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Why in a lot of animes female seiyuu voice male characters?

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Apr 22, 2009 3:25 PM

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Sometimes they voice childish charcters or kids, that would be OK.
But for other male characters, a male seiyuu would be better ne?
 
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Apr 22, 2009 3:35 PM

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Do you actually notice that male characters have female voices? I don't recall it ever being an issue for me, so I just don't care.

 
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Apr 22, 2009 3:39 PM

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It's all preference and availability per say on behalf of the staff that's working on a certain anime. Sure, a lot of people think "Because the character's a guy, it should be voiced by a guy" then again there are also lots of female seiyuus good enough to play the parts required. This is way out of context, sort of, but isn't it also a fact that there's more women out there than men. How about that? =/
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Apr 22, 2009 3:54 PM

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Because sometimes the tone required is easily achieved by a female and there are more females in the business.
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Apr 22, 2009 3:55 PM

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Because in Japan, the men are the women and the women are the men.
 
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Apr 22, 2009 4:11 PM

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Rail_Man said:
Because in Japan, the men are the women and the women are the men.
See also: Futanari.
And some prettyboy characters might need a feminine voice.

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Apr 22, 2009 4:15 PM
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Most male characters in anime are pretty feminine.
So, a female seiyuu would fit better I guess?
 
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Apr 22, 2009 4:18 PM

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Blossomse said:
Most male characters in anime are pretty feminine.
So, a female seiyuu would fit better I guess?


I don't necessarily agree with that. I mean, Edward Elric. Compare Vic to Romi. I know, two different countries, but when I first saw FMA in Japanese, I thought his voice sounded waaayyy too feminine.
 
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Apr 22, 2009 4:28 PM

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tophat56 said:
Blossomse said:
Most male characters in anime are pretty feminine.
So, a female seiyuu would fit better I guess?


I don't necessarily agree with that. I mean, Edward Elric. Compare Vic to Romi. I know, two different countries, but when I first saw FMA in Japanese, I thought his voice sounded waaayyy too feminine.


Same with Luffy from One Piece.

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Apr 22, 2009 4:42 PM

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tophat56 said:
Blossomse said:
Most male characters in anime are pretty feminine.
So, a female seiyuu would fit better I guess?


I don't necessarily agree with that. I mean, Edward Elric. Compare Vic to Romi. I know, two different countries, but when I first saw FMA in Japanese, I thought his voice sounded waaayyy too feminine.


Both voices fit the character's essence well enough. I enjoyed Vic greatly as Ed when I watched the first series on Adult Swim, but I'm also really enjoying Paku-san in Brotherhood.
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Apr 22, 2009 4:48 PM

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Yeah sometimes a female seiyuu is needed to get a certain tone qualitiy though honestly for some characters they could get a male seiyuu to do it.

This isn't just a practice done in anime or in Japan. Many cartoons have young male characters and children that are voice by female voice actors unless they can actually get a child. The only risk with that is if it's a long running series, than their voice might change.

A good example of this would be Alphonse Elrics's english voice actor who no longer sounds the same as he did when it was first released in the US.
 
Apr 22, 2009 5:41 PM

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It's for the consistency adult women voices have already finished developing, getting young males to voice their young male counterparts is risky, because there voices will change and they won't be able to pull off the same voice.
 
Apr 22, 2009 5:52 PM

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Halo_s_Maze said:
It's for the consistency adult women voices have already finished developing, getting young males to voice their young male counterparts is risky, because there voices will change and they won't be able to pull off the same voice.
I think this is on of the biggest factors. Young males sometimes have more girly voices and women can pull that off. While a young man can also pull it off, his voice can change at any time and it's a huge risk. It's not like they're going to castrate guys to keep their voices the same. (I think they did that in choirs or something, sometime ago in Europe. I'm too lazy to go look it up right now.)
 
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In the USA, a the majority of actors are female (it's probably only about 60-40, but a majority nonetheless). I don't know if it's the same in Japan, but if it is that could be a factor.

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Apr 23, 2009 7:29 AM

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Because for a country that sure likes to talk about womanly and manly a whole heck of a lot, they have surprisingly grey gender distinctions in many ways.

Moe and "kawaii" culture have had a large impact on Japan as well. Especially within anime and manga.
(it's TOTALLY okey to say moe in the middle of an English sentence in the west, but saying kawaii is taboo, even though cute may not be a perfect translation, that TOTALLY makes sense, lulz).

