Questions tagged [voice-acting]

Questions regarding the voice acting and voice actors of anime productions.

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What do Seiyuu do after they are no longer at the peak of their fame?

Before they are famous, many seiyuu would work part-time whether it be at fast food restaurants or even physical works. For example the seiyuu Uchida Aya: During the early stages of her career she ...
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Is there any specific reason why female voice actors act for male roles in anime?

I've always been wondering: why do female voice actors act for male characters in anime? For example: Mayumi Tanaka for Luffy, Takeuchi Junko for Naruto, even Goku's voice actor (Nozawa Masako), etc. ...
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How common is it for men to voice women?

I know male characters are often voiced by women. Naruto for example, is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, and Hitsugaya Toshiro is voiced by Romi Park, all of whom are women....
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What happens when a seiyuu cannot continue working on a production?

Voice acting is one of the many things that can make an anime movie, OVA or TV series successful or not, and some seiyuu gain their own followings or are treated like idols. What happens if, say, a ...
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Who is the most-connected (in the “six degrees” sense) seiyuu?

A lot of you probably know about Kevin Bacon and how he's supposedly the most connected among Hollywood artists. Who is the most-connected anime voice actor (seiyuu)? I've seen in some places that ...
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Why do anime films tend to use film actors to voice the anime instead of professional seiyuu?

For example, the voice actors for the protagonists of the anime film Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? are Suda Masaki and Hirose Suzu, who are best known for their acting careers....
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How is hentai anime voicing recorded?

With normal anime, all the seiyuu involved are in one room where they step up and talk to the microphone when it is their turn. Both male seiyuu and female seiyuu are present in the same room and ...
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Is it common for seiyū's to also be singers?

While listening to the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Openings I noticed that the first 4 Opening songs (Original Series - StrikerS) were all sung by Nana Mizuki, the seiyū of Fate Testarossa. Looking at ...
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How is the voice quality of a seiyuu classified?

Considering the extreme popularity of voice acting and voice acting schools in Japan, I'm curious to know if the industry actually classifies the quality of each voice. I'm not talking about things ...
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Do Seiyuu use stage-names for their anime works?

What I mean by this is not the alias they use when they do H-Games. What I mean is whether they use a stage-name when doing anime works. It all started from a little question I had in mind, "Is ...
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Can Japanese voice actors watch anime for free after an anime episode is finished?

Can Japanese voice actors watch an anime episode for free after an anime episode is finished because they did contribute their efforts in it?
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Who was the first seiyuu?

Early anime was silent, but as technology got better voice actors or seiyuu were introduced. Do we know who the first seiyuu was? or at least the first one that there is evidence of?
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Anime dubbed by original voice actors

Are there any anime that have English language dubs voiced by the voice actors of the original non-English language of the anime?
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Why does Seki-kun need a voice actor?

I've watched most of Tonari no Seki-kun, and all I can hear from his voice actor are grunts and groans, and a few other occasional sounds of panic or excitement. Why does this require a voice actor ...
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Why do drama CDs and anime series of the same franchise use different voice actors sometimes?

In the Lucky Star anime, there is a scene where one character mentions something about drama CDs and anime adaptations of the same work having different voice actors. Ironically enough (and probably ...
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Are non-Tokyo dialects common in anime?

Spoken Japanese has a number of dialects that vary regionally throughout the country. From my (moderately limited) Japanese language experience, most of what is spoken in anime is Tokyo-ben (aka ...
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What is typically done when a voice actor for an ongoing series passes away?

It was recently reported that Matsuki Miyu, a voice actress, has passed away, perhaps from pneumonia or related complications (RIP). She voice-acted key characters in as-yet-incomplete shows, ...
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Are there any foreign seiyuu that have been credited for anime work?

In many anime, characters that are supposed to be foreign (particularly English or American), it's clear that the seiyuu are Japanese because of the heavy accents. For example, Chris from Itazura na ...
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Why don't anime studios hire native English speakers?

In every single anime I've watched that features a native English speaking character (usually American or British), they usually say a few lines in (heavy) Japanese-accented English before switching ...
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Does Naruto Shippuuden retain the original seiyuu from Naruto?

I'm just curious, does Naruto Shippuuden retain its original seiyuu from Naruto (voice actors)? Or there are certain changes with the voice actors? If there are changes, what are they and what were ...
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Are there any characters designed specifically for Norio Wakamoto?

Norio Wakamoto is a veteran Japanese voice actor with a long portfolio of characters that he's voiced. His craft is such that he often times gets pigeon-holed into a certain character archetype that ...
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Does Suguru even have voice acting?

