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Interview With: Eric Vale, Anime Voice Actor

The full interview is listed above, feel free to listen in.

Voice Acting can be easily overlooked. When you watch a cartoon or an anime, you become lost in its animation. When you listen, you can hear the heart and soul that is placed in a character’s voice. 

Eric Vale, who is recognized for voicing future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super, Yuki Sohma in Fruits Basket, and Sanji in One Piece. Even Loke in Fairy Tail, as well as Shigaraki in My Hero Academia. He is one of many talented voice actors who’ve been fortunate enough to be in this field of work.

He was one of many guests at Los Angeles Comic Con 2018. Contributing to an in depth interview about his career and what he feels towards certain topics such as anime. As well as one role that he looks back on and smiles.

Vale is a strong believer that an anime needs to have interesting characters. Harnessing villain roles where he can freely explore because of how much fun you can have.

He wasn’t too sure if My Hero Academia or Dragon Ball would kick off. Vale says anime as a whole, “is a dying industry, and then it just keeps getting bigger and more popular all the time.”

“A higher caliber of talent being brought on board to do the dubs.”

He expands his thoughts on how anime increased its popularity. Vale states, “A higher caliber of talent being brought on board to do the dubs.”All the major companies started to bring on people who studied to do this and pros who they believed would turn out a success. He stresses that the storytelling needs to be great to keep people watching.

Vale describes how he felt when he believed one of his most popular roles, as Trunks, wouldn’t be in Dragon Ball Super. And then the shocking surprise of his return, and how differently he could portray him. What was intriguing, is how Vale will do everything in his power to not watch the show in subtitles (Japanese with English subtitles).

“I prefer to keep it fresh, it allows me as an actor to be more in the moment.”

Continuing the interview, he explains why he loves to voice and explore the character of Shigaraki. The actor says, “In some ways, he’s similar to the Joker.” Mainly, because he just wants to create mayhem and destruction.

Eric Vale is beyond talented in what he does and is clearly good at it too. If you’re not really into anime, some of his work will definitely get you into it. Be sure to show this man love and support.

His Social media handles are:

Twitter @Ericvale

Instagram @ericvalerocks

And Facebook

 

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Interview With: Eric Vale, Anime Voice Actor