Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Voice Director: Tony Oliver

US Premiere: Apr 16, 2016
US Conclusion: Ongoing
Japan Premiere: Oct 02, 2011
Japan Conclusion: Sep 23, 2014

Seasons: 6
Episodes: 148

Animation Studio: Madhouse

Popularity: 21st All Time, 15th This Week

Franchise: Hunter x Hunter
Characters on BTVA: 220
Hunter x Hunter (2011) Hunter x Hunter (2011)
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DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 4:43 AM on Tue Apr 18 2017
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As much as I loved Kirk Thornton, I really wished they would give the role of Dalzollene to someone else like Kaiji Tang or especially Patrick Seitz given that the latter has shared two roles from Takehito Koyasu.

I would like to see Kirk Thornton voice another major character during the show's run like Kite or Peggy, given that he has voiced multiple different characters in some anime titles (e.g. Naruto, One-Punch Man).
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:19 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017
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So it looks like through Erica Mendez's latest Tweet that she posted on March 31, they are right now starting to record the Greed Island arc. Looking forward to see who they cast as Biscuit, Genthru, the Bomb Devils (Bara and Sub) and Razor.

Source: https://twitter.com/tsunderica/statu...51600903532544 - "Still knee deep in recording for the Greed Island arc. All the new characters I've heard so far sound super good. �� #HunterxHunter"
DeathGod46
said at 3:02 PM on Mon Apr 17 2017
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I wonder who they'll choose for greed island and the chimera ant arc. Hopefully Johnny yong bosch, max mittleman,etc....
Autovolt
said at 6:15 AM on Wed Mar 8 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
The cast that's being assembled here just continues to get more and more impressive.

I love that we now have VA's like Imari Williams and Jake Eberle now getting into anime.

Beau Billingslea is now in this show and I thought he was a union only VA, glad to see him in an non-union dub like this.

The Phantom Troupe cast I think are very fitting and it's a good mix of veteran talents, newcomers and some really underrated talents. I mean Janice Kawaye is in this.

That's awesome.

Keep it up Bang Zoom! with these casting choices.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 6:34 AM on Wed Mar 8 2017
@Autovolt Agreed, I actually was more surprised on Erica Lindbeck's casting as Pakunoda, since I'm more used to her other roles when she is not voicing a serious character. A little bummed it's not Laura Post, as she was an obvious shoe-in for Pakunoda as she voiced Ragyo in "Kill la Kill", but I can live with Erica Lindbeck in the role.

The funny thing is that initially I thought that was Tara Platt voicing Pakunoda until I saw Erica Lindbeck's name in the credits, so it was indeed a surprising casting choice that I didn't saw coming.

Also it's nice they chose someone else to voice Neon Nostrade, since usually it's Mela Lee that tends to share roles with Kana Ueda
hulkedoutdude
said at 5:59 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
 1 Shout Out!
#english dub
hulkedoutdude
said at 5:57 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
Do any of you guys know who is voicing basho in hunter x hunter?
JRPictures
said at 8:14 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@hulkedoutdude It's Jake Eberle: http://behindthevoiceactors.com/Jake-Eberle
Unknownsage13
said at 12:00 AM on Sun Mar 5 2017
 1 Shout Out!
So the Phantom Troupe VAs were revealed! I'm so excited, seems like they picked some good VAs!

Also, Beau Billingslea is in this!? And not under an alias? I thought he was straight up union only?
DeathGod46
said at 8:18 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@Unknownsage13 It looks like the bryce papenbrook era is over lol. Now it's the Robbie Daymond era.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:12 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@DeathGod46 Let's not forget JYB and Todd Haberkorn!!
DeathGod46
said at 10:49 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@DeathGod46 Johnny is my favorite VA. I'm surprised he's not in many stuff like he used to be. Not saying he should be in everything. I thought he'd be in Akiba's beat, or fire emblem heroes. Considering the large cast. Or opm, 7 deadly sins. Hopefully he's Meruem, or someone significant.
DeathGod46
said at 10:17 AM on Mon Mar 6 2017
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Johnny is my favorite VA. I'm surprised he's not in many stuff like he used to be. Not saying he should be in everything. I thought he'd be in Akiba's beat, or fire emblem heroes. Considering the large cast. Or opm, 7 deadly sins. Hopefully he's Meruem, or someone significant
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 1:07 PM on Tue Apr 18 2017
@DeathGod46 IMO, I think I would imagine Max Mittelman or Zach Aguilar in the role!
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:26 PM on Sun Feb 19 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I am very impressed on how well the dub of Hunter x Hunter is coming alogn as we are now in the Yorknew/Phantom Troupe arc. At the same time, I am very surprised with the latest actors they are now bringing in such as Imari Williams (Mizuken), David W. Collins (Mysterious Commentator/Baka & Miscellanous roles), and more recently Jake Eberle who previously had their start doing original animation or video games before showing up in Anime.

It's also no surprise that a few of these actors I mentioned were previously in "Transformers: Rescue Bots" and "Voltron: Legendary Defender" respectively. Hope we get to hear and see other voice actors from outside of anime making a surprise appearance in Hunter x Hunter.
Dee15gon
said at 5:51 PM on Sun Feb 19 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
On episode 39. I couldn't help but notice Megumi Takani's voice for that agency lady with the piercings.
ShigyC
said at 7:43 PM on Sun Feb 19 2017
@Dee15gon The credits said "Jane Alan"
Dee15gon
said at 10:15 PM on Sun Feb 19 2017
@ShigyC Oh! It was Mari. Oh goody!!
FUNiman
said at 8:42 AM on Sun Jan 29 2017
 9 Shout Outs!
Now that the Heaven's Arena arc has finished airing on Toonami I wanna rant on this dub again.

A while back I said this dub was pretty good but not great. Now? I think it has achieved greatness.

Keith Silverstein has been so utterly perfect as Hisoka the past few episodes I think he has surpassed Namikawa imo. Namikawa is a lot of fun but upon hearing him again he sounds too feminine. Silverstein has a much richer voice.

While Keith steals the show, Cristina Vee has surprised me as well. I wasn't big on her Killua originally (and it can still sound a little too girly at times) but she sounds so much more natural now. She sounds really cool and even chilling at times (the threatening Sadaso scene in particular).

In short, I love this dub now. I cannot wait to see not only who they cast for Ging next episode but how they handle my favorite HxH arc (Yorknew) in the coming weeks. Osu!
FUNiman
said at 1:59 AM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@FUNiman And Marc Diraison is Ging! This arc is gonna be great indeed.
Unknownsage13
said at 3:57 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@FUNiman I just came here to comment that. When his name popped up in the credits I squealed!

Hopefully we get some more surprise castings. Like in particular I'm excited to hear who will be playing the Phantom Troupe members.
JRPictures
said at 8:17 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@Unknownsage13 Definitely curious to hear who plays who with the Phantom Troupe, we already learned that Abby Trott is Machi earlier and Joe J. Thomas let slip on Twitter that he's Nobunaga.

So the rest are definitely gonna be very interesting.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:04 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@JRPictures Indeed, it would be interesting to see which voice actors they might use once we get to hear their voices in episode 41.

I really hope that they cast Robbie Daymond or Johnny Yong Bosch for Chrollo; Laura Post or Tara Platt for Pakunoda; Christine Marie Cabanos for Shizuku and Jamieson Price for Uvogin!!
Unknownsage13
said at 11:25 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@JRPictures Raven is playing Nobunaga!? Awesome!!!! I feel like I hardly hear the guy in anything. PS: Excited to hear more of Abby's Machi.

@DisneyAnimefan1995 I also would like JYB as Chrollo. Knowing him he's gonna turn up somewhere, so why not as a big character? I also like your other casting ideas.
DeathGod46
said at 11:56 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
@Unknownsage13 I would love if Jyb voiced chrollo! Hopefully they give him a significant role. He could also pull off Meruem.
Unknownsage13
said at 2:16 AM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@DeathGod46 Looks like it's Robbie Daymond as Chrollo! Hopefully though Johnny shows up eventually and in a significant role. Meruem would be cool! Though we won't find that out for like another year (maybe more, not sure when exactly he shows up).
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:20 AM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@Unknownsage13 Yup totally saw the casting coming, not upset about Robbie being cast as Chrollo since he was one of my second choice if Johnny Yong Bosch wasn't cast as him. So looking forward to hearing more of his voice as Chrollo.

As for Meruem, I think I could see either Zach Aguilar or Max Mittelman in the role, while Johnny would voice either Colt (Chris Niosi as a secondary choice) or as Genthru!!
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 10:27 AM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@Unknownsage13 tbh seeing Robbie as Chrollo, I'd dig Adam Croasdell in the role too. I think you know why XD. Anyway I do think Robbie's a great choice!
Unknownsage13
said at 12:02 PM on Sun Mar 5 2017
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I said it before and people shot me down, but for Meruem I would love if they got Micah Solusod to fly out to LA for the role. Since he shares some big roles with Meruem's VA (note, totally aware they aren't VA matching so far in dub).
ShigyC
said at 11:28 PM on Tue Mar 7 2017
@Unknownsage13 You never know! David Vincent voiced Senketsu (Kill la Kill), then incidentally ALSO voices Duval in One Piece
Dee15gon
said at 5:27 PM on Sun Dec 4 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
I just recently heard Mizuken's voice. Looks like Imari Williams just made his anime debut.
JRPictures
said at 6:50 PM on Thu Sep 8 2016
 9 Shout Outs!
For those of you who can't get Toonami for whatever reason but still want to support this show, Viz is releasing Set 1 (eps 1-13) on October 25: http://www.rightstufanime.com/Hunter-X-Hunter-Set-1-Blu-ray-GWP

With that many episodes per set, we're looking at around 12 sets in total.
FUNiman
said at 11:00 PM on Wed Jul 27 2016
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With the recap episode on Toonami airing I feel I've seen enough to rate this dub.

This dub is pretty good, not a masterpiece on the level of Fate/Zero but definitely a keeper. Pretty much all of my complaints are with the casting which was too risky imo (casting women not that experienced voicing boys), but the directing itself is on point (thanks Tony).

I find Erica, Erika, and especially Keith to be perfectly cast and directed (my headcanon dub voices brought to life), Matt Mercer to be an odd choice and Cristina Vee a real head scratcher. To be fair I still find them good (they grew on me over time) but Killua's voice sounded pretty forced at first and Matt Mercer lacks the coolness/maturity of Fujiwara, though to be fair he nails the funny aspects.

Overall I think the sub is better but I plan on watching the entirety of this dub cuz it's still quite good, so I am really looking forward to the Phantom Troupe and Chimera Ant arc main characters.
Sk8erPrince
said at 6:10 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@FUNiman

I'll tell you which part of your comment I agree with the most.

"casting women not that experienced voicing boys"

This. I'm sorry, but Erika and Cristina both lack the experience and training needed to handle male roles that are out of their atm. And because of this, I'm not watching the English dub, but the Chinese dub instead. The latter is supposedly worse objectively, but not in this case. The HxH 2011 dub is one of the most disappointing LA dubs I've come across, due to two out of the three guys sounding off. I don't care how good the rest of the cast is; if the main guys sound wrong to me, you bet your butt that I'm not watching it.
Sk8erPrince
said at 6:11 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
*out of their range and league
Diorgenson432
said at 8:20 AM on Mon Jan 2 2017
Well, I had the same impression when I started watching the Japanese version of (2011)- but the more you watch that version, and this version- the more your opinion changes. I think you should stick with it.
Sk8erPrince
said at 4:45 PM on Mon Jan 2 2017
@Diorgenson432

Stick with what? Stick with avoiding the dub like the plague?
Unknownsage13
said at 4:51 PM on Wed Jan 11 2017
@Sk8erPrince Disagreed with it not matching them. Mariya and Miyuki, while both great actresses, also sound very feminine in the roles.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:02 PM on Mon Jan 30 2017
@Unknownsage13 Sk8erPrince's IP address was banned, but also he wasn't a fan of how the JP castings were done with females, either. He said many things that made it difficult to take seriously (kinda like me tbh), mostly some very petty reactionary opinions. "They don't sound like the Japanese versions' was not one of them.

That said, i think Cristina sounds pretty nasal, & (at least in the beginning) Gon sounded rather inexperienced (not just chipper, but also literally like a newbie/amateur VA). I appreciate that the tone/timbre is similar, but the delivery feels maybe unnatural. Perhaps it's because a young boy voice is harder to do than a character like Ryuko, that I find it not as good? (Never seen Klk but i hear folks love the dub).
GothamRed
said at 6:48 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
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While it took a few episodes for some of them, I will say that I think that the main four have been doing a good job so far. I actually liked Cristina and Matthew in their roles pretty immidiately, Erica and Erika took some time to gel with their roles, kinda for different reasons and kinda for the same on. While I wouldn't say that Erica's Gon voice sounded overly feminine, it did unfortunately sound too similar to her Ryuko Matoi voice, which made it hard not to tell it was a woman playing a little boy. But the performance is different enough that after a few episodes I stopped noticing it at much. Erika Harlacher's Kurapika voice on the other hand started off just sounding like a female voice, but over time it began sounding more masculine so there's more ambiguity in it and I actually like her rendition a lot now.
1dbad
said at 3:16 AM on Mon Jul 18 2016
@GothamRed Killua's was the only voice I wasn't completely sold on, but it's managed to win me over now too.

