At first I thought of posting my FMA: Brotherhood but then the thought of Rie Kugimiya (voice actor of Alphose Elric and that kung fu kid, I don’t remember her name), the idea of possibly lamest post lingering into my mind. Well, at least I can intersect with gaming voice actor. After watched so many anime including Hayate The Combat Butler, Gintama and of course, Fairy Tail; Rie Kugimiya voice of like a little child can’t get off my mind and its been like a traditional in Japan where each seiyu have at least one album. Talk about recycling talents. I surely can’t tell if there is a serious audition for games voice in Japan but most of seiyu later contributes to gaming industry by of course, lending their voice. Extra if they are also contribute to games soundtrack, but this is rare for international release.
Maybe that why I like Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII so much. Apart from I like the series so much and her strong characteristics, her strong voice make me happy to play the series after all. At times I confused which version I have to choose whether the English version or a Chinese version,that contains a Japanese voice. I can’t remember who have annoying voice starting from FF X, awkward laugh scene aside. If I have to choose, I say it was Yuna. That was the only distraction but thanks to its storytelling, it all forgiven. Maaya Sakamoto got really strong voice when it comes to tough girl/boy but her performance for Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler really surprised me, I mean normally I can tell whether the voice belong to a woman or man by their voice. Take Naruto for example, maybe because she was yelling in a episode that give her away but with Ciel, I surprised how a man can hit a little girl voice in one episode. I knew it was her once, accidentally at that, when I searched for Light in YouTube. Ali Hillis is good too but I felt her voice only has one tone, In X-Men I think I saw Light in there but no Emma Frost. I don’t know if the director want her to be in that voice. I don’t watch Naruto no more just because of infinite amount of filler there but her Thundara makes me control my laugh because it was the most laughable battle quote ever. Maybe Square-Enix like Sakamoto more than ever because for SE alone, she voiced for Aerith (or Aeris) Gainsborough, Eve Brea and of course Lightning herself.
That does not means I completely ignore western performer. I mean Nolan North as Drake is great though. Sorry though I say this but Desmond Miles was annoying to me. I don’t know why. To me, the equivalent of Kugimiya in west is Laura Bailey. But I can see her difference when she is not a childish characters like Helena of Resident Evil 6 for instance. Anyway, way before these actor/actress, David Hayter really did shake the voice industry in gaming when he took the role of Solid Snake. What not with deep voice suitable for a soldier. But I guess we have to say goodbye if it is true that Konami want a new Snake instead of Hayter But I guess I should see it coming because in Metal Gear Rising, the wooden sword suppose to has Snake soul in it thus Snake voice in Japanese version of MGR. Base on the fact alone, I think there is truth in David Hayter won’t reprising his role as Solid Snake. I heard that Batman also, as in Batman: Arkham Origins, also will be replace. These two characters get the most uproar from fans when they getting replace by new blood. Snake for 10 years and Batman for 20+ years I think. It is ironic that these two came from animals (duhh!!!). Anyway, voice over get much attention from before.
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