Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria
Voice Director: Wendee Lee

US Release: Oct 20, 2015
Japan Release: Jan 22, 2015
Europe Release: Oct 16, 2015

Game Developer: Namco Bandai

Popularity: 12th All Time, 60th This Week

Franchise: Tales
Characters on BTVA: 22
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said at 3:55 PM on Tue Sep 27 2016
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I can confirm that Patrick Seitz voiced Heldalf. I went to Anime Boston this past year and brought my copy of Zestiria to get signed just in case. I asked him and he said he voiced Heldalf.
said at 8:35 PM on Thu Sep 29 2016
@sierraphantom yeah I saw he confirmed it on social media a while back too.
said at 7:03 AM on Sat Aug 13 2016
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I love that they got the original cast back for Tales of Zestiria: The X. I am curious to know who they'll cast as the Berseria characters and if they'll be consistent for the game's international release.
said at 6:00 PM on Thu Aug 25 2016
@VGAfanatic Same, cant wait to see whos gonna be playing Velvet and Rokoru.
said at 12:47 AM on Sat Jul 2 2016
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Funimation confirmed they got the rights for Tales of Zestiria X and will be doing a broadcast dub. I hope they get all the main cast back!!!
said at 6:15 PM on Tue Oct 27 2015
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Seriously wondering who Heldarf and Lunarre are voiced by in English. They sound familiar and it's driving me crazy
said at 9:25 PM on Tue Oct 27 2015
@tsukinokage I'm 90% sure Heldarf is voiced by Patrick Seitz.
said at 8:12 PM on Thu Oct 29 2015
@tsukinokage I thought Lunarre might have been Ben Diskin, but I'm not sure.
said at 9:04 PM on Thu Oct 29 2015

Nah, I think if he was, he would've mentioned him before Atakk
said at 7:04 AM on Sat Aug 13 2016
@RobustCactus Apparently, in the dub of ToZ: The X, Lunarre is voiced by Austin Tindle. We'll have to compare the roles to see if that's the case for the game, too.
said at 6:09 AM on Thu Aug 18 2016
@VGAfanatic Nope. I was WAY off.
said at 6:00 PM on Thu Aug 25 2016
@VGAfanatic Nevertheless, Tindle still nails that role.
said at 8:25 PM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@kb24lol I actually strongly prefer Austin. The original VA just seemed way to cheesy.
said at 10:08 AM on Wed Oct 21 2015
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*looks at Mikleo's voice actor* I feel like this year we've seen several random voice actors from Dust get big roles. Good for him!
Deven Mack
said at 12:49 AM on Thu Oct 22 2015
@Unknownsage13 I knew Dust would be the beginning of a lot of great careers, and I couldn't be prouder of everyone.

With all the achievements between them in the 3 years since, getting that cast back together now would feel kinda like reassembling the Avengers.
said at 6:10 AM on Thu Aug 18 2016
@Deven Mack If a Dust 2 were to happen, that would be like a match made in heaven.
said at 3:35 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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Wow Xander voices in a Tales game!? That's amazing! I hope he gets more big rolls after being the announcer for Smash.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:18 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@ErronDio He was in Disgaea 5 as well.
said at 3:33 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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Christine Marie Cabanos confirmed that she plays Symon on her twitter.

said at 6:16 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@ErronDio So far, two VO's from my wishlist came true! I'm glad to finally hear Cabanos in a Tales game! :)
said at 10:14 AM on Wed Oct 21 2015
@ErronDio Her character is one of the villains, right? If so this is her definitely playing against typecast.
said at 6:11 AM on Thu Aug 18 2016
@Unknownsage13 Yea, she almost never plays bad guys, doesn't she?
said at 3:11 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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I knew that Michael Johnston was Mikleo. Congrats to @Kirbopher for another excellent role this year! As well as LittleKuriboh, Rina-Chan, Natalie Hoover, and Xander Mobus. Also, congrats to Caitlin Glass and Alexis Tipton for taking their time from Texas to go LA and record for this game. Also, fantastic props to Robbie Daymond, who also book the role of Toneri in Naruto The Last Movie. 2015 is looking like the year for all voice acting newcomers👍Amazing job to one and all
said at 12:08 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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Michael Johnston is Mikleo
Xander Mobus is Sergei Strelka

