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Posted 9/10/16
How do you tell good voice acting from bad voice acting? How you tell when Japanese VAs have done a good job or if they're phoning it in? How do you tell when an English is bad or if it's great?
What are some good examples of each:?
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Well for IS the English one I couldn't stand. The British chick sounded like a southern bell.
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To me a good VA won't sound like they're reading a script. They'll actually put emotions into their voice. A bad one will sound deadpan when voicing an energetic character. The VA also has to actually sound like their character should. I expect a VA to sound manly when voicing a manly character. I'd give you some examples of bad ones but they'd just be dubs because as much as I'd love to not have to read subs, the VA choices for dubs are usually not good.
At the end of the day what I think good voice acting and bad voice acting is is my opinion so I guess that's really it
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Posted 9/10/16 , edited 9/12/16
I can't really tell with the Japanese most of the time, I don't even listen to the voices most of the time. Except in the really emotional scenes sometimes I feel like they are really conveying that emotion. I can't stand dubs because the voice acting sounds just like that: acting. It sounds so cheesy and unreal. Subs might sound like that to me too if I could understand the language, but I don't so it makes for a better experience I think.
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SirBacon12 wrote:

I can't really tell with the Japanese most of the time, I don't even listen to the voices most of the time. Except in the really emotional scenes sometimes I feel like they are really conveying that emotion. I can't stand dubs because the voice acting sounds just like that: acting. It sounds so cheesy and unreal. Subs might sound like that to me too if I could understand the language, but I don't so it makes for a better experience I think.


This is my summary pretty much.
Posted 9/10/16
You don't. It's all opinion.
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SirBacon12 wrote:

I can't really tell with the Japanese most of the time, I don't even listen to the voices most of the time. Except in the really emotional scenes sometimes I feel like they are really conveying that emotion. I can't stand dubs because the voice acting sounds just like that: acting. It sounds so cheesy and unreal. Subs might sound like that to me too if I could understand the language, but I don't so it makes for a better experience I think.


Watch the shows and movies in mute, then. lol I know plenty of English dub where it doesn't sound like acting. You must be watching all the wrong series and movies.
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I simply listen, if they sound like they are reading from a script, then it's bad. If not, then It's good. For the most part, I can't tell from the Japanese, since I don't understand the language.
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Posted 9/10/16 , edited 9/16/16
If I cringe when I hear it, it's bad. If not, it's probably ok.
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Actually, I'll throw in my two cents for what I absolutely can't stand. The extremely high pitched voices from certain women VA's...grr. It just drives me insane.
Posted 9/10/16 , edited 9/11/16
Switch from subs to dubs.

Something just seems off when it comes to dubs, I can't quite put my fingers on it. Maybe they sound too old? Like a high school boy or girl, and the voice actor sounds 25 or 30, so it just comes off as awkward. The lack of feelings, sometimes it feels like they're just reading the lines from a page. Too much feelings, I find that sometimes the English voice actors will overexaggerate a certain scene which makes it even more awkward.

Also, why is it in dubs, the characters' voice sounds so similar to one another? Do they use one actor for several characters? The limited diversity in tone is another reason why it's bad.
Posted 9/11/16

You cringe
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some voice actors are bad, other voice actors just get cast in bad or unfitting roles. there are some talented seiyuu and VAs who end up in roles that don't fit them as well, and because it lies outside a specialized niche or versatility the performance may seem 'awkward' in comparison to their past roles.
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Posted 9/12/16 , edited 9/16/16
Can only speak for the English ones. And thats when the voices are so overly exaggerated and annoying that it makes you want to straggle a cute kitten.
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Posted 9/12/16
If you are thinking about the voice acting its probably bad, the better the voice acting the less you think about it, for me at least.
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