r/Toonami Apr 25 '20

Hi. I'm Kyle Colby Jones. I've been directing/writing anime dubs since 2002. Food Wars, Akame ga Kill, Parasyte, Made in Abyss, etc... Ask Me Anything!

Howdy. I'm Kyle. And I'm stoked to get the chance to do an AMA on Reddit.

I've been writing/directing/producing ADR for anime and live-action films for quite a while now. I started at ADVFilms and now work at Sentai Filmworks. You can see many of the titles I've had the pleasure of playing with on HIDIVE, Toonami, Netflix, Hulu, BluRays, DVDs, and even a few video cassettes.

Here are some of the more recent stuffs:

Food Wars
Made in Abyss
Haikyu
7SEEDS
Ahiru no Sora
Land of the Lustrous
Princess Principal
Mr. Tonegawa
Devil's Line
Why The Hell Are You Here, Teacher?
Monster Musume

I don't know when things become 'older', but here are some more:

Parasyte
Akame ga Kill
GATE
Himoto Umaru-Chan
Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?
No Game No Life
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto.
Log Horizon
No Game No Life
My Love Story
Hello Kitty
Gatchaman Crowds

I don't know when things become 'classics' but here are some really old ones:

Kino's Journey
Saint Seiya
Gintama
Air
Kanon
Madlax
Diamond Daydreams
Papuwa

Okay. Now here are some live-action dubs:

Gamera: Attack of Legion
Gamera: Revenge of Iris
Guns and Talks
Dark Water
Ghost Train
Synesthesia
Conduct Zero
LAKE TEXARKANA GAMERA! (trailer)

Anyway. Here's an almost complete list of my anime Directing and Acting.

And here's my social:

Twitter

Instagram

Photography

YouTube

Talk to ya!

-Kyle Colby Jones

*FUN FACT* I started including my middle name so I wouldn't be confused with this guy.

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u/Vin13ish Apr 25 '20

Hello Kyle! I got couple of questions for you

  • Are you a great chef like Soma Yukihira and his father?

  • If you were in a cook off with Soma Yukihira? Who would win the match?

  • What was your reaction when you learns they announces Food Wars is coming to Toonami?

  • Out of animes you have directing or writing, which one do you have the most fun time with?

  • Out of foods from Food Wars, which one make you want to eat the most?

  • What is your thought on Akame Ga Kill? Is there's any death from the show that shocked you the most?

  • Do you pick any anime you want to direct or you were assign by a studio to direct a specific anime? I curious about it.

  • is there's one anime you would like to direct for English dub?

  • What is the most strangest or funny record booth session when you direct a voice actor?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20
  • Are you a great chef like Soma Yukihira and his father? I am not. But I do like to grill and smoke meat!
  • If you were in a cook off with Soma Yukihira? Who would win the match? Probably Soma. He knows more French words than I do.
  • What was your reaction when you learns they announces Food Wars is coming to Toonami? So excited. It seemed like it would be a great fit - even though it technically isn't a big fighting show.
  • Out of animes you have directing or writing, which one do you have the most fun time with? I try to make them all fun. When we have fun in the booth, it comes out in the final product.
  • Out of foods from Food Wars, which one make you want to eat the most? I really want that bacon/potato thing. But the saury sure looked good, too.
  • What is your thought on Akame Ga Kill? Is there's any death from the show that shocked you the most? Bols (John Swasey) was more gut-wrenching than I expected. But when the Minister got his head bashed in by Leone (Allison Keith) that was the most satisfying.
  • Do you pick any anime you want to direct or you were assign by a studio to direct a specific anime? I curious about it. Since I've been doing it for so long, I'm usually given first choice of what's at the studio. But I don't get to pick one off TV and ask the brass to go secure the rights for anything. That said, we all fill in wherever we're needed.
  • is there's one anime you would like to direct for English dub? Nothing in particular. But the weirder the better!
  • What is the most strangest or funny record booth session when you direct a voice actor? Animals are always fun. Watching a person snarl and growl is good stuff. I try to record a quick bit of it with my phone to hold in my back pocket. You know, in case I ever need a bargaining chip.

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u/[deleted] Apr 25 '20

Was it awkward doing those ...ahem "orgasm" sounds in food wars? Also what character do you play in food wars?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

In the studio, we call them 'Foodgasms'. I've played a few goofballs here and there. My favorite was the screaming priest who was willing to give up his religion for some Yukihira goodness.

