Featured Voices: Omara Portuondo


Shoutcastblog.com reports that Latin Grammy-winner and legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo has been cast as Moma Odie for the Spanish dub of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (‘Tiana y el sapo’).

Learn more about her career on her official site: OmaraPortuondo.com.

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Spike Spencer Cast in ‘Lunar: Silver Star Harmony’



Spike Spencer to Voice Characters in Lunar: Silver Star Harmony

LOS ANGELES, CA – Jan 14TH – It has been announced that actor Spike Spencer is to voice two characters in the Classic RPG Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, developed by Game Arts and XSEED Games, that will be released exclusively on the PSP system in Q1, 2010.

Spike will provide the voices for Nall (a small, winged creature resembling a white cat) and Eiphel (the main villain in the new Four Heroes scenario part of the game). “I really enjoyed being able to do two extremes of the voice spectrum in the same show,” said Spike. Nall’s voice is in a very high range and Eiphel’s is very low, thus showcasing the range in the actor’s voice.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (for the North American release) is the title of the Sony Playstation Portable remake of the Sega CD game Lunar: The Silver Star. The game, produced by GungHo Works and developed by GameArts, will be published and brought to North America by XSEED Games.

Story: Everything seems calm on the surface, but the world of Lunar is slowly devolving into chaos. The legendary Dragonmaster Dyne and his faithful companions have faded into obscurity and a shadowy figure known as the Magic Emperor begins to wreak havoc on the world created by the Goddess Althena. Meanwhile, in a small, humble village far removed from the turmoil in Lunar, lives a young man named Alex, who idolizes the legendary Dyne. Alex dreams of one day becoming the next Dragonmaster and matching the accomplishments of his life-long hero. With Ramus, his childhood friend, and with his adopted sister Luna, Alex heads off on what seems to be a meaningless adventure, unaware that it would be the first step in an epic journey with the fate of the entire world at stake.

Since it debuted over a decade ago, Lunar: Silver Star Story has continuously captivated fans with its timeless tale of love, betrayal and redemption, expertly woven into its involving gameplay and cinematic presentation. The classic masterpiece has now been reborn on the PSP as Lunar: Silver Star Harmony.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony features all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack so a whole new generation of fans can experience this legendary first entry of the Lunar universe, while added story elements are sure to intrigue returning fans alike.

“This is going to be an especially exciting showcase for XSEED Games as we just announced new titles that represent what our fans have been asking for,” said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. “We are especially excited to be releasing them in the North American market and look forward to supporting our growing fan base”.

Limited Edition version contains a soundtrack CD and a set of 13 exclusive “bromide” collector cards highlighting the girls of Lunar
A Classic RPG Brought to a New Generation of Fans – Widely acclaimed as one of the best RPGs of all time, the original Lunar is back to be experienced by a new generation of gamers

All graphics have been redone to take full advantage of the widescreen format and processing power of the PSP; Newly composed songs added to the remastered original soundtrack ensure the new audio experience is just as impressive as the graphical overhaul

Expanded Battle System – First introduced in Lunar Legend, the Arts Gauge System that allows players to unleash devastating attacks or heal party members has been implemented to add another dimension to the battle system

All-New Additional Story Elements – The beloved original story has been expanded and fleshed out with new cut-scenes and story sequences, revealing more about the four heroes and answering some of the questions left unresolved in the original

Image courtesy Spike Spencer

ABOUT SPIKE SPENCER: An accomplished actor, Spike Spencer has worked onscreen with such notable stars as Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Frank Langella, Tia Carrere, and Scott Glenn.

In the realm of voice acting he has voiced hundreds of episodes of Anime including Evangelion, Spriggan, Nadesico, Mar, Pre Tear, Code Geass 2, Buso Renkin and Bleach as well as numerous video games including World of Warcraft-The Burning Crusades, Tales of Vesperia, Trauma Center, Steambot Chronicles, and Star Ocean 2. Spike has lent his voice to many radio and television commercials and campaigns.

Spike is also an author/screenwriter and is in pre-production on his first feature film that he scripted, “Dwindle Down.”

Learn more about Spike at:
http://www.almostevilminions.com – coming soon

AnimeTV Hosted by Voice Actors Bosch and Vee


Anime fans out there should check out the new internet show AnimeTV, hosted by anime voice actors Johnny Yong Bosch and Christina Vee.

New episodes are scheduled weekly on Thursdays.

Source: Tubefilter News

Conan and Andy: Anime Dub and Dubber


Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter visit the recording studios at Bang Zoom! Entertainment (producers of the Adventures in Voice Acting DVD) to do some anime dubbing in this video from a 7.24.2009 broadcast of The Tonight Show (sorry, can’t embed the video).

Also keep an eye out for an appearance by voice actor/director Tony Oliver (Robotech, Lupin The 3rd).

[Thanks to Kyle Hebert for the heads-up via Twitter.]

On a related note, Conan also visited the Foley stage at Universal in a 6.04.2009 broadcast, participating in SFX and VO for an episode of Law & Order: SVU. I’m not able to embed videos from Hulu.com on WordPress either, so here are direct links to the videos featuring Conan’s take on doing sound effects, ADR, walla and looping to hilarious results: Part 1, Part 2.

Anime Today Podcast Highlights Voice Acting


Episode #91 of Anime Today‘s podcast is described as a “voice acting special”:

This episode, we wanted to highlight voice acting with some clips from the interviews we’ve been fortunate enough to score with 12 multi-talented voice-over professionals. If you have any interest in voice acting, then be sure to keep listening because the clips we’ll be highlighting range from how they got started in the industry, how past experiences contributed to their voice acting techniques and how fans sometimes get the wrong impression about what it takes to be successful in this career.

Interviewees include Sean Schemmel, Liam O’Brien, Sam Regal, Crispin Freeman, Greg Ayres, Rich McNanna, Vic Mignogna, Luci Christian, Anna Morrow, Monica Rial, Kyle Hebert and Chris Patton.

Listen to the podcast online at RightStuf.com.

411Mania Interviews Monica Rial


One of Anime’s most prominent female dubbing artists, Monica Rial talks with 411Mania.com about her experiences as a beginning Anime voice/casting director, working with voice actors Chris Sabat and Josh Grelle, her career, and her opinion on the state of the Anime industry:

I think starting as a voice actor really helped me in the areas of ADR script adaptation and directing. Voice actors seem to make the best script adapters- probably because we spend all day looking at those scripts. After adapting for a few years directing just seemed like the next step to take.

It was my first time to run auditions so I was a little overwhelmed. I had definite ideas of what I wanted each character to sound like. It was just a matter of finding the actor that could match what I wanted and more importantly matched the character.

Continue reading: 411 Movies Interview: Monica Rial.

Mania Announces 2008 ‘Dubbies’


Mania.com has announced the winners of their annual Anime Dubbies Awards as decided by members of Mania’s English Track forum:

– Best Overlooked Actor for 2008: Dean Redman as Dutch for Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
– Best Overlooked Actress for 2008: Kari Wahlgren as Kagami Hiiragi for Lucky Star
– Best Overlooked Dub of 2008: Welcome to the NHK
– Best Writer for 2008: Stephen Hedley for Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
– Best Director for 2008: Kyle Jones for Kanon
– Best Actor for 2008: Chris Patton as Yuuichi Aizawa for Kanon
– Best Actress for 2008: Patricia Drake as Balalaika for Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
– Best Dub for 2008: Kanon
– Best Overlooked Actor for 2008: Dean Redman as Dutch for Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (Ocean Studios)

Click here to read Mania’s commentary on this year’s winners.

Source: Voice-Acting In Vegas