High School DxD HERO

High School DxD HERO
Voice Director: Jad Saxton

US Premiere: May 01, 2018
US Conclusion: Ongoing
Japan Premiere: Apr 10, 2018
Japan Conclusion: Ongoing

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 12

Animation Studio: Passione

Popularity: 1,674th All Time, 61st This Week

Franchise: High School DxD
Characters on BTVA: 65
  • Episode 0 replaces episodes 9-12 of High School DxD BorN which were primarily filler (non-canon) material
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Soul-dragon
said at 6:24 PM on Wed May 30 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate this scene? https://twitter.com/AndonWehr/status/1000732539437436928
kaiser11492
said at 8:03 PM on Sat May 26 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
I fully respect a voice actor's decision to use a pseudonym. Nevertheless, I am still curious on why Lauren Landa decided to not use a pseudonym this season despite using one for the past two.
MegaMike1990
said at 11:13 PM on Mon Jul 9 2018
@kaiser11492

My guess is that it is because she recently voiced Mio Naruse in The Testament of Sister New Devil under her real name, and she is probably is really fond of both her and Xenovia that she decided to use her real name for HerO.

However, it's only a guess.
Marakutanay
said at 6:29 PM on Sat May 12 2018
I decided to wait for the second episode since I didn't know how much dialogue from the first one, if any, was recicled from BorN but now I'm pretty sure Asia has the same voice as previous seasons. I'm sure Leah has her reasons and I think it's totally cool, since what matters in the end is that she gives a good performance.
Soul-dragon
said at 8:15 AM on Sun May 13 2018
@Marakutanay I’ve seen that theory flying around for a while now. However a part of me doesn’t believe it. Here’s why...
1. Even if she did suddenly drop the alias like Lauren Landa, why would she continue to hide behind it? Once Lauren was descovered to be Ramona Newel she embraced her role and even signed some commissions.
2. There are some VAs that use one do work for ecchis like Trina Nishmura and deny their roles but Leah has done plenty of them before like Soul Eater and Panty and Stocking were she went credited.
3. BTVA actually has a picture of Chole, and knows her identity.

Either way I’m just happy that Asia’s replacement sounds way better than both Issei’s and Akeno’s in the end.
Stelman257
said at 9:33 PM on Mon May 14 2018
@Soul-dragon
1. Because that's completely her choice to do so, as it is for all voice actors. Steve Blum went as far as to write a letter to himself to try and disprove that an alias was him.

2. I believe this is the only show Leah Clark is part of that features actual bare nudity. Soul Eater is hardly an ecchi and Panty & Stocking is its own beast.

3. Just because a google gives you a picture of someone when you google their name, and just because a person with that name may exist, doesn't mean they're the person who voice acted in this show.
Soul-dragon
said at 12:34 PM on Wed May 23 2018
@Stelman257 "Panty & Stocking is its own beast."

Truer words have never been said LOL. Yeah it definitely is. Must be why I love it so much ha ha.

As for Soul Eater the reason I'm putting that on here here for being an ecchi is because her character was Blair, who if you don't know, always walks around naked for the most part. Granted we don't see any nipples and buttocks but it's still pretty skimpy. As for the picture BTVA is usually tight about these things so I do have a bit of faith that she's not an alias. If she does turn out to be Leah Clarke though I won't mind since at the end of the day if won't effect any performances.

For now however I really don't think that they're the same person even if they sound alike. Go to the thread 'Sound Alike Voice Actors' to get an idea of what I mean.
Honest_Guy_Says
said at 5:44 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
 5 Shout Outs!
So Leah Clark is filling in here. Part of me still thinks it was her all along but at least it's her without a doubt for this installment.

Interesting Lauren Landa is now using her real name. I guess she changed her mind once she found out how much fans liked her as Xenovia and removed any stigma of an ecchi show. Wonder if her BTVA nomination had any impact on that decision too.

