Fans of dub know it well: talented voice actors can be hard to find, and a sub-par one can really ruin a series. Despite the struggle, some uber famous American actors and actresses have lent their voices to various anime over the years.
These 9 picks carry a serious shock factor:
Bryan Cranston-The meth master cook himself from Breaking Bad did the voice for Isamu Aiva Dyson in Macross Plus.
Christian Bale– Before he ever donned the cowl as Batman, Bale played the role of Howl Jenkins Pendragon in Howl’s Moving Castle.
Samuel L. Jackson– A self-confessed die-hard anime fan in his own right, this BAMF voiced Afro Samurai in Afro Samurai. He also executive produced the series.
Dakota Fanning– One of the world’s most famous child actors is all grown up, but one point she was the perfect age for the role of Satsuki Kusakabe in My Neighbor Tortoro.
Patrick Stewart– This Starfleet Captain and leader of the X-Men also showed off his considerable voice talents in Steamboy as Dr. Lloyd Steam. I think if you’ve done Shakespeare professionally, you can handle anime.
Kirsten Dunst– She might be most remembered as the head cheerleader in Bring It On or the housewife with a big secret in the Fargo series, but she also got to play the lead role of Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Carol Burnett– Carol Burnett is probably best known for her variety show, but she has made a nice side career out of voicing for American animated features. She was also able to branch out into the anime world as Miss Hara in The Secret World of Arriety.
Michael Chiklis– Before he made a name for himself as Vic Mackey in The Shield or suited up as Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four, Chiklis played the voice of Akiichiro Ogino, Chihiro’s father, in Spirited Away.
Minnie Driver– Actually in the same year that she was in Good Will Hunting, Driver played the role of Lady Eboshi in Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. It looks to me like Studio Ghibli projects know how to attract the American talent.