I mean, plays are meant to be seen live. If Netflix had a recording of a japanese play, and decided to change the dub artists, I would be mad too.
Make a new thing, fine, re-animate the movies with a new cast, fine. But keep the original dub available. Adding extra tracks to video is pretty cheap.
I love DBZ Kai, and it was fun watching that show over from the beginning as a Redub, but I didn’t mind too much because they had 90% of the original cast back, and you can still watch the original DBZ lots of places, DVD’s, streaming etc. It is a differentiated different product (Kai).
And while the original DBZ dub is bad in some places, it was fun. DBZ Kai removed “Over 9000” and “Mondo cool” those are bad lines, in a really fun way. Why mess with this shit? If you are going to do a “remaster” and a “redub” don’t call it Evangelion, call it Evangelion+ or something, because to a lot of people, it won’t be the same thing.
It wouldn’t be as bad if you could actually obtain the original english dub in some form. It is kind of lost, like the original Kiki’s dub (with more Phil Hartman lines, a bad intro song, and better audio quality) This is compounded by the fact that the DVD releases of Evangelion were notoriously bad transfers and suffer video quality issues galore.
Like, if this came along with a re-release of the original dub remastered in HD, I wouldn’t give a shit. This is not an argument about the dub, but an argument over the preservation of media history. And that is the difference between plays and TV.
Part of the allure of seeing a play is that it is live, and that it is a fleeting experience, you can only see this cast perform until they stop, or actors leave. It is living and breathing. Media can be preserved, and should be preserved. Part of what I expect of media companies is to preserve their products, that shows and movies aren’t just abandoned. Media preservation is a bit of a hobby of mine, I like to find old VHS movies, instructional videos, etc, and rip them to my PC, to upload and share. So it bothers me when big companies decide to just throw out what they have already in favor of something new, leaving it up to people to preserve the media on their own.
Also, this is totally near the top of Google’s search for Netflix Evangelion Redub. So, hooray.