Typing Durarara is literally one of the most difficult/hilarious things I’ve ever done on my keyboard. I never know just how many ‘ra’s I’ve typed, or how many more I have to go. And then we added x2 in there to signify the sequel to the anime series, and things got even worse. Pretty soon we’re going to start talking about Kingdom Hearts titles, and then we’re really going to be in trouble. Right after we play Kingdom Hearts π/215.5 Flavor Space Dream Pop Lovers Ball, HD Special.
This may be the earliest in a blog post I’ve ever digressed so far. Let’s get back to business.
Right. All I really wanted to write about was a couple of cool voice acting gigs I’ve booked lately, which you might already be guessing from the title. That’s right! It’s Super Mario Brothers. No, I’m kidding. It’s God Eater and Durararax2. Keep up.
Playing lead roles is crazy fun and challenging in its own right. Star Fox was a blast, Syndrome was awesome. Side characters, like Steve from Space Run Galaxy, are just as great. But lately I’ve had a chance to work on a couple of really big projects in a different capacity - the IMDB category you always see as “additional voices.” What does that mean? Well it means all the side characters, the little accents that you might only see once or twice in an episode, or even a series.
Let me tell you something - it’s HARD.
With Fox, or other main characters, you have one guy and you have to sustain him for the entire performance. You reference past audio if you fall out of character, and you have a storyline that you can fall back on for context. In God Eater, I did the voice of a cool/calm pilot, a frantic citizen trying to figure out how to flood a dam, some old guy yelling about Aragami, some young kid trying to prove himself, and 3-4 other characters that had one or two lines and no context. And I had to make them all separate, distinct characters. Different ages, different texture levels, different states of mind.
Durararax2 was its own kid of fun. I got to work with a larger group of actors doing walla (background noise) for the series, which ended up being an absurd amount of fun. You know all those zombies who are chanting “I love you” all the time? I’m one of those guys.
Also, when a guy throws a vending machine across a crowded street, people react. What does that sound like? Well…me and a bunch of other actors making surprised noises. That’s what that sounds like.
Anyway these experiences have shown me just how expansive and wonderful the voiceover industry is. So much of what we use every day has voice behind it, so many characters in the background of every show, movie, video game. And each one of them, to build a compelling narrative, needs to have their own personality.
Stories take so much effort from so many people to make an impact. It’s so much fun to be involved in any part of it.
Now go forth and chant “I love you” at people!