Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5
Voice Director: Valerie Arem

US Release: Apr 04, 2017
Japan Release: Sep 15, 2016
Europe Release: Apr 04, 2017

Game Developer: Atlus

Popularity: 36th All Time, 4th This Week

Franchise: Megami Tensei
Characters on BTVA: 22
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NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:22 PM on Fri Mar 24 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Wow people are already starting to get their copies early. Guess there goes any shot of a last-minute delay for old times' sake.
Unknownsage13
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muAf-ZvMGPg&t=194s
Erika Harlacher playing through a segment. It has story spoilers so don't click if you wanna go in completely new.

But anyways. It sounds like your character's teacher may be voiced by Michael Sorich. And as for Kamoshida, not too sure. Sounds VERY familar but not sure.
JRPictures
said at 7:06 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
@Unknownsage13 Kamoshida is DC Douglas: https://twitter.com/DC_Douglas/status/841761081932435457

He listed the game on his resume for a while now and some people actually got the character right but he only just recently confirmed it.
Marakutanay
said at 8:08 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
@Unknownsage13 I actually think the teacher is Peter Lurie. Hashirama has just appeared in the Naruto dub so I kinda recognise him.
PeachesDaisy
said at 2:05 PM on Tue Feb 21 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Don't know which one, either Caroline or Justine sounds a lot like Elizabeth from Persona 3. It would be nice for one to be voiced by Elizabeth's VA and the other voiced by one of Margaret's...nice link there.
But I jest. just me lost in thoughts all alone....ahaha.
Stelman257
said at 6:26 PM on Wed Mar 1 2017
@PeachesDaisy They're both voiced by Carrie Keranen so thank her for the great voices!
PeachesDaisy
said at 3:09 PM on Fri Mar 3 2017
@Stelman257 Never heard of her, but she does a great job!
Unknownsage13
said at 12:23 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
@PeachesDaisy some significant roles: Casca in Berserk, Satsuki in Kill la Kill, Mami in Madoka Magica, Lailah in Tales of Zestiria, actually just realized there's a whole list of her roles on this website. Check it out! You'll probably recognize some of her roles.
PeachesDaisy
said at 4:15 PM on Thu Mar 16 2017
@Unknownsage13 Lol, probably best to as I don't know any of those roles either.
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 9:04 PM on Fri Jan 27 2017
Ichiko is definitely Amanda Winn Lee. I'm a bit surprised they reused one of the P4/P4G voice actors again considering she was one of the main cast VAs (Yukiko) in P4 but oh well. AWL is a pretty good actor and her voice is always a nice treat to hear, though it'll be strange hearing a character with the same voice as one of P4's main cast in P5...
Stelman257
said at 5:36 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
@ScraftyIsTheBest I'm pretty sure it's intentional haha. It's their own personal throwback to the previous games. Amanda Winn Lee doesn't voice act unless she's personally asked too after all.

Same with how Hifumi is Eden Reigel and Sadayo is Michelle Ruff.
FUNiman
said at 2:37 PM on Thu Jan 26 2017
Well the final Confidant trailers are out. Shinya sounds waaaaaay too grating for my tastes, but the others all sounded good. Does anyone else think Yuki Mishima is Brian Beacock?
Marakutanay
said at 6:13 AM on Fri Jan 27 2017
@FUNiman I don't think it's Brian. I have a feeling Yuuki is Nanashi VO, Phillip Reich. Also, am I mistaken or Shinya is Cindy Robinson? People at youtube keep saying it's Mona Marshall or Barbara Goodson but all I'm hearing is V.V.
FUNiman
said at 7:42 AM on Fri Jan 27 2017
@Marakutanay I hear V.V. as well in Shinya so I'll agree to that.
Now they just gotta release that Akechi trailer and we're golden.
Marakutanay
said at 8:53 AM on Fri Jan 27 2017
@FUNiman We also haven't heard anything about the antagonists/villains, apart from Kamoshida.
Stelman257
said at 5:37 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
@FUNiman Yuki Mishima is most definitely Sean Chiplock man.
Unknownsage13
said at 7:30 PM on Mon Dec 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Watched latest confidant trailers. Sounds like Eden Riegel and Michelle Ruff are back!
FUNiman
said at 7:42 PM on Mon Dec 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 Eden Riegel has been in like every PCB game recently and seems to be their new Yuri Lowenthal. Glad to hear her and Ruff though. I wanna know who plays the politician guy...
Unknownsage13
said at 12:18 AM on Tue Dec 20 2016
@FUNiman Some people think it's Tony Oliver.
LeDom
said at 7:32 PM on Wed Jan 18 2017
@Unknownsage13 I'M thinking it's Cam Clarke actually
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:48 PM on Sun Dec 11 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
I listened to the OST last night and I like it a lot. It's this really great, chilled Japanese-style jazz that I love. Between stuff like Nier, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush, and the Switch (among other things) I think I'm good for the first half of 2017 so I don't think I'll get the game at launch, but I'll probably check it out at some point. I appreciate that they added dual audio as an option. Having the option is nice and never hurts anybody.
FUNiman
said at 5:13 PM on Tue Dec 6 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Despite how brief the video was I quite liked what I heard of Lindbeck as Sakura. It helps that I am not a super huge Aoi Yuki fan (too squeaky for me)... I'm thinking Erica's performance is probably gonna be my favorite of this dub.
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 8:52 PM on Tue Dec 6 2016
@FUNiman

I listened to the Futaba trailer as well, and I definitely like the voice so far. It definitely fits her character pretty well. I think it was important that they gave Futaba a good voice, and most importantly, one that isn't annoying. And that's because she's P5's Fuuka/Rise, so we're likely gonna hear her give out commentary every turn in battle like Fuuka and Rise did in the last two installments, if Futaba had an annoying voice then it would be annoying to listen to her voice every second or so. So that's definitely a plus. Fuuka was kind of annoying to listen to in P3 on a constant basis, but Rise had a pretty awesome voice in P4 and P4G that was actually quite enjoyable to hear (props to Laura for that), so having experienced those, I was worried the most about Futaba's voice since it'll be heard on a constant 5-second basis. After hearing Erica's voice with Futaba so far, it seems like it won't turn out too annoying, so that's nice.
Marakutanay
said at 4:43 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
@FUNiman I was expecting a really high-pitched voice for Futaba after hearing his jap voice but I have to say that I'm really pleased with Erica's performance. Also has anyone checked the Confidants trailers? What do you think?
FUNiman
said at 5:41 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
@Marakutanay Takemi is eh to me, she sounds... bored? She lacks oomph.

Sojiro is Jamieson Price, so no complaints.

Iwai is great though, he sounds very shady and cool. Seems like he won't sound annoying like the SMTIV merchant did ("This is real, right?")
Marakutanay
said at 2:02 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@FUNiman Does anyone know who voices Tae by the way? Also, that Erica interview killed me: "It's called acting". Too bad we aren't getting a Matt one.
HylianBelmont
said at 2:22 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@Marakutanay it...sounds a bit like Mary Elizabeth McGlynn? Not too sure tbh
FUNiman
said at 2:57 PM on Fri Dec 9 2016
@Marakutanay Some Youtube comments I saw said she was probably played by Laura Post but I don't know enough about Laura Post to agree with them.
Unknownsage13
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Dec 19 2016
@FUNiman I also enjoyed what I heard of Erica's performance. I admit. With Futaba I was expecting someone like Christine Marie Cabanos or Erica Mendez. So when Lindbeck was announced I was shocked and had a hard time picturing it. But seeing the performance in motion? I dig it! And it helps solidify Futaba's status as best girl.
LeDom
said at 7:34 PM on Wed Jan 18 2017
@FUNiman MAKE SURE YOU BRING SOME MACCA NEXT TIME
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 8:46 PM on Sat Nov 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
A bit late, but I finally exposed myself to the voices of the Persona 5 cast that have been exposed so far. I'm really digging Cassandra's performance as Morgana: it's really like a mascot-like character and she has a really good mascot-y voice for the character. The other voices are doing pretty good justice to the characters, Max's Ryuji sounds pretty cool and fits his demeanor well, and Matt Mercer's Yusuke is excellent and very refined and formal. I think this will be a solid dub from the very little bit we've heard so far, but from that little bit it looks like the voice acting in this dub will be great: the actors are all doing the characters justice and the performance quality seems like it will be nice in the actual game.

Oh and by the way...there IS...a special in-game reason as to why Igor has a different voice in this game...a plot-based reason why...when the time comes...I'll leave it to you guys to figure it out...hee hee.
HylianBelmont
said at 4:15 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
I'm really liking Matthew Mercer's Yusuke! It sounds very elegant.
Marakutanay
said at 10:26 AM on Wed Nov 16 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
David Lodge as Igor, not Daniel Warren. Oh well. Jamieson Price as Sakura I think. Carrie Keranen as Caroline/Justine it's a huge miscast IMO, Kira Buckland or Sarah Williams would've been better, but let's wait and see how she manage in the actual game.
Marakutanay
said at 2:58 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@Marakutanay Also Dual Audio and delayed to April.
Unknownsage13
said at 3:46 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@Marakutanay ah that was David Lodge? I thought it was Jamieson Price as Igor. Oh well. I like David! But kinda sad they did the recast. I know they got a new voice for Igor in Japan (due to the previous one's death) but instead of finding an English actor that sounded similar to new one, I wish they had just kept Daniel.