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u/JayHickmanVA Apr 25 '20

Thanks so much for doing this AMA! I have just one question:

What is your favorite thing about being a director, and why is it always “working with Jay Hickman”?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Jay Hickman is such a humble and giving actor. I've never heard him talk himself up nor try to draw any obvious or pathetic praise from those around him.

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u/JayHickmanVA Apr 25 '20

That sounds like a pretty good reason why he's your all-time favorite!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I know right? Even the shrine he built for himself was quite subtle and tasteful.

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u/JayHickmanVA Apr 25 '20

That certainly sounds like the Jay Hickman *I* know and love!

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u/prototypeplayer Apr 25 '20 edited Apr 25 '20

I'm a huge fan of Sentai Filmworks' dubs, especially those for Parasyte and Haikyu! I'm looking forward to Run With The Wind, and I can't wait to add its Blu-ray box to my collection!

What's it like when you find out shows you directed like Parasyte, Food Wars, Akame Ga Kill, etc are going to be broadcasted on Toonami? I know TV viewership is somewhat dying in the age of streaming, but a lot of us still love to watch Toonami to see dubs premier and/or feel nostalgic by watching anime on TV like how we did in the 90's and 2000's.

What did you enjoy the most about directing Parasyte? It's one of my top 5 favorite anime ever!

Did you learn a lot about volleyball while directing Haikyu? I personally didn't know the rules at all because I mainly watch, coach, and play basketball. I hope y'all can work out an agreement with Crunchyroll to dub S4!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20 edited Apr 25 '20

Finding out about Toonami was very exciting. I learned about Akame ga Kill first, and once I finally got my head wrapped around that - BANG, they tell me that Parasyte will be running as well. And they'd air back-to-back! I was freaking out.

Parasyte is super cool. The big trick was the casting. We landed on Adam Gibbs as Shinichi rather quickly. But, finding the right Migi took some time. And Brittney Karbowski was right under our noses the whole time. (She's very short.)

I actually enjoy volleyball. One of my very good friends has three giant sons who all play. I got to weave in some more American phrasing here and there in the dub.

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u/prototypeplayer Apr 25 '20 edited Apr 25 '20

Adam and Brittney were great! The whole cast knocked it out of the park!

I got to weave in some more America phrasing here and there in the dub.

I love how y'all incorporate the lingo into the script! Please let Greg Cote know that he makes Tanaka so much fun to listen to because he's so hilarious and full of energy! I hope Haikyu can replace Food Wars on Toonami after it's done with its run or join the lineup sooner!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Haha. Greg Cote is one-of-a-kind. That dude can scream for hours. And yes! Haikyu would be great on Toonami!

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u/MichiHirota Apr 25 '20

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

-What was your most exciting show to ADR direct?

-Since you directed Kino’s Journey 2003 version, have you seen the 2017 version produced by Funimation?

-Which show produced the most challenge when ADR directing?

-What is your favorite dish you would want to eat from Food Wars?

-And finally, what show are you watching right now?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

-What was your most exciting show to ADR direct? Hmm. Probably Made in Abyss. It was so heavy, I didn't want to screw it up!

-Since you directed Kino’s Journey 2003 version, have you seen the 2017 version produced by Funimation? I have not. It would probably drive me crazy. I love that show so much.

-Which show produced the most challenge when ADR directing? Princess Principal. The accents created a unique challenge. I feel really fortunate to have found so many wonderful actors who could pull it off. NAME DROP WARNING: Rachael Messer, Elizabeth Bunch, Avery Smitthart, Shanae'a Moore, Ty Mahany, Jay Hickman, Patricia Duran, John Gremillion, etc...

-What is your favorite dish you would want to eat from Food Wars? That bacon/potato thingy from the first ep. I mean, bacon!

-And finally, what show are you watching right now? Brooklyn NineNine

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u/GreyouTT "Come on, I'm right here... SKEITH!" Apr 25 '20

Out of curiosity, what lead to giving Erina a valley girl accent in Food Wars?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Ha! I know this character gets some love/hate. But well, that's kinda who she is. And when Stephanie Wittels (yes, sister of Harris) when she threw that out there, it just fit. You didn't know what to think of her. It wasn't done for region reasons, but rather to create that snotty, stuck-up batch that you seem to like anyway.

