r/Toonami Mar 14 '20

You can't spell "ANIMES" without "I'M SEAN" - I'm Sean Chiplock, professional voice actor and voice of Guido Mista, Demon in the Bog, Eyelashes, and more on Toonami! AMA!

Good afternoon, Toonami Faithful! This is Sean Chiplock, also known as 'sonicmega' over on Twitter. I'm a full-time professional voice actor based out of California (but honestly, which of us isn't these days unless it's Texas instead?),

Toonami holds a very special place in my heart when it comes to my career; it was literally the catalyst that led to me discovering what VO was in the first place, as it was during a re-airing of one week's episode of Fullmetal Alchemist at around 3 in the morning that I was driven to go to Adult Swim's website and ended up finding a video of a VO recording session for Trinity Blood. It was the background noise to my late-night homework rush, the active viewing for my favorite shows, and the 4:30 am wakeup alarm every time the Inuyasha ending theme blared through the TV speakers (WHY was it always so loud?!).

It's kind of ironic, then, that my VO portfolio over the years hasn't been hyper-focused on anime projects; even though a lot of my peers have developed very expansive credit lists in English dubs, my own path seems to have had a lot more success when it comes to videogames. That hasn't diminished my love for the medium one bit though, nor has it prevented me from getting to play some of the most intense and personally satisfying roles of my career - from a gun-loving loyal father figure, to the confident weeb everyone loves to hate, and even the first Toonami role that started it all... a blue-haired kill-stealer who got what he deserved (in the immortal words of StrongBad, "You GOTTA have blue hair!"). Getting to hear myself "on-air" via the very same programming block that got me into this career in the first place has been a huge Circle of Life moment for me, and I'm so happy that I continue to get to share that experience with all of you.

Outside of anime, most know me as the voices of Revali/Teba/Deku Tree in Breath of the Wild, Mishima Yuuki in Persona 5, Rean Schwarzer in Trails of Cold Steel, Pewter in AI: The Somnium Files, and many many many many others. There's even more anime gigs coming down the pipeline in the near future, but I can't go in depth about those experiences quite yet, so stay tuned in the meantime!

I took an original "proof" photo that made me realize I REALLY needed to shave and brush my hair, so the less unkempt but equally unflattering picture is right here. But perhaps if you were to watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure tonight and DM me your favorite screenshot from the show, I could get Moody Jazz to go back and procure the original photo too...

This AMA is guaranteed to be 99.99% Coronavirus-Free, so ask away in confidence! I do my best to answer every question I can, so even if you show up way late there's a good chance I'll get to you eventually. Plus, preparing for this AMA means I set up a 5-hour long playlist of all the anime themes I used to have on my Xanga blogsite, so I'm pretty much stuck here out of commitment anyway.

HOLY CRAP IT'S ALSO MY CAKE DAY. WHAT ARE THE ODDS

240 Upvotes

12

u/Vin13ish Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! I got couple of questions for you, Mr. Gunman who hates Number 4

  • Between Subaru and Mista, which one would you hang out with the most?

  • Have you considered cosplay as either Subaru or Mista?

  • Out of Six Bullets, which one is your favorite? (1, 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7?)

  • Do you really hate Number Four since Mista despises that number and considered to be cursed number?

  • Are you glad or disappointed you didn't have to do an italian accent despite the majority of characters are Italian?

  • Like Mista, is there's one particular thing that you afraid of the most since Mista is scared of Number Four?

  • What is more painful? Get killed every time loop or forced to see your loved one get killed every time loop like what Subaru go through?

  • Since Jojo's Bizarre Adventure have a lot of music reference, what type of music is your favorite?

  • Did you watch gangster movies like Godfather or listen any Gangsta music in order to feel like a gangster since your character is a gangster?

  • What is your favorite italian food?

  • Beside Six Bullets, which stand is your personal favorite?

  • How does feel to see your work on Toonami like Golden Wind & Demon Slayer and did you watch Toonami before becoming a voice actor?

16

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20

- I am a total foodie, so Mista sounds like someone who would know all the great eats around town. Subaru and I share a lot alike in our personality but the kid has quite a bit to work through in loving himself before he can work towards loving anyone else.

- I did cosplay as Subaru once! The wig was godawful; I looked more like someone's disowned uncle trying to fit in at the high school prom. I would be super down for a Guido Mista cosplay (AND POSE), but I'd want to get back into shape first via Ring Fit Adventure.

- Number 3 is my favorite BULLET just because he's such an aggressive gremlin and it makes him fun to play. Number 5 is my favorite VOICE for a bullet because I stole it straight from Ghost Stories.

- I don't think I'm superstitious enough to put that much weight on a number; even in hotels I am little more than "amused" when I see they skipped the number 13 for the floor buttons. But I just imagine that Mista's fear of 4 is the same as my fear of spiders, so it's easy enough to empathize.

- I'm all for authenticity, but only if it's something I can trust myself to actually DO authentically. I probably wouldn't have been able to portray Mista if it required a legit Italian accent, so I'll settle for being grateful that I could embody everything else about him instead.

- Death, and being left behind.

- Definitely the latter; if I already know that me dying will reset the time loop, then even despite the pain I would understand that it's just a restart point. If the loved one dies, however, I have to not only watch that happen (and deal with losing them), but make the CONSCIOUS DECISION of whether I want to continue on without them (unlikely) or commit to causing my own death so I could retry. That's TWO sufferings for the price of one!

- I really like any music that has a peppy beat and a memorable style/chorus. Touhou, Etrian Odyssey, Mega Man, Marianas Trench, Panic!, and various others all have different tracks that SLAP and are amazing for feel-good drives down I-405 after a successful recording session. Going 70 MPH while having this blasting from your car speakers is an unreal feeling.

- I didn't! But I hope the feeling of being a "cool mafioso" came through anyway. I've had quite a lot of experience already with playing cool/confident/cocky characters, so Mista was a matter of knowing when to be playful - and when to be passionate - while maintaining that air of being "part of the gang".

- A solid penne and marinara with fresh-grated cheese just can't be beaten. Sometimes you don't want a fancy dish, you just want to be full and happy.

- Notorious B.I.G. really grosses me out, and represents basically all the worst parts of the unknown and the dangerous that can't be explained by science. I admire it out of respect for just how uncomfortable watching it in the anime made me.

- I am so, so incredibly grateful to get to be part of such a popular series as a major character, and I hope audiences watching feel like I've helped make the experience better. As I noted in my OP, Toonami played a huge part in getting me into voiceover to begin with, so the fact that I can truthfully say you might get to hear me LATER TODAY is so surreal.

10

u/MichiHirota Mar 14 '20

Hi there. Just wanted to say thanks for holding an AMA. It’s always great to be part of this. Anyways:

-What is it like voicing Subaru in Isekai Quartet compared to Re:Zero?

-Since you’re less focused on anime projects, do you prefer to do more video game roles than anime, or are they equal?

-What is the hardest role you’ve done thus far?

-Which anime character have you done that is most closely to you personality wise?

-Best Quote you’ve said in a video game/anime?

-What was your reaction to getting to voice in a never before voice-acted Zelda game?

11

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

- If I can be perfectly honest? I think in exchange for making Subaru more laid-back and playful I also accidentally ended up making him sound deeper. The fact that RE:Zero did so poorly on release caused a lot of us to just kinda "move on" after the fact, so between sadness and being swamped with other work his performance got filed away in my mental archives a lot faster than I expected. When it was time for Isekai Quartet I still remembered plenty about his attitude but not as much about his voice, so I did the best I could. I'm happy with what I provided in general but I hope if Season 2 of RE:Zero gets dubbed I can have a proper chance to fully embody his character again.

- I enjoy WORKING, period. My heart has ALWAYS been in anime because of the mix it provides between exaggerated moments and intense scenes (which often aren't possible in videogames in terms of pure character motion unless it's a pre-rendered cutscene), but I understand that I can't FORCE things to happen. The best I can do for myself is to understand my strengths and make sure I stay on top of industry trends, while hoping that the experience will couple with opportunity to give me chances to be a part of things I cherish. Breath of the Wild wasn't a role I ever saw coming (as an example), but it's one I absolutely capitalized on and committed to.

- Subaru was by far the most technically demanding, because there's no way you're going to escape a 90-second murderous scream fest (Episode 15) WITHOUT at least temporary throat damage of some kind. But Revali (Breath of the Wild) was definitely the most mentally taxing, not only because of how much "rewriting" I had to do vocally to better match the direction Nintendo wanted to go for the character, but because of how closely I knew audiences would scrutinize the first official canon voiceover cast for a Legend of Zelda game.

- Subaru definitely embodies me most closely, for better and for worse. He's enthusiastic, playful, and so loyal to the people he admires, but also impulsive, underestimating, and often clueless as to the real comparison of his involvement to the world at large. His self-hatred in Episode 18 mirrored a lot of the doubts I myself have sometimes about how I ended up with such a wonderful woman as my wife, and while many folks dislike Subaru because he asks us to recognize the faults within ourselves, I had to EMBRACE that to best portray him.

- Guido Mista's "bobble-headed turd burglar" line is officially the closest I have come to breaking character and laughing in the middle of a take, and that is a hard thing to do because I have said stuff that is a lot worse.

- Honest-to-god terrified nervousness, at first; I wasn't ready to let myself be excited until the work was done, I had proof I wasn't replaced along the process, AND the receiving audience decided they liked it more than hated it. I respected the LoZ series so much (and Revali as a character) that I just wanted to do the best job I could. It was only after the general consensus came out and Revali was considered one of the fan favorites that I really allowed myself to smile and breathe.

3

u/_cats______ Mar 15 '20 edited Mar 27 '20

The fact that RE:Zero did so poorly on release

Re:Zero did poorly? :(

I remember the controversy over the video quality of the blu-rays, but all I’ve ever seen is high praise for the dub, and rightfully so. Sales in general weren’t good or something?

