"If you've been an anime fan for more than a month, it's hard not to have heard Vic Mignogna's pipes. After all, the veteran VA has been in hit shows like D.N. Angel and RahXephon, and now he's in the latest colassal smash, Fullmetal Alchemist, playing the lead character. We sat down for a few rounds with him to find out what makes Vic tick.
A.I.: What's one thing only you know about Edward Elric?
Vic: I am pleased to say that I am the only one on the planet who knows how much Edward loves his brother, Al. Sure, everyone knows Ed loves Al...but only I know just how much.
How many times has recording Fullmetal Alchemist made you cry in the recording booth?
Let's see, to date I've recorded 13 episodes and cried 4 times. I think that's a fair percentage. Adn a couple of them were long cries! Knowing where the story is going, I except a swimming pool more of it.
How do you feel about Ed being voiced by a woman in the Japanese version?
The Japanese voice actress, Romi Paku, did a fantastic job with Edward. While I obviously don't sound like her, I'm very excited with where the character is going. So while I may not voice him as high as the original seiyuu did, I'm confident that Edward's energy will come through just the way it should.
How hard it is to get into character for Edward?
Getting into character for Edward isn't too difficult, because I have spent so much time dwelling on him--his relationship to the other characters, his guilt, his dreams and goals. We also have a few things in common, so I feel like I'm able to find him pretty fast when I enter the booth.
Any dream characters you would love to play?
I'm playing him! Edward Elric is so many of the things that an actor hopes for in a character, and it's truly a dream to voice him. I mean, I'm sure there are many fantastic roles and I'll keep my fingers crossed that I get to do some of them!
Also, very amusing caption: [pic of Ed smiling]
Caption: NOT-SO-BLUE BOY Ed Elric is all smiles now that he's being voiced by a man (at least in America).