Let’s talk dub cast

Viz has started to trickle announcements on the Tiger & Bunny English dub cast on their official T&B Facebook page. So far we have:

At the current speed (announcement every other day) they can drag this on for weeks – and Kotetsu and Barnaby’s VA’s will probably be the last ones to be announced.

We don’t usually watch dubs, and the American voice actors we recognise we have learned to know from game dubs. Because of that we don’t really have any expectations, other than that we don’t want to hear Vic Mignogna in any role, and we would absolutely love to hear Yuri Lowenthal in some role, preferably as Ivan.

What do you think of the cast choices so far, and who would be in your dream voice cast?

Update: More cast announced.

  • Laura Bailey as Dragon Kid/Huang Pao-Lin
  • Kari Wahlgren as Blue Rose/Karina Lyle
  • John Eric Bentley as Fire Emblem/Nathan Seymour

I don’t know if my google-fu is failing or if John Eric Bentley hasn’t done notable anime work before, I only found an IMDB page that seems like it’s the right person.

Update 2: Another cast announcement adds…

Update: Back to the heroes (and crushing my casting hopes) with

Ivan was the only role that I really had someone in mind for, I was hoping for Yuri Lowenthal… I’ll still keep hoping he’ll appear in some other role. Now the only heroes that haven’t been announced yet are Wild Tiger and Barnaby, and we’re also still missing Lunatic.

Update: Tadah! Another cast announcement, and they’re still hoarding Tiger & Barnaby…

Update: I think we are nearing the end of the announcements! Today adds…

A very good choice indeed in my opinion. Maybe the next announcement will bring us Kotetsu & Barnaby.

Update: Viz issued a press release about T&B panel at Anime Expo and it included the following cast announcement:

Personally I wasn’t 100% sure if Yuri would be the right Barnaby but then again, I didn’t really think Morita was the right Barnaby either before I heard his performance. In any case, Yuri Lowenthal is our #1 favourite American VA here at This is Sternbild and WE ARE EXCITED, OH YES WE ARE. Now they just have Kotetsu to announce and the main cast will be complete.

Update the FINAL: And the cast is complete.


50 comments on “Let’s talk dub cast

  1. No opinions until I can hear the preview.

    Also, what’s wrong with Vic Mignogna?

    I wish there could be a roll available for Alessandro Juliani, but that won’t happen. I can’t see him voicing anyone.

    • In short, Vic has a very bad reputation in the anime community for being a creeper towards young women at cons, bible thumper and just generally an unpleasant person. Nobody wants to associate him with T&B.

  2. I don’t watch my anime dubbed (I’ve seen Cowboy Bebop and the movie I watch dubbed half the time). If Steve Blum is involved, I’ll at least check out the Jake Martinez episodes just to hear what he does with it (fangirl here). 🙂

  3. Hmm, I really don’t mind dubs, and when they are done well, I enjoy them quite a bit. If I don’t like them though, then I just ignore them. With the T&B dub though, they are taking a long time, getting well known and just plain good voice actors, and they are working with Ozaki to make sure that the voices fit and such. And they do!

    Going straight down the list:

    Patrick Seitz is a voice actor with a very good range, in the sense that he hasn’t been pinned down by one type of character for his voice. He’s done various character types, as you can see (and hear) in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOn604YtVkM (NOTE: The Hellsing clip from 3:12-4:10 is NSFW). The voice that he does for Ichigo’s father in Bleach, when he screams “Good Morning!” is probably the one that we are going to be hearing for “SKY HIGH!” and “THANKS, AND THANKS AGAIN!” and such. While his voice is slightly deeper than I imagined for Keith (he might make it lighter and higher) the tone and pitch is the same, which is what really matters.

    Travis Willingham does the voice of Roy Mustang in FullMetal Alchemist. Here is a clip that contains his lighter, comedic scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgNhOKyPl0Y and here is one that contains a scene that is far more serious and in which Roy is angered (this contains spoilers for FMA: Brotherhood): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enyipxV6ds0 His voice can be rough when he needs it to be but still be rather lighthearted and friendly.

    Jamieson K. Price did the voice of the Count in The Count of Monte Cristo. Here’s a link to the first episode in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPWibk4KbyQ You can hear the Count talk at around 8:30. His voice is deep and suave and would definitely fit Maverick, who is similar to a smooth talking politician.

