Final - Theme: Final Fantasy


All members of BTVA are welcome to submit a performance for voice acting practice or just for fun! See below for details.

Congratulations to MOM0KI and TuxedoTaargus on making it to the "Act Your Voice Out" Finale!! Thanks so much to everyone who has participated in the contest so far whether it be as one of our amazing finalists or as a voter. We are now down to the final two in an all-out vocal brawl to the finish. However, before a winner can be crowned, both finalists still have THREE CHALLENGES in front of them. We present to you.... The Final ... which takes place in the world of the critically acclaimed video game series, Final Fantasy.

Locke Cole
Locke Cole
Show Description
Sometimes characters have existed in a medium for some time but have never been voiced before. This is the case with the following characters. With only an image and a character description, you'll have to give "vocal birth" to your respective character using your voice and imagination.

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Rinoa Heartilly
Rinoa Heartilly
Show Description
Locke Cole
(The party has reunited with Locke in the Phoenix Cave. Locke has found the Phoenix magicite, which he believes can restore his lost love, Rachel.)
"You're all safe! Behold... The legendary treasure that can undo death itself... This is magicite. Legend has it that the Phoenix turned itself to stone ages ago... It seems the story was true. But now it's filled with cracks. I don't know if it still has the strength to perform miracles... Rachel... I failed her. I broke my promise and lost the only thing that was real to me... So until I do what I said I'd do... Until I restore my honor... ...I'm nothing but a no-good liar."
Kain Highwind
Kain Highwind
Show Description
Cecil Harvey
Cecil Harvey
Show Description
In Challenge #2 you will be asked to do something many voice actors do in their careers... to have a CONVERSATION WITH YOURSELF! You've already had a dip in the pool in Round 4, but now, it's an evenly balanced conversation between two character, therefore making it even more important to provide us with two completely distinct voices not only in sound but in speech patterns and inflections as well. You have to make us believe that two different people are conversing with each other.

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(Cecil and Kain have come with a delivery to the town of Mist under the king's orders. Once they get there, they discover that their delivery is a bomb that has destroyed the village, killing everybody. The only survivor is a young summoner girl, whom Kain believes they must kill. Cecil, on the other hand, has drawn the line.)
Kain: "We have to obey the king's orders."
Cecil: "But she's just a child!"
Kain: "You intend to defy the king?"
Cecil: "I refuse to continue any more slaughter in the king's name!"
Kain: "I knew you'd say that. But don't worry, I'm on your side."
Cecil: "You are?"
Kain: "I owe the king so much, but I can't disgrace the dragoons."
Cecil: "So you'll join me?"
Kain: "Yes, but we will need allies if we are to oppose the mightiest kingdom in the land. We have to do it for Rosa, as well."
Cecil: "Thank you, Kain."
For the last challenge, you will do one of the most common things voice actors do during a gig. In Challenge #3 you will voice ONE SIDE OF A CONVERSATION without being able to hear the other voice actor's side of the conversation. Due to scheduling conflicts and time restraints, voice actors are often in the recording booth on their own, having no idea what the other characters in the scene sound like.
We have chosen a scene featuring two of the most popular characters in the Final Fantasy franchise, Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart.
You will record each line as a separate clip and submit all of them together. We will merge clips from both finalists to form the full conversation.
Show Lines
(The party is preparing to head into the Northern Cave to face Sephiroth in battle in the morning. After Cloud gives a rousing speech, everyone goes home to rest up. As Cloud and Tifa have no home, they are by themselves on a grassy hill as the Highwind airship hovers above.)
Tifa: "Everyone's gone..."
Cloud: "Yeah, we don't have anywhere or anyone to go home to."
Tifa: "You're right... But... I'm sure someday... they'll come back, don't you think?"
Cloud: "Hmm... I wonder...? Everyone has an irreplaceable something they're holding on to... But this time, our opponent..."
Tifa: "Hmm... But that's all right, even if no one comes back. As long as I'm with you... As long as you're by my side... I won't give up even if I'm scared."
Cloud: "...... Tifa......"
Tifa: "No matter how close we are... We were far apart... before this. But when we were in the Lifestream surrounded by all those screams of anguish, I thought I heard your voice... ...sniff... you probably don't remember this... But deep in my heart I heard you calling my name... Or at least I thought I did..."
Cloud: "Yeah... At the time I heard you calling me. You were calling me back from the stream of consciousness in the Lifestream. After all, I promised. That if anything were to ever happen to you, I would come to help."
Tifa: "Cloud...? Do you think the stars can hear us? Do you think they see how hard we're fighting for them?"
Cloud: "I dunno... But... Whether they are or not, we still have to do what we can. And believe in ourselves... Someday we'll find the answer. Right, Tifa? That's what I learned from you when I was in the Lifestream."
Tifa: "Yeah...... that's right..."
Cloud: "Hey Tifa...... I...... There are a lot of things I wanted to talk to you about. But now that we're together like this, I don't know what I really wanted to say... I guess nothing's changed at all... Kind of makes you want to laugh..."
Tifa: "(suggestively) Cloud... Words aren't the only thing that tell people what you're thinking..."
Cloud: "............"
(Later, during the middle of the night...)
Cloud: "............It's almost dawn..."
Tifa: "H, huh...?"
Cloud: "Sorry. Did I wake you...? It's almost dawn, Tifa."
Tifa: "Umm... G, good morning... Cloud. Give me a little longer... Just a little bit longer... This day will never come again... So let me have this moment..."
Cloud: "Yeah... okay. This is probably the last time we'll have together......"
MOM0KI and TuxedoTaargus will not only have the enormous task of performing FOUR characters but also with instilling enough variation in voice AND acting to distinguish all of these characters.