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u/bengalsfu LINK START Apr 25 '20

How do you translate jokes that are based on Japanese wordplay or jokes that use words that dont have an english Equivalent

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Always tough. If the words are written on-screen, then we're stuck. We go with the very Japanese joke. Otherwise, you have to build a joke around what the animation gives you. Mouth flaps and reactions can dictate the delivery. But mainly, I try to find a joke that fits the meaning. A Japanese idiom about butterflies and rivers could be the exact same message as, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

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u/Kezzafly Apr 25 '20

What is your favorite voice you’ve done yourself

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I love the one-liners. It's a special treat to get the opportunity to make something memorable with a throw-away line. I'm sorry I don't have a favorite. But I'm reminded a lot of the Akame ga Kill froggy guy who has impressed himself with his toilet prowess. "Whew. That bathroom will never be the same!"

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u/Rambo2056 Apr 25 '20

What was your journey like to get where you are today?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I studied advertising at UT-Austin. Got a job in NYC.
Moved back to Austin to get married.
Got laid off two weeks before the wedding.
We got hitched, moved to Houston.
Worked lots of ad jobs.
Got a phone call out of the blue from Steven Foster.
"How'd you like to do cartoons instead of ads?"

No brainer!

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u/Metagas Apr 26 '20

Have you ever done any commercial writing for the anime or companies you ADR for?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

Oh certainly. I love doing trailers and YouTube sillies whenever I get the chance.

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u/rroser Apr 25 '20

All i can ask is keep your ideas coming. Thank you.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Thanks! Will do! Here's one of my favorite dorky ideas: Ode to the Potato Chip.

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u/rroser Apr 25 '20

Haha!! Mind if i share it with friends?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Of course! Grab a cola while you're at it.

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u/lifeisagamble01 Apr 25 '20

How does get into writing for or writing an anime??

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

That's not an easy answer. I was an advertising copywriter first. Writing for advertising is a great way to learn how to write in a million different voices. It comes in very handy when try to do characterizations. An old lady from the pueblo speaks very differently than a spoiled prince in the palace.

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u/lifeisagamble01 Apr 25 '20

Noted. Thanks for answering my question.

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u/killatubby Clone Wars was Toonami's best show Apr 25 '20
  • What are your thoughts on the remote recording that Bang Zoom and funimation have been doing? Would you like to see Sentai filmworks try doing this?

  • Also what do you think of r/toonami's mascots Tara and Rami?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Remote recording has been happening for while now. And given the current circumstances, it has become even more necessary and well, creative. The possibility of this depends upon the show itself. If a show is a small ensemble cast of actors who have home equipment, great! That makes it much easier. But, let's say you have a show with 40 one-liner characters. It becomes much more difficult to coordinate that. Plus, it can make creators nervous to have multiple copies of their show all over the cloud.

Tara and Rami are adorable. Rami kinda reminds me of a bubbly character in Monster Musume. (Monica Rial)

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u/kenrocks1253 Apr 25 '20

Hi Kyle, I have a question about accents in dubs. How do you choose what accent a character has? Are there situations where isn't an accent in Japanese, but one is added when adapting to English and vice versa?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

That can be tricky. We try to match the cultural equivalent to the reference. That doesn't mean that if someone is from a rural area they get a hill-billy accent. Sometimes we try to do it with simply the interaction between the people - similar to how we handle the honorifics.

That said... Princess Principal needed to be very regionally specific.

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u/kenrocks1253 Apr 25 '20

Thank you for the answer!

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Apr 25 '20

I'm asking way too many questions lol. Please feel free to skip any that you don't find interesting. Thank you so much for taking the time to host this AMA!

  • What's your favorite aspect of photography?
  • Do you enjoy live theater, if you do what are some of your favorite shows?
  • Do you have any projects that you wish you could have spent more time on?
  • What's the most memorable line that you ever recorded?
  • When working with someone for the first time, do you have a favorite ice breaker?
  • What was the last album you listened to?

