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Crispin Freeman Interview
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October 21, 2007 12:15 PM PDT
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Crispin Freeman was interviewed by Tony Blass and Eric G. during his recent appearance on "Alchemist's Playground," which airs Saturday nights in Los Angeles on KCLA-FM 99.3. Crispin McDougal Freeman is a prolific American voice actor best known for his roles as Alucard in Hellsing and the OVA Hellsing Ultimate and as Touga Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena. He also played the voice of Kouichi Kimura in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Prince Turnip in Hayao Miyazaki's movie adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, and Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers.

Crispin Freeman was the oldest of three children, having a younger brother, Clark, and a younger sister, Cassidy. All of which attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990 in a class of 60. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterward, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting, and performed on Broadway (New York City), the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and the Williamstown Theator Festival.

As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman). Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets, a.k.a., Ken the Eagle in Gatchaman. He actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point. Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away."

Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King. Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, the friend suggested he call up Central Park Media and apply for a job doing english dubs. At first he didn't see why, being a fan of subtitles, rather than the english counter-parts. It wasn't until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child did he realize that most people are introduced to anime through the english dubbed versions.

In 1995, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers. He was the fourth and final voice actor to get the job, the previous three sounding too monotone and timid for the gloomy, angst ridden character.
Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career. The most recent being Haji and Van Argeno in Blood+, which airs Saturday, on Adult Swim at 12:30am, e.t.

Crispin Freeman Interview
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October 21, 2007 12:14 PM PDT
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Crispin Freeman was interviewed by Tony Blass and Eric G. during his recent appearance on "Alchemist's Playground," which airs Saturday nights in Los Angeles on KCLA-FM 99.3. Crispin McDougal Freeman is a prolific American voice actor best known for his roles as Alucard in Hellsing and the OVA Hellsing Ultimate and as Touga Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena. He also played the voice of Kouichi Kimura in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Prince Turnip in Hayao Miyazaki's movie adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, and Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers.

Crispin Freeman was the oldest of three children, having a younger brother, Clark, and a younger sister, Cassidy. All of which attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990 in a class of 60. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterward, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting, and performed on Broadway (New York City), the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and the Williamstown Theator Festival.

As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman). Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets, a.k.a., Ken the Eagle in Gatchaman. He actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point. Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away."

Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King. Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, the friend suggested he call up Central Park Media and apply for a job doing english dubs. At first he didn't see why, being a fan of subtitles, rather than the english counter-parts. It wasn't until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child did he realize that most people are introduced to anime through the english dubbed versions.

In 1995, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers. He was the fourth and final voice actor to get the job, the previous three sounding too monotone and timid for the gloomy, angst ridden character.
Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career. The most recent being Haji and Van Argeno in Blood+, which airs Saturday, on Adult Swim at 12:30am, e.t.

Interview with Crispin Freeman
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September 21, 2007 03:06 PM PDT
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Crispin Freeman was interviewed by Tony Blass and Eric G. during his recent appearance on "Alchemist's Playground," which airs Saturday nights in Los Angeles on KCLA-FM 99.3. Crispin McDougal Freeman is a prolific American voice actor best known for his roles as Alucard in Hellsing and the OVA Hellsing Ultimate and as Touga Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena. He also played the voice of Kouichi Kimura in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Prince Turnip in Hayao Miyazaki's movie adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, and Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers.

Crispin Freeman was the oldest of three children, having a younger brother, Clark, and a younger sister, Cassidy. All of which attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990 in a class of 60. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterward, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting, and performed on Broadway (New York City), the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and the Williamstown Theator Festival.

As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman). Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets, a.k.a., Ken the Eagle in Gatchaman. He actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point. Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away."

Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King. Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, the friend suggested he call up Central Park Media and apply for a job doing english dubs. At first he didn't see why, being a fan of subtitles, rather than the english counter-parts. It wasn't until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child did he realize that most people are introduced to anime through the english dubbed versions.

