Oh, god. So they announced the dub cast of Gurren Lagann this afternoon at AX. This cast list is one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen, but I can’t decide if it’s because they’ll be fantastic or if it’s because this is just so ridiculous.
Simon will be sharing a voice with Sasuke and Suzaku, two characters I hate! 8D Oh, man, this will be hilarious. Seriously though, Yuri Lowenthal does a fairly decent job, and I look forward to seeing how he does Simon. Yoko will be sharing a voice with Rukia and Euphemia, which is kind of hilarious, but I’ve never really been that impressed with Michelle Ruff’s voices — they all sound fairly generic. Yoko needs to be a badass. Come on! Kyle Hebert as Kamina will also be something to look forward to. To be honest, I don’t remember many of his roles very well, but he’s a friend of friend, and was an active member in one of the only anime forums I was ever really active in, so I really respect the guy for being in touch with fans. From what I know, he’s had it pretty rough (like most VAs, really) in more recent years, and I’m really happy he’s landed such an amazing role.
But the two things on this list that floor me are the following:
Steve Blum as Leeron.
Johnny Yong Bosch as Rossiu.
Oh, god. Steve Blum is one of my favorite voice actors ever. Leeron is one of my favorite characters in TTGL (okay, so it’s really hard to dislike anyone besides Rossiu). This will be so amazing, if only because it’s so wrong! Blum is usually typecasted for the badasses! Spike Spiegal! Mugen! Vincent Valentine! And now he’s a super flamboyant engineer guy!? Oh, man. I can’t wait.
Now, Bosch. Heh. I really have a love-hate relationship with this guy. He was a great Vash. I don’t like him as Ichigo, but his portrayal of Lelouch has grown on me. Bosch as Rossiu will definitely be something to hear, though honestly, I dislike the character enough to not really care all that much if he ends up with a crappy voice.
Viral’s VA isn’t as highlight as the others — the only role of his that I recognize is Prince Clovis from Code Geass and the bastard dies in what, the third episode (oh, is that a spoiler? Sorry)? Oh well. I hope he does well. Viral’s Japanese voice is a contender. Nia also has a pretty unknown person, but I don’t think it’d be that hard to find a really, really moe voice. Kittan can be pretty easily typecasted also. Annnd the others don’t interest me that much. (Honestly, I don’t know which one is Kiyal, Kinnan, and Kiyoh. <_ <) I definitely look forward to this dub though. It's impossible to make it more amazing than the original, what with Giga Doriru Bureika and various other Engrish anecdotes, but if anything else, this voice cast is going to make it interesting. 8D