Voters will have 5 performances to listen to. 2 Character Monologues, 2 Self-Conversations, and 1 combined Conversation.

There can only be one winner, who will claim a Private Voice Acting Consulation with Kyle Hebert and the winning title. Once again, the judges will have no say in the outcome here, it is all up to the people to decide who should be crowned the ACT YOUR VOICE OUT CHAMPION of Season 2!

Good luck!
Voting has ended.
Locke Cole
Rinoa Heartilly
Kain Highwind &
Cecil Harvey
Rikku &

17 BTSers Have Approved Performances:

SmartyBoyboy , CatsTuxedo , JoeyKat , One Born , Pokejedservo , RozenStar , FoxyLee13 , Mickwhitefire28 , VocAwe , I_am_onlive , Dogman15 , Kiome , VocalChameleon , Strikernofear , AWIG , AMT , The Flaming E

3 BTVA Members Have Approved Performances:

Seymour , Messycat , RitsukaFlame

Check out the Behind-The-Scenes performances for Round 5. After you've enjoyed listening to them, why not vote for your favorite!


Add a Comment

Cole Chauvin
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Jan 6 2016
When does Season 3 start?
said at 8:11 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
The last one was amazing... they sounded great together. I'd like to try this one day, when is there going to be another, if any?
said at 1:19 AM on Tue Oct 22 2013
I'm still pretty new to BTVA site and I find this event really cool. I do hope there will be a season 3 for 2013 still or at least one coming up soon. Will there be?
said at 9:52 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
Can anyone tell me when season 3 starts.
said at 9:32 PM on Sun Sep 23 2012
Even though I lost in the very first round, I feel that I improved greatly. This is my demo reel that I just made about 2 or 3 days ago: now compare it to the one I auditioned with, it's a lot better. And I owe it to you guys that I met through here. You all gave me tips on how to be a better voice actor. :)
said at 4:46 PM on Mon Sep 10 2012
I have received my BTS prize. Thanks guys! 'Twas a fun time indeed. And a belated congrats to Momoki. 'Till next time guys.
said at 12:10 AM on Tue Sep 11 2012
@VocAwe Congrats :)
said at 10:48 PM on Thu Aug 30 2012
Just messaging to say I finished my call with Kyle! It was a BLAST! I was a bit nervous throughout the whole thing, but overall it was wonderful! I felt as though he was far too nice to me; which was an honor regardless. Overall, 10/10 *_* I am satisfied. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to participate in this competition and thank you to everyone who supported me throughout this entire competition. I am thankful to you all!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:26 PM on Fri Aug 31 2012
@MOM0KI awesome!!
said at 4:33 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
@MOM0KI That's too cool! Gotta say I'm super jealous. Congratulations!
Psyche's Rose
said at 8:00 PM on Mon Sep 10 2012
@MOM0KI Congratulations! You really deserved it. :)
said at 9:00 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
Greatz guys you did great
said at 12:58 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
Amazing work, guys. Congratulations!
said at 12:20 AM on Tue Aug 28 2012
Hey out of curiosity (didn't know where to post TBH)... is there away for us to get in touch with each other on projects we might be doing?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:50 AM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@AWIG there will be quite soon. this new feature will be the first step (it's currently in Beta)

think of it as VAA (Voice Acting Alliance) in a non-forum format.

with the contest over, I'll be finishing that up then working on creating voice acting portfolio's for members to listen to each others work etc.

Here's where all the planned voice acting related features are:
said at 1:09 AM on Wed Aug 29 2012
@Foxwolf Awesome! If in some way we can be of assistance don't hesitate to ask. Great job :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:03 PM on Wed Aug 29 2012
@AWIG any help on new ideas to expands these features would be much appreciated. I'm trying to get as many perspectives from up and coming voice actors as possible.

Many people have different needs so if we can combine the best ideas all together, I think we'll have something special.
said at 11:38 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
Sorry I'm tardy to the party! Got busy moving into college and stuff, and I must say congrats to the finalists, including you Tux! Great Job. :)! I knew you can pull through! I'm very proud of you, and extremely glad to have become friends with you! :)
said at 10:45 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
I figured out why I lost Round 1. Next year, I hope to do even better!
said at 7:30 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
When is the next season going to start up?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:43 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
@VocalChameleon it's been decided that AYVO will now be an annual contest, so Season 3 will be in May 2013.
said at 12:06 AM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@Foxwolf A year to prepare huh... alright, challenge accepted >_>b
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:01 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
Congratulations to both of you. It's been a privilege to listen to and judge such brilliant performances. You, as well as ALL of the finalists, have serious potential to become some of the best voice actors out there. All I can say is congratulations, and I wish you well!
said at 11:47 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Congrats to MOM0KI. She was my favorite throughout this competition.
said at 11:30 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Congrats, M0m0ki! The both of you were so friggin' AMAZING!! :D
said at 7:44 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Congratulations MOM0KI :) And good try to TuxedoTaargus. You both did great!
said at 11:20 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Congrats to VocAwe for winning the BTS portion :) !!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:42 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Okay, here are the randomly drawn winners for the BTS and Voting

BTS - VocAwe
Voting - ConfusedPhantom

Congrats to you both. I'll be sending a PM and an email to discuss exact prize and details.

