ANNCast
The Liam King

by Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis, Jan 28th 2010


ANNCast Episode 024 - The Liam King

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We're back after a brief break and you'll be happy to know that this episode of ANNCast is a full hour and a half shorter than our previous episode! Hooray for brevity!

First up we discuss Hitman Reborn and its total lack of any sort of discernible popularity, then it's on to Rin, Dante's Inferno and the infernal Honey & Clover dub. After that we chat about how there hasn't been a new western-flavored "gateway drug" to get the uninitiated interested in anime, and the impact that's having across the board. Is fandom shrinking? You tell us!

Then veteran voice actor-director-ADR scriptwriter Liam O'Brien shows up to talk about his long career, including his life behind the scenes at Naruto, his not-so-busy convention schedule, how having a family tempers the wild 'n crazy voiceactor lifestyle and then his favorite dog breed. Who knew? It's a super fun show!



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NSFW Language Warning: Not a whole lot of swearing but hey, you never know.

ANNCast Episode 24 Breakdown

00:18 Host introductions, Hitman Reborn

06:32 The rotten Honey & Clover dub

08:49 Mnemosyne and Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic

12:31 Where have all the gateway drugs gone?

21:04 Break time! Enjoy some wonderful voice acting and brilliant dialogue from Castlevania: Lament of Innocence!

21:43 Liam O'Brien introduction and his backstory

25:17 Oh that crazy Naruto filler!

27:22 What actually happens when Liam "writes" an episode of Naruto, plus a whole bunch of other Naruto stuff

33:26 The sound of an original English language show vs. an anime dub

35:12 Liam's convention schedule

38:00 How family changes everything

41:13 Liam's videogame work

43:28 Do anime voice actors really have range?

49:29 Twitter time! Favorite dog breeds, the difference between video game acting and anime acting, characters Liam didn't enjoy playing, and more!

And that's it! See you next week.

Have questions for the ANNCast crew? Tweet 'em to @ANNZac! Or check out the community forums thread about the show, or send email questions to zac@animenewsnetwork dot com!

Special thanks to Phillip Harrington for designing and creating the ANNCast logo.


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