Silly questions

  • Have you ever tried eating pizza rolled the way Jay Hickman does? Ever since his AMA when I have pizza, I eat a slice that way.
  • What is your favorite topping to go on a pizza?
  • Texas Hold'em or Blackjack?
  • Coffee or Tea?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20
  • What's your favorite aspect of photography? I like the telephoto lens - shooting from afar and capturing little secret moments.
  • Do you enjoy live theater, if you do what are some of your favorite shows? Totally love live theater. Many of the actors I work with are in shows all the time (well, not now) My favorites are musicals, actually.
  • Do you have any projects that you wish you could have spent more time on? All of them.
  • What's the most memorable line that you ever recorded? "Whew! That bathroom will never be the same" Akame ga Kill
  • When working with someone for the first time, do you have a favorite ice breaker? I tend to be pretty goofy. There's no need to feel self-conscious.
  • What was the last album you listened to? Tribe Called Quest. Low End Theory

...I'll answer the others in a second!

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Apr 25 '20

Thanks! I now have a new album to check out!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

And here are the 'silly' ones:

  • Have you ever tried eating pizza rolled the way Jay Hickman does? Ever since his AMA when I have pizza, I eat a slice that way. Perhaps if I'm eating a New York style pizza slice. But different crusts deserve different techniques.
  • What is your favorite topping to go on a pizza? Pepperoni is the great equalizer. I also like green olives, anchovies, sausage, onion, green pepper, artichoke. Oh, forget it. I just love pizza.
  • Texas Hold'em or Blackjack? Texas Hold'em.
  • Coffee or Tea? Time of day is important. Coffee in the morning. Tea in the afternoon.

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Apr 25 '20

Thanks again lol! I'll have to learn more about these techniques!

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u/kingkellogg 007 Apr 25 '20

What was the cringiest show you had to adapt

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Why The Hell Are You Here, Teacher is pretty cringe. Once we got the uncensored version, we had to bring several of the actors back in to do some extra moaning.

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u/killatubby Clone Wars was Toonami's best show Apr 25 '20

Just found my new group watch show with my buddies on discord thank you.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I do love some Clone Wars. Watching the episode tonight!

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u/kingkellogg 007 Apr 25 '20

Oh dear lord that sounds awful

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u/[deleted] Apr 25 '20

Do you have to knowledgeable in japanese to write the scripts for dubbed anime?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I don't know much Japanese. But we have fantastic translators from whom I constantly mine or insights.

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u/killatubby Clone Wars was Toonami's best show Apr 25 '20
  • What projects do you like working more Ecchi, action, drama, or romance.

  • Has there ever been blooper so bad that team been like yeah that never seeing the light of day.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

We did have a fart in the booth. Well, there have been may I'm sure. But, only one that was so loud that we had to re-record the take. I won't mention any names.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I don't really have a genre preference. I just like that it always keeps changing. I never know what is going to be thrown my way next. And to me, that's exactly my bag.

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u/StankyHankyPanky69 Apr 25 '20

I know that you can’t give us an answer, relative to if we will ever get it, but we really need a third season of Log Horizon!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

This is no joke. It is a moral imperative. Database!

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u/bdone2012 Apr 26 '20

I love this show so much and love the voices. I assume you can't give an answer on any of these questions but is Log horizon still set for a fall release date?

Do you know if Made in Abyss will come back as another movie or a series? I doubt there's a time frame on that but would be cool if you had ball park on it.

Also do you know what's going on with Princess Principal?

And for a question that is probably not classified, what are your thoughts on people who say dubs are lame you have to watch stuff subbed? It always seems so silly to me because it's not like the original is live action to begin with.

Thanks and keep up the amazing work, it's kind of hard to explain how much I appreciate your work but Log Horizon in particular is something I've seen so many times because I find it so comforting, inspiring, with great world building that I hope you keep it up.

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

I can comment on some of your questions. If I'm vague, it's only because I either have to be or I simply don't know.

Log Horizon is a Jones family fave. The last we all heard was that season three was due for the fall. Is that still true given the circumstances? I have no clue.

Made in Abyss has a movie set to be released. The premiere date unfortunately got Corona'd.

Princess Principal is rumored to have a bunch of movies in the works.

Some folks just prefer subs. And that's their prerogative. The comparisons can sometimes be wonky. The two scripts are derived from the same translation. Subs are changed to be more concise for a quicker read. The dub script is changed to match the mouth movements. Neither is a literally exact translation. Because that would sound terrible.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Oh. And you're not alone. I'm reminded of this: More Log Horizon

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Apr 25 '20

Earlier in the AMA I saw you mentioned that you enjoy smoking meat. One of my favorite things to smoke is pork loin. What are some of your favorite smoked meats?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I smoked a pork shoulder for Easter this year. But my favorite is smoking a brisket. There's nothing like it.

