- Response from Microsoft Japan -
The petition's admin has sent an open letter to MSJ, attached the petition signed by over 300 people.
(It does sound few, but think of the amount of sales for Halo series in Japan.)
The letter is to demand a clear answer and further explanation from MSJ.
The due date for them to answer to this letter is Oct 15th in Japan timezone.
If they didn't answer to our letter, we'll have an evidence that "they didn't answer to our questioning," officially.
We hope they answer to our letter.
Updated on Oct 10:
We received a response from Microsoft Japan Customer Support.
Thank you for contacting Xbox customer support.
We shared the information that you asked about the replacement of voice casts in Halo 4 with a corresponding department of our company.
Although we cannot answer to your question, we will consider your voice in the future product development.
Please do not hesitate to tell us your honest opinion should you have in the future.
We hope to receive your continuous support.
They didn't even mention the petition signed by over 300 people (which was attached to the open letter) and just answered to us like this.
Our voice, our petition didn't really seem to touch their minds.
||| An Announcement of Online Petition |||
(The petition is NOT held in this forum.)
One of us has launched an online petition for this matter.
The detail of this petition is written in another post, please JUMP to this post.
·············Dear 343 Industries and Microsoft Japan,
Some of us are not able to write English themselves so please consider this writing as a letter from several Halo fans in Japan.
In Japan, many of fans for Halo are bewildered by hearing the news about the replacement of the voice actors for Master Chief and Cortana, and some of them are even shocked by the news.
Maybe we could have accepted the change if it was a fair decision, but the audio director works for 343 Industries, Mr. Sotaro Tojima, the one who's responsible for this decision, has explained about this as "the decision strongly influenced by his own feelings," and also seeing the actual voice acting in the Xbox 360 event held in Japan a few days ago, we're feeing that his acting doesn't suit Master Chief's characteristic at all, it's not even closer to the original English voice acting than the former voice actor, and from these facts, we're really disappointed about the decision.
Please think of that how the Halo fans in the U.S. would feel if Steve Downes were replaced by some other voice actor that sounds younger than his and really doesn't match Master Chief's characteristic. We have strong feelings about the voices acted by the former voice actors, Atsuki Tani and Akiko Koike, and as for Master Chief especially, because of his not-shown face covered with the helmet he always wears, the voice is strongly connected to the Master Chief himself, voice acting is that much important to us for our impressions about the character.
An action we expect from you about this problem varies among us so no specific request is included in this writing.
In any case, we first wanted to let you know about these shocked feelings many of Japanese fans have, and we would really appreciate if there will be any response or even some action from either of you about this big decision to us.
On behalf of Halo fans from Japan.
·············The topic one of us already posted about the problem on this forum: Master chief and cortana voiceactors change
Links to refer (most in Japanese):
A video of voice acting by the previous voice actors.
A video of a live performance by the new voice actors. (This live performance is all we got from the official side for now.)
A member of 343i saying the Master Chief's voice is "very distinctive and important" to the fans, at the PAX Halo panel.
Fans' comments in Japan's most largest forum, 2 channel: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 (active).
Fans' comments about the news on Twitter (these are only search results and some comments can be missed).
The statement from Mr. Sotaro Tojima for the fans' questions and reactions.
An article about this matter and the Japanese fans written by Kotaku. (Eng)
A Japanese fan cosplayed as Master Chief and climbed Mt. Fuji to protest this matter.
An article by Kotaku, writes about his action. (Eng)