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Darkstalkers

Darkstalkers

Darkstalkers
First Aired (USA): 1995

Franchise: Darkstalkers
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Starscreamsfan
said at 10:54 AM on Tue Oct 7 2014
Even though the animation is extremely crappy, the voice acting is quite impressive and the stories are quite enjoyable.

Thanks to this show, characters like Pyron, Demitri, Anakaris, Raptor and Victor became my favorite Darkstalker characters because of their hilarious moments and the excellent voice performances by their respective actors.
HienFan
said at 4:08 AM on Sun Nov 2 2014
@Starscreamsfan I have to admit some of the voices(especially Hsien Ko and Felicia) sounds better here than in the recent games

And I love Rikuo and Jon's voices
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:05 AM on Wed Nov 5 2014
@HienFan Yeah. But overall, Demitri is the best character in this cartoon IMO. He has the greatest voice, a lot of character development and his vocal performance is excellent.

I was quite hesitant to watch this at first, mainly because of the fact that I never saw it as a kid and from all the bad things I've heard about it (mostly concerning Morrigan), but I was pleasantly surprised with it. Yeah, the animation is completely abysmal, but everything else was neatly done.

Morrigan, even though changed a bit in terms of clothing, still looked like the sexy succubus from the game (unlike most people described her looking ugly). By ugly, I always think of the Queen from Disney's Snow White in her old crone form, but it was just the critics and game fans being completely exaggerated in their remarks.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:06 AM on Wed Nov 5 2014
@Starscreamsfan I'm pretty sure the fact that the studio was evidently bereft of cartoonist skill didn't help in that regard; I've seen an annotated version of the series and I can say up front that they couldn't draw or animate her face in a way that wasn't awkward or stiff to save their lives, and that's likely where much of the criticism comes from.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:22 PM on Wed Nov 5 2014
@CatsTuxedo Well, that's true, if we're talking about the first episode, in which Morrigan's face is quite inconsistent in design. But, if you watch later episodes, her face is a lot more consistent.

But then again, this point you raised about the animation being made by a studio with a lot of cartoonist skilled animators may be the reason why the animation is so awful. I mean, it's quite sad when almost everyone involved in this cartoon was really passionate about it, and the only guys that didn't care about the project are the animators (The writers created good stories, the voice performers really embraced their characters, no matter how whacky they are, but the animators just did the drawings and didn't bother to correct them).
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:50 PM on Wed Nov 5 2014
@Starscreamsfan I don't think anyone on this project cared about cartoons aside from the actors, actually. If they did, they wouldn't even think of making the drawings look this bad, the story so incomprehensible or the attempts at comedy so negligible. The people behind this show were in it for the money and absolutely nothing else.
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:26 AM on Fri Nov 7 2014
@CatsTuxedo I dunno man. Yeah, the animation is lazy. The stories are good in my opinion. I mean, the writers are quite good (and most of them wrote episodes in which the protagonist was their favorite character).

You got great writers like:

Richard Mueller (he wrote some of the best and most enjoyable episodes and was also the story editor for the show)

Christy Marx (she wrote two episodes featuring Donovan).

Doug Booth (apparently, he likes Anakaris)

Kat Likkel (her stories deal more with the long rivalry between Morrigan and Demitri)

Brooks Wachtel (apparently, he's a Lord Raptor fan)

Katherine Lawrence (she finds Rikuo extremely attractive, for a fishman)

Yes, they wanna win the bucks, but at least the writers made an effort to earn them by writing stories that stand on their own, even though they really don't feel like Darkstalkers stories, but then again, they feel like they could have worked if the show wasn't related to Darkstalkers.

The same goes for the voice actors, who embraced these roles no matter how whacky and ridiculous they were.

Michael Donovan as Demitri is quite possibly the best performance in the show (I really wish he could reprise the role someday) and the character is well developed.

Richard Newman, even though he's my favorite Canadian performer (how many times have I said that already???), doesn't really manage to surpass Donovan's Demitri. Sure, he still does a great job as Pyron, but the character is absolutely pathetic in the cartoon. But then again, I really enjoy this pathetic version of Pyron, because it's so well performed and because it's fun to see him being captured and intimidated by characters like Huitzil and Terramon.

I would like to mention others, but I already posted my favorite Darkstalkers cartoon perfomers here:

http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13865
HienFan
said at 12:36 AM on Tue Nov 11 2014
@CatsTuxedo I thought the humour and plot was so bad it was utterly hilarious

Except for Harry I hate that kid
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:53 AM on Tue Nov 11 2014
@HienFan I think the comedy was quite hilarious, but I agree with you about the plot. Even though the stories were good (IMO), the plot is quite hard to follow because of all the things that are going on.

Harry is something of a mixed bag for me, because they got a good child actor (Kyle Labine) and he had some good moments, but a lot of his funny lines were somewhat off. His only funny line that made me laugh hard was "Morrigan, I need to go to the bathroom!!!". Other than that, I wasn't quite keen on Harry.


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FAVE CHARACTER
Who's your favorite character?
Felicia
33.3% (1 votes)
Lord Raptor
33.3% (1 votes)
Demitri Maximoff
33.3% (1 votes)
3 Total Votes
VOICE COMPARES
Listen to all the actors who have voiced the following Darkstalkers characters.
Donovan Baine
Felicia
Pyron
Huitzil
Demitri Maximoff
Hsien Ko
Bishamon (Hannya)
Jon Talbain
Morrigan Aensland