As pointed out in one of my last posts, Persona 4: The Animation is getting localized by Sentai Filmworks. Needless to say, I’m very excited, but some people are not as happy. But, being rather familiar with Sentai Filmworks dub jobs, I’ve already had ideas of who might play who. I’ll try to list examples of the said cast if I can.
Bear in mind, this is innocent speculation. None of the VAs listed are out of preference.
Yu Narukami (The Player Character/Souji Seta)
Original Game VA: Johnny Yong Bosch (Though he doesn’t say much)
This guy is you. Well, at least, he’s supposed to represent you. Anyway, in the animated adaption, Yu (no pun intended) can easily be described as a guy with his head in the clouds, but has enough connection to reality regularly make deadpan jabs at the multitude of events that happen throughout the story. Other than this, it’s hard to describe his personality, but one thing is for sure. Unlike, say, the animated adaption of Legend of Zelda, where they pretty much made the silent protagonist into a wimp, Yu Narukami retains his badassery and holds a personality that holds up to his fame.
My guess for Sentai: Leraldo Anzaldua
- Takeshi Komuro from High School of the DEAD
- Santana from Canaan
- Noda (Purple haired guy) from Angel Beats!
Leraldo sounds somewhat like Johnny Yong Bosch, but other than that, not much
Original Game VA: Yuri Lowenthal
As you can probably guess, Brosuke here serves as your foil. Throughout the game, you’d find him doing most of the talking for you. His personality is that of a typical teenage, worst best friend, but he at least has enough intelligence and badass to make him a likable character. He also seems to have a habit of being the game’s chew toy, always having the worst luck and getting punished in hilarious ways. Hell, right at the beginning of the game, he gets kicked in the nuts!
My guess for Sentai: Blake Shepard
Blake Shepard has more of the “everydude” kind of voice that can fit with any “Normal” protagonist character. Of course, he can also switch from innocent & naive to foul-mouthed & psycho, as seen with Akito/Agito. This bit flexibility will help with a character as normal and expressive as Yosuke.
Original Game VA: i ACTUALLY HAVE NO CLUE ANYMORE
Chie is the first female protagonist introduced in the game. Chie is pretty introduced as a kung-fu movie fanatic and the tomboy of the cast. She’s smarter than her love for kung-fu lets on, and serves as the cast’s common sense. Still, Chie is arguably easy to irritate, at least when it comes to dealing with Yosuke. Just like Yosuke, Chie retains much of her personality in the animation, but becomes another good source of comedy like Yosuke. Oh, and by the way, it was Chie who delivered the “Critical hit to the nads…”
My guess for Sentai: Shelley Calene-Black
- Kyou Fuj… Uh… Fujibash… Fuck it. From CLANNAD
- Mireille Bouquet from Noir
- Cortana, Dr. Halsey from Halo: Legends
Chie is given a more mature voice in the western localization of Persona 4. The way she delivers her lines wouldn’t really be the same if she was given a childish or kiddy voice. Shelley’s experience with voicing mature characters is what I find best fitting for Chie when the animation gets released.
Original Game VA: Amanda Winn-Lee
Yukiko, the second girl introduced. Throughout the introduction, Yukiko is pretty treated as a princess and every man’s dream girl. Good reason, too, being the “Ideal Japanese Wife” of the cast. She is easily the nicest out of the team, but she tends to have her head in the clouds on a level near Yu’s. Being the character she is, God help you if you do make her angry.
My guess for Sentai: Emily Neves
Emily Neves sounds radically different from Amanda Winn-Lee, but is good for the type Yukiko is. Throughout the animated adaption, Yukiko shows to be much more soft-spoken than in the game. Amanda Winn-Lee is rather expressive in the western localization of the game, but with how Yukiko is in the animation, it may feel out of place to have that kind of expression.
Edit as of 9/16/12
The English cast of P4:Anime has already been announced and the dub watchable. Most if not all of the cast has returned with the exception of Chie and Teddie (who is not listed here), who are voiced by Erin Fitzgereld and Sam Riegel respectively.