BTVA Anime Dub Awards

To allow you to pick what you consider is the best choice to win, we've collected sound clips of the nominees or an image gallery of characters/actors, where applicable.

You can ONLY vote ONCE per category. Choose wisely as you will NOT be able to change your vote.


All the winners have been revealed! Congratulations to our winners and hats off to all our nominees!

* Official Winner - as chosen by the BTVA Staff; ** People's Choice - as chosen by the BTVA community


Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Television Series/OVA

Hellsing Ultimate VIEW ENSEMBLE *
BTVA Staff Choice *

Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA

Crispin Freeman Alucard
Hellsing Ultimate
BTVA Staff Choice *
People's Choice **

Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA

Shelley Calene-Black Hamyuts Meseta
The Book of Bantorra
BTVA Staff Choice *

Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA

Paul Dobson Naraku
InuYasha: The Final Act
BTVA Staff Choice *

Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA

Jamie Marchi Uzume
Sekirei: Pure Engagement
BTVA Staff Choice *


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said at 9:03 PM on Fri Nov 14 2014
I think you should have included nominees for Steins;Gate. J Michael Tatum as Okabe Rintaro and Trina Nishimura as Makise Kurisu.
said at 7:11 PM on Sun Apr 28 2013
As much as I love Crispen Freeman's voice I would have liked to see Josh Grelle win for his Kuranosuke I can't see anyone else voicing that role but, then there's something about Freeman's voice that just melts me. Give him anything.
I think Greg Ayers did a fabulous job with the Woodpecker too that character was so annoying I just hated him. For a character to provoke that much emotion in me the actor really has to be working it. Alucard was just pretty and had that melty melty voice hell he was missing for what 3 of the 7 ovas. Still a good choice just not his best role IMO
said at 6:38 PM on Sun Apr 28 2013
Hellsing Ultimate best ensemble cast? Maybe if they left out the horrifying German accents. It's funny I just watched it yesterday and started cracking up at one of the lines that is just so bad " Dat one der" (not a comedy) just so bad. That's a terrible choice I'm usually fine with dubbed anime but, this one is just bad. I think it has more to do with directing than it does acting. There's even a point in the finale ova where Alucard has a disappearing accent it's just bad.
said at 9:01 PM on Fri Nov 14 2014
@netmonster I thought the German accents were actually pretty good.
said at 4:53 AM on Sat Mar 30 2013
I know how late this is but I would still like to comment who I voted for and why.

Best Male Lead: David Lodge- Jiraiya

This was kinda hard to start out with. I've seen a good number of these series and had a lot to choose from. Ultimately I picked Lodge because while his entire body of work as the character can be hit and miss at times he was great in the handful of episodes he was in last year. SPOILER He gave a great send off for the character with his performance in the death scene, and his scene getting plastered with Tsunade was top notch.Spoiler End I was tempted to go for Richard Cox as InuYasha, but went with Lodge because I felt toward the beginning of The Final Act he seemed pretty rusty. The same goes for a lot of the cast though. I considered Ayers as Ganta too but ultimately I prefer Lodge in the recent episodes.

Female Lead: Kelly Sheridan- Sango

Admittedly only her, Palencia and Christina Vee are familiar to me for these characters. Sheridan really sounded rusty in he beginning, the voice didn't even sound right for the first few eps, but she did well once she shook it off. I like Palencia's work in general but I've always found her Chopper voice pretty darn annoying. As for Vee, she was shaky from what I heard of her Homura performance, which isn't very much.

Supporting Male: Crispin Freeman- Itachi

This was the hardest category for me to choose from. I went with Crispin simply because at this stage of the story Itachi is seen in a different light and as such is more 3 dimensionally portrayed, thus making it harder to portray as an actor. Neil Kaplan has a REALLY awesome voice for Madara. One of the most...well....epic voices ever. Buy I don't know how used to the character he is at this point and from an acting standpoint is kinda...meh. Silverstien, Oliver, and Dobson did great in their respective roles but Stark, Ulquiorra and Naraku are farily simple villains to portray. Although having just seen the last episode of The Final Act hours ago, I will say Dobson did well as a deeper Naraku. But that's 2013 and only about 3 episodes.

