Monday, September 5, 2011

The Importance of Voice Acting

Good day, folks. I wanna talk to y'all about voice acting, you know that acting when you're wearing headsets and unleash holy free speech into the microphone. Well, I wanna discuss something of vital importance, and that's matching the voice with the character, like a proper age for instance. Let's take Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura for example. Her character starts out as a young 10-year-old girl and her Japanese voice actress nails the age perfectly. However, in the English dub, Sakura's English voice makes her sound like she's 14 instead of 10. Unless any dub information has stated otherwise, it's kind of flat-out wrong. And look, 4kids wasn't even responsible for that! Not when Nelvana was hired to do the dubbing voices. But the thing is, who cares if anime is toned down for kid audiences? We're talking realistic here! Well, in a certain sense, that is, but you get what I'm saying, right? You can make characters older in an English dub, but at least make the voices sound age appropriate, people. Can we do that? Good, good. At least the English dub of the second movie had it a little better. Sakura sounded more like a ten-year-old and her dub voice here is provided by Kari Wahlgren from Studiopolis, who voices Suzy from Phineas and Ferb.

Over and out.

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