And I want to give a round of applause to all the BTSers, so thanks for participating. I loved listening to your performances and esp seeing a number of you improve throughout the rounds.
said at 1:17 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@Foxwolf I just got my prize, thanks!
said at 5:40 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
I knew MOM0KI would win. But everyone else did a great job too.
said at 7:16 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
said at 5:53 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Congrats to MOM0KI! You were awesome! Everyone in this competition did a great job! Looking forward to the next competition.
said at 4:58 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Congrats Momoki :) well earned! Congrats to everyone who participated. I'm a bit sad that it's all over but oh well. :P
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 5:09 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@AWIG over? for now yes, but I expect to see you again next season dude. esp with all your efforts and improvements in the BTS :)
said at 5:40 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@Foxwolf Thanks man! Just the fact that you guys took the time to listen to my stuff means a ton! I will get better and better and hopefully God willing, i'll be here for season 3 :D !!
said at 4:46 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:34 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Truly no losers here guys, Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated here in Season 2!
said at 3:07 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
I'm so honored to have won the AYVO competition! When I first entered, I didn't expect to make it in the competition! So the fact that I won makes me feel so happy! I want to say thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for me! Also thank you to the admins for even having this competition in the first place! Thanks so much! Also, congratz to the other contestants. It was wonderful to compete against all of you!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:34 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@MOM0KI Thanks for the kind words and Congratulations MOMOKI
said at 3:40 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@MOM0KI Congrats on the win!
said at 4:05 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@MOM0KI Excellent. Congrats on the win. You did a great job.
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 5:11 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
@MOM0KI Congratulations!
said at 2:56 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@MOM0KI Congratulations! Best of luck in your VA career. :)
said at 1:30 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@MOM0KI Congrats!
said at 3:17 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@MOM0KI Congrats MOM0KI, I felt you'd make it this far.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:00 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
@MOM0KI Thought this was an appropriate congratulation:
said at 9:26 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
@MOM0KI Congratulations! Well-deserved.
said at 11:00 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
@MOM0KI Congratz! You both did a great job at the end and it was really hard to pick just one of you! :D Congratz once again, well earned!
said at 3:05 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
A huge congrats to MOM0KI for winning!

This competition has been a nail biter. I truly had no clue who would win you both did an amazing job. Congrats to both of the finalists for making it this far. You both gave it your all!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:04 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Okay, as for the prize winners for the BTS and the Voting, the 2 random winners will be drawn (tomorrow) Sunday.

Here are the current BTSers who are eligible for the prize:
One Born

This gives any BTSer's who haven't submitted a performance for every Round and the Callbacks until the end of today to do so.

I'll announce the winners here (and in their respective forum threads) tomorrow.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:04 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@Foxwolf AMT and The Flaming E are now also eligible.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:37 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Congratulations MOM0KI on becoming this season's winner!

We'll get you in touch with Kyle Hebert. Hope you have a blast in your consultation. And we'd love to hear about how it went afterwards if your wouldn't mind posting it here.

And of course hat's off to TuxedoTaargus as well. You sir most certainly have a future career in voice acting as well.
said at 2:32 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
Congratulations MOM0KI! Great performance and many kudos to TuxedoTaargus as well. Also a hip, hip, hooray for all the members of the community that made this such a pleasure to follow!
said at 10:50 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
It took me awhile but I finally submitted my BTS thing >_>b I had a really hard time picking which of the challenges to record but ended up with the monologue.
said at 1:12 PM on Thu Aug 23 2012
It's so hard to pick. I wanna vote for them both! XD
said at 1:07 AM on Thu Aug 23 2012
I almost don't want to vote. You both did incredibly!
said at 12:54 AM on Thu Aug 23 2012
TuxedoTaargus totally!
said at 8:14 AM on Wed Aug 22 2012
Both really good, but Momoki got my Vote. I am a stand up comedian who does sketch comedy (All Voices). Just came off a show with Sinbad and perform with Jeff Garcia (Voice of Sheen on Jimmy Newtron) on the regular. My hats off to both of these people. Good Stuff! Too bad I just came across this site, I would have liked to have been a part of this contest. Next time...
said at 6:00 AM on Wed Aug 22 2012
tuxedo got my vote! :) but both were very well done!
said at 8:11 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Wow! I'm only 1 of 14 or 16 people who submitted a BTS performance!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:54 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
@Dogman15 i know, I'm kinda of sad that the BTS numbers have diminished each round. Oh well, that improves the odds for each of you for the BTS prize! :D
The Flaming E
said at 1:57 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
@Dogman15 If I can get my performance to come out sounding at least decently before it's too late, you can raise that to 15 or 17.
Psyche's Rose
said at 5:19 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
@Dogman15 Count me in with The Flaming E.
said at 4:49 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Both were great, but Mom0ki sold me more than Tuxedo.
Tyler James Thompson
said at 4:01 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Mom0ki, I can't tell you how proud I am of you. It's been amazing to see you come so far. You are incredibly talented and deserve this recognition. I guarantee if you keep at it and keep your passion you will make it into the industry. Its a lot of hard work but you have the talent and the focus needed. My vote no doubt goes to you Mom0ki. And no matter what happens, I can promise that when I think of Act Your Voice Out Season 2, you'll be the first to pop up in my head. You're a true winner. Congrats :)
said at 9:08 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
I've really enjoyed this season! Everyone involved brought some really top-notch performances, and this final round is no exception. In the end, though, my vote goes to MOM0KI. I just really enjoyed her performances in this round and in the season overall. TUXEDOTAARGUS was superb throughout the season, but I felt his Locke was a little awkward to listen to. Good luck to you both!
said at 7:23 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Wow, this was the hardest decision yet. Both of you showed so much depth, so much range to the characters. In the end, my final vote deserves to go to MOM0KI. Good luck to the winner.
said at 5:42 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Before I cast my vote, I've gotta give credit to both Tux and Momoki for giving such solid and breathtaking performances! (I have been following this from the beginning just so you know.)

