2014 Voice Actor/Seiyuu Tournament Discussion Thread
Not-so-many years ago on the old Funimation boards - before I even became a passionate anime fan and signed up - Gyt Kaliba started up a little event that featured some top-class voice talent in the anime dubbing industry. And in the inaugural tournament, Vic Mignogna was the winner. That, of course, was just the beginning.
In the following years, tournament winners included Brina Palencia, Crispin Freeman, Luci Christian, Jamie Marchi, and last year, Steve Blum. Although past champions have been allowed to participate in this tournament with its original creator, this event is now under new management! That's right - all past champions will be sitting it out, as they do in my other tournaments.
After Gyt Kaliba included voice actors of western cartoons and video games two years ago, and then seiyuu last year, what's next? Well, I can't really say that I've come up with any ideas that would top my predecessor. So I might as well just mash them all up into one massive tournament! 256 participants will be split up into four categories, and each category will have a representative in every match of the first round. The top two voted participants will advance in the first two rounds. Afterwards, it's a bracket of 64 like I always do - with the strongest staying away from each other until the final rounds.
If you haven't already skipped my hype-building intro, and proceeded to skim through all four master lists, here's what to do if you don't see anyone you think should participate: go ahead and nominate them, and I'll see what I can do. Just keep in mind that if you nominate a male voice actor, for example, I'll have to swap out another person from that same category. And if you nominate a seiyuu, please include at least two prominent roles that he or she has played.
(Japanese participants will have roles listed for the first few rounds, since most will be at a disadvantage.)
Male Voice Actors:
! Billy West
Dee Bradley Baker
J. Michael Tatum
Johnny Yong Bosch
Kevin Michael Richardson
Richard Steven Horvitz
Roger Craig Smith
Female Voice Actors:
! Alexis Tipton
Cassandra Lee Morris
Christine Marie Cabanos
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Tabitha St. Germain
! Akio Otsuka (Rider, Batou)
Akira Ishida (Xellos, Athrun Zala)
Akira Kamiya (Kenshiro, Ryo Saeba)
Cho (Brook, Jaken)
Daisuke Namikawa (Waver Velvet, Rokuro Okajima)
Daisuke Ono (Sebastian Michaelis, Sinbad)
Fumihiko Tachiki (Gendo Ikari, Kenpachi Zaraki)
Hidenobu Kiuchi (Kenzo Tenma, Hei)
Hikaru Midorikawa (Heero Yuy, Lancer)
Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi)
Hiroki Takahashi (Kenji Harima, Jonouchi/Joey Wheeler)
Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi, Koyomi Araragi)
Hiro Shimono (Keima Katsuragi, Akihisa Yoshii)
Houchuu Otsuka (Jiraiya, Soul Eaterï¿½s Demon)
Jouji Nakata (Alucard, Kirei Kotomine)
Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge, Kimihiro Watanuki)
Junichi Suwabe (Dandy, Greed, Archer)
Kappei Yamaguchi (L, Ranma, Inuyasha)
Katsuyuki Konishi (Kamina, Optimus Prime)
Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi Hatake, Madara)
Kazuki Yao (Franky, Kouichirou Iketani)
Kazuya Nakai (Zoro Roronoa, Masamune Date)
Keiji Fujiwara (Ladd Russo, Maes Hughes)
Kenichi Suzumura (Lavi, Atsushi Murasakibara)
Kenjirou Tsuda (Seto Kaiba, Mifune)
Kensho Ono (Tetsuya Kuroko, Hakuryuu Ren)
Kentaro Ito (Hiroki Kamijou, Renji Abarai)
Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel, Ryoga Hibiki)
Kouji Yusa (Gin Ichimaru, Vincent Law)
Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater Evans, Ichika Orimura)
Kousuke Toriumi (Gilbert Nightray, Gennosuke Kouga)
Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami, Death the Kid)
Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki, Barnaby Brooks Jr.)
