Naruto: Shippuden CREDITS

Naruto: Shippuden
Voice Directors: Jamie Simone, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

US Premiere: Oct 28, 2009
US Home Media: Sep 29, 2009
Japan Premiere: Feb 15, 2007
Japan Conclusion: Mar 23, 2017

Seasons: 21
Episodes: 500

Animation Studio: Pierrot

Popularity: 10th All Time, 22nd This Week

Franchise: Naruto
Characters on BTVA: 159
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MizukaS
said at 11:34 AM on Mon Dec 25 2017
While Naruto sounded amazing in the original series, he is very dreadful to listen to in Shippuden. It's very obvious to me that Malie Flanagan is trying too hard to force out a teenage male voice, and I don't like it. Quite a number of fans compared Naruto's Shippuden voice to a chain smoking woman, and to be honest, I am very inclined to agree.

No amount of "Naruto is supposed to sound like that because he is a man child" is enough justification to mirror the JP version's decision to keep using Junko Takeuchi, which, obviously worked for Japan, but not for the US. If there is a type of voice that I think sounds similar to Naruto retaining the same VA throughout the entirety of the series, it's honestly Masako Nozawa as Goku.
MizukaS
said at 11:42 AM on Mon Dec 25 2017
Think of it like this: What if Stephanie Nadolny kept voicing Goku, and Sean Schemmel never took over as teen and adult Goku? I certainly don't like the sound of that; while that would mirror the JP casting choice, it would be very painful to listen to.
MizukaS
said at 12:01 PM on Mon Dec 25 2017
There's a fine line between mirroring JP castings and casting choices that truly work for its target audience. The difference between American and Japanese cultures dictates that several elements that make perfect sense in its country of origin won't and can't translate well in Western territories.

While it is common for Japan to cast women as older males, mirroring such casting choices in the US does not achieve the same effect. ANN has a report that details on this very topic, and I highly recommend other members here to read it.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2013-08-30
xXLikeABossXx
said at 9:24 PM on Sat Jun 9 2018
@MizukaS They didn’t dub original DB at the time, Sean Schemmel was Goku, and Nadolny was Young Gohan. They started dubbing DBZ first.
Matrix92
said at 4:23 PM on Thu Dec 21 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Considering the fact I understand how dubs worked, the whole English cast has done an excellent job with their performances. Especially with several of them voicing multiple characters. They may not sound similar to Japanese, but their acting is till just as great. Thank you guys for staying committed to the series when possible.
Marakutanay
said at 1:24 PM on Sat Dec 23 2017
@Matrix92 I agree that Naruto has really strong dub; they make good use of people with range like Kirk, Kyle and Steve, all of them do fine job distinguishin all of their characters.
1dbad
said at 3:51 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
 9 Shout Outs!
I must say, it's really impressive how consistent (for the most part) the dub cast has managed to remain even after all these years. It really shows in the performances too. I've always found Naruto to have an especially good dub, but the performances have been even more incredible with Shippuden.

Now that Shippuden is FINALLY ending, I do plan to start catching up on it at some point. I will be skipping all of the filler though, or at least most of it.
Koshej
said at 9:35 AM on Wed Jul 8 2015
 1 Shout Out!
NaruHina!
LOOOL! :)
IAMTHEVASTUNIVERSE
said at 2:10 AM on Sat Jun 27 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
I would absolutely love to see John Dimaggio or Corey Burton cast in the Shippuden dub before its run is over but the realistic chance of that occurring is rather slim considering they're probably far to expensive to hire for an anime dub. Jamie Simone is always very picky when it comes to casting for anime dubs which can work for a dub and against it. If there was any casting director/voice director in this medium that could make such casting calls possible it would indeed be Jamie Simone. If such dream casting ever did come into fruition for the Shippuden dub you can bet your ass that John and Corey would knock it out of the park.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:34 PM on Sat Jun 9 2018
@IAMTHEVASTUNIVERSE Naruto might be a union dub, but that ain't happening. Like at all.
Sarge Ray
said at 9:41 AM on Sat Jul 26 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Started out rather slow and choppy, but it quickly picked up the pace after the Sasori arc.
Blazer5robot
said at 11:42 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
It's way better than the first series!!!!
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