If your reading this, I want you to know that you two both deserve to be in the final and I can't wait to see the results: but for now here is my review:

Challenge 1: Both your interpretations I thought were well delivered and were interesting takes on non-interpreted characters until you brought them to life. It was difficult, but I give the slight edge to MoMoki despite the voice being a little too soft, her voice had that emotion and charm to it that really fits Rinoa well.

Challenge 2: Again, excellent takes on the respective roles: but once again I gotta give it to MoMoki, she fit the characters perfectly both voice-wise and acting-wise! Her voice is what I think of when I listen to Rikku and Paine. I felt Tuxedo's take was a little bit rushed and a little too swift, but regardless it was a good take on Kain and Cecil.

Challenge 3: Oh my word, both of you were at the peak of your performances, I find it impossible to pick as you were both in sync and the acting was some of the best I've seen in the competition! True emotion was displayed here from both sides, but I give it to Tux for this challenge because I felt Momoki was a little soft for this role which is not what I think of Tifa personally.

Overall, even though MoMoki won the majority of the challenges I am still not sure who to pick, you two were incredible and to be fair you both deserve to win it: best of luck from me! :)
The Flaming E
said at 3:14 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
It's so hard to choose it almost hurts. Both finalists were so amazing with everything! I wish it were somehow possible for this to end in a tie.
said at 6:01 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Damn, this is tough! Both did a phenomenal job! I feel that this was their strongest round yet! The third challenge was astounding to listen to, considering that they were recorded separately. I'm still gonna need time to think on who to vote for! X(
said at 4:45 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
it was so hard to choose who to vote for!
said at 3:22 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Submitted my vote! Good luck. It was fun participating and watching the progress of this contest over the summer. Perhaps I'll get to be apart of the top 16 next season. :)
said at 1:54 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Wow, they're both excellent. But MOM0KI gets my vote.
said at 12:15 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
My vote goes to Momoki this time.
Both Tux and Momo did REALLY well all round, but I really enjoyed Momoki's challenge #2.

Congrats to both of you! It's too bad there can only be one winner. You both deserve it!
said at 12:38 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Messycat Thank you so much ;.;
said at 4:19 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@MOM0KI You did a REALLY good job differentiating the two characters! I gave it a shot for BTS. I think it was alright. maybe you can give me your opinion when this is all over. ;)
said at 5:21 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Messycat of course =)
said at 11:52 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Sorry for the double post but I was thinking... could we in the future see some improv singing in one these challenges? I think it would be interesting since normally a lot of people don't sing.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:48 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@AWIG future seasons will definitely incorporate challenges outside the regular acting.
said at 7:45 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
@Foxwolf Nice :) Can't wait for that, hehe.
said at 11:11 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Challange #3 was pretty awesome to hear. Nice job! congrats to both finalists.
said at 10:46 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Definitely voted for Tuxedo! I've felt his submissions have been the best throughout the whole competition. He has a very wide range of emotions as well as voices. Really spectacular! The comments don't seem to like his Challenge 2, but I think that was one of my favs. I liked his different voices and I felt the fit the characters...from the little I know of them anyway :)

Momo is good but for some reason I really didn't feel it this time. The lines just felt really forced to me and didn't feel believable, personally. The lines just didn't really...reach out to me and hold my attention. It just seemed obvious you were acting, if that makes sense.

However, congrats to you both for making it this far! You've done what no one else could do this season. Props to you both! :)
said at 7:58 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
I voted for Tux!
Momoki´s takes were too soft spoken for my liking in challenge 1 and 3 and I didn't believe the emotion in challenge 1, great work on challenge 2 though.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:15 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
Awesome job, you two! You both deserved to make it this far, and you didn't make it easy to choose just one.

Basic thoughts for now:
Tuxedo - Loved your take on Cloud! That was definitely my favourite of the three. I also liked your take on Locke. Cecil and Kain were probably the weakest, though. Still good interpretations, but not quite as strong as the other two. (Of course, it was also hard for me to judge Kain without comparing your work to Liam O'Brien.)

Momoki: Rikku and Paine were my favourites. They really sounded like two different people talking to each other. After that, I'd say your next best was Tifa, then Rinoa.

Now, hopefully the third challenge wasn't too awkward (especially with the implications of "words aren't the only thing that tell people what you're thinking"). Though it's a great scene and it resulted in some excellent acting performances, so it all worked out. I'm REALLY going to have to think about who gets my vote. This will not be easy!
said at 9:56 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Well I didnt get to vote before this because I forgot to do so ha ha ha. Anyway, for me both performance in Challenge 1 was awkward.
Challenge 2 was better and a tie. Challenge 3 , I feel Tux is a tiny bit better with his character.
said at 9:32 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I have to agree with TaZZerath. Overall my vote went for TuxedoTaargus, because I think he took Challenges 1 and 3 (mostly Challenge 1, since 3 was a lot closer), but if we'd just judged Challenge 2 then my vote would have gone to MOM0KI. Kain was too monotone (Tux's worst voice from this round, easily) while Rikku was possibly MOM's strongest.

But still, great work to both of you! Brilliant stuff overall.
shleepers (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 9:16 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Really nice performances this round guys! However, I thought MOM0KI brought it to the table in this round. But TuxedoTaagus, you were pretty damn close.

MOMO, I loved, loved, loved your performance in Challenge #2 with your Rikku and Paine lines! There was a defiant difference in both of the voices and acting was on par.

