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Axelai
11-10-2010, 03:10 PM
I was sitting here, thinking of how i'll act when i'm cosplaying America. Since i like to act in-character when around people, until i settle down and know them and act like myself.

And since i'm good at changing my voice, i can also mimic (almost perfectly) the voices of characters.

I watched Hetalia's sub first (on youtube) then later, my friend bought the DVD so we watched the dub. And honestly, we love both. They both have good and bad points.

Naturally, i follow America's dub voice. As a preference, since his JP voice is too whiny for my tastes, and the fact its Konishi makes me think of Kamina eating hamburgers... ahaha...

So when i go to Fanime as him... should i copy the dub voice or the sub voice? I personally think the dub voice would be better, since, ya know, i speak English. But i'm afraid people might get mad at me since they prefer the subs... and i don't want to alienate possible friends. But his sub voice is hard to do in English without reverting to Engrish and saying hambagaa sutoreeto every two seconds.

Which should i do? D:

acostory
11-10-2010, 04:10 PM
I believe you should do whatever works best for you. I know that talking like the Japanese version seems more "authentic" to some people, but really, he's America, so he shouldn't be talking like he was Japanese. Plus, if you prefer doing the dubbed version, then you should most definitely do it!

Also, you're going to Fanime? Now I really can't wait to hear if your voice is as changable as you say. :3

Axelai
11-10-2010, 06:45 PM
I believe you should do whatever works best for you. I know that talking like the Japanese version seems more "authentic" to some people, but really, he's America, so he shouldn't be talking like he was Japanese. Plus, if you prefer doing the dubbed version, then you should most definitely do it!

Also, you're going to Fanime? Now I really can't wait to hear if your voice is as changable as you say. :3

Okay, i guess i see your point :P I just don't want to like... say his dub lines (such as my favorite: "Dude, it blowin your mind now or what?" and "Smores are supposed to have CHOCOLATE!!" ) and have people go "Oh. You like the dub." and shun me @___@ Since that happened a few times before with other animes...

And yes i'm going to Fanime c: I have a huge Hetalia group and everything, hee hee. We're all working on our costumes together. And yes, my voice is really that changeable. Its the only talent i have XD;; I can alter my voice to sound like pretty much anything on command... from Mickey Mouse to Stitch to Pikachu to America to Sealand to... yeah... :P So i'll come up behind you and impersonate America at some point, haha.

belligerent
11-10-2010, 07:02 PM
If they get mad at you for using a voice they don't like, punch them in the crotch.

Okay, don't really do that. But do what feels right to you and will have you be most in character.

Axelai
11-10-2010, 07:22 PM
Well, i can do both voices alright. I just prefer doing the dub voice. But if people like the japanese voice of America better, i'd do that...

belligerent
11-10-2010, 07:43 PM
They honestly have roughly the same feel and "sound" the same to me because of the energy level in their respective languages, but IMO it'd sound less right if it were the Japanese voice in American English. I don't mind the dub at all, but I'm also somebody who grew up watching dubs and, before dual language tracks, usually bought anime in dub form (hey, the dub VHS were usually $10 cheaper which is a big deal to a college paycheck).

Axelai
11-10-2010, 07:50 PM
Yeah, hence why i said if i spoke in his JP voice, i'd end up speaking terrible Engrish like he does when he speaks English XD;;

Well, their voices sound extremely different to me. His dub voice sounds like a sad attempt at a surfer accent (which i am very familiar with, growing up in Laguna Beach), while his japanese voice is more high pitched and whiny. Which i guess is an attempt to make him seem childish.

I'm one of those people who grew up with dubs, then started on JP and loved JP stuff more. Hetalia is a huge exception to me. Both the dub and sub are two entirely different entities to me... i pretty much consider them two different shows. And i love them both a lot. So... yeah XD

Al-meow
11-12-2010, 11:16 PM
When I play characters who have things like this I often put the two together. One doesn't have to sound like the real voice actor. As long as you sound like America it should be fine.