I'm glad the cast seems to be growing into their roles. They can only continue to get better and better with each episode! It makes me excited to see how good they'll get by the end.
ShigyC
said at 1:51 PM on Sun Jul 24 2016
@GothamRed I love the seiyuu, but my problem with this Japanese rendition of Kurapika was how comparatively feminine he sounds to his 1999 counterpart.

Honestly, no matter who voices a character of fiction, it'll never be 'perfect' per se.
HienFan
said at 5:21 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
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Or rather any anime other than Naruto
HienFan
said at 5:20 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Looks like DW4 Zhou Yu is back in anime
Dee15gon
said at 9:43 AM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@HienFan He's been around. We just didn't notice since he went under the alias Will Barrett.
ShigyC
said at 7:39 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
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I take it that unionized voice actors/actresses may come and perform here as long as they use their aliases?
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:01 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
@ShigyC No, that would be illegal...which is why aliases are used here in the first place.

Most of these guys are middle-class looping veterans from the Saban & Streamline days (like Richard Epcar & Barbara Goodson), along with young go-getters (like Cristina Vee & Lucien Dodge)..

...foreign-dubbing historically has been non-union work, & they have a boatload of a history working with it. Without going into specifics, they're generally presumed financial core (i.e. they give their union voting rights so they can take non-union work - to support themselves)

..with even a few Youtube impressionists like Ray Chase, & a few of Bang Zoom's students & staff members.

The last category of which rarely, if at all, participate in union work - because you join the union *after* building up experience, so you don't lock yourself into high-level competition with no way out.

TLDR these guys aren't union (don't kill me NCZ)
Dee15gon
said at 8:05 AM on Sun Jun 5 2016
@ShigyC Speaking of pseudonyms.

Theres Ian Alden, George C. Cole, and of course, Hank Ketchum.

I like Hank Ketchum because I think of Pokemon for some reason.
Plevak
said at 7:23 AM on Sat May 28 2016
 1 Shout Out!
so does anyone have an idea when the dvds are coming out?
1dbad
said at 7:18 PM on Tue Jun 28 2016
@Plevak No word yet, but I'm assuming we'll get an announcement after the first boxset's worth of episodes has aired on Toonami. Hulu has been dividing the seasons by 26 episodes, so that's probably the amount of episodes we're looking at.
w2jmoe
said at 9:52 AM on Fri May 20 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Comeow! Can't wait!!... > △
4xNicholas
said at 7:49 AM on Sat May 14 2016
YES I want that. Also despite my strong dislike for Killua's voice, I will give it the benefit of the doubt.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 12:05 PM on Sat May 14 2016
@4xNicholas I actually enjoyed Killua's voice and to be frank, she does fit the role like a glove after watching and listening to her in the first two episodes of the character's introduction along with Erica Mendez, Erika Harlacher and Keith Silverstein's casting as Gon, Kurapika, and Hisoka respectively.

The only one that I had mixed feelings at first when the cast was announced was Matt Mercer as Leorio, but after watching the first four episodes dubbed, I say he's the perfect choice for him.
4xNicholas
said at 5:35 PM on Sat May 14 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Well you have your opinion and I have mine. I did say in her page, that I will give it a chance, after a clip sent to me and the fact that she has only been in 1 episode. Also she might actually sound great when the "meat" of the story is there. Like his assassin outbursts.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:21 PM on Fri May 27 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 "she does fit the role like a glove" Yeah, but my main issue is she's not Miyuki Sawashiro.
JRPictures
said at 4:46 PM on Fri May 27 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed What does her not being Miyuki Sawashiro have to do with anything? No English voice actor IS their Japanese counterpart.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 10:02 AM on Sun May 29 2016
@JRPictures Well, firstly, I'll say that my comment was pretty rude & didn't even make its point properly...but I guess this is just further disappointment with they (producers I mean) lack of investment/funding for this dub.

I mean, Tony's doing a great job with these newbies...but I mean, the Naruto dub audition process was VERY heavy, despite not having much money involved.

& I really do think a show this well-known could have afforded similarly.

I just would have liked more proven actors in this - I mean, it isn't even like they're doing it for the money...it's anime dubbing.

So why overload these newbie VA's with such hefty parts?

I'll reiterate that, according to Twitter at least, they are enthusiastic about participating in it,which is nice, & aside from Cristina Vee, actually sound pretty similar to the Japanese actors.

(Speaking of the 3 leads of course. Matthew Mercer, while also not a unique choice, has more experience as well as recognition from directors)
JRPictures
said at 8:26 PM on Sun May 29 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Whether a show is popular enough to be union or not, or have more experienced voice actors is not up to you to decide. If Viz and Bang Zoom decide that this is a dub that should have newer or lesser known VAs in major roles then so be it. Besides, the dub's barely started out and there's still over a 100 episodes left to air and plenty of roles to be filled, we really can't be judging a cast that hasn't been fully revealed yet.

And complaining about it (or repeatedly suggesting crowdfunding as if it's an actual viable option) wont achieve anything. Just deal with the dub as it is.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:51 PM on Mon May 30 2016
@JRPictures I'd like to reiterate that I do not stand by my original comment. I wrote it to be snappy, & as a result it both victim-blames as well as just comes off rather curt.

Please keep in mind, I'm pro-dubs like you, I always use legal streams/DVD's if at all available from the licensor...I just haven't learned to be as forgiving, which I guess I should try more.

However, it's extremely tempting not to simply "blame the corporate producers" as it seems everyone else does.


That said...why exactly would (or wouldn't) a crowdfund be a viable option? Isn't Hunter x Hunter one of the most popular & relevant anime around?

Wouldn't there be tons of people interested in seeing it in English?

It's got quite the buzz even with more casual fans of anime - which I presume is why certain games get big dubs.

So, what would stop this show from getting a bigger dub?
JRPictures
said at 6:38 PM on Mon May 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Ok, then give me an example of a popular anime airing on television that's premièring its dub and is getting crowdfunded by fans at the same time, got nothing? Yeah because that's never happened before and all the times dubs have been crowdfunded it was for different and justifiable reasons. Skip Beat needed one because the Japanese owners made it a necessary part of the contract for its release in the West and Escaflowne was a case of Funimation gauging interest in the show from fans and needing to line up the dub with the Blu-ray masters. Hell, Time of EVE's dub might not have happened if the Stretch Goal wasn't reached.

Beside that, tell me what exactly you think is a bigger dub?
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:07 PM on Mon May 30 2016
@JRPictures What you're telling me is: people don't crowdfund dubs for the sake of dubs, they crowdfund licenses? Thus, using (I believe) inductive reasoning, we can say that there is no interest in crowdfunding dubs?

"Beside that, tell me what exactly you think is a bigger dub?"

Like Crispin Freeman, I, too, want anime to be treated fairly as anything else, hopefully at least coming close to how well other shows with large-ish audiences are treated, & ideally (a long shot) as intensive as the original production.

Fate/Zero & Code Geass are both seemingly attainable examples of this: while the pay wasn't great, the amount of painstaking care spent over these dubs, as well as rather unique casting in F/Z's case..quantifies "bigger" to me. Tony Oliver's pointing out in his VO Buzz interview that Aniplex gave him a fantastic (well, for an anime dub) budget, signifies to me that they really toiled over it.

Most anime dub VA's will tell you that there is SO little budget that there is no room for re-recording (often needed when acting alone) & that they just try getting it done as fast as possible.

Which is sad, because off the work is actually HARDER than prelay & thus in turn I suppose would need both good actors *&* good dubbers.

But ofc the financial interest in it just isn't high enough...most people don't know that, & thus the incessant b!tch!ng about crappy dubs.


Anyhow, back to my original point, I would say that early in its run, the Naruto dub would consitute the best comparison to what I'd want the HxH dub to resemble.

Maybe run the dub on CR or Hulu (which pays big for exclusives), & strike the deal 6+months in advance, to prepare the dub adequately for airtime.

& I know it's a one-shot movie, but apparently Animaze's Akira cost $1 million - I'm not exactly sure HOW MUCH dubs cost (look at Skip Beat's great dub for ~$150k), but couldn't a popular show like HxH recoup some couple millions overall?
JRPictures
said at 9:55 PM on Mon May 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
>'What you're telling me is: people don't crowdfund dubs for the sake of dubs, they crowdfund licenses? Thus, using (I believe) inductive reasoning, we can say that there is no interest in crowdfunding dubs?'

Well technically, Funimation licenced Escaflowne ages ago, they only just got the materials for release this year and needed to go about making a new dub because of the blu-ray masters. Pied Piper could only release Skip Beat in the US with a dub because it was a requirement from the Japanese owners. Both situations are very different, so we can't really throw around claims like that when there's no real basis for it.

I understand what you're going for and it's somewhat nice but you just keep coming off as if you disrespect HxH's dub and any other dubs that come out that seems to fit your feelings of a dub that's 'mistreated', 'could be better', 'not budgeted well' or 'doesn't have bigger actors'. It's not right at all (and neither is treating Funimation badly for their lack of union dubs or seeing dubs that don't have the direct involvement of Japanese creators as inherently better than those that don't).

Hunter x Hunter's dub seems fine from the state of things right now, all the characters cast so far feel like good matches and the direction of Tony Oliver guarantees a reasonably good dub. Ragging on it for being supposedly 'TV rushed' or not having 'bigger' or more 'experienced' actors isn't right. And like I said earlier, there's a ton of characters and episodes left to air with plenty more actors to have a part in it all. It's seriously early to judge it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 2:52 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@JRPictures I'm 5 months late, but I gotta say I really dug myself into a hole with that really insulting "but she's not Miyuki" comment. All the positive criticism in the world won't help after that.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 10:28 PM on Mon May 9 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I gotta say, even if Mami Okada (who is known for using Bang Zoom's students, even over veteran seiyuu) is casting, it is pretty cool that Joel McDonald is writing scripts for this.

Fingers crossed that, union dub or not, we get other Texas dub VA's in this, like we did for Xenoblade Chronicles X & Tales of Zestiria.

Here's hoping for Jason Douglas as Silva, Tatum as Chrollo, Bob Carter as Uvogin, Eric Vale, Chuck Huber, Sonny Strait, Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, & of course, Caitlin Glass.

& for the love of God, Okada-san, we love amateur VA's, but *please* try getting the likes of Liam O'Brien & the other New York expats (Veronica Taylor, Marc Diraison, Rachel Lillis, Cassandra Morris, Lisa Ortiz, & Tara Sands) as well as veterans like Neil Kaplan, Paul St. Peter, & other VA's from the Streamline/Saban days.

They may not be A-listers, but their experience DOES improve their skill.

New talent is great, but everyone has limits, & IMO it doesn't help the group to overload the new guys.

& speaking of limits...oh, yeah, official crowd fund, please, on the .01% chance that you're reading this, Viz Media or Okada-San?

Seriously, there's a very large demand for this dub, & it would be egregious for Viz to ignore a way to take our money.

Please & thanks for everything, guys.
ScottMyers
said at 4:08 PM on Tue May 10 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed A number of Texas VAs work both there AND in LA, so it wouldn't surprise me to see a bunch of them there. As for actors like Liam O'Brien, Neil Kaplan, and Paul St. Peter, they're mostly doing the pre-lay stuff, and only seem to work on anime when it's dubs like Durarara, Naruto, or Fate Zero.

But you never know. JohnDemita ended up on this show, and Keith Silverstein works extensively in pre-lay, video games, AND anime, so we could see some bigger names in here.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:35 PM on Wed May 11 2016
@ScottMyers "Liam O'Brien" I suppose so, being that he's only in union dubs, which apparently have semi-decent scheduling, & STudiopolis dubs, because they record A-list stuff.

He likes doing dubs, if they make time for him. He loves anime, & loves working with the people. Dubbing is like going to the gym.

*Although, his original animated series is mostly Studiopolis/Jamie Simone stuff.

"Neil Kaplan"
yeah, like one show. It's a damn good one, though, & a nice, juicy part.

He was in Gundam IBO recently, & he liked my Tweet where I said that he should be on the show. So, hope?

"and Paul St. Peter"

His only credits in the last 3 YEARS have been J-games & anime dubs.

Still an awesome VA.

John DeMita I suppose is starving, & nah, Keith Silverstein is a very small-time VA - not exactly hard to get (no offense).


But yeah, this whole "newb casting in big parts" is due to Mami Okada as casting director.
ScottMyers
said at 7:52 PM on Wed May 11 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Mami Okada? Isn't the casting director Tony Oliver?
DarkWhite
said at 9:28 PM on Wed May 11 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
Tatum would sound too old/deep for Chrollo imo. I bet Uvogin will be dubbed by Jamieson Price as he's the go to guy for booming voices (not a bad thing for me as his voice never gets old) and he shared an Akio Otsuka role in Fate/Zero which Oliver also directed. Jason Douglas would be awesome as Silva though you wonder if he'd be willing to travel. I highly doubt those other VAs you mentioned will be in this (except maybe Glass) as most of them work full-time for Funimation as actors and directors/writers.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:57 PM on Wed May 11 2016
@ScottMyers Technically Tony Oliver is the voice director for the show. Mami Okada is the one responsible for the casting decisions for the show from the Toonami credits under the English cast. It also shows that she seems to be the current casting director in many of the recent Bang Zoom! dubs since around 2010/2011 after the previous casting director in the earlier BZ! dubs, Kaeko Sakamoto had decided on becoming a Production Supervision and producer for the current BZ! dubs instead.
JRPictures
said at 4:36 AM on Thu May 12 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed '& speaking of limits...oh, yeah, official crowd fund, please, on the .01% chance that you're reading this, Viz Media or Okada-San?

