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Vic Mignona

Vic Mignona

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

Edward Elric

Edward Elric

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.

 

 

 

Tamaki Suou

Tamaki Suou

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.

 

Pein, aka Nagato

Pein, aka Nagato

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 Uchiha

Obito Uchiha

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.

 

 

Spirit Albarn

Spirit Albarn

Ikkaku

Ikkaku

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

Dark

Goemon

Ganbare, Goemon!

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?

Laura Bailey

If you’ve watched any anime, you’ve probably heard Laura Bailey. If you’ve watched a lot of anime, you’ve probably heard her multiple times and didn’t even know it. Most voice actors can be picked out from one voice to another. There’s always a distinct sound to an actor’s voice that makes you think “I know who that is. I’ve heard that voice before.” I’ve watched a number of anime, and I’ve never once done that with Laura Bailey. Her voice is so unique from one character to the next, even if she’s playing similar character styles.

She just happened into anime voice acting, which is insane because a lot of people have that as a goal and never make it. Born in 1981, from Mississippi, Laura actually went to college for acting and drama. Since breaking into the anime world, she’s done an extraordinarily long list of anime, video games, cartoons, and movies. In this post, I’m only going to point out characters that I’ve seen.

It kind of goes without saying that she does quite a few young girl characters, generally they’re high school students.

 

 

Hiromi, Moon Phase

Hiromi, Moon Phase

Laguna Blue, Monster High

Laguna Blue, Monster High

Kanako, Ouran Highschool Host Club

Kanako, Ouran Highschool Host Club

Maka Albarn, Soul Eater

Maka Albarn, Soul Eater

Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maka and Tohru are the main heroine’s of their respective anime. Of all the characters that I’ve heard her do, these two sound the most alike. Kanako is a one episode-side character, but she has a distinct voice all her own. As for Laguna Blue, she’s from an American cartoon called Monster High. This voice intrigues me the most out of her “high school student” cast. Somehow she manages an Australian accent and a very unique tone.

 

 

Jaina Proudmoore, World of Warcraft

Jaina Proudmoore, World of Warcraft

Lust, FMA

Lust, Full Metal Alchemist

Halibel, Bleach

Halibel, Bleach

Anko, Naruto

Anko Mitarashi, Naruto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She’s done a few young women voices too. These characters have a generally more “sexy” tone to their voices, but again, they’re all distinct and unique.

Shinnosuke, Shin Chan

Shinnosuke, Shin Chan

Trunks, DBZ

kid Trunks, Dragon Ball Z

If that wasn’t crazy enough, she can even do young boy voices. Though I’m not really a fan of Shin-chan, I was crazy impressed that his voice was the same one that was once Lust from Full Metal Alchemist. And as far as trunks goes, he has a little bit of gruffness in his voice that I didn’t think was possible for a woman voice actress.

My favorite part about Laura Bailey is that she has her own official website complete with a demo voice reel. If you really want your socks blown off, take a listen on lizardbee.com. Most voice actors don’t display they’re demo reel to the public. Also, check her site for her character list. You’ll also notice that she’s been known to do multiple characters in a show or video game, because her voices are that unique.

Is this the first time you guys have seen her range? Crazy isn’t it? C’mon guys, tell me why you like Laura Bailey!