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After Crisis: Where The Cast Of Advent Children Are Ten Years Later

by October 13, 2015 3 comments

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[Insert Reunion Pun Here]

But seriously, it has been ten years since Final Fantasy VII received its theatrical counterpart (speaking figuratively of course, as it was a direct-to-DVD film).  While some appreciated it for being the Final Fantasy movie that Final Fantasy: Spirits Within wasn’t, others called it Matrix-wannabe with over-the-top action and an incomprehensible story line, even to those who played the game.  Whatever side of the fence you were on, it is impossible to argue the impact that the film had on the franchise, for better or worse.

One of the best things was finally hearing our beloved characters given a voice, even if it’s not exactly what we were expecting (Cait Sith was supposed to be Scottish? At the time, I had no idea!) And without the incredible voice talent of these veterans from TV, anime, and video games, this would not be possible.

Today we take a look at a few of the main characters voice actors and what they’ve been up to these ten long years since the movie was released!

CloudCloud Strife

Japanese Voice Actor: Takahiro SakuraiTakahiro Sakurai

For starters Takahiro Sakurai reprised his role as Cloud in the OVA  Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia games. He also potrayed Coco in One Piece, Kira Izuru in Bleach, Suzaka in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion , Kurasame Susaya in Final Fantasy: Type-0 and Fugue in the game Eternal Sonata.

Where Is He Now? Currently he will be portraying Meme Oshino in the upcoming Kizu monogatari movies and Tentomon in Digimon Adventure tri. Saikai


Steve BurtonEnglish Voice Actor: Steve Burton

Steve Burton, like Sakurai, reprised the role of Cloud in Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia.

Where Is He Now? He is best known for his repeated roles in two long-running daytime television shows, portraying Dylan McAvoy in The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan in General Hospital.

TifaTifa Lockhart

Ayumi ItoJapanese Voice Actor: Ayumi Ito

Ayumi Ito reprised her role of Tifa in On The Way To A Smile: Episode Denzel.

Where Is She Now? She has recently done voices for Konkatsu Deka and is the voice of Haruko in Sono Otoko, ishi takai kei.


Rachael Leigh CookEnglish Voice Actor: Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook has done several voices on the show Robot Chicken and played Abigail Lytar in Psych.

Where Is She Now? Currently she plays Kate Moretti in Perception and is the voice of Jaesa Willsaam in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

KadajKadaj

Showtaro MorikuboJapanese Voice Actor: Showtaro Morikubo

Showtaro Morikubo (credited as Shotaro Morikubo) has performed the voices of Naghi Minatsuchi in Final Fantasy Type-0, and Yosuke Hanamura in Persona 4.

Where Is He Now? Currently he’s been portraying Shikamaru Nara on Naruto: Shippuden.


Steve StaleyEnglish Voice Actor: Steve Staley

Steve Staley is an anime and video game veteran, having voiced Houka Inumuta in Kill La Kill, Neji Hyuga in Naruto: Shippuden and Toshiro Hitsugaya in Bleach. He also voiced Papalymo in Final Fantasy XIV and did additional voices for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Where Is He Now? Steve Staley will be portraying Rubeus in the upcoming Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

AerithAerith Gainsborough

Maaya SakamotoJapanese Voice Actor: Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto was the voice of Lightning in Final Fantasy XII-2 and Diva Final Fantasy Type-0.

Where Is She Now? Currently she has been the voice of Matsuri in Naruto: Shippuden, Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell and will be providing voice work for the upcoming Kizu monogatari films.


Mena SuvariEnglish Voice Actor: Mena Suvari

Where Is She Now? Mena Suvari has been portraying Maria Abascal in South of Hell and Jessica Dawson in Badge of Honor.

 

RenoReno

Keiji FujiwaraJapanese Voice Actor: Keiji Fujiwara

Keiji Fujiwara was the voice for Izana Kunagiri in Final Fantasy: Type-0 and Hannes in Attack on Titan.

Where Is He Now? He has been the voice of Mewtwo in Super Mario Maker and the Super Smash Bros games, as well as the voice of Guan Yu in Prison School.


Quinton Motherfucking FlynnEnglish Voice Actor: Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn is another video game veteran. Perhaps best known for portraying Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid games, as well as Axel and Lea in the Kingdom Hearts games. He has also portrayed Alberto Falcone in Batman: Arkham Origins, Iruka Umino in Naruto: Shippuden, and has done voices for Robot Chicken and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Where Is He Now? Currently he will be providing the voice for Silver The Hedgehog in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

VincentVincent Valentine

JapVincentJapanese Voice Actor: Shogo Suzuki

Apart from his acting, Shogo Suzuki was also the lead guitarist for a band Cocoa Otoko that was active between 2010-2012. He has been the voice of Shota Tsukimiya in The Ancient Dogoo Girls and Ryuichi from Heaven’s Rock.

Where Is He Now? Shogo Suzuki is not currently involved in any known projects.