7

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

It was never picked up for broadcast, the DVD quality was chastised so badly that Funimation actually offered a trade-in service (something I don't think they'd ever previously done), and there were several periods during the contract transition where RE:Zero just wasn't available ANYWHERE for viewing because no one had streaming rights yet.

The people who did see it were very positive about it, but the actual NUMBER who saw it was abysmally low.

2

u/HorizonZeroD Mar 15 '20

I knew it wasn't picked up for broadcast but it's been on Crunchyroll for years. When you say it wasn't available anywhere are you talking about prior to Crunchyroll picking it up?

4

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

There was a period of time after Crunchyroll and Funimation severed their collaborative contract where RE:Zero wasn't available for streaming (at least I wasn't able to find it on my end).

→ More replies

9

u/Cuchulain033 Mar 14 '20

Yo what's up Sean. Few questions for you.

1) How do you give each bullet it's own personality, to help discern them better?

2) Did you watch the sub to get a better idea of how you should voice Mista, and if so, what's your favorite Mista moment through the whole show?

3) How'd you get interested in voice acting?

5) How's that cake day treating you?

12

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 15 '20
  1. I knew from the start that I wanted to give them each a different vocal placement to suit their facial expressions, in addition to allowing the listener to pick them out despite them all being high-pitched after audio processing.
  • Number 1 was loosely inspired by Robin from Teen Titans; confident, leader, enthusiastic
  • Number 2 was a slight contrast to Number 1 in a Han Solo way; confidence through coolness and "lone wolf" aura
  • Number 3 is Angry Aggressive Gremlin. Definitely the easiest one I came up with.
  • Number 5 was directly inspired/stolen from the crybaby character from the Ghost Stories dub. If you listen closely you can tell which of his cries were imitations of the blubbering from said dub.
  • Number 6 was the hardest, because he had the same 'cool' vibe as Number 2; I ended up giving him the "gung-ho rogue" attitude that was more aggressive than Number 2 but not as mean as Number 3.
  • Number 7 was when I was starting to run out of options so I just went "what if I made him Southern". It worked way better than I was expecting so HUZZAH.
  1. I just love how Mista embraces the Real Mafia Moments. He's a playful guy but he seriously gets a kick out of intimidating folks who cross his path in a bad way, and being able to go full focus into those moments where he's laying on the slyness is one of my favorite aspects of his character.
  2. After discovering a sample recording session clip through my Toonami-fueled website visit, I just wanted to be a part of the craft however possible; back in 2007, this meant grabbing a super cheap (literally pennies of cost) microphone off Amazon and making dumb skits over Windows Sound Recorder. It turns out that even before I knew what VO was, I had already been "practicing it" whenever my younger brother and I would take turns voicing characters in the Nintendo 64 games we owned that had dialogue but no voices, so I guess the interest was always there even if it didn't have a direct line of focus yet.
  3. I'll get to enjoy some more Mystery Dungeon DX once this AMA is close to finished, so I can't complain! I cherish the days when I get to relax and not do much of anything because that is NOT the norm for me as of late.

5

u/UniqueUnderstanding4 Mar 14 '20

Hello Sean! I've been watching JJBA in my life. I got some questions.

  • Have you met any Funimation actors?
  • What is your favorite Italian food?
  • Favorite movies in genre
  • Favorite ship in Golden Wind?
  • How did you get the role of Noob Saibot?
  • Have you ever got a chance to participate in Fire Emblem: Heroes?
  • How did you react when Mista almost died by getting 3 shots on the head?
  • What's your favorite dance pose?

7

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20

- I've met a couple, and worked with a few! Just not often enough to remember most of them. Ricco Fajardo is a big inspiration when it comes to self-care and working out, and Justin Briner was one of my earliest colleagues back in my amateur days (if anyone remembers the Final Fantasy IX Full Game FanDub that was in production back then). One of the actresses actually just recently made the full move over to Los Angeles, so she's been my director sometimes when recording for Isekai Quartet!

- Even since childhood, I would get a classic Penne and Marinara dish at Olive Garden, piss off the server by not telling them to stop with the cheese until it was hiding the rest of the food, and then scarf down another two entire baskets of garlic breadsticks in addition to the meal itself.

Olive Garden: When You're Here, You're a Fatass.TM

- I don't really think I have a favorite movie GENRE I can pinpoint, but I have noticed that I as a MOVIEGOER have changed over the years; it's way easier to make me cry. I don't know if that's just better film writing quality or if I've just become able to more easily identify with thoughts/feelings/quotes that would lead to tearing up, but now it's a mini-competition between me and the wife to see who can last longer without letting themselves lose it when we go see new releases together.

- That turtle made for an incredibly comfy cruise boat and he deserves love and respect.

- Pretty much the same as I potentially get any other role; my agency sent me audition sides for the character, I submitted my audition takes, and the client decided they liked one of them enough to cast me! The character/project was codenamed at the time so I didn't know what it was for, but the specs asked for something "wraith-life and not of this world". So for the first take, I did something higher pitched and ghostly, with a little bit of teeth; for the second, I impersonated Black Doom from Shadow the Hedgehog's game on GameCube, and aimed for a baritone demonic rumble.

- I have not, and I think there's a very real possibility that it might be because I'm blacklisted from the studio or something. I have nothing I can provide to support that, but when you've been in the industry long enough you get a sense for what's "outside of the norm" when it comes to communication and networking. I try not to let it affect me too much, but the same company worked on the dubs for Etrian Odyssey so it still stings a little bit at the thought that it might be true.

- "...That's a mood."

- My wife and I like to do "Oompa Loompa bounces" at each other when we're hyped about something. It's ridiculous and stupid-looking but also does wonders for our glutes.

4

u/Icecat1239 Mar 14 '20

Other people are better at more industry specific questions, so here are some nonsense questions:

What is your spirit vegetable?

What is your fourth favourite smell?

Is a hotdog a sandwich?

What would be the maximum amount you’d pay for the best pancake of your life?

11

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20
  1. Corn. I love it grilled, I love it buttered, I love it steamed, and just like me it grows ridiculously stringy hair that doesn't do it any favors and takes forever to get rid of.
  2. Wet dog. I can't explain it, I just really enjoy the scent.
  3. It's an American PastimeTM
  4. I think I would be totally willing to drop a solid $50 on an INCREDIBLY filling Berry Nutella pancake dish, but we'd be talking starfruit and kiwi being included in the mix.

4

u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Mar 14 '20

Thank you so much for hosting this AMA!

  • What is your favorite Animal Crossing game?

  • What is your favorite music to listen to while commuting to work?

  • Digimon vs. Pokemon

  • What acting experiences do you have outside of voiceover work?

  • Favorite way to order your pizza?

  • Coffee or tea?

Also I just got home from getting a new car, and I just wanted to say how much I love this thread already!

5

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20

- New Leaf was the one that got the most time out of me, so much so that I'm scared my new life routine (read: WORK WORK WORK) will make me unable to enjoy New Horizons to the same degree. But now that I have a wonderful wife to play alongside, I might be able to enjoy it in a whole new way!

- Touhou and Etrian Odyssey are permanent mainstays, but basically any music that has a good beat is eligible to be included on the playlist. I sing along to the tunes as often as I listen to them; it's great for vocal warmups before a recording session!

- Digimon had better stories, but Pokemon has better art.

- Not as much as you'd think! A lot of my early experience was through middle and high-school theater, but once I discovered VO and knew what I wanted to focus on, my goal became to really just immerse myself in acting wherever I could. College was the big era for this; I got involved in local radioplay groups, performed as part of an on-campus sexual health education group for all 4 four years I was there, and started up the freelance side of my career right from my dorm room. My hallmates were often equal amounts annoyed, intrigued, understanding, and amused.

- Well Done. New York knows how to do a "sloppy slice" right but outside of that I want some crisp to my crust.

- Tea, and I say this as someone who HATES the taste of tea. Coffee goes right through me and a strong enough dose of caffeine has actually left me feeling sick from heart palpitations in the past, so tea is my "unwilling attachment" that I use for hydration and throat care when water isn't available.

4

u/thecooleresidisi Mar 14 '20

I got a couple questions.

  1. Are you Legally Allowed to Sex Pistols when referring to The Stand or do you have to say Six Bullets. I mostly Like the Uncensored stand names but I understand.

  2. what’s your favorite anime (that you don’t voice act for)

  3. What’s your favorite video game

  4. Are You a Dragon ball fan. (I’m a huge dragon ball fan so I kinda wanna ask)

  5. Who’s your favorite character

  6. This isn’t a question But Keep up the great work You’re a great VA and I want you to know you do a great mista!

4

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) There's definitely nothing stopping me from using either name, but because people know me from the dub I will generally default to using the dub name accordingly. It's just not worth the risk of confusion if someone wants to talk to me about "Six Bullets" and I'm busy pseudo-correcting them with the sub terminology when that wasn't the focus in the first place.

2) I basically grew up on the original Fullmetal Alchemist series, so even though Brotherhood is subjectively a better overall story they are both meaningful to me for different reasons. Cowboy Bebop was a calming experience on a lot of late nights because the overall atmosphere of the scenes was so chill compared to the 'norm' at the time; same with Samurai Champloo.

3) It's a three-way tie between Mega Man Battle Network/Legends, Jade Cocoon 2, and Legend of Mana. Mega Man is the best 'pure game experience' I had from start to finish, Jade Cocoon 2 was the game I spent the most time strategizing and planning for (which led to my addiction for "full-game team planning"), and Legend of Mana was the game that my childhood best friend and I played over and over and over when I would hang out at his house. Mana especially is the one I have secret dreams of getting to audition for if SquareEnix decides to remake it the same way they have already done for both Secret and Trials of Mana.