Seriously, there's a very large demand for this dub, & it would be egregious for Viz to ignore a way to take our money.'

Try to be realistic here, Viz has never crowdfunded any of their dubs and I sincerely doubt they'll start here. The best way to support the dub and give Viz money for it is to keep watching it on Toonami and watch the official dub stream/buy the DVD/BDs when Viz releases them down the line.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:30 PM on Thu May 12 2016
@DarkWhite "Tatum would sound too old/deep for Chrollo imo" Yeah, but he's dubbed over Miyano before as well (partially due to FUNimation not caring for the Japanese cast)

I was going by the character design, too.

Uvogin, Jamieson doesn't actually sound deep as Otsuka, they just like using him because he's available.

The Japanese simply don't sound like Westerners - conservative diet=smaller bodies=less vocal resonance

...but Jamieson isn't as deep as what I consider to be the English equivalent of Otsuka (the likes of Fred Tatasciore or Clancy Brown)

I mean he isn't even as deep as, say, Patrick Seitz/Travis Willingham.

As for FUNi VA's in general...they travelled out for Tales, which was a one-session thing, & HxH is a long-running show, meaning higher pay - & LA dubs generally pay slightly higher, even non-union.


Speaking of Patrick btw, if they don't get Paul St. Peter (my ideal candidate) as Uvogin, & they pass up the FUNi talent pool/wider casting opportunities...I'd like to hear Patrick Seitz.
AkireRehcalrah
said at 5:47 PM on Fri May 13 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Heyo, actually it's the clients, in this cast Viz Media, who choose the actors. Mami/other casting directors send out the auditions and narrow down the best ones so that the clients don't have to listen to hours and hours of auditions, but they have the final say. So yeah, just wanted to clear that up :)
AkireRehcalrah
said at 5:48 PM on Fri May 13 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 *case not cast lol silly phone, though that still kinda works??
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 7:11 PM on Fri May 13 2016
@AkireRehcalrah Woah. I am really surprised that it is in fact, the clients that ARE responsible on making the casting decisions. For a second, I thought it was just the casting directors that only pick out and decide which actors are better suited for voicing the character following auditions, but guess it's the opposite then.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:32 PM on Sat May 14 2016
@JRPictures "Try to be realistic here, Viz has never crowdfunded any of their dubs and I sincerely doubt they'll start here. "

Petition them. FUNimation did it, & Viz/Shueisha has always tried to be generous with their dubs, anyhow.

If there's enough fan demand/support, I'm sure they'll try something like it.
Shaun Ince
said at 2:41 PM on Mon May 16 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Kaplan said that the dub would have to be union if he was going to appear in it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:20 PM on Mon May 16 2016
@Shaun Ince Did he really just confirm his status? If so, where is the source?

I mean, he was in Bleach (awhile back, but) & Gundam IBO recently, both of those aren't in the SAG-AFTRA database, lack the SteveKariCrispin holy trinity, & Bleach at least has some instances of pseudonyms...

..so what would make a dub like HxH's any different?
Ichigo341578926
said at 12:38 AM on Tue May 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Wait, Kaplan's not in Gundam IBO. And if he is they haven't announced it yet. Where did you see that he was?
Shaun Ince
said at 5:55 AM on Tue May 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed He more or less confirmed his union status in replies sent to me on Twitter. I'll post a link to it once I find them.

Bleach's dub is a very interesting thing because despite it not being in the SAG-AFTRA database he is in it along with other actors such as Peter Lurie & Greg Eagles.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:14 AM on Tue May 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I went through the tweets when me, Zero & Kaplan were discussing HXH. The tweet about him stating his union status was promptly deleted not long afterwards. I will say this, I mever actually enquired whether he was a union VA or not in my tweets replying to him. Now as to why he could have deleted that tweet could probably be due to the fact that not every VA has the liberty of talking about their union status to the public eye. And maybe that it might not be such a good idea tweeting about it to his followers.

NCZ is right. I don't think it's very wise to be talking about union status's for certain VA's unless they're completely open about it and there is no consequences about revealing it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 3:48 PM on Tue May 17 2016
@Ichigo341578926 My mistake, I was referring to MSG: The Origin.
Ichigo341578926
said at 4:03 PM on Tue May 17 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Ok, that makes more sense.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:50 PM on Wed May 18 2016
@Shaun Ince Yeah, but IIRC Eagles & Lurie weren't credited. For some reason, there's a rumor that Marc Worden, the original Studiopolis-era voice of Iron Man (prior to RDJ ofc), was also in it, as Chad.

& lo & behold, Chad is not credited prior to episode 80-something.
Dee15gon
said at 10:08 AM on Sun May 1 2016
 1 Shout Out!
That butler guy, Satotz sounds like Hiashi Hyuga a little bit.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:45 AM on Sun May 1 2016
@Dee15gon Your correct, that's because he's voiced by John DeMita. Quite surprising to see him in an anime title voice directed by Tony Oliver since he normally appears in titles that are voice directed by Jack Fletcher and the Naruto series.

Still, it's nice to see another veteran voice actor get a brand new anime role seven years later.
Dee15gon
said at 1:47 PM on Sun May 1 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 John DeMita. Everytime I think of him. I think of his dubbed voiceovers of Jet Li.

Thats probably why I recognized him right away.
ScottMyers
said at 3:59 PM on Tue Apr 26 2016
 1 Shout Out!
IMHO... Not hundred percent feeling the dub. Gon and Kurapika aren't that convincing as dudes (Gon in particular lacks the energy of a kid his age, while Kurapika is drifting eerily close to a standard woman voice). Matthew Mercer, meanwhile, feels awkward in trying to feel out his characterization for Leorio. In addition, the delivery across the board just feels inconsistent and stilted.

The narrator is REALLY well-done, though. And some of the supporting cast (like Rachel Lillis and Barbara Goodson) do solid jobs. And who knows; maybe as time goes on, the main cast will get in the groove, to use a dated phrase.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:41 PM on Sun May 1 2016
@ScottMyers I keep mentioning it elsewhere, but I really feel like this is a title that is worth a crowdfund for.
1dbad
said at 11:59 PM on Sun May 1 2016
@ScottMyers Most dubs take a few episodes to get started. I think it's a little too early to write it off yet, especially with 145 episodes left for the VAs to grow into their characters and improve.
ScottMyers
said at 11:26 AM on Mon May 2 2016
@1dbad That's true. My opinion may well change as time goes on.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:54 PM on Tue May 3 2016
@1dbad But...funding? Scheduling? These all play an important part in the dub quality, dude, & this dub seems to be TV-rushed.
1dbad
said at 7:42 PM on Tue Jun 28 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Based on a Tweet from Kurapika's VA, they're already working on the Zoldyck Family arc. (and might even be past it now) Does being that far ahead really count as TV-rushed?
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 7:37 AM on Wed Jun 29 2016
@1dbad I remember that Erika Harlacher's tweet was made since last month (May), that mentioned they were dubbing the Zoldyck family arc according to a user who mentioned it on Erica Mendez's tweet.

In addition, Erica Mendez mentioned in a interview in Viz Media's Shonen Jump Podcast that they have been working on the show since January of this year. Also from Erica's desciption, I say that the studio (Bang Zoom!) will dub like around 3-5 episodes a month depending on the arrangements voice actors schedule, but I'd say the amount might decrease the amount to 3 episodes a month in the next few months so they won't be rushing the series.

I wouldn't be surprised that since it's now June, they are starting to dub the episodes for the Heaven's Arena arc right now.
1dbad
said at 5:56 PM on Wed Jun 29 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I couldn't quite remember when she said that, so I appreciate the clarification. I agree with you that it's a pretty safe bet they're already up to Heaven's Arena now.

That sounds like a perfectly reasonable schedule to me too. :)
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:13 PM on Wed Jun 29 2016
@1dbad It's around the 3:16 mark on the podcast when Erica mentioned they started recording for HxH at the beginning of this year (most likely January).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMo9cJWjfN0 - at 3:16

Hope that helps. :)
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:08 PM on Thu Jun 30 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 May I ask how you keep up with all this stuff? I myself think I am fairly well-kept on these issues, but are there any other ways I can find this information?
1dbad
said at 12:49 AM on Sat Jul 2 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Thanks for the link! :) I had been meaning to check out that interview anyway, haha.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 2:11 PM on Wed Apr 20 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
It was only last week that I started watching this series, and at the time that this comment is being typed, I'm dangerously close to starting the Chimera Ant arc. Regarding my thoughts on the anime so far, it's nothing short of great. HxH's characters are very likable (Killua and Bisky are particularly endearing, I find) and the animation quality is consistently strong throughout at the moment; props to the fine folks over at Madhouse! This show also boasts some pretty good ending themes, and the opener performed by Galneryus vocalist Masatoshi Ono is also a neat tune. Looking forward to finishing this!
Autovolt
said at 5:21 AM on Tue Apr 19 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
The dub is off to a great start.

I love that we got Rachel Lillis in a recurring supporting role and Michael McConnohie is narrating the show.

I truly believe this will be the dub of the year for sure.
Thijs
said at 10:33 PM on Sun May 8 2016
@Autovolt can you guess how long it'll take for the dub to be fully complete? I started watching the dub a couple minutes ago and then I came here to see how long it took in Japan and saw that it took almost about 3 years. So I was wondering if it'll take that much time in the US.
Gaddes
said at 12:42 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Dub is off to a fantastic start if i do say so myself. Erika Harlacher is quite impressive a Kurapika. And son of a gun, Rachael Lillis is getting more work in L.A, which is fantastic.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 2:11 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016
@Gaddes Speaking of Rachel, let's pray they get Veronica Taylor, Michael Sinterniklaas, & Marc Diraison on here (IMO he should play Ging, especially seeing as it's Yamato/Kiritsugu in Japanese)
Ichigo341578926
said at 3:14 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed You know I actually always imagined Matthew Mercer as Ging, but given that he's voicing Leorio I ABSOLUTLY doubt that's going to happen now. But Marc Diraison as Ging sounds like it would actually be a pretty good casting choice.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:46 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016
@Ichigo341578926 "given that he's voicing Leorio I ABSOLUTLY doubt that's going to happen now"

Yes, exactly. Let's just hope they can find a lyric or verdi baritone for this one.

I am honestly really eager to see who they can manage to find for this dub, seeing as...they have very few stops to pull out right now, apparently.

I was actually wondering, if they don't ramp up budget according to viewer response, a la Big O...maybe have Patrick Seitz call in Texas reinforcements?

While Bandai obviously has bigger budgets for that sort of thing, I can imagine it might work alright.

There's also the possibility of utilizing NYAV Post for dat New York talent pool?
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:20 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
@Ichigo341578926 @PsychicVoiceSpy Who knows for all I know is that they might give it to either Keith Silvertein (who voices Hisoka) since he has shared three roles from Rikiya Koyama (Coyote Starrk, Deep Sea King, and Onihei Mishima).

It's very common and coincidental for anime companies in Los Angeles to cast certain actors/actresses and have them share 1-3 roles from their Japanese seiyuus in the dubs they're in, which I happen to notice quite a lot as shown with the examples listed below:

1. Stephanie Sheh with Yukari Tamura (Armor / Hisako Ichiki, Nui Harime)

2. Erik Kimerer with Yuki Kaji (Haruyuki Arita, Alibaba Saluja, Speed-o'-Sound Sonic)

3. Michelle Ruff with Miyuki Sawashiro (Carl Clover, Fujiko Mine, Sinon) or Kana Hanazawa (Anri, Manaka)

4. Erika Harlacher with Sora Amamiya (Asseylum Vers Allusia and Elizabeth Lioness)

5. Mela Lee with Kana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka, Rachel Alucard)

6. Max Mittleman with Natsuki Hanae (Natsuki, Inaho, Kousei)

and more recently

7. Carrie Keranen with Kikuko Inoue (Mimizu and Carta Issue)

Although to be honest, they had been some times where the casting director or company would choose someone else for this role like Erika Harlacher's casting as Kurapika or Max Mittleman being cast as Ein Dalton for "Gundam: IBO". I wouldn't rule out Marc Diraison for Ging since he did voiced Sweeper in "Zetman" which was a role originated by Koyama, but we'll soon find out who voices Ging on Tonight's episode, so get ready.
Ichigo341578926
said at 11:07 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Well it's confirmed. Marc Diraison is voicing Ging.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 11:38 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
@Ichigo341578926 Yep, saw the credits for the latest episode and congrats on Marc getting cast as Ging Freecss for his biggest anime role to date, even though after the next episode, we won't see him again until The 13th Chaiman Election arc which would be in 2 years time.

Guess a lot of you were very accurate with your premonitions on Marc being Ging prior to this episode. ;)
kenpachizaraki007
said at 10:12 PM on Sat Apr 16 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
I know it's very early to say since the dub just started yesterday but I can't wait until it's on DVD so I can buy it and watch it, it seems like a very great show :)
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:02 PM on Sat Apr 16 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Today's the day!!
Raebo
said at 7:16 AM on Sun Apr 3 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Toonami promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrEy5loSmVo
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:07 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
@mweloo What about Lex Lang? He could be one of the other likely candidates that might be directing this series besides the four choices you mentioned (Kirk, Tony, Wendeem and Kevin). Since he finished ADR directing the Aldnoah Zero dub back in November, which was most likely around the same time that the HxH dub started production.

In regards to Alex, besides him saying of not knowing the dub's existence on Twitter, he could most likely be busy doing the broadcast dub of the last chapter for Durarara!!x2.

