Interview Crispin Freeman and Jad Saxton on voice acting in games and

first_img 1 2 The increased popularity of anime in the US, combined with a renewed focus on quality voices in video games, may seem like a trivial thing to some, but the voice actors who help create these characters wind up being just as important as the animations. At the recent Otakon convention in Baltimore, we sat down with veteran voice actors Crispin Freeman and Jad Saxton separately to talk about their experiences in the industry and some perspective on the future of voice acting.Jad Saxton is an American voice actress from Texas, whose talents have been heard in shows like Soul Eater, Shangri-La, and most recently Wolf Children. When not voice acting, Saxton is a stage actress among other things.Russell: How do you feel about the characters you voice? Do you grow as attached to them as you would a character you would play on a stage?Saxton: It ebbs and flows. For theater, you work so much prior to performance and in that arena there’s a lot of cast bonding. With voice acting, you’re in a room all alone with that character and often don’t meet the rest of the cast until after everything is over. I’ve done a few shows, Michiko to Hatchin was one of them, where I just did not want it to end and got super attached to those characters. I get really excited with those when they get picked up for a second season because I get to come back and do it again.Russell: What about fans and supporters? With Anime you see people dressing up as the characters you have voiced, and with a show like Soul Eater that dramatically increased in popularity long after the show had ended it seems like there’s an experience there that doesn’t exist on the stage.Saxton: Toonami, man. The easier access to the show, the more people will see it and want to cosplay and stuff. I’ve been voice acting for 7 years now and this is my first time going to conventions like this. Fans come up to me and tell me how much they loved Baccano! and that’s a show that ended over five years ago. It’s really interesting for new stuff too, especially when you find super avid fans who have the early released boxed sets that I haven’t even seen yet. It’s great, because it helps me relive that character and talk about it. You can’t really do that with the stage, outside of getting back together with your cast mates.Russell: Has the easy access of so much content, especially through services like Crunchyroll and Toonami, influenced the voice you create for the next role? When you see shows become popular over time, does that have a bearing on your next voice?Saxton: It’s hard to say, because sometimes you record something and you feel like it was so good but the show doesn’t pick up steam right away. Shangri-la is a great example of that, where it’s not been very popular so far but it certainly could be in a few years. I don’t think you can create a voice based on what you think will be popular, because that ends up being kind of random. It’s got a lot more to do with the bond your form over time with the character.Next page: Talking anime and voice acting with Crispin Freeman…last_img

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