God Eater

God Eater
Voice Director: Tony Oliver

US Home Media: Nov 29, 2016
Japan Premiere: Jul 12, 2015
Japan Conclusion: Mar 26, 2016

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13

Animation Studio: ufotable

Popularity: 538th All Time, 701st This Week

Franchise: God Eater
Characters on BTVA: 24
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said at 1:32 AM on Wed Mar 7 2018
Okay series that has a decent dub done by Bang Zoom. It was cool to see Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in a BZ dub again since she normally does work with Studiopolis or Disney nowadays.

Rather unusual that they didn't get Johnny Yong Bosch and Yuri Lowenthal back though.
said at 8:43 PM on Thu Aug 31 2017
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One interesting thing about this dub and the game is that both have Karen Strassman as Licca despite being a different studio and director. Coincidence perhaps? Or maybe Patrick told Tony about the cast? Though that raises the question as to why Brina Palencia didn't voice Hibari.
said at 10:42 AM on Fri Sep 1 2017
@Marakutanay 50/50 brina does ocassional work in LA but i guess it didnt fit her schedule or just coincidence
said at 2:05 AM on Tue Apr 4 2017
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The dub's been finished for awhile (Australian release isn't for a few more months cause our licencor is slow like that) but I'm kinda disappointed more of the cast hasn't been revealed.

Really curious to see if any more of the supporting cast from the games reprised their roles for this (like who voices Kanon Daiba here, someone new or is it Kari? It obviously can't be Cherami) and who ended up voicing Lenka's family.
said at 5:01 AM on Tue Apr 4 2017
@JRPictures Well I'm most certain that Karen Strassman reprised her role as Licca, and I think the got Tony Oliver back for Eric. But that's all I've got. And Lenka's Father is either Kirk Thornton or John DeMita. I can't say for sure since Kirk has one voice that sounds too much like John to me.
said at 7:48 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
@JRPictures Kanon Daiba only gets like a couple of lines in this show so I think they did just get Cherami to voice them actually.

Lenka's mother and father I'm not sure, but his sister was Kira Buckland.
said at 7:40 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
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Gotta after watching this show Kyle Hebert is great as Lindow he really knows how to play the likeable Mentor characters
said at 2:31 PM on Sun Feb 26 2017
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So I asked Yuri why he didn't come back for the anime. He basically said it was a scheduling conflict. Sounds like it was the same with Johnny and Kate.
said at 8:26 AM on Sun Mar 19 2017
@Unknownsage13 Johnny, maybe. Kate hasn't worked with Bang Zoom in looooooong time, so I'm not sure if her absence in this was simply due to scheduling conflicts.
said at 1:45 PM on Sun Mar 19 2017
@larkchronicles To be Honest Kate Higgins hasn't been in ANY projects for Bang Zoom! since "Lucky Star", as she seems to be focusing on doing anime voice work at Studiopolis and doing children's music.
said at 1:16 PM on Fri Oct 7 2016
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I'm surprised they couldn't get Johnny Yong Bosch to reprise his role.
said at 3:33 AM on Sat Sep 24 2016
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Erika Harlacher is union (or at least fi-core) now? That's awesome! I'm so happy for her!
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said at 6:33 AM on Sat Sep 24 2016

I wouldn't use the nature of a project to determine someone's status. Non-union members can work on SAG-AFTRA projects. That's how they become eligible to join to begin with.

To become ficore requires to leave SAG-AFTRA.
said at 5:47 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
@NCZ Right, but after doing one SAG project, you have to join if you want to do another one. Erika has been in Fallout 4 which is union as well.
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said at 8:23 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016

said at 8:36 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
@NCZ So this would necessarily imply that Erika is either union-only or financial core. I think that most of us will presume that she is fi-core considering she's fairly new as a VA & regularly takes part in non-union dubbing projects.

However, this is only for the sake of "Will Erika be available for such & such project" & it is pretty dangerous to discuss this any further.
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said at 8:55 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016

No, it doesn't. Because once again, you do not need to be a union member to work on SAG-AFTRA projects. Trying to speculate someone's status based on a couple of cherrypicked projects is a game of chance at best. It's not based on any hard evidence, just speculation.

And a new VA by definition is not going to be financial core. To become ficore *you must have joined the union and THEN QUIT*. Why would any new actor risk the potential destruction of a brand new career by permanently preventing themselves from being a full member of the actors' union?

This is why I dislike when people try talking about union issues when 9 times out of 10 they have no idea what they're talking about.
said at 2:01 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
@NCZ "Why would any new actor risk the potential destruction of a brand new career by permanently preventing themselves from being a full member of the actors' union?"