Also, while kristi Reed did direct the Doraemon dub, I don't know if she is still working at Bang Zoom!, since some people have been speculating, that she left the company around 2 years ago to do other things like becoming a casting and voice director for the shows at Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation.
DarkWhite
said at 11:01 AM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@mweloo Viz just confirmed its Tony Oliver
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 12:41 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@DarkWhite Nice. I knew Tony Oliver was the right choice to voice direct the show. I loved his direction for a lot of the shows he did for Bang Zoom! like "Gurren Lagann", "Fate/Zero", "Magi", "K-On", and "Eureka Seven", in addition for putting a lot of emphasis with the voice actors involved in the production. Looking forward to Tony's direction in Hunter x Hunter.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 10:23 AM on Mon Apr 18 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995

To be fair, though, all those shows aside from E7 (whose dub was funded very well by Bandai), were very short shows, & 2/4 of them were union.

The more of us tune in every Saturday night...the more likely it is that they'll be able to maintain a good-quality dub.
Ichigo341578926
said at 10:53 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
Did anyone else think that Menchi sounded like Amanda C. Miller in the Toonami promo?
TheAdapter
said at 11:36 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@Ichigo341578926 same here. I'm pretty certain its her.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:09 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
@Ichigo341578926 & @TheAdapter Me three, for a second I though it was Cherami Leigh or Lauren Landa for a second. But after watching it again, I have a strong feeling that Menchi is Amanda C. Miller, since I could hear her Sailor Jupiter within Menchi.

Also Mito Freecss was heard in the promo and it sounded like it was either Michelle Ruff or Rachael Lillis is doing the voice for her.
Ichigo341578926
said at 3:50 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Sounds closer to Rachael if you ask me, but will find out for sure who it is next week. : )
Dee15gon
said at 8:55 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Its Rachael alright.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:03 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
@Dee15gon Yep it was her after watching the episode on Toonami. It's nice to see that Rachael got her second anime role in Los Angeles, and hope to see gain more roles at Bang Zoom! or Studiopolis. In addition, I was also impressed that the English credits not only listed the English dub cast for this episode, but also the Japanese cast as well, including the minor/incidental characters that appear only once.
TheAdapter
said at 4:26 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
It's coming to Toonami. Seriously this isn't an April Fools joke it's happening
http://toonamifaithful.com/hunter-x-hunter-debuts-on-toonami-starting-april-16/
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 12:08 AM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@TheAdapter So excited for the show to air on Toonami, and by the looks of it, Viz has just confirmed that the show would be dubbed at Bang Zoom! entertainment.
https://mobile.twitter.com/VIZMedia/status/716050685712670720

Guess I stand corrected, since Studiopolis currently has two long runners in their plate ("Naruto" and "Sailor Moon"), and Viz didn't want to stress their biggest client by adding in another long running show, which would delay the progress on one of the two shows.

Quite a surprise to be honest, since this will be the first long running anime series Bang Zoom! has dub in almost a decade since "Eureka Seven". But the first time that Bang Zoom! dubs a 100+ episode anime series, given that most of the shows they dub throughout their history tend to be 12-13 or 24-26 episode anime series.
TheAdapter
said at 7:04 AM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 The only question I have now is wether it would the dub is union or not. I think it would be smart if they unionized it since it is a long running show, but if it doesn't happen I wouldn't mind seeing some of the guys at Funimation be in the dub.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:03 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
@TheAdapter You're not the only one that is thinking of the same thing here. Personally in my view, the easiest way I can recognize if an LA dub is non-union is if one of the voice actors goes under another name without getting in trouble with the union (e.g. Steve Staley as Steve Cannon). I really want Hunter x Hunter becomes a Union dub, because not only we could hear the likes of Steve Blum, Bridget Hoffman, and Crispin Freeman appearing in the show, but also see the grand return of some voice actors who haven't been appearing in any Bang Zoom! dubs for a while (e.g. Megan Hollingshead, Dave Wittenberg, Paul St. Peter, etc...) voicing a character in the show. I could even imagine someone like Dave Wittenberg for Iklago or Steve Blum for Kite once they begin dubbing Chimera Ant arc.

However, the likelihood of seeing them appear is slim, since most anime in the Los Angeles area these days, especially the ones done at Bang Zoom! Entertainment are non-union. Personally, I don't mind non-union LA dubs, since I enjoy the new voice actors that put their talent in the show they are in, and the voice directors that work so hard to deliver a solid product. I just feel that the current non-union dubs in LA still continue to re-use the same talent pool over and over again, which as what NCZ says, leading to many dubs sounding the same. In addition it's a business and a job, which would require having a production budget and project schedule that you have to keep in order to get these actors involved (veterans or newcomers).

Now regardless if Hunter x Hunter becomes Union or non-union (though it looks to be far-fetched this would be unionized), I will accept on whichever dub HxH will become. Just as long as the Director(s) of the dub knows what he/she is doing while delivering an incredible dub for the fans, and the performances of the voice actors are excellent while conveying their emotions during the dramatic and funny scenes.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 12:24 PM on Mon Apr 4 2016
@TheAdapter As far goes as FUNimation voice actors that could appear in the HxH dub, I would imagine Brina Palencia and Caitlin Glass appearing in the show. Since they have been occasionally visiting Los Angeles "once in a blue moon" while working on some projects for Bang Zoom! entertainment since early of last year.
ScottMyers
said at 1:45 PM on Wed May 4 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Pretty sure this one is union, actually. Matthew Mercer, and Cristina Vee are BOTH union members according to their websites, and they have leading roles which they are credited for. From what I can tell, pretty much EVERY dub produced at Bang Zoom (especially in recent history) is union, but it's just a matter of who decides to work there. Anime does NOT pay as much as pre-lay work, and if actors like Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, and Dave Wittenberg would get more money auditioning for a high-profile video game or a western animation work.

It's also important to note that just because non-union actors are in it, doesn't mean the work is non-union. According to the SAG-AFTRA website, actors CAN get in union works if they are non-union, and this first job is generally when actors decide to become union actors, because they have an established foothold in a guild-licensed project. You rarely see non-union members in REALLY high profile stuff, like your Cartoon Network shows or Disney, but that's because that's where all the highest profile guild members are. The lack of a ton of union talent interested in anime is where non-union and fi-core members can come in.
ScottMyers
said at 1:47 PM on Wed May 4 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 To punctuate the end of my first paragraph, "Then they'll go for those jobs instead of the lower-paying anime gigs".
Gaddes
said at 1:59 AM on Thu May 5 2016
@TheAdapter As Disney said, I expect Palencia and Glass to show up. Both have been doing much more L.A work as of late. Caitlin Glass is actually going to be voicing the lead character in Skip Beat!, so there's a good chance she'll show up.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 4:03 PM on Fri May 6 2016
@ScottMyers I don't think the show is Union, it looks to be non-union since the end credits for the first three episodes of the show had the name "Hank Ketchum" as the Narrator and Ship Captain which looks to be an alias/pseudonym of someone else. Personally I've been talking about this topic several times on this page, which IMO is not worth going into full detail and beating a dead horse on it.

So long story short, a union dub of an anime in Los Angeles, normally will feature voice actors that normally don't work in non-union productions (e.g. Bridget Hoffman, Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman), AND if none of the voice actors involved in the production go under another name. But of course that will depend on the English licensor of the anime, the recording studio in Los Angeles (Bang Zoom! or Studiopolis), and the English dub crew if they want to decide on having the anime production Union or non-union.
ScottMyers
said at 8:33 PM on Sat May 7 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Admittedly, the use of a pseudonym IS abnormal (though not unheard of) for a union production. Erica Schroeder is a good example of someone who used a pseudonym on union productions. However, Matthew Mercer and Cristina Vee are union actors who go by credits that make them easily identifiable. The SAG-AFTRA takes members working in non-union stuff very seriously, so I just can't see them working in a L.A. dub that isn't union without going uncredited or under a pseudonym. I'm aware there's no straight answer for this question, but the apparent contradiction bugs me.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:58 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@ScottMyers I'm extremely late, but there's a pretty common status called "financial core", which is technically intended for people who dont agree with the union's political status, but it has been used kind of shadily by certain people who can't get enough union work & want to do non-union as well. I can't judge individual actors' life choices, but it's something that, from actors, I don't get positive vibes on the subject.

Regardless, most actors from dubs (who are at least experienced & have been around a while) are financial core, which is how they continue to be in even non-union dubs.

It's really personal to discuss union status, but the VA's who've publicly stated their union status are Crispin Freeman, Steve Blum, & Kari Wahlgren. I think Brian Drummond & James Arnold Taylor have as well, but they don't do LA dubs (& JAT doesn't do dubs, period).

VA's who've specifically stated they are financial core are DC Douglas (on his BTVA page actually) & Michael McConnohie. Matthew Mercer has been extremely open about partaking in non-union work, as has Kyle Hebert.

Generally speaking, a lot of BTVA members & VA fans presume a VA will do non-union contracts if they are open about the job, & if they have a history of those roles.
Sk8erPrince
said at 5:53 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

James doesn't do dubs? Then what is FFX, if I may ask? Video game dubs count as dubs too. Just because James doesn't do a lot of them, that doesn't mean he "doesn't do them, period". He could pop up in any kind of union dub, even though I don't expect him to.

I suggest that you don't try to act like a half baked expert if you can't nail all the facts correctly.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:30 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince "I suggest you don't try to act like a half baked expert if you can't nail the facts correctly.

Oh the irony.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:50 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince FF is a mainstay even overseas, so it, especially, has got the biggest budget around. Even so, JAT hasnt done a non-reprisal dub since 2010.
Sk8erPrince
said at 3:24 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Shaun Ince

I always do my research before I speak. Since you clearly side with someone that is clearly a weeb (I don't think I need to point out who that is), take your passive aggressiveness someplace else. Everything you say is pretty much uncredible and moot at this point. Don't you act like a friggin' cocky smartass to me.
Sk8erPrince
said at 3:28 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
PS: If you're here to pick a fight, go find someone else. If you have nothing contributive to say or add to the topic at hand, get lost.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:34 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince I wasn't aware that pointing out your irony, was the equivalent of defending a "weeb" as you say. You think way too highly of yourself and think your opinions are undeniable fact.

You need to stop being a condescending jerkass, otherwise you'll get called out alot more.

I dunno what your angle is, but you sound like a terrible person to be around. Your comments give off that vibe to me.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:00 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince

"PS: If you're here to pick a fight, go find someone else. If you have nothing contributive to say or add to the topic at hand, get lost."

I'm going to put this simply. This is the pot calling the kettle black.

Dude, you seriously, SERIOUSLY need to stop this and take a breather. You constantly pick fights with other people and act in an aggressive manner. Please stop. This behaviour isn't healthy.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:15 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Shaun Ince

You shut your damn trap. If you can't tell which stuff I'm saying are facts, and which are my opinions, then I've nothing more to say to you. Clearly, you lack a fundamental understanding to distinguish the two, and you like to go off on your tangent without looking at the entire picture. If you anyone's disgusting and terrible, it's you. And in case you're wondering who I was referring to, it's Huzaifa. It's the mod I despise to the bone, in case I haven't already made myself clear enough. If you can't respond to my comments/criticism civilly, it's best that you just ignore me. I have every single intention of ignoring YOU from this point forward, so if you can't do the same, you're just a harasser that's looking to pick a fight.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince

Dude, *CALM DOWN*. I'm saying this as respectfully and sincerely as I possibly can: Go take a yoga class or some anger management courses or something. I'm being sincere here and not trying to be snarky or sarcastic in any way. You seem to have a lot of anger bottled up within you and it is not healthy to manage it this way. Seriously, for your own sake, you need to get out there, take a break, and engage in some self-reflection.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:21 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
*it's not Huzaifa.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:25 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@NCZ

I can manage that if I don't get harassed for calling out someone that blatantly spreads misinformation. Is there a report button that I could use if I get harassed again? If so, I'll use it.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:33 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince Huzaifa isn't even a moderator on this site lol. Which has me wondering. Who is this moderator that you hate so much?

Thing is, while Huzaifa had said stuff that has annoyed people to some extent, his heart was generally in the right place. No bad intentions. He has accepted the criticism's that others have given. Can't say the same for you.

I'm a harasser? OK now I just think you're crazy at this point.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:01 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince

Shaun Ince's first comment was perhaps a bit of an instigation, yes.

That being said. Your initial post it was in response to was indeed a bit condescending and unnecessarily provocative - which has been a recurring issue with you in the past. It makes things personal and had a layer of insulting to it.

As well, one of the most important things that a person can recognize to do is know to be the bigger person. If you feel slighted, fine, but there are better ways to react than to referring to someone as a "friggin' cocky smartass" who makes "moot and uncredible" points, while siding with "a weeb". Then telling them to get lost for starting fights when you're the one who escalated things by making it personal.

While I feel there are better ways that Shaun could have responded to this, this situation is best described as fighting fire with gasoline.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:29 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I wonder how this is being dubbed. If possible, perhaps if the show is dubbed in parts, would it be possible to crowdfund (& therefore boost the budget of) the dub?

A la Bg O Season 2 & the Bebop movie's going union?
Frankz9
said at 3:57 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
Yes, then get Kari Wahlgren to play Biscuit and Steve Blum for Kite.
Unknownsage13
said at 4:55 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I'm really interested to hear how Erika and Cristina sound in this. I know their characters in this are kinda androgynous looking but hopefully they don't go full on female sounding.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@Unknownsage13

Without looking at the preview video, I haven't heard enough from Vee or Erika to say, but...

