Cast Announced for Funimation Dub of Summer Wars

10.20.2010

Funimation announced via their newsletter and blog that they have cast all the characters for their upcoming dub of Madhouse’s award-winning movie, Summer Wars. The cast includes Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum, and Maxey Whitehead, as well as over a dozen other main and supporting cast members. For full cast listing and story summary, check the official blog post at the link below:

http://blog.funimation.com/2010/09/summer-wars-has-people-talking/

– Mark Allen, Jr.
Contributor: Voice Actors in the News


Hearing Voices: Voice Actors Radio Show

02.09.2010

This article was originally published February 2, 2010. Please scroll down for the latest updates.

I’d like to give a shout-out to Mark Allen Jr. — a fellow voice actor fan (and voice talent as well) — for his new “Hearing Voices” voice actors radio show at Cal State University in Fullerton, CA.

Allen’s first two episodes include interviews with Anime voice actors Kyle Hebert and Christina Vee which are available through divshare.com.

“Hearing Voices” airs weekly on Mondays at 4:30 PM (PST), although Allen says there will be no show on Feb. 15th due to the holiday. Crispin Freeman is currently scheduled as the guest for Allen’s next episode on Feb. 22nd.

And you can “tune in” online to watch the show via live webcast on Titan Radio. Listeners can also call in during live shows — the number is 1-657-278-5516 (although Allen adds that it’s not a 24-hour number).

Update: As of July 2010, there are 11 episodes of the radio show available and include interviews with:

Kyle Hebert
Christina Vee
Crispin Freeman
Tara Platt & Yuri Lowenthal
Lauren Landa
Keith Silverstein
Steven Mane
Marianne Miller
Kaiji Tang
Chris Smith
Lucien Dodge

Related posts:
– 1.25.2010 — Anime Voice Actors Willingham and Bailey Interviewed
– 7.08.2009 — Official Site Spotlight: Kyle Hebert


Anime Voice Actors Willingham and Bailey Interviewed

01.15.2010

iPlayWinner.com has an interview (via YouTube) with Anime VAs Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey (the respective voices of Guile and Chun-Li in Street Fighter 4) from their recent appearance at the January 2010 SacAnime convention in Sacramento, CA.

And here’s bonus video from SacAnime — a panel presentation featuring Travis and Vic Mignogna, which includes Travis discussing working with Charlie Adler and Tom Kenny on The Super Hero Squad Show:

In the video, Vic mentions a new website — ConDotCom.com — which he describes as an “online convention experience [with] a lot of well-known voice actors…involved.” However, the site currently has some technical issues and nearly all pages require login for access, but I am unable to find a link for registration other than one that allows access to the chat room. It may just be a temporary glitch. I’ve contacted the website for assistance and will provide an update upon reply.

Update: 1.15.2010, 9:50 PM — I received a reply from Vic Mignogna about the website “glitch.” Apparently the site’s currently in a beta test phase, which explains why nothing is accessible without a login.

To gain access to the site prior to the official public launch, send an email to condotcom@gmail.com with an explanation why you wish to participate in the beta test.

Update: 1.17.2010 — Vic followed up with a message that it is okay to share the login info publicly. Username is condotcom and the password is betatest.

There is already a considerable amount of content on the site in the form of anime voice actor ringtones and music downloads. A great more content is planned for the site in the near future, and Vic wasn’t kidding when he said a “lot” of well-known voice actors were involved.

Feel free to check out the site and participate in the beta test to get all the bugs worked out prior to the site’s official launch.

I’ll have more coverage of ConDotCom in a separate post.

In related news, SacAnime has already announced that voice actor Liam O’Brien will be a guest at their September 2010 convention.

