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A comparison of the English dubbed Anime shows & films offered on VRV Premium, Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, HIDIVE, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max’s streaming services. Plus, their corresponding Blu-ray & DVD set availability.

Anime Streaming Service Comparison (Dubs) [USA Region]:

Comparison Table Series / Film VRV Premium Funimation Hulu Crunchyroll HIDIVE Netflix Amazon Prime HBO Max Blu-ray DVD
1 Food Wars! The First Plate Yes X Yes X Yes Yes X X Yes OUP
2 Dragon Ball Super X Yes w/Live TV X X X X X Yes Yes
3 Dragon Ball GT X Yes X X X X X X N/A Yes
4 Dragon Ball X Yes X X X X X X N/A Yes
5 Dragon Ball Z X Yes X X X X X X Yes Yes
6 Food Wars! The Second Plate Yes X Yes X Yes X X X Yes Yes
7 Food Wars! The Third Plate Yes X X X Yes X X X Yes Yes
8 Food Wars! The Fourth Plate TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA X X TBA TBA
9 Dragon Ball Super: Broly X X w/Starz X X X X X Yes Yes
10 Dragon Ball Z: Kai X X w/Live TV X X X X X Yes Yes
Series / Film VRV Premium Funimation Hulu Crunchyroll HIDIVE Netflix Amazon Prime HBO Max Blu-ray DVD

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Updated: August 2, 2020

The table above is based on the North American (USA) region.

Table Updates:

– This section will have table changes (additions and removals) listed in the future with their corresponding dates.

– If you’d like a specific Anime Dub title to be added to the table, email The Natural Aristocrat® at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com.

Titles Currently Searchable: 134

Update (August 2, 2020): DNA², Durarara!!, Fate/stay night, Gintama The Movie, Haikyuu!!, Haikyuu!! 2nd Season, Haikyuu!! 3rd Season, InuYasha – The Final Act, Million Arthur, No Game, No Life: Zero, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal added.

Update (August 1, 2020): Sword Art Online: Alicization is officially added to the Funimation service (25 episodes available Dubbed) added.

Angel Beats!, Baki, Black Butler, Forest of Piano, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 2 – Ghost Whispers, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 3 – Ghost Tears, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 4 – Ghost Stands Alone, Kakegurui, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, No Game No Life, The End of Evangelion, Toradora! added.

Update (July 31, 2020): Hunter x Hunter is officially added to the Funimation service (75 episodes available Dubbed) added.

Update (July 29, 2020): Bleach The Movie 3: Fade To Black, Bleach The Movie 4: Hell Verse, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, No Guns Life added.

Update (July 28, 2020): HBO Max streaming service officially added. Simply click the ‘Columns’ button (with the eye icon) above the table and select ‘HBO Max’ for the column to become visible. * Best viewed on a Desktop computer.

Blue Exorcist, Digimon Adventure, Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko, Maid-sama, Ninja Scroll, Yona of the Dawn added.

Update (July 25, 2020): Hunter x Hunter will be available on Funimation in the USA & Canada markets starting Friday, July 31. [75 episodes]

Update (July 24, 2020): Amazon Prime streaming service officially added. Simply click the ‘Columns’ button (with the eye icon) above the table and select ‘Amazon Prime’ for the column to become visible. * Best viewed on a Desktop computer.

Update (July 20, 2020): Devilman Crybaby, Fruits Basket, High School DxD, Initial D, Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, Overlord, Ranma 1/2, Speed Grapher, Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale, Trickster, Welcome to the N.H.K., Yu-Gi-Oh! GX added.

Update (July 19, 2020): Accel World, Accel World: Infinite Burst, Berserk (2016), Black Clover, Gintama, Made in Abyss, Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn, Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight added.

Series Specific Details:

Naruto Shippuden on Hulu has the first three seasons dubbed, the rest is subtitled.

Ace Attorney Season 1 is available dubbed only on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel and the Crunchyroll service. Season 2 is available dubbed only on Funimation.

Gintama Season 3 (Episodes 266-316) is available dubbed only on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel and the Crunchyroll service. Season 1 (Episodes 1-49) of Gintama is available dubbed only on Hulu. All other available seasons of Gintama on Crunchyroll/VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel are subtitled.

