Neil Kaplan

Neil Kaplan

Date Of Birth: Mar 9, 1967
Birth Place: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Popularity: 235th All Time, 272nd This Week

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Creator of the television series The Way it WASN'T!, as well as the graphic novel I, of the Wolf.

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said at 8:07 PM on Mon Aug 15 2016
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Since Crunchyroll is supposedly going to release the new Bersek anime on dvd and blu-ray in English dub, I'd love to hear him voice Mozgus.
said at 9:31 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@Zabel Now it's left to FUNimation, seeing the CrunchImation (or FUNiRoll?) anti-Netflix/Amazon partnership that just happened.

Seeing as it's being brought over as a niche merchandising piece, rather than an actual network show (as IGPX, Space Dandy, Afro Samurai, or Animatrix) doesn't necessarily have a dub planned.

Seeing as FUNi gets all of CR's licenses now...if we get dubs for home distribution, Berserk's will likely be very barebones, & almost definitely done in Texas, so we won't get anyone like Neil or Steve Blum or Stephanie Sheh.

Here's hoping FUNi starts using LA studios, such as NGP, to make this possible.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:06 AM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Crunchyroll already said there will be a dub on the home release.

Whether or not Funimation has the license is kind of up in the air since we don't know when the dub was made in relation to the deal with Funi. Even then, Funimation HAS brought in talent from other studios for certain dubs. They did it for the post-Geneon episodes of Hellsing Ultimate and I believe the Bayonetta anime was also their responsibility.
said at 7:52 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@Nightmare Crusher FUNimation has the home distribution license. Anime dubs are largely made as little side projects to put on DVD's (as opposed to domestic shows which are done for networks), so it'll definitely be dubbed by FUNi with the typical VA's that work for cheap in their local Fort Worth area.

Of course...that's what I thought before I remembered that, oh yeah, this has reprisals from previous characters. & yeah, they've *outsourced* to other studios to keep a consistency to please fans of previous dubs, *BUT* I don't think FUNi has a history of outsourcing for the sake of variety/diversity.

& it is especially lame considering their massive monopoly on anime in general. More anime fans need to bring this up in sub/dub discussion. I really hope FUNi takes notice.

& I'm not sure if they'll keep reprisals here, seeing as the Japanese recasted (IIRC) & FUNI mirrored that for GitS.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:03 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed The new Berserk series has the same actors from the movies and the dub for those kept the dub cast. There is a precedent for the dub cast sticking around regardless of the Japanese cast. Whether or not Funi will stick to that cast I can not say.
said at 1:36 PM on Mon Oct 10 2016
@Nightmare Crusher All I can say is...if it takes a crowdfund, so be it. It'd be nice if they unionized if they did that, as well, but I'm not holding my breath considering their history.
said at 7:33 PM on Mon Aug 15 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Good to hear his voice as Zarkon. Holy guacamole hearing this is like listening to a DJ mix of Steve Blum, Fred Tatasciore and Kevin Michael Richardson with just a hint of Maurice LaMarche.

I may have said this before, but he really should voice Darkseid or Thanos.
HK-47 master
said at 8:21 PM on Sun Jul 3 2016
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Seeing as how both David Kaye and Garry Chalk have voiced both Optimus Prime and Megatron (in fact, I even heard Peter Cullen do a Megatron impression once) I wonder if Kaplan could do a good Megatron.
said at 9:25 PM on Mon Jul 25 2016
@HK-47 master This is probably obscure as ****, but both Neil & his A-list sound-alike Corey Burton, dub over an actor named Naoya Uchida.

Neil as Madara/the Masked Man, & Corey as Captain Hook, in the Kingdom Hearts games.

The best part? Corey played Megatron as well. & as earlier stated, Kaplan sounds *very* similar to him.

So yeah, I'd love to hear Neil as Megatron.