Masaya Onosaka (Vash the Stampede, Don Patch)
Minoru Shiraishi (Taniguchi, Sakamoto)
Miyu Irino (Jinta Yadomi, Zwei)
Nobuhiko Okamoto (Accelerator, Rin Okumura)
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Hiei, Viral)
Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke Uchiha, Uryuu Ishida)
Norihiro Inoue (Schneizel el Britannia, Taichi Keaton)
Norio Wakamoto (Vicious, Cell, Charles zi Britannia)
Rikiya Koyama (Kiritsugu Emiya, Mamoru Takamura)
Ryo Horikawa (Vegeta, Reinhard von Lohengramm)
Ryohei Kimura (Shouma Takakura, Judal)
Ryotaro Okiayu (Byakuya Kuchiki, Scar)
Ryusei Nakao (Frieza, Mayuri Kurotsuchi)
Satoshi Hino (Yuji Sakai, Saito Hiraga)
Shinichiro Miki (Roy Mustang, Kojirou/James)
Showtaro Morikubo (Goro Honda, Yosuke Hanamura)
Shuuichi Ikeda (Shanks, Char Aznable)
Soichiro Hoshi (Keiichi Maebara, Kira Yamato)
Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi, Meme Oshino)
Takashi Kondou (Train Heartnet, Ralph Werec)
Takehito Koyasu (Dio Brando, Touga Kiryu)
Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Eishirou Sugata, Makoto Tachibana)
Tetsuya Kakihara (Simon, Natsu Dragneel)
Tomokazu Seki (Gilgamesh, Daru)
Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon, Gintoki Sakata)
Toshihiko Seki (Senketsu, Iruka Umino)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Griffith, Alex Row)
Wataru Takagi (Eikichi Onizuka, Valgaav)
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kazuto Kirigaya, Sora)
Yuichi Nakamura (Tomoya Okazaki, Gray Fullbuster)
Yuki Kaji (Eren Yeager, Issei Hyoudou)
! Ai Kayano (Shiro, Meiko Honma)
Ai Nonaka (Kyouko Sakura, Fuko Ibuki)
Aki Toyosaki (Yui Hirasawa, Misaki Ayuzawa)
Ami Koshimizu (Holo, Ryuko Matoi)
Aoi Yuki (Madoka Kaname, Mina Tepes)
Asami Seto (Chihaya Ayase, Ayaka Kagari)
Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya, Konata Izumi)
Aya Hisakawa (Sailor Mercury, Rem Saverem)
Ayako Kawasumi (Saber, Mahoro Ando)
Ayana Taketatsu (Suguha Kirigaya, Kirino Kousaka)
Aya Suzaki (Mako Mankanshoku, Tamako Kitashirakawa)
Chiaki Omigawa (Maka Albarn, Minko Tsurugi)
Chiwa Saito (Hitagi Senjougahara, Homura Akemi)
Emiri Kato (Kyubey, Mayoi Hachikuji)
Eri Kitamura (Sayaka Miki, Yui)
Fumiko Orikasa (Seras Victoria, Rukia Kuchiki)
Haruka Tomatsu (Morgiana, Asuna Yuki)
Houko Kuwashima (Medusa, Clare)
Ikue Otani (Pikachu, Tony Tony Chopper)
Izumi Kitta (Tomoko Kuroki, Misaki Tokura)
Junko Minagawa (Cornelia li Britannia, Oz Vessalius)
Junko Takeuchi (Naruto Uzumaki, Gon Freecss)
Kanae Itou (Sena Kashiwazaki, Ohana Matsumae)
Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori, Mayuri Shiina)
Kaori Ishihara (Aladdin, Azusa Azuki)
Kaori Mizuhashi (Mami Tomoe, Laharl)
Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy, Sanae Furukawa)
Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon, Misato Katsuragi)
Maaya Sakamoto (Motoko Kusanagi, Shiki Ryougi)
Mai Nakahara (Nagisa Furukawa, Rena Ryuuguu)
Mamiko Noto (Ai Enma, Sawako Kuronuma)
Marina Inoue (Yoko Littner, Armin Arlert)
Mariya Ise (Stocking, Killua Zoldyck)
Masako Nozawa (Goku, Gohan)
Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin, Luffy)
Megumi Hayashibara (Lina Inverse, Rei Ayanami)
Megumi Ogata (Shinji Ikari, Kurama, Yugi/Atem)
Megumi Toyoguchi (Revy, Winry Rockbell)
Miki Itou (Eiko Magami, Android 18)
Minami Takayama (Kiki, Nabiki Tendo)
Minori Chihara (Yuki Nagato, Miku Izayoi)
Miyuki Sawashiro (Suruga Kanbaru, Celty Sturluson)
Nana Mizuki (Hinata Hyuga, Fate Testarossa)
Rie Kugimiya (Taiga Aisaka, Shana, Alphonse Elric)
Rie Tanaka (Chii, Lacus Clyne)
Rina Satou (Mikoto Misaka, Negi Springfield)
Romi Paku (Edward Elric, Teresa)
Ryoko Shiraishi (Hayate Ayasaki, Yoshimori Sumimura)
Saeko Chiba (Mio Sakamoto, Dokuro Mitsukai)
Satsuki Yukino (Kaname Chidori, Kagome Higurashi)
Sayaka Ohara (Erza Scarlet, Yuko Ichihara)
Shizuka Itou (Akeno Himejima, Hinagiku Katsura)
Sumire Uesaka (Sanae Dekomori, Nonna)
Tomoko Kawakami (Utena Tenjou, Rosette Christopher)
Yoko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama, Rias Gremory)
Yui Horie (Tsubasa Hanekawa, Eri Sawachika)
Yukana (C.C., Teletha Testarossa)
Yukari Tamura (Nanoha Takamachi, Suzuha Amane)
Yuki Matsuoka (Evangeline, Orihime Inoue)
Yu Kobayashi (Setsuna Sakurazaki, Sasha Blouse)
Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman, Princess Yunos)
Yuko Goto (Mikuru Asahina, Junko Kaname)
Yuko Minaguchi (Videl, Sailor Saturn)
Yuriko Yamaguchi (Nico Robin, Ritsuko Akagi)
This format could result in potentially “fun” discussions, if the randomizer has its way. Just think, we could have Sean Schemmel and Masako Nozawa in the same match! ~_^
I won't be starting this until at least next week. I need just a little more time, just in case there are several nominations. So, have at it!
