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05-27-12, 9:23 PM

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Let me elaborate:
I mean when choosing to watch an anime or not,do you take into consideration the voice actors?Here's 2 examples:
-EX 1:Voice actor A is playing a character in anime B,this VA happens to be one of your favorite VA.So you say,"OMG,this is a MUST SEE!!VA A"S' voice is so perfect!!!!"Has this result into you loving or regretting your decision to watch anime B.
-Ex 2:VA B is playing a character in anime A,this VA happens to be one of your most hated VA.So you respond with a,"OH HELL NO!!!!Get this sh*t out of my ears!!"Has this ever resulted into you hating or praising yourself for not watching anime A.
So,even if they are voicing a character completely different (vocal wise) from the character you love or hate that VA for,do you still take them into consideration?Even if the anime isn't the type of series you usually watch.Do you give it a plus of minus for it?Do the actor make it more or less enjoyable?
You can use Japanese or English or whatever voice actors here.

And yes,I do foresee this becoming a dub vs sub at anytime.People sure do love their off topic threads.
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05-27-12, 9:29 PM

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My views on this are:
I can only really do that with dubs,which only help me decide whether to give the anime a plus or minus.With subs,I don't really do any research into the voice actors because I can't remember the names......YET.Starting to get a good idea of some.
I'm interested to check out something like Hellsing because one of my favorite English anime VA provides the voice of the MC.Going from Kyon to Alucard,DAMN Crispin Freeman has such an awesome voice.
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05-27-12, 9:32 PM

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Sometimes I will indeed hate a character because the voice actor is so annoying. Madoka being one, and Nunnally Lamperouge being another.
 
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05-27-12, 9:39 PM

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Ever since Guilty Crown, when ever I hear Yuki Kaji's voice, I can expect people to look down on the character and if he's voicing the main character, look down on the anime.

Anyways, for me seiyus are just a added bonus, I won't limit myself just because this or that guy/girl is voicing this character. Even if I don't like it, I'll adapt. For example, Fairly Tail. I didn't like Natsu's voice but after a while, I couldn't care less anymore. Though if one of my favorites are voicing a main character, that's good news for me. This is for Japanese audio.

For the English dubbed versions, I can adapt fairly well most of the time and I've seen plenty as well but some voices just make me cringe sometimes. Negi's (Negima) voice in the English dub. I understand they tried to get that accent because of where he was from/born but I can't say I liked it. Regardless I adapted. Then we got Arther from Tears to Tiara. If anyone has watched the English dub, they gave this guy the most horrendus accent I have ever heard... and it doesn't even fit his character... AT ALL. Him being a main character, I couldn't get pass 3 episodes of the English dub. It made me drop the series. It was just to horrendous to listen to.

If you want to hear it, here's the first 2 minutes of ep2.
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05-27-12, 9:44 PM

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Voice acting ranks pretty low on my enjoyment scale, as well as most others in this thread:
http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=388617

And no, I definitely do not take voice acting into consideration when choosing anime to watch. That sounds like a dumb selection criteria to me.
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05-27-12, 9:46 PM

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Sometimes I will indeed hate a character because the voice actor is so annoying.

This and it's reverse, some characters are likable and/or memorable because of their voice.

As for the topic, I've experienced example 1, where a voice actor being in a show positively influenced me to pick up a show, but I don't think I've ever experienced example 2; however, that's not to say there aren't some seiyuu that make me want to rip out my ears.
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For the English dubbed versions, I can adapt fairly well most of the time and I've seen plenty as well but some voices just make me cringe sometimes. Negi's (Negima) voice in the English dub. I understand they tried to get that accent because of where he was from/born but I can't say I liked it. Regardless I adapted. Then we got Arther from Tears to Tiara. If anyone has watched the English dub, they gave this guy the most horrendus accent I have ever heard... and it doesn't even fit his character... AT ALL. Him being a main character, I couldn't get pass 3 episodes of the English dub. It made me drop the series. It was just to horrendous to listen to.

If you want to hear it, here's the first 2 minutes of ep2.


Okay,that character voice can get annoying after a while.
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05-27-12, 10:07 PM

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No, voice actors have little to no significant to me in picking what anime I want to watch. This is actually one of the reasons why I don't have any VAs(or anyone for that matter) in my "Favorite People" section.
 
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05-27-12, 10:54 PM

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I randomly watched an anime called Asu no Yoichi out of boredom. Suddenly, I hear Kazuya Nakai's voice (Masamune Date from Sengoku Basara, Zoro from One Piece), was compelled to continue watching. Same thing for when I randomly watched Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. The teacher just happened to be Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya, Gintoki from Gintama).

So I guess when I randomly watch shows, if I happen to hear a voice I recognize, I'll be more inclined to continue watching.
 