Disappointed Teri Rogers couldn't return. No fan of the "Kelly Angel" version which was miscast. Cris George (BorN's ADR director) wasted a good opportunity. Could've cast Lindsay Seidel; you know that superb actress with amazing range and skill as a worthy replacement but instead wasted her talent on a guest role as Diodora's Queen *SMH*

Still not a fan of Grelle's Issei. Guess it was a long shot TPTB would actually care and hold proper auditions. Kenichi Shirahama is my favorite role of his and arguably his best role ever (definitely what made him a star). Kind of annoys me that his Issei sort of sounds similar but without any of the passion, charm and memorability. Even if he had voiced Issei from the very beginning it would probably still be a lazy performance. Too bad fans like myself who care about quality are stuck with it going forward.

Maybe not the greatest example but this franchise's dub has sort of become like Persona 4.

Once a great ensemble that over time had casting replacements (who weren't as good) that it's basically become too different to even really care about or get excited about anymore.

I'll still watch the dub for the few remaining highlights that linger but I have no problem watching it subbed and prefer it from BorN onwards. Dub's peak ended at New for me. In a way the sub did as well (production values dropped for BorN with a sabotaged ending and the different character designs for HERO are inconsistent; some are great others don't look that great...)
Soul-dragon
said at 5:52 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says https://twitter.com/LeahClarkVA/status/991096707097210880
It wasn't. Chloe Daniels had always been her since the beginning.

This stings really bad not going to lie. I don't like the replacements for Akeno and Issei entire (Newton Pittman and Lindsay Seidel would've been WAY better choices) and while Clark is a good sound alike I would've preferred consistency.

And yes it's exactly like Persona 4, especially when you realize that only three of the original cast members from the original have kept their voice the same (Rias, Koneko and Yuto). I'll still watch for Lauren Landa's Xenovia, Jamie Marchi's Rias and Jad Saxton's Koneko but it won't be the same that's for certain...
freezeframe100
said at 5:55 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says

Writing (on the dub's side) went downhill too. If the crew weren't so focused on trying to fix what's not broke and do their research they would've known to have Issei call her President from the beginning instead of her name. Instead we got random cringe writing like 'Big Red' as a lame replacement after calling her by name for 2 seasons...

BorN's dub may have been a massive disappointment overall but HERO can't be much worse. FWIW some of the castings for new characters like Mallorie Rodak were likeable. Wouldn't be surprised if Amber Lee Connors shows up at some point.
Soul-dragon
said at 7:13 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says https://twitter.com/jadbsaxton/status/991127533818138625

Things just got even stranger...
Abdullab
said at 11:09 AM on Tue May 1 2018
@Soul-dragon the change of voice directors is not surprising, They change every season
Soul-dragon
said at 12:54 PM on Tue May 1 2018
@Abdullab That's not what I meant. I was just surprised that one of the lead actors is doubling as the VD as well. She also has very little titles under her name so this is definitely be interesting...
batcool
said at 8:34 PM on Tue May 1 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says honestly suprise Sean O'Connor is back as Yuto Kiba
JF1991
said at 12:09 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@Soul-dragon

Too bad they didn't have Jerry Jewell take over since he almost always does a better job then whoever last directed the prequel. Jad should be fine but I'm not expecting anything outstanding. Could've been worse but lately it seems Funimation is giving the boot to their weaker directors which is why we're seeing a handful of people direct multiple projects at once.

Kind of wish they'd have a similar process for their writers (and you know hire strictly writers). Apparently Jamie Marchi is only writing episode 0 and according to her twitter either isn't writing for DxD anymore or possible any new dubs going forward? I honestly don't mind at all and prefer her to focus solely on acting which she's definitely better at. FWIW I thought she was better than average for writing dramas but her comedies haven't been funny in like 5 years even if she thinks she's still awesome at writing for any genre in her own mind...

