Granny Goodness and Uranai Baba are both freaks, so I understand why those actors worked as well as they did. That doesn't mean that those roles should have been open to men in the first place, though.
WittyUsername wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:06 pm
So, I guess I’ll ask this again, should it be considered acceptable for non-Japanese/non-Asian people to voice anime characters? It kind of seems like if you want to commit to giving more roles to people of color, then you can’t really have white people voicing anime characters, unless the characters are explicitly supposed to be of European descent, like in Attack on Titan
It seems like there's much to consider racially speaking, when so many manga/anime characters tend to be drawn with Caucasian features to begin with, regardless of any intended ethnicity. There's also the differences between anime that take place in a fantasy world versus anime that take place in the real world.
As for the actors involved, I think the issue may be less of whether non-Asian actors should be cast and more about hiring a larger number of Asian talent.
Polyphase Avatron wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:23 pm
Does representation really matter when it comes to voice actors for animated shows? It's not like you ever see the people behind the voices.
You may not see them, but they are still there. And race and ethnicity are about more than just physical appearance. There's much to be found in a person's voice other than words on a page. Not to mention what the actor brings to the entire production simply by being present. Also, there's the issue of hiring opportunity for minorities and being underrepresented. Nevermind the history of things like Blackface and Yellowface. So yes it matters.
eledoremassis02 wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:16 pm
I'm reminded of how Peter Kelamis didn't like seeing Goku naked and didn't get why it was even there and not understanding how nudity is not as frowned upon as much as it is in the west (arguably). And this is where the "localization" thing comes into play and the years of censorship and changing things debates this forum has had.
Did not know this about Peter Kelamis and wonder what it was all about. This is a whole other topic, but the nudity in Dragon Ball is one of my favorite things about the series and plays an important role in my view, so that's interesting. (Also odd that the actor who seemed to "get" Goku the most would have an issue with his nudity.)