Sunday, September 30, 2012
REAL Magi Cast Announcement
While some of the seiyuu that were put down on the previous announcement were right, it turns out, a bunch of them were wrong, and the ones that were wrong were mostly ones that I liked. This new announcement was posted on animenewsnetwork, so it's definitely the real deal.
Now, let's compare the casts (the ones wrong will be highlighted) :
1st (Fake) Announcement:
Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin Nobuhiko Okamoto as Cassim
Takuma Terashima as Alibaba Aya Endo as Hakuei Ren
Aya Hirano as Morgiana Tetsuya Kakihara as Hakuryuu Ren
Katsuyuki Konishi as Sinbad Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren
Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far Kishou Taniyama as Ugo
Hino Satoshi as Masrur Shibata Hidekatsu as Amon (?)
Hiroshi Kamiya as Judal
Cast Rating: 8/10
2nd (Real) Announcement:
Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin Yui Horie as Yamuraiha
Yuki Kaji as Alibaba Showtaro Morikubo as Sharrkan
Haruka Tomatsu as Morgiana Wataru Hatano as Spartos
Daisuke Ono as Sinbad Rumi Ookubo as Pisti
Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far Tomokazu Sugita as Drakon
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Masrur Keiji Fujiwara as Hinahoho
Ryohei Kimura as Judal Junichi Suwabe as Jamil
Jun Fukuyama as Cassim Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ugo
Nana Mizuki as Hakuei Ren Asami Seto as Seishun Lee
Kensho Ono as Hakuryuu Ren
Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren
My Opinions on the Individual Cast Members:
Now this was one of the three that wasn't fake on the first announcement, and, as I stated before, since this is Kaori Ishihara's first role as a male character, I'm not sure of how she's gonna do. We'll know when the show finally airs.
Okay, I'm gonna be completely honest here. I hate this choice. I hate it, it doesn't work at all, what were they thinking? I mean, Yuki Kaji is a great voice actor and all, but his voice, in my opinion, does not suit Alibaba one bit. If he were to alter his tone, maybe he'll do well, but, I just don't like this choice. I'll see his performance next week, but I kind of can't help but worry how this will come out.
After watching the new trailer a couple of times, I think that Yuki Kaji may be able to pull it off. His tone in the trailer was definitely suitable for Alibaba, so I'm not against him being the actor any more. In fact, it looks like he'll do a good job.
The thing about Haruka Tomatsu is that it seems like she could pull just about any roll off, and sometimes you wouldn't even know it's her. So, I guess you could say that I'm pleased with this choice of actress. I mean, she can do just about any role so I'm looking forward to this one.
I was originally expecting them to pick Daisuke Ono as the voice for Sinbad, because, well, he always does the roles that fangirls squeal over. I was kind of hoping that Katsuyuki Konishi would have been he real actor for him, this is a good choice too, but not as good as Katsuyuki Konishi in my opinion.
Another one of the three in the fake announcement that was actually right. I really don't have any particular feelings about this casting choice, we'll just have to wait and see how he does.
Thank God, I mean, this is such a huge relief. Wow, this was a good choice, they actually picked an actor that matches Masrur perfectly! I am ecstatic about this choice, and just from it not being Hino Satoshi, he wouldn't have suited the role at all.Yoshimasa Hosoya was a perfect choice for this role, absolutely perfect.
To be honest, after yesterday's blog post, I kind of had my doubts about Hiroshi Kamiya. I wasn't sure if he was as perfectly suited for the role as I had said. Now, with Ryohei Kimura, I kind of feel that he would do well as Judal. I could imagine his voice and Judal's character, they go together very well, so I'm pleased with this choice.
Just like the fake casting of Nobuhiko Okamoto for some reason, Jun Fukuyama just works for this role. Looking at his previous roles (and damn, there's a bunch of good ones), he's definitely experienced and extremely capable of playing this role. This was a great choice.
I actually think Nana Mizuki is much more suited for the role as Hakuei than Aya Endo would have. Nana Mizuki can do both a gentle and a strong voice well, and Hakuei is one of those strong, yet gentle characters. I'm pretty happy they chose Nana Mizuki.
I still stand by what I said about wanting Hakuryuu to be voiced by a woman, but, I kind of like this choice. Kensho Ono hasn't had very many roles, but, his role as Kuroko in Kuroko no Basket left me with a good impression of him. I'm interested in how he'll act out Hakuryuu, hopefully he'll do a good job.
This is the last of the three in the fake announcement that was actually right. Like I said before, it was kind of obvious Kana Hanazawa would be playing Kougyoku, and it's a very good choice.
I think this was a pretty good choice. Toshiyuki Morikawa is another one of those voice actors that seem to get roles of every kind, which means he's capable of doing just about anything. It'll be nice to have him as Ugo.
Yui Horie was a perfect choice for Yamuraiha. Even though I didn't know whether or not the show was going to go up to the Sindria arc, I was kind of imagining that Yamuraiha, if she appeared in the anime, would probably be voiced by Yui Horie. I mean, it just suits the character, right?
This really was another perfect choice. Sharrkan seems like one of those kind of laid-back characters who turns out to be real great at fighting, and Showtaro Morikubo was the perfect choice for this type of role. Showtaro Morikubo has had many great roles, and Sharrkan being voiced by him is something I'm looking forward to very much.
Can't say I have any particular thoughts about this role. Spartos doesn't really speak much in the manga, maybe they'll give him more lines in the anime...? Who knows. Wataru Hatano is a pretty good voice actor though, I'm sure he'll do a good job.
I love this casting choice, this is just perfect. Although Rumi Ookubo has not had very many roles, she does have a voice that suits Pisti very well (for those of you who don't know, she voiced Chinatsu in Yuru Yuri). I'm sure she'll do well, but I wish Pisti had more lines.
I have to admit, I laughed when I saw this choice. It was just, I don't know, it was too good. I actually like this casting choice, though my first reaction to finding out was questionable. It's probably because Tomokazu Sugita voiced Gin in Gintama.
This was yet another good choice for the cast. Keiji Fujiwara is really good at doing really manly voices, and Hinahoho (love that name), just by looking at him, you could tell that's the kind of voice he would have.
I'm surprised this guy is being voiced by a woman and Hakuryuu isn't, very surprised. I do like the casting choice though, Asami Seto hasn't done very many roles as males, but I'm confident she'll do well.
Another very good choice, Junichi Suwabe does well with just about every role he does, so he's a very good choice as Jamil, the first villain of Magi.
This cast is extremely good, they definitely did not disappoint.
This cast gets a rating of 9.5/10
It would have been a 10/10, but after seeing Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin...her pitch is a bit high
So, we can look forward to an excellent cast for Magi, the anime starts next week. I'm really happy about the casting for the Eight Generals, one because it means they're including the Sindria arc, and two they're casting is just amazing. I'm really looking forward to watching the anime, and I know it's gonna be good.
Also, here's a new trailer that was released today: