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Old 2008-04-04, 10:25   Link #1
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Macross - Voice Actor Appreciation & Discussion

The purpose of this thread is to discuss, critique and idolize the Voice Actor cast of Macross. Please remember that the discussion should center on their performances as professional voice actors and not on the show content (which can be discussed in the various Episode threads). Please remember this simple rule when critiquing a VA's performance or reading another forum member's critique:
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    Yes, itís true. Theyíre human. Therefore, donít just indiscriminately rip them and their work apart as if theyíre inorganic objects. You donít have to praise them non-stop, but be thoughtful in your criticism.
This thread might duplicate some discussion in the Episode threads, but it can also serve to demystify various VA roles, disseminate VA information (VA Bios, VA photos, etc) and provide cast information of various types as well as discussion about performances.
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Old 2008-04-04, 22:43   Link #2
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Well the voice talent in Lucky Star has certaintly done a......wait what series am I watching? I find it curious that they've pulled not only several popular seiyuu into this series, but several popular packages:

Katsuyuki Konishi and Tetsuya Kakihara (Kamina and Simon)
Aya Endo, Aya Hirano and Kaori Fukuhara (Miyuki, Konata, Tsukasa)
Yuuchi Nakamura, Katsuyuki Konishi, Aya Endo and Hiroshi Kamiya (Graham, Johann, Kinue and Tieria)
Yuuchi Nakamura and Houko Kuwashima (Tomoya and Tomoyo)
Sugita Tomokazu and Aya Hirano (Kyon and Haruhi)
Souchiro Hoshi, Houko Kuwashima and Rie Tanaka (Kira, Fllay and Lacus)
Jun Fukuyama, Souichiro Hoshi and Kikuko Inoue (Lelouch, Gino and Cecile)

Almost everybody is seperated by one degree from someone else who they've worked with in other ultra high profile series. There won't be many strangers among the Seiyuu at any public appearances, that's for sure.
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Old 2008-04-05, 09:40   Link #3
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Souchiro Hoshi and Houko Kuwashima have done quite a few roles together where there characters have had a strong relationship of sorts.

Infinite Ryvuis = Yuuki Aiba and Aoi Housen
Argento Soma = Takuto Kaneshiro/Ryu Soma and Harriet "Hattie" Bartholomew
Gundam SEED = Kira Yamato and Fllay Allstar
Gun X Sword = Michael Garret and Wendy Garret (Kikuko Inoue was in this as well a lot, traveled with Wendy for most of the series)

Don't really think there characters will have a relationship of any sorts in Frontier but who knows... Nanase could be working under Hoshi's character in the second half of the series for all we know.
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Old 2008-04-05, 10:29   Link #4
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Don't really think there characters will have a relationship of any sorts in Frontier but who knows... Nanase could be working under Hoshi's character in the second half of the series for all we know.
Erm... highly doubtful. Nanase is already introduced as a co-worker with Lanca, and I'd doubt there'd be any more pivotal characters linked to the restaurant.

If anything, judging by stareotype of ★'s characters, it's likely he's voicing that villain-ish looking bishie in the OP.
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Old 2008-04-05, 10:47   Link #5
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I would also like to point out the fact that Sheryl's handler assigned to her on the Frontier is voiced by Kikuko Inoue, who also happens to have voiced Miyuki's mother in Lucky Star.
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Old 2008-04-06, 11:38   Link #6
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Aya Endo as Sheryl Nome
Megumi Nakajima as Lanca Lee (Debut)
Yuuichi Nakamura as Alto Saotome

Aya Hirano as Meena Roshan
Hiroshi Kamiya as Mikhail Buran
Houko Kuwashima as Nanase Matsuura
Jun Fukuyama as Luca Angeloni
Kaori Fukuhara as Lam Hoare
Katsuyuki Konishi as Ozma Lee
Kenta Miyake as Bobby Margo
Kikuko Inoue as Grace O'Connor
Megumi Toyoguchi as Klein Klan
Rie Tanaka as Monica Rang
Sanae Kobayashi as Kathy Glass
Souichiro Hoshi as Brera Sterne
Tomokazu Sugita as Leon Mishima
Tomomichi Nishimura as Howard Glass
Toru Ohkawa as Jeffrey Wilder

With so many veteran voice actors in Macross Frontier, it's hardly surprising that there's a lot of them who had worked with one another before. Of the main cast, I only count a couple of Tier 1 seiyuu, but there's an absolute raftful of Tier 2 talent and up-and-comers. Of this latter group, I'm particularly interested by what Toyoguchi Megumi will do with Klein Klan's character, since that promises to be such a fun experience. Based on what's already been released, I already like what Konishi Katsuyuki has done with Ozma's mannerisms. As for the rest, we'll just have to wait and see how well they do.
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Old 2008-04-07, 00:51   Link #7
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For me the standout performance was Kamiya Hiroshi's Michael/Mikhail. He kind of revealed a new dimension to his voice that is far less sharp than the usual performances we see, for example in Gundam 00 and Zetsubou Sensei.

From the rest, it's all in a day's work we're used to seeing from them I guess. I'll also be looking forward to what Nakajima Megumi has to offer. She's still a little rough around the edges, but I'm hoping it'll work out. And holy cow, Endou Aya is pretty good for her first meant-to-be-unlikable outing.

