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IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of the genre!
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Development Update - Get to Know the Japanese Voice Actors

Posted by Koji Igarashi (Creator)

It's been a while, hasn't it? With IGA and company deeper into the development process than ever there had been less time to devote to carving out new pieces of the game for backer updates, but the drought is over—there's still tons of Bloodstained to discover before it comes out. (And then even more to not discover until after it comes out, and you lock yourself in a spoiler-free room for a couple of days to finish it.) 

For that matter, your between-updates options have never been better: If you haven't been visiting the Bloodstained Forums and the Bloodstained Discord, you're missing direct access to 505 Games' own Angel-Corlux. (A couple of us from the Kickstarter team at Fangamer finally got to meet him [and Mana] at PAX West this year, and I can confirm that he is somehow even more enthusiastic about Bloodstained in person.) 

Now, with the preface out of the way, here's the latest from IGA: It's time to talk about voice acting!

Hello everyone, this is IGA. Our development progress has entered its peak. In the midst of it all, we've finished recording the Japanese voices for the characters. We'd like to introduce you to the actors:

  • Macross Δ - Mikumo Guynemer
  • Sailor Moon Crystal - Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  • Alice & Zouroku - Shizuku Ichijo
  • Kill la Kill - Ryuko Matoi
  • Glitter Force Doki Doki - Juujou
  • Izetta: The Last Witch - Lawrence
  • Majin Bone - Leo Bone
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Japanese dub) - Deadpool, Cyclops, etc.
  • ID-0 - Ido
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Gunzo Chihaya
  • JoJo's Bizzare Adventure - Jonathan Joestar
  • Your Lie in April - Saito
  • Touken Ranbu - Hachisuka Kotetsu
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Mami Tomoe
  • Monogatari series - Ougi Oshino
  • ViVid Strike! - Vivio Takamachi
  • Hell Teacher Nube - Meisaku Nueno
  • Slam Dunk - Hisashi Mitsui
  • The Prince of Tennis - Kunimitsu Tezuka
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Japanese dub) - Darth Vadar 
  • The Fast and the Furious series (Japanese dub) - Dominic Toretto 
  • Drifters - Black King
  • ClassicaLoid - Bach
  • Tiger & Bunny - Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison
  • The Prince of Tennis - Genichiro Sanada
  • Empire (Japanese dub) - Lucious Lyon
  • Bleach - Yasutora Sado
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE - Derek Jackrow
  • Fairy Tail - Elfman Strauss
  • Black Butler - Agni
  • Hozuki's Coolheadedness - Hozuki
  • Yowamushi Pedal - Shingo Kinjou
  • Street Fighter V - Guile
  • Dragon Quest Heroes II - Hassan
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei - Ai Kaga
  • Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live - Otoha Takanashi
  • Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma - Nao Sadatsuka
  • Record of Grancrest War - Siluca Meletes 
  • Time Bokan 24 - Calen 
  • Blend S - Kaho Hinata

Were you able to predict any of the voice actors? One of them is for a character you haven't quite met yet... we'll be telling you more about him soon, so stay tuned. - IGA

If you were hoping there just happened to be a new character named Mysterious Man, and IGA had settled on this very oblique way of introducing him—well, me, too. But we'll have to settle for having a new character with an actual identity and design instead!

One more housekeeping note to mention before I turn today's update over to the fan artists and fan musicians—we're going to be updating the Kickstarter page a little to reflect DICO's new role on the project. Mana explained it on the forums a few months ago, but we didn't want anyone to think we were editing the page in secret. 

Is it... is it too much to ask of you guys to make some Mysterious Man fanart? Just a thought. If you're making fanart of any Bloodstained characters, even the ones who exist, tag it #IGAVANIA or #bloodstained and we'll do our best to find it for a future update. Like this!












This month's Last Word goes to the aforementioned Angel-Corlux, who's hoping to call out, in his words, "the two community members who contributed to making my awesome forum avatar... Kenshiro549 made the image for my forum avatar, and mad_le_zisell modeled it."

I can confirm that it is an awesome forum avatar. But why don't you see for yourself

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    1. JP on

      wow... so many great names!

    2. Geoff Chauvin on

      I don’t see any reason there wouldn’t be a language option unless the English dialog hasn’t been recorded by the time the game ships. That’s a pretty standard feature these days

    3. Lokaso Drogon on

      Now I wish the game be shipped with VA selector to be able of playing it with both English VA and Japanese VA :)

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      Derek Freeman

      It's Dracula. ;D

    5. Slenðr Bree on

      Thanks for the update !
      Interesting set of actors, can't wait to hear them. I got a fresh new laptop for Bloodstaines, the hype is real !

