Everything leading up to One Piece’s historic 1,000th episode, according to voice actors

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With its manga counterpart exceeding a thousand chapters and a live Netflix series to come, A play, one of the oldest shonen anime series, will make franchise history this week with the premiere of its 1,000 20th episode. The historic episode will air on Funimation and Crunchyroll on November 12th.

It has been 22 years since Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates first appeared on Japanese television screens in October 1999 and embarked on their journey to find the sacred treasure of legendary pirate Gol D. Roger , the unique piece. Before the premiere, Kotaku spoke with three of the A playthe English dubbing actors of, Eric Vale, Mike McFarland et Colleen Clinkenbeard.

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While there is excitement in the air, reaching such a milestone has not come without challenges. Voice wear is a common problem with English voice actors, especially given the style of the characters and the amount of time they spend on it.

As the hardened lungs of Clinkenbeard can confirm, his character Luffy has a gruff tone, more than he was originally supposed to be. Playing Luffy hurts enough to warrant a review. When dubbing for A play returned in 2020 after a brief hiatus, Clinkenbeard underwent a laryngoscopy to check on her vocal health. She surprised her doctor with the way her vocal cords tightened after they couldn’t resist asking her to “do voice.”

“I think that differentiates [Luffy] of a lot of other boy voices that I play, because he’s so deeply who he is. There is no fuss about it. He is that character. It hurts, but it’s also worth it, ”she said.

And getting that voice right, wasn’t just a question for Clinkenbeard. For Vale, getting the perfect tone for the chain-smoking chef of the Straw Hat for years apparently depended on morning breath.

“We settled on Mike’s idea that my character voice would be my morning voice. That hoarse, horrible, smoky voice that everyone wakes up in the morning before brushing their teeth is where [Sanji] “, did he declare.

As an automated dialogue replacement manager for A play and Buggy voice actor, McFarland had to find the ideal clown / pirate ratio for the character.

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McFarland found his clown-to-pirate ratio through the influence of his character’s illustrations, backing music, and strong vocal performance by his Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Chiba.

Being seasoned veterans of the show, no matter how much pain the three voice actors went through to bring their characters to life, it was worth it in the long run.

“As an actor, most of the time when you’re thrown into a booth you’re trying to do justice to what you see in the original Japanese. Part of the process is saying, “Okay, so why am I doing this? Should I be happy about it? Should I be manipulative about this? And I don’t have these questions with Luffy. I just know him, ”Clinkenbeard said.

And whether his character speaks quietly or at the top of his voice, a near-guaranteed with Star Clown Warlord of the Sea, McFarland says he makes conscious decisions about every detail of his voice, even in episode 1,000.

“Rather than just tackling all the technical aspects… everything has to sound like it’s a real world where everything is happening and it doesn’t have to be less than that,” he said.

Part of the dubbing A play for so long means ensuring that the foundations laid by the original Japanese actor’s performance and the spirit of his source material are preserved.

A thousand episodes is intimidating not only for those who work on the series, but also for viewers. A question that actors often receive at conventions is how newcomers should begin the unenviable task of starting. One piece Movies can be a good place to start rather than browsing through 1,000 episodes, recommend Vale and McFarland.

“I think it’s a great place to jump in and find out what’s going on in a small [film] encapsulated where you don’t just watch the first 30 [épisodes]”said McFarland.

Vale tells people who are intimidated by the number of episodes not to watch them all in one sitting, if that was even possible. Perhaps, instead, start with just one.

“You never watch a thousand episodes at once. You are just watching the episode you are watching. So sit down [et] look at the. If you like it, there will be another one, ”he said.

Clinkenbeard, too, cautions against the frenzy of watching the series. A play is not who are we? the destination, she said. This is the journey. Clinkenbeard likened the task to eating a whale, one bite at a time.

“Don’t try to run through this. The worst thing you can do is try to catch up because it means you are not enjoying the trip, ”she said. “Plus, Luffy would be pretty angry with people who want to reach the end instead of having fun on their trip. Just enjoy one episode at a time, and don’t expect you to make it. is not the point, the goal is to take advantage of it.

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