The above from episode 1.
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Old 2008-04-08, 02:29   Link #8
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kamina?!

*flash of Roy/Kamina*

???!?!!? ROYYYYY???!! ANNNNNIIIKKKKKKIII!!

Oh Noe! It's another Roy Focker Death!

I wonder if Katsuyuki Konishi will be pissed if they kill off his character off early (again).....
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Old 2008-04-08, 08:01   Link #9
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Here's when and why Ozma will.

Spoiler:


So yeah. I expect him to go out in style.
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Old 2008-04-08, 08:15   Link #10
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I don't see Ozma dying until 10-13 personally. *now watch Ozma die next week after I say this * Also remember we gotta keep his Valkyrie intact for the 2nd op... Of course if they go with 25 now and 25 later that goes all out the window.
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Old 2008-04-09, 13:20   Link #11
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I think Nakamura is lack of skills to make a GAR performance. The screams of Alto in the concert were too weak.

IMO He is a character more oriented to a reflexive personality.
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Old 2008-04-10, 11:24   Link #12
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I think Nakamura is lack of skills to make a GAR performance. The screams of Alto in the concert were too weak.

IMO He is a character more oriented to a reflexive personality.
Hikaru had a weak GAR too.

but its the overall skill of his machines in that situation that was GAR.

If you had to compare, even bloody singing Basara had more GAR. He sang/flew into a universe killing monster, and even when his valkyrie got destroyed aronund him he kept singing.



seriously, i think macross works on a different type of GAR.

Skill, and finest is macross version of GAR.

no need to shout here.



oh unless your singing.


LISTEN TO MY SOOOOONG!

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Old 2008-04-18, 14:37   Link #13
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To keep everyone straight in my mind, I've made a page with images of the characters and their seiyuus. It also gives a little info about each seiyuu.

So far, I've just included characters whose images are on the official site's characters page, but I hope to add others as time goes on.

It's Endou Aya that has most impressed me. It's no accident that she has three starring roles this spring (this, My-Otome s.ifr, and Neo-Angelique Abyss).

But I really like Nakamura Yuuichi. I'm no specialist in gar, but I like the way he can communicate a combination of solidity and good-heartedness, as he did in Clannad and in Ookiku Furikabutte.

And I'm finding Nakajima Megumi as Lanka pretty effective, too, despite the odd bit of newbie flatness in her voice. It comes across as innocent sincerity, fortunately. I liked her singing in ep3, too. (I'm calling her Lanka rather than Ranka because her last name is the Chinese Lee, and I think she should be either the totally Japanese pronunciation Ranka Ri, or the pseudo-Chinese one, Lanka Lee.)
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Ranka singing actress....wow...im so impressed with all the singing actress so far! i love them all...

I. JUST. CAN'T. WAIT. FOR. SINGLE/ALBUM RELEASE.

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Old 2008-04-19, 06:57   Link #15
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To keep everyone straight in my mind, I've made a page with images of the characters and their seiyuus. It also gives a little info about each seiyuu.
Nice one there. Somehow the first row of characters actually each look a little like their respective seiyuu...or is it just me?
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Old 2008-04-24, 23:03   Link #16
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I've updated the character/seiyuu page to include many new faces that have shown up on the official site's character page, as well as one that just appeared in ep4. That one is especially impressive: Toyoguchi Megumi plays Kuran Kuran (also called Klein Klan), a Zentradian, who has both a huge battle form and a small annoying brat form. Even more impressive when I started listing her roles on the page. Good thing I had two entries for her, there were so many great roles. The same goes for Kuwashima Houko, of course.
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Old 2008-04-25, 10:40   Link #17
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Gun X Sword = Michael Garret and Wendy Garret (Kikuko Inoue was in this as well a lot, traveled with Wendy for most of the series)

Don't really think there characters will have a relationship of any sorts in Frontier but who knows... Nanase could be working under Hoshi's character in the second half of the series for all we know.
Spoiler for Clearly no now:


Looks like he's going to be a chaos or Wilhelm this time round.

Hoshi seems to have a habit of voicing characters with those kind of hair. X3
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Old 2008-04-25, 17:26   Link #18
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Yeah no chance of a connection in this show, looking forward to when Brera debuts.
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Old 2008-04-30, 02:18   Link #19
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I've updated the character/seiyuu page to include many new faces that have shown up on the official site's character page, as well as one that just appeared in ep4. That one is especially impressive: Toyoguchi Megumi plays Kuran Kuran (also called Klein Klan), a Zentradian, who has both a huge battle form and a small annoying brat form. Even more impressive when I started listing her roles on the page. Good thing I had two entries for her, there were so many great roles. The same goes for Kuwashima Houko, of course.
That's some pretty good work on that page; it certainly helps a lot with the information and pictures laid out like that.

I agree with your assessment: I feel that the voice acting in general in Macross Frontier is pretty good, and that the stand outs so far are Kuwashima Houko (in her Kanaria role), Kamiya Hiroshi, and what little we've heard of Toyoguchi Megumi (in both roles, but moreso the macro one). Nakamura Yuuichi is also doing a great job so far, and he'd be my fourth pick.
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Megumi Toyoguchi's using her Revy voice for Macro form. Which is a very good thing
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