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Old 05-21-2017   #1
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Default Non-union Japanese games with credited VO casts

It's the year 2017 and unfortunately most non-union Japanese games do not credit their English voice actors. Thankfully though, some seem to be getting better. Since it might be a handy reference, this thread basically documents the few Japanese games where the publisher and casting crew themselves have officially acknowledged their casts.

Please note that some of the games listed here will have certain actors uncredited or using aliases. Still, any credit is better than none at all.

*Please keep in mind that I will update the list with current releases myself. Feel free mainly to post older titles I missed.

Bang Zoom:
* D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (Microsoft, 2014)
* Detective Pikachu (Nintendo/The Pokemon Company, 2018)
* Earth Defense Force 2025 (Xseed, 2014)
* Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures (Namco Bandai, 2013)
* Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Namco Bandai, 2014)
* Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (Namco Bandai, 2006)

Binari Sonori:
* Bravely Default (Square Enix/Nintendo, 2013)
* Bravely Second (Square Enix/Nintendo, 2016)

Cup of Tea Productions:
* Akiba's Beat (Xseed, 2017)
* Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo, 2013)
* Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo, 2017)
* Fire Emblem Echoes (Nintendo, 2017)
* Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo, 2017)
* Hot Shots Shorties (Sony, 2011)
* Klonoa (Namco, 2009)
* Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven (Xseed, 2015)
* Nier: Automata (Square Enix, 2017)
* Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (Xseed, 2015)
* Return to Popolocrois (Xseed, 2016)
* Soulcalibur V (Namco, 2012)
* Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 2015)

Formosa Interactive:
* Fire Emblem: Fates (Nintendo, 2016)
* The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 2017)
* Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (Capcom, 2015)
* Secret of Mana (Square Enix, 2018)

Just Cause:
* Devil May Cry 3 (mocap + voice actors only, voice-only actors uncredited) (Capcom, 2005)
* Devil May Cry 4 (mocap + voice actors only, voice-only actors uncredited) (Capcom, 2008)
* Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (mocap AND voice-only actors both credited) (Capcom, 2015)
* Disaster: Day of Crisis (mocap + voice actors only, voice-only actors uncredited) (Nintendo, 2008)

Magnitude 8 Post:
* The Bouncer (Squaresoft, 2001)
* Brave Fencer Musashi (Squaresoft, 1998)
* Killer is Dead (Xseed, 2013)

New Generation Pictures:
* Final Fantasy IV (PC only) (Square Enix, 2014)
* Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Square Enix, 2009)
* The Last Remnant (Square Enix, 2008)
* Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny (Natsume, 2011)
* Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (Capcom, 2010)
* Street Fighter IV (Capcom, 2009/2010/2011/2014)
* Street Fighter V (Capcom, 2016)
* Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom, 2012)

Oracle Post/Epcar Entertainment:
* Star Ocean: First Departure (Square Enix, 2008)
* Star Ocean: Second Evolution (Square Enix, 2009)

PCB Productions:
* Catherine (Atlus, 2011)
* Enchanted Arms - MAIN CHARACTER ONLY (Ubisoft, 2006)
* Monster Hunter World (Capcom, 2018)
* Persona 5 (Atlus, 2017)
* Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (Atlus, 2000)
* Tail Concerto (Atlus, 1999)
* Thousand Arms (Atlus, 1999)
* Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (999 only) (Aksys, 2017)
* Zero Time Dilemma (Aksys, 2016)

Side LA:
* Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo, 2018)

Soundelux:
* Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix, 2013)

Studiopolis:
* Sonic Colours (SEGA, 2010)
* Sonic Free Riders (SEGA, 2010)
* Sonic Generations (SEGA, 2011)
* Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics (SEGA, 2011)
* Sonic: Lost World (SEGA, 2013)
* Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympics (SEGA, 2013)
* Sonic Boom (SEGA, 2014)
* Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics (SEGA, 2016)
* Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice (SEGA, 2016)

Technicolor Creative Services:
* Dragon's Dogma (Capcom, 2012)
* Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Capcom, 2013)

