With the continuation of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episodes 27-39 on the horizon, scheduled to air January 8th, 2011 on Adult Swim, fans of the show–and myself–are psyched to finally discover who will be cast in the rest of the English dub. Any hardcore enthusiast would have, by now, already ordered their copy of the second and third DVD/Blu-Ray release–the third installment which went on sale December 28th, 2010. I know I have. For those of you curious and itching to get in the loop, here is the list of voice actors who have been cast for part 3.
In the role of:
Olivier Armstrong – Stephanie Young
Miles – Jason Douglas
Buccaneer – Phil Parsons
Darius – George Manley
Heinkel – Bradley Campbell
Jerso – Andrew Love
Zanpano – Chris Rager
Sloth – Patrick Seitz
Stephanie Young has voiced characters such as Nico from One Piece, Clare from Claymore, and Juiz from Eden of East. From what I’ve heard of her rendition as Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong, her voice suits the character rather well. Her tone is direct and commanding, a perfect match for the merciless and sometimes fearsome leader of the Northern Wall of Briggs.
Jason Douglas as Miles has appeared in Fullmetal Alchemist before as Rudolf Hess in The Conqueror of Shamballa. While Douglas has done his fair share of voice roles for anime and video games, he has also appeared in such films as Frank Miller’s Sin City and No Country For Old Men. Jason has played anime roles in Appleseed, Cromartie High, Elfen Lied, Initial D and Saiyuki to name a few. I caught a snippet of his voice as Miles from an iTunes preview and, while I think it will grow on me, I cannot help but adore Nakai Kazuya’s performance. But that is just the Nakai Kazuya fangirl in me!
Dragon Ball Z fans might recognize Phil Parsons (Buccaneer) as Nappa, though he has starred in a number of anime series such as the first Fullmetal Alchemist the first series and several other less notable roles.
Now George Manley as Darius has quite an impressive resume with Area 88, Cromartie High, Gravion, One Piece, and other various anime. I have not yet heard his rendition of ‘Donkey Kong’ as Edward so lovingly referred to him once, but I do have high hopes.
Bradley Campbell, a little (or should I say a lot) lesser known voice actor, has starred in Blassreiter as Victor Stachus.
Andrew Love (Jerso) we know from Clannad as Akio.
Chris Rager as Zanpano, known best from his roles in DBZ, has starred in other anime such as Lupin III and One Piece.
And last but not least, Patrick Seitz as Sloth. While the character, a particularly sluggish and dimwitted Homunculus, has only a minor role, Patrick has joined the cast with more than enough experience under his belt. He has starred in such anime as Durarara!!, Monster (a personal favorite), Once Piece, Ouran High School Host Club and much, much more.
I have to admit, I am not terribly familiar with most of these voice actors. Aside from Young, Douglas and Seitz who I have heard prior to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the others I will have to discover when the post delivers my DVDs. I do plan on continuing the dub review as soon as I have a chance to become familiarized with their performances, but discussion is highly encouraged until then. I would love to know your thoughts about these picks as casting for Fullmetal Alchemist has–in my opinion–always managed to nail it on the head. Speaking for myself here, I consider Fullmetal Alchemist to be one of the best and few well-dubbed series out there. Even if getting used to Maxey Whitehead taking over the role of young Alphonse was difficult at first, half the time I can hardly tell it’s a different voice actor (and a woman, for that matter).
Stayed tuned for more to come.
And keep a lookout for Fullmetal Alchemist: Sub vs. Dub!
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