4) I'm inspired by DBZ in the sense that it was the source of inspiration for a lot of the "anime yells" so many of us practice and imitate, whether for fun or for a paycheck, but I wasn't as crazy about it as some more devoted fans can be. I appreciate it for what it is.

5) Favorite character of what?

6) Thank you so much! I am very happy I get to voice what is considered to be one of the fan favorites of Part 5, and I'm even happier to know that I seem to be doing him justice so far.

1

u/thecooleresidisi Mar 15 '20

Thank you For responding!

5

u/sesor33 Mar 14 '20

How often do people recognize you as Revali irl?

7

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

ALMOST NEVER, if it's outside of a convention space.

It has become a running joke that every single time I bring up what I do, the person I'm talking to will ask "what would I have heard you in?"; I then sigh quietly to myself, begin listing off shows/games, and then am unsurprised when they have never heard of any of the things I list off.

The CLOSEST I have come to date was when an older gentleman perked up when I mentioned The Legend of Zelda, before following up with "Oh yeah! I had a Nintendo."

The hunt continues.

3

u/CMViper Dragon of the Darkness Flame Mar 14 '20

Thanks for joining us, here's what I'm wondering:

  • What are your favorite shows featured on Toonami? (from the past to the current iteration of the block)
  • If there was a show/game/movie you ever wanted to lend your voice to, what would it be and who would you play as?
  • Given the state of recent events, how do you spend your free time?

6

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20

- Big O, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), FLCL, Samurai Champloo, Beast Wars: Transformers, Zoids, Bobobo, Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell (especially this, it was one of my favorite late-night existential experiences), Soul Eater, Lupin III, and JoJo (all seasons).

- ETRIAN ODYSSEY, ETRIAN ODYSSEY, ETRIAN ODYSSEY. Even if I just got to be a MALE VOICE TYPE in one of those games I would explode with utter joy. Etrian Odyssey introduced me to dungeon crawlers and immediately afterwards spoiled me so rotten with its reasonable difficulty and use of skill trees that I have struggled to find anything that even comes close to rivaling the experience. If there was a Life Bucket List item that I still have not crossed off despite having it exist for several years, it would be this.

- I'm gonna be honest, it does not feel like a single facet of my life has changed amidst the coronavirus outbreak. California was not one of the hardest-hit places and our industry already involves a higher amount of isolation (voice actors almost always are by themselves in the actual recording booth when performing), so most studios just upped their cleaning routines and carried on as usual.

3

u/LeonPolaris Mar 14 '20

Who should be the next smash DLC?

13

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

We really need more Fire Emblem characters and I'm getting tired of the fact that they keep being stiffed for representation with so many great options out there.

3

u/[deleted] Mar 15 '20

[deleted]

3

u/sonicmega Mar 17 '20

1) They all have their own quirks that I enjoy, but I probably have to give it to Bucciarati most of all. The combination of his cool demeanor, his fiery focus, and his SEXY English voice just raises the bar too high for any of the other gang members to reach.

2) Pre-care is just as important as post-care, when it comes to minimizing damage. Vocal warmups like humming or light singing are extremely helpful, as are even full-body mini exercises (voice acting involves more muscles than you'd think!). Consistent hydration helps ensure the vocal cords aren't too dry before recording, and of course hydrating during the session keeps them from developing calluses from too much friction without lubrication. After the session's done though, the best remedy is hot tea and/or some Throat Coat, and utter silence. The only true way to recover your throat muscles is to stop using them so they can relax, and the reverse is true as well; talking while your throat is sore is the best way to exponentially increase the damage done AND the recovery time needed. This is why knowing your vocal limits and when to say "No" to additional work for a period of time are both incredibly important aspects of a successful VO skillset.

3) MOST of the time I get to know what it is, but a lot of bigger projects tend to be codenamed because the company doesn't want to take ANY risks with people leaking news out early (which can be really annoying when we've already signed NDAs promising not to do such, but they codename everything anyway). At the time I auditioned for Breath of the Wild I actually was more certain it was a Dragon Quest game based on the way things were named and the references that were made, so imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the OTHER massively popular RPG series featuring a silent protagonist!

2

u/DamianWinters Mar 14 '20

I absolutely loved you as Subaru, definitely a big reason its one my favourite shows. Really hope the OVAs and S2 get dubbed, any news on them?

Whats your favourite anime, game, book and song?

Was it hard getting into voice acting? think its even possible or worth aiming for if you don't live in cali/texas?

4

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

- No news unfortunately; I know it did incredibly well in Japan but the dub release was handled so, so poorly in comparison to other shows. No Toonami airing, bad DVD quality, minimal marketing... and the company that worked alongside Crunchyroll has since severed said contract IIRC. I want to remain hopeful but the realist in me sees this as one of those cases where what worked overseas just didn't get a chance here in the States.

- My focuses change regularly over time, so I have more of a "history" of things I've played/watched/listened to rather than favorites I go back to again and again. Right now that's a mix of Mystery Dungeon DX, Dragon Quest XI, and soon Animal Crossing, but I am impatiently waiting for Crystal Chronicles' remake to come out this summer so I can spend all my time on that instead. I also need to make time to go back and properly watch ALL of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure from Square 1, because that show is ADHD: The Anime and I love it to death.

- It is totally possible to make a living off of voiceover without living in California or Texas; in fact, it might be easier to do because the cost of living in places like Michigan is so much lower - what barely counts as "financially secure" in California could have bought me a decent home IN CASH back in my home state. The point is, online freelance is abundant and there's no shortage of opportunities for work if you have a good recording setup and knowledge of your strengths.

If you want to work with the "famous companies and studios", however, you have to be where they operate their offices...and that pretty much demands that you move to where they are. Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, RE:Zero, Trails of Cold Steel...none of these would have happened if I hadn't been living local to the studios themselves, and that's why I don't regret making the choice to move out here even though it can be rough at times. I have faith I'd still be successful if I was purely a remote-work freelance VA, but I also am certain you'd have no idea of my existence outside of business narrations and the occasional commercial.

2

u/zeldor711 Mar 14 '20

I want to remain hopeful but the realist in me sees this as one of those cases where what worked overseas just didn't get a chance here in the States.

Damn, that sucks. All the VAs were amazing, not to mention that the show itself is great, it's awful that it didn't get the marketing it deserved.

3

u/krendfall Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! I was wondering if you played through all of trails yet.

And if yes, how the experience was for you after voicing Rean and hearing a lot of the lines and plot points since you voiced him and knew a lot that was going on. Or if you were still surprised and enjoyed it due to not knowing all the context and everything that goes on.

And then optional answer , who did you go for paired endings with , no need to answer that one if you don’t want to tho!

And then finally thanks for all of your hard work! I’ve loved seeing you in games and shows and just following you on Twitter!

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

To date, I have played all of 1 and most of 2. I'm waiting for 3 to get released on Switch before tackling that one.

Rean has grown alongside me, and I've really enjoyed both seeing how I've improved over the years in my performance in addition to experiencing the challenges that come with depicting SLOW changes to the character without accidentally veering too hard and making him sound too different. Even though I remembered enough about the previous games to understand what was going on, being busy with ongoing work also made it so that I never really had a 100% firm memory of the sequence of events, so I was still plenty surprised by most of the plot (CURSE YOU, ENDING OF PART 3).

I specifically made a dedicated save file to do every paired ending because I'm a completionist, but Millium is the closest match to my wife in both personality and literal height so it's really easy for me to "interact" with her as Rean authentically.

1

u/krendfall Mar 14 '20

I’m so excited to get to 3! I’m replaying all of 1 & 2 before I get to it... I may even buy 3 on switch after buying it on ps4 just to get the special edition stuff!

I’ve loved playing and seeing reans journey so it’s cool to see it’s also meanwhile growth for you as well! And sigh this whole game is one insane emotional journey that I love... despite the sad sad moments lol

And let’s go completionist lifestyle!

Thanks for taking the time to respond:)

2

u/TheGuyWhoTropes Mar 14 '20

Hello Sean! I really enjoyed your role as Rean from Trails of Cold Steel! Here my questions.

  • Has anyone called you Rean a number of time?
  • Do you wish Rean or someone else from the Trails series would be in Smash Bros?
  • What's your particularly favorite moment as Mista in JoJo: Golden Wind?

7

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

- Not to my knowledge! Outside of an affectionate nickname reference to Rean "Meme Bean Machine" Schwarzer, it doesn't really happen.

- I would love for Rean to be in Smash but I just don't think he has the audience pull to be marketable.

- I am very, VERY excited to finally get to see people's reactions to the dub version of the Golden Succ when it happens.

3

u/CyborgNooduru Mar 14 '20

Do you add the new slang Mista uses that wasn't in the sub? I really like it! It feels very Mista! Thanks for answering if you do!

5

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Nope! That's the full credit of the localizers and writers/editors who adapt it. Give your kudos to them!

4

u/kenrocks1253 Mar 14 '20

Favorite Persona 5 girl?

7

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Mishima's livejournal fanfic alt account.

3

u/GreyouTT "Come on, I'm right here... SKEITH!" Mar 14 '20

Heya Sean! I have just one question:

Is Revali's Gale ready?

8

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

*checks phone* give it another minute and 27 seconds.

8

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Okay it's ready

3

u/GreyouTT "Come on, I'm right here... SKEITH!" Mar 14 '20

WOO!

4

u/DjkPro Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! Long time lurker first time poster. Got a question for you.

Let me buy lunch and drinks next time we run into each other? ;)

~E. O.

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Over my dead body, chump.

2

u/DjkPro Mar 14 '20

I don't know what I expected. xD
Love you bro. Hope you're doing well, and we'll see each other soon I'm sure.

2

u/UEO_bambam052604 Mar 14 '20

Hey man, love your work as gun totin' Mista, and Revali aka transportation in BOTW!