And i totally was thinking Carrie was playing someone else in the trailer. If she is playing twins that's an interesting casting call.
FUNiman
said at 4:12 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@Marakutanay I thought Caroline/Justine sounded nice, but I am not digging Igor's recast at all, sounds WAY too deep. Matt Mercer sounds pretty distinct from Kanji as Yusuke too, which I like. Not to disrespect the seiyu and what not, but I hope this dual audio thing didn't delay the game... it's been long enough of a wait and DLC shouldn't delay releases.
Marakutanay
said at 5:35 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@FUNiman I honestly believe that the Dual Audio is more of a compensation for the delay than the cause of it. My bet is a failed estimate for the localization process.
greenhill
said at 8:51 AM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@Marakutanay
I'm fine with the casting change for Igor. And I'll just leave it at that on this topic...

As for Carrie Keranen, I'm digging her voice, at least for Justine. Caroline I want to listen to more before making a full judgement.

I pretty much had Jamieson Price on my prediction for Sojiro, so I'm not complaining at all
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:28 AM on Sat Nov 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 I definitely agree that recasting for someone else's death isn't necessarily beneficial. I'm not sure how/if it, idk, honors the VA's death. I mean they didn't change Tessho Genda as Tigger when Paul Winchell died - it's the same character, so why should they need to?

For a smaller production, similar to this P5 dub...if Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, or Makio Inoue (not yet, thankfully) died...you get VAs who can get those characters & yes, portray them in a fashion that makes the replacement easier to swallow.

* We're lucky that Tony Oliver, Michelle Ruff, & Lex Lang got to that show a lot later, & are still all around, & it'd be a disservice to them & the integrity of actor-character connections, to just replace them without need.

When Takeshi Aono died, they didn't replace him with a new VA...they retired Colonel Campbell altogether. Now, that's not easy when it's an adaptation, but my point is that "replacing a VA because someone else had to replace a VA"...is not good casting.
HylianBelmont
said at 12:51 PM on Sat Nov 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Now I don't know what it is. But apparently.there's a reason In-game as to why Igor sounds different. So that's probably why they recasted him in english as well.
Unknownsage13
said at 3:52 PM on Tue Nov 22 2016
@HylianBelmont Yeah I heard that too. Though I wonder if the in-game reason was included due to the Japanese VA's death.
HylianBelmont
said at 7:34 AM on Wed Nov 23 2016
@Unknownsage13 I would imagine so.
Marakutanay
said at 12:56 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Well, I'm glad they admitted that it's a "mostly" new cast. *wink*
FUNiman
said at 1:28 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Marakutanay John Hardin knows what's up.
FUNiman
said at 12:44 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
So apparently Anne is pronounced "ah-n" and not "an" based on the newest dub preview trailer Atlus USA put out... which is honestly rather annoying to me. Voice sounds good but still... there's an e in Anne.
Stelman257
said at 8:15 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@FUNiman Both can be pronounced either way.
DeathGod46
said at 2:41 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
Ah no Johnny Yong Bosch:(
HylianBelmont
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@DeathGod46 Were people really expecting him after being both Adachi and Yu?
Unknownsage13
said at 1:04 PM on Sat Oct 29 2016
@HylianBelmont Yeah it's kinda bothered me reading the comments in some of the articles. Like someone on IGN was like "I would've loved if Laura Bailey and Ashley Burch were in this!" Like... seriously? Laura was Rise in like 5 games and the anime. And Ashley was in Persona Q.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:34 PM on Sat Oct 29 2016
@Unknownsage13 I mean if Laura had played one of the main cast members than her voice would have been FAR too recognisable in the role. I will admit I love Rise's voice! However. I most certainly do NOT want to hear it coming out of Futaba though XD
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:45 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@HylianBelmont @Unknownsage To be fair, in Ashly's case, she was only a sub, & merely a temp, unlike Matthew Mercer's Baker sub. & they're using Matt for an "original" character, despite having subbed previously.

Hopefully in future Persona dubs,(if they cant get back Laura) they'll use Alexis Tipton for a pitch-perfect replacement. She'd do much better than Ashly in this regard. No disrespect to Ash, just the nature of things.

I generally don't fault casting directors for reusing VA's in this case, considering it's "someone else's" characterization rather than a "true" reusal. If that makes sense...
DeathGod46
said at 3:17 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@Unknownsage13 Johnny is just my fav voice actor. That's the main reason why I wanted him in the game. What really surprised me was that Bryce Papenbrook isn't in this game. For the past few years ,he's been in EVERYTHING. Maybe they got tired of him lol.
HylianBelmont
said at 6:19 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I've heard she has a pretty similar voice to Laura Bailey. However, could she match the energy and charm that Laura brought to the role?

For example. Matt's voice does sound a lot like Troy Baker's for sure! That being said. He kind of sounds weird when Kanji gets angry. Because his voice doesn't lend itself as well to those kind of characters like Troy's does. You know what I mean?

So this probably won't happen, but if Laura can't reprise again I think someone like Natalie Lander would be a perfect replacement! As she could bring a lot of energy to the role while also making it sound natural and not forced.
akersaotome
said at 7:07 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@DeathGod46

The full cast hasn't been announced yet, so Papenbrook still could be in this game. To be fair to Bryce, he's only been in one Persona game and that's not even a flagship title.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:23 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@akersaotome

Persona 2 isn't considered a flagship title?? That kinda stings a bit.
akersaotome
said at 10:32 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@NCZ

I find it hard to call Persona 2 Innocent sin a flagship title because it took 12 years from 1999-2011 to even hit U.S and European markets on the PSP. Within those 12 years after the Japanese only release for the PS1, P3 and P4 dropped into town and the Persona series really gained notoriety. Persona 2 Innocent sin remake released on the PSP was a nice touch but it was over a decade too late.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:35 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@akersaotome

It's part of the main series. Why wouldn't it be a flagship title?

Practically every single JRPG series has entries that never left Japan. There's several cases where it's the *first* games in the series that never got localized and only the sequels did. That doesn't make them not flagship titles.
Unknownsage13
said at 6:02 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed well in regards to Ashly I was referring to how she played Rin in Persona Q. But agreed on Alexis taking over for Rise. She was nearly identical as Platinum in the Blazblue anime dub.

@DeathGod46 I also am surprised by lack of Bryce. I feel his Masaomi would be perfect for Ryuji. But anyways, I feel like we exaggerate how frequently he's used. Other than 2015, it's basically a handful of roles a year on his resume. Meanwhile several big Japanese voice actors everyone loves gets like 20+ roles a year.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:11 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@Unknownsage13

I don't understand why you're bringing up these "big Japanese voice actors everyone loves" when no one has mentioned them so far in this conversation.

And even then, the Japanese-speaking world is far smaller than the English-speaking one. People also underestimate just how much work there is for seiyuu to do. Anime, games, TV/movie dubbing, drama CDs, mobile apps... Because of that and the fact that the English-speaking voice sphere is far more fractured, not everything gets dubbed and the things that do dubbed are often low-budget, the two situations are very different. It's just not often a 1:1 analogue to go "but what about in Japan" or "but what about in the US" when talking about the other.
Unknownsage13
said at 10:22 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@NCZ Nope sorry. I don't think what you said is right.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:21 AM on Mon Oct 31 2016
@Unknownsage13

Why not?
HylianBelmont
said at 4:00 AM on Tue Nov 1 2016
@NCZ I mean. Because
DeathGod46
said at 5:18 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@Unknownsage13 You're right about that. How often do we hear hiroshi Karmiya, Mamoru Miyano,and Yuki Kaiji?? It's not just 2015, Bryce was in Sao, and Attack on titan before that year. Maybe aniplex realized people were complaining about him.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:43 AM on Sat Nov 19 2016
@DeathGod46 The point is it just isnt the same thing. You would compare Kaji, Kamiya, & Miyano to someone more like Greg Cipes, Alan Tudyk, or Will Friedle, & as NCZ said, there *is* an issue with things getting dubbed extremely low-budget.

Hollywood's entertainment industry is *the* entertainment industry, & everyone imports our stuff. Whereas we don't really import that much, & when foreign-dubs get done, they are for a quite niche audience & really quality acting isn't remotely on the table.

There are issues back home in Japan, which is really the issue in anime. Plus they get the biggest audience thru CR, & if practically-free subtitles are enough, why bother to invest enough money that it's a large % of the production itself...into an audience that is foreign, fickle, & for the most part pretty small?