Anyways, great job you two. And good luck!
said at 8:48 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
First of all, congratulations to the both of you for making it to the final :)
In Challenge 1, I think Tux took this out convincingly. M0M0KI, I could hear the sadness in your voice, but it was still a very flat sadness, needed a bit more inflection I think.
In Challenge 2, it was a LOT closer. Both of you did some great voice variation between the characters and also managed to put a lot of emotion into it. This was tough. I actually think M0M0KOI was slightly ahead.
In the final challenge, again Tux was more convincing, so consequently he got my vote, Like Challenge 1 M0M0KI, your voice just sounded very flat. Perhaps it's only when you're performing softer, slower lines that this happens? Regardless I'm sure once you work on this you'll be a well-rounded VA :)

Well done guys, I bet there'll be a whole lot of relief when this is done!
said at 8:24 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Tuxy, you rocked this competition! Good job man, you have my vote! : )
said at 7:28 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
First, as a disclaimer, both TuxedoTaargus and MOM0KI have done really strong performances this round. As someone who isn’t a voice actor and is just enjoying the performances, everything is my opinion and is relevant to my interpretation of that scene from the respective game. Of course, recognition and props to the admins and members of the community that made this all possible. Also, forgive the rant… I really love Final Fantasy.



First, let me say that these were some pretty tall orders with the choice of characters and scenes. Overall, I really enjoyed your voice with regards to the selection of pitch, general tones (given your choice of interpretation), and pacing. Words are clear as a bell and the strong streak of performances is not let down in this final round whatsoever. I get the feeling you may have not been as familiar as you could have been though on these characters, with a lot of the context being overlooked in the scenes. However, I think that some leniency is required since every scene for the male is a lead up scene, can’t help but think you could’ve done a lot more given some more time and information. So getting down to it:

What a tough scene. Right before Rachel’s goodbye, your interpretation of the scene was a little bit different as I thought the conveyed emotional path was from shock (being startled by the party), awe (‘obtaining the magicite’), growing concern (as he examines it and discovers more cracks and damage on the magicite), despair (at the prospect of the stone not being effective or working at all for Rachel), and that little streak of hope mixed in all the way through (made a bit more apparent in the original text and more obvious if looked as the conjunction scene).

I though the beginning exclamation was not the right tone to convey his notice of the party’s arrival on the scene, but was still decent as an opener. The switch of pacing I thought was perfect here when you slow down to explain to the party what you are holding. When you reach the part where you notice the cracks, I would’ve like to see a realization that the magicite’s covered in cracks and the following implications (whether that be a couple pauses, an exaggerated slow down, etc). The doubt was decent (maybe a bit light) but the flip from doubt to despair was a bit sudden for me and threw me, especially at the point where you say Rachel. While I think the pacing was right, I can’t help but think you had some better tone and style that you could have used here.

While I think it really dropped the ball in conveying the most important point of hope that kept most gamers on the edge of their seat as they went to Kohlingen (where Rachel is), as a standalone this holds up alright.

I have to mention this, I really do not think it was fair to provide this script to Tuxedo because the original script (since this looks like the old one based on the Japanese release) relies strongly on context to make these lines work. Anyways, the dynamic between these two is incredibly important due to the high intensity of this scene. Cecil’s confrontation of Kain and the general willingness to oppose this course of action, mixed with desperation and his high moral ground puts him through an emotional path going from confrontational with a strong plea (stopping Kain while saying ‘she’s just a girl’), resolution (his oath-y-ness… yes, I make up words), comforted (saying ‘you are’ after realizing this isn’t going to be a fight), and ending in sincere thanks.

Kain’s bit here is actually really weird. His emotional path starts from highly confrontational to test Cecil, comforted (when Cecil confirms his stance and Kain’s sure of Cecil’s position), disdain and light sadness (for what the king has done), contemplative (his light planning), and that ending sting of Rosa’s reference.

First, I love the selection of voice for Kain, it was great. Cecil’s very quick and lighter voice did not really work for me as much and conflicted with his character too much for me, but I can see it still working for others. The lead off exchange up to the “slaughter in the king’s name” was lacking heavily in confrontation for me. With the constant back and forth these two have and their history as childhood friends, this diffused a lot of that tension that really weighs on this scene for me. I chuckled at the transition when Kain says “I knew…” with this light hearted interpretation adding this new side of Kain that added a little more depth to the character than what is typically observed. From there on out, the performance seemed a little rushed, not by way of pacing but by level of attention almost. Kain’s important reference to his pride and status as a Dragoon seemed light, Rosa’s mention seemed to be almost tacked on, and Cecil’s lines really didn’t add much for me here.

This challenge was where I hoped you would shine the most, but it came off kind of lackluster. With your great range, the voice dynamic was great but I feel that the acting and general level of performance dropped a bit here. I actually would love it if this could be redone and I could hear it again. Still, as a gentle reminder since passionate people kick themselves too often, this was a solid job (I just nitpick).


With the other half of Squaresoft’s history (aka Post-FF7) being selected for characters, I felt that these characters ran a slightly higher risk of more ‘set in stone’ interpretations. Unfortunately for me personally (since I love these interpretations), both Tifa and Rinoa interpretations differed so a new perspective was interesting to look at. Similar to TuxedoTaargus, your words are clear and this round does not fail to deliver. While I’m not sure if there is a solid understanding of what’s going on here either , still was a good listen.