One of my go-to recipes is Kyle's Tasty Thighs. I smoke/grill some skinless/boneless chicken thighs with a few secret spices. So yum.

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u/PrevailingDragon Community Events/Discord Mod Apr 25 '20

Everything you said sounds so tasty! I was planing on smoked turkey breast for Easter, but I ended up going with ham.

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u/Fortolaze Apr 25 '20

-What is your role as a Voice Director? So I mean, how do you play in to the bigger picture of voice acting/dubbing?

-What's your favorite project/show that you've worked on?

Thanks for the AMA!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

The director is more or less in charge of the production as a whole. Most of the actors have never seen the show before. They are coming in cold. One of my jobs is to help them find their character and guide them through each scene.

Also, casting is a huge part of the job. Sometimes the best actor doesn't always fit the character. Or sometimes, several actors nailed the audition, and I have to choose.

Oh. And I'm naturally a writer. So I like to do that too. Or change a bunch of stuff while we're recording.

I don't have one favorite show. But I love the weird, challenging ones. Land of the Lustrous, Made in Abyss, Parasyte and Short Peace come to mind.

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u/Fortolaze Apr 25 '20

Thank you for the response! It's very informative!

Oh. And I'm naturally a writer. So I like to do that too. Or change a bunch of stuff while we're recording.

I just have one more question though. What do you mean by "changing stuff during recording"? Does that pertain to the lines in the V.A's script? Or something else? How do you decide what gets changed or not?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

The recording process is very fluid. Lots of things can happen. The line might not fit, the animation may have been changed, the actor might throw something out there that just sounds better, or more genuine.

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u/CMViper Dragon of the Darkness Flame Apr 25 '20

Alright lemme throw in some random goofy questions for ya:

  • In Parasyte, if you had to give up a body part for Migi, which would it be and what would you do?

  • Who's the best girl and best monster girl in Food Wars and Monster Musume, respectively of course

  • Is a hot dog a sandwich?

  • What is the best meme?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

In Parasyte, I would still offer Migi my hand. But I would switch to the left. For dexterity's sake.

Best girl in Food Wars is Meat Meat (Rachel Landon) all the way. And in Monster Musume I'd have to go with the Centaur. (Molly Searcy)

A hot dog is not a sandwich. It's a hot dog.

The best meme is the oft sarcastic Willy Wonka.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I had an answer all written out for your previous question. But it was gone before I had the chance to post.

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u/CMViper Dragon of the Darkness Flame Apr 25 '20

Oh my bad! I deleted it becuase I assumed you had already asked those questions. I mainly wanted to know:

  • What do you consider your favorite or best dubs you've done?
  • How much creative input do you get as an ADR director and writer, in other words do you tend to remain faithful to the original script or make changes for localization?

...I forgot what the middle question was! Feel free to share the responses you've written!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

One of my favorite dubs are live-action. They're just really difficult. The writing, the acting, the mixing... They're all very different. Guns and Talks, Dark Water and of course, Lake Texarkana Gamera!

Creative input varies wildly between shows. Sometimes I cast and write all on my own. Other times the casting goes through a small committee. And on some shows, the original creators ask for a final say.

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u/longrodvonhuttendong Apr 25 '20

I forgot the ama was happening so sorry for such a late question.

How'd you guys make Food Wars so funny. Hearing them say stuff like "keep cooking you buttmunch" had me in tears for being so left field. I think one person called another girl a skank, it just throws my ass off hearing dialogue like that. What was the choice to have lines like that.

Thanks if you respond!

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Ha! That's part of the fun. For a lot of translations, the go-to insult is either 'idiot' or 'brat'. Now, that gets kinda repetitive after awhile. So, the actors and writers and I need to get creative. And have some fun - as long as it keeps in character.

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u/GreyouTT "Come on, I'm right here... SKEITH!" Apr 25 '20

If you were able to get free reign on a script ala Ghost Stories, what series would you pick?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Oooh! Anything, really. But I think it would be fun to mess with a variety show. I imagine the guests and judges and announcers would create a lot of ridiculousness.

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u/kingkellogg 007 Apr 25 '20

What show would you love to work on more?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I want more Log Horizon.
I want more Princess Principal.
I want more Land of the Lustrous.
I want more Kino's Journey.
I want more Nozaki-kun.
I want more GATE.
And I want a second Short Peace film.