Voxx:
* Dynasty Warriors 9 (Tecmo Koei, 2018)

Other:
* Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Namco Bandai, 2012)
* Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 2014)
* Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Tecmo Koei, 2014)

Bonus: Games with no in-game credits, but casts were publicly confirmed by the publisher or casting crew through outside means (e.g. forums, twitter):

Cup of Tea Productions:
* Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (partial) (Capcom, 2016)

New Generation Pictures:
* Final Fantasy IV (Square Enix, 2008)
* Infinite Undiscovery (Square Enix, 2008)
* Romancing SaGa (partial) (Square Enix, 2005)
* Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Square Enix, 2009)
* Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (Square Enix, 2006)

PCB Productions:
* The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Xseed, 2015)
* The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (Xseed, 2016)
* Persona 4: Arena (partial) (Atlus, 2012)
* Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (partial) (Atlus, 2014)
* Persona 4: Dancing All Night (partial) (Atlus, 2015)
* Trauma Team (partial) (Atlus, 2010)
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Old 05-21-2017   #2
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Default Re: Non-union Japanese games with credited VO casts

So it looks like we can always count on XSeed and Nintendo to list the voice actors in some way. Capcom seems pretty consistent too outside of Ace Attorney.

Off the top of my head there's also Earth Defense Force 2025 (XSeed) which was done at Bang Zoom. I think Shinbido 2 (Namco) also listed the voices in the credits, but I can't find a video anywhere.
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Yup, Nintendo are the MVP when it comes to this. Every single one of their non-union dubs has a cast listing.

After that, Xseed have been making great strides lately, Capcom go back-and-forth on Resident Evil and Ace Attorney but are otherwise solid, and Square Enix's track record is very good when the casts that were confirmed by Jonathan Klein separately are factored in. Relative to the number of localizations they've done it looks like Atlus have probably the worst track record. When they started out in the 90s they included credits in their games. But starting with Persona 2 EP, they've stopped altogether and have only made two exceptions in the nearly 20 years since then. Bit sad, but eh.

I took a look at Shinobido 2 a while ago and I want to say it did have credits from what I remember, so I can add those two to the OP for sure once I double-check them.

Edit - Can't find the credits but I'm seeing some secondary sources for Shinobido 2 that list names like Taylor Henry and Evelyn Lanto, so I'll take their word for it and figure it had credits.
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I haven't gotten around to requesting this game yet, but there was a Hot Shots spin-off called Hot Shots Shorties that was released for the PSP back in 2010. It is the only game so far in the series to be dubbed at Cup of Tea Productions. Here's a photo I took of the credits.



Would this count as a non-union game as well?
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Good catch! Sure looks like it might've been, based on the cast list for its time. Had no idea Cup of Tea ever worked on the series. I'll add that in.

Interesting that it's one of the few non-union dubs where Eden Riegel is under her real name. Usually she's uncredited (e.g. in FE Awakening, Zero Time Dilemma, Xenoblade X) or "Claudia Lenz" (e.g. in Star Ocean SE, Nier: Automata, FE Echoes). This is also one of the few examples of a non-union Sony dub that I think I've seen.
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Added Monster Hunter World to OP. Interestingly I think this is both the first Capcom game to use PCB and the first PCB game by someone other than Aksys or Atlus to credit the VO cast, even if it's just in block form.
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Dynasty Warriors 9 - Voxx Studios
Here's the English voice cast:
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/manual/eGmk5pHt/jp/7000.html
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Something to add to the Formosa list!

Secret of Mana (Square Enix, 2018)

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Updated list with releases so far from this year.

We have two new studios joining us:

VOXX Group from Dynasty Warriors 9

Side opened their American branch in Los Angeles last year, and it looks like their first dubbed game is Nintendo's Sushi Striker! No dubbing company is specifically named in the credits, but the credited recording engineer is James Battley who formerly worked at Side UK and relocated to the US to work at Side LA. Voice direction handled by David W. Collins and mixes in actors from San Francisco as well.
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