We Watched DOTA: Dragon’s Blood in Filipino and You Should Too
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Netflix’s much-awaited anime based on Valves’s hit MOBA, finally dropped yesterday and like a lot of people, I had originally planned on watching it with a Japanese dub paired with English subtitles. To my surprise, the audio settings for the series only offered two languages: English and Filipino.
I was pretty disappointed at first but then I recalled a famous line from Jose Rizal (the one that ends with malansang isda) and thought, “Alright, why not watch Dragon’s Blood in Filipino?”
So I did.
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It’s been a while since I last watched an animated show in Filipino and it made me feel like a kid watching Filipino-dubbed anime like Gundam and Doraemon on local television again.
Fueling that nostalgia is the fact that you and I have probably heard the voices in Dragon’s Blood in other shows.
Davion is voiced by Paolo Añana who played Kim Shin in ABS-CBN’s localization of Goblin while Luna is voiced by Steffi Graf Bontogon, the same actress behind Megumi Tadokoro in the Shokugeki no Soma Filipino dub. Mirana’s voice actress, Jo Anne Chua, featured in multiple Sailor Moon seasons as Sailor Jupiter.
This might be a stretch but watching Dragon’s Blood in Filipino also makes the show a tad more child-friendly. In a scene where Davion drops the F-bomb, the Filipino dub interestingly translates it to “lintik”.
Book 1 of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood is now streaming on Netflix.
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