      Good luck on the process of development.

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      William T Akers Jr on

      @AJ there will be, as the $850k goal was for David Hayter.

    7. AJ the Dragon of Dojima on

      If you guys get English VAs, I still recommend Ron Pearlman.

    8. deafwing on

      OMG I have a serious crush on Kaori :D lol - there I said it, not get on with it and Bite me Already! :D

    9. Eltanin on

      Johannes is now Johannes Joestar!

    10. Brent Taylor on

      @Jimmy: yes, he is, and he does. haha. They even posted a tweet of him doing his lines:

      @Jimbotherisenclown: ...lose our heads, huh. Not funny :| lol

    11. Darmin Hadzic on

      Very nice lineup! I'm pretty excited!

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      Jimmy on

      Someone catch me up. Is IGA going to be a secret boss in the game? If he is hope he does his own voice over lol.

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      Jimmy on

      Someone catch me up. Is IGA going to be a secret boss in the game? If he is hope he does his own voice over lol.

    14. Jimbotherisenclown on

      Mami's voice actress is voicing Dominique? Well, don't lose your head over the news guys, but I think this tells us Dominique's story isn't ending happily.

    15. Earthfield on

      No word on the E3 demo build? Don't leave me hanging like this.

    16. Neohybrid_kai on

      Holy zen, how did you guys manage to get Koshimizu Ami and Mizuhashi Kaori? those two are among my top-tier seiyuu. Now I have to play both the English and Japanese version.

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      Shachihoko on

      Sounds like you've got an awesome cast picked out! Looking forward to hearing them in-game. :D

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      Matthew Steven on

      Matoi Ryuuko! Interesting choice. Miriam is going to be a bit of a tomboy in all likelihood.

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      Tristan M on

      Great choices all around I think, can't wait to see who you cast in English.

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      Sentinel07 on

      Never heard of half of them but whatever. Very much looking forward to hearing the English cast.

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      Joel Martinez on

      Amazing cast for the japanese dub, cant wait for the english cast reveal

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      Viredae Marchette on

      That's a very nice cast list, now I can't wait for people to make Jonathan Joestar memes with Johannes. :p

    23. Antonio Sommerio on

      Does anyone know what they have as a placeholder for a release date?

      I know it’s in 2018 just not sure when.

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      Craig A. on

      Discord link doesn't work.

    25. Winter Soldier on

      Awesome lineup for the Japanese release!

    26. BloodFrost on

      @Jon Ellis

      Like most animes, there is a japanese dub and then a English dub

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      John Ellis on

      I thought David Hayter was also in it? Or is there an English dub which he will be in instead.

    28. Don Murphy - AoUA on

      WOW! You've got some great voice actors for this. I'm impressed! ;)

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      Aiddon on

      Is Dominique going to say "Hey! Listen!" at any point?

    30. Nathan Camp on

      Kaori Mizuhashi!

      I am not familiar with all of the voice actors but it is looking like an awesome line up : D

    31. BloodFrost on

      Cool, but most of us are DYING to know about the English voice actors!

      And more music previews please from the awesome and beautiful Yamane please!!

    32. Matteo Enrico Neviani on

      Great, great, GREAT casting.
      I assume we'll have the choice to use either the original japanese or an english dub?
      I like the japanese dubs better, ususally.

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      ukshadow on

      I see a lot of veterans here. You spared no expense on your voice acting from the japanese side. Here's to hoping the english ones are just as good.

    34. Geoff Chauvin on

      Mysterious man silhouette looks suspiciously like Dracula...

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      Devin R. Lowe on

      *Kevin beat me to it. :3

      So, in any case, he's probably going to be voicing the same character that Robbie Belgrade will be voicing.

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      Devin R. Lowe on

      So the team managed to get Okiayu-san along for the ride, I see.

      Ryotaro Okiayu = the original Japanese voice-actor for Alucard in SotN.

    37. Nekketsu Chile on

      great voice cast! hopefully it does not require further delay of its launch.

    38. Bill the Raven on

      Will the game also ship with an English voice acting option?

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      Kevin McDonald on

      In case people didn't know, Ryotaro Okiayu is Alucard's Japanese voice actor.

      Hmmm �