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Asuka VA Talks Eva Movie, Sentai Filmworks

An Evangelion fansite has over 90 minutes of one-on-one footage with Tiffany Grant.

 So I got an e-mail from (ahem) "Codename V," a guy who runs an Evangelion fansite. Apparently he managed to score some one-on-one time with Tiffany Grant, voice actress (best known as Evangelion's Asuka) and ADR scriptwriter currently affiliated with Sentai Filmworks/Section 23.

The interview runs over 90 minutes long in three large chunks, and the video and audio quality aren't very good in any of them. So, to spare you guys some time and effort, I think I've managed to cull out the important and/or amusing information:

  • Our host "V" seems to hate everyone who's done anything with Evangelion who wasn't ADV (or related); in the first video in particular there's quite a lot of ranting on title cards and stuff.
  • Grant is so unsure of the relationship between Sentai Filmworks and Section 23 that she refers to her place of employment as..."The Place." The recording is still done at the same physical building as ADV's.
  • These folks are apparently still working on putting together some kind of live-action Evangelion project. Yeah, the same one we've been hearing about for...well, a very long time.
  • Clannad and Blue Drop's dub recordings are completed.
  • The seiyuu who played Asuka in Japan, Yuko Miyamura, did NOT bang Hideaki Anno. I never even heard this rumor, but apparently Grant made mention of it, although it's in the interview notes, not in one of the videos.

There are some fun stories about the dubbing, the ADR scripting, dealing with Gainax, and even acquiring the rights-- winning out over higher-bidder Sony --if you want to take the time to listen; some of the (usually fan-provided) content is a little iffy and again, the a/v quality is quite low. But if you just can't get enough Evangelion, there's plenty of gossip to be had.    
metalsnakezeroon April 22, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.
Expecting a press release on the Clannad dub DVD now that they confirmed the recordings are done.
Pretty nice interview.
Void_Wizardon April 22, 2010 at 6:58 p.m.
The banging rumor was odd to read about didn't hear of that till now.
hitsusatsu11on April 22, 2010 at 7:25 p.m.
Tiffany Grant is apparently a REALLY REALLY big asuka fan in real life and is understandably connected to the character. I would say that as far as english version go's ADV's work is lightyears beyond funimation's dub of 1.0. The main problem I have is no Amanda Winn Lee as Rei, which i simply cannot forgive.
Oneeyedjackson April 22, 2010 at 8:02 p.m.
Here's to hoping Tiffany reprises her role as Asuka in Eva 2.0!  Assuming it ever gets licensed...
Netstrykeon April 22, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
@hitsusatsu11 said:

" Tiffany Grant is apparently a REALLY REALLY big asuka fan in real life and is understandably connected to the character. I would say that as far as english version go's ADV's work is lightyears beyond funimation's dub of 1.0. The main problem I have is no Amanda Winn Lee as Rei, which i simply cannot forgive. "

To back up hitsuatsu's factoid, may I suggest going to her site and the essay "In defense of Auska". just go here
http://www.modusproductions.com/eva-r/tiff/essays.htm
    and look it up. The passion she has foe Auska is amazing! I can tell you right now that if Tiffany isn't Auska for Eva 2.0, The natives will be a bit RESTLESS!!

N15PCAon April 23, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.

I had Tiffany Grant sign my Blue seed, Golden Boy, Martin Successor Nadesico and Evangelion DVDs at a comic book con few years ago.  She was a really nice person.
hitsusatsu11on April 23, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.
about the hideki anno thing i doubt its true, but i did hear that for the final choking scene in EoE he had shinji's seiryu actually get on top of asuka's and go through the motions of choking her to get the right feel for the dialogue. (note both are female)
yuetheguardianon April 25, 2010 at 3:53 a.m.
the banging the director joke for those who don't get it is, tiffany grant is now married to the former director of the english dub I am pretty sure.

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English Voice Actor associated mainly with ADV productions, most famous for voicing Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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