It didn’t take too long for Chiru game to be released. Everything is smooth and nice. My only criticism would be the voices they chose for the new Chiru characters – namely those in the trailer. Namely whatever they were thinking when they chose some of them and namely a first impression.
The voice they gave Erika is far from what I imaged what she would sound like. Call me weird but often when I read VN with no voice acting I tend to create them after a few hours and getting to know the characters based on their persona and appearance. It’s a type of voice which would fit them better, one that would be around the ballpark of what a character would sound like. Erika’s case isn’t like this one.
Erika’s VA is far from what she would sound like. It’s not high pitch enough. Erika’s voice in the trailer is too soft even in the parts where she isn’t supposed to act this way. The soft spoken I get to a degree because it tries to make Erika sound composed and distant. Her voice also has the same volume which gets repetitive and more than anything it lacks the proper emotion from the character.
Redeeming point: In the chopsticks part (first image) Erika’s voice lacks impact, but it is far better than the usual monotonous tone used in her introduction. These types of scenes are where Erika’s voice is supposed to sound much energetic and overjoyed much like she would sound when talking about mysteries without the sneering tone. Erika’s VA gets half way there with the most emphasis on the “Chopsticks are the best!” So there’s some level of cuteness there which some of it ought to be put in her regular voice to not make her voice sound so violently dull.
It wouldn’t be Erika without some sneering voice because Erika’s voice is a combination of a cute voice, hyper, and creepy when she gets serious which a character with a hidden agenda would sound like. There’s also a bit of sadistic demeanor still perceptible buried in her tone also which in the last segment of her introduction which is one of the best parts of the video. The last part sounds especially what Erika would sound like in the regular basis instead of that dull tone. The obvious benefit of the doubt is Erika not having many good scenes to judge how well her character is being handled.
My criticism is that Dlanor sounds too much like Furudo Erika that they could very much share the same VA. Dlanor and Erika’s voice are completely different in my mind. They are different characters with different personalities that their voice shouldn’t resemble one another.
If Erika is soft-spoken Dlanor is barely audible. Dlanor’s voice should be deeper no matter how we look at it. They got the monotonous part right for Dlanor which in here it makes plenty of sense instead of having it on Erika. Dlanor’s voice should sound “dull” as in a single deep droning voice almost like there is an echo. So even though Dlanor herself says she’s a kid thus possibly not having an “adult voice” a commanding vooice makes more sense to fit her personality. Dlanor is the chief of heresy, a commander of her troop so she should have a more commanding voice which would be heard throughout a whole room. They could’ve also gone for a voice which would sound like a female “knight” which sound righteous and stoic (extra for Dlanor).
Dlanor should have a deeper, audible voice with low intonation yet can be heard CLEARLY unlike the Dlanor’s VA which to hear her voice one would have to turn up the volume. Much like a machine Dlanor’s voice should sound like
She – Speaks – Like. THIS.
Taking her time yet impossible to not hear and understand her voice. One long droning monotonous tone. If you’ve ever heard Maaya Sakamoto monotonous voice you’d had a better idea of what a proper monotonous and serious female voice sounds like. However, Maaya’s voice sounds too grown up for Dlanor that Minori Chihara‘s similar monotonous voice yet one sounding quiet young would fit Dlanor better.
Redeeming point: Any? The trailer doesn’t have enough scenes where Dlanor is fighting (though that encounter with Beatrice SHOULD BE one of them.) that it is hard to tell if this will be the voice she would be always using. That’s a matter of concern especially when she is supposed to raise her VOICE when she talks in CAPS like in the game. Unfortunately that way of speaking seems to be lost, if not barely noticeable, in all the scenes in the trailer. Compared to Erika’s voice Dlanor needs plenty of work particularly in regular scenes.
Not much here other than learning that’s how they pronounce their names. I’m fine with their voices. Should there be anything to be said is that I expected them to sound more dramatic, which they do sound to some degree. If I could remotely make some changes I’d make their voices sound a bit more like they were singing to fit their music theme. Though expecting them to sound like the actors of the Phantom of the Opera would be too much asking.
Another thing is that the mystery of who is the male/female of the pair is completely gone now that they both have voices added to the fact they both have distinctly clear voices to tell them apart. I wouldn’t be opposed to have given both of them a more girlish voice since the game itself (descriptions) make a big deal out of “one is a different gender than the other”. It makes better sense to keep this matter a secret by making it more difficult for the reader to distinguish their genders by their voices. Though in Ougon Musou Kyoku they already gave them voice I believe so not much that can be done anyway.
Furudo Erika VA’s was fairly off the mark, however there were moments where her voice started to sound like Erika, mainly when she acted the cynical part. The element that lack was not combining more often a higher pitch voice to create a cuter and hyper voice to better properly nail her persona. The other one was more emotion to fit the scenes in which the character gets excited.
Dlanor’s voice is the one that needs more work out of all of them. It doesn’t sound like Dlanor, rather it sounds like a regular timid person. Dlanor’s PS3 voice doesn’t give the impression she is the commander of anything even of her own voice. Dlanor’s character is built on her status as Inquisitor of Heresy and she is well-respected commander which inspires fear and respect. The PS3 seriously lack this effect, Dlanor should be a character possessing an audible LOUD and monotonous voice much like a machine who when she gets serious has a surprising powerful voice.
Furfur & Zepar sound fine for most part even if they could use some changes their voices are around the ballpark. Everything that could’ve been said about them have already been discussed. If you’ve listened to their theme vocal that’s a better idea of how they would sound like.
Next – Willard, Lion, and Featherine? So much left to be desired.