The lowering of Rinoa’s barriers and a glimpse into all her fears towards the end, this scene is often overlooked but a memorable moment between the couple nonetheless. While the character interpretation seemed different from mine, the performance and scene interpretation made perfect sense to me with Rinoa. Starting from fear (uncertainty of Edea’s influence and such), guilt (her breaking Adel’s seal), worry (concern for future actions), fear again that blends in from worry (possibility Ultimecia will control her again), and ending in resignation (her momentary acceptance of death from Squall).

In the context of a longer conversation this would not have bothered me at all, but that sudden “Edea’s still” threw me for a loop. After that (and also having been prepared myself after the 30th listen), the smaller focus on more of this despair heavy set of lines was delivered very well in the pacing department. Dragging on moments of uncertainty, the slight speed up at “what might happen…”, and the slower delivery overall worked for me. Tone-wise, I think there could have been a little more variety, but played it safe and came out with a solid showing for it.

While it didn’t push the envelope as far as it could have been, this was a good performance that got across what was needed. Would probably fit better in context though compared to stand alone, but still is good on its own.

If you have played FFX-2, this whole bit pretty much sums up the relationship between Rikku and Paine. Unlike the other scenes, this exchange, being more of a ‘run of the mill’ moment, places more emphasis on the characters themselves over the scene’s specifics. That said, Rikku’s movement appears to me as: surprise, insistence (more like badgering), caring, and playful disappointment.

Paine’s path is also straightforward: annoyance, frustration, and followed by annoyance in a manner where she’s just flatly trying to ignore Rikku and back her off (after all, she can be a Paine… get it? Yeah, I’ll stop).

The voices here were perfect to me. While you don’t have a naturally low voice, you contrast Rikku and Paine clearly and that adds to the dynamic of the light hearted, energetic Rikku to the more calm and stoic Paine. Each line’s pacing worked just right, emotions per line matched up, and the overall delivery of the scene conveyed the brighter style of this game and its characters.

This was my favorite performance this round from MOM0KI and in the round in general. There really is very little that I can find to criticize here besides maybe choosing a voice that sits a little more comfortably for Paine? Either way, this comes across to me as the best clip I’ve heard so far from MOM0KI.


Cloud & Tifa:
Arguably the most romantic and also the iconic scene before the journey to the final confrontation to the Northern Crater begins, this exchange was interpreted by both TuxedoTaargus and MOM0KI so differently from my interpretation (circle interpretation for those that lurk on FF7 boards) that I think I’ll comment on this as a standalone.

TuxedoTaargus, I actually liked your voice selection for Cloud (perhaps more than the other voice actors for Cloud :D). With this comforting, partially sad, and almost distant at times interpretation, this whole bit was a solid delivery and, interpretation set aside, was possibly the strongest performance from you. The range was good from the uncertain feeling at the start to the resolution at “do what we can”.

MOM0KI, your voice for Tifa didn’t snap to what I normally think of as Tifa. Given the interpretation that you two seem to have set though, I think it does the job just fine. That slightly sad, almost longing tone in your voice, which doesn’t stray too much, fits and the little bits of hope scattered throughout the lines fits too. The suggestive part I thought was actually moreover sweet than funny, but was a nice little take. I still think the range could’ve been a bit more diverse and pacing could have been changed a bit. Still, good job on this interpretation.


Ending thoughts:
I am a bit bummed out that this will be the last round of the contest (judges, encore round with everyone? :D), but it really is awesome to see this level of passion and talent just being brought center stage for people to see. In this final round, I thought both finalists had a strong showing but ultimately the edge went to MOM0KI with challenge #2 really getting that critical edge. No matter what way votes go, it was fun to follow both of you, the other contestants, and I hope to hear more. Cheerio.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 7:44 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@Genesis just finished reading your feedback and thought it was very well thought out and analytical. plus, as someone who isn't really familiar with Final Fantasy, it's interesting to hear someone's perspective who is a big fan and knows the characters well.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:18 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Genesis Wow, I'm impressed. Detailed feedback AND you know your FF. Maybe we'll have to sign you up as a judge for next time!

To clarify, the Cecil/Kain exchange is from the GBA version. And as a fun little tidbit, I actually realized that the female characters were all from Nomura/post VII games after I picked them. That was unintentional, BTW. Impressed you were sharp enough to notice that.
said at 1:47 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@NCZ Ah, FF4 Advance. The base script from that I think is the Japanese version. Because the SNES version is different and the DS version is super different (with the howling, QQ'ing, etc). Good to know though, forgot FF4A's script.
said at 7:12 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Tux, you have my vote, I hope you come home with the gold!
said at 6:06 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I have been following this contest the whole way through, and I'm glad to see that both of you made it this far! No matter how things turn out, you two should feel proud of taking on all these challenges with such breath-taking results! Just because in of you will lose doesn't mean you aren't an amazing voice actor/actress, you should keep working for that goal no matter what. As for the winner, my vote goes to Momoki. I think what convinced me was her performance in Challenge #2, I loved the variety, if I didn't know any better I wouldn't be able to believe that the two characters were voiced by the same person!
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 1:52 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
TuxedoTaargus, as far as I'm concerned, you are the winner here, regardless of how the votes play out.

You gotten my vote for 4 out the 5 rounds. You have excellent range and variety in your performances, but most importantly you never sound like you're acting. You're becoming the characters behind the microphone, and you've done that throughout the entire competition.

Please rally your friends and family to vote for you in this contest. You've dominated the whole damn thing.
said at 1:46 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Such a hard choice, but I'm going with Tuxedo only because I liked his Locke better.
said at 1:45 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I'm going to have to go with Taargus on this one. I just felt there was a lot more weight to your words, and that's very important in order to make these characters interesting, especially Cloud.
said at 11:06 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I confess in that I know little about the stress of voice acting, but I do know about working on it.