I mean the budget of many anime episodes is below $200k, maybe less than half that is voice-over. Most anime only sell 10k units in their entire lifetime, especially outside Japan. Most only buy anime (outside Japan) for subs, too. So there isnt really that much of a need for a big dub budget. If they can cheap out, why not?

Even for anime that sell a ton *specificly* for their dubs (like DBZ & to a limited extent FMA, Bebop, etc)...those are rather extreme circumstances & anomalies, & as VocalRacer said..they can get away with that *because* it's mostly quite niche.
Unknownsage13
said at 12:38 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
So Valerie Arem confirmed she's directing (not posting this as news, just for discussion). That makes me more excited! Maybe the acting in parts will be the same level as the Zero Escape games. And maybe also she will get some surprise voice actors like what happened with ZTD.
King Marth 64
said at 9:05 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
It's nice to see Xander who voiced Master Hand, Crazy Hand, and the announcer from SSB for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Dadga from Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse to voice the protagonist and finally got a leading role. It's also nice to see Chermai Leigh, Erika Harlacher, Xanthe Huynh, and Robbie Daymond got into a Shin Megami Tensei and an Atlus game also.
King Marth 64
said at 9:07 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@King Marth 64 *Dagda
Marakutanay
said at 6:10 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Something I think is worth mentioning. I saw both Ben Diskin and Sarah Anne Williams retwitting comments about P5 complementing the cast. It could mean that they are also involved in the dub (I can totally picture Sarah as Justine/Caroline). Or maybe they are just being nice :D
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:14 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay

I think they're being nice. I don't know about Ben Diskin but I've seen Sarah Williams retweet actors announcing their roles for games she's not involved in. But I wouldn't be surprised if they're in this.
Unknownsage13
said at 1:00 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Marakutanay I think NCZ is right in regards to this. But inregards to them appearing, there are plenty of social links and other characters, so I wouldn't be surprised if those two showed up.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:28 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Unknownsage13 " in regards to them appearing, there are plenty of social links and other characters,"

The acting business itself is based on social links.

(I'll show myself out)
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 4:34 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I feel like 2016 and 2017 are extremely massive years for Matt Mercer. He's gotten major roles in FE: Fates, Overwatch, and Final Fantasy XV...and now this game. I'm sure he'll do a fine job as Yusuke, since he fits the role well...though what I AM hoping for is that they use a different voice than his "Troy Baker II" voice. Hopefully something close to a Yuri Lowenthal-esque voice. Matt Mercer has a killer vocal range that can resemble not only Troy Baker, but also even people like Roger Craig Smith and Yuri Lowenthal. His full vocal range is actually really impressive but horribly underutilized. Use it Atlus. Especially since Yusuke is a pretty different character from Kanji.

I like the rest of the cast though, even if many of them are anime staples these days. Robbie Daymond is also here too, and he's in FFXV too so...that's something, I guess...?
Stelman257
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I think the whole cast is fantastic personally. And I think people who think Matthew Mercer hasn't gotten to ever use his range have apparently only ever played 2 or 3 games that feature him. Even watching more than 1 anime he's in would show you how much range he has.
Unknownsage13
said at 5:17 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest he usually has a calmer voice. I think his Yusuke will sound like his performance from latest Ace Attorney. He did a good job sounding very artsy. Almost Haberkorn sounding.
akersaotome
said at 5:38 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest

Let's not forget Titanfall 2 where he plays the single player lead as Jack Cooper, which is released pretty soon.
kb24lol
said at 2:21 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Nice cast, and when the anime comes out, looks like theyll all reprise their roles also.
BlueHeracross
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@kb24lol
Maybe if it were to be dubbed, but since it's Aniplex handling it we have no idea.
kb24lol
said at 3:26 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@BlueHeracross The Persona series is pretty big, especially considering how well Persona 4 was, im 100% Persona 5 will get dubbed, issue is timing.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:40 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@kb24lol Golden anime, the P3 movies, and Trinity Soul didn't get dubbed. The franchise's history with its anime adaptations getting dubbed is more miss than hit.

Also bear in mind that while a full-length anime adaptation is possible in the future, the "Daybreakers" animation was a single promotional episode rather than a full series.
SNaG
said at 7:04 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ @kb24lol @BlueHeracross Also I'm pretty sure that Aniplex also already is planning to release an import of P5. Typically AoA releases things in one go and doesn't dub their back-catalog.

So probably no dub for this as well, though I would love to be proven wrong.

Persona 4 the Animation is the only (AFAIK) show dubbed, and that was licensed by Sentai and not Aniplex (probably because that's the only one not made by A1, co-owned by Aniplex).
kb24lol
said at 1:12 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@NCZ I dont really count the P3 movies, just based off the P4 anime and how big it was, I think it will get dubbed (the persona 5 anime). On top of that, for the P3 movies, I doubt they could have brought back people like Yuri, Tara platt, Derrerck Stephen price, and Liam o Brien for the roles. Which is why they werent dubbed i bet.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:21 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@kb24lol

SNaG raises a good point too. P4A was produced by AIC and was able to be licensed by Sentai.

However, every Persona anime since then has been done by A-1 Pictures. Since Aniplex own A-1 Pictures and thus would likely be licensing them worldwide, the ballgame is very different.

I don't see what problem there would be with the actors. Those first three actors came back for Ultimax and Persona Q, and Derek Stephen Prince still does anime. The issue is likely entirely on Aniplex not wanting to dub them for whatever reason. If they intended to dub something but the actors weren't available, they'd probably go through with it anyway and just weather the storm for any actors that need to be replaced (which, bear in mind, is what happened with the original Persona 4 anime).
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:27 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@kb24lol Yuri has reprised almost every dub he's been in. He is a really nice guy. DSP has a 9-5 job because he isnt able to live off acting FWIH, so I'm sure he'd be willing to take a small dub job.

Liam & Tara could be replaced with Keith Silverstein (or Kyle Hebert) & Megan Hollingshead (or Carrie Keranen) respectively.
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

Although from what it seems like, all three of Yuri, Tara, and Liam have been cutting back on their dub presences in recent years. Yuri generally doesn't seek out non-union dub work these days and has been doing mostly union stuff in recent years. His dub presence lately has either been union dubs (SO5) or role reprisals (and most of his reprisals are union dubs too). He's willing to reprise a role but generally doesn't actively seek out new dub work, his work these days has shifted very heavily towards video games, western animation, and independent films. He also did not reprise Soma in the God Eater anime. Liam O'Brien has also been somewhat rare in dubs these days: he does reprise some roles here and there (HOWEVER, he did not reprise Navarre in SMT IV: Apocalypse), and he works mostly on the big video games (though he's also a voice director, not just a VA) and western animation. Tara's demand as a VA isn't particularly high though she does reprise roles like Yuri does, but she hasn't been cast in anything new in dubs recently.

All three of those VAs have a relatively low presence in dubs nowadays. Yuri and Tara do reprise their old roles here and there but rarely, if ever, seek out new dub work, and if they do, chances are it's a union dub. Even then, Lowenthal pretty much does games and western animation. The same is true with Liam O'Brien to an extent as well, though he did end up getting recast in SMT IV: Apocalypse so...

That said, I doubt that would've gotten in the way of dubbing the Persona 3 movies, considering the first one was in like 2013, before Q and Ultimax came out, though it may prove an issue for, say, the fourth one with was released like this year or so, particularly speaking on Liam O'Brien and Yuri Lowenthal. I don't think getting Tara would be an issue though since she's not a particularly high demand VA compared to Yuri and Liam.
Unknownsage13
said at 11:53 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
So funny thing. In so many comments for this casting announcement people are like:
"Look at all these new voice actors"

Meanwhile rest of us are like, "Oh sweet! I've heard Cherami in a ton of anime"
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:38 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 I guess I live in a highly-educated BTVA bubble when it comes to VO, but yeah, when I got on Twitter (& *especially* IGN, lol) it did come to notice that Persona has a much wider audience than the folks who typically watch/play anime-esque stuff.

It's kinda funny when that happens. I kinda like to use it as an opportunity to bring up appreciation for other VA's/dubs in that niche.
Unknownsage13
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It also kinda shows how small the non-JRPG voice acting world can be. Like so many people were posting about wanting Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Ashly Burch, and similar actors in the game. Like... seriously?

Watch though. I could totally see Max, Cherami, and a couple other actors becoming more mainstream in the near future. And then when the Persona 6 cast is announced people will be like, "Wish *insert Persona 5 actor* was in this".
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:22 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 Ashly Burch seems to be an option. She's moving up I think, but still an option, especially considering she still reprises for FUNimation, who are even cheaper than Atlus USA or even someone like Viz/Aniplex.

An interesting point about Ashly & other "internet celebrity" VA's...

..a *lot* of people on IGN, Youtube, or Reddit comments on mainstream game or cartoon threads, have recognized Matthew Mercer as "our greatest Dungeon Master" aka they don't really see his VO work, but enjoy his webshow thanks to Geek & Sundry's money.