He has that sort of voice, just the right depth & texture.
said at 3:41 PM on Sat Oct 1 2016

I'd argue that Naoya is dubbing over Corey, given that Captain Hook is an American made character.
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said at 8:51 PM on Sat Oct 1 2016
@Sk8erPrince The Peter Pan story is Scottish; the author who created Captain Hook was a Scotsman.
said at 9:22 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@Sk8erPrince In that case, David Kaye didn't have to dub Joji Nakata in Transformers Cybertron, & Fred Tatasciore didn't dub Kenichiro Matsuda.

The Kingdom Hearts games are Japanese. Sure, they have English dubs lavishly (for a dub) funded by Disney, but they're definitely developed for Japan first.

Bill Farmer has mentioned that Kingdom Hearts games are "done in Japan & we LOOP them into English".
said at 11:55 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016

Do you want me to be frank? It should be pretty obvious that regardless of whether or not the KH games originated from Japan, anyone that's an English speaking native does not care about KH in Japanese. I'm sorry, but Disney characters only sound right in English, regardless if the work done is ADR, as opposed to prelay.
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said at 6:07 AM on Mon Oct 3 2016

Might want to double-check your chronology...
said at 10:34 AM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@NCZ I dont think I understand what you mean to imply, here?
said at 5:03 PM on Mon Oct 10 2016
@NCZ Could you clarify why I should "check my chronology" regarding Captain Hook?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:26 PM on Mon Oct 10 2016

corey burton voiced Captain Hook before naoya uchida ever did (i.e. his many disney cartoon appearances, return to neverland) and Uchida wasn't even Captain Hook's first Japanese voice in KH
said at 1:09 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
@NCZ Well, a dub is a dub; the Beast Wars VA's were still dubbing the Unicron trilogy, despite having voiced those characters years before the Japanese actors. But I see your point.
said at 7:42 PM on Fri Apr 8 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Neil Kaplan: Awesomeness Underutilized
said at 8:11 PM on Thu May 19 2016
I thought this guy was a good voice actor... and then I heard his "Madara Uchiha"/Masked Man voice. Holy crap, he is an AMAZING voice actor.
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said at 5:43 PM on Sat Jun 25 2016
@GreenGoblin75 I know nothing about Naruto, but holy crap was Masked Man an amazing voice role. O.O
said at 1:14 AM on Fri Mar 11 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy (albeit late) birthday Neil Kaplan, the American Richard Newman

This guy has an awesome voice yet is barely in anything.

Noteworthy performances include Tobi/Obito, Madara, Optimus Prime (it would be nice if we get to see him do a younger version of him, like if a 20th anniversary edition of Beast Wars was made or if Hasbro decided to redub the Unicron Trilogy with an LA cast), Genryusai Yamamoto, and Dozle Zabi.

It would be great if he started to land more roles at Bang Zoom! since he can utilize his range to the fullest
said at 6:36 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@Domayv I don't think Neil Kaplan would be appearing in any anime voice over at Bang Zoom! Entertainment anytime soon, regardless if the anime is union or non-union.

Reason being is not because he would have to compete with the veteran voice actors and the new voice actors (from the AX auditions) for roles during auditions. But also the fact that the producers, casting directors, and the ADR directors that have worked on a lot of the anime titles at Bang Zoom! either do not know Neil or have close ties with him and his agency, compared to the other veteran voice actors they've been regularly using for their dubs, like Karen Strassman, David Vincent, Mela Lee, Julie Ann Taylor, Michelle Ruff, Patrick Seitz, to name a few.

