The wonderful Patrick Seitz is one of your favorite English dub voice actors for anime. If you didn’t know this then maybe we can get you more familiar with his work. We caught up with Mr. Seitz before his appearance at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. We were able to get a quick Q&A out of him during traffic.
The large and in charge Seitz has voiced over 442 characters and most of them have been giant beefcake manly men. How about this list: Franky from One Piece, Isshin Kurosaki and Kenpachi Zaraki from Bleach, Sloth from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Masamori Sumimura from Kekkaishi, Laxus Dreyar from Fairy Tail, JP from Redline, Germany from Hetalia, Ira Gamagoori from Kill la Kill, Dio Brando from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, our latest favorite Endeavor from My Hero Academia and many more roles.
Patrick Seitz Q&A:
You’re known for playing these big large personality characters. How much of your actual physical attributes play a role in you getting these roles?
My voice has always been big and low, even when I was a skinny scarecrow of a guy in my teens and early twenties. I think my being a bigger guy myself probably helps insofar as that the folks doing the casting aren’t having to break their brains imagining me voicing some big character, but beyond that and whatever genetic roll-of-the-dice gave me these pipes, I’m not sure that my physical attributes come into play much. I’m lucky that my vocal cords have held up so well over the years; when I have them scoped by an ear/nose/throat doctor, they’re usually expecting carnage in there based on my job description, but it always looks pretty clean.
Endeavor is such a great character with the end of Season 4 of My Hero Academia we see him in a different light. We compared it to Vegeta of Dragon Ball Z. Is there a character that you can compare Endeavor’s turn around too?
I think the first character who comes to mind in terms of comparison would be Laxus from “Fairy Tail.” He’s a jerk who never abandons his prickly exterior, but over time he does learn how to deal with the people in his life without being a complete bastard, and devotes himself to something larger and more noble than himself. I don’t know where Endeavor’s attempts at redemption and reconciliation are headed, personally, but the fact that he’s trying—win or lose—makes him a more compelling character (to me, at least).
Have you ever thought about how long you will have job just because of the long run of One Piece and your great role as Franky?
I don’t really think about One Piece’s eternal run in terms of job security—I love voicing Franky, but he’s not talking so often as to pay my rent. :p I just love the fact that this property where friendship and pirates—two of my favorite things—are front and center has been chugging along seemingly forever, and it’s still got plenty of steam left.
You can catch Patrick Seitz at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo (V-CRX) for his panel:
- Session: A Conversation with Patrick Seitz
- Friday, September 4 from 12:30 – 1:15 PM PT
- Stage: Hime Stage
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