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05 September 2004 @ 07:39 pm
Just got back from AnimeFest-- a relatively small con in Dallas-- tonight, after being there all weekend. Lots of fun, bought almost the complete set of the FMA pins. Very cute.

Anyways, the reason I'm posting this is because I got to meet two of the VA's for FMA: Vic Mignogna, who I'm sure everybody knows will be doing Ed, and Mike McFarland, who will be doing Havoc's voice.
Here's a couple pictures of the two sitting together at a panel; Vic's on the right, Mike's on the left: 1 2

They both seemed very nice; I can't say much of what I think of their voice acting itself since I'm not much of a fan of dubs, except that I rather liked Vic's voice as Gawl in Generator Gawl. One of the few dubs I don't mind. A friend who was in line for autographs a little bit behind me asked Vic to do his Ed voice, but all she could say about it was that 'it seemed nice,' which doesn't help much. He did mention something about how he had wanted to make Ed's voice higher, but the Japanese side of the pond-- who have apparently taken a great deal of interest in the choice of VA's for the dub-- told him they didn't want it that high.

Another thing he mentioned is that he's actually a really big fan of FMA-- he said it's the first show he's worked on that he's actually watched all the way through before hand, and researched a lot about. Mike also seemed to really like the show. That's pretty reassuring to me, at least-- hopefully they'll take extra care to make it really good.

Anyways, that's about all I have to say-- except that they're now selling sets of WINRY TOOLS-- yes, little tools that are supposedly like the ones Winry uses. This disturbs me.

Oh! and I also have a really cool towel now, with Havoc, Roy and Hughes. *huggles it*

*EDIT* Forgot to post the FMA cosplayer pictures. Not many of them, just Ed & WInry, and a different Winry. There were lots of people in the military outfits this year though, and several Ed's that I didn't get pictures of.
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yumeminouta on September 7th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
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As odd and immature as that was, yes, Roy is my favorite. Of all the anticipation for the dub coming to the US so soon, something like this happens! I have to say that I'm a little surprised curious as to how you came across LiveJournal. Sure, it's a big community, but you don't always meet voice actors on a thread.

At first, I was a little afraid of what Funimation would do to FMA, but I guess I don't really have much to worry about.

Yay for Roy! (And Hughes too. Poor poor Hughes. *sniffles*)
(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
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Your right, Live Journal is a huge community. It was actually my first time on. I sometimes do Google searches on FMA to see what turns up and what fans are saying on their sites. I think its important for VA to know what the fans think about a series, and more importantly what they think about a speciifc role... especially a role as important as Roy Mustang. Its also nice to get feedback from people like yourself and see what they think of particular episodes, where the series is going, and what they feel certain characters motives are. Mustang is of course my favorite now, but before Mustang, I thought Hughes was the greatest character... he was so damn funny!!! And thats why I love FMA. His farewell episode shocked me and had me almost tearing up - a bizarre reaction for just anime right? A question for you now, how many episodes have you seen up to? I'd like to see how much you know.
yumeminouta on September 7th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
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That's really impressive and very handy, doing research on the series in which you have a role for. It shows that you know what you're doing.

My friends and I all have our own opinion on Roy, mostly good opinions but there's the occasional funny insult like how he looks like a wet rat in the rain or how the Hong Kong subtitles misspelled his name and called him "Roy Manstank". I like how he can be serious, sarcastic and determined to be promoted. I find him really likeable and very unique. Hughes was a great character and he still is to me. He always made me laugh even during a serious moment in the series and I was just too upset when he died. I really didn't want to believe it.

His farewell episode shocked me and had me almost tearing up - a bizarre reaction for just anime right?

As true as that may be, doesn't that show how strong of a series that FMA is? That's what makes FMA such a gem. I find myself rarely attached to a character like that. The people and story are very developed and you grow to love all of them very much.

How many episodes have I seen up to? I'd like to say that I did download them of all, but I wasn't able to watch some of them since my PC isn't really the type to play many video files and some of the episdoes past episode 24 only came up as a nasty green screen. I was able to watch the summer special of 41 and 42, which really was a shock to me. I had seen some of episode 45 but everything after that is really blank to me. Most of my friends have been keeping me up with summaries, but I can't say that I know much after episode 42.

