Introduction to Voice-Acting (Podcast #2)



Show Notes for this podcast:

0:08 – Introduction

0:22 – Today’s episode

0:28 – Compilation of popular animated character voices

0:51 – The #1 most popular voice actor of all time

1:03 – Voice-acting in the West vs. Japan

  • Definition of “seiyu”
ponyo voice actress

1:29 – Two ways of watching anime

  • Definition of “subs” and “dubs”
  • The Subs vs. Dubs Debate

2:01 – How seiyus voice-act

2:14 – How English voice-actors dub anime

  • The challenges

2:19 – Quote from Steve Blum on the dubbing process

3:08 – Bad dub quality: The Sailor Moon Death Scene

sailor moon

3:46 – Accents in anime: Hetalia

demotivational hetalia poster

4:25 – Information on where and when to find the next podcast in this series

4:50 – Ending notes


Animation World Network. (2013). Los Angeles, USA.

Ars Anime. (2002, May 3). Forum: The Art of Voice Acting. Posted by: ubari.

Behind The Voice Actors. (2014). Inyxception Enterprises, Inc.

Frederick, J. (August 2003). What’s Right with Japan. Time Magazine Asia. Retrieved from

Kule, A. (2014, Jan 16). Seiyuu. Indonesia and Japan.

Leoni, S. Scoop It. Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals.

Sherman, E.P. (2008). Adventures in Voice Acting. Studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment.

Voice Over Times. (2013). Interactive Voices Inc.

Voice Over Voice Actor. (2009). Bugbot Press. (2014). New York, USA.


Sound Bites:

Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and Toei Animation.
The sound bite is from:
AngelWeddingPeach. (Sep 13, 2007). nephrites death…first tragedy of sailor moon.

Bubbles is from The Powerpuff Girls and belongs to Craig McCracken and Cartoon Network Studios.
The sound bite is from:
BriAnna Marie. (Oct 25, 2013). Best Of Bubbles.

Adventures in Voice Acting belongs to Eric P. Sherman and Studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment (2008).
The sound bite is from:
Discover Japan. (Mar 10, 2013). Adventures in Voice Acting [Part 2].

Hetalia belongs to Hidekazu Himaruya and Funimation.
The sound bite is from:
Epicanachloe. (Aug 24, 2013). hetalia world’s conference.

Timmy Turner is from Fairly OddParents and belongs to Steve Marmel, Butch Hartman and Nickelodeon.
The sound bite is from:
Hye Sun. (Dec 24, 2013). Fairly Odd Parents Viral Vidiots.

Benjamin Tennyson is from Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and belongs to Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle and Cartoon Network.
The sound bite is from:
Microsofttechsupport. (Nov 13, 2010). Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Forge of creation funny and awsome clips.

Raven is from Teen Titans and belongs to Glen Murakami, David Slack, and Warner Bros. Animation.
The sound bite is from:
SemiaquaticPerry. (Jan 28, 2011). Raven’s Best Moments and Funniest Lines from Season One.

Omi is from Xiaolin Showdown and belongs to Christy Hui and Warner Bros.
The sound bite is from:
thomas ellam. (Sep 6, 2011). xiaolin showdown omi moments.

Twilight Sparkle is from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and belongs to Hasbro Studios and Lauren Faust.
The sound bite is from:
TheDerpiest. (Mar 10, 2012). Twilight meets her future self.


“Aretes” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

“Pamgaea” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

“Silly Fun” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

bettsashl. (2011, Oct 14). Did You.

DSPena. (2012, Oct 12). Typing.

ERH. (2007, Jan 30). String Loop.

Flick3r. (2008, Feb 18). Rezzo 2.

geoneo0. (2013, June 7). Four Voices Whispering.

lebcraftlp. (2013, June 23). Click.

Puniho. (2011, March 17). Stretched Canvas Drum.

rjonesxlr8. (2014, Feb 26). Drum Loop Fast 2.

RTB45. (2013, July 28). Ueno Shamisen – Japan.

suonho. (2008, June 29). Ambiant Crystal.



Hetalia belongs to Hidekazu Himaruya and Funimation.
The image is from:
Anime-chan12. (2012, May 2). Demotivational Poster. Retrieved from:

Archer cast at 2010 Comic-Con International. From left to right: Aisha Tyler, Adam Reed, H. Jon Benjamin, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer and Amber Nash. (2010, July 23). Retrieved from:

Nozomi Ōhashi. (2009, Jan 11). Retrieved from:

Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and Toei Animation.
The image is from:
Sprintmcracer. (2011, Sept 25). sailor moon moon tiara magic. Retrieved from:



  1. This podcast is both entertaining and educational. Your use of sound works really well and keeps the podcast entertaining. I really like that as I listen and look at the show notes, the images of anime excerpts are there as well. Also, your research is incredible and is very detailed. The amount of references show how much work and research you’ve put into it and that makes your podcast and blog credible. Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi Alex,

    I thought you did a great job with this podcast. It is nice to see how much you enjoy he material. I thought you did a great job of incorporating music and had some really impressive sound clips to serve as examples of voice acting. A great introduction. I enjoy the personality you interject as well. The touch of speaking some Japanese in your sign in and out is charming. Well done!

  3. I love all the photos you attached, it really enhanced your blog as I could browse the photos while listening. You spoke clearly and articulately, and I thought your blog topic was really unique and educational.

  4. Hey Alex
    I enjoyed the music in this podcast as it captures the feel of a Japanese anime to start things off. The sound bites of various character voices are also expertly included, a few of them even sound familiar from my anime-mania days, taking me back to my childhood. The addition of some cultural history was appreciated as well, from what voice-actors are called in Japan to what kind of recognition they get as opposed to in the Western world.
    I also really like the subs vs dubs debate. This is also very relevant to RPG games that come out of Japan which are sometimes victim to bad voice-acting in making the transition to the English language, and as a result, fans are often vocal for the original version to be included with subs to maintain the authenticity and quality.

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