    Stephanie Sheh also has a good range. She’s done characters that are happy and chirpy, such as Orihime in Bleach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkxovQ-emzc) to the odd and eccentric, though rather indifferent Mamimi from FLCL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLMs4rBWmSw her clip lasts until 1:35 or so). So, I think she would be great for Kriem who is definitely bizarre, but who also has her normal girlish side on occasions as well.

    Finally, Steve Blum has done Spike in Cowboy Bebop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSLfBR4D0Hg this scene is also spoilery). His deep, gravelly voice will fit Jake perfectly!

    When it comes to the rest of the dub cast…Well, I’ve been out of the dubbing scene for a long time now. Once I decided I wanted to become a Japanese translator, I started watching anime in RAW and subbed format to help with listening comprehension, but I do know that I would *love* to have Crispin Freeman as Yuri/Lunatic. I think his voice would be fantastic and would do the character of Lunatic justic! XD He’s done such a large amount of work, but here is a complilation of his video game works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_mBJVE-x58, while his notable anime works include Alucard in Hellsing and Tsume in Wolf’s Rain.

    One other thing I also know is that I don’t want Vic to be involved. At lurkerella, the reason a lot of people are not fond of Vic is because 1. his voice is largely the same in all of the roles that he does and 2. the more important and major reason: a lot of fans have had bad experiences with him (one of my friends has, actually), some people have seen how the voice acting fame that came with him doing Ed in FMA has gone to his head, others have had uncomfortable flirting/unwanted sexual attention experiences with him, and still others do not like the fact that he tries to bring religion to Cons (such as holding Mass on Sundays at some anime conventions and such).

    The main reason why I want him to stay out of the T&B dub though, is because I simply cannot see his voice fitting any of the characters. Of course, whether any of the voices really *will* fit or not is, and will continue to be, up in the air until we can watch the whole series. For now, we can only make educated guesses based off of the voice actors previous works and such.

    • Awesomely thorough reply, thanks!

      I only knew Patrick Seitz and Jamieson Price from the games I’ve played, the rest I’m pretty unfamiliar with. Considering that Ozaki is involved in the casting I doubt we’ll see any truly bad choices.

      • No problem! This has been fun, actually.

        And the individual below mentioned Chris Patton, and I can’t believe I didn’t think of him! OTL

        I actually think he would make a very good Barnaby. He can pull off being an emotionally in control smooth talker like he did with his role as Sasame in Pretear (sadly I cannot find a really good clip of him as Sasame) to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, like he did with his role as Fakir in Princess Tutu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PxQ0Me9VHs skip to 3:15 to 4:12 and 7:32 to 8:15). He would also be able to handle Barnaby’s emotional side well, I believe. Here’s a pretty good compilation of his works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2YPtaEf6Lg.

  4. I love these picks so far. I, also love dubs if they are done well. Yes, there have been a few.
    I would like Troy Baker, Christopher Sabat, Eric Vale, Chris Patton. and Dave Wittenberg for anything in this.

  5. I really like good dubs mostly because I can watch them while doing other stuff so I don’t have to stare at subtitles. It makes rewatch value jump up for me. All the choices seem good so far so I wait in anticipation to see what comes next…

    I also had the thought of: no Vic please. Haha hopefully he’s not cast as anyone.

    And of course my personal favorite revealed so far is Steve Blum as Jake. I love his voice pretty much as much as I love Jake and everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a perfect fit, so I’m beyond excited about it.

    • Where I live they only dub children’s shows, I’m so used to reading subs that I barely notice them. I even read them when I’m watching something that’s in a language I know, it’s just a reflex. ^^

      • I speak some Japanese and am actively learning the language, so I watch the Japanese and understand almost half of what they’re saying anyway. The subtitles fill in the blanks. It’s a great way to work on listening comprehension, build vocabulary and hear the language in use in a variety of situations. What’s fun is finding subtitles that don’t match what they are saying. xD My problem is, you get used to the Japanese voices, so when hearing the other language dub voices they sound weird/wrong. Same kind of problem people used to dubs have when they try to listen to the Japanese.

        That said, I really don’t know who the English dub voice actors are – just a couple of them like Steve Blum and Johnny Yong Bosh. I’ve seen clips of Bosh as Vash (and it sounds like he’s very good in that role, perfectly cast), but that’s about it. I’ll check out Blum’s Jake Martinez, but otherwise I’ll stick with the Japanese – I’m already in love with their voices.