Ashly Burch isn't famous due to AoT or (I wish) Steins Gate, lol, she's known because she made a webshow (which, to be fair, is a lot more involved job).
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:02 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 Also relevant:

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/10/troy-baker-is-not-in-persona-5/

Cliiiiickbaiiiit.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:09 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed The "TROY BAKER ISN'T IN PERSONA 5!?" reactions make no sense to me. I mean it was obvious he wasn't going to be in this lol. Or maybe I'm missing something here...
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 8:15 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@HylianBelmont We've actually had something similar with Yuri Lowenthal happen. People on Twitter were all like "WHO WILL YURI BE IN PERSONA 5!?" and it came to a point where Yuri outright tweeted that he's not going to be in P5 at all, saying "Atlus probably figured that I'd had a good enough run". So this has already happened with Yuri a few months ago. People tend to pay so much attention to P4's popular VAs like Johnny, Yuri, and Troy to a point where they pretty much follow their careers and the work they do...and mostly joke about how Yuri and Troy are in like every single video game ever and Johnny just somehow is still a really common presence in anime.

https://twitter.com/YuriLowenthal/status/740329714485600256

It's kind of funny people were expecting Yuri to be in this at all tbh. He's awesome and all but after being in both P3 AND P4 (albeit Yosuke was his more prominent role), as well as Catherine...yeah.
HylianBelmont
said at 2:45 AM on Wed Oct 26 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I mean it's like. Who would he have been if they actually did decide cast him in P5 even? I mean maybe Ryuji, but that would have been WAY too much of an obvious choice. I mean I can understand being upset that he won't be in it if you're a REALLY big fan of him I suppose...

But he's had enough great roles in the franchise really! And we'll always have fond memories of them at least:)

(Then again, HylianBelmont is a hypocritical goofball of whom has a part of him that DESPERATELY wants Karen Strassman to play Chihaya. So perhaps he shouldn't talk, haha!)
HylianBelmont
said at 2:49 AM on Wed Oct 26 2016
*to cast him.
Marakutanay
said at 11:00 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
So Richard Epcar is Sojiro? Or there is some other character who could say those lines? (Maybe a teacher or the principal).
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:42 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay I havent seen any clips of this (tbh I'm mostly excited bcuz BTVA is excited 0_0'), but - assuming they arent getting anyone new - I think that aside from Jamieson Price, Paul St. Peter, & maybe DC Douglas (?), there arent really anyone who can do the same sort of voice that Atlus seems to be going for with the Japanese casting. I think Richard Epcar sounds pretty similar to Nakata, as an older-sounding man with a naturally deep voice. The character looks kinda villainous & Epcar's done well at that, too.

I'm actually pretty surprised that, looking through his résumé, he isnt really in any of PCB's dubs, especially Persona. So I'm pleasantly surprised if that is indeed him.
Marakutanay
said at 3:47 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Richard is the first voice you hear in the trailer, also he was in both SMT IV.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 3:59 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay Ooh, nice. I've only seen P3 & P4 (& I saw them subtitled), although I have the English release of P3FES which is dub-only.

I don't find the dub bad per se, it's great, the experience just feels kinda..wrong without a dual audio option. & honestly, in terms of story it's way faster to just speed through the show & movies rather than to play for hours & hours.

I do plan to get through this series at some point, seeing as I own P1-3 on various platforms.
Parkreiner
said at 8:12 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed There's a screenshot of the Japanese line floating around. It's the principal.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:05 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Marakutanay He was also Baofu in Persona 2 Eternal Punishment! Who was Joji Nakata in Japanese as well.
SNaG
said at 10:08 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Well, guess I was right that Max and Robbie and Erica will be here. Xander as the protagonist is great, though. I feel we haven't heard all of his range, so I'm excited for the dub!

There's a decent chance Evan Smith will be here, based on his resume, so I guess he's not a PC. Also, I hope Dan Woren comes back as Igor.
FUNiman
said at 2:19 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@SNaG If Xenoblade X can get Dan Woren I think Persona 5 can too. He wasn't in Ultimax but he does not seem very busy lately. If he doesn't reprise that'd become my 2nd complaint with the cast.
Parkreiner
said at 8:13 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@FUNiman Apparently there are story reasons for why Igor sounds different, so Woren won't work.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:11 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Parkreiner If that's the case they could actually just have him do a different voice for Igor. But at the same time it wouldn't surprise me if they did recast him.
Unknownsage13
said at 9:57 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
I'm really curious how Lindbeck will sound as Futaba. I was expecting someone like Erica Mendez or Christine Marie Cabanos.
Marakutanay
said at 10:54 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 Similar to Asahi I'd say.
Unknownsage13
said at 11:48 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay I need to get around to getting that game. So many actors I love.
Parkreiner
said at 9:51 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Is there a reason why this still has the SMT brand in the title? Atlus has never used it for P5, or any Persona games post P4 Golden.
FUNiman
said at 9:33 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
This cast looks great, but my only complaint would be Matt Mercer taking another main Persona role (he was a replacement to be fair but still). Regardless, very excited to see this cast in action (especially the Your Lie in April mains Mittelman and Lindbeck!)
Unknownsage13
said at 12:26 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman Atleast he isn't doing another Troy Baker impression. It'll probably be closer to his performance in the recent Ace Attorney
FUNiman
said at 2:01 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 I'm sure he'll be great here (he's one of my favorite VAs after all, and he was great in Ace Attorney too), I just wanted a non Persona lead to take the part like Chris Tergliafera or something.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:05 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman Personally I was hoping for Ray Chase. I agree with your overall sentiment.
FUNiman
said at 2:15 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ That'd be cool too. He is the main character of FFXV though so I'm ok with him not being in this game (I'll probably get that game and hear him a lot by extension.)
Stelman257
said at 4:39 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman @NCZ Par for the course with Persona to have at least one main VA from the previous games return. Yuri Lowenthal and Karen Strassman doing similar things in P3/P4.

And as you said, you don't even hear Matthew Mercer in P4 if you stick to the main games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:44 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Stelman257

Yuri Lowenthal was borderline but Karen Strassman as Aigis and Nanako did an excellent job of sounding completely different. She was unrecognizable in the latter role. A case like that where you can't even tell it's the same actor again is fine by me. I don't know if I can say the same for Yusuke.

While your point about P4 is true it's also worth noting that there's Walter in SMT IV as well. Coming from that to this is where the extra similarity comes in.
Marakutanay
said at 5:47 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Also in SMT A, Max and Erica had pretty much the same role they have here.
HylianBelmont
said at 3:06 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@NCZ Even Lowenthal sounded completely different as Makoto in Persona Q, and I'm hoping the same happens with Yusuke as well.
Rafael
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Great cast
Dawnlight
said at 9:16 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
The best part about this cast is that a lot of the cast are new faces. Not the same VAs we've hard so many times in video games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:20 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Dawnlight All of these voice actors are in dozens of non-union game dubs.
Dawnlight
said at 9:27 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Probably because I heard most of these VAs in anime more than video games.
HylianBelmont
said at 9:35 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ True as well.

I may be coming off as annoying and a fanboy here. But Fire Emblem Fates set the bar for "Non-Union dubs with a diverse voice cast" pretty high didn't it?

That being said I'm still looking forward to this games VO.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Dawnlight

Fair enough. But I mean, this year Max Mittelman's had lead roles in Star Ocean 5, Fire Emblem Fates, SMTIV apocalypse... Erika Harlacher and Xanthe Huynh have both been leads in Atelier games. Cassandra Lee and Matthew Mercer have years' worth of stuff, Cherami Leigh's been popping all over game dubs since moving, and Robbie Daymond has been everywhere lately. (He's now in this, Zestiria, and FFXV as lead roles.)

To her credit though, Xanthe seems to pop up in games the least of these actors, so I was pretty happy to see her in this.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:44 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@HylianBelmont

Yeah, I think things like Xenoblade X, Fire Emblem Fates, Street Fighter V (not a JRPG but still a dub) have spoiled me. Hell even Star Ocean 5, despite the game itself being kind of iffy, managed to assemble a killer cast. They managed to mix up the typecasting a bit and get some *legitimate* fresh faces involved. To be blunt for a second, this cast on paper could be applied to virtually any non-union anime or game dub which is probably why I just don't feel that excited by it in comparison. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:45 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@HylianBelmont Ah, don't worry about being annoying. It's not annoying at all. I love the chance to be able to have a nice discussion about things and look at it from / listen to numerous different perspectives. I mean that's what enthusiast sites like this are for, right?
Dawnlight
said at 9:46 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I haven't gotten a chance to play those games you listed yet other than Tales and Fire Emblem Fates. I think I should have rephrased my statement that some of the VAs who appeared in the more obscure games are appearing in more of the mainstream games.
Unknownsage13
said at 9:56 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Kinda thrown off you use Xenoblade Chronicles X as an example of a unique dub. It was full of dubbing regulars. Only real surprise was they flew Caitlin Glass and Alexis Tipton there.