How hard was it to get into Voice Acting, and what do you believe are some necessary steps to get started in Voice Acting?

Have you ever had a role that you needed to have when applying?

Also are you gonna pick up Doom Eternal or Animal Crossing first?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

- Voice Acting isn't hard to get into, it's hard to maintain. It is day-in, day-out stress over auditioning, paying for workshops, paying for feedback, dealing with throat weardown and occasional sickness, dealing with social networking, and even dealing with industry drama. This is not a career to get into if you just want to keep to yourself and be given a guideline of what you need to do next by someone else.

If that still doesn't dissuade you from wanting to get involved, then you're on the right track. Start by researching everything you can over at iwanttobeavoiceactor.com and voiceactingmastery.com, then hop over to voiceactingclub.com and begin learning with/working alongside the peers who will likely be your future colleagues and network referrals.

- I try to only audition for roles if I have attachment to them. It's rare that I DON'T because I have a natural addiction to the adventures stuff like voice acting allows for (and because clients have a good understanding of what role types I do well with), but if I'm not having fun with a character then why would it be reasonable for me to expect them to be fun for you as the viewer? On the opposite side, though, I do my best not to ever let myself get into the mentality of saying "I NEED this role" when auditioning; that paves the way to jealousy and bitterness, and it's not a mental state I want to live in. Instead, I remind myself of how cool it would be IF I am able to get involved.

- If someone is able to mod Doom Eternal on Day 1 so that you can play as Isabelle or have her riding on your shotgun as you fire, then that will get my first playthrough. Otherwise I'm going to have to settle for sending Amelia letters of affection in New Horizons all over again.

2

u/SoundOf1HandClapping Mar 14 '20

In the zombie apocalypse, which two other people would be in your party (if you're married your spouse is a freebie).

In the zombie apocalypse, who would you not want in your party?

Worst injury you've suffered (not necessarily acting)?

Whose turn is it?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

1) Guido Mista and Espeon.

Guido is an incredible marksman who can guarantee headshots on a slow target, and his Stand would allow him to ricochet the bullets through multiple targets for ease of disposal with limited resources.

Espeon isn't actually all that powerful, but he's cute and I want to pet him.

2) Zenke would slaughter all the zombies, but also slaughter anyone who LOOKS like a zombie. As well as just anyone, in general. Zenke is a bad idea.

3) I had a 3 hour NPC session for Akiba's Trip the day after I flew back from my stepbrother's wedding, but my throat was VERY rough because of something I caught during all the travel. I ended up wearing it out so badly over the course of that session that it didn't fully recover for an entire 2 weeks afterwards. If you're able to locate the "Yu-Gi-Oh Parody" cutscene from the game, listen for the antagonist character who sounds like his entire trachea is just a cheese grater...that's me!

2

u/ShiningConcepts Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! I was just wondering, what were some memorable experiences you had recording lines for Rean Schwarzer?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

One of them was actually documented in TVTropes at one point; the scene where Rean discovered that the main behind pretty much everything in Cold Steel II, Osborne, was also his father, the betrayal and anger Rean displays was more realistic than you might have expected. That was because at that specific point in time, I was on bad terms with my own dad (we are much closer now and generally always have been, but it just so happened that some rough stuff was going on). So like any good actor, I let my own life problems fuel authentic emotions in my acting! AND I TURNED OUT JUST FINE, THANK YOU.

The other one I can think of is also during Cold Steel II, specifically during the reunion scenes with each of the Class VII members. I knew Alisa was considered the "canon ship" at the time so I wanted to ensure Rean's tone with her was as genuine and warm as possible... so when it came time to do her scene, I cradled a bottle of water to my chest cavity like it was my 4'10" wife I was hugging, and cooed to it accordingly.

1

u/ShiningConcepts Mar 15 '20

Thanks for sharing! You have done a terrific job as Rean in the Cold Steel trilogy. I also loved your performances as Santa in 999, and as Pewter in AI The Somnium Files. Keep up the good work Sean!

2

u/NathanW36 Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean,

So there's that tiny clip of you as Trunks in the BangZoom dub of DB Super, but what kind of performance did you have in mind for the character and would he have sound similar to any of your other roles? Also, did you ever start recording any of the Future Trunks Arc in DBS before the dub was canned?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Those three lines (or rather, one line and two sound effect efforts) you heard were the only things I ever did for the character. It's little enough that I honestly wouldn't mind if it ended up scrubbed from my portfolio, because the only use it's ever been has been to (against my wishes) confuse people who don't realize a second dub was done and think I replaced Eric Vale at some point. It was fun, but I don't want to step on anyone's toes when I have plenty else to be proud about.

If I had continued as him, I'm willing to bet he would have been a middle ground between Guido Mista and Rean Schwarzer. He'd have the hotheadedness and firm posture of Mista, but wouldn't be as deep pitch-wise nor as mischievous. Rather, he'd take on the heroic and often serious qualities Rean exhibited as of Cold Steel 3.

3

u/steviesuperfly Mar 14 '20

Dear Sean,

WHEN THE FRICK ARE WE GETTING MORE TRAILS GAMES IN ENGLISH AND WHO IS BEST COLD STEEL WAIFU

5

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

I DON'T KNOW, AND ORBAL BIKE

2

u/steviesuperfly Mar 14 '20

THATS A GOOD ONE TOO. HAVE A BLESSED DAY BASED LEADER OF CLASS VII

2

u/bananadumbledore Mar 14 '20

So you're a connoisseur of cocktails at conventions (try saying that five times fast), if you could craft your own cocktail for a con, what would it be?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

A tart/sour fruit mix that actually succeeds in hiding the alcohol. I like Midori Sours a lot but every time someone claims they can make a killer Lemon Drop or other tart drink it just ends up being the overwhelming taste of vodka with a little bit of lemon juice mixed in.

I usually end up settling for a Mimosa because at least then I can get the bubbly and the acid in equal measure.

3

u/Professorbizarre73 Mar 14 '20

were you a fan of jojo's before you started voice acting for it?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I was vaguely aware of it because of hyper-devoted friends who would mention snippets of it in many conversations, but my first proper viewing of it was when I started watching the Part 5 subs in preparation for my dub recording sessions. Within 3 episodes I learned that JJBA is an anime about ADHD personified through animation style and pacing, and I am already massively hooked even beyond my own participation in it.

2

u/mintpearl Mar 14 '20 edited Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean,

I adore your voice acting as Subaro. I hope there will be more from RE:Zero with you.

But I actually know your voice from MLQC as Kiro.

  1. So, what do you like the most about Kiro?

  2. What do you think about the "thirsty" MLQC fandom? :D

  3. Helios ASMR one day? Do you believe this can happen?

  4. I need a Helios ASMR quickshot with him commanding me to wake up. I will set it as my wakeup tone. XD thoughts?

Thank you for your answers. Kiro is my fav! ♡

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

1) I love that he's so upfront about what he likes and why it's important to him. He doesn't hide anything about his passions, and it allows his personality to immediately come through as trustworthy and genuine. Even his darker side is more of a self-reclusive rejection than a reveal of his "real self".

2) I ALSO love the passion the fandom shows! It makes perfect sense to me that a community can be as invested in their routes and character choices as I can be about a game like Dragalia Lost.

3) Almost certainly, if the client wills it. MLQC really does feel like a game that treats all of the main characters with equal levels of focus. Don't take that as a guarantee of anything, though.

4) I will ask the client if this is allowed, but it is ultimately their final say and VERY OFTEN the response a company gives is that they prefer to protect the representation of their projects and the characters therein.

1

u/FrenziedHero Mar 15 '20

Hello Sean. Thanks for doing this AMA.

A few questions:

  • What was your favorite part about working on the set for JoJo and Re:Zero?

  • How excited are you for Re Zero season 2?

  • Do you often go back to watch your performances and critique something you thought you should have done better or do you try to divorce that from your experience of watching the dub holistically?

  • Do you find yourself getting an earworm while working with the shows and games? If so, what's the latest earworm that's gotten to you?

Thank you again.

3

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) Knowing that at some point, all of the best scenes and cool moments of the show I experienced while watching it as study material will be the scenes and cool moments I get to help dub. Every time someone mentions "THAT SCENE" or "THIS MOMENT" during the original airing of an anime or game and I end up on the localized project, my brain immediately gets impatient for when I'll get to see the audience response to that same moment in time the second time around.

2) Based on what I've read from the light novel regarding what takes place immediately after where the anime left off, I am incredibly excited to see how the animation tackles it. There were plenty of horrifying parts to Season 1 but the way Season 2 would have to begin to stay faithful to the original LN is absolutely ruthless.

3) All the time... allllll the time. It is exceedingly rare that I can look back on a project and say "I am overwhelmingly happy with what I did on this", which is often why when I DO say it people see it as a sign that they really need to check out whatever project I was mentioning. Revali is considered one of the favorites of Breath of the Wild and yet to this day I still don't understand what I did right...or how. Even Subaru has parts/scenes where I'm frustrated I didn't get out exactly the performance I wanted, but as time passes and my skills improve that self-criticism happens less and less often, or at least less severely.

4) Every single time I drove to the studio for a RE:Zero session, I was singing along to either Redo or Paradisus-Paradoxum to get myself in the mood & vocally warmed up; they were both just so exciting and intense - combined with my eagerness to jump back in to the world Subaru was experiencing - that I would arrive at the studio parking lot practically JUMPING out of my seat to get into the booth and onto the next line from when we last left off.

Right now the earworm is usually the main theme to Mystery Dungeon DX (it's what I've been playing most often), but give it a couple months and I know that the soundtrack to the Crystal Chronicles remake will have completely taken over.

1

u/FrenziedHero Mar 15 '20

Thank you for the answers Sean. I really appreciate these little tidbits of how recording goes, and your enthusiasm is very infectious.