05-28-12, 2:06 AM

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VA plays a role in some shows I might pick up. (Or Games, if I learn about VA that I like dub them, I go out of my way to get a english patch or buy a version that have it's original voice)
 
05-28-12, 2:15 AM

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If I see Ono Daisuke, or Hanazawa Kana I'm pretty much guaranteed to watch the show sooner or later.
 
05-28-12, 2:38 AM

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I don't check voice actors before watching starting a show so hearing someone I like is generally a nice surprise. However, a bad character is a bad character and I won't try to like a character just because I like the seiyuu. Same thing goes the other way I won't dislike a good character just because I dislike the voice.

Of course a good voice actor paired with an interesting character can always elevate things so that a good character becomes great. Just as a terrible voice acting can make an annoying character unbearable.

In the end when it comes to voice acting I just want the seiyuu to capture the spirit of the character. I don't want to sit there watching a show thinking hey this is Daisuke Namikawa I'm listening to right now. Of course with some voices it's inevitable like Norio Wakamoto, the guy has done so many memorable characters and his voice is so distinctive. Of course every character Wakamoto voices instantly sounds awesome and become impossible to forget but in general I'd rather not be distracted by pinning a voice actor to a character. Rather I want to seiyuu to enhance the role with their performance.
 
05-28-12, 6:09 AM

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To be honest, I don't pick anime based on the seiyuus. I don't even usually know the seiyuus. I assume that whoever the director picked is who they think fits the character/story/their views of the anime. Sometimes I checked later if I thought I heard the voice somewhere before, or if somebody/blog/news mentioned x person is doing y, but in the end, I don't usually pay attention. Exception is probably Red Line since they're promoting Kimutaku so much that you can't avoid to not knowing it. :D
 
05-28-12, 6:19 AM

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I tend to check up on the voices after I watch the whole thing.
Or when I hear something familiar.
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05-28-12, 6:29 AM

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There has only been a few times where I've actually looked a voice actors, but I have decided to watch shows because of it.

Sugita, Tomokazu - Since I loved Gintama so much I'd checked other shows in which he had voiced, and from there had found some other interesting shows like Arakawa Under the Bridge which I love
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05-28-12, 10:51 AM

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Voice actors have no role in my decision in deciding whether or not I watch a anime. I might have favorite voice actors but I am not going to watch a anime just because a voice actor I like is in it.

Now if there is a actor or actress I just detest in a live action movie or show,I will not watch their movie or show. For example I refuse to watch any Jane Fonda movies due to what she did during the Vietnam war.

The wonderful thing about cartoons especially licensed dubbed Japanese cartoons is the fact there are two sets of voice actors, the dubbed and the Japanese voice actors.So if for some reason I really detest a English voice actor I can switch languages and just watch the subbed version.
 
05-28-12, 10:58 AM

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Voice actor is quite a major role in my opinion as If the character sounds amazing, I would check out other animes that the voice actor has been in
 
05-28-12, 11:00 AM

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Not at all, tbh. They all just sound the same to me. Subbed that is

The only dubbed voice I like is Vic
 
05-28-12, 11:15 AM

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Having good Voice actors does wonders for an anime. I also am quite happy when I hear one of my favourites.

Working'!! and Fairy Tail both have great voice actors IMO.
 
05-28-12, 11:38 AM

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I consider it a bonus if my favourite seiyuus happen to participate in titles that I plan to watch next.
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05-28-12, 12:01 PM

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A few years ago, I could probably tell you that an anime is good based on the voice acting alone. The story, characters, and animation could all be mediocre, but if Mamoru Miyano or Hiroshi Kamiya were in the cast, I'd probably say that it was a masterpiece. Not so much now. I still value voice acting in anime, but not as much as story, direction, or animation.
 
05-28-12, 12:14 PM

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Of course, good seyiuus are something that makes me enjoy the particular anime more. But good seiuus can't save bad anime, that's for sure.
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05-28-12, 12:38 PM

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I always watch a series with pleasure, when one of the seiyuu is:
- Daisuke Ono (thanks to Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji)
- Hikaru Midorikawa (thanks to Zelgadis from Slayers)
- Hiroshi Kamiya (thanks to Yuzuru from Angel Beats!)
- Yuuichi Nakamura (thanks to Tomoya from Clannad)
- Nabuhiko Okamoto (thanks to Rin from Ao no Exorcist)
Well I have more, but they are "main" ones.
As for girls:
- Yukari Tamura (thanks to Rika from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
- Yuki Matsuoka (thanks to Orihime from Bleach)
- Yui Horie (thanks to Minori from Toradora!)
- Aya Hirano (thanks to Haruhi from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, of course)
- Kana Hanazawa (thanks to Kanade from Angel Beats! though I hate Shiemi from AnE and Anri fom Drrr! so not sure about that one...)