Black Clover has the first three seasons dubbed on Funimation. Hulu has only the first dubbed season of Black Clover available.

– While Yu-Gi-Oh!’s dub is present on Crunchyroll, it shows the USA regional message “Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region: Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1” etc. when clicked.

– All Blu-rays & DVDs are listed as available only if they’re ‘New’ and from an official major retailer like Amazon, Best Buy, Right Stuf Anime, Target, and Walmart. No third party resellers are counted, particularly as their prices likely differ from MSRP (product conditions may also not be new from a reseller).

Table Acronyms:

TBA – To Be Announced

No formal announcement of License Rights currently. Usually reserved for English dubs currently airing exclusively on Toonami and thus, not available on a paid streaming service. An example is Adult Swim/Toonami’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, which can be watched with a traditional cable subscription/provider to login with.

N/A – Not Applicable

No current official iteration exists of a Blu-ray or DVD set for the anime series or film. Some older shows & films might not have a Blu-ray set released as of yet. Similarly, newer shows might not have an individual DVD edition available (if not part of a combo Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD release).

OUP – Out of Print

The series’ Blu-ray or DVD set is not currently in active circulation on major retailers. If an item is currently listed as Backordered on a retailer with more due to arrive, it will not be listed as out of print. OUP is reserved for titles only sold from third parties and/or private resellers.

* Hulu Specific – w/Live TV, w/Starz

This series or film is available with an additional add-on subscription to Hulu Live TV or a premium channel add-on like Starz.

Price Comparison - Anime Streaming Services:

wdt_ID Ser VRV Premium Funimation Hulu Crunchyroll HIDIVE Netflix
1 Price $9.99 a month $7.99 a month $11.99 a month $7.99 a month $4.99 a month $12.99 a month (HD)
2 Ad Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
3 Perks Crunchyroll & HIDIVE included Dragon Ball Z/Super/GT Gundam Wing/Extensive Library Sub Library Food Wars! (Season 3) Popular Major Shows
4 Sign up: Subscribe Subscribe Subscribe Subscribe Subscribe Subscribe

Important Distinctions:

– Some shows can be viewed for free (with ads) on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Hulu (with Ads) costs costs $5.99 a month. Hulu (with Ads & Live TV) costs $54.99 a month. Hulu (without Ads & Live TV) costs $60.99 a month. The Hulu Starz addon costs $8.99 a month.

Food Wars! The Third Plate & Sakura Wars English Dub can only be streamed with VRV Premium’s HIDIVE Channel and the HIDIVE Service.

– Similarly, many popular English dubs like Dragon Ball Super, One Piece, Gantz, Disgaea are exclusive to Funimation (FunimationNow) outside of Adult Swim’s Toonami.

Gundam Wing and most of the Gundam universe range of titles are exclusive to Hulu’s service. In general, Hulu has the widest library range overall.

– Netflix owns rights to major titles like Neon Genesis Evangelion & Ghost in the Shell.

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– The Natural Aristocrat® enjoys the VRV Premium service courtesy of VRV. No commission is earned should you subscribe to the VRV service. Similarly, no commission is earned should you subscribe to the Crunchyroll, Funimation, HIDIVE, Hulu, and Netflix services. The above table is for informational usage.

More Anime Coverage on The Natural Aristocrat®:

– Be sure to check out The Natural Aristocrat’s Food Wars English Dub Database currently featuring Erina Nakiri & Joichiro Yukihira as its inaugural entires!

– Read & watch more Anime coverage over at The Natural Aristocrat’s Anime articles and Anime Live Stream info sections!

– Recent exclusive interviews include AEW’s Kenny Omega on My Hero Academia, Death Note voice actor Shannon Chan-Kent on Misa Amane, Fire Force/My Hero Academia/Ace Attorney voice actor Christopher Wehkamp on Takehisa Hinawa/Shota Aizawa/Miles Edgeworth, and My Hero Academia’s Luci Christian on Ochaco Uraraka.

Catch up at LiveGameDeals.com with a review of the remastered Disgaea 4 Complete+ and exclusive interviews with Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa on Disgaea and Makoto Matsuda, Chairman of the 2.5D Musical Association, on Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’s NYC Debut.

Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.

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One Piece’s Patrick Seitz is a Featured Guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020

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Crunchyroll has announced One Piece [Franky] & JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure [Dio Brando] voice actor Patrick Seitz as a featured guest in their upcoming Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 (V-CRX).

Voice actor/director Patrick Seitz, who many gaming fans will recognize as the voice of Scorpion in Mortal Kombat X and Fenrich in Disgaea 4 is officially confirmed for V-CRX this September 4-6, 2020! Virtual Crunchy Roll Expo 2020 (V-CRX) promises to bring the traditional convention experience home to anime fans similar to the recent FunimationCon 2020.

That means the classical convention experience fully loaded with panel discussions (Noblesse), exclusive premieres (“GIBIATE” Episode 9), and an exclusive virtual tour of the Studio MAPPA art gallery. You can register for completely free ‘admission over at this link.

The Natural Aristocrat® interviewed Patrick Seitz and fellow One Piece voice actor Colleen Clinkenbeard [Luffy] at last year’s New York Comic Con on film, One Piece: Stampede. Check out the in-depth interview, including the craziest things fans have asked them to sign over the years below.

Other announcements for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 Logo – Art Credit: Crunchyroll

– V-CRX attendees will have the chance to hear from the individuals behind Crunchyroll Originals including Masahiko Komino, the director and character designer of “GIBIATE” (also the animator for “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”); Soma Saito, the voice actor (previously Tadashi Yamaguchi in “Haikyu!!); and Yoshikatsu Kimura, the director, (previously directed “Karate Girl”) of “EX-ARM”; and Jeho Son, the writer, and Kwangsu Lee, the artist for “Noblesse.”


– The next wave of guests, panels, and programming for this year’s Virtual Crunchyroll Expo has arrived to include a panel with Yongje Park, creator of “The God of High School”, discussions featuring the creative talent behind the upcoming Crunchyroll Original series “Noblesse,” an exclusive virtual tour of the Studio MAPPA art gallery, and the world premiere of “GIBIATE” episode 9.


– The V-CRX Gallery Tour Featuring Studio MAPPA will include behind-the-scenes artwork from popular series including “The God of High School” and will also include video messages from artists and creators.


– V-CRX also announced Arthell Isom, CEO of D’ART Shtajio and Roland Kelts, author of “JAPANAMERICA,” for a discussion on race in anime, voice actor Patrick Saitz, (Franky in “One Piece,” Germany in the Hetalia Series, and Dio Brando in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”) and Tsukara Kiryu, the light novel illustrator of “So I’m a Spider, So What?” who will be joining the previously announced author of the light novel Okina Baba.


– Crunchyroll announced two remaining judges, Rock M. Sakura (@RockMSakura) & Kamui Cosplay (@KamuiCosplay), for Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup, which will be a celebration of fan-created costumes from anime and anime-inspired series. The Cosplay Cup will take place Saturday, September 5.

Be sure to check out The Natural Aristocrat®’s Anime Articles section for the latest industry news, interviews, previews, reviews, and general coverage!

Need to discover where your favorite Dubbed Anime show is steaming on? No worries! Check out The Natural Aristocrat®’s Anime Dub Master List: VRV vs Funimation vs Hulu vs Crunchyroll vs HIDIVE vs Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs HBO Max for a USA based, Dub comparison between the streaming platforms!

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FunimationCon 2020: Luci Christian talks My Hero Academia (Interview)

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Luci Christian (left) is the voice of My Hero Academia's Ochaco Uraraka [English Dub] - Photo / Art Credit: Funimation
Photo / Art Credit: Luci Christian & Funimation

Luci Christian spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about FunimationCon 2020, voicing fan favorite Ochaco Uraraka, the strong reception to My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and the art of voice acting.

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: I feel Funimation took one leap forward with FunimationCon, traditional convention panel schedule and all, just virtual. It’s looking more and more like this will be the wave of the future with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What are your thoughts about FunimationCon 2020 and the possibility that this could be the only way to hold conventions from now on?