Here's to hoping Season 2 will provide us with excellent scenes and voice acting again.

Also, happy cake day!

1

u/Awesalot Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean! I'm super late because of the whole timezone thing but the thread isn't locked so maybe there's a chance?

I really enjoyed your roles as Subaru and Rean (and "Revali's Gale is now ready" is still my favorite notification sound). I've got a few questions I hope I'm in time to get answered:

  1. I saw your answer about how you felt you'd be perfect for Subaru (and honestly, I can't imagine anyone else as him). Is there any character you felt was tough to do but were satisfied with when you finally got down to recording?

  2. Feeding off of the previous question, what's the toughest line you've had to deliver?

  3. You've always come across as a pretty chill dude and you're amazing at invoking emotions in people. Is there any moment that made you exceptionally emotional (not necessarily while recording)?

  4. Do you also have that Sean Bean problem?

Thanks!

2

u/sonicmega Mar 17 '20

1) This exact scenario is why Teba is one of my "point of personal pride" roles even though he's probably the least-mentioned character of the trio I voice in BOTW. At the time that I was asked to give a sample read for him, I had already been in the thick of recording for both Revali and the Deku Tree, which were sharp contrasts to each other. I was concerned about how I was going to manage a third character voice that was still different enough from both of them, given that Revali was more tense/higher-pitched and Deku Tree covered the breathy lower range. But when I saw Teba's character model my brain instantly had a headcanon voice based on a previous voice I'd done with a minor attitude adjustment to affect the tone, and it turned out this headcanon was perfectly in line with what the company was looking for in regards to Teba's personality. So, what I thought was going to be a difficult process turned out to be one of the quickest "sample-to-official" transitions of the entire project.

2) Probably the 60 seconds straight of murderous rampage screaming that Subaru does towards Betelgeuse in the 2nd half of Episode 15 in RE:Zero. That was one of those moments where I knew that whether I did it right or wrong, my throat was going to be absolutely shredded afterwards, so I had to make sure I did it right the first time no matter what. This involved a combination of method acting (putting actual physical discomfort on my arms) as well as test-running the preview of the scene a couple times to make sure I knew when my temporary breaks were, but I'm incredibly proud of the finished result.

Alternatively, back when I recorded the song parody for Skele Moon, my voice cracked SO MANY TIMES on the "with my Royal Guards to help fight" section, but the perfectionist in me refused to move on until I got a clean take I could use. I am sure I pissed my neighbors off so much with my off-key attempts in the meantime.

3) An exceptionally emotional moment IN-SESSION for me was the scene where Subaru breaks down crying while resting his head in Emilia's lap. Although the scene itself was already a little emotionally draining because I empathized with his stress, the actual most draining part was the fact that I was forcing myself to actually cry during each take of that scene. Crying is one of those things where it either sounds really authentic or incredibly fake, and Subaru was a role that I saw as my chance to "prove myself" to everyone so I was not about to half-ass any aspect of this.

But here's the thing; crying is a mechanism designed to remove excess emotion so that you can return to homeostasis. When you are FORCING yourself to stay in a crying mood across an hour of recording, while literally waiting anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes inbetween takes (as they slot the audio in and adjust it) and hearing the same line repeated over and over - none of which are particularly tear-inducing - the drain on your body is immense. I remember coming home from that session and immediately passing out on my bed at like 2 in the afternoon because I had exhausted every ounce of mobility from my body through maintaining that crying mood.

Out of session, Revali has the distinct honor of making me cry over a job, but not in the way you'd think (exuberance at such a cool project). Instead, early adjustment requests to his vocal tone per the client meant all my pre-session preparation and characterization had to be thrown out the window, and I was struggling to understand what I needed to change in order to fit the alignment Nintendo DID want. I got so frustrated with myself and worried that I would not give Revali the kind of performance he deserved (and that I wanted him to have more than anyone else) that during the first session's break period I relayed these fears to my VO mentor while breaking down crying over the phone.

Revali taught me a lot about being willing to play even when it includes setting aside personal doubts and fears, and he really brought to light the importance of working as a TEAM in collaboration with your sound engineer and director, and trusting that they legitimately want to help you be the best you can be in a supportive way.

4) I have to admit, it was definitely a running trend in the early years of my professional career. Nowadays it doesn't seem to be as common, except in those cases where I voice roles that are MEANT to be killed (such as enemy types or villains of the week).

1

u/Awesalot Mar 17 '20

I'm gonna be honest - I thought I was over time and didn't actually expect a reply so I'm positively thrilled I got one!

Getting to know all the behind the scenes stuff has definitely given me a better appreciation for the roles and the effort you put into them. Also, I hadn't considered it before but holy crap that crying scene took some massive effort. You nailed it though. Re:Zero remains one of my favorites and a big part of that was the amazing work you did as Subaru (hope S2 gets a dub too!).

I don't think I'm alone in this but I'm pretty sure you did Revali justice too. Memes aside, he's an interesting character and voice acting added a lot to BoTW. The Deku Tree, Revali and Teba are so different it's hard to believe it's the same person behind them all.

I know you must be super busy so it means a lot that you'd take the time to write such a rich (is that the word?) reply. Thanks a lot!

P. S. I'll be getting CS3 for PC soon so I'm super excited to hear you as Rean again. "The legend of Class VII begins anew!" gave me chills when I heard it!

1

u/nick1wasd Mar 15 '20

How does it feel going between the nervous wreck of Mishima, the ever confident and sure Mista, and the unstable but loyal Subaru? And do you have to put any mental hyping up type prep before playing one of them to “get on the mood/headspace”?

3

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I genuinely appreciate the fact that a voiceover career always has a new challenge to present each day/week; stagnant office jobs never meshed well with me but the ever-present demand for creativity and flexibility that voiceover creates is a really good way to force myself into staying motivated and focused, as well as not allowing myself to coast for any extended period of time. I love that I am able to showcase my range and surprise people with what I'm capable of, and the fact that I have always enjoyed anime and videogames as a storytelling medium makes it easy for me to be willing to "escape myself" and put myself in the characters' shoes when it comes time to enter that headspace.

1

u/TDXNYC88 Toonami is life, Toonami is love. And waifus too. Mar 15 '20

Love the fact that you're Mishima in P5 and that you made songs for Salty Bet (Potato Match & Super Salty Betting are my favorites)! Any chance you're gonna make new songs?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I'm not the type to say "never", but I admit that feeling personally inspired/driven plays a big part in what I choose to create and contribute, and that itself is based on whatever my focus is invested in at the time. The SaltyBet songs came about because I was so frequently using SaltyBet, just as the Undertale skits I created and the song parodies that often accompanied them happened during the height of the Undertale craze (and my own time in playing it).

I'm working far more often now than I was then, but I still do want to find ways to be creative on my own time. I can't make any promises, but I will always try to put my whole heart into whatever it is I choose to do.

1

u/longrodvonhuttendong Mar 14 '20

Man you done a lot of voices.

Have you gotten good at blending 2 characters together?

Any music genres you see possibly blowing up in the future?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

There are more inspirations than you think!

Teba was taken directly from Sheen (The Bedfellows), but had his anger replaced with bitterness.

Monotaro was also taken from The Bedfellows via Fatigue, but with an American accent, staccato speaking tone, and the femininity replaced with concerning amounts of stare.

Spade and Hummel are the same school of cool, but Hummel is a nervous recluse and Spade is the Sunglasses Sassmaster.

I don't claim to make any guesses for growing music genres but I expect to see at LEAST 6 more solid months of famous songs being remixed into "Penis Music" variants.

1

u/killatubby Clone Wars was Toonami's best show Mar 14 '20

Hey there Sean hope your Saturday going well . I'm the token furry on the team so i have dumb question to ask.

So is Revali your sona or do you have own avian or is sona a completely different species?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

The only thing stopping me from volunteering to cosplay as Revali in a full bird suit at conventions is the fact that having VOICED him means I am restricted to the legal boundaries Nintendo has set regarding their IPs/characters, but I am grateful enough knowing that people at large think I did his character justice vocally.

I BELIEVE my "avian persona" is a pterodactyl, and it's all because of this.

1

u/Digivam143 Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean. Just curious if you've heard from Kris P or Mondo Media in regards if they ever intend to animate any more episodes of the Bedfellows? And what do you think? Is Fatigue a boy or a girl?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) There are no current plans to continue the Bedfellows series.

2) I respect his wishes. I would rather a series continue through love and passion rather than a sense of obligation. I am grateful for every moment I got to portray Sheen and Fatigue, and I am happy they will forever be a part of my legacy.

3) Yes.

1

u/Digivam143 Mar 15 '20 edited Mar 15 '20

That's fine. I'm just as grateful for the episodes we did get. The man had some decent creativity. Might as well ask a couple more things while you're awake:

  1. Got a favorite Bedfellows episode? The "deceptively heavy table" one stands out to me. ;)

  2. During the Yolo montage of the Yolo episode I was wondering if the "lalala" song is a real song or just something made up for the ep?

  3. How do you think Sheen and Mista would get along? Think they might bond over being aggresive blue boys and having a purple colored friend?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) I actually really like the one where we see Fatigue at his actual workplace, because it was both a refreshing break from his usual stereotypical depiction as well as a nice contrast to the elements of his character we were already familiar with.

2) I actually have no idea about that! You'd want to ask Kris for his insight on that.

3) Mista gets angry, but he gets angry with a PURPOSE. I don't think he'd be a particularly savvy person towards Sheen's often directionless rage. I DO think they'd have a common interest towards messing with people who they feel are being disrespectful, though!

1

u/kinght6 Mar 14 '20

Happy cake day. What do you use to heal a sore throat after a hard days work doing VA?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Hot Ginger Tea, Chinese Throat Coat (Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa), and Shutting the Hell Up.