I think this one has arranged things nicely. Xander is not someone I expected and none the less as the protagonist, Erika has only played a character like Ann once, I feel like I've hardly heard Max as a best friend type character (really closest thing I can think of is Leo in Fire Emblem Fates),Cherami is not at all who I expected to play Makoto, Erica is fairly recent and I didn't expect her as Futaba, xanthe is vey underused, and Robbie seems to be going for more of a calm calculating character which is very different from his history. Honestly also, several of these actors just basically got significant this year or near end of last.
HylianBelmont
said at 10:00 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I was just worried I was coming off as dismissive towards the Persona 5 voice cast is all. I mean it still looks like it's going to be a great dub and I'm looking forward to hearing Xander Mobus as the P5 Protagonist!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:07 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Unknownsage13

Yes but for the most part it at least mixed them up well enough that I was satisfied. It didn't reach the heights of the first game but overall I liked it a lot more than most non-union dubs. The actual acting was strong and didn't fall into too many of the tropey/anime-cliche pratfalls that a lot of others do. They had Ray Chase in there as L, he did a great job and was new-ish at the time. Maybe I''m also just biased because I'm more attached to some of the VAs too. But whatever the case I thought it was fine.

@Dawnlight I guess that's true, I see what you mean. Though to be fair I think persona is still pretty niche. It's probably one of the more well-known niche series if that makes sense though.

@HylianBelmont No worries. Wishing all the best to him.
Marakutanay
said at 11:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Perhaps a cast that "on paper can be applied to virtually any non-union game or anime dub" is what they were going for. When I look P3 or P4 cast all I can think is: They kinda just use Naruto and Bleach cast, hit series at that moment.
Unknownsage13
said at 12:25 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Really something I'd love is for some of these JRPGs to tap the Texas acting pool. And I don't mean situations like with Tales where they will get a couple Texas actors. I would love if that's where the recording happened. Because even though we hear several of those actors all the time in anime, I never see them in video games except for Smite and Dragonball games. And I guess Borderlands.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:36 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay

Well let's be fair for a second. Looking at P4.

Getting this out of the way right off the bat: Even at the time, Johnny Yong Bosch and Yuri Lowenthal as the two protagonists was nothing new. Code Geass was airing at the time and both of them starred in that too.

Dave Wittenberg was also a pretty established voice actor, but there aren't many roles of his that sound similar to Teddie to his credit. The closest I can think of from memory was Ponygon from Zatch Bell and he didn't even have human lines in that role.

Amanda Winn-Lee was very well-established but hadn't been in anything for a while (due to caring for her sick kid). So her presence is similar to Xanthe's here - a pleasant surprise since she's decently well-known, but not ubiquitous.

Troy Baker and Laura Bailey were pretty established at Funimation but not the most well-known. They had just moved to California and were hot off some decent-sized JRPG roles (especially Vesperia for Troy). At the time, they were legitimate rising stars in the industry.

Tracey Rooney and Naoto's VA (whom we STILL have no idea of) were total newcomers.

Casting JYB as Adachi was a gutsy decision that I approve of. The key thing to remember is that Yu was largely silent in the original game. Adachi was basically JYB's main role. It's only with the spinoffs where Yu got more to do and Adachi obviously had a smaller role that things got flipped around. But casting JYB as the antagonist was a pretty fresh decision.

So maybe on paper nowadays it's easy to say it was the same cast as most other games, but they managed to take advantage of their experienced cast, mix in some experienced actors who weren't always in the same limelight, and *legitimate* new voices to JRPGs and coupled with the game's great acting created a memorable dub. Hopefully P5 is the same but honestly most non-union dubs haven't excited me that much lately and PCB delivered their first flat-out disappointments with Guilty Gear Xrd and Zero Time Dilemma so that's why I'm a bit skeptical. I don't want it to be bad by any means, don't get me wrong, but I'm just taking the wait-and-see approach here.
Stelman257
said at 4:58 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ "To be blunt for a second, this cast on paper could be applied to virtually any non-union anime or game dub which is probably why I just don't feel that excited by it in comparison."

Ahaha that's a pretty awful thing to say I think, but fair enough. I think you should remember that Persona 3 exists for a moment and remind yourself of that cast before you call out this game for using "typical" voices.

I honestly believe you haven't heard nearly as much of any of these actors as you apparently claim to have heard if you think they could just be copy pasted onto to any project and still just work fine. And even if they could, they're actors, their job is to act and make magic. These actors in this cast are particularly well versed in what they do, hence why they get a lot of work.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:10 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Stelman257 You're starting to throw a lot of accusations out here. I've expressed that on paper this cast isn't anything new so I'm not personally excited, but also noted that I'm taking the wait-and-see approach. I'm not writing it off completely.

Persona 3's cast may not have been the most original, but it had some nice liberties with its cast (Grant George and Paula Tiso are not the most ubiquitous presences in leading roles, Liam O'Brien got to do something other than his standard dark villain voice) and overall the acting was strong enough that they were all justified. Like I've said. I don't want this game's dub to be bad - why would anyone hope for something like that? - so if it ends up like Persona 3 then I'm totally okay with that. I think you just need to chill for a minute.
HylianBelmont
said at 3:13 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@NCZ Persona 3's dub was freaking awesome in my opinion. Because of the VAs you specifically mentioned, and because people like Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt really got to show off their range.

I think part of me even prefers it to Persona 4's dub despite loving that one as well! (Although I'm sure plenty of people will disagree with me on that haha.)
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 6:50 PM on Sat Oct 22 2016
@NCZ

Of course, in addition to the main cast, Persona 4 also had some interesting bits in the secondary cast. We had Karen Strassman, who was also pretty well established like Bosch, Lowenthal, and Wittenberg were and was also in P3, and they also cast her into a role where she used...a very unique voice (Nanako) and was practically unrecognizable there. Though she also did Izanami and Kanji's mom afaik too. JB Blanc to a lesser extent was also decently established in voice-over so that was neat too, even though it took a very long time for most of us to ever learn that it was him as Dojima. Michelle Ann Dunphy was also a very interesting addition because Dunphy was also a complete newcomer like Naoto's original VA and Tracey were and had pretty much no other credits to her name at the time. Some of the lesser characters were also done by some established anime/JRPG peeps like Kyle Hebert and Wendee Lee, who were also thrown into the mix.

We had some other established VAs in there as the side cast, but Michelle Ann Dunphy was a nice surprise addition there too since she too was a complete newcomer, along with seeing some other presences such as Karen Strassman (and casting her into a role with a very unique and unrecognizable voice, really allowing Karen to use her range), and JB Blanc was a nice surprise too since it's kind of rare for him to show up in these kind of games. So there were some nice interesting additions there too which added to how interesting P4's dub was. It had a very good dub imo and the acting quality was definitely good there.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:28 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Well I had a feeling those would end up being Ryuji and Yusuke's vas. Can't say I'm looking forward to Yusuke having the exact same voice as a main party member in both the last Persona games and the last SMT games. Oh well.
HylianBelmont
said at 9:09 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ He'll probably use a higher-register I'd imagine. So he probably won't sound that similar to his Kanji.

That being said I didn't actually expect Max Mittleman as Ryujii. I thought he would have been cast as the protagonist myself (Although I'm really excited that Xander is him!)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@HylianBelmont

To me it's just kind of ironic because Yu Namba said on IGN

"This is a completely new cast of characters, so we started with a blank slate in bringing life to them with our stellar cast of voice actors. It's hard saying goodbye to the cast of previous Persona games, but we hope to bring an entirely new tone with a new set of actors for this game."

And while most of these voices are at least new to the series, Yusuke... really isn't...
HylianBelmont
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Oh! Yeah he did say that didn't he?

I can understand where you're coming from now...
HylianBelmont
said at 9:32 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Yeah he DID say that didn't he?

I can understand where you're coming from now...
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 4:21 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I know in the article he specificly mentioned the dub, but it's possible he was maybe thinking more about his own domestic casting..
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 4:27 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ

Well...to be fair though, Matt only really played a Persona character previously in a bunch of small, sideline spin-off games. He wasn't the original actor for the role in question and never played Kanji in either version of the main P4 RPG (it was Troy in both P4 and Golden). So even though Matt technically isn't new to the Persona series, he never worked on either version of the core RPG and when he did play the role, it was in some cash-grabbing spin-off games and he was taking on the role from someone else who had already laid down a base track for the character (Troy) and served merely to carry off of what Troy had done. In Persona 5, this is one of the mainline RPGs in the series with a fresh new cast of characters, meaning this time around Matt gets to play a new role fresh off the ballot and can really make it his own now, so now he has something that he himself can lay down the groundwork for and really give his own on. So Matt actually gets an individual role in this game, and this is his first individual role in the Persona games that he starts off as the original actor of, whereas before, he played a role but he never really established the character, his sole purpose was to "honor Troy Baker" and pay homage to his work.