Luci Christian: I’m with you I think it’s really cool they’re doing this. To be honest, I think it’s a bittersweet time. Right? I mean, maybe this is the way of the future, it’s definitely the way of the present. I love that companies are having to be creative in figuring out how to engage with fans in ways that we’re used to. Getting to have something of a personal experience with these properties and with the talent. And with each other!

That’s the point of the convention, getting to talk about the thing we all love! So, I love that Funimation thought of this and went online. They really went creative with it, making different rooms simultaneously of fun stuff. But I will say, for all of us, that it’s a little bleak to not be in the room, to not be taking the road trips, to not be getting to hug each other. It’s a lot. It makes the overtures that the various companies and people are taking to put something together virtually that much sweeter… But it’s also sad! (laughs) It’s both!

How did you feel about the overall reception to the cinema debut of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising?

So, a couple of thoughts about that… I was at the L.A. premiere for the film and it was one of the most magical & special nights of my professional career! And I’ve been around for a while! (laughs) But there was nobody in that room that wasn’t just ecstatic to be there. It was so freaking fun and lovely!

The reception to the film was as awesome as can be. I heard many people say how anime is so much more mainstream now. And it is because of shows like this (My Hero Academia) that are so accessible. Particularly the English dub of the movie gets so much love, it’s such an honor to be part of it.

Luci Christian voices Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia [English Dub] – Screenshot Photo via Funimation / VRV / Crunchyroll

How do you compare recording for the film to dubbing the regular series?

It wasn’t totally different. It was a little weird because I hadn’t read the manga and there were things in the movie that I didn’t know yet! And when we were recording the movie I was like, “WHAT?!” It was exciting, I really loved that the movie showed how much stronger they’d become. How their training has really paid off. And not to toot my own horn… But I didn’t even know she (Ochaco) was that strong!

You’ve played so many characters throughout the years from My Hero Academia’s Ochaco Uraraka to Yuki Yoshino on Food Wars! How do you craft the personalities and voice inflictions of your roles past what’s on the script?

Well, I’ll tell you… This has all been a happy surprise! I don’t know I’d be in this industry for this long. When I first got into it, I was just an actor. When I approached the characters, I asked the same sort of questions as in traditional acting. “Who are they? How old are they? What are their primary objectives?” And the director will fine tune you. ‘I think he could be played a little older. Or I think we can go a little further with that scene.’

Are there techniques or habits you’ve practiced throughout your career to protect your voice?

There are a couple that I always rely on. One of them, is this sounds like such an old woman thing to say but I try to get enough sleep. It makes a huge difference in how much you can push yourself. When it comes to yelling, there is a way to protect your voice when you yell by kind of making an H sound at the beginning of your scream. It’s kind of a weird thing, a little trick. But it helps protect your voice so you don’t rip it up.

Luci Christian voices Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia [English Dub] – Screenshot Photo via Funimation / VRV / Crunchyroll

How much do you enjoy the script writing process in comparison to voicing the character of a preference for one or the other.

I haven’t done anime writing in a while but I loved it! I know how to look at the words now that would best fit the animated mouth flaps and be like ‘Oh, these are the words that could go there.’ I really, really enjoyed it! Obviously, I’m an actor first, and I will always be an actor first. But a lot of us are good at many, many things. I feel I’m lucky to have been blessed with the opportunity to do lots of different things.

Certainly, there’s been times now working from home where they’ll call and tell me, “Hey, I know you know how to change the line a little bit to make it fit!” So, I guess I do still write a little bit. But mostly, we all sort of informally work together to make the best product.

Luci Christian voices Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia [English Dub] – Photo Credit: Funimation

Thanks Luci!

Thank you!

Follow Luci Christian on Social Media:

– Follow My Hero Academia’s Luci Christian on Twitter and Instagram!

– Check out the panels and highlights of FunimationCon 2020 over at Funimation.com.

My Hero One’s Justice 2 Art – Credit: Bandai Namco

– Leap over to BandaiNamco.com for more information about My Hero One’s Justice 2 and purchase the Collector’s Edition on Amazon or Best Buy today.