Female Suppoting: Leah Clark- Minatsuki

In my opinion, Hollingshead's Rangiku aside these are all great performances....but the sadistic Minatsuki just requires a bit more...I dunno, flare to portray well. And Leah Clark delivers perfectly. Willow Johnson gave her best showing as Kikyo though and Dorothy Fahn is great as Konan.
said at 2:22 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
If I had known about this soon enough, I would have hoped Maryke Hendrikse's role as Revy was here.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:19 PM on Thu Mar 21 2013
@Dogman15 These awards are only for anime products released in 2012.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:40 AM on Fri Mar 22 2013

And to be clear even further, re-releases can't be nominees.

Black Lagoon was re-released on DVD (and released for the first time on Blu-ray) in 2012 but that dub was first heard in 2007.

If Funimation gets around to releasing "Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail" in 2013 THEN Maryke Hendrikse as Revy would be eligible for the next anime awards since this OVA series is a brand new release (for the American market).
said at 7:40 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
Picked Hellsing Ultimate, Josh Grelle, Shelley Calene-Black, Steve Brand and Willow Johnson. I was pretty close to picking JB Blanc and Rachel Robinson, though. They're pretty good.
said at 9:57 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
Male lead was too tough. Not even fair, haha. Female lead? Anyone but Homura; her English voice is horrific. Male supporting? Gotta love Naraku's voicing. Female supporting... Kyoko's voice, mostly because that was the only Madoka character who's English voice worked (which is pitiful because her character seemed like a last minute add-in).

Ensemble? Persona 4. Great cast.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:55 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
Maybe not seeing most animes in a long time but most of these actors don't seem very good, hell I thought Greg was outright unbearable and had an annoying voice plus seemed to go over the top too much which is odd since he's not a bad voice actor.
Oh well
said at 3:32 PM on Sat Mar 9 2013
Best Ensemble most likely to win People's Choice: Persona 4, Hellsing Ultimate, Inuyasha: TFA or Deadman Wonderland

Best Ensemble I want to win: Hellsing Ultimate, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Freezing or Shiki

But Deadman Wonderland had TV exposure, Inuyasha TFA has the benefit of the vast popularity of the first series (which also aired on TV) and Persona 4 has a huge video game fanbase.

I hope Crispin Freeman wins either People's Choice or Staff Choice for Alucard. He really is fantastic! David Lodge is my runner-up

Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA: I really liked Caitlin Glass as Satellizer el Bridget and Shelley Calene-Black as Hamyuts Meseta.

Caitlin’s never worked on a show like Freezing before so I applaud her for deciding to audition even though she said she was a bit nervous. Satellizer’s character has a lot of depth and Caitlin did an amazing job expressing all sides of the character’s personality. So congrats Caitlin! You made the right choice. :)

Shelley's performance was a voice I never heard before and I really like it!

I don’t expect her to win but I thank the BTVA team for nominating Lydia Mackay as Tsukiumi. A very underrated performance and a highlight of the Sekirei franchise dub.

People's Choice Winner will probably be Brina Palencia as Chopper or Cristina Vee as Homura Akemi. I guess Jamie Marchi has a good chance as Panty too.

Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA: I voted for Tony Oliver as Ulquiorra

He captured the character’s personality perfectly and it’s a voice I’m never heard in any of Tony’s other roles. However this whole category is extremely tough and competitive. Male Supporting Actor will almost always be the most competitive category. I have no complaints regardless who wins. Andrew, Crispin, JB, Keith, Kent, Neil, Patrick, Paul, Steven and Tony are all completely deserving of their nominations!

Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA: I voted for Jamie Marchi
Even though Jamie Marchi is one of my favorite VAs I didn’t vote for her as Panty. She did an excellent job but anyone who thinks Panty is her best role ever clearly hasn’t heard enough of her work. Uzume is a fine example of her range. Charming, Tough, Emotional and likable.
Uzume is probably Jamie’s most underrated performance. I’d love for her to win but even if someone else wins I’m glad this role was nominated.