Axelai
11-13-2010, 12:25 AM
Well what i'm saying is i can sound exactly like either voice actor... like, exactly. I don't want to brag or anything, but i'm pretty spot on as either one. So i was asking which i should mimic.

firecloak
11-13-2010, 02:40 AM
The English dub! He is America, after all, so there's nothing wrong with copying his American voice actor.

Those who "shun" you are probably inflexible 12-yr olds anyway.

Shana05
11-13-2010, 03:58 AM
I haven't tried doing an accent yet as I'm not really sure what Finns sound like. I remember seeing a Finnish movie, Dark Floors, which was done in English. I couldn't really hear an accent in it, seriously if you weren't told it was Finnish you'd probably think it was American.

Anyway, I don't really like Finland's voice in the dub. It's too deep for such a bishie character. When I was in character I just used my regular voice. Even then, it was a little different because he doesn't get much screen time so I often brought up facts about the country. "I have a 100% literacy rate and Newsweek named me the best country this year."

Speaking of America's voice, Eric Vale is great. Not just as an actor but as a guest. He was at NebrasKon last weekend and he was very entertaining. He seems to really hitting the Midwest cons (I'm not sure about other parts of the country). He was at Naka last February and he signed on to be at Anime Festival Wichita next summer. All cons I attend here in the Midwest.

belligerent
11-13-2010, 04:37 PM
Haha, damn. I have a deep voice for a woman, but I don't really have the voice for Sweden and it breaks the illusion a little if I do have to speak. Thankfully he rarely talks, so I just Silent Bob the hell out of it.

Axelai
11-14-2010, 01:48 AM
The English dub! He is America, after all, so there's nothing wrong with copying his American voice actor.

Those who "shun" you are probably inflexible 12-yr olds anyway.

Well, its more of college-age elitests >_< Seriously, these people annoy me to no end.

I haven't tried doing an accent yet as I'm not really sure what Finns sound like. I remember seeing a Finnish movie, Dark Floors, which was done in English. I couldn't really hear an accent in it, seriously if you weren't told it was Finnish you'd probably think it was American.

Anyway, I don't really like Finland's voice in the dub. It's too deep for such a bishie character. When I was in character I just used my regular voice. Even then, it was a little different because he doesn't get much screen time so I often brought up facts about the country. "I have a 100% literacy rate and Newsweek named me the best country this year."

Speaking of America's voice, Eric Vale is great. Not just as an actor but as a guest. He was at NebrasKon last weekend and he was very entertaining. He seems to really hitting the Midwest cons (I'm not sure about other parts of the country). He was at Naka last February and he signed on to be at Anime Festival Wichita next summer. All cons I attend here in the Midwest.

I <3 Eric Vale. He's a really entertaining guy. Did you hear the Hetalia commentary? They ask how he gets in character for America, and his response is "Cheeseburgers, hookers, and cocaine." and afterwards he comments about cocaine burgers... then tells kids not to do cocaine XDD He's a blast. And i love how he does America <333

Haha, damn. I have a deep voice for a woman, but I don't really have the voice for Sweden and it breaks the illusion a little if I do have to speak. Thankfully he rarely talks, so I just Silent Bob the hell out of it.

Thats why i love silent characters. Less effort on my part <3

Shana05
11-14-2010, 02:05 PM
I <3 Eric Vale. He's a really entertaining guy. Did you hear the Hetalia commentary? They ask how he gets in character for America, and his response is "Cheeseburgers, hookers, and cocaine." and afterwards he comments about cocaine burgers... then tells kids not to do cocaine XDD He's a blast. And i love how he does America <333


Yeah, he was asked about cocaine burgers at the panel and he said "I don't know where that came from."

Axelai
11-14-2010, 02:13 PM
Yeah, he was asked about cocaine burgers at the panel and he said "I don't know where that came from."

It was still rather silly XD;; I mean, considering his rendition of America's voice SOUNDS like he has cocaine in those burgers... lol