I'm a little disappointed so far, as it sounds like a non-union (groan) Bang Zoom (less groan) dub.

I figured they could attempt to schedule someone like Katie Leigh for Gon, Colleen O'Shaughnessy for Killua, & possible Michelle Ruff or Laura Bailey for Kurapika.

I mean, Japan gets Sawashiro & Yamadera...This is not a niche series, either.

Tiger & Bunny had few sales, but...one of the best recent dubs (tbf it was short)...

I surely hope for a mainstream broadcast, the way Naruto was done. The budget was fairly high back then, & I'd assumed they'd make up for it with ratings.

I mean, it's a FINE adaptation of a fantastic adventure comic. Why wouldn't they treat it well?

Maybe I'm at a loss for perspective, but IIRC this has a fairly large fanbase as-is, right?

How hard is it to afford a union Studiopolis/NYAV Post dub, especially for an already-finished show?
Unknownsage13
said at 9:58 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I think they figured that all the main actors have shown their skills and that they're capable actors. So why go the extra mile to be union when they can be perfectly fine with non-union? It's not like the union actors that far above the non-union ones in skill. Like all four of the main actors sound great to me in their other performances.
DarkWhite
said at 10:23 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
Isn't Naruto like DBZ level popular in America and thats why it got a unionized dub? I mean not only is there the very long running anime but movies and lots of video games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:50 AM on Tue Mar 22 2016
@Unknownsage13 The issue people have isn't really anything against the actors themselves, but more frustration that the anime industry being what it is forces dubbers to draw from a limited talent pool, leading to many dubs sounding very samey.

It's as EVRoss says below. While it's an inevitability that's probably not going to change anytime soon, it's a shame that the anime dub industry being what it is has led to most companies settling for "good enough" or "whatever gets the job done while remaining profitable" when there's the potential to be even better.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:38 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@NCZ it's a shame that the anime dub industry being what it is has led to most companies settling for "good enough" or "whatever gets the job done while remaining profitable" when there's the potential to be even better.

That's a pretty good point actually.
1dbad
said at 7:19 AM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@Unknownsage13 Have you heard Cristina Vee as Sailor Mars? I was surprised by how deep she sounded, especially in Crystal. After hearing that I don't think a boy voice will be too much of a stretch for her. (and I've heard she's already done some bit parts as boys)
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 2:04 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@DarkWhite Clearing out old unanswered messages...

Naruto is in fact not *that* popular. It had a pretty good budget for a dub when it started, whereas DBZ's dub was done with almost no money & literal off-the-street people. It just happened to (massively) blow up.

Naruto was only moderately popular in comparison, then blew up fairly big on Cartoon Network. Now, it is successful for anime, but understandably a LOT of viewers dropped off when the major filler streak hit.

It was the poster boy of anime back in 2007 (I learned that from Nintendo Power on the subject hehe), but it's not really THAT popular, & in fact it's the butt of many jokes about anime.

I still contend that it's a great series with brilliant lore, & I have tremendous respect for how Viz has treated the dub. Certainly this series is just as popular today, & it's a shame they apparently haven't been able to treat it as well as Naruto.
Autovolt
said at 3:48 AM on Mon Mar 21 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
Even though I wanted an Ocean dub I can live with these dub casting choices.

Erica Mendez as Gon...a bit typecast since she has a knack for voicing young boys but she'll be a natural in the role like when she voiced Aladdin.

Cristina Vee as Killua....OK I was not expecting this casting choice at all. This is the first time Cristina's voicing a boy (like an actual human), this should prove to be an interesting casting choice, I hope it turn out well.

Erika Harlacher as Kurapika, also another casting choice I did not expect. Erika's never voiced a male character before so already it's a unique playing against type role for her. I had pegged Michelle Ruff for the role but based on the little clip shown at C2E2. I think she'll nail him.

Matthew Mercer as Leorio. Matthew's really continuing to gain more and more roles each day and I think for the most part this will turn out well, based on the little clip, he sounds way younger than he usually does and weirdly enough like Kirk Thornton who was my ideal voice for him.

Keith Silverstein as Hisoka. I really wanted Brendan Hunter back but I can live with Keith voicing him. No doubt he'll nail the creepy and chilling aspect of Hisoka based on his work as Johan Liebert, just add a bit of a flamboyance twist and we're good to go.

Overall I'm actually pumped for this dub. Which reminds me I still need to catch up and finish HXH soon.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:12 AM on Tue Mar 22 2016
@Autovolt

While I was hoping for Quinton Flynn (partially because of Initial D & his SquEnix dubs) as Leorio, I wouldn't think badly of Matt as a stand-in of sorts.

Especially as Keiji Fujiwara is also Iron Man, Joker, Booker, & Lao from Xenoblade...

Eh, it's a pretty good fit. I hope it turns out well.

I like Erica Mendez, that's who I assumed it would be.

Silverstein sounds great as an idea as well.


Hope the other two go well as well.


Even if it's non-union, it has the potential for quality if given good scheduling/studio time.

After all, look at Cowboy Bebop.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:45 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
I had a feeling it was going to be an LA dub. Interested in seeing how this will turn out.
Frankz9
said at 4:54 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Looks really promising, but if they don't cast Jamieson Price as Uvogin, some heads are gonna roll.
Btw, Is there any info on who's going to play Kurapika? He's the only one of the four main characters who VA isn't confirmed as far as I know.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:41 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@Frankz9

It's Erica Harlacher.

To be frank, though, Uvogin is a character I really wouldn't mind a low-budget dub for.


IMO Jamieson Price, Paul St. Peter or Patrick Seitz wouldn't really be any different from, say, Fred Tatasciore or Travis Willingham, in this case.


That being said, the deepest, loudest guy they can get would be preferable.

Although, someone like Ben Diskin, with his convincing lower register, wouldn't be too bad either.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 10 Shout Outs!
These casting choices are pretty solid (though it remains to be seen how well Cristina can voice a character like Killua), but I still wish they had gotten Brendan Hunter back for Hisoka.

Keith Silverstein is probably one of the best actors in LA they could have picked, so I'm not that sore about this, but I still think Brendan is an overall better fit for the character. Keith will probably do really well at making Hisoka creepy, but I can't see him making Hisoka as charming and fun as Brendan could. I'll keep an open mind, though.

Also, kudos to Viz for not getting a guy to voice Kurapika.

I'm looking forward to digging into this dub and getting a taste, then I'll have more to say.
1dbad
said at 11:57 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy I do find it a shame Brendan couldn't reprise (especially since he wanted to), but I think Keith will work for Hisoka. His new Japanese VA in the 2011 series isn't as fun or charming as his 1999 VA was, so I don't think a new take will hurt.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:41 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy Also, since it's an LA dub, I hope Marc Diraison will be cast as Ging.
Sk8erPrince
said at 6:13 AM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy

"Also, kudos to Viz for not getting a guy to voice Kurapika."

If you're suggesting that Erika Harlacher is actually a better choice than male voice actors that specialize in the male protag voice, then I'm honestly left speechless. Kurapika sounds awful. I'm sorry, but Erika should stick with women for the time being and practice doing little boys aged at 5-7 before she tries to do male roles that are out of her range. As of right now, I think Erika is tainting Kurapika, and I'm displeased with it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:51 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince Kurapika is a soft-spoken, feminine dude, & while I could see a guy doing it, there's clearly a reason why - even separated by over a decade's audience - they got a woman to voice Kurapika in Japanese. It's not a "young kid" voice, it's a soft-spoken, slightly effeminate guy. It's not really that far off from a typical female voice, nasal resonance aside.
Sk8erPrince
said at 3:30 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

Yeah, and so is Kurama from YYH. And John Burgmeier was tasked for that role. The point is, I don't care who they got to voice as him in Japanese, and I've already frowned upon seeing the JP castlist. This aspect of Kurapika obviously doesn't translate well in English. And with Erika, whom hasn't received proper training to handle roles like these, the performance takes a turn for the worst. Not that I'd believe any female could handle Kurapika, really.

Chinese Kurapika is the BEST. Think of a slightly higher pitched Kurama. Also done by a guy.
BioZero216
said at 7:48 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@Sk8erPrince For someone who claims to hate arrogang, elitist sub fanatics, the things that you say certainly make you sound like one. Tainting Kurapika? That sounds exactly like something a fanatic would say. That a dub has "tainted" the character.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:31 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@BioZero216

Yeah, except I don't watch subs. Like, ever. I do hate elitist weebs, and the first step in expressing that hatred is, without a doubt, boycotting the Japanese voice acting they so blindly love so much. And as much as I love dubs, that doesn't mean I love every single one of them. I try my absolute best to point out at least one good thing in a dub. In which case, Keith Silverstein is the best Hisoka we've had to date. However, the way I see it, Cristina and Erika did terribly in their roles; hence I refuse to watch HxH 2011 in any language other than Chinese.
BioZero216
said at 6:27 AM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince Boycotting Japanese voice acting? You can't be serious. Do you know what would happen if they actually did that? I admittedly have rather extreme views on dub haters and I can't stand sub elitists, but I'm not going to try and ban Japanese voice acting. Nothing good could possibly come of that.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:30 AM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince "If you're suggesting that Erika Harlacher is actually a better choice than male voice actors that specialize in the male protag voice, then I'm honestly left speechless."

I doubt such a sentiment leaves you speechless when you've already "discussed" this kind of thing on here with others already. You already know people have different views than you on this.

Dude, it's a freaking cartoon. Cartoons are not bound by the expectations of reality. It's a creative medium of entertainment where just about anything is possible, so why is it so wrong and offensive to you when a male character is voiced by a woman? Especially when the character is so feminine in both appearance and demeanor?

I don't give a crap if men voice females or women voice males. People can go crazy with cross-gender casting for all I care, as long as the end result is compelling and entertaining. I'm not saying you have to like it and believe it's a good creative choice; everything is open to criticism. However, the fact that you can't seem to even tolerate that it happens seems a little bizarre.

Yes, I'm very happy Erika Harlacher is voicing Kurapika, and I'm glad that unique, creative quality has carried over into English. When I'm already used to a very feminine character like him sounding the way he does, it makes me cringe to hear a man in the role.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:15 AM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince You seem to think you're doing the world a favor by boycotting the Japanese versions of anime. Newsflash pal, it doesn't mean squat. One less conceited guy that doesn't have to watch that particular version. You're a pebble in a ocean compared to all the other people that consume anime in various different ways, whether by legal or illegal means.
Sk8erPrince
said at 6:03 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy

"Dude, it's a freaking cartoon. Cartoons are not bound by the expectations of reality."

Yet females are cast to voice as male kids for vocal realism. Your statement couldn't be more false.

"so why is it so wrong and offensive to you when a male character is voiced by a woman?"

Not just any male character, but those that are over the age of 13. I'd understand why females would be cast as traps and crossdressers, but Kurapika? No. Kurama from YYH is pretty similar to Kurapika, but he's cast to a male in the Funimation dub, and that casting choice was met with positive reception. Why they didn't do the same thing with HxH 2011, I'll never know. Not just that, but he's cast to a voice actress that is inexperienced in doing male voices. Erika hasn't even done a male kid before, hence objectively, she is almost guaranteed to be awful at the role. And as it turns out, it's true in my POV.

"Especially when the character is so feminine in both appearance and demeanor?"

Doesn't change the fact that Kurapika male, and is the oldest of the trio (the other two being Gon and Killua). No 17 year old sounds like Kurapika. It's unrealistic, and that's grounds for loathing the performance as a whole.

"I don't give a crap if men voice females or women voice males."

You don't believe in vocal realism? Alrighty then: I have nothing more to say to you after this convo.

"However, the fact that you can't seem to even tolerate that it happens seems a little bizarre."

Many similarly feminine male characters are not cast to females in English. I don't see why Kurapika is an exception to that.

"that unique, creative quality has carried over into English. "

I'm sorry, but that aspect does not translate well to English.

"it makes me cringe to hear a man in the role."

It's even cringier when a woman that has yet to receive enough training in doing even little boys had the audacity to take on a male teen.
Sk8erPrince
said at 6:08 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@BioZero216

Boycotting them doesn't mean I'm saying that we should ban Japanese voice acting in the United States. I'm just saying that they're overrated, and not nearly as good as many people (weebs, especially) seem to claim. Personally, one should only support a subbed only release on the possibility that it will be rereleased with a dub. If not, there is almost no reason to purchase them. It's not like Japanese voice acting is that great, anyway. I have always believed that having to read subs to understand a show is not, and will never be true enjoyment. If you love the Japanese voice acting so much, I'm sure your love for it will transcend even the blatant language barrier, allowing you to understand the context without subs by ear. Yeah, no. When you don't understand a language, the only way you could tell if the acting is good is by the vocal tones from the performances. That's all I have to say.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:50 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince

"Erika hasn't even done a male kid before, hence objectively, she is almost guaranteed to be awful at the role. "

I dunno bout this Heath Ledger guy. He's only done prettyboy roles. Why should we give him the role of The Joker?

You could say she's an unlikely choice, sure. But lack of prior precedent does not automatically equal objective terribleness.

"You don't believe in vocal realism? Alrighty then: I have nothing more to say to you after this convo."

There is a respectful way to handle disagreements and shutting out people who do not see eye-to-eye with you on this kind of subject is not the way.

"I'd understand why females would be cast as traps"

Nice.

"I'm just saying that they're overrated, and not nearly as good as many people (weebs, especially) seem to claim. Personally, one should only support a subbed only release on the possibility that it will be rereleased with a dub. If not, there is almost no reason to purchase them. It's not like Japanese voice acting is that great, anyway."