  6. Wow, it’s so fortunate you’re getting a dub… I wish other foreigners would get their dubs already – I live in Brazil and there’s no word about T&B getting localized for either DVD or broadcast =/

    • The Hong Kong broadcast that’s starting soon is with a Chinese (Cantonese I think) dub. I haven’t heard of other dubs than that and the American one, but I guess they will come…

    • That’s what’s hard about falling in love with a new anime – you have to wait so long for the dubbing and the release in your own country. This is my first anime I’ve seen before it was released as a dub, so this is a new experience for me. 🙂

  7. Seems like a rather solid cast so far. I got no complaints! (Steve Blum plays Jake?!? This pleases me immensely!)

    My dreams roles for the remaining ones would be Vic Mignogna as Ivan/Origami (for luls and he definitely would have a blast). Yuri Lowenthal would do a great job too though.
    Johnny Yong Bosch as Barnaby/Bunny
    Christina Vee as Karina/Blue Rose
    I frankly have no idea who could best pull off Kotetsu though.

  8. Ah, perfect! Yuri as Ivan! I like the way you think. 😀

    As far as anime dub/sub goes, I go both ways. Just depends. But so far, I am really excited about the announcements so far. My fangirl level has been off the charts lately.

    I’ve already got Patrick Seitz (eee!), so other than him I would like to hear Crispin Freeman in the series. (As Nathan or Lunatic possibly) I also love Chuck Huber’s voice, but I’m not sure I’ve heard him in anything from Viz.

  9. i honestly have more respect for the japanese cast because they shaped the way we view the characters now and they helped in making tiger and bunny famous.

  10. Your Google search is not failing you. It *does* appear as if he has never done any notable anime works before, though he *has* done some additional video game voices. What I found for him though was a video of a lot of his TV Show appearances, basically all of them are comedic roles (http://vimeo.com/37145832). Since Viz has been doing a good job thus far, I am looking forward to seeing how John Eric Bentley will pull this off. ^^

    As for the other two…Laura Bailey as Dragon Kid/Pao-lin is a great choice! She has done a nice range of characters too, from the sweet and ditsy Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qg0bktcPJ8 1:35-1:45 and 2:45-3:15) to the sultry, mature, and, well, lustful Lust of FullMetal Alchemist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qjkwovZweI). She’s even done young boyish male characters before, such as Schrodinger in the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RnRA-W5d6s sadly this video only has her character saying Good Morning in German, but you can get an idea of the type of character). So, I think she will be good doing the tomboyish Pao-lin. : )

    Kari K. Wahlgren, who is doing Karina/Blue Rose, has also done a nice variety of character types. Her debut role was as Haruko Haruhara in FLCL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLMs4rBWmSw go to about the 3:30 mark to hear her). Other roles she has done are Rip Van Winkle in the Hellsing Ultimate OVAs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIdu63G2DDI her character starts talking 1:25 NOTE: the clip is NSFW), Fuu in Samurai Champloo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGswI34W9fg), and Cher in Wolf’s Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muu6bjIOGJQ You hear at the 2:40 mark). I have a feeling that we are probably going to hear a voice that is similar to Cher’s for Karina/Blue Rose, since Cher’s character had Tsundere elements to her, though, the voice should hopefully sound a bit younger, since Karina/Blue Rose is a teenager and Cher is a 20-something year old woman.

    I’m really liking this voice cast thus far, they are doing really good, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest. We’re almost through the main cast of characters (though I am sure that we are going to get Kotetsu and Barnaby last). I was just thinking about what they might do for Kaede, and they are either going to get an actual young girl to do her part or perhaps Luci Christian, since she’s done young girls voice quite often, and can also get the bratty part of Kaede’s character done good too.

  11. So far, I’m happy with what they have announced, since they seem fitting. (Well I don’t have an opnion on Nathan’s actor since I havne’t heard his voice, and havne’t seen his acting really.)

    All I can say for sure though, is that when I get the DVDs I’ll find out if they did a good job or not. But so far it seems headed in the right path. Plus like others have said, Ozaki had a part in the casting, and he knows what they are doing, so I trust him, unless I see differnt.