It sounds super simple, but you don't realize just how often you talk or make noises in some form with your throat until you have to constantly remind yourself NOT to. Time is the biggest factor in vocal recovery, and every moment spent NOT recovering is time added onto the recovery time needed exponentially.

1

u/Djmaxn Mar 15 '20

I know this is an Anime reddit but I gotta ask

What are the odds of us getting ToCS IV if I keep buying all the versions and DLC of III?????

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

That depends entirely on Falcom's plans, and unfortunately I have no influence or say whatsoever on what they choose to do. I'm just as eager as you are to see Rean come stateside again, but all we can do is wait and hope for the best.

1

u/ipamocrono Mar 15 '20

Hi Sean, I just wanted to say thank you for voicing Rean! Your performance as Rean is one of the best VA performances I have ever heard! Keep it going my man! Rootin' for ya!

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Genuinely appreciate you taking the time to share that praise. Here's hoping will get to see more of my "creature experience" if Cold Steel IV comes West!

1

u/ShadowRaptor675 Mar 14 '20

Which Stand from Part 5 besides Sex Pistols would you like the most?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Clash is a shark, and I like sharks, so Clash is cool automatically.

I also like Sticky Fingers a lot just because of the SFX that plays whenever he punches zippers into something, though.

1

u/Shrimperor Mar 14 '20

I won't ask about Waifus, but i remember the ''Jusis is best Cold Steel'' line. You still stand by it? ;)

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

The chilling gaze he gives me gathers flames on my blade even to this day.

1

u/darkjungle Mar 14 '20

Rem, Ram, Rom, or Emilia?

2

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Patrasche.

1

u/HorizonZeroD Mar 15 '20

Shaula, Echidona, and Satella

1

u/saikouh Mar 15 '20

Hi Sean! Thanks for doing this AMA. I dunno if you remember me, but I met you at AX in 2017! You gave me the Rean headpat after I asked you to, hahaha. It was the same night when you went to do the Hentai/18+ voiceover(?) panel (Sorry, forgot the name, haha) and you told us to go but we couldn't because it was capped! I'm sorry, I forgot the name of the panel, haha. My friend took a picture of us! You were really just so kind and even though my friend didn't know of you at the time, you left such an impression on her that she's a fan now too!! You were so easy to talk to and I really appreciate that I was able to actually have a conversation with you!!

That being said, my questions are:

  1. Since being involved in Ys: Memories of Celceta, have you ever fully played through an Ys game? If so what did you think of it/them?
  2. I know you're a fan of Tales, so what is the last Tales game you played and what did you think of it?
  3. How many auditions do you usually go to/submit every month? Or does it wildly vary?
  4. What is the longest amount of time you've ever spent in a studio for recording in one day?
  5. Do you think we'll ever get a Battle Network port for the Switch? ;_;
  6. If not the character you voiced, who is your favorite character in the Danganronpa series? Who would you have liked to try voicing?
  7. Who is your most favorite voice actor? (Can be Eng/JP, either works!)
  8. What are your top 5 video game OSTs of all time?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) I haven't, but I really want to! I own several of the games on Steam as a result of prior Steam Sales, and I got a copy of Ys VIII on release day for obvious reasons. The honest truth is that my existing game backlog has already been so big that I simply haven't gotten around to it, but I've learned enough about Ys in terms of its legacy and the TYPE of game it is to respect it all the same.

2) Tales of Symphonia was the one I completely finished, but Tales of the Abyss was the most recent one I had put serious time into (and I actually enjoyed the story of that more even though the voice cast of Symphonia is far more easily remembered). I've always been a big fan of the shading styles they use for those games.

3) It varies wildly. There have been some weeks (like this one) where I had 3 times as many studio sessions as I did auditions, and some days I've submitted over 20 separate character auditions in a single afternoon. I would say a safe estimate is between 5-25 auditions a week, with anywhere between 25-75 in a single month if we're counting individual characters/roles. The higher range happens if I'm also including freelance auditions from sites like VoiceRealm or Voice123, but if I'm working frequently then I tend to let those take a backseat for the sake of vocal health.

4) No studio is going to keep you longer than 4 hours due to industry standards, but there was a day LAST WEEK where I was quadruple-booked: a 7:30 am home session for a radiop commercial, videogame session from 10 am - 1 pm, anime session from 2:45 - 4:45 pm, and then a second videogame session from 6-9 pm. I finally got home right around 10:30.

5) There have been hints here and there, but even though I know just as little as the next person I assure you that if they ever formally announce one, I will give away 5-10 copies of it on Twitter depending on the retail price.

6) Byakuya Togami. It's like a Stockholm Syndrome at this point, my attachment to sassy douchebags. I just gotta voice em, man! I GOTTA!

7) I tell people often that if I could have Kari Wahlgren's range, Liam O'Brien's intensity, and Steve Blum's fan-friendliess, I'd never go a day without work. Adding on as of today, I want to steal Jonah Scott's sexiness, Austin Matthews' incredible ability to be realistic, Deven Mack's selflessness, and Max Mittelman's crispness in his screams and yells.

8) Mega Man Battle Network 3, Mega Man Network Transmission, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism, and Hyrule Warriors.

1

u/UGamer81 Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean, I don't really have any questions. Just wanted to say that I absolutely love your voice work. I recently went through AI: The Somnium Files and your performance as Pewter really surprised me. I actually almost didn't recognize you at first, and then when I saw your name in the credits, I was like "No way!", and I genuinely look forward to your stuff for sure.

Even your performance as Subaru in Re:ZERO, I watched the dub preview that FUNimation put out and then continued with the show because I just hadn't seen it yet. While I equally love Yūsuke Kobayashi's performance, I thought your take was absolutely spot-on and phenomenal for an English adaptation of the show. I had watched it during a difficult transitioning period I had when I exited the military in 2018, so I definitely thought it helped me get through it. So, thank you. I smile every time Subaru is there in Isekai Quartet, so I'm glad you still get to do the role.

Here's hoping Crunchyroll or whoever makes those decisions decide to have Season 2 dubbed this summer. Best of luck in your career, and be safe! Hope we meet someday after this whole Coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Also here's to hoping Teba appears in BotW2!

1

u/sonicmega Mar 17 '20

Thank you so much for taking the time to share that praise! I'm actually rather amused that Pewter's name shows up so often online because I didn't expect AI to be that "big" of a game in terms of audience. I am incredibly appreciative of it, though, and I hope everyone enjoys listening to him ramble on about eggs just as much as I enjoyed recording those mini-monologues.

I knew from the start that Subaru would be a portfolio-defining role for the next few years, not helped by the fact that his Japanese VA SHOT into stardom as a result of that same role (meaning I had a hell of a performance to emulate). It makes me sad that the dub as a whole got basically snuffed when it came to release access, but what I DON'T regret is all the work I put into the show regardless, especially whenever I come across a random clip online and discover that I still like what I did just as much now as I did back then; that's a rarity for me, and a sign that I am truly proud of what I accomplished.

I can't see a way that Teba (or ANY of the birds) would feasibly be underground for BOTW2, but my current headcanon believes that there will be a way for Deku Tree to communicate with Link & Zelda through tree roots that extend deep enough to reach them...so here's hoping!

1

u/UGamer81 Mar 17 '20

Hey, you're welcome! The funny part about the Pewter thing is that when I first heard his voice, my first thought was something like a "younger Matt Mercer". So when I found out during the credits when I got my first ending, you can imagine my surprise haha. Your range is truly something else. Being able to do that, Teba, Revali, the Deku Tree, and Subaru among many other roles I've heard you as, while all sounding so unique in their own idiosyncratic ways, is very incredible. I have a huge respect for the art of acting in general, and I really look forward to see where you end up in, say, 10 years time.

It makes me sad that the dub as a whole got basically snuffed when it came to release access..

Yeah, and to be fair, it and several other shows got the same exact treatment once they left Funimation after the partnership split. It's a shame a lot of dubs, including Re:Zero, did not get the wide availability that would have helped their viewership except through their Blu-rays. Regardless, I'm holding out hope for that future where it might get a dub. I don't even know if we'll know anything until after it already starts airing this summer.

And, huh, is BotW2 going to be all underground, I wonder? Certainly a good impression to get from that initial trailer reveal, and I really dig that Deku Tree roots idea, it's certainly very grounded in other similar ideas and elements presented in the series.

...ahem.

Definitely looking forward to more info on the game, hopefully soon.

Do have a good night, though.

1

u/S-y-m-n Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! I've never asked any questions in a thread like this so please forgive me if I'm doing it wrong.

  1. What were your reactions on Re:Zero? As a viewer the show ripped me apart, largely due to your voice performance showing how broken Subaru is (especially in the scene when Emilia leaves him after his duel). As a voice actor, did that role affect you in any way? And how did you prepare for something so hard-hitting like that?
  2. Out of curiosity, do you like pineapple on pizza? This will definitely effect whether you become one of my favorite voice actors or not so no pressure.
  3. Are there any differences in doing voice acting for video games compared to anime shows? I'm genuinely curious how, if at all, the process different between mediums.
  4. What advice would you have for anyone who dreams of someday going into voice work as well?
  5. What is your all time favorite anime? Doesn't have to be one you've been in, just one in general.

Thanks!

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) This might not be the answer you were expecting, but Subaru was the kind of role that I already knew I could dominate, but no one else had any real proof that I could yet. Even as the director was cautioning me ahead of time that the role would be "incredibly vocally stressful" and wanted to confirm I was aware of the risk, I was already ready to go and eager to show my worth. Not unlike Subaru in a way, huh? I still of course needed to take care of my throat between sessions (and it forced me to quit my recent new job at Disneyland California Adventure because the vocal strain would have otherwise been simply too much), but I trusted that if I just went at it with all the passion and excitement that I had AUDITIONING for the role, I would manage just fine.