EngVincentEnglish Voice Actor: Steve Blum

Steve Blum was the voice of Cid Aulstyne in Final Fantasy: Type-0, Amon in Legend of Korra, and Orochimaru in Naruto: Shippuden.  He also provided additional voices for Halo 4, Lollipop Chainsaw and Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Where Is He Now? He’s been providing the voice for Zeb Orrelios and Alton Kastle in Star Wars Rebels and Techmo in Regular Show: The Movie. He will be portraying Tank Dempsey in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

RufusRufus Shinra

Tooru OokawaJapanese Voice Actor: Tooru Ookawa

Tooru Ookawa (credited as Toru Ohkawa) has been the voice of Gouken in Ultra Street Fighter IV and Heathcliff in Sword Art Online.

Where Is He Now? He voiced the characters of Tokihiko Sakuma in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma and the Narrator for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.


Wally WingertEnglish Voice Actor: Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert was the voice of Jon Arbuckle in The Garfield Show. He provided the voices for Aoba Yamashiro, Harusame and Kisuke on Naruto: Shippuden, and the voices for Renji Abarai and Tsubaki on Bleach. He also provided additional voices for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII.

Where Is He Now? Currently he’s providing the voice of Cubot on Sonic Boom, has done various voices for Family Guy and has been The Riddler (Edward Nigma) in the Batman: Arkham games, most recently Batman: Arkham Knight.

SephirothSephiroth

Toshiyuki MorikawaJapanese Voice Actor: Toshiyuki Morikawa

Toshikyuki Morikawa has been the voice of Seijirou Kikuoka in Sword Art Online, Hatchi and Enel in One Piece and Naraku in InuYasha: The Final Act. He has also been the voice of Mitsurugi in the Soul Calibur games.

Where Is He Now? He’s been portraying Minato Namikaze in Naruto: Shippuden and the titular Ninja Slayer of Ninja Slayer.


George NewbernEnglish Voice Actor: George Newbern

George Newbern was Dr. Curtis Ryerson in the short-lived Nip/ Tuck.

Where Is He Now? He has portrayed Charlie in Scandal and Scottie Andrews from Granite Flats.

 

 


 

Well that was the main adult cast of Advent Children.  But let’s not forget one of the most important things about the film:  The Children.  As most of these actors were young children at the time of filming their careers aren’t as fleshed out as their adult peers, but let’s take a real quick look at the two leading youngsters and see what they’ve been up to!

 

MarleneMarlene

Japanese Voice Actor: Miyuu TsuzuharaMiyuu Tzusuhara

Miyuu Tsuzuhara was 11 when she took the role of Marlene.

While she’s done nothing since then, she was also the voice of Kozue Kuzuhara in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.


Grace RolekEnglish Voice Actor: Grace Rolek

Grace Rolek was 7 when she performed Marlene.

She was the voice of Lucy VanPelt in Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. She is currently voicing Connie in Steven Universe.

 

DenzelDenzel

Kyosuke IkedaJapanese Voice Actor: Kyosuke Ikeda

Kyosuke Ikeda was 13 when he took on the role of Denzel.

Though working on nothing currently, was the voice of Hikaru Tsuki in Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom.


Benjamin BryanEnglish Voice Actor: Benjamin Bryan

Benjamin Bryan was 11 when he portrayed Denzel.

He is not working on anything else currently, but he did portray Kenny in Private Practice.

3 comments

  1. Tash
    #1 Tash 18 October, 2015, 01:53

    I wish these guys would return for the remake and more future FFVII titles(voice actors of Cloud, Tifa, Reno, Vincent and Rufus, both in Japanese and in English), and I gotta hand it, some of the male actors are cute-mostly Cloud’s voice actors, Reno’s voice actors, even Rufus’s voice actors and Vincent’s voice actors. Tifa’s and Aerith’s voice actresses are beautiful too.

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  2. L
    #2 L 21 October, 2015, 07:30

    These guys are returning for the remake, right? Vincent, Cloud, Sephiroth and Aerith sounded perfect. Everyone else cam be easily replaced though…

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    • Tash
      Tash 31 October, 2015, 07:18

      Not too sure on that one. No one can predict the future, after all. So far, Cloud didn’t have a replacement yet, considering how he returned to voice Cloud in the second remake of KH: Coded in KH 2.5 HD ReMix, and I know that Quintion Flynn wants to voice Reno again as he said on his twitter account.

      I’m not 100% sure on Vincent, but I think Sephiroth’s voice actor from the film will return to voice him again. Aerith had like three different voice actresses, so who knows about her. Wish her voice actress from the film would return.

      I certainly know that Paul Eiding or whatever his last name is absolutely hated voicing Hojo, and, well, personally I don’t blame the poor guy. Hojo is one of the worst villians in history, and I never liked him to begin with. He’s annoying plus. So, I think Paul’s out of the picture and they’ll find a replacement for him. Plus, with Leonard Nimory gone(R.I.P, sir Leonard Nimory), Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts will have to have a replacement in both Japanese and in English, so it’s fair that a character that is well into their old age should have replacements.

      For everyone else, I want all of the actors from the film to return…well, except for those who voiced Denzel and Marlene since they’re too old, so, that’s understandable on how children characters in any animated films or series always need a replacement if their actors are actual children themselves.

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