I've been itching to ask; do you know if Funimation dubbed the opening and ending themes? Their dubbed songs kind of scare me and my little sister is in love with "Kesenai Tsumi". I can't imagine an English singer singing with a voice as Nana Kitade. Just curious. ^_^
(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, I have good news and I have bad news. See I love 'Ready, Steady, Go' - that songs gets me fuckin pumped to watch the series I have to say. That aside, one of the first questions I asked the directors is 'How much of this awesome music do we get to keep?' Well... the good news is: we get to keep all the original background music and sound effects so that everything you hear during the episode will remain the same. And we also get to keep the songs for all the opening and ending themes....but....and here is were it gets a slight bit retarded if you ask me; the songs remain the same as the original only with ENGLISH words and verses. Now, that aside - I dont know if that means the original artists are going to sing the songs in english or if FUni will be stupid and just get some schmuck to do it. Who knows what will happen with that one. Aside from some small script translations sometimes, the opening and ending themes seem to me the only thing that FUNi might fumble. I'm up the episode 47 right now and will see 48-50 this upcoming Monday during recording. I notice alot of you all comment on being on this site during class. This wouldn't be just one school would it, God I hope not. Pretty cool if its a nation wide thing...
Calessandriana on September 7th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
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*wince* Erg... someone else singing 'Ready, Steady Go'? But-- but-- it's L'arc~en~ciel! They aren't allowed to do that!
I am glad about keeping the background music, though. Some of it is really beautiful.

Nope! Not just one school, that's for sure. I go to school in Waco, TX, but I know a lot of people all over the country who like it. I do think the average age of people here is probably somewhere between 15-25, though, which explains why so many of us are on here during class....
yumeminouta on September 7th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I was afraid that Funimation would do that. They did it to Fruits Basket and Yu Yu Hakusho, and I was sure that they would do the same to Full Metal Alchemist. "Ready, Steady Go" is an awesome song; I have L'Arc~en~ciel's Ready Steady Go album and agreeing with alessandriana, I really can't imagine anyone else singing it! My personal favorite is "Tobira no Mukou e" by YeLLOW Generation and now you have me paranoid as to how Funimation will change it.

You really seem to be a little ahead of everyone else right now and that's good! I guess I'll just have to wait to see the rest of the episodes when it comes to America.

I would like to say that I comment during class but I really don't, it's before I go to school and when I come home. My Web Mastering/Digital Graphics and Animation teacher would KILL me to see me surfing the web, especially on LiveJournal. LiveJournal is an online blogging tool for people all over the world. There are a LOT of users and I barely know anyone on fm_alchemist. While alessandriana goes to school in Waco, TX, I'm currently going to school in Houston, TX. Other people may be in Canada or so. It really depends. I even have a friend in France that is obsessed with FMA.

Now, that aside - I dont know if that means the original artists are going to sing the songs in english or if FUni will be stupid and just get some schmuck to do it.

My money goes on the schmuck. Definitely.
Calessandriana on September 7th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
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And they did it to Case Closed-- aka Detective Conan-- too. Blech. It always bothers me, because I hear the music and start to sing along in Japanese, and then suddenly realize it's in English!
Ugh. Can't you just imagine some bad american pop band singing Tobira no Mukou e? "So just break through, the door to the fuuuuuture...!" I mean, as much as I love the songs, they tend to sound better in Japanese than when they're translated. Some things just don't cross the language barrier very well.

Speaking of locations, though, I have noticed that a surprisingly large number of people here in the FMA comm live in Texas. Or maybe it's just that I tend to notice it more...?

Ditto on the schmuck thing.
yumeminouta on September 8th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
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"So just break through, the door to the fuuuuuture...!"

