The Super Robot Wars Z Audio Bug

Yeah, so remember how I said that Rey Za Burrel’s voice sounded deeper to me in Super Robot Wars Z compared to the anime.  That wasn’t just my usual hearing problems, it’s actually a real bug.  You see, for whatever reason an audio glitch causes certain characters voice files to playback at a slower rate then they should.  Not much in most cases, but enough to give them a noticeably deeper sounding and distorted voice. The bug seems to have primarily affected the files for Takehito Koyasu and Gundam Seed Destiny voice characters, but there’s also an impressive one for the character Lia from Super Dimension Century Orguss that plays even slower then the other ones. At about half the normal speed I would estimate.   I found a short video series on niconico (courtesy of a link from Duo Maxwell on the Animesuki Forums) that lets you hear the in game voices for each of the affected characters lines first, followed by what the same line should sound like when played at a normal speed (I’m guessing the guy used an audio ripping tool to tweak the sound).  Those curious can have a listen:

1. Kashimaru Bale from Overman King Gainer (VA: Keiji Fujiwara) 2. Neo Loanoke from Gundam Seed Destiny (VA: Takehito Koyasu) 3. Mwu La Fraga from Gundam Seed Destiny (Takehito Koyasu) 4. Asuham Boone from Overman King Gainer (VA: Takehito Koyasu) 5. Gym Ghingnam from Turn A Gundam (VA: Takehito Koyasu the poor bastard) 6. Lord DJibril from Gundam Seed Destiny (VA: Hideyuki Hori) 7. Rey Za Burrel from Gundam Seed Destiny (VA: Seki Toshihiko and I swear the audio producers must have hated this show on some level like most Gundam fans to do this to the characters)  8. Henry Steiger from Super Dimension Century Orguss (VA: ????) 9. Juri from God Sigma (VA: Yoshito Yasuhara and boy does his get really messed up.  It gets better though) 10. Getter Robo G Villain (VA: ????) 11. Tekken Oni from Getter Robo G (VA: ????)

Okay, first of all, who here doesn’t love the super cheesy God Sigma theme playing in the background.  Anyway some more Juri from that show followed by more Neo Loanoke from Gundam Seed Destiny, Rey Za Burrel from the same show and finally, what has to be the most fucked up audio sample in the game, Lia from Super Dimension Century Orguss with registered sex offender style audio censoring (VA: Chika Sakamoto)

I don’t know, I guess I should be grateful that it wasn’t a bigger error like the game crashing part way through a stage Action 52 style, but I’m kind of surprised it happened to begin with.  I can’t think of what might be the cause.  Could it have something to do with the way the game is programmed?  Perhaps just the way some of the voice actors were recorded one day?  If it were the latter it might explain why all of Takehito Koyasu’s lines and a lot of related Seed Destiny characters lines would have had issues, since they probably would have done their takes together.  Anyway, if I find anything else out about this I’ll throw in an update.  Hope somebody out there finds this as interesting as I do.


6 Responses to “The Super Robot Wars Z Audio Bug”

  1. 1 Duo Maxwell October 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I almost fell of my chair the moment I heard Lia’s voice. Maybe something happened at recording studio that messed up part of recorded voice, rather the fault of the seiyuu.

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