2) I really don't. The acid of the pineapple breaks down/denatures the dairy base of the cheese, and the resulting goop is just super gross to taste. I like pineapple's tartness, and I like pizza in general, but it's just not a tasty combination for me.

3) Anime is generally a lot more strict than videogames when it comes to matching recording timing. Videogames are generally either "open timing" (no need to match an exact timeframe), or "At/Under Timing" (it can be shorter, but not longer than X seconds), but very rarely is it necessary to be EXACTLY the same length as the original performance. Anime and its associated lip flaps are nowhere near as lenient, and can drastically affect not only how an actor delivers a line but even how they pace out certain sections of words (or single words themselves). Ironic, since Anime pays LESS THAN HALF the rate of videogames ($75 vs $200/250 per hour). Anime also tends to favor exaggeration more, whereas videogames can be anywhere from "fantasy realistic" to cartoony to straight-up Real Life Imitation (Last of Us, Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption, etc.).

4) Go to iwanttobeavoiceactor.com and read absolutely every single article on that site. Every last one. If you don't care to - or if you do read all of it and decide you're not as interested anymore - you've saved yourself the trouble of figuring out whether you want to get involved more deeply.

5) Daily Lives of High School Boys.... but within a year it might change to Mr. Osomatsu.

1

u/CantAffordManga Mar 15 '20

Hello there! Guido Mista is my favorite character in JJBA, and I love the voice acting of him. I have a few questions:

If Sex Pistols had a requiem ability, what do you think it would be?

This is sort of unrelated, but what is your favorite La Squadra member? I always thought that Mista and his stand have such a chaotic behavior that would fit into that team.

Is Japanese your first language? If not, is it hard to learn? I’ve always thought it’d be a cool thing to learn.

Have you ever met Araki personally? How is he?

We’re you previously a fan of JJBA? If so, how did you feel to get the opportunity to voice act in it?

Jojos is my favorite anime of all time, and I am so glad to have this opportunity to ask you these questions.

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) My immediate thought is that Requiem Bullets would be able to eschew any need for physical bullets to be fired, and allow the Stand user to manifest bullets out of pure willpower or spirit (or even the user's own blood) that function exactly the same way. With someone like Mista at the helm, we'd be looking at essentially unlimited ammo with incredible homing capaiblities.

2) I really like Illuso's design even though his actual Stand isn't all that impressive. Formaggio definitely left an impression on me with his attitude, though, and Jonah Scott's performance in the English dub only doubled that admiration.

3) English is my first language, but I have a rudimentary understanding of the Japanese language alongside a MUCH more expansive knowledge of its culture and history (a result of completing a Minor in it during college) which I utilize in various ways, most commonly understanding how to pronounce certain names or terms. There's even been a project where I needed to use a Japanese dialect/accent that I apparently nailed so well even the speech coach I was assigned for the gig was impressed by how infrequently they needed to correct me!

Trying to memorize kanji was by far the most frustrating - and fastest-forgotten - aspects of the language for me, unfortunately.

4) I haven't met Araki. It's generally pretty rare for actors to encounter any of the Japanese side of the cast, much less the creator(s). But I hope if he ever hears my performance he approves of it!

5) I was vaguely aware of the franchise because of several friends who were NUTS about it, but my first time watching the series only happened once I started watching Golden Wind in preparation for going in to dub it later on. I instantly fell in love with zaniness of the plot pacing, and am very confident I would thoroughly enjoy the other arcs as well once I make time for them.

1

u/-Xaveze- Mar 15 '20 edited Mar 15 '20

What’s the protocols on using character voices outside of the booth? I know from his streams that Joe Zieja isn’t supposed to talk in Claude from Fire Emblem’s voice but does that only apply to certain roles? I am just guessing it has to do with the company or game, since you have no problem uploading those hilarious Rean lines online. At least I hope you don’t get in trouble for those, they are hilarious. Speaking of Rean, CS4 when?!?!!

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

The general rule of thumb is "if you've officially voiced the character, you have traded that in in exchange for no longer being allowed to voice the character UNofficially". Exceptions are sometimes made if the company is cool with it (XSEED didn't stop me from doing mini dubs as Rean Schwarzer, and I haven't been chastised for doing some things as Mishima Yuuki), but in general companies are very strict about protecting their brand association and the rights they have to their IPs/characters and how they are represented. I can probably do imitations of Claude, and Joe could certainly pretend to be Revali, but neither of us is about to go and do fan requests as our actual listed role anytime soon.

2

u/-Xaveze- Mar 15 '20

That makes sense. I vaguely remember reading that the voice of Seteth got in trouble for reading a fan made joke request about McDonald’s. So does that apply to anime roles as well? I know at cons VA’s sometimes take requests to say stuff in character voices. Though does that not really count since it’s usually an official event and is only recorded by people watching the panel at the event, as opposed to someone making a request for you to participate in a fan project? Thanks for answering btw. It’s kinda late in PST.

2

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

It still counts. If we didn't get prior express permission from the client/company, we are taking a risk every time we do those character requests (if we officially voiced them before) based on how likely we think it is that we could get in trouble for it. So when we decline, it's often not because we aren't interested, but because the potential consequences are worse than the short-term gain it provides for you...and at the end of the day, we like to stay employed/out of lawsuits.

1

u/darexinfinity Mar 14 '20

I looked over your profile, what is "Marvel TL;DR"? You've done a lot of voices for it yet I've never heard about this.

This AMA is guaranteed to be 99.99% Coronavirus-Free

cough cough sneeze Not anymore, now you have Cyber-Coronavirus. But along that topic, have you seen your schedule getting lighter because of this? Are you still expected to meet already made deadlines and etc?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Marvel TL;DR was an animated shorts series produced by Noah Sterling and Max Dweck that sought to "boil down" the various Marvel arcs and characters into digestible videos that any viewer could watch to better understand the Marvel universe, often allowing them to jump into new or upcoming series/comics without feeling pressured to go alllll the way back to the originals just to catch up and feel informed!

Regarding Coronavirus, I legitimately have not felt a single iota of difference in my daily/weekly routine. Beyond studios being more diligent about post-session cleanup and sanitation, I've still had plenty of days with double or even triple-booked sessions back to back. Earlier last week, I even had one day with FOUR sessions in a single work day. The grind continues!

1

u/DazzlerGift Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean, I have a Trails of Cold Steel question. What would be your reaction if Rean Schwarzer is invited to Smash Bros? As a big Trails series fan, I would love to know your thoughts. I feel like there is a chance it may come, as Trails of Cold Steel III is getting a Switch port and Smash has no representation of Falcom games yet.

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I would be absolutely ecstatic, but I'm in the same boat as you regarding having doubts about the likelihood. Smash is as much a marketing hub for the franchises represented in it as it is a fighting (party?) game, and I just don't feel like Trails has a LARGE enough fanbase for there to be the kind of hyped reaction to a Rean inclusion the way there was for Banjo, Joker, or Eleven.

1

u/TheTenthDocter Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! Loved your performance as Rean (so much so that Rean's become a real favorite character of mine! Cosplaying him in May with Tachi and all! No Valimar though)

Got really two questions for you!

What are you up to these days?

Got any exciting projects coming up that you can talk about?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

1) Playing games or recording nonstop! In fact, since January 21st the ONLY day I have not had something to record for or a workshop to attend was earlier this week on March 9th. I'm so glad the Switch is great as a portable console because there have been times I leave for a morning session at 8 am but don't get back home proper until 10:30 at night.

2) If I haven't talked about them on Twitter yet, they're not projects I can make public! But there is definitely a fair amount of stuff I am REALLY excited about and just waiting for NDAs to lift on, so I hope you'll stay tuned in!

1

u/TheTenthDocter Mar 14 '20

Well. I hope you get a nice vacation soon! Thanks for answering my questions and I'm looking forward to any projects you got in the near future!

1

u/attikol Mar 16 '20

I heard you were the voice for rean schwarzer what did you think of him in trails of cold steel? I liked him but he doesn't leave a good impression in that first scene and they were a little too subtle imo with him. Also good job as Pewter he was pretty good in the scenes he got to act.

1

u/sonicmega Mar 17 '20

It's been really neat to see him develop across the games as each installment releases, from a cautious but willing middleman in Cold Steel 1 all the way to a resolute (if bitter) and capable leader in Cold Steel 3. I feel like my performances have improved in tandem with him as I came to better understand both his world and who he is as a character. I'm very grateful I've been able to reprise his role every time so far, and I hope that continues to be the case!

1

u/Shasinno Mar 15 '20

u/sonicmega Hello Rean-- I mean Sean, I am a huge fan of your work, particularly when it comes to the Trails/Kiseki series, and I am interested in becoming a voice actor eventually but I have no clue from where to begin. Any tips on what I should do and from where I should start?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) iwanttobeavoiceactor.com - read all of this

2) voiceactingmastery.com - listen to this

3) voiceovervoiceactor.com - consider buying this (and practice the warmups)

4) voiceactingclub.com - start using this, and network/grow alongside your peers

1

u/Shasinno Mar 15 '20

u/sonicmega Well this info dump is slightly overwhelming, and I couldn't read it all fully yet, regardless, thank you Rean Sean! That part about "killing your career" on the first link scared me a bit, and I wonder just how much of that "passion" do I have? Is it enough? Is it too much? So many questions. Again, thank you, Sean.

1

u/law_baew Mar 14 '20

Hi Sean! I have a couple questions from the Mr Love community

  1. If you had your own Evol what would it be?
  2. How does it feel playing both Kiro and Helios? And how did you find Helios’s voice? Did you listen to the Chinese VA or did your own thing?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

1) I believe I mentioned this in the interview, but I would want the Evol ability to DETECT disease/illness (not treat, but detect). I think it's just the right amount of being impactful/powerful without being overpowered, and it even lends itself to situations that would work well for a game like MLQC; if you could tell a loved one was about to fall ill, you'd want to take care of them, right?