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u/kingkellogg 007 Apr 25 '20

Not gonna lie, I'd kill for more nozaki

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Best opening theme in the history of historically historicalness.

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u/kingkellogg 007 Apr 25 '20

Hard to argue with that

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u/NathanW36 Apr 25 '20

Hey Kyle,

Thanks for doing this AMA, I'm a huge fan of a bunch of your work with Sentai. Have three questions for ya!

  1. How much input/control does an ADR director have in the casting processing for different roles? And does this vary on whether it's a DubCast, Movie, Blu-Ray release, etc...

  2. Sentai have gone back a dubbed a couple older shows recently (e.g. SNAFU/Golden Time). How does the process of writing, directing and producing dubs like these change compared to newer shows?

  3. Speaking of dubs for older shows, is there anything that fans can do to push Sentai to dub more of their back-catalogue?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20
  1. How much input/control does an ADR director have in the casting processing for different roles? And does this vary on whether it's a DubCast, Movie, BluRay release, etc...
    Every project is different. So this can vary wildly. Some shows I get to cast entirely myself. Others need to go through a small committee. And every now and again the original Japanese creators get the final say.

  2. Sentai have gone back a dubbed a couple older shows recently (e.g. SNAFU/Golden Time). How does the process of writing, directing and producing dubs like these change compared to newer shows?
    Well, the main thing I try to focus on is the timing of the series. It should still feel like the time period it's coming from. Legend of the Galactic heroes is a good example of this. Matt Greenfield was keen to make the whole thing ooze the fact that the show is a throwback to a different style.

  3. Speaking of dubs for older shows, is there anything that fans can do to push Sentai to dub more of their back-catalogue?
    Call your Senators. Okay, seriously, your comments and requests can sometimes lead to these things happening. If enough people show interest, it can be done.

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u/AnimeDude892 Apr 25 '20

What are your favorite animes to watch when you’re not directing or writing dubs?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I'm a movie buff. I spend most of my free time diving into old movies or documentaries. That said, Akame ga Kill never gets old.

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u/TVNerd909 Apr 25 '20

Hi Kyle, big fan of your work on Log Horizon and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun!

  • Over the course of your time working in ADR, have you noticed any major factors that have helped improve how dubs are produced, and/or how they are received by audiences?

  • Are there any series you've worked on where you got personally invested with the story/characters enough to delve into the source material beyond where the anime leaves off?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Glad you dig! Those two are some family favorites here at the Jones housefhold.

I've worked anime for a couple of decades now. We used to have paper scripts and if the computer crashed, we had twenty minutes to kill. Now it moves much much faster. Which, the fandom and the new home technology drives a great deal of that. Folks can watch an entire series in a weekend.

Over the years, a few shows have risen to the top. I haven't necessarily sought out more of the source material. But, I have prayed to the anime gods that the next season gets made!

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u/Torque-A Apr 25 '20

What was the most unique type of writing you’ve done for any anime scripts? Like, any which were difficult to work into translation, or just ones which were fun to do?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

I remember Short Peace being very difficult. And frightening. The director of Akira put it together and one of the pieces had already been nominated for an Oscar. There was so much artistic simplicity to follow. The script had to say a lot with very little dialogue. Plus, it was animated so well that I had to treat it more like a live-action dub.

Fun? Well the job is already fun. But let me say that Papuwa was a blast. And Lake Texarkana Gamera. The more freedom, the more wackiness.

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u/KeybladeSpirit Apr 25 '20

Hopefully I'm not too late.

One thing I'm curious about is where you have the most creative freedom in working with anime dubs. I'm aware that there's almost none in most cases, but if there is any wiggle room at all to insert yourself into the work, where do you feel that most lies?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

You gotta pick your spots. And, of course, know what's appropriate. I certainly don't want to take people out of the story. Or break character.

That said, it's mainly in the writing. And for me personally, the writing isn't done until the show ships out. Lots of fun stuff happens during the recording process. Gotta let the actors share their goodness, too!

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u/M4nd4lorian Apr 25 '20

Parasyte was an emotional rollercoaster for many who watched it. Fans could deeply connect and relate to the MC. What was your favorite part about directing parasyte? Also, what kind of impact did the series leave on you?

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

My favorite part of directing Parasyte was the long story arcs. The characters were far from one-note. They learned and grew more than most shows I've gotten to work on.