  12. Well I suppose….

    Johnny Young Bosch for Barnaby. About the closest person I picture voicing him. I hope his range has improved, or otherwise I’m going to be constantly reminded of Adachi from Persona 4.
    Liam O’Brien for Yuri Petrov. Can do characters that are not quite right in the head and is a good all around choice.
    Karen Strassman for Kaede or Tomoe. Does pretty good female voices and can do both girls and women. Or I guess Christina Vee or Kaede
    And of course Yuri Lowenthal for Ivan since he’s one of my favorite English VAs and he could even do a better job then the original voice.

    I’m not really certain who could do a proper Kotetsu, some say Troy Baker but he sounds too young. But an earlier poster pointed to Scott McNeil and he’s decent so I’m going with that guy.

    Unsurprised that Laura Bailey made it in, she’s everywhere lately lol. Very happy Kari Wahlgren is in this, I think she did a wonderful job as Haruko in FLCL. And Steve Blum because he would make a wonderful Jake. John Eric Bentley is kind of a wild card right now, but I have to give them credit for getting a black guy to voice a black character for once.

  13. I can’t see Vic Mignogna in any role, although I liked him as Ed and Tamaki in FMA and Ouran respectively, and indeed his reputation is terrible where fans are concerned.

    I am LOVING the dub so far, and quite a few of the people I had in mind for the roles actually got them, especially Travis Willingham as Rock Bison.

    I know everyone says Johnny Yong Bosch should play Barnaby because he’s often cast in Morita’s roles, but personally I really dislike his voice and I don’t think he has the acting chops to play the part (I’ve only seen him as Ichigo though, so IDK). I’ve got the same problem with Scott McNeil, though I’ve not seen him in much either so that’s purely subjective.

    If Yuri Lowenthal doesn’t get Ivan I’ll be disappointed, and if Troy Baker or Chris Patton turn up I’ll be over the moon. Also I think Wendee Lee would be perfect as Agnes.
    I also agree with mrsspooky about Beau Billingslea, though I haven’t seen him in much lately.

    I’m loving how they’re drawing the announcements out. It’s painful, but it’s a lot of fun!

  14. The only one I am really going to comment on here is Agnes’ voice actress. The other two are very minor and I’m sure they will be fine (I mean, Laura Bailey is already fine, so yeah).

    Anyway, a lot of people were expecting Tara Platt for Agnes. I, myself, am completely unfamiliar with her and her works, but I looked up her works in Naruto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL_x1Ml-efk as Temari) and Rave Master (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU7VJYTV6VA as Reina, the first 30 sec. of the video) and she appears to have a nice, mature voice that will work well for Agnes, I think.

    • Thank you again for compiling the voice actor info! ^w^

      I’ve heard Tara Platt in Persona 3 (she was Mitsuru) and I think her voice will suit Agnes perfectly.

      • No problem! I do it anyway, because most of the time, while I may be familiar with the voices, I am unfamiliar with the name of the voice actor or actress so I look them up and take a listen as a refresher. Ah, and that is good to know!

  15. I just read Vic Mignogna ED article, which I don’t know why I hadn’t read before since I’m kinda (little) involved with that website, ha.

    Now I can see why people want him away.

  16. Hmm, I am not overly familiar with Michael Sinterniklaas’ voice acting, but he seems to have a good voice for Ivan/Origami Cyclone from what I heard (I was familiar with some of the series that he did voice work for, I just happened to have watched them subbed instead of dubbed).

    Anyway, you can hear him in Eden of the East here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7bjY4-sFvY 3:20-4:10 (Osugi, the guy in the yellow coat) and in the OVA of Munto here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGRUQX-bZ0 20:45-24:00 (Kazuya). I think we will be hearing more of a Kazuya voice than an Osugi one for Ivan.

    I’m anticipating the next announcement!

    • I’m a bit intrigued because he was Sasuke in Sengoku Basara dub, having a bit hard time wrapping my head around that. On the other hand, I feel like rewatching Basara again. x)

  17. I was hoping that Mark Hamil would do Martinez, since Martinez’s Japanese voice was exactly what I was expecting TAS Joker to sound like in Japanese.