Be sure to read The Natural Aristocrat’s ‘FunimationCon 2020’ interviews with AEW’s Kenny Omega on My Hero Academia and fellow My Hero Academia voice actor Christopher Wehkamp on Voice Acting (MHA’s voice of Shota Aizawa)!

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FunimationCon 2020: Christopher Wehkamp on Voice Acting (Interview)

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Christopher Wehkamp (left) Takehisa Hinawa (right) from Fire Force - Photo Credit: Christopher Wehkamp / Funimation
Photo Credit: Christopher Wehkamp (left) / Funimation (Right)

Christopher Wehkamp spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about FunimationCon 2020, voicing Fire Force’s Takehisa Hinawa, the reception to My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, dubbing My Hero One’s Justice 2, and fan favorite Miles Edgeworth.

This interview contains mild spoilers for Fire Force.

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: Funimation took the initiative of making this virtual convention, it could very well be the future of all conventions. How do you feel about the digital concept of FunimationCon 2020 as a blueprint for other conventions moving forward ?

Christopher Wehkamp: Honestly, I’m really excited about it. I like the fact that especially during this time that we’ve got a chance to come together and really just celebrate anime. I think that’s the aspect I’ve missed the most about going to conventions. I think I did about 17 conventions last year, 17 or 18, and this year I’m really missing it. A lot! So, yeah I’m really excited that Funimation is getting involved in that. Especially, bringing a lot of really exciting content experiences.

Do you feel the pandemic has heavily stifled your your vocal work or are you able to work from home?

Yeah, fortunately a lot of the studios have really embraced the idea of working with Actors who have home studios like myself. I’ve been very lucky in that aspect of it. Being able to work at home, kind of brings its own challenges… But getting to continue to work with these characters and still turn in auditions every day.

There’s a memorable scene in Fire Force where Takehisa Hinawa nonchalantly shoots Shinra Kusakabe for ‘idle chatter’. Shinra naturally thinks he’s hurt badly at first and is beside himself. What was it like to record for Hinawa in that moment? It was undoubtedly fun delivering that line.

I mean it was really good! Takehisa Hinawa is kind of a disciplinarian and that particular scene really showed his disciplinarian side coming out. It was fun I think because the character of Shinra and also the audience don’t quite know what to expect. At that point you don’t know exactly exactly how his powers work. It ends up being a really comedic scene. I loved it.

I got to watch it from the perspective of being ‘in the know’, being the character that knew what was happening. So that was really cool, I love working with Derick [Snow], the English voice of Shinra. I’m super duper excited for the debut of Season 2.

Takehisa Hinawa from Fire Force – Photo Credit: Funimation

What did you think of the reception for My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising cinema release as the voice of Shota Aizawa?

Oh wow, I got to go to the to the L.A. premiere in February, before the whole world was shut down. It was incredible. Getting a chance to be there with the cast and a lot of the cosplayers and fans showed up for it… It was just a once in a lifetime thing, one of the coolest nights of my life.

What made it all the better was the movie being fantastic! It’s got great animation. The story is really riveting. Some of the scenes are the best action scenes I’ve ever seen in an anime, period. To get to be a part of that, it’s an incredible honor! A great privilege.

Shota Aizawa and Deku Izuku Midoriya in My Hero Academia – Screenshot photo via VRV / Crunchyroll

You’ve voiced a lot of unique personalities throughout the years, my personal favorite being Miles Edgeworth. How do you approach crafting the fine details of a character beyond the script?

Thank you so much! It really does depend on the source material of the character, especially when it comes to dubbing anime. When I when I get to approach a character that already exists, in the case of Miles Edgeworth, I want to be pretty immersed in the context of that world and the game. Fortunately, that one worked out really well because I had originally played Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2005 on Nintendo DS. So, I was already pretty familiar with the game, the world, and certainly was already familiar with Miles.

Miles Edgeworth [Christopher Wehkamp] in Ace Attorney – Screenshot photo via VRV / Crunchyroll

And from there you’re just you’re trying to craft an experience that entertaining and palatable to a western audience. But still feels very authentic and in the case of Ace Attorney, very comedic. There’s a lot of really funny, goofy moments especially between Phoenix and Miles. Where they’re kind of playing off their rivalry. So really playing that up! Of course, Director Kyle Phillips did a fantastic job of loving the source material and putting us right where we needed to be in any given scene.

