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jzmagic
2011-03-26, 23:45
There are some animes where it just doesn't feel right with a male protagonist having a feminine voice especially when they're supposed to be strong. How does everyone else feel? Although there are exceptions like in FMA Brotherhood where the VA doing Ed's voice was boy-ish enough for me.

SilverSyko
2011-03-27, 00:15
Women are better at doing younger men's voices, like children and teenagers.

Unless they hire a child voice actor, most adult men can't get their voice high enough to make younger boys sound convincing. That's why they hire women to do it.

It's just a matter of having a voice befitting of the character.

SOGESNAKE
2011-03-27, 00:41
I myself being a person who prefers dubs over subs, as long as said voice fits the character they're dubbing, then I'm all for it.

I mean, I love the works of people like Colleen Clinkenbeard who play characters like Monkey D. Luffy or Young Gohan~

Archon_Wing
2011-03-27, 00:52
Not much; it seems to happen a lot in all types of animation.

Occasionaly it works really well, like Megumi Ogata is very good with these things; brought like into characters such as Kurama and Shinji.

Guardian Enzo
2011-03-27, 01:28
I'll say this - Japanese female seiyuu are much, much better at playing boys than American/Canadian women are. Not even close. And sometimes it works really well - Paku Romi (Edward Elric) comes to mind as someone that's very good. Sometimes it doesn't - Kobayashi Yuu as Clain in Fractale springs to mind as a case where it doesn't.

In the end, I definitely think there's an added realism that comes from casting an actual kid in a major role. Naoto Adachi as Chagum in Seirei no Moribito was amazing - it's hard to imagine any women bringing that much authenticity to the role. Same with Kosuke Hatakeyama as Nitorin in Hourou no Musuko.

Lastly, I can't help but think of Mayo Suzukaze in Rurouni Kenshin. It was somewhat controversial at the time, I recall, to cast a woman in such a high-profile role as a grown man and a manslayer at that, but it somehow fit his character perfectly.

NoemiChan
2011-03-27, 01:37
In my opinion, that may not be a problem except, well, for example in my case, I watch an anime male character's vice dubbed in English and l'm not bothered by it, but when I watch the original and heard the original having "feminine voice" for the male, it's kinda shocking.

Well, the reactions were usually opposite in the casse when you watch the original then the english dub.:heh:

Kyuu
2011-03-27, 03:07
Females voicing male characters. The male characters are likely little boys.

jedinat
2011-03-27, 03:20
The only time it has ever bothered me the least bit is in Simoun (http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=4239) (entire cast is done by women). Females cannot voice old men. They sound like old ladies, lol.

I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately, and I have found that some of them are really REALLY well acted. Ones where a single male or female actor does the whole cast, and does an awesome job of it, even characters of the opposite sex. I don't understand why people with this kind of talent aren't being used in dub and video game work.

brocko
2011-03-27, 03:45
I don't think there's a problem withe female VA's doing male characters at all. Although in a few specific cases it might've turned out a little awkward when the little boy grows up eg: Masako Nozawa still doing Adult Goku in DBZ, but even then they still got away with it and may've actually been preferred lol :heh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p0cJbXpBhU#t=5m00s

Ahiru77
2011-03-27, 05:50
Goku is the only one that got hit badly with this. :heh:




Well atleast, that's what the fanbase says.

Roloko vi Britannia
2011-03-27, 17:40
Well as long as the voice fits the character and personality I could care less. I can't imagine anyone else voicing Reborn besides Neeko in the Japanese version of KHR.

Master_Yoma
2011-03-27, 21:41
I dont mind as long as they do a good job a the voice fits the character it fine with me.

KyriaL
2011-03-28, 05:04
Most of the time the voices from them are quite good for characters of younger ages such as young teens and children.

Chiibi
2011-03-28, 10:52
For little boys and teens, I love it. For older characters it's like NO with one or two exceptions.

Paku Romi is the best.:D She does the most convincing boyish voice EVER.

Goku is the only one that got hit badly with this.
Could not stand that. XD I don't like Kenshin's Japanese voice either!

yezhanquan
2011-03-30, 10:08
For Kenshin, it's been too long since I hear Mayo Suzukaze. But, she was in the Takarazuka Revue and she specialised in "male" roles. Also, if memory serves, Kenshin was not supposed to be very manly, so I guess Suzukaze's voice worked.