  18. I’m so happy to hear that Daran Norris is going to be voicing a character in this anime. I love that guy, and he’s been doing voices in cartoons/anime since I was a kid. So to have him in my new favorite series is really something. It gives me all kinds of fuzzies. I like Lloyds too, and I was actually wondering who they would get to voice him. I’m happy with their choice. ❤

  19. Beau Billingslea he did, of course, Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owgu_DxlwVU) as well as Barrett from FFVII: Advent Children and other supporting characters. He should make a nice Ben!

    Dave Wittenberg – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Z3tgMYQOI 6:02-7:16 He’s Michael, the one with the sunglasses). This character from Witch Hunter Robin is known for being very tech savvy and is the hacker of the group, so he should do well as Saito.

    Daran Norris has done Vincent in the Cowboy Bebop movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgt72LGz5gI around the 5:20 mark) but most of the characters he has done seem to be very loud and active. Though, his Nomura character from the Iron Man anime looks like he could have a temperament that is similar to Lloyds. He should be fine though (ah, and the individual who commented above me approves, so good enough! ^^)

    As for Eden Riegel, she hasn’t done many anime series, but she did do the voice of Young Miriam in the Prince of Egypt (Moses’ sister) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8pEXd4s1yU 6:50-7:20). Her voice is extremely cute, and now I am actually excited to hear her do Kaede!

    • I love some of his game roles, and he can produce a lot of variety in his voice, so I’m really happy about him getting cast.

      I don’t really know Crispin Freeman much, so I can’t comment on how well he would have suited…

  20. Filling in for lilyginnyblack, here’s some samples of Yuri Lowenthal’s voice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvHH6E_qX78 | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5DG3LzqfW4 (as Simon) | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qpmL5Khbds (as Ryoji) | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc7iOlaykf4 (as Toby). Course this is for the people who follow ThisisSternbild since I’m sure the staff here is well acquainted with his voice.

    I think he sounds a bit too young for the role, he’s typically typecasted in teenager roles. Course I can’t complain, he’s my favorite dub VA as well.

    • I think he’ll be all right when it comes to sounding the right age. He sounded fine as Pip (posted below), as in, he sounded old enough, and Pip is around the same age as Barnaby. : )

      • I think he’ll sound just fine altho he does a lot of teenage roles. With Barnaby it’s more important to get the emotional nuances in the voice right than sound exactly the right age, imo.

        • Yes, getting the emotional nuances in the voice *is* really important for Barnaby, I definitely agree with that. Though if he sounded like a teen boy that would have been a bit odd nonetheless. Of course, he won’t though. 🙂

  21. I’m rather indifferent to Yuri Lowenthal as Barnaby. I am not overly familiar with his works (Sasuke in Naruto and Pip in Hellsing Ultimate being the only ones I ever really heard. He wasn’t that great as Goku in Saiyuki Reload, but that is due to the direction of the voice acting rather than voice acting itself.) I have a good amount of faith placed in this dub though, so I am content. ^^

    For anyone who may not be familiar with his works at all:

    Sasuke in Naruto Shippudden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKgdhxefIiA).

    Pip in Hellsing Ultimate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE7FCD_KIh4 the one with the braid and hat, he is the first one to speak in this clip). Even though this clip isn’t all that bad, Hellsing clips are always a bit NSFW.

  22. Ahhh, Yuri was unextpected! I didn’t even think of him as the voice of Barnaby, but my brain has played his voice with some of Bunny’s lines and I can’t say I object. ❤ I'm so excited. Damn, there's only Kotetsu left and I can't wait. I've been so happy with everyone else!

  23. While they haven’t officially announced a name yet, they have a video up of Wild Tiger’s voice actor up on the Tiger and Bunny FB page, much like they had with Barnaby’s. Most of the people who commented are quite certain that it is Wally Wingert. You can’t really tell much how well he is going to be as Kotetsu, because it is just him screaming “Wild Roar!” XD

    Anyway, I’m not familiar with his work at all, on Youtube I just found a clip of him as Renji from Bleach (because it was the easiest to find) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e-Osnv7SuI, but over at his official website (http://www.wallyontheweb.com/home_new.html) there appears to be a bunch of clips and stuff, too.

    Of course, it could end up not being him, but the guy in the clip does look and sound like Wally Wingert.

    • I gotta confess I’m totally not familiar with Wingert’s work, but from the samples I have nothing against him. If it really is him.

      (I’ve got a final wrap-up post ready to go once they make the actual announcement. *pins and needles*)

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