Megan Hollingshead might win. Rangiku is awesome, it’s one of Megan’s best roles and Bleach does air on TV so fans have probably heard her at some point. On a side note I wish Megan worked on more anime. I haven’t heard her in anything new besides Bleach and Naruto: Shippuden in a long time.

Though the People's Choice winner will probably be Leah Clark as Hummingbird (mainstream Deadman Wonderland has another advantage...) Pretty good performance so I guess I wouldn't mind if she won.

I wonder how many people actually listen to ALL the sound clips for TV & Movie categories? Assuming each clip is 1 min to 1 min 30 seconds each you’d probably spend an hour and a half listening to them all. Somehow I don’t think most fans have the patience or care enough to listen to them all... Probably even some fans who were too lazy to listen to the entire clip and only heard the first 5-10 seconds. I like how some of the clips have dialogue from various scenes and express different emotions. I appreciate the work involved to make the clips more interesting. :)

Oh well I’ll look forward to the Staff’s Choice winners I guess. I liked most of their picks better than the People's Choice picks last year.
said at 1:39 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
Its a shame that Steins;Gate & [C]: Control - The Money of Soul and Possibility weren't nominated. I personally found both there dubs to be two of the most accomplished dubs of last year. Its almost a crime that J Michael Tatum isn't among the nominates he was absolutely phenomenal as Okabe and Tatum practically spat fire as Soichiro Mikuni. I found Greg's performances as Volken Macmani, Hiro Hirono and Maze Landsborough to be far more noteworthy then his performance as Ganta. I feel that Patrick Seitz's Crow was the most impressive performance out of the Deadman Wonderland dub. I don't really have an connection with any of the best male lead nominates so I decided to vote for Sonny Strait's Usopp. Sonny is an underdog among the nominates it would be nice to see him win it. It was between Caitlin Glass and Monica Rial for best female lead both of there performances have an emotional sincerity that I just didn't hear in the other female lead nominates. In the end I had to go with Monica Rial her performance as Chihiro Shindou was wonderful.(Its unfortunate that Hilary Haag didn't receive an nomination for her work as Alice from Heaven's Memo Pad. It is one of my favorite vocal performances of 2012.)
When it comes to best supporting male I decided to go with JB Blanc in the end.(If Scott Freeman's Masakaki was among the nominates that would been my first preferred choice) Now the best female supporting nominates are easily the most impressive group in my mind. Dorothy Fahn,Maggie Flecknoe,Rachel Robinson, Morgan Garrett Jamie Marchi and Willow Johnson are all fantastic in there own way but in the end I had to go with Morgan Garrett's excellent portrayal of Seraphim.(An honorable mention has to go to Lindsay Seidel's Kyoko from Is this a Zombie. Lindsay was remarkable in the role.) When it comes to best vocal ensemble the choice was an rather obvious one for me I decided to vote for Ef: a tale of memories. There is not a single performance that is wasted in the dub everyone in the voice cast is exceptional from the beginning of tales of memories to the end of a tales of melodies. One of finest Sentai dubs period.
said at 6:30 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
I gotta give it to Morgan Garrett as Seraphim. No one, Texas or California, could have done that role better. Power, beauty and attitude!
said at 9:38 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
I voted for Hellsing Ultimate, Crispin Freeman as Alucard, Steven Brand as Anderson, and Rachel Robinson as Zorin Blitz.
said at 9:04 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
Voted for almost all of my favorite anime characters!!!
said at 3:07 AM on Thu Mar 7 2013
Tough choice for male lead- there are so many great ones.... can there be ties- I hope..
And Paul Dobson- you rock Naraku....most sinister of them all....
said at 12:27 AM on Thu Mar 7 2013
OMG, dude this so rocks voice actors rules I mean celebrity actors are okay but voice actors are fantastic.
said at 11:35 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Paul Dobson has somehow made Naraku sound even more sinister. Hats off to the voice actor!
said at 7:38 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
I had a really difficult time deciding who to vote for, but I finally did it, as impartial as I could
said at 5:57 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
tough choices
said at 4:28 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Persona 4: The Animation, David Lodge, Brina Palencia, Keith Silverstein & Jamie Marchi receive my vote.
said at 3:43 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
I can't be the only one who /hated/ the english cast for Madoka, right? Homurasounded too old, Kyouko was too high pitched and not tough enough, Madoka was WHINEY OH MY GOSH Horrible to listen too considering how many crying scenes she had. The only Magi that had a decent voice was really Sayaka, And the side characters had better voices and acting than the main cast. I was SO INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED with that cast.
said at 9:30 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Sonny Strait hands down. His performance as Usopp is my favorite of all of his roles. He's just brilliant. I'm so gald that was a choice because he deserves it.
said at 3:41 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
A vampire ninja lol.I haven't even seen the anime but she deserves a vote for that line.
said at 2:00 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Well this was ****ing hard. the only one that was obvious too me was crispin freeman as Alucard. that is probably one of the best voice acting jobs ive heard
said at 11:24 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Morgan Garrett for Seraphim !!
said at 3:30 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Why are they making me pick between Richard Ian Cox and Crispen Freeman???? *cries*
said at 2:12 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
For best ensemble, without a doubt, Hellsing Ultimate is my favorite. There's no dub quite like Hellsing's, which I think hits all the marks near-perfectly with it's unique cast of voice actors (some of them foreign), all performing their characters as perfectly as they can. They were just as amazing when they came back for Hellsing Ultimate, and I can't wait to watch the latest batch of episodes.