It kind of is odd that Matt isn't new to the series like the other actors in this cast, but at least this is his first time he's playing a fresh new role off the ballot in the Persona games and this time he's not running off of someone else's work. So that does sort of compensate. So this is his first NEW role in a Persona game, as before he was nothing more than a fill-in for Troy for some minor spin-off games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:37 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest

That's true, but to me the other point of contention is that it's this role in conjunction with Walter from Shin Megami Tensei IV (not technically Persona proper, but still a role in the larger subseries he got to create for himself) in conjunction with the Kanji replacement. And then there's the dozens of other JRPGs where he plays similar characters using the same voice. It all just adds up and compared to the other casting choices it just doesn't feel the most original when I feel like there are other actors legitimately 100% new to the franchise that would've been nice to hear in the role.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:41 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It was literally mentioned in the context of his involvement in the dub
Stelman257
said at 4:44 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Hahahah I think that's a hilariously loaded post made with ridiculous amounts of bias. You don't like Matthew Mercer, I think people get that haha.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:53 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Stelman257

I mean, maybe I am biased, but I'm trying to discuss how I feel / what I think because it's fun for me to express and here from multiple different viewpoints, each with their own different biases. If you wanna laugh it off and be dismissive then that's cool too I guess.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:08 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I know in the article he specificly mentioned the dub, but it's possible he was maybe thinking more about his own domestic casting..

Also, while technically yes, Matt has been a great fill-in for Troy, this his real first "original" (in English anyway) role.

They're different voices on very different characters, too. Kanji was a lot angrier (I've only seen clips of P4A's dub) & almost raspy, whereas Yusuke seems a lot smoother. & in the original track, Yusuke's voice is a lot more similar to Matt's own...okay, now I see the problem. But I do think there's potential in what Matt could bring to P5, probably a younger-sounding teenage voice, maybe.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:11 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Sorry for double post, didnt see that
SNaG
said at 7:17 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Yeah, this has kind of been beaten to death on his VA page, but as much as I like Matt Mercer, I'm a tad miffed that he's cast again as a PC rather than new blood.

I'm not even sure if he'll use his higher register, considering it's a role done by Tomokazu Sugita in Japanese, who has a very deep voice. Not saying that they'll always match dub pitches to sub pitches, but it happens more often than not, so he'll use the same voice we've heard many times.... even as Kanji.

Could've been a good opportunity to get someone new or less prolific on the dubbing scene. As much as I like dubs of Atlus's games, I doubt many people actually buy Atlus games for their dubs, so they could've taken some more chances with casting.

TL;DR It'll still sound good but missed opportunity.
HylianBelmont
said at 3:17 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@SNaG Yeah considering his VA in Japanese is Sugita he may not go into his Azama or Shigure range. Which would be pretty disappointing if I'm being honest...
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 5:51 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@SNaG Tomokazu Sugita & loads of other baritone VA's have done softer voices for younger characters. I haven't really kept up with this series, but I'm assuming that's what'll happen.
Isamu Mamoru
said at 9:13 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@NCZ Honestly, I believe that it's going to sound very different from Kanji. Kanji had a very gruff, very hard-sounding tone, if you will. I really imagine him using a more smooth tone for Yusuke. So while it may be in the same voice range, tone can make even the same voice worlds different.
SNaG
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Tomokazu used a voice closer to his baritone here.

I'm not saying it's not possible for Matt Mercer to still use his higher pitch, but from every Valerie and Keith Arem directed game I've ever played (since I'm assuming one of them will be the director), the English VA had a voice that was a good proxy for the seiyuu.

As such, I think it's more likely that Matt Mercer will use his more common lower pitch. He won't sound like Kanji - maybe more like Kuro in K.
TheAdapter
said at 8:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Cherami Leigh and Matthew Mercer=automatic buy for me
JRPictures
said at 3:57 PM on Tue Oct 18 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Looks we'll be getting news on the English cast very soon, especially since the Phantom Theives stole the cast reveal foootage themselves ;)

http://personacentral.com/atlus-usa-teases-upcoming-persona-5-dub-news/
Pheonixkid
said at 11:51 AM on Sat Sep 24 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Man i want to voice in this so badly
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 7:23 PM on Sat Sep 17 2016
 1 Shout Out!
It should be pretty obvious by now, but it seems dubbing of this game is currently in progress. Keith Arem recently confirmed in an interview that he and his wife, Valerie, are currently working on Persona 5 and that they are working on the dub of the game and doing voice direction. Considering that this game is being worked on by Keith and Valerie Arem, this pretty much confirms that dubbing of this game is being handled by PCB Productions. Not that this should come as a surprise since PCB has been handling the Persona games since forever, so of course Atlus would entrust dubbing of Persona 5 to them. For those who don't know, Keith and Valerie Arem are the co-owners of PCB Productions.

PCB Productions has typically really good at handling dubbing of Persona games, barring that really terrible dancing game, so I'm expecting a very good voice cast to arise in the dub of Persona 5. P4 and P4 Golden had a rock solid voice cast that included some really good talent pool in the ensemble, so P5 should be able to put together a really strong voice cast for the game from PCB and pull out some very good performances. With that out of the way, I'm really looking forward to Persona 5 coming out soon in the US and it should be a really, really good game. It should be interesting to see what VAs the Arems will put together in the voice ensemble, and hopefully they put in some newer or lesser used actors, and possibly some staple anime VAs like Todd Haberkorn or Bryce Papenbrook. But we'll see someday! Either way, it should be a very good voice cast since PCB is really good at doing voice work for games in general.
Unknownsage13
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I'm expecting a great cast as well. Persona 3 and 4 had some actors that were very iconic at that time. And considering how long it has been and the new wave of actors, we should be in for a great cast.
kb24lol
said at 3:35 AM on Sat Aug 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Apparently the animes gonna get released In september. Hopefully funimation gets the rights so we can see a simuldub.
ShogunUsluper
said at 10:55 AM on Fri Aug 19 2016
When are we going to get a tweet from Kaiji Tang if he's voicing in Persona 5.?
Marakutanay
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Jun 14 2016
 1 Shout Out!
The first one:
https://twitter.com/SoCassandra/status/742828822278471680.
JRPictures
said at 12:09 AM on Wed Jun 15 2016
@Marakutanay We can hear her voice here: https://youtu.be/T2dskOKqNIA?t=11m28s
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:25 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
@Marakutanay DANG IT...deleted.

Though it makes a lot of sense that CLM is dubbing frickin Pikachu.

The Japanese cast for this is so awesome, I'm genuinely curious to see who's in the dub for this.

Calling Matt Mercer to dub Sugita once again.

If it's union - Crispin Freeman (Kyon) or (I can only dream) Robin Atkin Downes (Kazuhira Miller)
Unknownsage13
said at 3:28 PM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@Marakutanay Waiting for the rest of the cast to be revealed has been one of the biggest struggles of my life. But glad to see they got CLM. She was who I predicted based off her performance as Kyubey.
PersonaFan007
said at 12:22 PM on Fri Aug 12 2016
@Marakutanay We could also get actors from Dallas and Houston, in addition to LA actors. I'm thinking Micah Solusod as Ruyji and Eric Vale as Yusuke.
Unknownsage13
said at 1:11 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
@PersonaFan007 Goro's Japanese actor is basically Japan's Greg Ayres. So I'd love if Greg was in it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 3:18 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@Unknownsage13 It would be kinda nice if Atlus outsourced (or cooperated with!) a studio like Okratron 5000.

Texas is in fact cheaper, so it would be a win-win on both costs & cast diversity sides.

As a very light, casual fan of this series, though, I gotta say that Goro doesn't really look like a Greg Ayres character, & I dunno if Soichiro Hoshi is a super high, childish voice. Pretty soft, but not like aggravatingly high. I think maybe Austin Tindle would be good. Sean Teague (Koenma from YYH) would be interesting.

However, if it were dubbed (at least partially) in Texas, I think probably Patrick Seitz would be the director to go with.

But unfortunately, this is LA-only - which is fine, but certainly the Persona dubs would benefit from a unified dubbing pool. Variety could help these dubs from having "same actor does same thing in same series". It's still an issue in animation, but it's far less because Disney & WB have endless abysses of money & more-or-less unlimited choice of VA's.

Hellsing benefits from NGP's access to more VA's than typical BZ dubs, plus it's union which allows more variety right off the bat.

