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IChooseUPikachu
May 25th, 2007, 08:19 AM
So I haven't watched the Pokemon show in a very, very long time, but I grew up recognizing his voice more than any other anime character I know. Back in the day, his voice was a little raspy, a little boyish; it was really significant for me because he was the center character of the show, and I always expected him to be a certain way.

But what's this--I turn to CN for the first time in years and Ash has hit puberty? I hate his new voice.. And I know that's something trivial to be upset about but like I said, I recognize(d) his voice more than any other anime characters and to me it was special to the show.. And now that he has a new voice actor I feel like he's a completely new character. Is it just me? =/

Frostweaver
May 25th, 2007, 08:38 AM
it's just that there's a change in all of the voice actors, and that most fans hate the new actors really... not necessarily they're bad, just that you got so used to the old voice actors as they've been with everyone for 9 years now. There's bound to be a sense of biased for the old voices.

IChooseUPikachu
May 25th, 2007, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I've definitly noticed the change in voices for Brock, Nurse Joy, and Jesse and James, too.. But Ash is by far the most noticible. They could have at least given him something closer to the old him, just to make me feel better. ;/

DragronWarroir2000x
May 25th, 2007, 08:53 AM
He's only been 10 for about 9 and a half years.

And the voice actor that played him was a girl, and she was over 20. All the voice actors were adults. This thread is awesome.

IChooseUPikachu
May 25th, 2007, 09:44 AM
Ash Ketchum: the new Peter Pan. Yeah, I've always wondered when he was going to grow up and have kids, and another season would start with the kid starring as the main character or something. Only in fanfics, I guess.

So the voice actors started off as kids and grew up into adults then quit, or were they already adults from the start? I wouldn't care if I was 40, I'd still be a voice actor for Pokemon..The check must've been nice.

Charaxes
May 25th, 2007, 10:34 AM
Well, Veronica Taylor said in a 98 interview that 4Kids took more painstaking time dubbing these early episodes in terms of accuracy. That's why she sounded more boyish early on, so I rather enjoyed it. This thread is really a rehash of the voice actor change, but I'll leave it up for the moment.

Drew
May 25th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Before it closes, (IF it closes..)
I'll add.

Its not just you.
Lately, I've been feeling like I wasn't into the anime as much, or maybe just Pokemon in general. So I thought 'Maybe my Pokemon obsession is ending?'.
Found out a couple days that wasn't the case at all.. >>
Because I bought the 9th Pokemon movie, and it came with an extra DVD of some of the Advanced episodes, with the original VAs of course.

&& While watching it, I really enjoyed it, and by the end I back in to the anime again, and had that 'happy Pokemon feeling'. (xD)

So, my point being, I don't enjoy Pokemon as much I use simply because of the change in the voice cast.
I still watch it, and I'll still watch D/P.
It just doesn't have the same feel as it use to, and it was mainly Ash's voice change alone that killed it for me.

In a nutshell:
"I want my Veronica Taylor back!" Dx

DragronWarroir2000x
May 25th, 2007, 11:36 PM
I guess Veronica just wanted to contribute her voice to a show that actually gets ratings.

I'm not certain, but these new voice actors don't seem at all as good as the originals. Especially Ash's. Did pokemon lose some of its budget or what?

Really though, I don't know.

Forci Stikane
May 26th, 2007, 04:39 AM
I guess Veronica just wanted to contribute her voice to a show that actually gets ratings.

I'm not certain, but these new voice actors don't seem at all as good as the originals. Especially Ash's. Did pokemon lose some of its budget or what?

Really though, I don't know.

*coughhackwheeze* You're kidding, right? Are you saying that Veronica would have left the show because the show didn't have high-enough ratings!?!?!?!? ARE YOU INSANE!???

And the voice change was due to Pokemon changing hands and some conflict that kept the VAs from coming back. What that was was never made clear, though (contract conflict, PUSA not bothering to approach them, PUSA only approaching some/one of them, etc).

...Dark Charaxes is right, though; this is just another repeat of the past "Hey the new VAs STINK!!" threads...

Bomberman
May 26th, 2007, 06:38 AM
Everybody hates his new voice cause it's, frankly, terrible.

Crystal Clair
May 26th, 2007, 08:29 AM
I honestly like it. It's new and fresh, much like many people liked Pokemon Advanced Generation. But I still like his old voice when I watch the old episodes.

I just wish I could imitate Sara Natochenny! I just keep missing it!

PikaRom
May 26th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I don't mind the new voices to a large extent, but I never really liked it anyway. Those of us who grew up watching the anime got too comfortable with something that's somewhat liable to change. It's like having Till Lindemann (Rammstein's lead vocalist) being replaced with somebody like Rob Halford (former lead vocalist of Judas Priest). It is pretty weird, but we'll just have to get used to it, because the original voice actors are probably not coming back.

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
May 27th, 2007, 04:58 AM
I liked the new voices, they aren't as abd as new VA for other shows, this thread is going to repeat just like DC said, but they should make ash grow up


:t354:tatsujin gosuto

PikaRom
May 27th, 2007, 11:23 AM
I liked the new voices, they aren't as abd as new VA for other shows, this thread is going to repeat just like DC said, but they should make ash grow up


:t354:tatsujin gosuto

I always thought that Ash did grow up, for there are references throughout the show mentioning that he has grown by years with age, or I could be mistaken. It's another common debate among Pokefans like ourselves.

TeaDog
May 27th, 2007, 02:15 PM
It's all just the mystical world of Anime, the creators can do whatever they want with it. Ash has been growing all these years, but he still remains a kid.

Anyway, we can all dream that by some miracle the next season brings all the old voice actors back.

Litrid
May 29th, 2007, 06:18 AM
I'm gonna say it right now the new cast sucks yes it sucks so badly!!!!!!! We need the original cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss Reyna
May 30th, 2007, 06:43 PM
I really like the new VA cast. I think they are really good and kinda do a better job then the old VA cast. I mean as staying on topic I have to say that they kinda help make the characters like Ash hit puberty. I mean his voice really sounds older and that is kinda good because then it shows growth.

Also please don't don't be posting here to say you hate the VA cast. This is kinda about if Ash needs to hit puberty not a 'I hate the new VAs' I am sure that PUSA and their VA cast work just as hard as the 4Kids and their VAs to make a show that is enjoyable to all and we as Pokemon Anime fans need to appreciate that.

Charaxes
May 30th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Well said, Reyna. Any other negative comments and I'll lock this.