In 1995, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers. He was the fourth and final voice actor to get the job, the previous three sounding too monotone and timid for the gloomy, angst ridden character.
Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career. The most recent being Haji and Van Argeno in Blood+, which airs Saturday, on Adult Swim at 12:30am, e.t.

Dani Carr - Interview and Live In-Studio Performance
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September 21, 2007 02:58 PM PDT
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Dani Carr visited the playground on September 15, 2007 and performed for the first time ever on American soil. Hear this amazing performance and the first American interview with a man who is destined to be a big star in the very near future. Dani is an emerging singer songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. Drawing inspiration from musicians such as Jason Mraz and John Mayer, Dani generates unique acoustic pop rock tunes that are highly addictive. Having dedicated the last 12 months to refining his song writing and guitar skills, Dani’s music have been well received by people all around the globe. He is currently in discussions with a number of record labels that are interested in signing this talented and exciting artist. Furthermore, Dani has been focused on performing live at a number of venues around Sydney including the Steyne Hotel at Manly, The Old Manly Boatshed, The Harbour View Hotel, The Commercial Hotel and the Monkey Bar at Balmain. He has also performed a number of more intimate sessions at the Artichoke Gallery Cafes in Cremorne and Manly, NSW. Dani has also been engaged by a number of large Australia firms to perform at corporate functions at the Sydney Harbour Aquarium and at The Chinese Gardens, Sydney. Finally, Dani has plans to tour the United States in September this year. Dani is currently securing bookings for performances in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also recently released his debut EP, Somewhere, Sometime.

Interview with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
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September 08, 2007 02:32 PM PDT
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Tony Blass, Sadie Blass and Nick Letham interview Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. In a lively and heartfelt discussion, McGlynn talks about her experiences as an onscreen actress (Walker, Texas Ranger, Star Trek Voyager, Quantum Leap, Murder, She Wrote) and voice actress (Ghost in the Shell, Wolf's Rain, Digimon, Witch Hunter Robin, Princess Mononoke)
and her decision to go full time behind the scenes, directing and writing numerous anime series. She talks at length about her experiences directing Naruto and its similarity to, among other things, Harry Potter.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is an experienced American voice actress, ADR director, writer and singer best known for her extensive English-language dubbing of various anime, and her singing in Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME. She provided vocals for some music tracks in the movie adaptation of Silent Hill.

Her directing credits include Naruto, "Kaubôi bibappu" (aka Cowboy Bebop), Korobotto adobencha (aka Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri), Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, Castlevania and "Jikû tantei Genshi-kun" (aka Flint: The Time Detective, aka Time Detective Genshi

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has also been credited as Melissa Williamson and Anna Top.

Thank you to Chase Wang of BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions.

Anime Expo Special - US cast of Kyo K
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September 02, 2007 11:35 AM PDT
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Tony Blass interviews the US voice cast for the anime series of Kyo Kara Maoh! (今日からマ王!, Kyō Kara Maō!?) is a Japanese series of light novels written by Tomo Takabayashi, which have been adapted into an anime series released domestically by Geneon USA, a manga and a series of audio dramas. The anime series was produced by Studio Deen and aired across Japan on NHK and the anime television network, Animax, who also aired the series across its respective networks worldwide, including Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and other regions. The series has been licensed for North American distribution by Geneon under the name Kyo Kara Maoh! - Our King From Now On! The story follows the adventures of 15-year old Yuri Shibuya as he discovers his future in a world where demons and humans are fighting against one another.

Though not explicitly shōnen-ai (boys love), the series is often mistaken for such because of its overtones (such as an early plot point that ends with two male characters becoming engaged), and calm acceptance of homosexuality in the setting, as well as because the cast is predominantly made up of good-looking young men.

This topic and others are explored in this fun and in-depth group interview with many of the cast members, including Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Yuri Shibuya), Mona Marshall (Wolfram, also known for her work as the voice of Kyle's mom on "South Park"), Doug Erholtz (Conrad), Jackson Daniels, (Gwendal), and Jack Lingo (Gunter). Also interviewed are director Steve Kramer and producer Yurika Araki-Dennis.