Hold on, didn't you just earlier say:

"I do hate elitist weebs"

Do you really think that maybe, just maybe, you're coming off just a wee bit hypocritical here? You talk so much about despising weeaboos (whoever they are - this seems to be a strawman at best since I'm not seeing any here). Yet you're saying all Japanese voice acting is not that great, overrated, and that there's no reason to support releases containing it unless there's the possibility of them being dubbed. There's also the underlying implication that people who enjoy Japanese voice acting are... wrong? How are you acting any different than the "elitist weeaboo" strawman you so loathe?

Also as a general note, I'm really tired of this whole "weeaboo sub-lover/dub-hater" boogeyman that I keep seeing thrown around. I can tell you this confidently with personal experience, this site is pretty much a haven for dub fans. The number of hardcore sub lovers who've come by and smack-talked about how all dubs suck and all dub haters are garbage could be counted on probably not even half of my hand. Crap, I think it's happened a grand total of once. On the flipside I've seen numerous people go on about how people who hate dubs are the spawn of Satan and the single greatest threat to humanity, with the level of vitriol I see here. This idea of starting wars and treating yourself as an oppressed minority because of your preferred method of watching anime is bizarre and needs to stop.
Sk8erPrince
said at 8:03 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@NCZ

"treating yourself as an oppressed minority"

I never saw myself as oppressed. I'm just saying it as I see it.

"since I'm not seeing any here"

Are you absolutely sure, that one of your staff members isn't one of them? During a previous argument with Tuxedeo, I have determined them to befitting that category since according to them, "Dubs are the lowest common denominator" and "Dubbing underlings have no say in the adaption process". Both statements, regardless of whether or not they are opinionated, are in fact wholly untrue.

"There's also the underlying implication that people who enjoy Japanese voice acting are... wrong?"

They are not wrong. In fact, if they wanna watch the original JP, I don't mind. But I'm really, really sick of weebs that keep on complaining how certain roles are not played by the same gender in the dub like in the original, and several other factors. I don't take dub bashing lightly. At all.

"How are you acting any different than the "elitist weeaboo" strawman you so loathe?"

I'm advocating the evolution of dubs. There's the difference. Dubbing industries should prosper, and it would be preferable if more people would learn to appreciate dubs than the original JP.

"this site is pretty much a haven for dub fans"

Good. That's nice, but I really do wonder why a particular staff member, whom has clearly acted condescendingly towards dubs is erected to such a position.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:42 PM on Thu Dec 15 2016
@Sk8erPrince

Figure of speech. What do you think about the core ideas behind that paragraph.

"They are not wrong. In fact, if they wanna watch the original JP, I don't mind. But I'm really, really sick of weebs that keep on complaining how certain roles are not played by the same gender in the dub like in the original, and several other factors. I don't take dub bashing lightly. At all."

I'm legitimately not seeing any bashing at all on this page. There's a big difference between constructive criticism/expressing an opinion fairly and whining. The first statement regarding Kurapika is "kudos for not getting a guy". After which you stated that you were "honestly left speechless" as though such an opinion is unthinkable, and that a male voice is "tainting" Kurapika. Then another person explained why they think it's fine for this character to have a female voice.

These people are PRAISING the dub's casting choices. There's no bashing going on here. You speak of people bashing dubs for casting a character with the opposite-gendered VA as the original. But that's not happening in this case. The one who is bashing the casting choice here... is you. So what are you going on about?
Then there's the issue of you stating that you don't think a single female VA could do the role justice and acting in a downright disdainful way toward the notion of such a thing happening. The specificity and harshness of this flavour of vitriol just comes off as disturbing to me.

"I'm advocating the evolution of dubs. There's the difference. Dubbing industries should prosper, and it would be preferable if more people would learn to appreciate dubs than the original JP."

Don't you think a bit of constructive criticism is warranted though. The only way something can evolve is by collecting feedback. If I went to an ice cream shop and they made the ice cream in a way that was pretty good, but not quite perfect, I have two courses of action. I can say, "I like it, keep it up!" And so the ice cream will continue to be made and eaten by me in the same fashion. Or I can say, "It's not bad, but what if you did this instead?" The ice cream maker can either take this feedback or leave it. THAT is evolution. Feedback isn't always binary. The best course of action is not blind hatred nor is it blind love. It's a matter of recognizing what works and what doesn't, and being able to articulate that in a good way. If someone dislikes something, but is able to express it in a way that is respectful and fair, then what is the issue?

"I really do wonder why a particular staff member, whom has clearly acted condescendingly towards dubs is erected to such a position."

If you're bringing up the Dilandau issue then that moderator has been spoken to regarding appropriate conduct.
Sk8erPrince
said at 1:00 AM on Fri Dec 16 2016
@NCZ

"I'm legitimately not seeing any bashing at all on this page."

Not at all. You asked me what differentiates me between weebs, and you have your answer. Now I have to address your other points.

"as though such an opinion is unthinkable, and that a male voice is "tainting" Kurapika."

It is unthinkable to me, yes. Several similar male characters that are created prior to Kurapika that are originally cast to females are cast to males in Enhlidh. I've listed Kurama from YYH as an example. The real peculiar thing is, both YYH and HxH are created by the same author, so if Kurama was cast to a male actor, I don't see why the same can't be applied to Kurapika. Then again, even if both works weren't created by the same author, my point still stands.

I think Erika's voice is tainting the character because despite myself not liking the seiyu's performance either, I have every single reason to believe that the seiyu is actually more believable, at least in the perspective of Japanese people. I believe both Erika and the seiyu are forcing out an unnatural male voice, but of course, I'd recommend the version that is comparatively less unnatural. Cultural differences between the US and Japan are so diverse that one cannot possibly carry every single element over to the US for dubbing. And believe it or not, cultural differences affect casting choices, too. Which is why adult Goku is voiced by Sean Schemmel as opposed to Stephanie Nadolny, whom provided the voice of kid Goku. What sounds right to the Japanese might not have the same effect for Western people. That's what adaption is all about. Ironically, the Chinese dub gave me what I wanted despite Chinese and Japanese cultures both being Eastern. Most of the time, Chinese casting choices tend to mirror that of Japanese in their dubs. Surprisingly, Kurapika was a clear exception.

"The one who is bashing the casting choice here... is you. So what are you going on about?"

What am I on about? I'm trying to prove that I'm not a blind dub lover. As much as I love dubs, I don't like every single one of them. But I'd still rather understand the context by ear instead of having to rely on subs. Though I try my best to convince people to watch more dubs, if I have deemed a dub to be ill suited for enjoyment, then I'll have no choice but to recommend the subbed version, instead. Such is the case with HxH. I think Erika was awful as Kurapika, and with this role of hers, I have no faith that she'll pull off a good male voice until she manages to surprise me (like I said, I'm not sure why she didn't start with younger boys for practice, first). But the casting choice I think is most problematic in this dub isn't that of Erika's, it's Cristina's role of Killua. Killua, as far as I'm concerned, is supposed to be older (and more mature) than Gon. There is no plausible explanation as to why an overly high pitched and feminine + unconvincing male voice is deemed to be suitable for Killua. I've made a joke with some of my pals that the casting director for HxH 2011 must have taken crack during the casting process. And according to a couple of anime forums I've been on, it would seem that the general consensus is that a lot of the viewers have already quit or thinking of quitting the dub with Eng Killua's voice; and that more people had a problem with Killua sounding bad than Eng Kurapika (though I've noticed a number of people stating that Kurapika does not sound masculine enough).
Sk8erPrince
said at 1:01 AM on Fri Dec 16 2016
@NCZ

-cont'd-

"Then there's the issue of you stating that you don't think a single female VA could do the role justice"

It's not an issue. I simply have no faith in that regard, that's all. No big deal. My disbelief that any female could do Kurapika justice is similar to my disbelief regarding the very same thing about Kurama. Dubs take liberties all the time to appeal to a western audience. Which is why I don't understand why they can't do the same with Kurapika.

"acting in a downright disdainful way toward the notion of such a thing happening."

Because such a casting choice is the start of an advocacy that as long as a male character is deemed to be feminine, then they could be cast to females that don't even have to try to sound remotely male. If this continues, roles that rightfully belong to the male gender will eventually end up sounding subpar at the hands of females that can't do a more convincing job in terms of vocal realism. And I quote Huzaifa: "[Kurapika's voice is] not really that far off from a typical female voice, nasal resonance aside." Assuming that statement is true, then my point about vocal realism stands.

So if I'm understanding this correctly, as long as we label a male character as effeminate, they should sound female and not convincingly male? And that we should also throw the concept of puberty out of the window? I'm sorry, but that logic does not, in any possible way, sound reasonable to me at all.

"just comes off as disturbing to me."

It's also disturbing to think of a dreadful future in which males are getting less and less roles when females cross a territory they are not allowed in. Trained females can voice as male kids (which is already opposite their gender) in addition to their own gender. There is absolutely no need for them to tread past that territory. Because if they do (by that, I mean male teens and adults), they're just nabbing roles that rightfully belong to the male gender. I am well aware that the above scenario is a thing in Japan. And this is the main reason why I could never bring myself to like Japanese voice acting, besides the fact that I dislike the language itself to begin with. Vocal realism is not commonly considered; instead, it's all about giving women male roles that obviously don't fit them (Hajime Hinata from Dangan Ronpa 2 is a prime example of that point). Maybe it's just a part of Japanese culture. Who knows? I'd fear fot the same thing to happen in the US. Guess I have to thank the other miscast in this dub, then? Cuz lots of people are quitting the dub (not because of Erika), iirc. Hence they get less exposure to Kurapika's Eng voice, which again, I believe to be a miscast.

"The best course of action is not blind hatred nor is it blind love."

Again, I don't blindly love dubs. I always try to state what I think would have been more fitting for a dub that I deem as subpar, or bad. You know, what they could have done better, ya follow? I can be very analytical about it. I will not deny that I am often very harsh in dishing out my POV, though.

"If you're bringing up the Dilandau issue then that moderator has been spoken to regarding appropriate conduct."

Sweet. Glad to hear that.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:00 PM on Fri Dec 16 2016
@Sk8erPrince

This is all fine and dandy but none of it addresses the fundamental issue with your behaviour. If you want to be perceived as a fair person rather than a "blind dub lover" there are better avenues to doing so than directly insulting and mistreating other people and expressing an outright hatred towards an entire language. This has been a repeated issue and is not a productive or meaningful way of communicating with other people.

"It's also disturbing to think of a dreadful future in which males are getting less and less roles when females cross a territory they are not allowed in. Trained females can voice as male kids (which is already opposite their gender) in addition to their own gender. There is absolutely no need for them to tread past that territory. Because if they do (by that, I mean male teens and adults), they're just nabbing roles that rightfully belong to the male gender."

I don't know where to begin here. All I'm going to say is that this block to me suggests some very disturbing ideals regarding women.

"I will not deny that I am often very harsh in dishing out my POV, though."

You recognize that it is an issue then. Once again, there is a difference between being bluntly critical and being outright scathing and hateful. More often than not, your comments come off as the latter.

I've said all that I think needs to be said at this point in time so I will wrap things up here, but this is your final warning. You need to work on your behaviour, stop picking fights with and insulting other people, and recognize that extremism is not a solution. You seem to have a lot of fire within your heart and a lot of that seems to be misdirected and in need of dousing. It's really not healthy to carry such hatred within you and I strongly suggest you seek some help.
Sk8erPrince
said at 3:58 PM on Fri Dec 16 2016
@NCZ

"suggests some very disturbing ideals regarding women"

Not necessarily. It's nothing more than, "If a woman can't do this male character better than a real grown male, then they shouldn't do it in favor of vocal realism." Also, a lot of my views regarding casting tend to reflect official dubs. The only reasons that I could think of in regards to taking liberties in casting is either vocal realism or what English casting directors think would fit best in a western perspective.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:43 PM on Fri Dec 16 2016
@Sk8erPrince

I just say that in conjunction with your bit on the Goku VC about treating the term "feminist" as derogatory. Just try to be mindful because that ties into the overarching issue of rudeness and disrespect.

Now if you really want to turn over a new leaf, I think a good first step would be to apologize to those you have insulted, and take responsibility for and make a concerted effort to improve your actions and behaviour. Please recognize this because I'd like the addressing of this specific issue to not simply be ignored or deflected, but be the main takeaway from my posts.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:53 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
@PsychicVoiceSpy Who knows for all I know is that they might give it to either Keith Silvertein (the voice for Hisoka) or Matthew Mercer (the voice for Leorio), given thatthey have shared three roles from his Seiyuu, Rikiya Koyama (Coyote Starrk, Deep Sea King, and Onihei Mishima for Keith; Kiritsugu Emiya, Yamato, and Richard Max for Matthew).

But I think Keith's more likely since he usually get's to voice like 2-3 more characters in a show and Matthew's already been cast as Leorio, which makes his casting as Ging very unlikely as he doesn't normally voice different characters for shows done at Bang Zoom! Entertainment!!