...and yes, I'm Dezel. Thanks and hope y'all enjoy the game. ;]
said at 12:44 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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Dezel kiiiinda sounds like Kirbopher or someone similar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_E4VAz6-yY 4:40
said at 10:28 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@ConfusedPhantom Actually Christopher Niosi is the one who voice Dazel
Also Natalie Hoover confirmed that she is the voice of Ayn Felice
said at 10:55 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@pdavarzani I just found out kirbopher is the nickname of Christopher Niosi.Didn't know that
said at 5:11 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
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Go Kira Buckland! It's great to hear more of her voice again after playing Danganronpa and the sakevisual games! :)
said at 6:08 PM on Sat Oct 17 2015
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Whoa, I never expected LittleKuriboh to be in this game!
said at 12:06 AM on Sun Oct 18 2015
@Dawnlight He was also in Bladestorm Nightmare. So another game appearance wasn't out of the question IMO.
said at 12:59 AM on Sat Oct 17 2015
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Is Patrick Seitz Zaveid?
said at 3:32 AM on Sat Oct 17 2015
@Unknownsage13 I don't think so, to me he sounded like Ian Sinclair
said at 9:06 PM on Wed Oct 21 2015
@SilverSkyride Yeah. Now that I listen again it does remind me of his roles in Noragami and Gangsta.
said at 10:32 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
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I'm kinda thrown off that the game comes out in a couple weeks and the main cast hasn't been revealed yet. But with how much anime I watch I'll probably recognize all the voices right after I start.
said at 4:03 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
@Unknownsage13 One in particular, you'll recognize for his work on Newgrounds, both as a voice actor and an animator. As well as his original web series and his Vlog series. He was also in Pokemon and A Lull in the Sea.
said at 4:08 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
Wait, so it's true? He's in this game? Or is that just speculation?
said at 10:31 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
@BlueHeracross He's in. Look for Dezel in any English dub playthroughs. When he speaks, you'll totally hear Zetto.
said at 9:05 AM on Sat Aug 22 2015
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Well Grant George is gonna be in Tales of Zestiria it says so on his official website resume under video games but it doesn't say who may just be additional voices
said at 9:20 AM on Sat Aug 22 2015
@SilverSkyride Scratch Resume check under credits
said at 11:31 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
Personally I'm hoping for Dezel, but from the little we've heard of him it didn't exactly sound like that's the case.
Jared Delgado
said at 1:07 PM on Thu Aug 6 2015
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Does anyone feel like the next Tales game deserves to have all the playable characters voiced by Funimation's VAs?
said at 2:11 PM on Thu Aug 6 2015
@Jared Delgado

Do you mean on the lines of Bandai-Namco help fly out Texas based VA talent to record at Cup of Tea productions in L.A? If Bandai-Namco like their auditions then its not a problem.
Jared Delgado
said at 6:11 PM on Thu Aug 6 2015
@akersaotome Yeah, that's what I meant.
said at 9:10 PM on Thu Aug 6 2015
@Jared Delgado If the Funi VA's want to spend time in LA recording and Bandai Namco likes their audition, then sure. However, I can't imagine them footing the bill for 20 or so VA's to come out. I'm keeping an eye on Alexis Tipton though, she's been recording for several voice roles in L.A, and I'd wouldn't be surprised if she made the jump somewhere down the line myself.
said at 10:14 AM on Sun Aug 23 2015
@Jared Delgado
Deserves isn't exactly the word I would use, but I'd love to see a lot of Funi regulars show up in future games.