Source: Kombo.com

Related post: 1.13.2010 — AnimeTV Hosted by Voice Actors Bosch and Vee


Spike Spencer Cast in ‘Lunar: Silver Star Harmony’

01.15.2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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:
www.worldospike.com
www.spikespencer.com
http://www.almostevilminions.com – coming soon
Twitter.com
Facebook.com


AnimeTV Hosted by Voice Actors Bosch and Vee

01.13.2010

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


Big Bald Broadcast Interviews Brett Weaver

08.29.2009

Anime and video game voice actor Kyle Hebert (Bleach, Naruto, Dragonball Z) will be interviewing fellow VA Brett Weaver (One Piece, Witchblade) on the Saturday, August 29th edition of Kyle’s Big Bald Broadcast at 9 PM (EST).

In related news, Kyle announced August 28th via his website that he will be offering private voice acting consultation via Skype. Sign-ups begin Monday, August 31st at a rate of $75 for a 60-minute session.

As for the “bang” you’ll get for your buck, Kyle says: “You’ll get one-on-one professional critiques of your commercial and/or character demo and do script readings to help polish your acting skills. You’ll have my undivided attention for one hour to get individualized advice. The goal is to help you improve and get you closer to readiness to record an actual demo.”

Please understand that while I have known Kyle for the greater part of the past decade, what I’m about to say is a completely unsolicited testimonial. This is a great value Kyle is offering for this service. I can say from personal experience that getting this level of individual coaching and consultation from a professional does not come cheap. Kyle’s a seasoned pro and he’s going to be able to tell you what does and doesn’t work on a demo. And whatever advice and coaching he offers will be beneficial to both aspiring VAs and beginners. And I dare say even pros will find his insight helpful and informative.

And on the cost, Kyle also adds, “The average cost of private sessions for voice over cost twice as much easily, or more. Granted, there are more experienced teachers, all with different focuses and goals. I’m merely offering consultation. You’re getting someone with well over a decade’s worth of experience in radio, anime, video games, audio books, and commercials combined.”

You’ll find the full details of Kyle’s new voice acting consultation service on his website: KyleHebert.com.

And one other item related to Kyle that I’ve been meaning to mention here for a while — I’d like to offer my congratulations to him on winning the award for “Best English Voice Actor, Male” from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. Kyle was nominated for his performance as Kamina in Gurren Lagann and was up against some stiff competition from Samuel L. Jackson ­(Afro Samurai Resurrection) and Dave Wittenburg (Naruto). In early July, Kyle was declared the winner by way of public voting on SPJA.org.

Here’s a recent KYLE TV video after he received his award in the mail, thanking fans for voting:

Kyle is currently in Ohio this weekend as a guest at Matsuricon, and has several more con appearances scheduled through November 2009.

Here’s a few other related links, for your perusal:

The iPhoneography Showcase of Kyle Hebert
Anime Video Blog: Kyle Hebert at Anime Next 2009
Otaku Crush: Interview with Kyle Hebert — Anime’s Favorite Voice Actor

Related post: 7.08.2009 — Official Site Spotlight: Kyle Hebert.


‘Naruto’ Voice Actor Helping Alzheimer’s Fight

04.05.2009

Dina Sherman, whose voice credits include Naruto, Digimon: Digital Monsters, and Biker Mice From Mars, has pledged to “donate half her earnings [in 2009] as a voice-over actress to the Alzheimer’s Association,” reports The Acorn.

Sherman, who has lost two grandmothers to the disease, had tried volunteering to help the cause. But between work and her home life she was having difficulty finding the time to do so until her husband challenged her to really “make a difference” by donating 50% of her income from voice-overs.

“My mission is to raise funds and awareness,” Sherman said. “This is not just an old person’s disease. It affects not just the person who has Alzheimer’s, but the caregivers too. It could be a mom, it could be a daughter—it affects everyone. And it’s terminal. It’s not going to get better. The numbers are staggering. I’m just doing what I can with the allotted time I’ve given. This really means something to me and my family. I’m scared for myself and my children.”

Continue reading: Calabasas actress lends voice to the cause of Alzheimer’s [The Acorn].

Elsewhere, Sherman was also interviewed recently by Animation Magazine.