This is why Neil Kaplan normally does his anime voice over work at Studiopolis, due to the strong ties he has with the people who know his work (e.g Jamie Simone, Suzanne Goldish, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), and regularly use him in some of their dubs that he is in (e.g "Naruto Shippuden," "Bleach," "Digimon Fusion").
said at 8:35 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 are there any equivalents to him voice-wise at Bang Zoom! Entertainment?
I know Steve Blum has Keith Silverstein; Dave Wittenberg has Johnny Yong Bosch, Grant George, Sam Riegel, Robbie Daymond and Erik Scott Kimerer; Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has Laura Post; Yuri Lowenthal has Steve Staley; Crispin Freeman has Keith Silverstein and Marc Diraison; Kari Wahlgren has Michelle Ruff, Cristina Vee, Lauren Landa and Carrie Keranen; Laura Bailey has Lauren Landa, etc.
said at 8:42 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Also, word your sentences better. They're muddying what you are saying (explain this paragraph "Reason being is not because he would have to compete with the veteran voice actors and the new voice actors (from the AX auditions) for roles during auditions. But also the fact that the producers, casting directors, and the ADR directors that have worked on a lot of the anime titles at Bang Zoom! either do not know Neil or have close ties with him and his agency, compared to the other veteran voice actors they've been regularly using for their dubs, like Karen Strassman, David Vincent, Mela Lee, Julie Ann Taylor, Michelle Ruff, Patrick Seitz, to name a few." fully)
said at 6:57 AM on Wed Mar 30 2016
@Domayv How am I muddying the sentences in the paragraph? I explained my reason as to why Neil will not appear in any Bang Zoom dubs on the second paragraph, unless if I need to make a perfect picture to you.

1. Bang Zoom! to this day is cheaper, compared to the more pricier Studiopolis, the recording studio he currently does his anime voice work. Which is ironic, since Neil has been doing voice over work since around the late 1990's/early 2000's on shows distributed/localized by Saban Entertainment, such as "Power Rangers" and "Digimon". It was around the same time period that Bang Zoom! was beginning to start dubbing anime, with Rurouni Kenshin being the first dubbed title at their studio. Maybe he didn't want to work with Bang Zoom!, because in his eyes, it was not as expensive compared to Studiopolis and the recording studio that recorded many of the shows from Saban.

2. Neil would have a hard time during auditions against the veteran voice actors that have a worked at Bang Zoom! Entertainment for a while (e.g. Karen Strassman, Johhny Yong Bosch, Stephanie Sheh, Patrick Seitz etc..) and the new generation voice actors that had started out through the BZ auditions at AX and taking their workshop classes (Cristina Vee, Max Mittelman, Erica Mendez, Erica Lindbeck, etc..).

3. The people involved on working on the anime dubs at BZ! (the producers, voice directors, and casting directors), most likely do not know Neil, and/or have never been associated with him.
said at 12:48 PM on Wed Mar 30 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 now that is a much better explanation. That being said, which types of characters Neil would normally voice would instead be taken by other voice actors if done by Bang Zoom!
said at 2:35 PM on Thu Mar 31 2016
@Domayv Patrick Seitz, Matthew Mercer, occasionally Keith Silverstein

& it's not impossible to have Kaplan be introduced to Bang Zoom, as he is good friends with Tony Oliver & Wendee Lee...

...not to mention, with enough money (& we know that Neil is willing to do anime rates), they brought over Hynden Walch, Fred Tatasciore, Josh Keaton, & even Dave Fennoy lol.
said at 2:57 PM on Thu Mar 31 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Then maybe Tony Oliver can use him in some future dubs he directs. I know he likes to reach out further than most ADR Directors at Bang Zoom!. Also, he has appeared in some Bang Zoom! dubs (Nightwalker, Arc the Lad), but they were really earlier ones.

Hynden Walch only appeared in Haruhi Suzumiya (directed by Alex Von David), Lucky Star (directed by Alex Von David) and Gurren Lagann (directed by Tony Oliver). Fred, Josh and Dave were only in The Laws of the Universe (directed by Wendee Lee), and that was because the company who commissioned it splurged more money than normal.

Also, Neil falls into his own category though. Patrick and Matthew are too light-sounding to act as alternatives for him. Doug Stone and Dave Mallow are much closer alternatives for him at Bang Zoom!.
said at 10:46 AM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@Domayv My best explanation is that Hynden was prompted by her agent for the big-budget IGPX, & happily took dub jobs from Bang Zoom for a few years, until her agent said "enough is enough", unsatisfied with the return on the jobs. I'm not sure how Kari, Steve, Crispin, & a few others manage it, & how their agents feel about it.

