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15 May 2009 - 21:3614441
Voices or No??
Okay, so I've been thinking a little bit about voices lately (haha obviously as you guessed from the title!!), but I wanted to know what you guys thought too.

Does it matter, if when you're in cosplay, you can't put on a good impression or voice? I know some of us, (one person I know in particular) are blessed with the ability to imitate others and can do amazing impressions, but if I'm honest I'm one of those types who it sounds right in my head but out loud its just a.. "No"

What do you think? Is it important to be able to impersonate your character or not??


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15 May 2009 - 21:4214442
to be honest i personaly dont think it matters..... i couldnt do the vioce of any other person if i tryed...
so long as you enjoy yourself.


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15 May 2009 - 21:5514444
You've hit the nail on the head!

My brother has cosplayed Reborn and Reborn's voice is very very childish. Since he cosplayed Reborn at 12 years old, his voice hadn't broken yet and so he could say "Ciaossu!" in a squeaky child voice.

Now he can't but he is gifted with impersonation skills so he can say a host of things such as, "Mada mada dane" (prince of tennis) and various other character phrases.

As for me I can't even do that! I don't think it's very important but if you can do it it makes the cosplay that bit more authentic.


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15 May 2009 - 22:0414446
I don't think it's very important at all

... But if you can, then it's super cool! Think of it as the cherry on the cake, it's just something extra which is nice but not exactly necessary.

I personally fail miserably at impersonating character's voices, however I have a friend who is super amazing at changing her voice *-* It's really cool but I don't think people should worry about it...


15 May 2009 - 22:4514448
It's probably more important if you're taking part in a skit, but in general, until the day photographs can talk I'd say it doesn't matter at all.

An unexpected voice can make things lots more fun though. My ex is quite feminine-looking and he used to do lots of crossplay. If any blokes tried to chat him up he'd then put on his deepest voice to talk back to them. It was hilarious XD


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15 May 2009 - 22:5114449
I don't think it's important, but certainly a neat bonus for any fans of your character.


15 May 2009 - 23:5014452
I think it depends on what you enjoy most about cosplay yourself.
If you really like getting into character then doing the voice is obviously good, but for people more into making or displaying costumes then not so important.


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16 May 2009 - 00:0414453
Being Female, I would be very worried if I could pull of some of the voices my characters have. XD Mainly cause they're male usually lol

But I would also love it. But I think the voice thing would just be a fun to do thing rather then be overly important. As Sillabub said, it'd be good for skits but then you can get others to do that if you are recording it to get the right voice over for the character you are doing.

Truthfully, I can say something like Hikaru Hitachiin and have been practicing a Kuja-esque voice XD


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16 May 2009 - 01:2614456
I dont think its important in the slightest for a good cosplay I know some amazing cosplayers that dont even open their mouths heck they hardly change their expression LOL but like people say on here if your in a skit sure its awesome to do voices and it does shock people when you take photos if you can bust out an impression but I dont think you need to worry.

besides you i know your voice Faye and if you tried it you could deffinatly do some impressions


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16 May 2009 - 11:2214460
If you can sound like your character than good for you, if not then its no great shakes in my book.
I don't think it matters personally and people who give others flak for something like that are just daft.

I'd rather someone embody the character for a picture or something than be able to do an imitation of the characters voice. Sometimes just getting the inflections of a characters voice is good too in my books if people really do want to go for voices.


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16 May 2009 - 11:4814461
It's not all that important to most people, but I'll always try to do it because I love being in character!


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16 May 2009 - 16:0114477
A couple of my cosplays are from games that don't use voice-overs anyway so you can use artistic license in that case.
However when I do my PGSM Sailor Moon cosplay I shall try out some popular phrases- but she's Japanese haha ^^'


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17 May 2009 - 12:1314507
Aww Fables, I don't think it's that important. I know I faked a few people out at KitaCon because I somehow manage to impersonate Fran well on occasion, but if I walked around talking like her all day I would not be talking very much or would just end up hitting myself on the head with frustration. Or be scared I'd get stuck talking like that all the time XD

It's nice to do character phrases and be in character sometimes- I'm in character as Zelda a lot, and Ryuichi, and Sugar (I'm sure you remember that), but if someone is in character but without the voice, well, I don't really mind because they're got the costume for a start! I know cosplay is a mixture of costume and in character, so I think in character is important on occassion (Fran did not smile ><, but it's not as important, for me, to have the voice. I haven't met an Ed Elric yet who sounds like Vic Mignona after all!

Don't sweat it ^__^ You can try, but it's best that you feel comfortable with your costume and character first before forcing yourself to do impressions!