But to be fair I would'nt rule out Marc Diraison since he did voiced Sweeper in "Zetman" which was a role originated by Koyama, but we'll soon find out who voices Ging on Tonight's episode, so be prepared!!!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:13 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
I know nothing about the series and I no plan to watch but even I was kinda hoping for Brendan Hunter to reprise his role.
ShigyC
said at 6:25 PM on Sat Mar 26 2016
@Music Meister Why's that, exactly?
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:01 PM on Sun Mar 27 2016
@ShigyC
Mostly due to the fact that it's Brandon's favorite role, so such so that he reprised it in an abridged series of Hunter X Hunter.
Plus he's pretty fantastic from what I've seen.
1dbad
said at 9:12 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
The dub cast is looking (and sounding) pretty promising so far. I'm really looking forward to the premiere, and hoping the dub will make up for the 1999 series' dub.
Omar_Lopez
said at 9:49 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@1dbad
1999 dub had its flaws but Annika Odegard as Killua was definitely the best thing about it; TBH I doubt Cristina Vee will be even half as good... If fans enjoy the new dub that's cool. I just personally hate having to roll my eyes and facepalm when human sheep say a dub is the best ever and have no clue what they're actually talking about and it's only slightly above average. Assuming the new dub will be better overall it's kind of sad if "good enough" is the new standard when it had the potential to have GOAT status.
1dbad
said at 11:51 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@Omar_Lopez I LOVED Annika Odegard as Killua. I did think the 1999 dub had a few vocal highlights, and she was definitely one of them. It's a shame she couldn't reprise, but I am willing to give the new VAs a chance. It's possible they might not be as good, but if that happens, I'll just stick to the sub. I am hoping for at least a good dub though. I loved the Japanese dub of the 1999 series, so it would be cool if I could enjoy the English dub of the 2011 series that much.
DarkWhite
said at 7:08 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I was hoping they'd cast an all new actress as Gon (Gon was Megumi Han's first role I believe). Oh well. Don't think I've heard Cristina Vee play a boy so can't judge. Thought she'd make a good Machi. If Michelle Ruff is actually voicing Kurapika that'd be a great cast.

Matthew Mercer should be interesting as Leorio. Glad they didn't cast Kirk Thornton cause I want him to be Shoot. He'd be perfect in that role.
Gaddes
said at 5:51 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Glad we finally got some cast news. I'm sure it will be a good dub. I'll be honest, I wasn't a fan of the Blue Water dub myself.
BlueHeracross
said at 5:26 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I want to thank everyone involved in not making this a Blue Water dub. Now I can rest pretty easily.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:33 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@BlueHeracross

Fingers crossed for a unionized dub, though.

I was REALLY hoping we could get a crowdfund of some sort.

Might help?
Plevak
said at 4:37 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
Erica Mendez and Christina Vee are some of my favorite Voice actresses im sure theyl do great. So its a non union L.A dub I knew it.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:32 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@Plevak Not sure yet. The only way I could see this being non-union is if one of the cast members in the show used an alias like Steve Staley as Steve Cannon or Dorothy Fahn as Johanna Luis.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:33 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Easiest way to tell if the dub is union, is whether or not Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, or Kari Walhgren are in the dub.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 8:03 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@Shaun Ince Let's not forget about Bridget Hoffman, since she also currently appears Union-only anime dubs, especially those at Bang Zoom!.

I would say it looks to be far–fetched for HxH becoming union, but a lot of us thought that the English dub of Doraemon was non-union, up until when Kari Wahlgren and Crispin Freeman appeared in the dub's second season confirming it was a Union dub.

Regardless if Hunter x Hunter becomes Union or non-union, I will accept on whichever dub HxH will become. Just as long as the performances in the dub are excellent and I enjoy watching it as an English dub fan.
Zillah
said at 4:27 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
And now we finally have some news on the dub.

And I gotta say, these are some pretty good choices so far.
BioZero216
said at 4:26 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Good choices, so far. I'm just glad we finally got a dub.
EVRoss
said at 3:59 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
For those who have been patiently holding off watching the show for the dub, your wait is now over.

I'll try to be fair and give the dub a fair chance when it's released but at a glance I'm not very impressed.

Erica Mendez should be ok but I didn't think her Aladdin voice in Magi or any boy voices are anything special. Cristina Vee has always been an extremely overrated actress IMO but also hoping at least Killua will hopefully be acceptable.

Matthew Mercer as Leorio should be fine but the fact that Steve Blum was overlooked (an obvious candidate) implies this is probably a non-union dub which is disappointing; I guess for a show this long the studio wants to save as much $ as possible with lower rates and with so many characters there's no shortage of non-union and fi-core VAs looking to audition.

Keith Silverstein as Hisoka I think I can grow to like.

Overall first impression: The dub was always going to have a challenge considering how the Japanese version has arguably some of the best voice acting in the seiyuu industry in recent memory (I have friends in Japan who are fluent who can vouch for this); FYI I'm not a weaboo for anyone curious, I actually prefer dubs (when actually done right) but I honestly don't think the English dub will match or exceed the Japanese version; serviceable is sadly probably the highest it can aim for...

Good news is it could've been a lot worse! Was seriously worried Hisoka would've been someone dreadful like Todd Haberkorn or possibly Sam Riegel (who I like and is talented) but would've phoned it in with one of his usual flamboyant voices which have mixed results.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 4:16 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@EVRoss Won't hold my breath if it's non-union, even though I'm certain that's where the show looks to be heading. We will have to keep an eye out for the show on more infor in the meantime.

Honestly the only way I can tell an LA dubbed anime title is non-union is through several factors:

1. The anime title is utilizing both newer voice actors (from the BZ auditions at AX) and Fi-core actors, so no actors like Steve Blum and Crispin Freeman involved since they only work in union productions.

2. The actor/actress using an Alias (e.g. Steve Staley as Steve Canno or David Earnest as David Vincent)

3. Anime title not listed in the SAG-AFTRA database.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 3:58 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
You know I couldn't be more excited for the dub cast on HxH being announced today at C2E2, now for my thoughts on the casting:

Erica Mendez has always been my personal pick for Gon ever since Viz announced the license for the show back in October. She has the perfect capacity on voicing tomboys and young boy characters such as Ryuko in Kill la Kill and Aladdin in Magi, so good for her on getting another iconic role that would soon join the rest of the characters she voiced before, I can't wait for what she brings to Gon.

Cristina Vee as Killua, that was quite a surprise since this is the first time she voiced a young boy character in anime series. I was epecting she was going to be Shizuku of the Phantom Troupe, but I am overall excited that Cristina will kill it as Killua since she also used her boy voice in one of her demos.

Matt Mercer as Leorio, totally threw me off surprise for me. Keith Silverstein was my personal pick for him, but I would give props they chose Matt for the role, since he has voiced some likable jerks in some of the other shows he was involved in.

Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, nice choice they pick they chose for him. Would've has Tony Oliver for the role since he voiced Ulquiorra Cifer in Bleach who happened to be one of the many roles for Daisuke Namikawa who voiced Hisoka in the Japanese version. But Keith will do an excellent job voicing Hisoka since he has a history on voicing villains.

Overall really liking the choices on the cast they chose for the characters and I can't wait for more cast announcements for HxH.

Now I'm wondering, who have they cast as Kurapika? The ADR director for HxH, and whether if the show is dubbed at Bang Zoom! or Studiopolis? Looks to be the former since that's where many of the actors (Erica, Cristina, and Matt) primarily do anime voice over, even though they did worked on the Sailor Moon dub which is primarily done at Studiopolis.
1dbad
said at 9:09 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I'm REALLY shocked they announced Hisoka's VA before Kurapika's. But Viz has another convention scheduled for a few days from now, so I'm guessing we'll find out more cast/studio/director information then.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:31 PM on Sat Mar 19 2016
@1dbad I know right. I was expecting Kurapika's English voice actor to be announced alongside Gon, Killua, and Leorio's English voice actors, since Kurapika is one of the 4 main characters in the show. I'm still optimistic they might announce more casting info for HxH at Anime Boston next week.
1dbad
said at 12:05 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Not only that, but the dub clip they showed at the panel had Kurapika's voice in it. Really strange to show us a voice and not even say who it is... All we have is fan speculation at the moment. (people are thinking it's Michelle Ruff) But at least with Anime Boston on the horizon, we'll likely know for sure soon.
1dbad
said at 2:59 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Well we have an answer now: He's played by Erika Harlacher! Turns out it was confirmed yesterday, but the Twitter user who took pics missed it by accident.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 4:28 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@Gaddes Was aware of the news ever since I saw the tweet early afternoon. ;)
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 4:33 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
@Gaddes I was aware of the announcement.
DarkWhite
said at 10:34 AM on Sun Feb 28 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm excited for this dub cause it will give me a reason to watch the show again. And hopefully by the time the dub runs its course the manga will resume (please?).

If its dubbed in LA I hope they cast Richard Epcar as Morel that would be epic
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:00 PM on Mon Feb 22 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Please, please be union @NYAV Post or Studiopolis
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 8:23 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Agreed, while I'm not against non-union dubs in LA since most of them are good, it would be a nice step to see HxH become a Union dub, given the huge amount of diversive characters the series has, and the amount of actors being involved in the dub, not to mention we could see the return of some familiar voices who haven't been in the anime dubbing game for a while (e.g. Megan Hollingshead, Paul St. Peter).

However, I won't hold my breath on that one, since outside of Naruto, Durarara, the Fate/Stay Knight series and among many other select Unionized anime titles, most of the current Anime titles that are dubbed in Los Angeles area these days are non-union.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:00 PM on Sat Jan 16 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
I've gotta admit, I'm getting a little impatient for news about the dub. A little anxious, too. :/
Ichigo341578926
said at 2:38 AM on Mon Feb 1 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah I know. Ever since Viz announced that they had I license I've been checking around for information on the dub EVERY day!
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 8:51 PM on Tue Feb 2 2016
@Ichigo341578926 @PsychicVoiceSpy, Same here, I'm hoping they would announce the dub cast at either this years Katsucon, Anime Boston or Anime Expo, though I won't hold my breath, since, since Viz Media usually decides to make dub cast announcements on a licensed show at a big Anime convention event (example: "Boston" and "AX"), though I don't doubt they might choose AX. But who knows?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:42 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@Ichigo341578926 Them making the announcement and then not hearing another peep out of them on the matter for four months is just frustrating. Hopefully we'll get something new before long.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 8:25 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
@PsychicVoiceSpy It looks like we will be having a Viz Media Industry panel, along with a HxH screening at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) on March 19. So I'm expecting they might announce the English dub cast here.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:29 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Nice... I'm both excited and nervous.
Autovolt
said at 8:22 AM on Wed Mar 9 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Finally some actual news on this dub.

Here's hoping the casting will be great.

*fingers crossed for Ocean/Blue Water as unlikely as it may seem*.
BlueHeracross
said at 3:21 PM on Tue Mar 15 2016
@Autovolt
Your finger crossing is what's making me nervous.

Please be Studiopolis, Bang Zoom, NGP, NYAV, Ocean, Salami, SDI, Deluxe Digital, or any place but Blue Water.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 5:17 PM on Tue Mar 15 2016
@BlueHeracross Ditto, I am expecting it would be either Bang Zoom or Studiopolis that will dub the show, hoping it's the latter since they dub a lot of the long-running and popular shows for Viz Media since 2005. Although to be fair, I don't think Bang Zoom's out of the question given that Justin Sevakis, who does a lot of the Viz titles for Bang Zoom!, hinted at a unannounced title that was going to be announced during the Viz Media panel at New York Comic-Con last year, so HxH could be it. But for the long run, Bang Zoom! has not dub any long-running anime series with 100+ episodes and most of the shows (outside of Eureka Seven, which had 52 episodes) are either 12-13 or 24 episode anime series, though I would like to see BZ take a stab on a long running Shōnen series in the vein of Naruto, Bleach and Sailor Moon (okay not Shōnen, but it's still a long running show; original series that is) being dubbed at Studiopolis.

The only thing I'm nervous on is if the show would be a non-union or union dub production. I am hoping Hunter x Hunter becomes a Union dub, given the large cast of characters the series has and the number of voice actors (both veterans and newcomers) that could be involved in the production. However, I'm not holding my breath on that one, since most anime that are dubbed in the Los Angeles area these days are non-union. :/
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:32 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995

"most anime that are dubbed *in the Los Angeles* area these days are non-union. :/"


Pray tell, where exactly ARE anime dubbed union, if not in Los Angeles?
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 8:12 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Los Angeles, California is technically the ONLY city and state where several different anime series are both dubbed Union and non-union, compared to Texas and New York where most anime titles are non-union since those states particularly the former have no association with the labor union. However the number of union dubs in LA have been gradually reduced in recent years due to the anime recession in 2008 and 2012 which caused the closures of Bandai Entertainment and Geneon. Because of this issue, Bang Zoom! which did a lot of Union dubs besides Studiopolis, decided not to continue relying on voice actors that appear in Union-only productions (e.g. Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, Kari Wahlgren, etc...) and instead rely on new voice actors like Cristina Vee, Erica Mendez, Zach Aguilar, Erika Harlacher, among others for their current dubs.
BioZero216
said at 12:06 AM on Sun Nov 8 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
And now, we play the waiting game. Honestly, we've been waiting for a dub for four years, so at this point, be it Ocean, LA or maybe even NY, I'm all for it.
ShigyC
said at 8:41 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
@BioZero216 On one side, I'm just happy that we can finally have, I assume, replacement-subtitles of more accuracy - as with the dub's dialogue itself. CrunchyRoll barely had an hour to translate each episode, so quite a few things here and there will make more sense/have a bit more of an impact.
Plevak
said at 4:01 AM on Sat Nov 28 2015
@BioZero216 The waiting game sucks. Lets play hungry hungry hippos!
1dbad
said at 4:50 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@ShigyC @ShigyC I'd recommend checking out Hunter x Hunter on Hulu if you want a taste of what to expect. Viz is re-subbing the series from scratch, and they're also using Blu-Ray raws, with improved animation and art!
ShigyC
said at 12:55 AM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@1dbad Exactly! That's what I've been even more stoked for~
1dbad
said at 6:01 PM on Wed Jun 29 2016
@ShigyC Same here. :D I felt bad about putting off watching the 2011 version so long, but I'm kind of glad I did so in hindsight. Now I have Blu-Ray masters to enjoy, as well as the dub coming out. :D
Metabad
said at 3:09 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
 12 Shout Outs!
I really want this dub goes to Ocean so that they can get consistent and steady anime work again, and so that some of the Blue Water actors can return and improve on their work. Not getting my hopes up, but that would be great to see.