Anyhow, Doug Stone is close, but Dave Mallow is much too light. Matthew Mercer & especially Patrick Seitz (if he would lose the "nerdy Travis impression" accent) have much darker timbres. Matt (like Troy, Kaye, LaMarr) is a medium baritone (on the lower end) & Patrick (like Travis) is a low (on the higher end).

Paul St. Peter, while not sounding as...rough, as Kaplan, also has a low baritone nearing bass (à là Tatasciore & maybe Sobolov)

Richard Epcar also is not quite as deep (deeper than Troy but lighter than "low baritone"), but very rough & older-sounding.

I suppose I might also mention that David Sobolov, JB Blanc, & KMR also recorded at Bang Zoom for GotG...but, that's obviously out-of-the-question.
said at 10:50 AM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@Domayv I'm also bludgeoning myself over the fact that I didn't see that Neil Kaplan was in MSG the Origin last year - IIRC this was at Bang Zoom...or NYAV Post, but Im on mobile
said at 11:13 AM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Richard Epcar and Doug Stone are Bang Zoom!'s closest answers to Neil Kaplam (for a fun fact, Richard was going to voice Optimus Prime in RID 2001 until Neil Kaplan took the role). As I've said earlier, Seitz (and by extension Crispin Freeman, Marc Diraison, Keith Silverstein and Travis Willingham) and Matthew Mercer are still to light-sounding to act as alternatives to him.

For Gundam: The Origin, it was done by NYAV Post but the majority of the voices are done in LA.
said at 12:31 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@Domayv It's twisting hairs at this point, but I still say Pst.P>>Travis/Patrick>Neil>Epcar>Troy/Matt>>Marc/Crispin>>Keith.

Seriously, this could use a list. Preferably based on Audacity readings or the like.
said at 12:37 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed hers how I put it
Freeman/Marc is deeper sounding compared to Matthew/Troy
said at 6:22 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@Domayv What happened to my comments?
said at 10:11 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I dont want this to lead into another incident like what happened with Brad Swaile
said at 2:16 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@Domayv I said this elsewhere, but I really think that Neil Kaplan sounds a lot like Fred Tatasciore. A bit lighter, but I do think he's deeper than Travis & Patrick.

Just clearing out my old messages.
said at 6:29 AM on Thu Feb 4 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
His Madara is just pure perfection. So intimidating and sinister, but at the same time, charismatic.
said at 10:31 PM on Mon Jul 13 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
This man can make anything sound badass. What a legend.
said at 9:11 PM on Tue May 26 2015
This guy can make his voice sooo low hahaha xD
said at 1:01 PM on Thu May 21 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
He is a PERFECT Madara
said at 10:32 PM on Mon Jul 13 2015
@SSJ4Godot IKR.
said at 12:57 PM on Sat Jan 2 2016

I totally agree ^.^
said at 2:04 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Neil Kaplan, Easily his Optimus Prime is the most underrated and the second best next to Peter Cullen. Hope one day he will get a chance to play him again :)
said at 1:30 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
Happy Birthday, Neil Kaplan
said at 12:32 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
 7 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Neil Kaplan.

He has such an awesome voice and yet is barely in anything.

I wasn't' the biggest fan of his Optimus Prime but I would not mind him taking another crack at him.

I'm no Naruto fan but his voice for Tobi it's so hypnotic and soothing, I'd love for him to use this voice as a another character.
Dark Kuja
said at 4:49 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
Genshin, babeh!
said at 10:07 PM on Mon Sep 9 2013
I liked his voice performance of Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto (Bleach) and Madara Uchiha (Imposter)/Tobi (Naruto Shippuden)
said at 8:36 AM on Sat Aug 4 2012
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Neil Kaplan role? *
Masked Man
26.9% (14 votes)
Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto
19.2% (10 votes)
Madara Uchiha
11.5% (6 votes)
Emperor Zarkon
9.6% (5 votes)
Optimus Prime
5.8% (3 votes)
Tychus Findlay
5.8% (3 votes)
3.8% (2 votes)
3.8% (2 votes)
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
Shingen Takeda
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
Long Haul
1.9% (1 vote)
Nemesis Orcs
1.9% (1 vote)
52 Total Votes
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