Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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The Saga continues

After our whole Xeno Saga (II), we didn't actually start playing XenosagaII until about a week ago. And then we were sad because they changed a lot of the dub cast. I think MOMO was hardest hit, just because her voice actor was so perfect in the first game, or at least, I thought so. As perfect as a dub voice can get, anyway. She was just so magical-girly before, and now she's just...not. Part of that may be that she gave up her magical girl wand in favor of a bow, but she still has her, "Mystic powers, grant me a miracle!" line.

Currently I'm always sad when chaos talks in battle because he sounds so much older than I think he should. It's kind of ironic, actually, because when we played through the first Xenosaga, his voice was my biggest complaint, again, because he sounded too old, but now I want that guy back. Before, it was just that the... timbre?... of his voice sounded too old, but the way he delivered the lines actually wasn't so bad. Now the voice itself sounds younger (to me anyway, and for some reason not in battle) but the way he talks sounds older. That's probably better, actually, since chaos seems to be very, very old, just in a younger-looking body, but he just sounds so cold.

Athena was listening to him talk to Canaan and she said, "Man, listening to them talk is depressing!" They weren't even talking about anything depressing, but they sounded so depressed. And, since chaos is played by Hoshi-san in the Japanese version, I imagine him to sound a lot warmer. I wanted to check the Xenosaga anime to see if my imagination's memory of chaos's Japanese voice was the same as his actual voice (when I watched the first time, I was too much like, "Oooh, Hoshi-san!!" to notice; that and he doesn't talk much. Stupid chaos), but we had already deleted all the episodes. The files were freakin' huge.

On the one hand, I hate to complain about dubs (except the ADV Saiyuki dub; that was just evil), because I know, or at least I hope, the dub actors are doing their best to provide English-speaking voices for these characters, but I'm a purist all the way, so there are very few dubs that I can watch without finding something to complain about. Part of it, Athena points out, is that we don't want to admit that anyone other than the Japanese voice actor is that character. But, watching the Saiyuki Reload dub, I realized that I'm just not going to be satisfied with dubs.

Or so I thought. While I am still very sad about many of the cast changes in Xenosaga, I'm very, very happy that they got Scott Menville (Robin, in Teen Titans) to be young Albedo. He's just so good! There were a few times where the voice he was using seemed to give him trouble saying the lines because he wasn't used to it, but just the way he delivered all his lines! There was one time where at first I thought he sounded way too emotional, but then I actually noticed the look on Albedo's face, and the intonation matched perfectly. I'm in love with him. Not Albedo; he's creepy.

We grew up in a family of actors, and our older sister was always criticizing people's acting abilities, so it became kind of a habit of mine, too. More out of defense, though, because if she said someone I liked couldn't act, I wanted to be able to tell for myself whether or not that was true. So it's not that I really know anything, it's just that I like characters to sound like they're really talking and interacting, not performing lines. And I realize that my version of real talking is different than other people's, so it's possible that I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Anyway, now I'm obsessed with Scott Menville. Again. We were very sad last year when we found out he was at San Diego Comic-Con and we didn't go. Of course, we didn't find out he'd been there until after the con, because we didn't really get into Teen Titans until literally the week after it the con ended. We wanted to go as Starfire and Blackfire, but we haven't mastered time travel yet, so it was a no-go. Maybe this year...
Tags: rambling, scott menville, soichiro hoshi, teen titans, voice actors, xenosaga

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