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Posted 2/14/17
The gap that I see is that a lot of dubs have more traditional acting where they tend to voice characters based on what people are more likely to sound like IRL. The JP VA tend to voice characters based on stereotypes coming from other anime, kind of like how animation nowadays is inspired from other anime and not from IRL. Hayao Miyazaki himself hates both of those and has retrained some actors for his movies to act more traditionally.

Me though? I don't mind the out of this world acting though since the characters being voiced are inordinary people anyways. The dubs tend to sound boring in comparison if the tone of the show is meant to be bright and flourishing.

Deciding what voice is good voicing is hard though since even if the acting is a bit off at times, the use of vocal qualities itself can bring me in. Seiyuus can intuitively tell that little girls pronounce the "A" vowel with a higher pitch but little boys do it with a deeper voice for example even if the pitch for the other vowels are identical. Do I care if they don't do this though? No if the voice sounds nice. Girly characters usually have a higher range of pitch in acting and points where their voices rise are usually lengthened for emphasis like in questions and wa(the final sentence particle). Now this, I kinda care about. Rising pitch is universally associated with affection. Girls in English are more so associated with using tag questions than boys for example.
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Dragon Ball Z/Super, I hate Goku's voice actor. The English voice actor for Goku is a thousand times better.
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Posted 2/15/17
rather they can or not express emotions sounding realistic.

squeaking = bad.
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Posted 2/15/17
Listen to a VA performing 10 different roles. If all the very different characters sound exactly the same, lack emotion (as others have said) or just drall on he/she is a bad VA. If a VA can make you tear up, laugh, cheer, etc despite the fact you have no clue what they just said they're a GREAT VA.

I share others concern about dubs. Too many dubbers have a generic style that makes one sound just like the next. It's not their fault it's how they're taught. While there are exceptions to this situation (mostly Ghibli) the generic dubbers are all too common.
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I struggle with this too, but really I think it's usually subjective. One comment here said all English Va's sound the same, when I personally sometimes find myself thinking that for Japanese va's. There's actually voice acting school in Japan, which is often cited for the reason that they're "better" than English va's. However, I personally believe it's because people can't understand Japanese, so they subconsciously pay attention to tonal cues and emotions instead. Where as with English (or native language) you're also paying attention to what's being said, and can even pick out "flaws". Of course there's always over acting/not acting enough, but my point still stands.
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if i cant recognize a VA, then there good.
and the screams. the screams must sound real.
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I know of a game that has both good and bad voice acting in it. Watch gameplay from Yakuza (the first game) and listen to Kiryu and listen to Majima. Its like listening to someone deadpan reading with someone totally the character. Even Mark Hamill couldnt save the english dubbing of the game alone.
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To me, the VA won't sound like they are reading from a script and sound like they are putting in good effort in their voice. Like traditional live action acting it all comes down to how they make the character they play as sound real. Good voice actors make characters almost real.
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Usually, can't tell with Japanese voice actor unless is really bad like Ikki Tousen although I just think they should have a different voice just like why I can't stand the sub for One Piece since Zoro voice just does not fit him at all.
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Another game that is like that is the Tomb Raider series (again, in particular the early ones). The thing is, Lara sounds okay in my opinion, but everybody else makes me laugh because half of the time you can't understand them!

Larson in Tomb Raider 1 (it's at the start of the game so don't worry): "Noooooooooooooooo!!, Miss Jacqueline Natla, of Natla Technologies, you know... *something* bright and beautiful, heheheheheh..." at least that's what I understand from it
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*presses fingers together*

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WOOOH LADDY IMAGINE THAT VOICE ACTED BY ME W00000H LAWDY
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Posted 3/13/17

jaykirbydudee wrote:

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


^This. I like it when character sounds like themselves and can give off emotions. If they sound like they're reading off a script or sound like their 'emotions' are just forced, it's bad to me.
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I like a voice actor who is able to change the way he sounds. Like Chris Guerro (I think I got the last name wrong), sure when working with TeamFourStar he sounds the same (FUCKING AMAZING) but hearing him in Overlord, it sounded like two different people were voicing Momonga and made Overlod SO MUCH BETTER TO WATCH. Could also probably throw Johny Bosch in that boat too. But I also like the way some of them sound too, can't tell you why I like Yoko Hikasa and/or Rie Takahashi so much, but I love listening to them.

I don't like that some people sound the same in every role they play, like Josh Grelle, he's the same in Infinite Stratos, Date A Live, High School DxD BorN and, while he may sound a bit different its still the same, Baka and Test.

Some actors I'd allow for sounding the same, but I like the ones who will take on a different voice for a different role, it makes watching their work so much better.
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If the voice matches the actions on screen, shows emotion, and makes the audience interested in the character being depicted, then it is good voice acting.

If the inflection and emotion in the voice seems forced, doesn't really match the expression we see on screen, and induces so much cringe that we are actually distracted from the story, then it is bad voice acting.
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