Maybe because financial core allows them a path to taking bigger jobs, while at the same time they are smaller names & they can use non-union contracts to help pay their bills?

& on the same token, it was a lot easier to do non-union voice-overs pre-imDB & ubiquitous WiFi - no one sees you, very few *recognize* you. I can imagine that it's a lot less prevalent nowadays to work "off-the-card" for that reason.

* Whereas financial core is a *perfectly legal* option to work non-union as well as union.

This is definitely something to speak with actors on the topic of, rather than personal speculation.
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said at 4:45 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016

If that were the case then every actor would be financial core. They aren't due to the risks associated with it, and FC as a union status is controversial to begin with. Better to be safe and stick with your union because once you've made your way up there there's no reason to bother with non-union gigs
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Aug 27 2016
So I started playing the God Eater game. I understand the recast of Johannes. It basically sounded like they were having Freeman do a Seitz impression.
said at 8:29 AM on Tue Jul 26 2016
I can't remember the last time time I saw Mary Elizabeth McGlynn on a Bang Zoom dub.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but is this Cherami Leigh's first union project? I remember joking a few years ago that we'd never see her and Crispin Freeman on a dub together, but now it's actually happening
said at 9:24 AM on Tue Jul 26 2016
@nikipotamus Mary Elizabeth McGlynn's last known role at Bang Zoom! Entertainment was "Persona 4 the Animation" albeit uncredited. But she has been having other priorities in voice over work and voice directing at Studiopolis, which would explain why she hasn't been working with BZ! for a while and Laura Post filling in Mary's shoes in many of the recent Bang Zoom! dubs for the last 2-3 years.

As for Cherami Leigh, she has been doing some union projects for a while after moving to Los Angeles, but the majority of them have been guest-starring roles in live-action television series like "Longmire", "Bones", "Shameless", and surprisingly enough she made an appearance in the Disney Junior animated series, "Doc McStuffins". But her involvement in the "God Eater" anime is her first anime project in a Union dub.
said at 12:32 AM on Tue Aug 16 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Wasn't Digimon Fusion also union as well?
said at 2:55 AM on Tue Jul 12 2016
Aniplex finally put up the dub trailer today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LUfrT5hZM4

Sounding pretty good so far, liking Crispin's voice for Soma. Too bad it's short and we don't get to hear too much of the cast (or have any more actors confirmed), but at least we get to hear Lucien Dodge say four words: https://twitter.com/LucienDodge/status/752726535442821120
said at 8:41 PM on Wed Jul 6 2016
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Thrown off by some of the recasts. I know Kate, Johnny, and Yuri prefer games over anime due to schedule reasons. But I thought Kate would take most union jobs and Yuri and Johnny seem like they will always hop on to reprise roles.

Wonder if they were too busy or if Tony just felt that there were better options.
said at 6:36 PM on Mon Jul 11 2016
@Unknownsage13 I've never played these games or seen the show, so fair warning, but...

they may have been trying to get a closer dub?

Going by the cast, Kazuya Nakai, who played Soma, has a deep, very gruff voice. He's been dubbed by John DiMaggio, Steve Blum, Chris Sabat, etc.

I'd say even Crispin is kind of light if I were being nitpicky.

* For Johannes...Crispin is close enough, but Patrick is even closer.

That being said...

I've never heard of Paylor's old dub VA, but even Spike is very light for a Japanese VA frequently dubbed by Travis Willingham & Richard Epcar...

& they replaced Kate Higgins who was kind of light for Maaya Sakamoto as-is...with the essentially child-voiced Cherami Leigh.

...So, I'm not sure what exactly they're doing.
said at 6:38 PM on Mon Jul 11 2016
@Unknownsage13 Please keep in mind, I'm not saying they NECESSARILY have to sound a lot like the Japanese actors (which is what they do at Viz & Square Enix)...

..just throwing out possibilities.
said at 11:03 PM on Mon Jul 11 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah. Overall it's hard to tell what exactly happened. I guess it's just Tony wanted to make some changes.
said at 11:52 AM on Tue Jul 12 2016
@Unknownsage13 He did something similar in the Fate/etc dubs, too, actually.

They all sound a lot lighter than the 2006 FSN dub (which cast sound-alikes to the Japanese), because F/Z was a prequel.

Matt sounds closer to Rikiya Koyama than Kirk Thornton, as does Kari Wahlgren to her Japanese counterpart (going by ear)..

..but then Joji Nakata>Jamieson Price>>>>>Crispin Freeman., & Atsuko Tanaka>>Tara Platt>Megan Hollingshead.

