I must admit, when I first heard Ed, I jumped up and went "No! Ed doesn't sound like that!!"
(My mom was like, "what are you talking about??")
I absolutely love Paku Romi's role as Ed. Possibly my favorite anime voice role ever. So Vic Mignogna's take on Ed is...well, startling, on first impression. After viewing the clip again (a few times) after some time, I realized that the dub actually sounds pretty good as far as dubs go. Vic Mignogna's acting is good. His voice is just...different. I'm sure it'll grow on me, it's definitely watchable, but I will say that no one can really compete with Paku Romi's performance.
I wasn't surprised by Al's voice at all. Probably only because I knew Aaron Dismuke's voice from his role of Hiro in Fruits Basket (which I LOVE the dub for. My favorite English dub ever). He sounded pretty much the same. I liked him in the role of Hiro, and maybe his actual acting and delivery isn't as good as Al's
original Japanese seiyuu, but I think he fits the role.
Rose sounds fine to me. No problems there. The other voices are okay as well.
Overall I guess I am impressed. But I was expecting good quality, since I think Funimation's most recent work has been quite good.
The other voice actor choices I have seen are interesting...the only other voices I recognize are Laura Bailey, Dameon Clarke and Sonny Strait.
I really enjoy Laura Bailey's roles, and I must admit I was kind of surprised to see her in the role of Lust, rather than a role like Winry. But I do know that Laura's voice work is very diverse and consistenly good, so I'm not worried.
Dameon Clarke as Scar could totally kick ass. Great fit.
Sonny Strait as Hughes scares me slightly...because the only role I know him as is Krillin from DBZ. Picture that voice on Hughes. No thanks. Eeehhh... but I know that's not fair because other Funimation VA's have done vastly different sounding roles. He also had a minor role as the teacher in Fruits Basket, and the voice was different, but still Krillin-ish, which is why I always referred to him as "Krillin teacher." Not really fair to judge until I've actually heard his take on Hughes. And I love Hughes to death, so I'm really hoping I'll like it.
Heheh, this is really long, but I just felt like venting my opinions on the dub clips to someone, even if no one actually really reads it through.
Well, that's my take so far. I'm actually really excited to see FMA on TV.
who currently can't be bothered to register...