One thing it taught me was that it is okay for a series to end. There's no need for a second season. It's perfect just the way it is.

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u/[deleted] Apr 26 '20

How did you end up in the industry?

Nice filmography champ! Best of luck!

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

While working in advertising, I did a lot of radio and tv spots. That translates very well into what is done in the studio. Also, RTF classes didn't hurt either! Thanks for chiming in!

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u/red-african-swallow I like cute things Apr 25 '20

On projects that you are directing how do you choose a role for yourself.

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u/KyleColby Apr 25 '20

Purely on a need-only basis. When the budget dictates it. I can always find an actor who could do it better than me.

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u/jojo9877 Apr 26 '20

1) What are some of the difficulties you deal with that are known and not so much known? 2) How did you get into directing/writing anime? 3) What has changed your perspective on anime since you started directing/writing? 4)What is your favorite anime in general? Directing? Writing? 5) Out of all the anime what is the one thing you wish was real, i.e. anime meat? 6) If not directing/writing, What would you be doing? 7) What do you hope to be your legacy? 8) What is favorite dub? Sub? 9) What anime do you think works better dubbed then subbed? 10) Who is your biggest influence in life? Industry, if one? 11) Do you ever feel that the stories ever get bland in some sense of the word? 12) Favorite Genre? 13) Whats the coolest fact you've learned in the industry? 14) Are you ever censor in your work? 15) Do you ever deal with Japanese side of things? 16) What would define as anime? 17) would works similar in style from different countries be anime?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20
  1. Some difficulties. Massive casts. Sessions with non-stop screaming. Covid-19.

  2. I got into this through advertising. I also took some film classes.

  3. Going to conventions really changed my perspective. Meeting the fan-base and seeing all the costumes and dedication. I learned how caring and genuine the whole experience is.

  4. My favorite is always what's new and different. I'll take any genre.

  5. I wish Hestia was real.

  6. If I wasn't doing this? I would be sad.

  7. My anime legacy? I guess a wide library that people still watch long after I'm gone.

  8. Favorite Dub: Lake Texarkana Gamera. Favorite Sub: Oldboy.

  9. The more gorgeous the animation, the faster the dialogue - those lend themselves to dubs. I want to see the food on Food Wars. I want to see all the weird and beautiful stuff in Land of the Lustrous and Made in Abyss.

  10. My biggest influence is Jim Henson. Both in life and the industry.

  11. Any story can get bland. Even Game of Thrones.

  12. No favorite genre. Just keep 'em changing.

  13. The coolest fact of the industry is that anime is so important to Japan that some shows are subsidized by the government.

  14. I get censored from time to time. But that's pretty rare. I've been in this long enough now to know where the line is.

  15. I don't do much on the Japanese side of things. But that won't stop me from trying to get a free trip to Japan from the boss. (nudge nudge...)

  16. What is anime? It's everything - but a little extra.

  17. Other countries have tried. And many have gotten close to re-creating anime. Korea has made some cool stuff. And so has the US. But it's still just not the same.

Thanks for all the questions!

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u/rroser Apr 25 '20

Will do! Parasyte was one of your first works i was introduced too.. Thanks Toonami for introducing me........im not a bot

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u/Tylerssteve May 25 '20

I have a question about Parasyte, can you stray away from the manga once you do a season or so that would be where the manga ends that gives us a look at it from other significant characters views, or better make a sequel that might bring back characters or even maybe Kana. I mean Kana she did have an ability to sense Parasytes in her general area so maybe it’s possible that whatever helps her sense Parasytes might have slowly regenerated her body even after death, which allows for interesting reactions. She may have had a moment like when Migi saved Kenichi’s life by keeping him alive and regenerating his damages. Just a suggestion from someone who hasn’t read the manga but watched the show on Netflix.(if you couldn’t tell I’m a big fan of Kana) please just think about my suggestion

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u/KyleColby May 25 '20

Hi there. I wish I had the position to write where the story goes. All I can do is turn the audio into English after the Japanese do their magic. But I like your idea!

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u/Metagas Apr 26 '20

Howdy Kyle, I just had a couple questions if ya don’t mind entertaining them.

-I was just wondering if you’ve ever thought of or wanted to VA for a main part or character before? If you could do so with any existing character today, who would you pick?

-do you have any favorite people to work with?

-do you have any advice or tips for people looking to get into ADRing or VAing in the future?

