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English Dub Cast for 'Chihayafuru' Announced

by Sakana-san
Aug 5, 2017 10:56 AM | 31 Comments
American anime licensor Sentai Filmworks has announced the English dub cast for Chihayafuru on Friday. Shannon Reed will direct the dub, with Joey Goubeaud and Brittany Deans serving as assistant director. Javier Lopez, Kyle Jones, and Joel McCray are penning the script. The first season will be released on a Blu-ray and DVD volume, as well as a premium box set on September 12.

Chihaya Ayase: Luci Christian
Taichi Mashima: Adam Gibbs
Taichi (Young): Chelsea Ryan McCurdy
Arata Wataya: Blake Shepard
Arata (Young): Shannon Emerick
Kanade Ooe: Juliet Simmons
Yuusei Nishida: Greg Ayres
Tsutomu Komano: Bryson Baugus
Taeko Miyauchi: Vicki Barosh
Shinobu Wakamiya: Kira Vincent-Davis
Michiru Horikawa: Melissa Molano
Chieko Ayase, Daisuke, E-Chan: Rachel Landon
Chitose Ayase: Carli Mosier
Kenji Ayase: Chris Gibson
Reiko Mashima: Allison Sumrall
Rika Mashima: Tiffany Terrell
Mari Wataya: Katelyn Barr
Hideo Harada: James Belcher
Hiro Kinashi, Fukasaku: Kyle Jones
Yasuda: Andrew Love
O.Igarashi: Javier Lopez
Yuu: Natalie Rial
Kitano: Steve Finley
Akito Sudou: Mike Yager
Nayuta Amakasu: Brittney Karbowski
Futoshi Mochida, Daijirou Ise: Jack Ivy
Takemura Keiichi, Kenta Murao, Takuma: Scott Gibbs
Yuuta Murao, Ryuugasaki: Johnny Delacerda
Shinichi Murao: Adam Noble
Hiroshi Tsuboguchi: Benjamin McLaughlin
Shibata: Ned Gayle
Isamu Kuriyama: Ty Mahany
Sakura Kanai: Hilary Haag
Anchor, Snowmaru: David Wald
Tsubaki Kanai, Ririka's Mom, Sano: Stephanie Wittels
Ririka Tachikawa: Emily Neves
Yumi Yamamoto: Courtney Lomelo
Kyouko Yamashiro: Kaoru Bertrand
Taichi's Girlfriend: Shanae'a Moore
Watanbe, Anchor: John Gremillion

Chihayafuru adapts the manga drawn by Yuki Suetsugu that has been serialized since December 2007. Produced by Madhouse, the first and second season aired in Fall 2011 and Winter 2013, respectively, and were simulcast by Crunchyroll.


Source: Official site

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Adams Gibbs does a superb job, and I remember he was excellent in Amagi Park as well. His performance really helps make the dub an engaging and enjoyable experience!

Aug 22, 3:38 PM by Geshtinanna


May 12, 2018 10:24 AM by Mayuka

All of you sub elitists really need to just the hell up already. Since I know you're all to proud to touch an English dub, they read the poems in Japanese. I know Sentai Filmworks has been hit or miss on their dubs, but this one is actually solid. Luci Christian is an experienced VA, same with Adam Gibbs and Blake Shepard.

May 12, 2018 1:25 AM by DodgerDash

So this is a dub for a show which relies heavily on Japanese wordplay. And to top it off, we have what looks to be a director with little to no experience.

This is pretty much a guaranteed disaster. Sentai, I really wonder at times as to what thought process brings you to all these bogus ideas.

Sep 7, 2017 7:22 PM by AltoRoark

Cashdax said:
Cyborg_Icarus29 said:

lol what madness? there is nothing wrong with dubbing anime series. if you don't like dubs then don't watch them, it's that simple.
Have you read all the previous post or should I quote them all one by one for you to read?

i did and most people are bitching for the sake of bitching. how is that related to my comment?
EDIT: some of the complaints are actually valid but your comment implies that you consider dubbing as "madness" but there is nothing wrong with dubbing shows in general.

Sep 5, 2017 5:07 PM by Cyber_Icarus

Cyborg_Icarus29 said:
Cashdax said:
Stop this madness America

lol what madness? there is nothing wrong with dubbing anime series. if you don't like dubs then don't watch them, it's that simple.
Have you read all the previous post or should I quote them all one by one for you to read?