I'd rather DIE than have to listen to that!!! Ironic because I'm listening to "Tobira no Mukou e" right now. o_O... >_<;;;

Mmmmmmm... really? I never noticed that. I should pay attention to things more often. After all, Texas IS a big place! XD What about California? o_O

>_<... I think it would save Funimation the time AND money if they DIDN'T dub the songs. Isn't it a bit practical?
Calessandriana on September 8th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
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It's about on par, for me, with replacing (in the Yu Yu Hakusho OP) 'arigato gozaimasu' with 'thank you for waking me uuuup'.

Well, maybe it's just the people I pay attention to-- I'm not entirely sure. But a lot of the fanfic authors I admire are from Texas, or go to uni in Texas; or at least two specific authors I can think of right now do, anyway. (I'm not talking about just in the FMA comm, here, but in general anime fandom.) And then you're from Texas, and several people on this comm who replied to my original post up there *points* went to AnimeFest, so they're prolly from Texas, and Mr. Roy's VA is too (which I suppose, since he does work for Funi, isn't surprising), and, well, it just seems like a lot of people... I dunno. It may very well be that I just tend to notice and remember when people are from Texas, but forget about people from other states. Except that theory doesn't really seem to extend to California as well; I can't name anybody I know solely online who's from Cali, which is weird because I have lived there half my life, and you'd think I'd remember people from there, too...

Yeah, it would totally save time and money. But hey, why be satisfied with what you have already when you can go out and spend money on lower quality stuff? >.
yumeminouta on September 11th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it would totally save time and money. But hey, why be satisfied with what you have already when you can go out and spend money on lower quality stuff? >.<

That will forever remain a mystery, really. XDD That really makes you think though. *nodnod*

That's so odd because of all the people I've met from the anime fandom tend to either live in California, Texas or just up in Canada. (A few of my friends are from Australia.)

It's about on par, for me, with replacing (in the Yu Yu Hakusho OP) 'arigato gozaimasu' with 'thank you for waking me uuuup'.

*giggles* I always liked how they sang 'arigato gozaimasu'. I can't say that I've listened to the English version. (Either that or I just can't remember. Very senile, I am.)
Re: FUNimation VA's - alessandriana on September 11th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: FUNimation VA's - alessandriana on September 18th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
C: hughesalessandriana on September 7th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
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If you want to get more insight into the characters, one thing you could do is read the manga (if you haven't already). It's available in English up through the current chapter online in various places.
The anime is pretty true to the manga up until, say, episode 25 or so, but even afterwards, when things start taking off in completely different directions, the anime does tend to take just entire scenes from the manga and plop them right in the middle of a totally different setting. And you do get to see interesting facets of a lot of the characters-- Roy especially!-- that don't show up in the anime.

But yeah, mining the fans for information is a great idea-- we tend to have too much time on our hands (or we don't, but make time anyway--says the person who should really be doing homework right now) and have great fun analyzing the characters. Especially the fanfiction authors, because we/they have to be able to get into the characters minds really well in order to write about them.

Personally, I've seen up through episode 35 or so, but will be catching up as soon as we all can make time. I stopped watching over the summer because a group of friends and I here at school all watch it together, and I felt bad watching the eps when they couldn't.
Hughes' death is one of the most powerful scenes in both the anime and the manga-- I'm not at all surprised that you reacted like that. I *never* cry at TV shows, and yet even now I get teary-eyed when I think about it. Especially poor Alicia. ;_; *points up at current icon*
yumeminouta on September 7th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
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You really have no idea how it tears me up to see that icon!!! T_T;;; *is so heartbroken*
Calessandriana on September 7th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
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I understand, believe me-- it always twists my heart whenever I see it, and I've been using it for months now!
Love your icon, too! Roy's so great. *is wearing her Roy pin at this very moment, even*
yumeminouta on September 8th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I think I'm growing to love Hughes more than Roy. o_O I shock myself sometimes. >_<;;;;

Ooooh... a Roy pin??? What's it look like?
Calessandriana on September 8th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
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It's him standing there about to snap his fingers, looking intensely smug, of course. What did you expect? ;P (okay, found a picture here. I own all of those. :D)

But the Hughes pin is OMG SO CUUUUTE XDD! He's holding a picture and making a kissy face at it and there's this little heart, and you can just *hear* the sound effect going 'chu!' ;_; Couldn't find a picture of it, though...