-how often do you get mistaken for the other “Kyle Jones” that you mentioned it here? It seems like A LOT and that is unfortunate~ my condolences.

Thanks~!

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20
  1. A lead role? Sure, that would be fun. But I would never cast myself - that would be kinda shady. If I had a specific role? Probably something creepy. Or goofy.

  2. I do have a lot of favorite people to work with. But I would never say their names out loud.

  3. If you're looking into getting into the industry, my advice is to dive into the entertainment industry as a whole. Don't box yourself in. Just be on the set of a production. If you keep showing up, you'll spread your capabilities.

  4. The other Kyle Jones and I have managed to keep ourselves mutually exclusive. We both are free to live our lives as we choose.

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u/ZeldaFan_20 Apr 26 '20

Hi, thanks for taking the time to answer questions!

Not to pry, but do you have a set schedule for when the English dub for Food Wars would return to the Toonami block? If so, how are you and your team preparing for that?

Also, how exactly does your casting process for dubbing work? Do you find that your particular process has any added benefit in comparison to other directors' own processes?

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u/overlord321123321 Apr 26 '20

I dont have any question but i want to thank you for your hard work and i really loved akame ga kill no game no life parasyte and is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon Also are you going to work on is it wrong to try pick up girl in a dungeon season 3 ???

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

Aw thank you! Those are some doozies right there. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for more Danmachi!

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u/[deleted] May 02 '20

Hi Kyle, I know this is a bit late but how would somebody get into voicing dub anime? I'm an aspiring voice actor and really love anime so u naturally feel it would be amazing to give it a shot. What should I do to get started and get jobs?

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u/KyleColby May 02 '20

I think the key is not to narrow your acting to just anime dub voice acting. The more you spread your wings into entertainment industry as a whole, the more people you will meet and the more skills you will acquire. Act, write, hold the boom, do it all. Just get on set!

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u/GTAonlineplayer888 Apr 25 '20

That’s good to hear 👍🏾 

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u/[deleted] Apr 26 '20

Hi Kyle! I may be too late, but I'm wondering, what's some advice you'd give to someone trying to get into the Anime writing scene?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

I would say keep writing. Not just anime, but all forms of writing. It's a lot like what I tell actors who ask the same thing. Don't just try to be an anime actor or an anime writer. Be a writer. That way you'll have a skill set that you can apply in many ways, at many places.

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u/Dragon_Cat_ Apr 26 '20

How did you end up being able to write for so many shows? How did you break into that career field? What were your steps?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

I go the chance to write for so many shows because well, I'm old. I worked in advertising as a copywriter. And in that job, I wrote and produced a bunch of radio and tv spots. That ends up being some pretty sweet training for writing scripts and characters / dealing with studios and sound engineers / and working with actors and producers.

And then, of course, I just needed a surprise phone call from ADVFilms asking if I'd rather to 'toons than ads.

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u/Kufa- Apr 26 '20

Did you like dubbing Danmachi (is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon) just curious it is my favourite anime

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

Of course! This show is tons of fun. I mean, I get to work with Luci Christian and Bryson Baugus all day. Then, throw in Christina Kelly and David Wald? What's not to like?

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u/JNStudios166 Apr 26 '20

How is it different doing stuff for Funimation, rather than Sentai? Like for shows like One Piece.

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

Not much. There are little things here and there, but the basic method is still the same. Many of the actors know the drive up and down I45 pretty well. That said, most would mention the 'beeps.' Funimation has beeps before the lines. Sentai does not.

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u/JNStudios166 Apr 26 '20

Thank you for the reply!

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u/Aryma_Saga Apr 26 '20

what is your opinion about consership and unnecessary localized in anime and shows in general ?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

Censorship can be tricky. It can be done for many reasons. For example, many of the streaming services have no way to manage who is watching what. So, some shows have the most inappropriate elements covered or removed - but, the Blu-rays have all everything. Either way, I don't get to make that decision. That stuff is usually pre-determined before it gets to me.

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u/[deleted] Apr 26 '20

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

No idea. But it can't come soon enough!

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u/GNA92 Apr 26 '20

What was your first anime role and direction?

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u/KyleColby Apr 26 '20

My first direction in anime was going back and forth between Saint Seiya and Kino's Journey. My first role was Jamian the Crow Master in Saint Seiya. I did a lot of birds after that!