SAG-AFTRA, the union which looks after voice actors (among loads of other jobs), is mulling over whether to strike in order to obtain better conditions for its members.
The complaint often arises with anime that the voices all sound the same. So how does it sound when you have one voice actress having a conversation with themselves?
Whenever people discuss the greatest bad guys of all time, they usually go by evil deeds, or powers, or how many spikes are on their outfits. But what about their voices? Would anyone be scared of Voldemort if he sounded like Gilbert Gottfried? Of course not! So let's celebrate the people who make bad sound so good.
Danganronpa 2 hit Western shelves this week, and while it has an English voice track, which fellow Kotaku author Kirk Hamilton tells me is “decent with a few standouts,” the Japanese voice cast is—let me assure you—an anime fan’s dream.
Actually, half is probably a conservative estimate.
Sentai Filmworks surprised fans at Anime Boston this weekend by announcing that the original English voice cast for Persona 4 would be reprising their roles for the North American release of the anime based on the PlayStation 2 role-playing game. Even more surprised were the voice actors themselves.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the sort of game that requires top-tier voice talent to work, so Bethesda Softworks has pulled out all the stops, recruiting a cast comprised of three Academy Award nominees, several highly recognizable science fiction actors, and the wife of ZeniMax Media CEO Robert A. Altman.
Masaya Matsukaze has an impressive resume. He's voiced Teru in Death Note, Morty in Pokémon and Blues in Mega Man NT Warrior. But that's not his most famous role.
What could possibly link Sega's speedy blue hedgehog with a founding member of the Bio-terrorism Security Assessment Alliance and a Renaissance-era Italian assassin? Meet Sonic the Hedgehog's new voice actor, Roger Craig Smith.
What's this then about a new Rock Band game?
There's a neat feature up on Gameplayer at the moment. It's pulling back the veil on the voice actors behind 70 of gaming's greatest characters (though they cheat on some, and others aren't so great).