Tuxedo did a cool job voicing Cloud in the together challenge. For two people who didn't hear each other, I was almost stunned. The big points, however, I must defer to Momoki.

I'm not being biased or anything. Momoki did a stunning performance on her parts and swapping tones between two different personalities may sound easy, but good luck putting it into practice. Momoki? WOW! You pulled it off.

Your Rinoa part, I admit, may have needed some working on, in my opinion. Still, it captured the general idea of what the character would feel like. A bit soft in the voice but it's overlooked in that you had the tones down to expert level.

Best of luck, comrades! May the better VA win.
said at 10:47 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Wow, Momoki, you did an excellent job. I'd have to say the same for Tuxedo, as well. The romance scene that you two did together made me believe it was actually happening! I was able to imagine it in my head! That was my personal favourite.

However, I do have to pick one... I love both of your performances, but I'm going to have to go with Momoki on this one because she's done so lovely!
Tuxedo, you're doing an amazing job as a voice actor, so don't let my vote get you down! You're both amazing!

Go Momoki!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:38 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Congratulations on a GREAT SEASON everybody! Sad to see it come to a close but happy to crown a new champion. This is how I see the final round breaking down...

Challenge 1: I have to give to Tuxedo here by a wide margin
Challenge 2: I have to give to Tuxedo by a very slim margin on this one
Challenge 3: I have to give this one to Tuxedo as well

Please don't take offense to this Momoki because you have done an amazing job all season and I know you have quite the fan/friend following but looking at the whole season overall I would have to say that in my humble opinion TuxedoTaargus has been slightly above the competition consistently.

