If I say Vic Mignona, you might say “Edward Elric!” And you’d be right. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard his voice in other anime, if you’re a hard core watcher. His voice is so unique that you can always pick him out of a cast.
Vic got his fame from voicing Edward Elric, the main protagonist in Full Metal Alchemist. One of the reasons I enjoy Full Metal Alchemist is that I share the same initials as the show: FMA. I know, I’m a dork. But of course you already knew that. I write this blog, don’t I?
But aside from the eldest Elric brother, Vic has voiced several main characters in some of my best loved anime, including Soul Eater, Naruto, and my all-time favorite, Ouran Highschool Host Club. Through each character that he does, his voice has a different feel to it each time, even if he remains recognizable.
He’s also a graphic designer, like myself, and does sound editing and host of other creative endeavors. His website is a little on the ‘sloppy’ side, but it’s pretty nifty, especially the intro. http://www.vicsworld.net
So, here’s the run down. Obviously, he provided the voice for Ed Elric of Full Metal Alchemist, a teenager who, with his brother, seeks to undo the consequences of human transmutation. Through the course of the anime, he ages a few years, and his voice adapts along the way.
In Ouran, he played the romantic, over zealous leader of the Host Club, Tamaki Suou. Half French and half Japanese, Tamaki thinks of himself as a princely type and likes to put smiles of the faces of everyone he meets. Though he’s from an aristocratic family, he is obsessed with “commoner” culture, and likes to indulge in commoner food and games. He’s pretty much happy-go-lucky, and has a tad of a playful ego, but he’s extremely compassionate and has a giant heart. He also has a bit of a sad story to his childhood, playing piano for his sick mother, and a grandmother who disowns him as a member of the Suou house.
From Naruto, Vic voices several characters, many of them of smaller roles. He does voice major antagonist Pein, aka Nagato, and Kakashi’s childhood friend, Obito. Pein was the figure head of the antagonist group called Akasuki. He had the powers of the sage of six paths, and could basically use all six at once from a hidden location, making him almost impossible to defeat. Then Naruto came along. He was able to recant his ways and gave his life undoing his destruction of Konoha.
Obito was Kakashi’s team mate in his first squad and he was overly rambunctious and comrade oriented. He’d kill a mission to save a team mate, something Kakshi’s father was chided for. One day a mission of theirs went horribly wrong and their third team mate, Rin, was kidnapped. Obito took the beaten path to save her, and Kakashi didn’t want to go along at first. Eventually he realized the importance of his team, and that no life is risking for the good of the mission. Kakashi joined in and helped in successfully rescuing Rin. Obito died in the process, but as a thank you, he had Rin, a medical ninja, transplant an eye into Kakashi’s lost eye.
He also lends his vocals to the endearing, tries-to-hard father of the Main character in Soul Eater. Spirit Albarn is Maka Albarn’s father, and though she’s completely put off by her father, it’s obvious that she still cares for him.
Ikkaku is a Lieutenant commander in Squad 8 in the anime Bleach. He doesn’t have a prominent role, but he’s not exactly a walk on role either. His character is always looking for a fight, and to prove his strength.
Dark Mousy is the alter ego of main character Daisuke in D.N.Angel. Another flighty teenage role of his. Pun intended.
Goemon is the title character of an anime of the same series of the same video games that I loved growing up. I was pretty shocked to discover that he voiced him in the anime. It seems like a pretty out of character role for him, but it’s awesome.
He did a host of other voices from a ton of different anime and video game titles, but these ones are the ones I most recognize. Vic is my favorite voice actor of all time, because his voice is extremely recognizable, and he plays some fantastic characters. He also filmed a hysterical World of Warcraft commercial, in which he alludes to his portrayal of Edward Elric.
What do you like best about him, and who’s your favorite character with Vic’s voice?