It would be really nice if he used social media more often.

Getting inside directors' heads is fascinating.
said at 11:52 PM on Sat Jul 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah it's funny to look at what happened with the Fate series casting.

Kirk Thornton-Kiritsugu to Kiritsugu's dad
Liam O'Bran-Archer (FSN) to Kariya
Karen Strassman-Rider (FSN) to Sola-Ui and Assassin (Zero)
Jamieson Price-Kirei to Rider (Zero)
David Vincent-Assassin (FSN) to Gilgamesh
Grant George-Gilgamesh to Lancer (Zero)
Patrick Seitz-Soichiro to Assassin (Zero)
Doug Erholtz-Shinji to Kayneth
Lex Lang-Issei to Soichiro
Megan Hollingshead-Bedivere to Caster (UBW)
said at 3:38 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@Unknownsage13 Haven't seen FZ but I think this is a somewhat different situation. FSN was Kristi Reed, while Aniplex's Ufotable dubs were Tony Oliver.

Whereas the God Eater has had *one consistent dub director*.

In Fate's case, Oliver insisted that the characters be voiced differently due to being a prequel with younger characters...among other reasons.

In God Eater...I dunno, honestly. I'm guessing maybe Aniplex's sensibilities maybe differ from whoever produced the game dub.
said at 2:39 AM on Fri Nov 11 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Now that we see the God Eater 2 cast, it really does make this whole casting situation stranger. Kate, Yuri and Johnny are all back in 2 despite their characters being played by Cherami, Crispin and Lucien in the anime.

It's like you said before, it really must be someone at AoA that is pulling the strings for the anime casting and wanted different actors. Yuri and Kate both prefer video games over anime, but atleast they often will reprise their roles. Add in also the fact this was unionized. And then the fact Johnny isn't playing Kota is another huge factor. JYB is one of those voice actors who will basically take any role he can get.

Though something else weird is the fact that of all the recent/upcoming Aniplex dubs, this one gets unionized. It seems like the whole reason they would do that is to be motivation for the game actors to come back. But then again, hey, what do I know? Lol.
said at 6:59 AM on Mon Jan 30 2017
@Unknownsage13 Your guess is as good as mine. I've never seen the show or played the game at all. Yeah, it's so weird how they shifted this dub, paid *more* than necessary to maintain it, & at the same time the new game maintains the whole dub cast. It's so weird.
said at 8:14 PM on Sat Jul 2 2016
So, on looking at things a little further it seems this dub is being 'somewhat' consistent with the dub of God Eater Resurrection, the updated HD version of the first game which just got an English release in America.

From the walkthroughs I've seen, both Spike Spencer and Patrick Seitz have taken over in voicing Paylor and Johannes, while Yuri and Kate are still voicing Soma and Alisa in the game. Also Robbie Daymond is one of the voice options for the protagonist, so in a way he's reprising his role.

Still this is a pretty great dub cast nonetheless and I'm more than happy to hear Crispin Freeman and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn voice acting again in another union dub.
said at 3:27 PM on Sat Jul 9 2016
@JRPictures Guess it was too much to expect Namco Bandai to go union (or even bother re-recording most people, that's probably the bigger cost). Kinda strange still that AoA decided to go union though.
said at 6:26 PM on Mon Jul 11 2016
@SNaG Probably preaching to the choir, but the difference between union cartoon dubbing & union game dubbing...is that games don't get a super-special "dubbing rate" (which pays like 10% of the original rate)

Because Japan (& other countries, for that matter) has generally been insular with their animation, & far, far less so with their video games...

..dubbing a game from a foreign language into English, pays the same rate as English-originally recordings: in LA, under SAG-AFTRA - $400/hour w/2-hour minimum.

...Whereas dubbing an anime costs $64.25/hour+$21.50/episode.

Maybe some residuals if your show gets to network.

Versus, say, a Marvel cartoon, for $889/4-hour 1-episode session+ pickup sessions. On top of that, residuals galore.

IIRC if this is Vancouver, all of it is considerably lower, especially cartoons. The smaller industry (because, you know, there are OTHER acting industries besides JUST Hollywood) of Canada allows for smaller projects whose stories wouldn't unfortunately be TOLD in the mass-meat-market that is LA.

So dubbing rates in Vancouver are are about 2-3 times LA IIRC.

Which is why we sadly aren't getting many Vancouver dubs recently.

* But to answer your question - it's WAY cheaper to dub ANIME union than it is to dub a game union/
said at 3:01 AM on Tue Jul 12 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Interesting. Source(s)? This information is good stuff.
said at 3:56 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@SNaG This stuff has always bugged me. I put the "Why" together through the little industry bits dropped by VA's in interviews, as well my general experience with how entertainment fandoms seem to work.