I like anime with some "older" seiyuus, for example Akira Ishida, Ryotaro Okiayu, Kikuko Inoue or Megumi Hayashibara.
And, yeah. Seiyuus often affect my vievs on anime. Well, maybe not much on anime, but on characters.
Not sure why, but main shounen characters ALWAYS sounds cool... Ichigo, Luffy, Naruto, can't imagine them with different seiyuus ;3
 
05-28-12, 1:16 PM

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Yes. For some reason i enjoy a series more if it has my favorite seyiuus.

See Shirokuma Cafe for example.
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05-28-12, 1:40 PM

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Nope.I just chuckle when I hear them(if they're from a character I know) when/if I watch the anime.
I can see favourite VAs making people more interested in a certain anime though.
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05-28-12, 1:47 PM

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All it does for me is make me adore or annoyed by specific characters.

One of the biggest bonuses for watching Steins;Gate was the voice talents of Kana Hanazawa. I was hoping to hear more of this audible gorgeousness, Instead I got the single most irritating voice I have ever heard.

Aoi Yuuki is another odd case. She has an amazing vocal range, so as long as she doesn't sound like Madoka, I'll watch anything with her in it.

Ai Nonaka is probably the only voice actress that could make me avoid an anime. Zero vocal range, all of her characters have the same shrill, nasally voice that makes me cringe every time I hear it. As long as her character doesn't have a major role (Toradora, Negima!?) then it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the anime (Or game in the case of Atelier Annie).
 
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Man, this thread NEEDS Norio Wakamoto.

The guy can make a show funny and epic even if he's not intentionally trying to do so. This man always make that particular anime more enjoyable than it is.

Then there's Kamiya Hiroshi, who's voice is made for overexaggerated jokes and sarcasm. And Tomokazu Sugita (are these guys buddies? Like one of the best duos for comedy) who have such a smooth voice for being cool and funny.
 
05-30-12, 1:16 AM

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Nope. Because even if I do recognize the voices, I don't even care to see if it's that VA or not. And I don't look up VA either.

 
05-30-12, 1:17 AM

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InfiniteRyvius said:

Working'!! and Fairy Tail both have great voice actors IMO.


Of course Working!! does, it has Ono Daisuke after all.
 
05-30-12, 1:40 AM

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Nope, never even crosses my mind.

I don't even know that many VA's names outside of like 3 or 4 really famous ones. Just don't care.
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05-31-12, 2:43 PM

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i will watch crap animes if they have a few of my fav seiyuus.
i FIND ppl who do voice imitation on nicodou so VA is pretty important, but if its a crap anime, better voices prob just make it tolerable for me.

though, whenever i hear nakai's (hijikata, date masamune etc) voice, i picture zoro in a recording studio voicing hijikata =_= llol.
also for sugita, but with gintoki instead.
 
05-31-12, 3:02 PM

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They don't have any effect at all. To be honest, the only voice actor whose name I know is Kugimiya Rie because she's very famous, and I have to admit that her voice is amazing. But I don't really see much connection in the voice actor and the character I like. Of course the character needs voice, but it's the combo of voice, appearance and personality which makes me love or hate one character. Actually, the voice doesn't really matters in me loving or hating. If I love one character, I'll love his voice, and if I hate him, in consequence I'll hate it's voice as well, it's just like that.

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05-31-12, 3:36 PM

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Obviously, voice actors can change the my view of a character (Sentarou's voice is like orgasm to my ears) to better or worse. As for if it can change my view on the entire show, not really. Unless the entire cast is just really bad and a bunch of misfits, like the dub of Higurashi.
But I don't go out of my way to find out which voice actors are in the show I plan to watch and I usually don't even realize the same person is dubbing two different characters (unless it's very obvious, like with Aya Hirano).
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Yes, sometimes I search specifically for anime with a particular voice actor in it.
 
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I alot of times search for anime that has Junichi Suwabe in it, just because I Love his voice acting. Seeing him in an anime (alot) makes me immidiately like it. Furthermore I don't seek out anime with specific voice actors. I do tend to look up the voice actors when I watch the anime so that I can be like; 'Oh, he also played that guy in that one anime!' just for fun :'D
 
05-31-12, 3:58 PM

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I can never recognize a seiyuu without knowing beforehand who it is, I just completely miss the resemblance. However, it's nice to look up the seiyuus involved in some of my favorite anime, though it doesn't usually factor in my decision to watch one anime over another. It's also pretty cool to see a singer of a really good OP/ED theme play a character or sing an OP/ED in another show, but other than that, it's not really something I think about. I've never had any issue with subbed anime; I think the Japanese voices are always great, honestly. Dubs, well, some are really good, like Claymore, Soul Eater, and Clannad, but others, like Lucky Star and Case Closed, well, they put me off.

