Hey guys! Samurai here again, picking up where we left off with a review of the year that was 2012. To recap what happened yesterday, if you’re too tired to click the posts below, “Best Overall Anime of 2012” went to “Space Brothers” with “Deadman Wonderland” picking up the nod for “Best Televised Anime”. Miyu Irino picked up “Best Male Voice Actor” in the Japanese set, while Steven Blum and Greg Ayres shared honors in the English set. Finally, Ayako Yoshitani picked up the “Best Female Voice Actress” in the Japanese set. This time around, we’re going to look close to home and check out who picks up the nod here in the US for Best Female Voice Actress!
Best Female Voice Actress (English): Monica Rial
Crazy as a bessie bug, Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs, as dingy as a dingbat. Many of these things can be said about Monica Rial…whether or not any of them are right, well, I can’t say, [Though listening to the commentary track for “Deadman Wonderland”, “Ouran High School Host Club”, and “Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning” I would be inclined to agree…] However, I can say, beyond a SHADOW of a doubt, that this has been her year with regards to dubbing. She’s played several key roles in anime this year, including the female lead Shiro in “Deadman Wonderland” and the cute little dingbat Ringo in “Casshern Sins”. In addition, she scored very high in several “Cajun Samurai” reviews, the highest being her role of Misuzu in “Air TV” and Tamayo in “Angelic Layer”. A class act all the way.
Runner Up: Jessica Boone
I have to admit, I didn’t hear much for her this year as far as new content goes, which is why she’s here in the Runner Up column, but I have to admit, the productions I heard her in with regards to reviews has been very well done: Rei in “Highschool of the Dead”, Chiyo-chan in “Azumanga Daioh” and her portrayal of Misaki in “Angelic Layer” was so good, it even earned a rare nod from OtakuAndrain. Anytime you can get him to like ANY kind of dub is an accomplishment in and of itself.