Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

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Waheed Jalal, right, will forever live on in the hearts of ‘Treasure Island’ fans. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Sixty percent of the Saudi anime “Makkeen” was completed through local efforts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Sixty percent of the Saudi anime “Makkeen” was completed through local efforts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Sixty percent of the Saudi anime “Makkeen” was completed through local efforts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Sixty percent of the Saudi anime “Makkeen” was completed through local efforts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Sixty percent of the Saudi anime “Makkeen” was completed through local efforts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.




Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Florida shooting does not represent tolerant values of Saudis

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Florida shooting does not represent tolerant values of Saudis

  • Muslim World League said the attack was 'a horrific crime'

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the attack in Florida that killed three and injured several others on Friday.  

The shooting by a member of the Saudi military took place at the US naval base in Pensacola, Florida. The attacker, who had been an aviation student at the base, was shot and killed by police.

The OIC issued a statement stressing that the shooter did not represent the tolerant Islamic values of the Saudi people and all Muslims who believe in “tolerance and moderation.”

The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa said that the attack was “a horrific crime” that “represents only the criminal inclinations of its perpetrator, and that Islam and all Muslims are innocent of it.”

He added that criminal behaviour does not have a religion or nationality, and that the attack has upset everyone. He also said that the the American nation is respected and held in high esteem. 

The secretary-generals of the OIC and the MWL offered their condolences to the families of the victims and said they hoped those injured would get better soon.