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05-31-12, 4:10 PM

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Hmm I do tend to search out anime that have my favorite voice actors when I have nothing else in particular l want to watch.

Can't say I would like a character just because my favorite voice actor is behind the scenes. Mamoru Miyano and Light from Death Note would be a good example of that.

 
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made it more enjoyable or annoying to watch/listen to an anime i.e. high pitched voices ect.

 
05-31-12, 5:04 PM

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If the character matches the voice or sometimes the seiyuu's personal character, it may get a bonus.
For poorly matched characters, no matter who they are, negatives.
Some voices are too sharp and annoying or too dull or plain, also get negatives.
 
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No. The only people I can really identify are Greg Ayres, and Johnny Yong Bosch. Everyone else is kinda there, so I don't judge anything based on them. Don't get me started on the Japanese VA's either, they're pretty much all the same to me and I feel like every anime has the same actors. xD

I can recognize their names, but not their voices.
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05-31-12, 7:32 PM

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They play a huge part on me in terms of first impressions. If an anime has a star-studded cast, I'd be more willing to watch it. For example, Zetman of this season. It had Miyano Mamoru and Romi Paku, my two favourite VAs. Shirokuma Cafe as well - Fukuyama Jun, Kamiya Hiroshi, Sakurai Takahiro, etc. However, I don't really rate an anime based on VAs.
 
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I try not to pay attention as to who the voice actors are, as that would kind of hinder the immersion into the story.

However, there seems to be a shortage of voice actors for English dubs, so I often notice the same one recycled time after time in anime...which helps make dubs a bit more stale for me, and was probably a small factor in my deciding to always read subs instead.
 
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if you are a seiyuu buff like me stuff like gundam 0079 LOGH and Bebop[ yes i prise bebop] should be a little slice of audio heaven for your

it makes Bebop a show that by my ratting sacle should be a 2 up to five

and makes LOGH [ as a fan of the novel] make the anime perfect [ hell iv even ripped epirsed of dvd and coverted them to mp3 so i can listen to them esaccalyy when im reading the novel

LOGH = the bigeest seiyuu otaku cast noting has ever beat that cast when it comes to sheer know big name seiyuu [ it is the most stacked cast ever [ ie if you wtached /listern to the whole Franchise [ and do cannoy recall by vocal sound at lest 5 other roles of 10 Seiyuu in the anime then you dont know seiyuu
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1 Impact on Impact on industry both the anime and Original Manga had
2 TV Ratings in Japan [ Gross for movies Unit sales for OVAs 3 Manga Ka of the Sourcework
4 how loyal the anime stayed to its source how well the compare to other big name in its genre
5 Seiyuu casting [ how many i know by voice i use the royal I here ]
6 Impact on General Pop Culture in Japan and the West 7 Impact on Otaku Culture in Japan and the West
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9 merchandise sales
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Paul said:
Ever since Guilty Crown, when ever I hear Yuki Kaji's voice, I can expect people to look down on the character and if he's voicing the main character, look down on the anime.


You just speak my mind! Like in the current airing Accel World, I just have to look down on the protagonist again. Its like whatever character he does, I expect them to be cowards. This is going to take time..
 
06-01-12, 5:08 AM

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I have, like, no idea who voices any of the characters I love lol. I don't pay attention to voice actors. :I
 
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I seldom ever am influenced by a specific voice actor.

Main reason, unless they sound exactly the same as another character from a series I loved, chances are, I won't immediately recognize the voice. Besides, I never check voice actors until having watched at least one episode/half the movie.
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Well a few voice actors do influence my decision to watch an anime but not much.
 
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Nope. I don't stalk the voices I enjoy nor do I actively try to avoid the voices I don't like in anime. If I happen to see a cast listing or know who's performing in a show then how much I like the actors only serve to increase/decrease my expectations of the voice track but will not make my watch or avoid a show without hearing it first.

 
06-28-12, 3:27 PM

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yea like in one piece, naruto and other animes the main guy is usually always a lady acting it but i still watched it
 
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Well, if I watch an anime and I hear a certain voice actor I know and love (for example, watching Kimi to Boku and hearing Miyu Irino as Chizuru), then half the time it leads my influence. However, the story mainly carries it all for me.

I don't actively avoid certain voice actors either, it's just story quality for me. Another example... I hear Greg Ayres in Deadman Wonderland's English dub, I heard him previously in Clannad's English dub as Sunohara (...which I preferred in Japanese anyways) as well as being Yuki Sohma in Fruits Basket, but I keep watching the show anyways even though I feel that Greg acting in high pitch isn't that good for me.
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