Friday, September 5, 2008

Season 2 Episode 3: Anime voice actor Lisa Ortiz!

Welcome to season 2 episode 3 of !PoN. We continue to bring you more voice talent in an interview with Lisa Ortiz! Lisa has brought many an anime character with magical powers and pointy ears into the English speaking world since the VHS heydays, and here she sits down with us at 2007’s New York Anime Festival to tell us about it.
Season 2 Episode 3: Anime voice actor Lisa Ortiz! from Tasayu Tasnaphun on Vimeo.
Lisa’s credits go back to the U.S. dub of some titles that helped make the anime market in the US and just some of them include:
Record of Lodoss War
Pokemon
Now and Then, Here and There
Slayers
Berserk
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Utena
And has also had roles in Winx and Grand Theft Auto Vice City (with the Jack Thompson seal of approval).

For a full list of her over 73 roles in anime alone, check out the Anime News Network listing here.

Also, Lisa Otriz is the third person for us to interview to have a voice role in Animation Runner Kuromi.

Points of interest in the interview:
  • The best way to get into this business is to have a relative steal your car.
  • English Voice Actors are only occasionally given the original Japanese dialogue to listen to, and almost never a whole episode to take in before they have to come in and act read their part.
  • In New York no one will care if you walk around using that stupid weaboo voice you yell out at the anime cons.
  • Lisa likes playing the evil ones, much like Rachael.
  • We get to hear the whole gambit of Lisa’s roles at the end.
  • Fans don’t come up to Lisa and say “you changed my life” randomly on the street… but that’s a good thing.
  • Lisa digs the convention scene.
  • We were chased out of our original filming location by NY State Park Rangers (boy-scouts with inferiority complexes) so our introduction and ending were improvised.
Next Up:
We’ll be bringing out our heavy hitters with interviews with one on one interviews with Japanese anime director Satoshi Kon and international musical star TM Revolution (yes, really). Leave us a comment if you have a preference about which one you’d want to see first.
Also, we’ll be covering the New York Anime Festival coming up, and if anything major happens, we’ll be there.

That’s all for now.

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