Greg Ayres was amazing as Ganta Higurashi in Deadman Wonderland. He literally sounded like he was being driven to his limits, while still capturing the innocence of the character.

For actress, it was originally a toss-up between Kelly Sheridan and Jamie Marchi, but listening to those clips, I found Shelley Calene-Black to be my favorite. Her performance seemed very powerful, and there was a certain emotional intensity in her voice that's rare in a performance of this kind.

As usual, Paul Dobson really brought his A-game as Naraku in Inuyasha. It's simply one of the best anime villain performances of all time, and among his best work ever. He was even more amazing in The Final Act.

Lauren Landa's Kyoko was easily the best performance in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which has become one of my personal favorite anime (it's a show everyone needs to watch. There's nothing else like it). Lauren's performance as Kyoko was so fresh, and so snarky, it alone kept me entertained. Especially considering how FAR AWAY Kyoko is from her natural voice, and it STILL came out more natural than anyone else in the cast (though Cassandra Lee's Kyubei is close), which is saying a lot, since the Madoka cast really impressed me overall.
Though Willow Johnson, Rachel Robinson, and Megan Hollingshead were close for this vote. I also enjoyed Dorothy Fahn's performance from that clip.

These are all stellar performances here, they're all deserving to win.
said at 1:14 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
I really wanted to vote for Greg Ayres, I've been a fan of him since middle school probabaly. But Grelle's Kuranosuke roll was amazing. Sold the dub to me.
I wasn't particularly attached to any voices in the supporting roles. Hellsings got alot of votes because accents.
said at 1:08 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Morgan Garrett for Seraphim! She's a freshman - definitely looking forward to how she develops as a voice actor.
said at 12:34 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
why do i have to chose between Greg Ayers, Josh Grelle, and Sonny Strait? That should be a crime... :(
And why are Brandon Potter or Kent Williams nowhere to be seen?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:31 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
@ChronaCross Kent Williams IS a nominee. Check out the supporting categories.
said at 2:31 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
you are correct. Sorry I missed that. :')
said at 12:12 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Well my votes were clear tome. I'm glad for great dubbing and hope for more this coming year. Chirspmen and Neil you earned my votes.
said at 10:19 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
This year has really been great year for anime and great stories and strong performances. Great anime series , such as Bleech, Deadman's Wonderland , Heaven's Lost Property Forte, Is This a Zombie?, Sekirei Pure Engagement, etc, etc, etc a nonstop RollerCoaster Ride Thrills, Chills, Drama, and Big Laughs. It's really been hard to chose.
Thank You.
Please keep giving us great entertainmet, and great anime!!!
We should be watching!!!
said at 9:56 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
So hard to choose just one! ARGH! >_
said at 9:39 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Rachel has almost as cool of a voice as me
said at 8:59 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
I wish best of luck to the Hellsing and Fairy Tail cast members as well as InuYasha and Deadman Wonderland. Although all these shows are extremely well done and all the voice actors are just amazing. I guess I should be saying great luck everyone!
said at 8:58 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
ensemble voice cast
deadman - give whoa (bleep) words sorta whoa give hmm if got more showing.
Freezing - yea i'm waiting for this dub now that INTENSE EXCITE dub to watch (give want s2 & my dvd-blu set of it).
heaven forte - still got same vibes with more to go.
panty & stocking - oh (bleep) really one of show stealer dub took a whole new (bleep) level to watch.
persona 4 - give find it ok to watch sure on it.
shiki - watching this especially later eps oh my sanity will be tested by watching it.
sekirei pure- hmm give same like s1 only need when s3 coming?