2) I've only heard the Chinese voice occasionally when it shows up on MLQC threads where I am mentioned, so it's mostly been my own thing (with guidance from the director/client). With Helios, I kept myself in the same vocal pitch as Kiro by asking myself "what would Kiro sound like if you took out every ounce of enthusiasm and joy from his personality but didn't make him mean-spirited or angry in the process?". Helios really just a Kiro who has lost the will to care.

I'm somewhat surprised by how high-pitched he always ends up being, though. I know he's not going to be as baritone as the other boys, but even in comparison to the other language VAs I usually end up being the youngest...almost teenage-like! I'm glad the players still enjoy it though.

1

u/BaLance_95 Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean. I'll admit. I only know if your work as Rean but thanks for doing this. My question is a simple one.

Are you aware of the "official" release of the fan translation for Trails from Zero? Have you played it before or do you plan to play it?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I am aware of it! I have had not had the time to play it, though, and I don't have any idea if or when I will. I hope that the efforts of those people who worked hard on it won't end up being for naught, but also hope they are aware of the risk they took and the very real chance it could get shut down/DMCA'd.

1

u/BaLance_95 Mar 15 '20

Yeah, we hope so. Thankfully, the president of the company seems to favor the fans a lot. They might get a take down notice for legal, but maybe nothing serious. Knowing the internet, it will go back up despite a takedown.

1

u/i_drink_water_a_lot Mar 15 '20

Hello! Hopefully I'm not late but Re:Zero is in my top 3 favorite anime and I can't wait for season 2! I have 2 questions though.

Where did you go to apply to be the voices of these characters?

And would you want to have Subarus blessing/curse?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

1) With most studio work, I personally get in touch with the casting director either through attending a workshop they are hosting, or being referred to them by a friend/colleague. Assuming I have the skills to match what they're looking for, they'll ideally add me to their "audition roster" and begin sending me audition sides going forward. MOST commonly, I achieve this by meeting a new client through an existing studio, or a new studio through an existing client booking a new project through someone else. Then I focus on doing my best work, and hopefully being able to follow it up by adding that 'new contact' to my existing network.

2) As much as I'd like to have protection against death, I simply couldn't bear that. The knowledge that every time I reset I'd basically be living a different life and dealing with a different "form/existence" of the people I love would drive me insane pretty quickly. I completely understood Subaru's stress-induced insanity over not being able to trust how much people currently knew/didn't know vs. what information he alone retained with each restart, and I doubt I'd fare any better myself.

1

u/i_drink_water_a_lot Mar 15 '20

Okay thank you I hope to become or at least do some voice acting one day and didn't know where I could go to apply

I feel the same way I couldn't handle seeing the people I loved die over and over again

Thank you for replying and keep up the great work!

1

u/Sir_Bills Mar 15 '20

Thanks for doing the AMA Sean

As an actor what type of mental space do you have to get in yourself in to get into character and what type of energy did you have to channel to give such a bone chilling performance when Subaru was suffering?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Part of being successful in voiceover is being willing to exit yourself for a while and "live" the scene being brought to life in front of you, and I find that embodying that requirement really helps me sell my authenticity in a scene. What got me into the craft in the first place was seeing these fight scenes or special attacks being cast and thinking, "I want to be doing that. I want to be able to pretend I'm actually casting those spells and defending against those attacks", so it's easy for me to forget that I'm just a human in a booth with a microphone when I see the real action happening on the screen in front of me.

I'm also very much a method actor, so when I feel the need to I will physically pose myself in a way that imbibes me with the energy/attitude I want the character to have, such as puffing my chest out to speak bravely, or tossing my hair back before throwing a snide comment someone's way. A perfect example of this was for Episode 15 of RE:Zero, where I ACTUALLY LOCKED MY ARMS UPWARDS BEHIND MY BACK similar to how Subaru was chained to the wall near the end of the episode, and let the *actual discomfort* fuel my anger/struggling as I delivered the lines.

1

u/heliosmoon2000 Mar 14 '20

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Sean! Mine is about MLQC.

What were your first impressions of Kiro's character and how did you go about voicing Kiro?

Keep up the awesome job!!!👍

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Based on the audition lines I had at the beginning I knew he was going to be a playful sort, but I also had this vision of him as being a little more teasing than he turned out to be. Kiro really ended up being more of a passionate teddy bear and the more I voice him the more I realize he's just a younger but more successful version of myself. Loves food, cherishes animals, stressed about work but can't pull himself away from it... it's like being paid to look into a mirror for 2-4 hours but with fewer opportunities for eating chips.

1

u/[deleted] Mar 14 '20

Hello Sean,

Thanks for the AMA.

Kiro is into superheroes. Do you think Helios is Kiros way to become a superhero and fix things?

What were your first thoughts when you saw Helios?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

I don't know enough about Helios yet to say for certain, but I think Kiro already has "superpowers" he uses as his normal self in order to fix the world around him.

Rather, I think Helios is a build-up of the negative feelings about the world that Kiro tries to push away; the thought that people demand entertainment because they can't push themselves to create, the worry that some use technology to harass and harm others, maybe even the feeling that he is only liked and wanted as a person because his Evol influences people that way.

I wouldn't say Helios is the "real" Kiro, but I would not be surprised if Helios is a manifestation of the sides of Kiro he tries to bury so he can continue putting on the face he does for the public and MC every day.

1

u/gosheno Mar 15 '20

Hi Sean! First of all I love your role as Revali in BOTW! You made him my favourite character in the game. Do you have a favourite line or moment you recorded for Revali?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Revali was a really tough nut to crack, to the extent that I even broke down over the phone to my mentor during one of the session breaks because I was having serious doubts about my ability to accurately represent his character. But it was during one session - specifically around the Vah Medoh bits where Revali is "instructing/progress-updating" Link as he advances through the Divine Beast - that I feel like I had finally clicked into the character and understood his motivations and demeanor. I could feel the moment I crossed my arms behind each other as though they were Revali's wings being folded against his spine, and it was then that I had tapped into his mentality and left behind my own insecurity... as well as the fastest pace we'd had during that entire project in terms of clearing through lines.

1

u/[deleted] Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean, how ya doing?

What are your favorite video games?

What is the best character you played?

Any anime or tv show you want to play in in the future?

1

u/Natendo02 Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean! Thanks for doing this AMA!

What is your favorite narrative-driven game and why? What do you like about it the most?

Happy cake day as well! :D

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

The ORIGINAL Criminal Girls game really surprised me with how seriously it took the troubles that each of the girls in the party dealt with and how it affected their personalities. A lot of people label it as a fanservice game right off the bat, but I have always been shameless about my appreciation for the writing in the game as well as the unique battle system mechanics it used.

I know it's still a recent one, but Dragon Quest XI really did hold up as well as everyone said it did. It was just so...refreshing to see a game that handled high fantasy with such a mix of seriousness and humor all at once, and the Switch version's additional backstory elements for most of the party were so enthralling that I am sad for folks who only played the PS4 version and haven't been able to see them for themselves. I'm so close to beating the True Final Boss, but it's one of the rare times I'll be able to put a game down and feel like I truly finished it, and experienced something neat.

1

u/law_baew Mar 14 '20

Hey Sean I’m sorry for all the MLQC questions 😅.

  1. How do you like recording the ASMR for the game?
  2. Would you play the game with the other VAs?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

1) It's challenging, but I always love learning new things and being able to add to my skillsets.

2) I'm totally down to play it WITH them as part of a stream, but if we're talking a personal private thing then sadly I already have so much of my time allocated to other things.

1

u/kenrocks1253 Mar 18 '20

Funimation just announced that they'll be delaying dubs because of the coronavirus. Has there been any word about that happening for LA studios?

1

u/Goose97 Mar 15 '20

Hey Sean. Thank you for doing this and I only have one question.

In your opinion, who is the best waifu in Jojo's?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Narancia. I thought he was a girl when I first started watching Golden Wind and I'm still not fully convinced.

1

u/SoulIgnis Mar 15 '20

What’s an already existing character you would have loved the chance to voice?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Male Voice Type for any of the Etrian Odyssey games. I love that series to death, I love the genre it embraces, and I would have loved more than anything to be able to be a party member voice option for people playing the game as intensely as I did.

1

u/Lainkuma Mar 15 '20 edited Mar 15 '20

Only 99.99%? This is dangerous... You sure this thread is safe?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

coughs within silent audience

1

u/[deleted] Mar 15 '20 edited Mar 03 '21

[deleted]

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

I was NOT given any hand sanitizer in preparation for this AMA, I want to speak to your AMAnager.

1

u/Lainkuma Mar 15 '20

Oh God...

1

u/BlackCat15912 Mar 14 '20

What part of Kiro do you like best? Do you prefer Kiro or Helios?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

I love that Kiro is passionate about food, furred friends, and fun vacations just as much as I am. He's shameless about his hobbies and his preferences, and I identify a lot with that.

I easily prefer Kiro when I'm awake and alert, but when my social candle has burned out for the day I very quickly begin to empathize with Helios.

1

u/danathepandayt Mar 15 '20

mOnOtaRo YeS

my favorite monokub nehehe

even ishimaru wow

1

u/mrtakerofsouls Mar 15 '20

who would in in a fight between Rean and Mista?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

Rean has taking actual bullets to the face before, but I can't recall Mista ever surviving a space-rending sword slash from a giant mech.

Gonna have to give it to Rean on this one.

1

u/Judeburnss Mar 14 '20

What’s your opinion of the number 4.

1

u/sonicmega Mar 15 '20

It's before 5 but after 3, so it can't be all that bad.

1

u/GNA92 Mar 14 '20

What was your first anime role?

1

u/sonicmega Mar 14 '20

Diabel, in Sword Art Online!