I have two seiyuus, one male and one female, for you to consider.
Yuuichi Nagashima (a.k.a. Cho) (Jaken [Inuyasha], Brook [One Piece])
Yuriko Yamaguchi (Ritsuko Akagi [Neon Genesis Evangelion], Nico Robin [One Piece])
For Male seiyuu I'm going to request Ryohei Kimura who voices Judal from Magi, Shouma from Penguindrum, and Hinata from Angel Beats.
Even though he probably doesn't have much of a chance at winning, I would like to add Ted Cole to the Male VA list. His most notable roles are Wufei Cheng in Gundam Wing, Tatewaki Kuno in Ranma 1/2, and my favorite anime character of all time, Taichi Hiraga Keaton from Master Keaton. :)
Also, I feel that both Richard Epcar and Michael McConnohie deserve spots on the list, but I'm not sure who I'd switch them out with. And on the ladies' side, you'd be remiss not to include the legendary Mona Marshall.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've already taken the early requests into consideration:
Remember, you can still request people I swap out.
Highly request Josh Grelle to be added back in!
No problem; Josh is back in, and I decided to swap out Nick Bakay. As funny as he is, he really hasn't done much voice acting at all.
Please put Scott Mcneil back iin
Absolutely - Scott McNeil is in the tournament once more. These lists won't be locked for just a little while longer, but for the time being, Dave Wittenberg will be on the outside looking in.
I would like to toss Micah Solusod's name into the hat if at all possible
That's going to be tough. One of the reasons why I originally kept guys like Micah and Aaron Dismuke out was simply because I favored more experienced male voice actors. Which is a shame, because Micah was really good as Soul.
If I can find someone in the list that I don't think needs to be in, I'll consider it.
Okay, I decided to squeeze Micah Solusod in this tournament by swapping out Ron Perlman. He's one of those participants that also does a lot of live-action anyway, but again, anybody that wants him back in can just say the word.
In addition, I did just a little more tinkering with the list myself, and decided to add Cathy Weseluck. She's done her fair share of both anime and western cartoons, so I figured I'd include her. (Okay…the truth is we share the same birthday ^_^) I decided that she'd replace Clarine Harp, since she's more known on the technical side of dubbing anime than actually dubbing it herself.
Speaking of suggestions, I have a deadline set for taking them: by the end of next Tuesday, the master list will be all locked up, and the randomizer will go to work on those matches. The tournament will start the following Friday.
So all past winners are sitting out; I suppose I have no complaints. A two-time champ is probably unlikely to happen and it makes things interesting.
I really like some of them so I'd most likely be tempted to vote for them if they were nominees again . :P
Any way I got some nominee suggestions. Not the end of the world if they're not accepted but they have been in some notable anime.
Male Voice Actors:
Female Voice Actors:
Thanks for the suggestions! I'll take as many of them into consideration as I can. I have a busy weekend ahead of me, so I probably won't post any changes to the list until after it locks up.
Thanks for putting Micah in the tourney. I would second Morgan Garrett, but I also understand if that's not possible due to her limited credits. It may be I just really liked Is this a Zombie lol. This list looks pretty strong as is.
I could only make room for one of those male voice actors, because it's already full of names that's almost impossible to swap out. A tough call indeed, but I'll leave things open for just a while longer. I'll post again later tonight to confirm the final list.
Okay, that about does it. Matches finally begin Friday!
First matches are up! I can't seem them right away though - if you're having the same problem, just click the "What's New?" tab at the top and refresh the page, if needed.
There were a few ties that had to be broken, but that's not a surprise considering slow starts usually happen often at the beginning of these tournaments. Here are the first 16 winners:
Kana Hanazawa - 8
Takahiro Sakurai - 7
Chiwa Saito - 5
Masaya Onosaka - 5
Alexis Tipton - 4
Jad Saxton - 4
Jun Fukuyama - 4
Kikuko Inoue - 4
Kotono Mitsuishi - 4
Matthew Mercer - 4
Megumi Toyoguchi - 4
Scott McNeil - 4
Stephanie Sheh - 4
Tia Ballard - 4
Trina Nishimura - 4
Satoshi Hino - 3
Sorry Spaceman, Ted lost the coin flip.
Could someone sticky this thread to make it more easier to find please?