male leads
hmm to pick between on patton, wald, greg, grelle, todd & yuri to pick give not only based on character they did but all other did past year as well.

female leads
give to pick from palencia got some (give few odd casting like shirayuki & yoshida).
glass had a return year of voicing.
vee only homura & mio that all.
marchi so likely could vote top pick on it.
luci still got more.
same with rial.
shelley well yea could top options to vote on.
tia from kusano, cat eris, freezing voice, & megumi still more to come.
mackey yea doing shiki lady gaga & others.

male support
hmm give only option i could likely pick on it.

female support
carrie as chaos so remind of boxcutter side she did.
marchi (give if she got female lead & go bag in all awards yea we might rename this year awards to marchi award year).
landa give only saw madoka she did well just need more to hear on her.
clark yea saying bottle line in deadman "whoa" & that miyabi yikes oh my on it.
garrett only seen zombie anime yet she long shot on it.
flecknoe give recent batch could be wild card pick.
said at 5:24 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Naruto Shippuden's the only anime on the list that I've seen, so I'll admit that my votes are slightly (read: EXTREMELY) biased. But then again, everyone's biased to some extent, so what the hey?

The only one I'll really comment on is Male Supporting. For me, it's between Neil Kaplan as Tobi and Crispin Freeman as Itachi.

Ultimately though, I went with Crispin Freeman as Itachi. It helps that Crispin got a well-written and layered character to work with. I know Alucard is Crispin's favorite role for most of his fans, but for me, that spot goes to Itachi.

Neil Kaplan's great as Tobi, and knowing that we haven't seen the last of him, I look forward to more Tobi and more of Neil Kaplan as him. Maybe he'll pop up here next year!
said at 3:57 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Vocal Ensemble: I picked Persona 4, but I also think that Inuyasha, Hellsing and Deadman Wonderland were brilliant too.

Male Lead: Tricky, but I liked David Lodge's Jiraiya. I also liked the performances of Richard Ian Cox, Crispin Freeman and David Wald. Also for Sonny Strait and Todd Haberkorn.

Female Lead: Absolutely enjoyed Jamie Marchi's Panty. Kelly Sheridan's Sango and Cristina Vee's Homura.

Male Supporting: What?! I have to choose between Neil Kaplan's Madara, Crispin Freeman's Itachi and Paul Dobson's Naraku?! So unfair, for I believe they were all fantastic. But I'll vote for Neil here.

Female Supporting: Oh gosh. Definitely Dorothy Fahn's Konan for me. Although Lauren Landa, Megan Hollingshead and Willow Johnson were definitely great in the shows they have worked on.
said at 3:54 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Neil Kaplan yeaaaa!!
said at 2:51 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Is it just me or has Paul Dobson gotten even more vicious as Naraku?
said at 2:10 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Gee, I wonder why all the support for Neil Kaplan? :-P
said at 12:26 AM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Neil Kaplan is the man!
said at 11:51 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
Neil Kaplan ROCKS!!!
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said at 11:42 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
Good Luck Neil Kaplan :D
said at 10:28 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
good luck ^^