FLCL Eng Dub Feat. Late Samantha Weinstein’s Anime Debut in Grunge Genre

(Last Updated On: September 12, 2023)

The FLCL: Grunge anime premiered on Saturday within Adult Swim’s Toonami lineup, unveiling its English dub cast. Notably, this cast features Samantha Weinstein in her posthumous anime dub debut. Weinstein’s contributions encompassed additional voices, with her portrayal of Akira in the anime being a standout.

Tragically, Weinstein, who was only 28 years old, succumbed to ovarian cancer on May 14. This remarkable talent, born in March 1995, left her mark not only in the anime world but also in the realm of film, having appeared in works such as Carrie and Toronto Stories.

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Additionally, she lent her voice to various animated series, including Let’s Go Luna!, Dino Ranch, and Babar and the Adventures of Badou. Voice actor Deven Mack and director Stephanie Sheh officially confirmed Weinstein’s role and her untimely passing.

Late Samantha Weinstein's Anime

The anime’s English cast includes:

  • Dino Andrade as Mayor
  • Kari Wahlgren as Haruko
  • Michelle Marie as Orinoko
  • Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes (Sean Elias-Reyes) as Director
  • Casey Mongillo as Shin
  • Luis Bermudez as Shonari
  • Aaron LaPlante as Amarao
  • Maki Terashima-Furuta as Takkun/Fish
  • Marc Thompson as Dainari/Keshibishi
  • Arthur Romeo as Shin’s Dad

In addition to Weinstein, Janice Kawaye, Andrew Kishino, Kamran Nikhad, BJ Schraff, Michael Sinterniklaas, and Billy Bob Thompson lend their voices to the project. Directing the dub at NYAV Post are Sheh and Sinterniklaas.

Adult Swim Canada is simultaneously broadcasting the anime alongside its United States release.

FLCL: Grunge and FLCL: Shoegaze mark two fresh seasons of the iconic FLCL series. Providing music for both anime, The Pillows are returning to captivate audiences.

Late Samantha Weinstein's Anime

Jason DeMarco, creative director of Toonami and senior vice president of action and anime at WarnerMedia, serves as the executive producer, with Production I.G. USA’s Maki Terashima-Furuta (known for FLCL Alternative and Fena: Pirate Princess) as the producer for both installments.

Under the helm of Hitoshi Takekiyo, MontBlanc Pictures directs FLCL: Grunge, focusing on three post-graduate teenagers embarking on their working lives, encapsulating the essence of adulthood.

Yutaka Uemura, acclaimed for FLCL Alternative, directs FLCL: Shoegaze at Production I.G and NUT, set a decade after FLCL Alternative, revolving around a high school boy and girl.

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FLCL Alternative and FLCL Progressive serve as prior sequels to the beloved FLCL series.


Sources | FLCL: Grunge episode 1, Deven Mack’s Twitter account

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