Dubs, even as low-budget as most are, would seriously benefit from following Namco Bandai's example & calling in VA's from Texas, & unifying the low-budget dubbing industry.
LeDom
said at 9:40 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Less than a week away from E3! All the signs point to the game gaming an english trailer, perhaps even during Sony's press conference!
Unknownsage13
said at 2:16 PM on Sun Jul 3 2016
@LeDom I was so bummed that didn't happen. Maybe at GamesCom? (I think that's the next big event)
Marakutanay
said at 2:27 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
One thing, it was said that it's 99,99% posible that the game won't come with dual audio, in case anyone was wondering.
LeDom
said at 9:39 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
@Marakutanay John Hardin says they'll try to have them as DLC, since the reason why Atlus games typically lack the feature is to prevent reverse imports.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:17 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
@LeDom

That seems strange. You'd think if they really wanted to prevent reverse imports, they'd just release the game at the same time worldwide and/or not have English text/voice in the Japanese version. Smaller publishers pull those off without problem. Dual audio isn't a dealbreaker for me (though I think it's a good option to have whenever possible), nor is the 2017 North American launch, but I still can't believe the way they continue to handle European/Australian releases.
hikariyami1
said at 6:09 AM on Fri Sep 30 2016
@NCZ
Well its also a matter of prices. In Japan, console games inherently cost WAY more than in other countries. I'm guessing that even if the gmaes were released simultaneously, Atlus fears losing money in Japan due to those reverse-importers. But honestly, I am still pretty skeptical of how much they would lose. I mean, JRPGS already sell so much in Japan anyway.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:24 PM on Fri Sep 30 2016
@hikariyami1

Ah, I forgot about price, that's true. I looked up P5 on Amazon Japan because I briefly contemplated importing it, but 9504 yen came up to $120 Canadian. No thanks!

Still though, the delayed release makes fear of reverse imports a moot point. JRPG sales tend to be front-loaded and P5 has already shipped 300-400k last I checked. By February it'll have made up the bulk of its lifetime sales in its first couple weeks.

I think it's just Atlus being stingy, really. They're the only RPG company nowadays that doesn't really commit to dual audio and from what I've heard the Japanese branch is notorious for being cagey about what they provide the US branch with. (Europe is a whole different story.)
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 10:01 PM on Mon Jun 6 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
I can't wait for Persona 5: Dancing All Night.
HylianBelmont
said at 4:42 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 I'm more of a "Persona 5 Arena" guy myself.
Bodysnatchers
said at 3:15 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 I'm also very excited for Persona 5: The Crimson.
GothamRed
said at 11:51 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 And of course, Persona R
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:50 PM on Wed May 11 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Futaba looks like an Inkling.
Marakutanay
said at 10:43 AM on Sun May 8 2016
So, new trailer shows 4 more party members: Futaba Sakura, Queen Thief, Beautiful Thief and the brown-haired boy. Also, more battle and stealth mechanics, bosses, a few jobs and BEACH HOLIDAY YAYYYYYY. I think I don't need to know anymore about the game until I play it.
Marakutanay
said at 2:38 AM on Fri Apr 22 2016
New info coming up on May 5. Stay tuned people.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:25 AM on Fri Apr 22 2016
@Marakutanay About time. I was thinking it'd been too long since there was any news.

Considering that Tales of Berseria is doing the same, I am fully ready for a 2017 launch outside Japan.
Katsu
said at 9:28 AM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@NCZ The news was fake. Someone hacked into the website: https://twitter.com/JohnLHardin/status/723906023644270592
HylianBelmont
said at 9:33 AM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu One can only imagine how much salt there is because of this lmao.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:30 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu What news? The event is still happening. The fake thing is that someone hacked it to say it's coming to PC and launches in Japan on July 8.

In the west I'll be really surprised if it comes out any earlier than December.
Katsu
said at 8:01 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@NCZ Hardin isn't referring to the PC announcement, he's referring to the May 5th event. There is no such thing happening, the official P5 website hasn't updated since October. You'd think if they were doing something in May they'd tweet it and it would be on the site's social media tab. Which it isn't.
Katsu
said at 8:02 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu Ignore me I have brain problems.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:34 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
Called it.
xAnguished SouL
said at 5:11 PM on Wed Mar 30 2016
This is my ideal English Dub cast that I hope makes it.

Protagonist- Todd Haberkorn/Josh Grelle
Anne Takamaki- Lauren Landa/Jamie Marchi
Ryuji Sakamoto- Bryce Papenbrook
Morgana- Cherami Leigh/Cristina Vee
Yusuke Kitigawa- Crispin Freeman

This is just my thought.
pdavarzani
said at 11:43 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
This is my ideal English cast
Protagonist:Some of you mentioned that Todd Haberkorn would be a good choice for protagonist.Even though I am a big fan of him,I don't think that would be really a good idea.He has already played as Sho in P4 Arena Ultimax and the way it ended,there might be a sequel to P4AU.Next year there is the Persona 20th Anniversary Festival and there is high chance that a sequel to P4AU to be announce and Sho with Persona 5 characters might be in it.If Todd Haberkorn voices for P5 Protagonist people might complain about why he has voiced two characters just like they complained about Youske and Minato having the same voice.
That aside at first I though Robbie Daymond would be a great choice for p5 protagonist but now I am not too sure.So I don't really have anyone in mind that would fit P5 protagonist.But I look forward to who they choose for this character.
Ryuji Sakamato : When I see Ryuji for the first time,he reminded me of Sin Kiske from the Guilty Gear series.Lucien Dodge voices sin in GG Xrd Sign and he really did a great job.I am pretty sure he will nail the role if he voices Ryuji in this game.Also he has been in some of PCB Production projects lately(Bravely Defualt,GG Xrd Sign,TLOH:Trails of Cold Steel).If PCB Production directs this game(like they did with the previous titles),there 's a high chance that Lucien Dodge will get a role in this game,whether it's Ryuji or not.
Ann Takamak :As we know the Seiyuu of this character is Nana Mizuki which is also known for her great singing skill.Because of this i think ATLUS will use this chance and put an event in P5 that Ann will sing in festival or something.Just like they did with P4 Golden.So I am going with Cristina Vee for this one.Just like Nana Mizuki,she has great singing skill and all of these beside,I think her voice matches Ann properly.
Morgana: Since Ikue Otani uses her tony tony chopper voice for this character,I'm hoping that Brina Palencia gets this role.Although I don't think Brina's tony tony chopper voice fits morgana,I belive if she uses that voice with a bit stronger pitch,it will fit Morgana better.
Yusuke Kitagawa:An honor student with a great pride(well most likely).Crispin Freeman will be a perfect choice for this character but since he is only working on union dub,this is most likely not gonna happen.So I am going with Robbie Daymond.I believe his tuxedo mask voice will fit this role.
Justine and Caroline : Justine is a calm type girl and Caroline is a mean type girl and both of them are twin sister with child appearance .I would really love to see Cassandra Lee and Cherami Leigh voicing these two.Their voices completely match these two appearance and personality.I could also see Christine Cabanos voices Justine and Kira Buckland voices Caroline.
And as for Igor,if he has some new line in this game,Daniel Woren will back for this role for sure.The only reason that Daniel Woren didn't voice Igor in P4AU story mode,it was because that Igor only has a few lines in that game.So they didn't bother to hire Daniel Woren for over a few line.
Unknownsage13
said at 2:39 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
Just using the Devil Survivor 2 cast, I think what could work is.

Protagonist-Todd Haberkorn
Anne-Lauren Landa (as long as it's more like her regular voice and not her out of breath Io)
Ryuji-Benjamin Diskin
Morgana-Cassandra Lee Morris
Yusuke-Kaiji Tang
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:51 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Unknownsage13 I have a feeling PCB will be dubbing this rather than Cup of Tea (who did DS2) since they do all the major SMT releases. Cup of Tea only dubbed Soul Hackers and DS2.

PCB also did DSO and SMTIV so stuff in that ballpark may be a better point of reference.
Unknownsage13
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@NCZ Either way. With how many characters are in Persona games (the main and all the side ones) I'm expecting a few of these actors to appear atleast.
Marakutanay
said at 4:10 PM on Thu Nov 19 2015
I really hope they don't decide to change Daniel Woren as Igor. He was perfect.
Unknownsage13
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Marakutanay Why would they? Did something happen that would cause that?
Marakutanay
said at 4:08 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Unknownsage13 His Japanese VA died some time ago; it may be reason enough to change the VA in the english dub too (although I think it's unlikely).
1dbad
said at 4:47 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@Marakutanay I'm not too worried, because I've never heard of a dub doing that before. The only time I've heard of them recasting due to Japan recasting is when it's a conscious choice, vs a lack of one like when someone dies.
Voice_Box
said at 1:25 AM on Fri Oct 16 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Kiefer Sutherland as the Protagonist. I'm calling it right now. After the smash hit that was MGSV, he's got the market cornered for silent, brooding main characters whose actions are left almost entirely up to the player.
CodeSOLMachine
said at 2:38 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@Voice_Box You could have the other side of the spectrum and have David Hayter as the MC.
Marakutanay
said at 5:08 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
I would like Collen O'Shaughnessey as Anne. For Ryuji I believe Benjamin Diskin or Bryce Papenbrook would do a fine job.
zeroroute
said at 12:05 PM on Sun Sep 27 2015
 1 Shout Out!
My cast:

Protagonist - Todd Haberkorn
Anne - Stepehanie Sheh
Ryuji - Erik Kimerer
Morgana - Juile Anne Taylor
Yusuke - Orion Acaba
BioZero216
said at 5:50 AM on Mon Sep 28 2015
@zeroroute Anne would be Hinata in both languages.
Unknownsage13
said at 2:47 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@zeroroute My thoughts on your list:
Todd-was thinking the same way

Anne-Maybe, Sheh was already a character in Persona 3 FES and used her voice that I think would match this character. Typically Atlus has them change their way of speaking when they cast the same actor again.