Thank you to Melissa Romley at Bender/Helper Impact for coordinating this interview; thanks also to Chase Wang of BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions and Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc.

Anime Expo Special - US Cast of Hellsing Ultimate
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August 30, 2007 11:38 AM PDT
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Tony Blass interviews the US voice cast for the anime series "Hellsing Ultimate" Hellsing Ultimate (ヘルシング, Herushingu) a Japanese OVA anime series based on the internationally popular Hellsing manga series by Kouta Hirano.

The OVA series is being produced by animation studio Satelight and Geneon. The first episode of the Hellsing OVA was released on DVD in Japan on February 10, 2006. The episode is 50 minutes long. The first episode premiered in the U.S. at Anime Expo 2006 on July 2 and was released on DVD December 5, 2006, and the second episode was released on June 12, 2007. Hellsing OVA II was released in Japan August 25th, 2006. OVA III was released April 4, 2007, and will be released in the U.S. October 16, 2007.The Japanese release date for OVA IV is October 5, 2007.

For the American release, Geneon has assembled the original cast from the English dub of the television series, including Crispin Freeman (Alucard), K.T. Gray (Seras), Ralph Lister (Walter), Victoria Harwood (Sir Integra) and Steven Brand (Paladin Alexander Anderson).

Featuring Ralph Lister, as well as Josh Phillips and Patrick Seitz who portray the Valentine brothers.

Thank you to Melissa Romley at Bender/Helper Impact for coordinating this interview; thanks also to Chase Wang of BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions and Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc.

Episode 4 - Vic Mignogna
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August 26, 2007 11:34 PM PDT
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Interview with Vic Mignogna – an accomplished voice actor, whose perhaps most famous character, Edward Elric in "Fullmetal Alchemist" provides the quote that starts every show: “The most depraved kind of Alchemy there is!” Vic is also a singer/songwriter who appeared on Star Search singing a song called "Worth Waiting For." He has released the albums “If These Walls Could Talk,” “Selah” and “Metafiction.”

Vic Mignogna is a celebrity among fans of English anime dubs; his roles as characters such as Dark Mousy, Gawl, Edward Elric, and the evil Broly from the 3 Dragon Ball Z movies, along with his crazy interaction with his fans, have generated a large fanbase. He is a guest at many anime conventions across the United States and Canada. He now has an official fanclub, "Risembool Rangers" (named after Edward Elric's hometown in Fullmetal Alchemist), with members in almost every state and across the world, including fellow voice actors Caitlin Glass and Scott McNeil. Vic's appreciation for his fans led to the creation of the short film Fullmetal Fantasy.

There is also a friendly rivalry between the Rangers and Travis Willingham's fan club, the Miniskirt Army. When both actors are at a convention together, there is usually a game of dodgeball between the two fan clubs. One famous clash at a Tennessee event is immortalized in a song played on and discussed during the show.

Episode 24 - Caleb Kane (Part 1)
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August 16, 2007 07:49 PM PDT
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Caleb Kane visited the Alchemist's Playground on February 17, 2007. Mr. Kane is a singer, actor, and writer. He is best known as the singing voice of Aladdin in Disney's 1992 animated feature. That same year, he recorded a duet with Lea Salonga--"We Could Be In Love"--which was later released as a single. In 1993, he played Arpad Laszlo in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me. He also played Tucker Wells in the season three episode "The Prom" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and provided Jonathan Levinson's singing voice in the episode "Superstar".

On September 11, 2005, Kane was invited to a ceremony at Hong Kong Disneyland, the night before the theme park's opening. He performed the song "A Whole New World" from Aladdin with Cantopop star Joey Yung.

As Caleb Kane, he first came out with his song "This Close", which was played on the movie "Devil's Pond". He now has a website and has released a number of new songs. His last single, "Go Mad", was released in March 2006 on Reprise Records.

While at NYU, in the early 1990's, Brad was the frontman in a band called The Misconceptions.

He is married to actress Sarah Thompson.

Episode 24 - Caleb Kane (Part 2)
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August 16, 2007 07:41 PM PDT

 

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