Re: The Official BBS VA Discussion Thread
That and the trailer's editing wasn't that great to begin with, and for some reason they left out a good bit of the sound effects, which does have an effect on how we hear the lines.
Actually, the trailer's poor editing suggests very strongly that the voice clips that we heard might not be exactly the way they'll show up in the game. I mean, if they didn't put the sound effects in, why should we assume that they didn't just put in raw voice clips? Heck, how do we know that the people who made the trailers even used the same
voice clips as the voice director chose for the final game? Square-Enix's NA pre-release media guys proved themselves completely incompetent with Final Fantasy XIII (to the point of releasing terrible-looking "Xbox 360" screenshots with a visible mouse cursor), and don't seem to be doing much better here, so... who knows.
On a completely different note, some overly-picky impressions:
- Mark Hamill as Eraqus is, basically, exactly what I was hoping for - Fire Lord Ozai minus the evil. There were a couple of places where he sounded a bit overly-villainous, but it probably wouldn't have been distracting if I wasn't listening so closely and out of context. I really want to see him doing the lines from the Jump Festa trailer, especially "You should not exist!"
- Terra's pronunciation of "Xehanort" is a bit odd somehow. I think the first two syllables might be pronounced a bit too fast...? His VA does seem to have Terra's earnestness down, which I like, though I thought "what is it that I failed to learn" could sound a little more... desperate, maybe?
- The translation seems a bit awkward at times, and I think that had a pretty big effect on both the voice acting itself and the way we hear it. The grammar seems a bit... overly formal, maybe? Phrases are unnecessarily extended with forms of "to be" - "would it be alright if I" instead of "could I," "what has happened" instead of "what happened," "what is it that I" instead of "what did I" - and it feels a bit unnatural for 18-20 year olds to be talking like that. Not entirely sure what they were going for there, and I'm not convinced that the voice actors were, either.
- Master Xehanort's voice has started to grow on me. It has one big advantage over his Japanese voice in that it's a lot less difficult to imagine anyone believing that he's anything but a complete villain. The only thing is, by doing that, the voice no longer fits with the creepy hand gestures, so there's a bit of a disconnect. =/