When you talk about gaming, you voiced Shota Aizawa in My Hero One’s Justice 2, how do you compare recording lines for it compared to the anime? Is it a lot different day-to-day? I know you have to do all those screams or is that about the same?

No, you’re right. That’s actually one of the big differences! A lot of the reactions that you do as part of a video game are a very different flavor of voice acting than you typically get in a booth, doing like an anime dub. Although anime dubs, English dubs certainly have their fair share of those sorts of reactions. But of course with a video game, you’re really recording two or three takes of every single one. So, that you can sort of have a palette of sounds to work with.

My Hero One’s Justice 2 Art – Credit: Bandai Namco

I would say one of the biggest differences with Shota Aizawa, was we struggled sometimes in fight scenes specifically or in high tension moments because he’s so cool and laid back. (laughs) The challenge with him often times is to bring intensity, while also sort of remaining in that place of stoicism or coolness. There’s probably not a better word for it than cool!

The director and I were doing our best to sort of match what was already existing in the Japanese performance but also make sure we were staying true to that ethic of not getting too big with it. Finding the place where Aizawa exists most authentically I think. And that was fun! Doing the video game is a lot of fun. It’s much more high energy than he normally is in any given episode of the show. Getting the chance to do that was just really cool, really special.

How have you protected your voice over the years? I know a lot of voice actors drink tea.

That’s one thing I do for sure, on days when I’ve doing commercial voice over or voice acting. I don’t drink coffee and I try not to eat a lot of heavy foods. I’ve noticed those things can really affect my vocal performance and especially my endurance. I try to get a lot of sleep, drink a lot of water and tea. And you know when you get to the loud stuff, it’s really about support.

Having a background in singing and knowing how to use the diaphragm. How to support vocals for shouting during fight scenes and exerting yourself really goes a long way. But there are those days, when it’s just like you know what? This is maybe just going to hurt a little bit. And I think it can hurt and not damage you if you’re conscientious and do it in the right way. But it’s something I try to be very conscious of and careful about. You have to protect your career!

Shota Aizawa and Deku in My Hero Academia – Screenshot photo via VRV / Crunchyroll

Was voice acting something you always wanted to do?

Well acting really was, I was always an actor. I started off in elementary school as an actor and I acted all the way through school and through college as well. I kind of became an anime fan during college, when I started watching Adult Swim and Toonami. That really introduced me to a lot of really classic shows, I remember watching Cowboy Bebop for the first time. It just blew my mind!

So yeah, I always had it in the back of my head, I thought it would be amazing to be able to get it to do that. I think it was 2011 when I got a shot at auditioning at Funimation. That was kind of the beginning of it, and I realized pretty quickly that the work that I do in the booth was some of my favorite work.

There’s something about it, the reach is so huge now, anime has become this really mainstream thing. It wasn’t when I was younger. It was much more of a niche, sort of entertainment category and now it’s exploded into the mainstream in a big way!

I feel the same way, when I saw the Dragon Ball Super: Broly voice cast filled up the Theater at MSG, it was pretty impressive.

Yeah, it’s amazing to see because it was not like this, 20 years ago. So yeah, I think it’s really rewarding the reach that you get from doing these shows. And video games too! It’s a worldwide phenomenon. I love it, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Thanks Chris!

Thank you!

Learn more about FunimationCon 2020:

FunimationCon 2020 Logo – Convention Schedule – Art Credit: Funimation

– Visit FunimationCon.com and get a free digital badge to access the online festivities or follow along with on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

– Follow Christopher Wehkamp on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and visit his official website at ChristopherWehkamp.com!

– Get the English Dubbed Fire Force Season 1 Blu-ray at Amazon and catch up with Takehisa Hinawa!

– Leap over to BandaiNamco.com for more information about My Hero One’s Justice 2 and purchase the Collector’s Edition on Amazon or Best Buy today!

Be sure to read FunimationCon 2020: Kenny Omega talks My Hero Academia (Interview) and My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising villain ‘Nine’ steals film!

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s anime & gaming coverage in the Anime and Gaming sections!

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