blu-Ray and 4K DVDs, the company announced that they were going to produce an English dub.
Anime News Network reported the cast includes Sabrina Pitre as Conan, Erin Mathews as Jimsy, Lili Beadoin as Lana, Aaron Chapman as Dyce, Kazumi Evans as Monsley, Alex Zahara as Lepka, Michael Dobson as Gucchi, Ian Hanlin as Kuzuu, Hiro Kanagawa as Dr. Briac Lao, John Innes as Grandpa, and Michael Adamthwaite as Dongoros and Narrator.
The dub is available for DVD pre-orders and will be released on streaming on November 16.
Presenting the first-ever English dub cast for Hayao Miyazaki's FUTURE BOY CONAN! 🏝✨
— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) September 17, 2021
Gkids released a synopsis for ‘Future Boy Conan’ that explains “Twenty years ago, a terrible war fought with magnetic weapons caused the earth’s axis to tilt, and earthquakes and tidal waves destroyed civilization. Conan is born into this new world, raised by his adopted grandfather on an isolated island. But his life is forever changed when a mysterious girl named Lana washes ashore, pursued by shadowy operatives who seek to use her in a new scheme to control what’s left of the world.”
In August, Gkids released a press release that said, “GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it has acquired the North American distribution rights for FUTURE BOY CONAN (Mirai Shounen Conan), the 1978 directorial debut by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). The 26-episode series, which was produced by Nippon Animation, will be released by GKIDS in late 2021. The acquisition marks the first time that the series will be available in North America. A new 4K restoration will be available in its original Japanese language, as well as a new English dub version. International sales are handled by Nippon Animation.”
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