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Old 2013-10-01, 07:58   Link #1
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Anime characters that speak English well.

Most, if not all, of us here are familiar with Engrish in anime. There's plenty of examples of anime characters who mix in this very halting Engrish with a much more natural-sounding Japanese.

But on the flip side, there are some anime characters that speak English well.

Angel Beats! had a character that spoke very little, and what he did speak was usually (always?) English. That character was TK. A lot of TK's English statements were English pop culture references, and/or made no sense grammatically, but the English words themselves were clearly spoken and natural-sounding.

More recently there's Shinobu in Railgun S. Shinobu's use of English seems to suggest that the Japanese really do see English the way English-speakers tend to see French (as this inherently beautiful, exotic, poetic language). Shinobu randomly starts some pieces of dialogue with specific English words or phrases, usually ones that fit the situation very poetically. Shinobu says the English words with a real touch of flamboyance, but at the same time the English words are enunciated well (just with a theatrical slowness for greater impact).


What other examples of good English-use can people think of in anime?
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Old 2013-10-01, 08:17   Link #2
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Well, there's Project K
http://youtu.be/yGbIq0qnyjU?t=3m9s
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Old 2013-10-01, 08:20   Link #3
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The British people in the K-On movie I remember them speaking very good english
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Old 2013-10-01, 08:25   Link #4
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The British people in the K-On movie I remember them speaking very good english
Definitely agreed with that, it had it an impressive level .

Alice from Kiniro Mosaic speaks english pretty well, though Karen borderlines the line between good english and engrish .
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Old 2013-10-01, 11:09   Link #5
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English used by Alice and Karen in Kiniro Mosaic is not perfect but their VA put a lot more effort to it than many show.

Here is one of conversation for example

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Old 2013-10-01, 12:49   Link #6
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The British people in the K-On movie I remember them speaking very good english
As far as I am aware, they had native English speakers provide the voice acting, hence the natural-sounding English.
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Old 2013-10-01, 16:38   Link #7
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Raising Heart and Bardiche.

Aka the 3rd and 4th best characters in their respective shows.
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Old 2013-10-01, 17:26   Link #8
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Raising Heart and Bardiche.

Aka the 3rd and 4th best characters in their respective shows.
Good point. Raising Heart sounds like a hot, mature, English-speaking woman.

Bardiche has a perfect British accent.
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Old 2013-10-01, 18:24   Link #9
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Raising Heart and Bardiche.

Aka the 3rd and 4th best characters in their respective shows.
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Good point. Raising Heart sounds like a hot, mature, English-speaking woman.
Not being a native English-speaker, I wonder whether the intonation of Raising Heartís English speaking is good or not (in the 1st movie at least, as that is the only one I watched out of Nanoha so far ). But if you two say that she speaks well then maybe I have no choice but to agree.
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Old 2013-10-01, 22:11   Link #10
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Mari Illustrious Makinami in Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 is alright, IMO. Then again, as an "American" character, Sakamoto Maaya probably rehearsed like crazy before the actual recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_oSr-vZsrE
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Old 2013-10-01, 22:54   Link #11
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That's not too bad. Maaya Sakamoto is a good VA. That's why I feel she gets wasted so much. Such as that movie.

Mari has a nice ass though.
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Old 2013-10-01, 23:08   Link #12
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Good point. Raising Heart sounds like a hot, mature, English-speaking woman.

Bardiche has a perfect British accent.
If I remember right, that's because their voice actors were actual gaijins.

Anyway, the only character I can think up now is Archer by Suwabe.
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Old 2013-10-01, 23:59   Link #13
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Definitely agreed with that, it had it an impressive level .

Alice from Kiniro Mosaic speaks english pretty well, though Karen borderlines the line between good english and engrish .
Karen speaks better than Alice.
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Old 2013-10-02, 00:22   Link #14
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Momoko Asuka from the Ojamajo Doremi franchise can speak fluent English.

Example: http://youtu.be/j2Oe31JT1q4?t=1m9s
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Old 2013-10-02, 04:28   Link #15
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Hattori Heiji from Detective Conan speaks english very well.

I think it only happened in one episode but it was funny because Jodie-sensei (who is supposed to be American but ironically her english is not so good) was asking Heiji why was he hiding the fact that he can speak very good english, to which he admitted that she was right and proceeded to demonstrate.

I think Heiji's voice actor Ryo Horikawa studied in America and that's how he learned to speak english well.
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Old 2013-10-02, 08:49   Link #16
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari (and by extension, the entire Monogatari Series) yet. Chiwa Saito's impressive handling of her character's occasional English lines (mostly in Bake) is a factor in my becoming a fan of both her and Hitagi. She gets a lot of respect from me for that.

I remember reading from somewhere that Chiwa had the opportunity to study in New Zealand for a time, and that's how she's become able to pronounce English words quite well.
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Old 2013-10-02, 09:05   Link #17
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Anyone ever watched Chuu-Bra? The first episode had Takatou-sensei, voiced by Yuu Asakawa (Vocaloid Luka, Motoko Aoyama), who said something in English. At the AX 2010 panel, she answered some questions in English, which I think is good as compared to the other seiyuu around.

If you do want to listen to some of her voice samples, check this out:

http://www.artsvision.co.jp/data.php?id=508

Around 1:44, you can get to hear her say something in English.
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Old 2013-10-02, 21:11   Link #18
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Sailor Moon's cast made sure Minako could speak English well, since that was a large part of her past.
There's Njihara Ink too, from Moetan....but I'm not sure if that counts....
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Old 2013-10-02, 22:14   Link #19
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Kate from Sketchbook spoke English which sounded in my ear very natural and not thick in her accent. That was pretty cool.
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I remember some parts in Genshiken.

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