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Armin is male. There are good reasons why females voice young male characters. This may explain why a female, Marina Inoue, voices Armin in the original Japanese, BUT

How do you explain why a male, Josh Grelle, voices Armin in the dub?

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In the dub, Armin and possibly other characters...are older? I'm guessing it's like in Kaguya-sama where the heights differ in sub vs dub.

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CBR contains a transcript of an interview with Josh Grelle, posted back in December 2020. In this interview, Josh pointed out that when the Attack on Titan anime was being casted and "filmed", the future of the manga at the time was unknown and the director was accounting for various outcomes

One interesting detail about Armin is that his Japanese voice actor is a woman. Does that at all color your approach to voicing him, Josh?

JG: Yes and no. I mean, Mike McFarland when he was casting the show, obviously he knew that Armin was voiced by a female, and that was a really big decision for him to make on whether he wanted to go with a female or a male. I think ultimately he ended up going with a male because there was so much potential for the show. At that time we didn't know where it was gonna go if there was ever going to be a time skip or anything like that. But just because of the sheer possibility of being with these characters for a while and having Armin eventually potentially grow up into a man, he wanted to have someone's voice that could cover the full age range. And that's one thing that at least I'm able to do.

(Emphasis my own)

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  • Thanks Wondercricket...any idea why this doesn't apply to the original Japanese then?
    – BCLC
    Apr 28 at 7:32
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    @BCLC of course! I unfortunately do not have an answer to why that is the case for the Japanese version Apr 28 at 16:57
  • Wondercricket ok thanks happy easter if you ever think of something: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/66719/…
    – BCLC
    Apr 28 at 18:58

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