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08 December 2008 @ 05:36 am
RE:CoM...english grades  
Re:CoM in English

Larxene is pretty much totally okay - not superbly stellar, but appropriate. You'd have to actively try really hard to screw up her voice, though. Her voice actor's most notable role was for Arcia from Chaos Legion - which I did not much care for her work in. She's much better here.

Marluxia (and it is unfortunately "marLOOsha") is...interesting. I like his voice a lot for being absolutely neutral, but it isn't perfect for him. I'm glad he has a very obviously male voice, but he just isn't hardcore enough. I was hoping for creepy soft like Yazoo or creepy slow like Gaara. I also think his voice actor did better in the beginning scene being all poetic and mysterious and then just got really confused or distracted later on (was probably like..."why the hell do I have pink hair?" or something...)

Axel...um...*if* we are to believe that Quinton is actually still responsible for this fellow, he must have forgotten what his Axel voice sounds like. Like...utterly and totally. Or something bizarre must happen in 358/2 Days that completely alters Axel's demeanor. Oh well...whatever. It's just Axel.
( & they did change "Commit it to memory" to the lamer english catch-phrase. XP The writing is so much more entertaining overall on the original GBA version. )

Zexion...the first thing I thought was that his actor speaks like Ryuu! And...then I looked him up on the cast list...and his most notable role is....Darien from SM. *gak* Ignoring that, I don't hate him at all! And considering he was going up against Akira Ishida, that is quite a feat. (Actually, it's kinda nice that Zexion is no longer *instantly* overwritten with Hakkai or Judeau in my brain.)

Lexaeus...so speaking about Hojo, his voice actor's most notable role is Weiss from Dirge. XD Yeah, again, you have to go out of your way to miscast Lex. I have no problems here. He has a sexy gargoylesque rumble, as was to be expected.

And finally...Vexen did a fairly good job! (He thankfully sounds way cooler than his work as XS's Chaos but I still prefer his voice as Oswald.) Considering this could have potentially gone in horrible Hojo directions, his actor actually understood his character some. I don't want to chain him to the bed, but I also don't want to punch him, either. So hooray for absolutely *no* creepy pedophile vibes, but he could have upped the British-ness a notch, and increased the "no, I really -do- know everything" prissiness by a bit too. ("Demon. Hello.") So...doesn't make me melt into a puddle of glee, but also doesn't make me renounce my Vexen fetish.

For the lazy or those who hate card-based battle systems or those whose PS2's are broken = http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BA1eWGbK7e0
Amandaviewpoints on December 8th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I really like Larxene and Vexen's english voices- and Lex's is decent as well. Zexion is kinda cute. XD Wish Marluxia's had more oomph to it, and AXEL IS SO BAD!
Harlharl on December 8th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Amy and I are quite disgusted over QT. I mean, we were anyway, but this just made it 10 times worse.
o____________o: wash + kh = loveteal_deer on December 8th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Actually, Axel has two or three lines where he talks like KHII!Axel, the most notable being "...? I'm... enjoying this?! You guys really are something! >D " So after a bit of thought I realized that I liked it. I like it when Axel speaks like the intelligent, eloquent person he is rather than some idiot Roxas fanboi (Take that, fandom) and think about it... he's talking like he still thinks of himself as a Nobody, ie, emotionless. And then the few lines where his real self comes through (another is right after he kills Vexen, "I don't know myself..." to Sora) So I think he overdid it a little, but I definelty think he's trying to show that Axel has a huge, HUGE character transition from CoM to KHII

And just to put this into perspective, I was shocked in KHII when he talked with so much slang and flippancy when I was used to his eloquant text-speak from CoM... which led to me not liking him as much. So this is kind of the inverse.

YOU might not want to chain Vexen to the bed but I want to!

Does Zexion really sound like me...? I wasn't impressed with his voice at all. He has. These. Odd. Pauses in. His speech.
Harl: fatteredharl on December 8th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I don't get that from Flynn's performance at all. He sounds bored the entire time, like he can't be bothered with this part anymore. That's not a vibe I get from Axel, that's a vibe I get from the actor, which is a huge no-no. On top of that, the voice doesn't even sound the same -- it sounds like Quinton Flynn talking, not like Axel talking. It's like he's completely forgotten how he did Axel's voice, which is a belief I've had for a while, since I saw him at several panels where he tried to "say lines like Axel" and they came out sounding more like a character from MGS than any Axel I knew.

His delivery and inflection are horrible. Most of the lines he's said in the game have had me facepalming, not from the sheer idiocy of the script, but from the painful acting Quinton suffuses this game with. Sorry. I don't see any development or thought going into a character transition here, I just see a bad actor doing a really shitty job with a character I love.
.rex_dart on December 8th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna disagree with Crystina, but not over Quinton doing an ass job of it; I don't think he sounds bored. I think he sounds like he GOT bored and then decided to read all his lines like some kind of horrible supervillain and see if they'd notice. And they didn't notice.

I find his performance physically and mentally painful, and if I ever see him at a con again I'm going to have trouble not calling him out on how he's become a shitty professional as well as a shitty person.
.rex_dart on December 8th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
omg Vexen fetish. <3 I pretty much fell for him when I watched his cutscenes from the Japanese re:CoM for the first time. I don't know shit about VAs but apparently everyone knows his and thinks I'm insane for loving that damn voice so much.