Although the inner pessimist in me is thinking this will go to L.A. and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that and it'd probably be well acted either way...they're getting enough work as is, and it'll just kill all of my interest in the dub just hearing the same generic voices over and over again. I want to be excited for a dub again, dagnabbit!

So yeah, lots of things are getting in the way of my excitement for this, but the one good thing I can say is that at least this isn't going to Funimation.
HylianBelmont
said at 2:52 AM on Tue Oct 13 2015
@Metabad Honestly, I'm just tired of the "only LA can produce good English dubs" mentality.

I mean don't get me wrong, some of my favorite games of all time have LA dubs and they're great, but fantastic english dubs like Black Lagoon and Death Note were done by Ocean, and I just know that they would nail this show if given the chance.
Autovolt
said at 12:58 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Ok I still have not seen the show yet, I plan to early next year. I've heard nothing but good things about it and so many options to where they could record this dub.

You know my answer is an Ocean/Blue Water mix, and obviously Brendan Hunter reprising Hisoka. Though i'd be alright with an LA dub provided the casting is fitting.
1dbad
said at 11:45 AM on Sat Oct 10 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
So Brendan Hunter, who voiced Hisoka in the 99 series dub, commented he wants to reprise the role on Viz's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialVIZMedia/photos/a.10152080076083552.1073741831.281874918551/10153720819148552/?type=3&comment_id=10153721005328552&offset=0&total_comments=67&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22}

The dub's probably already in production so I doubt it'll happen, but I did find it interesting nonetheless.
BlueHeracross
said at 8:52 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@1dbad
Honestly, that's kind of a relief. Maybe is not fair of me to say since I only watched a little bit of it, but the old dub....wasn't too good.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:55 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@BlueHeracross As someone who has heard most of the series' major voices from the old dub, I would say that yes, the dub was pretty weak overall (with a few decent performances here and there). However, the talent from Calgary who worked on the dub have proven themselves to be very solid performers in their video game work, and some of their recent anime work sounds much better than their dub for Hunter x Hunter 1999.

A lot of what really brought down that dub was most likely due to bad casting decisions and poor direction.

Brendan Hunter as Hisoka, however, was not one of those weaknesses.

I've seen most of his work from that dub, and despite the poor direction, he managed to give a decent performance most of the time, and in some scenes I would even go as far to say (in complete seriousness) that he gave some line deliveries that were about on par with Daisuke Namikawa. Plus, his voice for the character is a great fit. If he got to reprise with better direction, I guarantee you he'd impress.

He's also really enthusiastic about the character, and he's done the voice several times in YouTube videos where he sounds better than he did in the anime. Out of all the actors from the 1999 dub, he's the one I'm desperately hoping gets to reprise. I honestly can't think of anyone else I'd rather have voice Hisoka over Brendan Hunter.
Ichigo341578926
said at 1:44 AM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy In all honesty Hunter should voice Pariston Hill. That way he can be voiced the Hisoka in the 99 anime in both the English and Japanese version. Plus I kinda feel like he'd fit better for Pariston Hill than Hisoka anyway.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:15 AM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@Ichigo341578926 While that would probably work well, there's no obligation to cast Hisoka's 1999 English VA as Pariston just because it's that way in Japanese.

As for your second point, I disagree. Brendan has a deeper voice than the 1999 seiyuu that's a little closer to Namikawa anyway, and I've heard him lower his voice and sound more menacing at points throughout the 1999 dub and on YouTube when doing the voice and he's a darn good fit for the character. For Pariston, his voice might be a little too low.

I personally imagine someone like Brad Swaile voicing Pariston.
Ichigo341578926
said at 8:28 AM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Well having listened to his voice more recently (as of a few minutes ago) I can kinda see what you mean about it being to deep. But lets face it if he doesn't voice Hisoka it's still very likely that he could be in the dub as a different character. Mainly due to the fact that there's a good chance that they had already casted Hisoka before Viz announced that they had the license.
Autovolt
said at 1:00 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@Ichigo341578926 You know I could see that happening, though I agree with PsychicVoiceSpy that Brendan Hunter IS Hisoka.

I haven't seen the series yet but even I know that. With that said Brendan is versatile enough, he could voice both roles.
1dbad
said at 7:09 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@BlueHeracross True, but Brendan's a separate case. He was like one of the few highlights that even poor voice direction couldn't pull the curtains on. And I really do love it when a voice actor has a special attachment to one of their characters like he does.
BioZero216
said at 12:05 PM on Fri Oct 9 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Finally! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/247413/20151009/hunter-x-hunter-anime-series-viz-media-nycc-2015-panel.htm
dcmarvelanime
said at 4:27 PM on Fri Oct 9 2015
@BioZero216 Thank U Thank U Thank U Thank U Thaaaaank UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!
Ichigo341578926
said at 11:04 AM on Fri Oct 9 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-10-09/viz-media-adds-2011-hunter-x-hunter-anime/.93993
1dbad
said at 12:27 PM on Fri Oct 9 2015
@Ichigo341578926 I'm so excited! I do hope they dub it here in the states though, unless they get a better Canadian voice director this time.
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 9:40 PM on Fri Oct 9 2015
@1dbad I highly doubt the new HunterxHunter series will be dubbed in Canada, they could pull a "Sailor Moon" on this one and dubbed the series in Los Angeles instead.
1dbad
said at 11:41 AM on Sat Oct 10 2015
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I'm not expecting it either, but stranger things have happened. I'm guessing it'll be an LA dub too. Maybe a Bang Zoom one?
DisneyAnimefan1995
said at 10:13 AM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@1dbad Depends on which LA recording studio Viz Media is going to send it to. It could be Studiopolis, which has been Viz's most recurring recording since about 2005 and dubbed some of their Popular titles they licensed (e.g. Naruto, Bleach Sailor Moon, etc..) or more recently Bang Zoom! Entertainment which they used since about late 2011 early-to-mid 2012 after the closure on Bandai Entertainment.

But hey whichever Recording Studio Viz is going the send for the HunterxHunter dub I'll be looking forward to it.
dcmarvelanime
said at 12:47 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@1dbad What about MB VoiceWorks or NYAV Post Viz should at least tried those two studio.
1dbad
said at 1:01 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Only things making me think it might be Bang Zoom is 1. Justin Sevakis hinted a little while ago at working on a project for Viz that would be announced "soon," and he only deals with the shows Bang Zoom has done post production for. If said project is Hunter x Hunter, then it'll be a Bang Zoom dub. 2. With Studiopolis already doing two long running shows for them (Naruto, Sailor Moon) Viz may give to Bang Zoom to lighten the load a bit.

But these speculations could be wrong and it could be Studiopolis after all. I don't really care which studio gets it since I'm sure it'll be good either way. :)
1dbad
said at 1:03 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@dcmarvelanime From my understanding Viz mainly uses Ocean Studios in Canada (not so much anymore), or Studiopolis or Bang Zoom in LA. I'm guessing it's more likely they'll send it to one of those, but you never know I suppose.
BlueHeracross
said at 5:50 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
Another year, another AX. Still no HxH announcement ._.
dcmarvelanime
said at 10:12 PM on Sun May 31 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Perhaps Media Blasters, bought the rights and there recording at MB VoiceWorks.
Jetcape15
said at 8:50 PM on Sun May 31 2015
I for one found this show to be one of if not the most disappointing shows I've ever watched. The animation and music are great but that's about it.
SteelEthlan
said at 9:30 PM on Sat May 9 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
I wouldn't mind that Ocean Studios (A Canadian dub) would pick up a 2011 made Hunter x Hunter if they could decide. But hey, who knows?
BioZero216
said at 10:28 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
They're never going to dub this show, are they?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@BioZero216 I'm cautiously optimistic about it. It hasn't even been a year since the show ended in Japan and it still has an active fanbase. It's taken longer than this for some anime to get brought over, so while it's not getting here super quickly, there's not a whole lot of reason to worry just yet, IMO.
BioZero216
said at 3:16 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy I hope you're right.
DarkWhite
said at 9:51 PM on Sun Jul 19 2015
@BioZero216 Could be for a few reasons

1) It's unfinished and it's unknown if Togashi will ever get back into it due to his frequent hiatuses (Japanese bookstores are already fed up with it and want to take it off their shelves) so maybe thats a turn off

2) Funimation or Aniplex want to focus on their "flavor of the year" anime (Attack on Titan, SAO)

Anyways, I could live without a dub as long as it's completed because it's simply too wonderful to be left incomplete. If it does get dubbed I hope Funimation pick it up cause they're the best at it imo.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:38 AM on Sat Mar 7 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I finished this around a month ago, and I absolutely loved it. It was so good that I decided to select it as my #1 favorite show. That's kind of a big deal in my book since I've been on the site for two years and in all that time I've never been able to make a choice on what show deserved that spot. It's an excellent series with beautiful animation, memorable and endearing characters, and a story that consistently stayed fresh and creative and could be both tense and dark as well as light-hearted and adventurous.

I want someone to license this show and bring it over here already! When they do, I'll buy the crap out of it! Whoever dubs it had better do the show and its characters justice, or else I'll be very, VERY ticked off... but I'll still buy the show regardless of how the dub turns out. The show's original Japanese cast was absolutely stunning, so if the dub comes out and it's mediocre then I'll have no problem rewatching it in Japanese again and again.

For those of you reading this who haven't given this franchise a look, I HIGHLY recommend that you check it out when you have the chance. In my opinion, this anime deserves more attention than it gets and I would love for more people to experience the joy this show has given me.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:30 AM on Fri Jan 16 2015
I just finished the Chimera Ant arc recently, and... that was something... that was REALLY something. This is such a bold, unpredictable, and powerful show. The way that arc ended was so beautiful, tragic and poignant. What surprised me the most is that in the end it was like the villain's character development had came full circle and he found inner peace while the main character pretty much completely unraveled and is at the lowest point in his life. I mean, the heroes won, and yet they also lost, and the villain lost, but he also won, in a bittersweet kind of way.

How many shows have moments like that? It was so... WOW. For a shonen anime, this was a really, REALLY deep arc with a lot of themes and emotional conflict, and the fact that it managed to defy so many of my expectations without feeling like it was trying desperately hard to be different and ending up being contrived truly earned my respect. I was very shocked by how dark and unforgiving it was. I also didn't expect nearly the level of violence and death in this show, but it doesn't pull any punches, and it got to the point where I downright FEARED seeing what would happen next because I was afraid for the characters.

I think if I keep writing this is just going to devolve into unfocused rambling, but after finishing that arc I had so many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I HAD to let them out, and also give this story my respect. I'm in love with this story, its characters, its sometimes lovably warped sense of humor, and all of the imagination put into it.

I sure can't wait until I finish the show and get mildly depressed and not get to see anything more come of it for years because of the manga's crazy hiatuses! *falls on the floor and starts sobbing*
Fulgore2005
said at 2:04 PM on Sat Dec 27 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Loved Junko Iwao as Kikyo Zoldyck.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:23 AM on Sun Jan 27 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
This needs to be released in the US... like, REALLY bad!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:15 PM on Sun Dec 14 2014
@PurpleWarrior13 Oh man, I totally agree. I just got finished watching the Greed Island arc, and I love it! I might have to start collecting the manga for now.
Kenshin_san
said at 7:12 PM on Thu Jun 21 2012
the cast for the Phantom Troupe for the upcoming York shin (york new) arc has been revealed. there actors are


Mamoru Miyano as Chrollo

Noriko Hidaka as Shalnark

Naoya Uchida as Nobunaga

Romi Park as Pakunoda

Hidenobu Kiuchi as Franklin

Kenn as Phinks

Akio Ohtsuka as Uvogin

Kappei Yamaguchi as Feitan
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:51 PM on Mon Jun 25 2012
@Kenshin_san

Already knew since I read stuff on the internet too but thanks. :)

I'll add them when the characters actually appear in the episodes.
Kenshin_san
said at 10:49 PM on Wed Jun 27 2012
@Jackson_H lol alright then, the info is for everyone excluding Jackson and the people who already know. :D
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:44 AM on Sun Jul 29 2012
@Kenshin_san
All added now!

Kortopi and Bonolenov will be added when they actually talk and their VAs are known. :)
Kenshin_san
said at 11:10 PM on Fri Aug 3 2012
@Jackson_H yay lol, for Kortopi, her voice should be coming up sometime in this arc(at least i think so), for Bonolenov i don't think he said a word up until the Chimera arc :P
Kenshin_san
said at 11:11 PM on Fri Aug 3 2012
@Jackson_H *his voice, i forgot Kortopi is a dude :P
Kenshin_san
said at 7:10 PM on Thu Jun 21 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Great series,definitely worth checking out, if not of the hiatuses the manga would definitely be more popular than it truly is. it's great that they decided to reboot the series. HxH Forever!
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