Alexis most likely recorded her other LA roles at the same time as Alisha, all of them were at Cup of Tea. I guess she does have a decent foothold now or something.
said at 3:59 AM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@BlueHeracross Indeed. Alexis has been recording more L.A video game dubs over the few months recently, so she certainly has a solid foothold.
said at 1:14 PM on Mon Aug 3 2015
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At Anime Iowa, Alexis Tipton signed lots of Zestiria stuff. Everyone's really excited for her to be in the game
said at 1:27 PM on Sun Jun 7 2015
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Put Micah Solusod in a Tales game already! :D
said at 9:44 AM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@Dawnlight What will he voice as in your opinion?
said at 9:45 AM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@SteelEthlan For me i think that he should do his take on Lunarre.
Jared Delgado
said at 5:04 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@SteelEthlan Nah, Micah wouldn't fit for Lunarre. You heard his voice, and I'm pretty sure you know that.
said at 5:12 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@Jared Delgado Mmm touché.
said at 7:39 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
@SteelEthlan Or maybe he'll cast the role as Mikleo i dunno.
said at 6:32 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
@Dawnlight Put him, Austin Tindle, Todd Haberkorn and Josh Grelle in a Tales of and we would have Funimation's go to male protagonist voices.
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said at 6:47 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
@Unknownsage13 Josh Grelle and Todd Haberkorn were already in Xillia 1/2.
said at 9:32 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
@NCZ I was just referring to if all four were in one game. But fine. Swap them out with Greg Ayers and... idk... Jason Liebrecht?
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Aug 3 2015

My Top Voices Actors who should be in a Tales game are:
#1 - Micah Solusod
#2 - Cherami Leigh (though she was Estelle in ToV: The First Strike)
#3 - Christine Marie Cabanos
#4 - Ben Diskin
#5 - Erika Harlacher
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Aug 3 2015
My top 5 I want in a Tales of would probably be
1-Cherami Leigh (using her Lucy voice)
2-Lindsey Seidel (using her Hecate voice)
3-Micah Solusod (using his Soul voice)
4-Luci Christian (she was Rita in the ToV movie but I want her to stand on her own) (using her Nagisa voice)
5-Britteny Karbowski (using her Misaka voice)
said at 6:09 AM on Wed Aug 5 2015
@Unknownsage13 It's gonna be interesting who is gonna voice Velvet when Berseria gets dubbed.
said at 3:07 AM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@Dawnlight I personally kinda want John Gremillion in a Tales game. ...Because he's incredible at playing subtly insane villains (Albedo from Xenosaga) and sounding similar to the original (Mihawk from One Piece).

Soooo my Funi top-5 for Tales would be:

1. John Gremillion (using either Mihawk or Albedo's voice)
2. Ian Sinclair (using Sousuke Yamazaki's voice. ...Oh GOD.)
3. Sonny Strait (using Usopp's voice? Or that of Maes Hughes.)
4. J. Michael Tatum (using any of his voices, really. "Honhonh-hic!")
5. Kent Williams (using Akisame Koetsuji's voice)
(6. Robert McCollum. His Berserker in History's Strongest Disciple outdid Jouji Nakata. wtf)

Out of women, I guess Carrie Savage, Trina Nishimura, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Monica Rial and Stephanie Young could work (all but Monica with their History's Strongest Disciple voices; Monica with Tashigi's voice from One Piece).
said at 8:23 PM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@Dawnlight She looks alot like Rias in Highschool DxD. So I would love if Jamie Marchi did the voice. I feel she isn't in enough games.
said at 4:46 AM on Wed Sep 30 2015
@Beldarius Great list. Though Tatum was already in a Tales game. He was Julius Kresnik in Tales of Xillia 2.
said at 4:47 AM on Wed Sep 30 2015
@Unknownsage13 I can also see Erica Mendez voice Velvet as well.
said at 9:12 PM on Fri Jun 2 2017
@Dawnlight ...I think Ian Sinclair, John Gremillion and Robert McCollum just got a shared "top-1 most wanted" spot on my list. XD I just heard Ian as Berkut in Fire Emblem Echoes and he'd be an [i]amazing[/i] Tales villain prone to psychotic paranoia.
said at 9:13 PM on Fri Jun 2 2017
Oh hai, he actually plays Zaveid. Never mind then. ...Still want him as a psycho villain, though.
said at 9:37 PM on Tue May 19 2015
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said at 2:50 AM on Tue Apr 21 2015
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Was kinda hoping for Erica Mendez to play Rose, after seeing Caitlin confirmed for this role I am REALLY excited to hear how she played the part. Haven't really been enjoying FUNi dubs as of late but hearing Tipton in the trailer gives me hope for any FUNi actors that appear in this game. Also hoping that Kirk Thornton and Cassandra Lee Morris come back for Jade and Sophie.
Jared Delgado
said at 7:36 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@Jomzy I certainly hope they DO bring them back.
said at 12:51 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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I don't consider myself a big gamer and reviews can't always be trusted but the fact that this game has 1.6/5 stars (with over 2000 scores!) on Amazon Japan is perhaps something for English fans of the Tales franchise to be concerned with... Is "the worst" Tales game in the franchise? Will new Tales games be as "bad"?

