Or breaks it…
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Name your favorite voice actor or seiyuu?”
Let me start by saying I mainly watch my anime subbed. It’s just what I’m used to, and honestly? With the amount of dubs that toe the line between comedic and outright awful (that Tsuki ga Kirei clip gets me every time, haha [spoilers!]); I’ve grown used to watching subs. That being said, I still ended up choosing a rather popular dubbed voice actress as my official, all-time favorite. Brina Palencia, an experienced voice actor with plenty of anime characters under her belt, from Spice and Wolf’s Holo to Misa Ichijo from “The Rolling Girls“. It’s no surprise that I fell in love with Palencia’s voice.
And it’s not without reason.
I know I’m not alone when I say dubbed anime seems “forced”. Conversation between characters are often stiff and awkward, like the actors are talking past each other from a script. Which is why Brina stands out among the dubbing community, particularly with her casting of Holo. Brina’s ability to connect to the character she’s playing is phenomenal. She’s not simply an actor anymore, rather she IS Holo – a wise, sharp-tongued wolf goddess that dwells within the wheat, isolated from society for countless centuries. It’s that connection that allows her to easily turn a script into a fluid conversation between characters.
Avoiding the whole “Sub vs. Dub” debate, the few shows that I prefer in dub usually have Brina playing in the main cast. Though I’ve fallen in love with many japanese seiyuu’s in the past, especially Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (VA for Betelgeuse from Re:Zero); dubs take advantage of my proficiency in English. I can appreciate Holo and Lawrence’s loving banter, or laugh along at D-Frag’s crude comedy. And Brina perfectly showcases her ability to make me fall in love with her characters – whether it’s the ever-prideful Holo or the strong-willed Shirayuki.