And as if full grown women don't sound like little boys to begin with.
Little boys sound like adult women. So it's not like it matters. To be honest, when I first listened to Gauge Means Nothing I thought it's female vocalist was a young boy. And that it was done to depict the desperateness, troubles, and sadness of Japanese young living in Japan. But I was wrong, it was in fact a woman. Who interestingly enough in relation to my misconception, has stated her career movement has to to write children's books. And their myspace lists children's songs as an influence.

What can I say, most things that we consider childlike, are also something that can be considered androgynous as well.:O

And as if Japan doesn't already have an age old fascination with crossdressing to begin with. Just look at Kabuki. Men play men, and men play women. In anime and manga dubs, women play men, and women play women. It's no big deal for Japan it seems. For a country so sexist and often as homophobic as Japan, they've got their surprising open areas. In ways that often different from other countries. You could say they're more open minded than some countries in some ways, in more closed minded than others in other ways.

One thing it appears Japan is not afraid about, is women portraying men and men portraying women.

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because it's sexy in a weird way.
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because it's sexy in a weird way.

That too.

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Apr 23, 2009 10:57 AM

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tophat56 said:
Blossomse said:
Most male characters in anime are pretty feminine.
So, a female seiyuu would fit better I guess?


I don't necessarily agree with that. I mean, Edward Elric. Compare Vic to Romi. I know, two different countries, but when I first saw FMA in Japanese, I thought his voice sounded waaayyy too feminine.


And when I heard Vic as Ed, I thought he didn't sound young enough. I suppose you're used to the voice you hear first.

Some male characters are girly so their voices suit them. Also, some female seiyuu can pull of very masculine voices. Sometimes it's really weird.

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Apr 23, 2009 1:56 PM

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Amaya-no-Hime said:
Some male characters are girly so their voices suit them. Also, some female seiyuu can pull of very masculine voices. Sometimes it's really weird.

Kenshin and Goku? They aren't exactly a pair of punks. I know you said some, but those two are the representatives for the "Why Females Shouldn't Do Male Voices" club.

I don't exactly know what a pre-puberty Japanese boy sounds like, but I doubt he sounds like a high-pitched girl. I mean, male seiyuu are professionals and if one can't get the little boy voice done then hire a male who can.

Though, there are a few females that can actually sound like a genuine male, but many can't and shouldn't.
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MackDaddyHart said:

Kenshin and Goku? They aren't exactly a pair of punks. I know you said some, but those two are the representatives for the "Why Females Shouldn't Do Male Voices" club.


In my opinion, Mayo Suzukaze did a great job as the seiyuu for Kenshin (in the OVAs, at least, the series voice wasn't that great).

Anyways, like other people have said; some male characters in an anime need a more feminine voice, although the reasons aren't always so clear as to why that should be. I guess with them having a different tone/higher pitch in their voice also makes that character unique?
 
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I believe a director said, when exploying THE Nozawa Masako, that they can't get child actors and a female's voice is CLOSEST to a boy's voice. I thought it was self-explanatory, no brainer. All female actors around the world do young males, sometimes older like Ogata Megumi's Sanada Yukimuraa and of course there's Kenshin.

but this discussion has developed in an interesting way and you all have nice opinions.
 
Sep 5, 2009 7:42 PM

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Naruto english voice actor is a girl and the old pokemon dub is a girl as well I didnt take notice until I seen a couple of interviews.
 
Sep 5, 2009 8:21 PM

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Baman said:
Rail_Man said:
Because in Japan, the men are the women and the women are the men.
See also: Futanari.
And some prettyboy characters might need a feminine voice.


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Sep 5, 2009 8:52 PM

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coz the female voice actor have a decent voice & can be used to speak the "pretty boy" sound ^.^
 
Sep 6, 2009 6:40 AM

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Usually for really small boys, they would use female seiyuu, but it depends. Sometimes a female's voice happens to work better or fit the character better.
 
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Sep 6, 2009 7:48 AM

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I reckon it's because there are many more female seiyuu than male, and also, in most anime, the characters are in their teens, and a 20+ year old male can't really voice a 15/16 year old boy, whereas females of the same age will likely have a similar tone of voice.
 
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Well first of all, Males who have gone through puberty can't sound like little boys anymore.

Second of all, Using a teenager would be hard because he lacks formal training, As he hasn't been through college yet, you don't just wake up one day and decide to be a voice actor, there is alot of training you have to go through and just general
experience.

3rd, The quality would be bad, if they used a teenage boy his voice would probably crack.

4th, Child Labor laws, a teenager can't work as long as an adult, so it would slow down the entire production.

5th, Questionable content, If it's a mature title you can't have some one working on it is if they are under 18, unless you want child services crawling up your ass.
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