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5 Tips for Voice Acting in Video Games

Video games have morphed from quarter-eating arcade challenges with simple graphics and sound to sprawling, multivolume epics. The video game retail market was worth $790.7 million in the month of October alone—that’s more than twice what “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the recent box office champion, grossed domestically in all of 2014. As the art and storytelling attributes of video games have improved, the need for quality actors has increased. “It used to be so much more limited,” Ginny McSwain, who has directed voiceover actors in titles like “Mass Effect,” told Backstage. Games are now reviewed for voice acting performances, said McSwain. “Players are actually listening to the performances more than they ever have before.” For actors, video games present a unique challenge. The pace of production is much faster than work on animated TV series. Scripts are long and preparation time is short. “Voice actors have to master the art of cold reading,
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The Familiar Of Zero DVD Review

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Starring: Rie Kugimiya, Cristina Valenzuela, Satoshi Hino, Jonathan Meza, Nanako Inoue, Lauren Landa, Yuka Inokuchi, Jennifer Alyx

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 12

In a magical school that isn’t Hogwarts, we’re introduced to Louise Zero, so called because her name is Louise and she has so far performed zero magic correctly. The Familiar Of Zero is a very decent outsider based comedy fantasy in which the hero is actually the least likely person you would expect. Upon having to summon her familiar, a tradition that all wannabe magicians must undertake, she summons a human from modern day Tokyo by the name of Saito.

The Familiar Of Zero does in fact feel very familiar in that most of its components can be connected to other anime or popular culture: even the wise old headmaster looks like a clone of Dumbledore. Like other anime there is focus on breasts,
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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Part 2 DVD Review

Director: Koji Masunari

Starring: Yuuki Kaji, Erik Kimerer, Kaori Ishihara, Erica Mendez, Haruka Tomatsu, Cristina Vee, Daisuke Ono, Matthew Mercer, Jun Fukuyuma, Sean Chiplock

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

This second collection of episodes for the ‘Arabian Nights’ inspired series goes a lot heavier on the action, but whereas many anime fail to fully develop the motives and emotions behind particular fights, Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic hits hard. The first arc sees a corrupt king overthrown and an entire political system dissolved. Such a plot is handled with simplicity for a younger audience, without undermining the gravity of a very real situation. It also explores how sometimes a so called ‘hero’s’ actions cannot always please everyone and that life is more complicated than rights and wrongs.

This leads into an epic battle between Alibaba and an old friend, in which emotions run high and due to spectacular voice acting from both language casts,
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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Koji Masunari,

Starring: Yuuki Kaji, Erik Kimerer, Kaori Ishihara, Erica Mendez, Haruka Tomatsu, Cristina Vee, Daisuke Ono, Matthew Mercer, Jun Fukuyuma, Sean Chiplock,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

Taking the world of Arabian Nights and adding a distinct visual and story, Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic is a show chock-a-block full of interesting surprises and great adventures. Alibaba becomes an immortal prince and Aladdin becomes a magical being himself, who can summon his Djinn if need be, after making his final wish in which he wished for the genie and himself to always be friends. Most interesting of all though is that Alibaba, Aladdin, and super strong legged slave girl Morgiana, are introduced, go on an adventure, and then quickly split up.

Such a twist to the usual “Getting the band together” arc, means that relationships are formed and chemistry is explored, but then the characters each have their own adventures.
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‘AnimeTV’ Morphs Over To Revision3

Revision3 is trying to branch out from its tech-heavy roots. The self-proclaimed "leading television network for the internet generation" was built on a solid foundation of techno-geekery, architected by Digg co-founder, Kevin Rose and TechTV and PC Magazine alum, Jim Louderback. Shows like Tekzilla and Diggnation speak to the online network's core of savvy, connected fanboys and have built up a sizable following, but Revision3 is always looking to expand into other verticals comprised of niche, impassioned communities. Enter the latest web series on Revision3's programming slate, AnimeTV. Hosted by former Black Power Ranger, Johnny Young Bosch and Cristina Vee (both of whom are established anime voice actors) the show covers the world of "anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture." In each episode, a handful of well-manicured, twentysomething Nipponophiles explain and debate the merits and demerits of recent anime and magna offerings, as well as interview movers and shakers within the industry.
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Ani-Mania: NatsuCon 2009 Convention Report!

This week we have something different for our AniMania readers: a special report from last week’s event, NatsuCon! Taking its name from the Japanese word natsu, meaning summer, it is seeking to be the third contender in the St. Louis anime scene, alongside Archon in the fall, and Anime St. Louis in the spring.

While these two conventions are already well established, St. Louis anime fans appear to be hungry for more. Attendance at NatsuCon, which took place this past weekend at the St. Louis Best Western Airport Convention Plaza, surpassed the organizers’ expected headcount of 200, and while exact figures were still being tallied, it appears the final numbers may have blown the hotel imposed cap of 500. The hotel staff was a source of frustration for many fans, who complained of being driven from the lobby and halls and threatened with expulsion and arrest.

But in spite of the
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