From what I've read the Tales franchise has had a healthy revival in North America the past few years after fading away for a while. Baba and Bandai Namco should step it up for the next game which I assume will be for PS4 otherwise the future of this franchise isn't looking so good.

Neat to see more Dallas talent in LA games but unfortunately no one I care about ever seems to get an invitation from the casting directors despite being vastly more talented than the people who are contacted... As for the dub samples so far from the trailer, it doesn't sound that great TBH. Sometimes trailers are just poorly done by a lazy or bad editor and the in-game voice acting is way better... and sometimes the trailer is a spot on representation.
said at 5:48 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@lazydude500 While this game does have issues, a lot of those 1 stars come from a controversial plot twist and Namco's continued terrible DLC practices.

Also, I'm not sure why, but a LOT of games get hammered with one stars and lower overall amazon ratings over on Amazon Japan. I wouldn't worry too much.
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said at 8:01 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@lazydude500 Yeah, I remember seeing that when the game came out.

Madalex raises a valid point in that this is pretty much standard procedure for major Japanese games. When Dragon Quest IX came out, it got bombarded with one-star reviews for arbitrary and nitpicky reasons. It's one of my favourite games and was beloved by fans and critics alike. The recent Monster Hunters have all had similar things happen to them, and that doesn't stop them from being sales juggernauts.

That said, most of the criticisms revolve around how a character was heavily promoted prior to release as being part of the main cast... only for them to not play that big a part in the actual game, and Namdai to immediately announce a DLC storyline surrounding that character right after launch. I can understand why people wouldn't be happy about that.

I'm not TOO interested in this game and my knowledge on the Tales series as a whole is pretty limited, so I don't know how the rest of it holds up. Most recent Tales games haven't had particularly great plots from what I've seen and a lot of them are fairly cliche-ridden, so that's one of the main things I would be concerned about as far as potential growth and evolution goes. JRPGs as a whole tend to have very fickle and divided fanbases which doesn't really help much.
said at 3:54 PM on Fri Apr 17 2015
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I think Mikleo is voiced by Michael Johnston, the voice of Reed from Dust: An Elysian Tail. I know that voice anywhere.
said at 12:52 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@TrueMyriad Oh, that's a definite possibility! He totally got that "sounds a lot like Scott Menville but not-quite-EXACTLY-like-'im" thing we hear on Mikleo.
said at 11:01 AM on Thu May 21 2015
@Sahgo Ok, but people are starting to say that Mikleo's English voice actor might be either Dante Basco or Anthony Del Rio, ya know? 😕😔
But then again, it's like you said before, Ry, Mikleo's voice does sound just like Scott Menville, so he just might be a possibility, and you can't be too careful, ya know! 😊
However, it could be Michael Johnston that's voicing Mikleo, cause people say that they know that voice from anywhere, well, ya know, the voice of Reed from Dust: An Elysian Tail, which is also a possibility, we just have to wait and find to be sure, ya know! 😊
said at 11:01 AM on Mon Jun 8 2015
@Norozco18 Dante Basco or Anthony Del Rio = Unionized Dub, and Unionized Dub does not = Tales game dub.
said at 11:44 AM on Fri Apr 17 2015
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So now we have Caitlin Glass as Rose
said at 1:51 PM on Fri Apr 17 2015
@BlueHeracross The English voice recording was done in Oct. last year? Didn't realize they recorded it that long ago.
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said at 2:23 PM on Fri Apr 17 2015
@Gaddes Tales dubs have generally been done well in advance of their English release dates. Xillia 1 was recorded in late 2012, and Xillia 2 in mid-2013. There's a lot of dialogue to go through, record, edit, and probably input into the game, and Namdai committed to getting Zestiria out within the same year internationally, so they'd have to have begun localization well in advance.

