Atelier Annie Localization Only Has Japanese Voices

By Spencer . August 24, 2009 . 11:46am

NIS America is bringing Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island to North America in October, but they aren’t dubbing the game. Unlike all of the other Gust localizations, Atelier Annie will only have Japanese voice acting. Players who prefer not to listen to the track have the option of turning the voices off.


It’s unclear if NIS America decided to go with only Japanese voice acting due to limited DS cartridge space or if there was a budget issue. After all, Atelier Annie is a niche game and more niche games are coming over to North America without an English dub these days. Yakuza 2, Onechanbara, and Muramasa: The Demon Blade are some titles starting this trend.


Thanks for the tip and uploading the trailer Volcynika!!


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  • I’m pretty sure there’s a good majority of people that would prefer the original voices anyways. Not saying that there haven’t been exceptional advances (in most cases, at least) in terms of voice acting over the last decade or two but there always is a preference to the seiyuu when it comes to niche gaming for many.

    Most people won’t care anyways – it’s English text and it’s localized.

    • CleruTesh

      You know, I had thought that most people preferred the original voices…
      But I was watching Ouran High School Host Club in the YouTube “Shows” section the other day, and if you look at the number of views, the dubbed versions appear to be about 4x as popular as the subtitled! Surprising, no?

      • Railgun88

        Most people that like the JP voice actors are people who download fansub/subtitled anime. People that just buy DvD will usually listen to the dub regardless of how bad it is. Which nothing against them you eat sleep and speak English why not watch something or play something thats in English? Me I prefer the JP audio on my JRPG’s and my anime. Yes I download fansubs, yes I do also buy DvDs.

      • Pichi

        That surprised me as well. I would expect it to be a little higher, but not that high! Blew my forecasts.

        Demand is there, but not every company can afford a dub.

  • MadMirko

    Saves me the trouble to disable the English dub. Thanks.

  • Pichi

    I wanted Lise to come here, but I do wish the game the best. Sad to see no dub, but good to know you have an option to turn it off or not for those who might not like it.

  • Ereek


    Annie’s Japanese voice is absolutely annoying. Looks like I’ll be keeping the sound off.

  • BK0000

    I wish there was an English dub. I prefer to have English games have English voices since it’s a language I actually know, unlike Japanese. I guess I’ll just turn the voices off. I’m not enough of a weeaboo to keep them on and prefer Japanese voices over English.

  • Zhemos

    All right!

    I love Ai Nonaka’s voice! She’s so cute! Thank you NISA!

  • Nabe

    I’d like to be able to choose between the two, but it’s understandable.

    Japanese only seems appropriate anyway — I don’t really see anyone other than avid Anime fans (who typically prefer Japanese voices) buying this one.

  • I want to doubt that it would be a space issue, as Suikoden: Tear Creases (because I cried from disappointment so much playing it I got creases on my face… just a humble Suikomaniac’s opinion) had quite a bit of voice acting… though only English and spoken insanely fast. I dunno how much voice is in Atelier Annie, but I bet it could’ve been done if fans asked for it enough… though the market the game is targeted to really doesn’t seem to mind. I think.

  • I’m glad they decided to preserve the Japanese voices, though I never pay as much attention to voice acting in portable games since I turn the sound off. The fact that it’s getting an English translation is enough to make me happy. :D

  • Volcynika

    Yay for being able to turn off bleh-tastic VA!

  • Wow this game looks pretty cool! I’m pretty excited to try out this series!

  • Joanna

    The Japanese VA for Annie does sound annoying, so I’m glad there is an option to turn the voices off.

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