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17 May 2009 - 14:1714515
I wouldn't say that voices are necessary for the character as it's the costume that you're really showing your work in. If you're doing a perfomance in a character that has quite a distinctive voice then it would be better for the show to give it a go e.g. Marik Ishtar or Princess Mark's James from Pokemon.

If you can't get the hang of it then don't bother! I only know a very VERY small number of cosplayers who when they can do the voices actually stay in character all day. Personally, I can't be bothered! I only immitate when I'm quoting the character or performing ^_^


17 May 2009 - 14:5414516
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
However when I do my PGSM Sailor Moon cosplay I shall try out some popular phrases- but she's Japanese haha ^^'

I've only ever seen Sailor Moon in German. Usagi's German dub voice was hilarious, I don't think I'd be able to resist doing an impression of that XD


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17 May 2009 - 15:2814517
Quote Sillabub:

I've only ever seen Sailor Moon in German. Usagi's German dub voice was hilarious, I don't think I'd be able to resist doing an impression of that XD


lol I would like to hear that!


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18 May 2009 - 19:3314577
Quote sjbonnar:
It's not all that important to most people, but I'll always try to do it because I love being in character!


...Does this mean we get to hear you doing a Herr Major voice at Fuyu ???

Awesome!


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18 May 2009 - 19:4214578
Quote Fables:
Quote sjbonnar:
It's not all that important to most people, but I'll always try to do it because I love being in character!


...Does this mean we get to hear you doing a Herr Major voice at Fuyu ???

Awesome!


You not at May Expo? Because if so, I'll do it then LOL I've been practising!


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19 May 2009 - 17:4914627
I must admit that I would get a little weak in the knees if someone could pull of a decent imitation of the voice (and personality) of any of my favourite characters. I'd even be so easily charmed I would've cared less about how good his/her costume was.

But I really don't expect people to do it.
Actually, I don't expect people to stay in character either, these days it seems rather uncommon.
When someone walks up to you and says "great costume" I guess it contributes to making you "realise" you're not realy the character you're wearing, and you're less likely to reply in-character.
If someone started talking to me as if I was the character I'm portraying, I would probably continue role-playing, but since so few people do it these days the "stay in character" (play) part of cosplay is lacking.

In my experience, anyways.


19 May 2009 - 18:2414632
Quote Adamoluna:
I must admit that I would get a little weak in the knees if someone could pull of a decent imitation of the voice (and personality) of any of my favourite characters. I'd even be so easily charmed I would've cared less about how good his/her costume was.

But I really don't expect people to do it.
Actually, I don't expect people to stay in character either, these days it seems rather uncommon.
When someone walks up to you and says "great costume" I guess it contributes to making you "realise" you're not realy the character you're wearing, and you're less likely to reply in-character.
If someone started talking to me as if I was the character I'm portraying, I would probably continue role-playing, but since so few people do it these days the "stay in character" (play) part of cosplay is lacking.

In my experience, anyways.


I think more people SHOULD do the PLAY part of cosplay. I love being in character! And don't get me wrong, you wouldn't be in character ALL the time! But being Alucard and running around like a hyperactive child would be wrong!


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20 May 2009 - 02:4414663
Quote Rwylin:
to be honest i personaly dont think it matters..... i couldnt do the vioce of any other person if i tryed...
so long as you enjoy yourself.


i have to agree with you there why should it be that "oh i love this character but i can't cosplay them because i can't do the voice or act exactly like them" if you enjoy a character you should do them and if you can be in character all the time or do the voice then that's just a bonus


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20 May 2009 - 03:0714664
speaking like the character is just a bonus really. Looking like the character is enough and acting out mannerisms is cool.

If you are confident enough sure go for it.


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20 May 2009 - 14:3414682
I must say however if you do an Axis Powers Hetalia group, cheesy accents are a must. (especially Germany, France and Russia) It adds to the hilarity of everything.


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20 May 2009 - 15:2014684
I dont think its something you have to do, but I suppose it can really help.

I know for when I do my Disgaea 3 cosplays, I'd love to be able to do the voices (Plus if I could pull off a Mao voice, I could then do edward elric with no trouble) and have managed to get a convincingly close laugh to Mr. Champloo.

That said, I have it rather easy aat the moment, as my current cosplay (Senrei) has only been in a manga so far, and says very little anyway.


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20 May 2009 - 15:2914686
I think the main thoughts on here is that it isnt important for a great cosplay but hey it couldnt hurt I for one will be talking more often than not Alucard and Vash when fuyucon comes around, thats mainly because its the only 3 days in the year that i will get to and not look totaly stupid


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