Sep 5, 2017 5:05 PM by Cashdax

Cashdax said:
Stop this madness America

lol what madness? there is nothing wrong with dubbing anime series. if you don't like dubs then don't watch them, it's that simple.

Sep 5, 2017 4:51 PM by Cyber_Icarus

i was excited but then realized that its' a sentai dub, damn.

and why are the sub elitists bitching about it lol? you do realize that the dub won't harm the anime in any way, right?

Sep 5, 2017 4:49 PM by Cyber_Icarus

if yall really want a s3, ya better start buying the dvds, bad dub and all.

Sep 3, 2017 7:21 AM by Ken34

This is a series where the characters are Japanese playing a Japanese card game based on poems in Japan. Dub? nope, not gonna work. gonna sound terrible and unfitting. just give me season 3 madhouse. The manga content is amazing

Aug 29, 2017 8:35 PM by killerqueen2000

English dub of an anime which is related to Karuta, which relies on Japanese poems..

How are they going to make it work I wonder? I'm pretty sceptical. Well, I'm not going to watch it in dub so doesn't matter.

Aug 6, 2017 9:23 AM by Manyaa_-

I think I am legitimately curious how this will be done? Are they going to dub over the poems? Or are they going to speak Japanese?

If they speak Japanese for the poems and dont't translate them and actually got actors who can do it, I will say this has my stamp of approval. If not, well... yeah it sucks. But not like it erases the subbed version. The likelihood of keeping those poems in Japanese is slim to none. But still curious.

I will say though that idol anime which don't translate the songs for dubbing do annoy me.

Aug 6, 2017 7:28 AM by Energetic-Nova

@Lil-Bird @Ari_the_Lioness

Nobody's forcing you to read the comments complaining about dubs and dubbed VAs. Don't like them, don't read them. Last time I checked, humans have free will and can choose not to read something.

Why should we be grateful? Not everybody is an American, buys anime, wanted it licensed or like Sentai Shitworks.

Aug 6, 2017 12:29 AM by Comic_Sans

People complain about dubbed voice actors and dubbed anime as if someone is forcing them to sit and watch it. Don't like it, don't watch it. Last I checked, humans have free will to choose to not watch something.

Unless the people who complain are actually being forced to watch it, in which case, dubbed anime should be the least of your problems.

Now on topic, this anime wasn't really that interesting to me, but since Luci Christian is one of my favorite English dubbed VA, I might give it a rewatch in the future.

Aug 5, 2017 7:01 PM by Arillion

(hasn't seen PV)

Chihaya- Uraraka(not bad, pretty good choice actually)
Taichi- Houtarou(still sounds good)
Arata- nothing I've seen in english
Kana- no I've seen in English
Nishida- Kaoru the fifth child(I'm not sure that fits)
Komano- Nothing I've seen in English.

(watches PV)

Arata and Chihaya don't sound bad, but Taichi feels EXTREMELY artificial

Aug 5, 2017 4:44 PM by NG_Chloe

Stop this madness America

Aug 5, 2017 3:36 PM by Cashdax

Miragee said:
You can't translate poems (well). I'm usually pretty open to dubs but this one doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. Maybe if they keep the japanese for the poems.

What's actually more important here is: Does this increase the chances for s3?

There's little chance for them keeping the japanese poems. There's lots of occurences where the MCs are the ones reading them, their voices switching between japanese and english VAs would be too jarring. And asking english VAs to read japanese poems is just bound to be an epic failure. The best option in my guess would be to take actual english verses from classical authors.

And yeah, damn this news, I thought it'd be a 3rd season announcement when I saw the picture...

Aug 5, 2017 3:34 PM by HapHazrD

I'm here like: Very well, i won't ever watch a dub in my life but more importantly...


Without reading the title of this news i thought...i thought that maybe...maybe...

Aug 5, 2017 3:11 PM by KannoSugako

Planned to watch Chihayafuru soon but I have a feeling that English Dub won't fit well with this show.

Aug 5, 2017 3:04 PM by SkyDrop

Ahh, at least announce a sequel after this..

Aug 5, 2017 2:42 PM by Katsu-kun

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