This was my first real bit of concrete evidence. Some little bits (like the $50/hour being industry-standard)
said at 6:54 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@SNaG are not quite right, & I think non-union LA (& possibly NY) dubs were the SAG rate without the 21.50 episode bonus (tho I cant be sure).

Ben Diskin actually speaks casually on the topic, on occasion.
said at 8:06 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Oh ok, that's fine. I wasn't criticizing you or anything (and sorry if it came across that way), I just wanted to read more about it myself if it was in one or two collected places. Thanks for synthesizing all this info.
said at 10:00 AM on Sat Jul 2 2016
While this anime wasn't stellar on all fronts, it's worth watching for the action and animation alone. With a good cast and director, I'd say this dub will be solid, meriting a rewatch from me.
said at 5:54 PM on Fri Jul 1 2016
Crispin as Soma....WHAT?
said at 8:43 PM on Fri Jul 1 2016
@Bodysnatchers He was Johannes in the game, which is kind of amusing.
said at 9:08 PM on Fri Jul 1 2016
@SNaG I know, that's why I'm confused lol
said at 9:58 AM on Sat Jul 2 2016
@Bodysnatchers Probably just a recast on AoA's part.

Which is even more confusing, since if they were gonna recast anyway, they could have gone non-union.

Not that I'm complaining, though. I'm always a fan of union dubs, and Tony Oliver at the helm is promising.
said at 6:49 AM on Sun May 22 2016
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While there isn't an official announcement yet (I suspect we'll be getting it at Anime Expo), looking up the show on the Screen Actors Guild's database gives away that there'll be a dub incoming. Meaning we'll be getting another union dub with the cast of the game reprising their roles. Which I'm more than happy about considering how damn good the game's cast is (We don't get enough Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in dubs these days, seriously)

I do wonder who'll voice Lenka, seeing as the game's protag was a blank slate with no voice at all. Hopefully wont be Bryce Papenbrook, he's in enough Aniplex dubs as leads, that and he's already got a role in the original game anyway :P
said at 9:12 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
@JRPictures It still remains to be seen if whether or not Laura Bailey, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kate Higgins, Sam Riegel and Fritz Bronner will return to reprise their roles in the English dub of the God Eater anime. For all I know, the roles might be recast due to scheduling conflicts and replaced by some of the current voice actors in Bang Zoom!'s talent pool.
said at 4:29 AM on Fri Jun 17 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Perhaps, but I'd say Fritz Bronner seems to be the likely candidate to be replaced since the original game is his only major voice acting role as of late and he doesn't seem to be doing much else.

Still this is all speculation and we're better off waiting for an official announcement on the dub and its cast.
said at 9:56 PM on Fri Jun 17 2016
@JRPictures That's true, It is best to wait until an official announcement of the dub at AX. Rather than play the guessing game.

But to be frank, Laura Bailey, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and especially Kate Higgins haven't been in any Bang Zoom! dubs in the last couple of years, as their voice over work for anime these days is primarily at Studiopolis.

Mary's last known involvement at Bang Zoom! was "Persona 4 The Animation", albeit uncredited, for Laura, it was also "Persona 4 The Animation" and "K-On" Season 2, and Kate Higgins' last known involvement at BZ! was Lucky Star. The likely reasons for the three actresses not appearing in BZ!'s current dubs might have to do with having to compete with the new actors that Bang Zoom! currently hires in the last 3-5 years during auditions or they obviously have a schedule conflict, and want to focus on that priority over the former (e.g. Laura Bailey's involvement in AAA video games).

Sam Riegel is also in the same boat as the them. While it's true he still does some anime voice over here and there, he has been slowly decreasing his presence in anime voice over at BZ! in the last 2-3 years due to his involvement in the web series Critical Role!, several different video games and being a voice director on several animated shows he work/star in (e.g. Sofia the First, Wander, etc..). I don't blame them, it's just that with anything in voice over it is considered a business and a job for them.

But I'm currently spinning my wheels with this topic, so I don't want to make this a big deal. But back on the casting I wouldn't be surprised if they (Laura, Mary, Kate, and Sam) return to reprise their roles, but at the same time I am skeptical if the roles might be recast, guess we will have to wait until AX to find out.
said at 10:32 PM on Sun Sep 6 2015
This anime must be setting a new record for most delays in a season... I'm curious if the otaku in Japan will still buy the Blu-rays (some fans still bought "Endless Eight" discs of Haruhi so anything can happen right?)
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