My vote for Season 2 Champion goes to TuxedoTaargus!
said at 3:17 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Could you share your thoughts as to what weighed into those spreads?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:08 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Genesis As soon as I get a chance :)
said at 2:21 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Woah, MOM0KI really just nailed it... Both competitors sound absolutely phenomenal, but I gotta go with MOM0KI here. Best of luck to both though! ^u^
said at 4:58 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@nanodo Interesting...very interesting. You, as well as the two people below you, created their accounts on the exact same day around the exact same time; not to mention you all have exactly two lines of encouragement. Patterns, patterns indeed.
said at 5:15 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@asmithhers before you get any ideas, these are all friends who I had asked to vote for me in the beginning, being why their accounts were made around the same time. I know them individually, and they just commented to support me to let me know they voted for me.
said at 5:34 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@asmithhers What Momo said is right. She asked me to vote for her the very first round, and as a fan and a friend, I happily said yes. Ever since then, she has asked me every round to vote, and I have obliged out of my own will and love for her voice acting to vote every time. I hadn't even heard of this site before Momo asked me to vote. I know that I don't need to say any of this, but she's fighting as fairly as everyone else should and is working hard with her talent.
Let's be nice now, alright? There's no need to jump to conclusions without proof.
said at 5:55 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@asmithhers Same as what tomoeine said, Momo asked me as a friend to support her and I was glad to vote for her (as I have always been a fan of her VA-ing) and leave a comment to let her know I had... As for two lines of encouragement... I just didn't have a ton to say ^^" Please don't accuse her of anything just because I wanted to support my friend in this competition ;n; Sorry for the confusion, anyhow...
said at 7:31 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@asmithhers I voted for MOM0KI this round, but my comment isn't two lines of encouragement... also my account is older. Am I doing it wrong? Seriously, don't be a jerk.
said at 4:40 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Genesis if you read asmithhers comment properly, she wasn't referring to you as you did not write a 2-lined comment, nor did you create an account on June 24th. Seriously, don't be a jerk.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:39 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@TwoDoorCafeClub first of all I want to let you know i blocked the comment you made after this one. the reason is we (the Admin team) dealt with all those related users/comments at the time it happened and removed their participation in the contest. Everyone involved was made aware. We've kept an eye on things the whole way.
said at 1:44 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
It's amazing that you've made it this far Momoki. Your performance has been spot on. ^_^ You've definately got my vote. I'm wishing you the best of luck.
said at 1:28 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I support you MOMO. You have given a lot of effort to your voice-acting! You are great and awesome whatever happens!
said at 1:19 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
That was just. Oh man, Kain was great, Cecil too.
Rinoa's monologue was very moving, and Rikku and Paine sounded on par with the game, if not better.
Locke is just how I'd imagine him.
You both did amazing as Cloud and Tifa.
So good luck to both of you, my vote is cast, whoever wins really has earned it.
said at 1:16 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Yaaaaaay! I'm really happy that you've made it this far Momo-chan. You've really worked hard, and you've made it a long way. I'm proud to have such a talented, amazing girl like you for a friend.
Congratulations to whoever wins because both of you are just amazing.
said at 1:11 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
Man, this was a crazy competition, I can't believe it's almost over, both of the contestants are amazing, it's hard to decide! @_@
said at 12:59 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
I cannot even begin to say how much I have anticipated these submissions. Some interesting/different interpretations (judging from the first listen through). With iconic characters like Cloud and Tifa to the unforgettable stories of Locke and Rinoa, this round is just packed with all sorts of amazing potential. Looking forward to the BTSer (not sure if that's right) submissions too!
said at 10:22 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
Just a little bit of info for everyone: There are also BTS opportunities for the Season 1 rounds right now. If you're interested, submit your own take on Season 1's challenges and have a little more practice under your belt.
said at 8:45 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
gah! It's already the final round?? ive been away for so long! :O
said at 6:34 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
Challenge 3 is gonna ROCK! ho maaann cant wait!!
said at 4:39 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
Man, I've been so behind on the BTS submissions, finally caught up and sent some in for the last 2 rounds and this one as well. Good luck to Tux and Momo! Gonna be a tough decision, I'm sure!
said at 1:17 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
Can't wait till they start it's going to be awesome !
said at 9:44 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
Awww boooo th ewait is so long! I want to hear the finalists! I want to hear the BTSers!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:27 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@Messycat I agree. These are some damn good lines (if I say so myself) and I can't wait to hear people's interpretations of them.
said at 8:34 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
@Messycat Me too! And then the agonising wait until the next season! :(
said at 11:56 AM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@Messycat I'm actually depressed that I have to wait so long for another season @___@; Even though I sucked on my first try, I just have to get better.
said at 4:22 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@TaZZerath Whooo boy yes. Maybe we should do some mini-challenges just for fun (no prizes) in the interim... ;)
said at 4:22 PM on Mon Aug 20 2012
@AWIG You will! Just play around and have fun until then. ;)
said at 7:56 AM on Tue Aug 21 2012
@Messycat Thanks for the vote of confidence. I shall try my hardest >.>b
said at 8:59 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
Aww yeeaahhh Challenge 2 is gonna be fun!! Paine's personality is my specialty!! :3
said at 5:29 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
I love challenge number 2 :D I can't to hear everyone's take on it!
said at 2:36 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
I think I'm all submitted, kinda forgot to check for a notification. Anyway, now that it's all officially out of my hands for the last time, just wanted to say what an honor and a privilege it's been to make it this far in the competition with so many great talents. Thanks for the adventure, and I can only hope you like what I brought to the table. :)
said at 2:59 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@TuxedoTaargus Submitted as well! feels good to be done, even though it felt rushed ;.; It's an honor for me as well to have made it this far, considering I'm the youngest and definitely not the most talented! It was fun while it lasted! Good luck Tux!~
said at 4:31 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@MOM0KI Good luck to you too, Momo! :]
said at 12:54 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
Alright! This is the only recording time I have all week! LETS DO THIS! Expect them submitted in a little bit- lol ;.;
said at 10:51 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
Behind the scenes submitted!
said at 1:06 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
This has to be the worst recording week for me EVER X'D I SHALL DO MY BEST!
said at 10:49 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@MOM0KI You can do it Momoki!
said at 10:51 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@MOM0KI Or as they say in Japan: Ganbare!
said at 11:08 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@Messycat thank you!~
shleepers (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 11:52 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
Can't wait for this round! Good luck to the two finalists!
said at 5:37 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
If we wanted to submit two challenges for BTS, could we or are we limited to one challenge.
said at 5:52 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@VocalChameleon I imagine ifyou put them in one mp3 file you can. That's what I did in the last challenge - I submitted two characters one after the other on the same track.
said at 6:01 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@Messycat I did the same thing, but I want to make sure it was okay for this round.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:50 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@VocalChameleon go for it
said at 5:14 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
For all the BTSers - there are so many options this round. What are people submitting? Monologue? Dialogue with self? Just curious as I have no idea which challenge to tackle for fun.
said at 11:12 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@Messycat Finally decided to go for challenge 2. Hope the two voices sound different enough!
said at 11:13 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
Oof...didn't mean to post @ myself. I must look schitzophrenic!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:42 AM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@Messycat lol, it's okay. i think any voice actors need at least a little crazy/wackiness in them :P
said at 7:06 AM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@Foxwolf oh absolutely!
said at 10:11 AM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@Foxwolf not to mention challenge 2 makes you feel a little nutso anyway. Lol! Hope it sounds ok. I think my voices were different enough...
said at 4:14 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
@Messycat I would like to try them all but I'm going with a monologue.
said at 2:18 AM on Wed Aug 15 2012
Submitted something for gicks and kiggles
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:24 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@Seymour great to hear your VA skills again dude
said at 3:36 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@Foxwolf thank you :D I was feeling rusty, lol
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:56 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
@Seymour If I'd had known you'd be recording something, I'd have gotten some of Seymour's quotes from FFX.
said at 6:15 PM on Thu Aug 16 2012
Had I been a finalist, you could've promoted the crud out of that.
said at 10:10 AM on Fri Aug 17 2012
@Seymour which challenge did you tackle? I'm really curious what the BTSers will choose to submit.
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Aug 17 2012
I did the One-sided Convo challenge, I always love taking on those kind of tests, because it really pays off if the opposing end really does compliment your own recordings~
said at 7:27 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
Good luck guys! This round should be awesome :)
said at 4:09 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
This will be interesting, good luck to you both.
said at 3:56 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
Oh man, this is so exciting! Best of luck to you both! :D
said at 12:12 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
Oh..OH DAMN... this is the part where I kick myself for getting knocked out in round 2...
said at 11:31 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Not gonna lie those are some juicy lines.. wish it were me up there :P !! Good luck guys.... and the BTSers as well! I haven't forgotten about you guys. :)
said at 11:29 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Oh man, looking at this, this would have been an awesome challenge to tackle! It's exciting AND hard!

Good luck, you guys! :D
said at 6:49 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
This is going to be exciting. I can't wait to hear the end results!
said at 6:20 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Excited *_*
said at 5:12 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Well this was unexpected. Good luck finalists! :P
said at 4:13 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Gah! The one round I'd have really liked to be in! Ah well! I'm rootin' for ya, MOM0Ki!!
said at 3:51 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
Niice! Good luck to you both!
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