Ryuji-Could picture it. In Magi he plays the best friend role really well.

Morgana-From what roles I know Taylor for, this is kinda hard to picture.

Yusuke-Basically if he took his SMT4 Jonathan voice and became more threatening, I could totally picture this.
CodeSOLMachine
said at 2:44 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@zeroroute My favorite so far of the hopeful cast picks.
Sanyiago7
said at 10:09 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Alright so far we got: Korosensei,Hinata,Riku,Pikachu, and mother f**ucking Joseph Joestar.

All that is left now is Takehito Koyasu (BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo and DIO) and the world ( or ZA WARUDO) would explode of awesomeness
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:22 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@Sanyiago7 Play Persona 2. Takehito Koyasu voiced the main guy (Tatsuya).
Sanyiago7
said at 12:11 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@NCZ I know i just really like to see The World or any other stand to be in Persona as a homage to Jojo
Spiralpower1620
said at 1:20 PM on Fri Sep 25 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
-My ideal English cast
Protagonist: Josh Grelle ( I know he's unlikely but his performance in Xillia 2 showed me he can do Silent MC's really well. Plus he's done L.A. projects before so it's still possible again albeit very unlikely.
Ryuji: Orion Acaba or Robbie Daymond (both are capable of performing both comedic and dramatic roles if not both in one role successfully.)
Anne: Carrie Keranen (Anne, from what I've seen and heard has a tomboyish demeanor which Carrie is great with.)
Morgiana: Brina Palencia ( the best choice I could think of without Wendee Lee as she can do higher pitched characters without becoming annoying plus she recently has ben doing more L.A. projects.
Yusuke: Kaiji Tang (able to pull off deeper registers while still sounding young.)

Just NO repeats on the cast as far as persona games go.
akersaotome
said at 10:36 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@Spiralpower1620

Going by your ideal cast, in simple terms, actors/actresses from both Tales of Xillia and Tales of Zestiria. From Bandai-Namco to Atlus.
Spiralpower1620
said at 2:18 PM on Sun Sep 27 2015
@akersaotome I didn't know Carrie and Robbie were going to be in Zestiria that's awesome.
LeDom
said at 10:00 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
Seeing how the japanese version has an All-Star Cast already, I'm hoping they'll try and get big names for the dub too. Big names that aren't in previous Persona games that is.

They could surprise us with a bunch of newcomers too.
Unknownsage13
said at 2:53 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@LeDom Agreed. There's been a ton of voice actors show-up in the anime/JRPG world the last few years. And considering this series typically gets the big ones, I could picture it. I guess we can also look at some of the characters added in spin-offs as examples.
Like Q brought in Ashly Burch, Keith Silverstein, Wendee Lee and Bryce Papenbrook
Golden brought in Eden Riegal
Ultimax brought in Todd Haberkorn

It'll be a solid cast and I hope if they do reuse in voices it'll just be casting former main voices as minor voices since alot of these actors do have nice range.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 3:59 PM on Wed Jun 1 2016
@Unknownsage13 With all due respect, this series isn't generally known for getting uber-highly-respected VA's a la...Jeff Bennett, DBB, or even JAT. Nor is it attractive enough for union J-game dubbers like Fred Tatasciore, Hynden Walch, Josh Keaton, or Tara Strong.

It's always been low non-union rates, yeah, obviously a bit higher than anime dubbing (which is apparently THE most putrid industry according to VO actors)..

..but I DO think being mostly non-union puts plenty of bigger names off.

Even certain union dubs like for Star Ocean 5 don't seem to have names outside of anime dubbing (as of yet), because the budget just may not be there as much.

Though as with everything...we'll see.
Unknownsage13
said at 7:55 PM on Wed Jun 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yuri Lowenthal is highly respected, Wendee Lee is highly respected, Laura Bailey is highly respected, Troy Baker is highly respected, Kyle Hebert is highly respected, list goes on.

You know what I meant, so don't take what I said out of context to make yourself look good. That's the equivalent of me responding to what you said listing several Studio Ghibli film actors in an attempt to put down the voices you said who basically only do extras when it comes to those films.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:27 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
@Unknownsage13 Oh, man, I meant no disrespect to those actors (though unfortunately it seems Kyle & Wendee are fairly low-end, according to their interviews)...tho tbf Troy, Laura, & Yuri did Persona years before they really hit it big.

Respectable performances & actors, even then, nonetheless.

& yup, as you said, I didn't keep the context of "voice actors in the JRPG/anime world" in terms of "big ones"

My bad.

That being said...with the rise of popularity of the game, it would be nice to have like Bayonetta/Wonderful 101-level budgeted dubs for this game.

Seeing dub VA's like JYB alongside, say, Greg Cripes, would be really nice.
BioZero216
said at 11:45 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
I'm hoping for Todd Haberkorn as the protagonist.
dcmarvelanime
said at 6:23 PM on Wed Sep 23 2015
@BioZero216 Really... because I was thinkin' maybe The Protagonist should be voice by Daman Mills, Daniel J. Edwards, Chris Niosi, Chris Guerrero, Max Mittelman or Robbie Daymond.
BioZero216
said at 5:54 AM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@dcmarvelanime Max Mittleman and Robbie Daymond are good choices, but I'm not sure about the others. Especially Gurrero, his voice sems way too deep. I dunno. The protagonist's design just screams Todd Haberkorn to me.
LeDom
said at 9:58 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
@BioZero216 Honestly since he already voices another Persona character (Sho) I'd rather see them use someone else.
BioZero216
said at 10:19 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
@LeDom Ah. Didn't know that.
King Marth 64
said at 5:50 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@dcmarvelanime Actually, not only that, Todd did voiced Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHolic, Teruteru Hanamura from Dangan Ronpa 2 Goodbye Despair, Hayato Mikogami from Sekirei which Jun Fukuyama voiced them in the Japanese version, similar to like Johnny Yong Bosch did voiced both Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist and Lelouch Lamperouge vi Britannia from Code Geass and Yuri Lowength voiced both Shinra Kishitani from Durarara!! and Rikuo Sakisaka from Time of Eve. But, I am pretty sure that the protagonist possibly might going to be voiced by someone else since Johnny already taken the role for Yu and Yuri already taken the role for Makoto. But, I really like to hear Todd Haberkon in a Shin Megami Tensei video game.
Unknownsage13
said at 2:55 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@BioZero216 Though Sho was a character just added in in a spin-off. I could totally picture them casting him again for another room. Especially cuz I picture his P5 protagonist voice being more chill than his Sho.
Phoenix Wright 999
said at 6:38 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
I really hope they don't put again Lowenthal in the cast.I. think that the main character could be dubbed by Matthew Mercer and the cat by Sam Riegel or Erin Fitzgerald
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:18 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
@Phoenix Wright 999 You don't want them to cast someone who's been in a bunch of SMT games, so instead you want to cast different actors who have been in a bunch of SMT games already? :V

No but seriously, generally PCB Productions tend to be fairly good at mixing things up and getting the most out of their VAs so I trust that they'll do well if they dub this (which they probably will be).
Phoenix Wright 999
said at 12:57 AM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@NCZ my reason is that I don't thin they should use the same voice over and over and besides I didn't like the performance of Lowenthal neither in persona 3 nor in persona 4,his voice doesn't have anything to do with the voice of Akita Ishida and Morikubo, but I suppose that's just my opinion
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 7:18 AM on Thu Jul 14 2016
@Phoenix Wright 999 You don't need to worry about Lowenthal being in the cast. When people on Twitter were wondering about that, Yuri confirmed on Twitter that he will not be in Persona 5's cast at all (ie: He's voicing NO ONE). He said that Atlus likely figured that Yuri has had a long and good enough run with them, and that he himself agrees that he's been doing Atlus stuff for long enough and that it's time for them to not cast him and give other VAs the light.

Here's what Yuri said:

https://twitter.com/YuriLowenthal/status/740329714485600256

This pretty much settles the matter, and your worries are freed. Yuri Lowenthal will not be cast in this game.
Unknownsage13
said at 12:23 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm really interested to see who they pick for the english cast. Persona 3 and 4 had a pretty awesome voice cast and any replacement and new characters were also great.
Especially when you think of all the voice actors that have gotten pretty iconic after P4 came out.
Maybe they'll reuse some of the voice cast from recent SMT games. Like Record Breaker had a pretty awesome cast. Would be cool to see Cassandra Lee Morris and Todd Haberkorn get some main roles in this.
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