FWIW many of Cup of Tea's dubs are done the year prior to their English releases, though not all of them. I'm not sure how many other companies do so that far ahead. Generally, dubbing is one of the last steps in the localization process, and to give an example of another company's project timeline, the two Persona games from last year were recorded during the spring and released 5-6 months later.
said at 7:21 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@NCZ Heh "Namdai". Clever name you put in it.
said at 6:56 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
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Tipton huh? Can't say I'm all that familiar with her work, but she sounds fine. The more I listen to the trailer, the more I'm leaning torward Daymond as Sorey. Lailah certainly sounds like Carrie Keranen. Not sure on Mikelo myself, but his voice ins def. the weakest of the bunch IMO.
said at 6:07 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
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I'm guessing there going to be using more Funimation VA's. In that case I think Mikelo's Micah Solusod. And Lailah's Carrie Keranen. https://twitter.com/CarrieKeranen/status/588757807928713216
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said at 6:23 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
@Dragamon10 While I don't doubt it's her (and likewise for Robbie Daymond), simply linking to a trailer isn't proof enough that she can be assigned to the role right off the bat. With upcoming games I never assign VA roles unless they're officially, 100% confirmed. There's too wide a margin for error given how much speculation goes around, making it easy for potential misinformation to spread.
said at 3:31 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@NCZ Thankfully we got confirmation from Carrie now
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said at 5:44 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
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Alexis Tipton, eh? I'm not familiar with her work, but since she's voicing Platinum in the Blazblue anime, it makes sense that I'd mistake her for Laura Bailey at first. Good to see that they're continuing Xillia 2's trend of drawing from outside the local talent pool.
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
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She is Alisha.
said at 4:46 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
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First English trailer.
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said at 4:48 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@madalex1234 Alisha sounds a bit like Laura Bailey. I don't recognise anyone else.
said at 5:11 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
I think Alisha is Lauren Landa actually. Mikleo sounds like Scott Menville? Kinda weird. Lailah I think is one of the Carrie's (Savage or Keranen) Dunno bout Sorey tho.
said at 5:24 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
After listening to Alisha a few times, I put Alexis Tipton a possibility. Laura Bailey is also a strong bet.
said at 5:27 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
I honestly dunno how everyone hears Bailey in Alisha. I can't really hear Tipton either. But then again one line isn't really much to go on.
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said at 6:13 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@VaisuKaguya I'm not really 100% confident it's her. Just spitballing by offering my first impression.
said at 6:26 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@NCZ Same here. I'm pretty confident in most of my guesses tho. I'd be shocked if I was right about Mikleo.
said at 6:33 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@madalex1234 Nice. Mikleo does sound a bit like Scott Menville. Alisha sounds like Lauren Landa. Not hearing Baily or Tipton honestly. Sorey? I have a few guesses but nothing concert.
said at 8:41 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
I did see that Alexis was in this game a while back. I'm thinking Carrie Keranen is Lailah, which is great because she was my top choice.
said at 9:13 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@BlueHeracross I fefinitely agree on Carrie Keranen being Lailah. The best choice available. And I'm pretty sure it's Kira Buckland voicing Alisha... More importantly, any ideas on the male characters? I'm rather curious about those since the voices sounded so unfamiliar.
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said at 9:18 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@Engekiha Mikleo sounded pretty authentically young to me. My first thought was that he was a young actor in his early 20s or something.

He does actually sound a bit like Scott Menville, but I don't think it is him.
said at 9:34 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@Engekiha Sorey sounds like Robbie Daymond to me. Not 100% certain though.
said at 5:12 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
@akersaotome Alisha it's Alexis Tipton. She confirmed it on her twitter account.
said at 5:22 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
Just checked Tipton's twitter and she confirmed it herself. I'm surprised that someone I viewed as a possibility turned out to be a reality. To throw more into the mix, both Robbie Daymond and Carrie Keranen have linked the Zestiria trailer on their twitter's, as a "I'll just leave this right here".
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