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Maile Flanagan

Maile Flanagan

Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Date Of Birth: May 19
Voice Over Language: English

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Credited Roles On BTVA So Far: 45
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Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:41 AM on Fri Jul 11 2014
I've seen her in more and more live action stuff, good to see her doing stuff outside of Naruto
Heartfilia Mage 721
said at 7:08 PM on Tue May 20 2014
Happy late B-Day Maile. You are great as Naruto.
TrueMyriad
said at 2:34 PM on Tue May 20 2014
Happy Late Birthday, Maile Flanagan, the one and only Naruto Uzumaki, the Nine Tails Jinchuriki and hopefully one day, he'll become the greatest Hokage.
Fulgore2005
said at 4:22 AM on Mon May 19 2014
Happy birthday, Maile.

Believe it! Believe it!
Fulgore2005
said at 3:08 AM on Thu Aug 22 2013
She IS Naruto. believe it! Believe it!
SLEDGERAID
said at 6:19 AM on Sun Feb 12 2012
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I couldnt believe the voice of Pigley Winks is also the voice of Naruto THIS IS THE REASON WHY I LOVE VOICE ACTORS!!!!
Ninjaman15
said at 9:47 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
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Maybe I'll change my opinion about Maile just slightly. Sorta like this: there was a time I used to adore her performance as the titular character, because hey! I also used to watch Naruto a lot and enjoyed it for what it was. Both Maile and Junko do have some similarities (one being that they're both female voice actors and another being that they both play the character in a rather exaggerated and annoying way; that is quite fitting as well).

However as years have passed, I started to dislike her performance as Naruto. Why? Maybe because Flanagan's voice, along with the character, himself, started becoming stale around Shippuden; the time when I stopped caring about the series altogether.

I also had no real idea at the time that Maile has voiced other characters aside from Uzumaki Naruto. Perhaps I took too many arrows to the knee or my mindset was a little too biased and/or overly megalomaniacal.

Jackson_H pretty much said it better himself, folks.

But for whom I wanted to be casted as Naruto might've been either Barbara Goodson or Wendee Lee. If you think my suggestions were pathetic to say the least, then that's fine with me. Your preference ;)
pokemastanumba1
said at 10:15 AM on Sun May 19 2013
Actually, they're not bad suggestions. :) Though, if FUNimation were to get the license, I'd like to see Sean Schemmel or Vic Mignogna take a crack at Naruto.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:36 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
@pokemastanumba1 Sean Schemmal? Vic Mignogna? As... NARUTO? O.o Wouldn't they sound a little old? I can't imagine them as the character at all. Sean Schemmel never voices teenage characters (with the exception of Ryou/Elliot in Mew Mew Power, but that character is nothing like Naruto), and while Vic does sometimes, his voice would sound too mature.

I think Maile is perfect as Naruto, but if I had to pick someone else, it would be Mona Marshall.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:44 PM on Sun Jun 9 2013
@Ninjaman15

"Perhaps I took too many arrows to the knee"

*smack*
pokemastanumba1
said at 12:48 PM on Tue Jun 11 2013
I meant that I'd like to see them voice an older Naruto in Shippuden. Regardless of how close they can sound like a teenager, they'd be a perfect fit for his personality (rather than appearance). For the younger Naruto, I also suppose Mona Marshall would be another choice, though I'm not too familiar with her work to be a good judge of that.

Getting more on-topic, I thought Maile was great as Naruto in the original series, but once Shippuden came around, it just felt out-of-place to hear the same voice coming out of a boy who's already well beyond puberty. And him having a female VA in Japanese doesn't really mean anything, since they cast females in male roles much more frequently, regardless of their age.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:34 AM on Fri Sep 16 2011
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I really like her voice for Naruto.

She gets way too much hate from some "fans".

I can understand that they've gotten accustomed to hearing the voice in Japanese (after all the show was available through fansubs for years before it was finally licensed and dubbed into English for North America) but their preference doesn't change the fact that her work is good.

She uses a believable voice and does the character justice IMO.

Some might say "it sounds annoying".

Hello? The character's personality is supposed to be annoying at times (in Japanese and any language).

That's why it's kind of a big deal when this knucklehead actually matures throughout the story.

She actually has voiced some other characters in different shows & movies, but we haven't gotten around to adding them yet. :)
PurpleWarrior13
said at 11:47 PM on Fri Sep 16 2011
@Jackson_H I feel sorry for her too. The "fans" clearly don't know that this lady has won an Emmy! IMO, if any actor has won an Emmy, it's safe to say that they're a good actor. No, she didn't win it for Naruto (she won it for Jakers), but it still counts!

The Japanese voice plays the character very similarly. Some people comment on Naruto being played by/sounding like a girl. Umm.... it's even more obvious in the Japanese version!

But I think most people like her performance, since her voice obviously didn't stop the show from getting huge ratings on Cartoon Network and YTV. I think it's just a division of the Naruto fan base online that gangs up on her. Maile should never even read the official Viz Naruto message board! For some reason, Johnny Yong Bosch is spared from the hate for his role in Bleach... It's kinda the same with the "Daizex" fans for Dragon Ball ganging up on Sean Schemmel, even though according to a poll on the Dragon Ball Wiki that garners thousands of votes, 80% of fans like the FUNi version the best!
Ninjaman15
said at 2:54 PM on Tue Aug 16 2011
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My God. Most of Maile's voice roles are really nothing but Naruto, and who knows how much I started to intentionally dislike the series as a whole. Honestly, when I did like Naruto as a kid and I heard his voice in English, I literally thought that was actually a young boy. But years later, I did research and found that that Naruto was voiced by a woman in her 40s... Meh. This is starting to get pretty generic for me, as woman can do boy voices so much better than some ordinary little kid... For starters, look at Mona Marshall's take on Shu from Blue Dragon and then Yuri Lowenthal. Who takes the trophy? I'd say Mona, because Yuri just LOVES to overreact when he does a kid (with the only exception being Simon from Gurren Lagann, in my opinion... Because in the Japanese version, even in his younger age, Simon was voiced by a dude known as Tetsuya Kakihara) Overall, I never actually cared for the manga or anime adaptations, but I'll say just this: Naruto is one of the fewer anime I will prefer in its original language, and not because of how cool it sounds, NO. It is that I prefer it because Junko Takeuchi, the seiyuu for the main character, can put more emphasis on emotion and actually put Naruto in a believable area... Even if I hate the series for its genericness.


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