For me it doesn't matter if you can multi-task or do multiple things well. There's always going to be some conflict of interest. Using a sports example it's kind of foolish to have your coach also be the GM or President of Operations. Two entirely different tasks and responsibilities and most who had both titles either end up getting one of them taken away and the ones who still have both have either proven they can do it with a fantastic track record or they're on the hot seat and are about to lose one or both jobs.

Jerry also knows how to direct a great fanservice dub (e.g. Freezing Vibration and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid) unlike others who have no clue what they're doing or just fool around and clearly are only doing it for the money.

Most likely he was busy filling in for One Piece since Joel McDonald is no longer directing and Mike McFarland is working on 2 simuldubs or maybe Jerry is busy working on the Free! film trilogy.
Soul-dragon
said at 12:44 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@JF1991 Oh yeah the Free films! Thank you reminding me that the Free dub exists therefore putting me in a bad mood for the rest of the day... But yeah Jerry Jewell would've been a better choice to take over. I could also have pictured Kristen McGuire taking over since she nailed Citrus which is an ecchi as well. Having Jad play one of the main characters AND direct feels like way to much to me.
Speaking of which I'm honestly starting to wonder if Funi is beginning to bite of more than they can chew when it comes to Simuldubbing. I mean they did just postphone the latest dub episode of Tokyo Ghoul Re...
MegaMike1990
said at 2:39 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@Soul-dragon

There is another example for an ADR Director being one of the main characters in an anime dub he/she directs (Colleen Clinkenbeard playing Ema Asahina in "Brothers Conflict"). I haven't seen it yet, so I don't have a clear opinion for it.

If I was an ADR Director for an anime dub in the future, I would likely not cast myself as a character who is likely a Main Character or a Supporting Character. IMO, it would be stressful for me to be giving myself directions for voicing a character who shows up in virtually every episode of an anime.

Although, if some ADR Directors want to do that, more power to them.
Soul-dragon
said at 3:57 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@MegaMike1990 There's a huge difference between the two. Brother's Conflict was given time to be localized and such with no rush at all. Highschool DXD Hero is a simuldub. Meaning that actors, directors and script writers only have two days to adapt the script and match the mouth animation (source on this is Jamie Marchi). From what I can tell it gets very frantic and even leads to the release of certain dubbed episodes being postponed (MHA season three episode one and Tokyo Ghoul Re episode four for instance). It can't be very easy acting as a main and being the voice director as well.

This brings me back to my previous statement of Simuldubs. I'm really beginning to wonder if Funimation is trying way to hard to push them all out. Don't get me wrong I'm very grateful for some of them but getting more and more shows dubbed that quickly can't be easy. One show that definitely suffered from being a simuldub (IMO) is the new Cardcaptor Sakura. I really wish that Funi had waited until they snagged the rights to the original from NIS so they'd have time to advertise for it and make formal cast announcements at a panel or something like Viz Media did with their Sailor Moon redub. It would've made a lot more people for excited and hopeful not to mention it would've been a great excuse to do a huge CS bundle with the movies, the original show AND the Clear Card ark.

At the end of the day I guess it's not that big of a deal but I really wish Funi would be smarter about these things...
MegaMike1990
said at 5:06 PM on Wed May 2 2018
@Soul-dragon

Yeah, that's true. Even with Sentai Filmworks jumping onto the Simuldub train as of now, it will probably also be frantic in Houston. However, I hope that they don't have any of the Simuldubs having the same problems like Funimation suffered with theirs. Although, likelihood of Sentai not having issues with Simuldubs is not real good. Just my opinion, and maybe opinions of several other anime English dub fans.
MegaMike1990
said at 9:28 PM on Sat May 5 2018
@batcool

Actually, it's not a surprise that Sean O'Connor is back as Yuto. Yuto is virtually Sean's only role within Funimation (with maybe only a few bit parts in a few other roles). It just like the fact that the only role that is major of Daniel Frederick (did I spell his last name correct?) is Grell Sutcliff in the "Black Butler" franchise
MegaMike1990
said at 9:32 PM on Sat May 5 2018
Actually, I'm a little bit incorrect about Sean's only role being Yuto. He's also had few other roles in other shows.
Marakutanay
said at 6:41 PM on Fri Apr 13 2018
 4 Shout Outs!
Come for the plot, stay for the BOOOOOBS.
MegaMike1990
said at 8:56 AM on Mon Apr 16 2018
@Marakutanay