Chiibi
2011-03-30, 10:30
Kenshin was not supposed to be very manly, so I guess Suzukaze's vocie worked.
I still don't like it. XD
It's not like he's a feminine guy either....>_>

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why child voice actors are usually not hired? :confused: I've heard of little girls hired to play very young anime girls (Yuzuyu in Aishiteruze Baby) but never little boys.

Raiga
2011-03-30, 11:36
I still don't like it. XD
It's not like he's a feminine guy either....>_>

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why child voice actors are usually not hired? :confused: I've heard of little girls hired to play very young anime girls (Yuzuyu in Aishiteruze Baby) but never little boys.

In general, in case the series ever gets a sequel, you want someone whose voice won't change between now and then. That's why adults are preferred almost exclusively for TV anime, while movies might have actual child actors. Out of the few cases where they do hire a child actor for a TV anime, it's probably more likely to be a girl than a boy just because there's simply more female seiyuu and roles.

yezhanquan
2011-03-30, 19:06
I still don't like it. XD
It's not like he's a feminine guy either....>_>

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why child voice actors are usually not hired? :confused: I've heard of little girls hired to play very young anime girls (Yuzuyu in Aishiteruze Baby) but never little boys.

Someone can correct me, but to Japanese, Kenshin can be considered to be quite "metrosexual". Not in the dress sense, but his sensitivity and emotions is generally something which Japanese do not expect to find in manly man.

Turth be told, most female VAs give themselves away when they do screams for their characters. I have yet to recall any female VAs who sound convincingly like a guy when she screams.

solomon
2011-03-31, 00:09
I'll say this - Japanese female seiyuu are much, much better at playing boys than American/Canadian women are. Not even close. And sometimes it works really well - Paku Romi (Edward Elric) comes to mind as someone that's very good. Sometimes it doesn't - Kobayashi Yuu as Clain in Fractale springs to mind as a case where it doesn't.


Really now that depends.

There is very little dramatic american animation that I can rate it against, but for comedy we have some great female voice actors on this side of the pond.

Christine Cavanaugh, Dana Hill, Nancy Cartwright, etc.

In general I'd say yes but you have a much better chance of Japanese adult male seiyuu pulling off younger male roles better than American dub artists. It's not impossible to have it done right, Phil Llamarr was decent in Static Shock for example. Generally I chalk it up to both seiyuu and traditional American voice actors undergoing training for a different type of acting. Most dub actors if I recall are in stage production before they do dubbing. While dubs are generally good these days, they cannot "create voices" like the great American voice actors can, which hurts casting for dubs in my opinion.

mythe
2011-04-02, 23:35
=P what do you think of that:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9-CS2v8wcc

Anyways, I think I'd prefer females voicing over male characters than vice versa.

jzmagic
2011-04-03, 01:18
Co-sign on the Goku and Kenshin VA, the voices were a bit too feminine for my liking.

Also Alphonse from FMA brotherhood was too girlish as well. I mean I know he was supposd to be a younger brother, but the voice did not match the character design at all imo.

Guardian Enzo
2011-04-06, 07:14
I still don't like it. XD
It's not like he's a feminine guy either....>_>

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why child voice actors are usually not hired? :confused: I've heard of little girls hired to play very young anime girls (Yuzuyu in Aishiteruze Baby) but never little boys.

Never is a big word - I gave you two examples already (Moribito, Hourou Musuko). It happens much more commonly in movies - Miyazaki pretty much never casts women as boys, and you could also look at "Summer Wars" and "Welcome to the Space Show" as examples.

OminousFlare
2011-04-08, 11:29
I thought some of them pulled it somewhat well. Of course, if I were to nitpick, there'd always be some flaws to be found, but I feel that some of the higher-pitched voices given to seven year old boys weren't really all that unnatural. Such is the case of Taichi in Digimon Adventure (who was played by Fujita Toshiko). I still find him to be a rather believable character.

And then, of course, the ever talented Takayama Minami. Whether as Conan in Conan, Envy in FMA:B (though he probably was asexual, despite the appearance), Alphamon in X-Evolution (again, Digimon are debatably asexual), or Taiki in Xros Wars, I found her voice not only to be pleasantly smooth, but suits the body of a young Japanese boy as well as Taichi or any normal Asian kid. I'd know. I'm of that race. Also, versatility plays an important role in emphasizing the 'maleness' of the characters, as I was further convinced with the 'deeper tones' the female VAs were able to push out when voicing those little boys.