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Hey, my name's Ayu. Sometimes I do the thing where I talk into a mic and then you can hear me in anime and video games and stuff. This blog has voice acting tales, art, and silliness. Follow for great justice.

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Supreme eggplant.

Space Dandy goes to court tonight. Let the Ace Dandy jokes commence.


The villain plots in Sailor Moon and Doctor Who appear to be entirely interchangeable. Like, you could make a game called “Sailor Moon or Doctor Who plot?”

-A new elite school opens up that accepts only the most gifted and intelligent girls, but something seems off. Our heroes sneak in one of their own and discover the woman in charge is actually turning the girls into her minions. Sailor Moon… or Doctor Who?

-A shop around the corner is selling televisions for a shockingly cheap price, and everyone is buying! It turns out that everyone who watches these evil TVs will have their energy sucked away by an evil being. Sailor Moon… or Doctor Who?

-A fortune teller shows up out of nowhere and suddenly skyrockets to popularity with her fortunes. In the end, she turns out to be a monster preying on human desires. Sailor Moon… or Doctor Who?

-Our heroes are still young and unmarried, but they wind up hanging out with their daughter from the future anyway. Sailor Moon… or Doctor Who? TRICK QUESTION THE ANSWER IS BOTH.

Some of the Space Dandy cast posted farewell images from the booth after recording the final episode. Some are handling it a little better than others.


While discussing independent comics…

(Because otherwise, there would be NO comics.)

Sometimes I see people talking about visual novels in the same way and then I’m just sad.

I was looking at the guest list for a con I’ll be at soon, and I realized that none of us look anything like our convention head shots. It occurred to me that this might make things difficult for people trying to find any of us, so I’ve decided to update my convention photo with a more accurate representation of what I’ll look like at a con. Hope this helps, gang!

And now for another exciting episode of “Deep Thoughts with Joel McDonald.”

A thing I wrote for sakevisual about recording for indie visual novels, but I figure you guys will likely find this interesting?


Back when sakevisual started, voiced EVNs weren’t very common. In fact, the general public sentiment was that they should be avoided altogether due to things like filesize, and lack of good and/or affordable voice actors. But after the good response to Ripples, I knew I wanted Jisei to be voiced. It was a messy process trying to organize all of it the first time around, but the final product was well-received, and I was hooked. I resolved to make sure that any release I’d charge money for would have voices in it.

Because apparently things are more fun when they’re difficult.

Our process these days is less of a mess than it was for Jisei, but it’s still kind of a mash-up of several different things.

1.) Casting - This should take place once the script is complete. Casting at the start of production is generally not a great idea (speaking from experience), as you may lose voice actors along the way if you wait a long time to start recording. You’ll also have a much stronger grasp on what a character should sound like AFTER the script is written rather than before. When you cast, you can scout, hold closed auditions, or hold open auditions.

-Scouting: Offering a role directly to a single actor. In the case of Backstage Pass, the actors for the main five characters were cast this way.

-Closed Auditions: Picking a few actors you know and asking them all to read for a part, then choosing the one you think fits best. For Backstage Pass, I sent out auditions to several actors I know before choosing Rachel’s voice.

-Open Auditions: Posting auditions online (or elsewhere publicly) to get as many options as possible. I generally use this for supporting cast, as I like to find new talent and give people a chance to show off any voices I might not know they’re capable of. This is also the most time-consuming process of all, as you have to go through each audition carefully, and there are a lot. Backstage Pass brought in over 500 auditions, and I listened to every single one.

2.) Recording - AKA the fun part. With the rising popularity of online voice acting, it’s common for a creator to email scripts to everyone, then sit back and wait for the recordings to come rolling in. That’s the easiest path, and probably the one that will yield the worst results. You may have two talented actors in a scene, but if one actor reads an argument as a shouting match and the other reads it as a calm debate, they’re going to sound like they came from different games. When I use online actors, I call them up via Skype (or any other voice chat program) and listen in while they record. That way I can give direction and feedback live to get the most appropriate read possible. For local actors, I either use my own mic setup, or we record at a local studio (pictured above).

3.) Sound Editing - Or, the job most people forget exists. Once all the voices are recorded, they have to be cleaned up. Mics record at different volumes, and those have to all be adjusted to the same level. Stray clicking noises or breathing need to be removed. There’s a lot of sound engineering magic that goes on behind the scenes to make everything sound normal.

4.) Review - After all the lines are ready to go, they need to be reviewed. The director finally gets to listen to everyone together and hear a complete piece. This is where you check for anything that needs to be redone. Some lines may have background noise that can’t be fully removed. Maybe a read sounded good at the time, but doesn’t fit in the context of the other actors. Some of the lines may have been rewritten since you recorded. If anything needs to be redone, you call the actor back in and repeat 2-4 as necessary. If the actor isn’t available, you might even have to go back to step 1. Recasting in voiceover is actually fairly common, especially since there’s no face that viewers can connect with the character.

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