Good Booberella reference from "The Simpsons" lol.
Soul-dragon
said at 5:17 AM on Fri Apr 13 2018
 7 Shout Outs!
Am I the only one who really hopes that get Teri Rodgers back?
MegaMike1990
said at 9:38 AM on Fri Apr 13 2018
@Soul-dragon

You're not the only one hoping that.
Honest_Guy_Says
said at 12:50 AM on Thu May 3 2018
I wouldn't be surprised if Funimation didn't even bother contacting her even though it appears she's still in the Dallas area.

I agree with the comment someone else made that Jerry Jewell would've been great as ADR Director. Seems like he was the only person willing to audition/contact Teri Rogers before she left.

I also find it amusing that Jamie Marchi claims to not know who Teri Rogers is when a fan asked her about Teri. I know not every VA knows each other since they record separately but they were literally in the same room together (w/ Felecia Angelle too) doing an episode commentary for the season 1 DVD/Blu-ray of High School DxD. Maybe Jamie's just not as smart as she thinks she is and has developed a poor memory... Another reason it might be good she's no longer writing anymore. If she can't remember IRL events should fans trust her to remember fictional details?
Soul-dragon
said at 7:30 AM on Thu May 3 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says There's a good chance that Teri and Jamie might actually have never met. Recording sessions are (from what I can tell) brief and all you usually do is record your lines. There are plenty of costars who have never even had contact with each other such as Rachael Lillis and Sharon Becker and Al Weaver and Skye Bennet.
And even if they were in the same room doing commentary together that is in itself very brief and for all we know she could've been there on Skype on a phone call so I'm willing to give Jamie the benefit of the doubt . Can I have a link to the commentary? I would prefer it on Viemo since my school computer blocks most Youtube videos (yet still let's me go to the Fire Emblem Rule 34 subreddit...).
As for Teri I do have some hope that she'll return one day. Meredith McCoy got to reprise Android 21 despite being replaced by Collen Clinkerbend so for know I'll keep my fingers crossed...
Abdullab
said at 8:39 AM on Thu May 3 2018
@Honest_Guy_Says @Soul-dragon Actually when it comes to ADR u don`t have the benefit of recording with your costar. U have given man good examples like rachel and sharon, Al and Skye.

Even Robbie,Ray,Chris and Adam haven`t met until october last yeat. ADR is like that

https://twitter.com/robbiedaymond/status/925445518435565568
Soul-dragon
said at 9:59 AM on Thu May 3 2018
@Abdullab Indeed. Jamie is definitely NOT to blame for the cast members of the Highschool DXD franchise dropping like flies. These things happen a lot with long going franchises, and while some effects don't get as drastic as say this or P4 there's really nothing you can do but hope for a chance for a final reprisal/reunion and while unlikely you just need to move on even though it's hard to do.

It's also very possible that she didn't even realize the VA change either. Back when Erin Fitzgerald had to stop voicing Noire due to union issues someone mentioned that they talked with Melissa Fahn at a convention and she was shocked that said thing had happened. Granted Neptunia is a video game franchise and I'm sure the recording process is different but you get the picture.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 4:20 AM on Fri Apr 13 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
Going off the PV, I have a feeling this season will be hands down the best animated within the franchise. Even though HERO aesthetically has a softer, overall streamlined look to it compared to the detailed, shonen-esque designs of the past three entries, the art for the latter was normally better seen in still form than in motion IMO. C'mon, Passione, gimme that glorious sakuga!

That aside, I'm looking forward to watching this one. More DxD is always a splendid time; except BorN's anime-original content. Even for somebody who hasn't bothered to read the source material, I knew something smelled fishy there.

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