In Non Non Biyori, Koshigaya Suguru is the older brother of Komari and Natsumi. Most sources note that he has essentially no presence and very little speaking in the series. This is played for ...
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Does anime with more ecchi scene pays their seiyuu more compared to the non-ecchi anime?

Seeing Citrus anime that aired Winter 2018 season made me thinking. This anime has so many ecchi scene. Yuzu and Mei kissed and did so many perverted acts. Had this been boy-girl kissing scene it ...
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Why do seiyuu famous for doing eroge still use alias?

Seeing Majikoi S in VNDB, the seiyuu for Kawakami Momoyo and Christiane Friedrich is written as Kamishiro Misaki and Misaki Rina respectively. People that is not too into seiyuu might not know, but ...
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What is the reason for the change in Nami's Seiyuu for a short period of time (Japanese Dub)?

While watching One Piece I noticed that Nami's voice sounded different coming into the Little Garden arc. When I looked up info on her character on the One Piece wiki I found that during episodes 70-...
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How long does it typically take for popular anime to be dubbed in English?

There are a lot of new seasons of anime coming out soon, and I was wondering how long does it take for popular anime to get dubbed in English? If it helps, the two main ones I am thinking of are ...
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Where can I watch Seiyuu shows?

By Seiyuu shows I mean things like Hanazawa Kana's Hanazawa Kana Hitori de Dekiru kana, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu's Matsuoka Restaurant. Is there anywhere where one can watch them completely with ...
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Who is the voice actor of Shouya's mother in Koe no Katachi (The Shape of Voice) movie?

As per the title, who is the voice actor/seiyuu of Shouya's mother in Koe no Katachi the movie? It will be great if the source of the answer is stated too.
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Does anyone know Vic Mignogna's (Edward Elric's VA) email address? [closed]

I heard he replies to people who email him and I will love to have the privilege of emailing him. Does anyone know his email? And if he's ever replied to your emails, don't be afraid to tell!
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What “additional voices” did Alison Viktorin voice in Fullmetal Alchemist?

As the title suggests, she is only credited for "additional voices" http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1516108/ However, one of the shows she is "known for" is FMA Brotherhood. I feel like her voice is ...
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What is the Independence Day that Inoue Marina has been tweeting about lately?

Lately Inoue Marina has been tweeting about Independence Day. For example 2018-02-05 she tweeted, 独立記念日全公演全て終了! 今回は女子2人が交互にストーリーテラーとなっていく構成でかなりの集中力を要しましたが大変にやり甲斐のあるものでした。回を追う毎にキャスト皆の絆が深まって行って、...
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Who is the voice actress for the 'young' Nori-chan from the anime Kiznaiver?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems as if Nori-chan from the anime Kiznaiver has two different voice actresses. One for the 'young' Nori-chan and one for the main part of the story. My question - Who is ...
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Is there a reason why the actors sound exactly the same as their anime counterparts in the live action movies?

For the first time today I watched Death Note and Death Note the Last name (real life movies) and I noticed that the actors sound exactly the same as their anime counterparts. Why is this? E.g. Light ...
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Does Nenene Sumiregawa seem like a Kansai-jin?

In the anime R.O.D the TV, one of the principal characters is Nenene Sumiregawa, a famous author with an unusual personality for Japan: quick-tempered, brash, outspoken, defiant. She lives in Tokyo ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

I'm watching Blood C, and I'm reminded that in anime, dialog can often consist of characters just saying other character's names. In this example, most of Tadayoshi Kisaragi's lines towards Saya are ...
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Why would VAs that have many memorable lead roles take lesser roles?

This centers around Noto Mamiko, but you can answer the question from a general/industry stand point if you want. Specifically since 2013, I'm noticing Noto Mamiko is pretty much a bit-character ...
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Who is the seiyuu of Aya in Mushishi?

Who is the seiyuu/voice actress of the young Aya in Episode 17 of Mushishi? I want to know because I think she sounds like Naru Kotoishi from Barakamon.
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Why didn't Nozawa Masako continue voicing Doraemon?

In the 1973 version of Doraemon, the seiyuu for Doraemon is Nozawa Masako. However in the 1979 version of Doraemon, we have Ooyama Nobuyo voicing Doraemon. The newest Doraemon (the 2005) version has ...
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Are female voice actors cheaper in Japan? [closed]

There are some anime which have all female characters, and literally, everyone that is voiced is a girl. When there is a guy, he either has a squeaky voice or is actually a girl too. Is this because ...