We’re on our fifth day of dub cast announcements for Free! -Eternal Summer-, and we know a lot of you fans have been very excited to see who’s who in the English cast– even to the point of making fake cast announcement images! (Yes, that previous “leaked” cast announcement image that you may have seen was a fan-made fake—be sure to check official FUNimation and Free! ES channels for real announcements!) Today we’re excited to finally unveil the real long-awaited (but not final!) Free! ES cast announcement, this time for Rin Matsuoka, the shark-toothed and snarky new captain of the Samezuka Swim Team! And Rin’s voice actor is…
Rin is played by Vic Mignogna, whom you may recognize from such roles as Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist), Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club), Zero Kiryu (Vampire Knight), Fai D. Flowright (Tsubasa) and Karoku (Karneval)! Fun fact—Vic Mignogna and Rin’s Japanese voice actor Mamoru Miyano share a couple other roles—specifically Tamaki and Zero.
We asked Vic a few Free! ES-related questions!
Question: Can you swim? If so, what’s your best stroke?
Vic: Yes! I earned all my YMCA cards when I was young. I was good at the backstroke.
Question: What’s your favorite marine animal?
Vic: Ironically, SHARKS! Love love love them!
Question: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Vic: I wanted to be a special effects artist for movies.
We’re not done yet! We have two more days of cast announcements—check back tomorrow and Sunday to see which actors play the other Samezuka swimmers, and other vital roles for the series! The announcements hit first on the Free! -Eternal Summer- Tumblr and Facebook page, so make sure you’re following them for the most up-to-date news! For more updates about Free! – Eternal Summer - be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here
Cast so far:
Rei Ryugazaki – J. Michael Tatum Nagisa Hazuki – Greg Ayres Makoto Tachibana – Johnny Yong Bosch Haruka Nanase – Todd Haberkorn Rin Matsuoka – Vic Mignogna
(As a reminder, if you’re curious about the status of the Free! season 1 home video release and haven’t heard yet, be sure to check out this blog entry for the full explanation. We currently have no newer updates at this time.)
Vic Mignoga, a Christian anime voice actor, went head to head against some bigoted “Christian” protesters outside of an anime convention yesterday. Once he saw these two people holding signs implying that anime was a sin and that anime fans would burn in hell, he stepped up to tell them what he believed the Christian religion was really about: Love and acceptance.
Vic is the voice actor of a couple of my favorite characters, including Junpei Iori from Persona 3 and Qrow Branwen from RWBY. His other notable roles include the voice of Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and a live-action role in Star Trek Continues as Captain Kirk.
Even though I’m not religious myself, knowing that he did this just makes me an even bigger fan of his than I was before.
The fact that people are willing to boycott RWBY and risk having the show put to a complete halt if not canceled, and ultimately destroy Monty’s dream over VIc being a voice actor disappoints me. You are selfish, immature bratswho just need to have their way.
Vic isn’t a pedo, creep, or homophobe. He’s uncomfortable signing hardcore yaoi of characters he’s voiced. Is it that fucking hard to accept that?
Not to mention… If Vic was a pedo luring underage fans into his rooms or sexually assulting them… the cons would have found out, blacklisted him from ever attending ever again, and put his ass in fucking jail or charged him with that shit.
CONS DO NOT PUT UP WITH THAT KIND OF SHIT AND YOU SHOULDN’T JOKE ABOUT THAT KIND OF SHIT BECAUSE IT CAN L I T E R A L L Y RUIN HIS CAREER AND REPUTATION BECAUSE PEOPLE BLINDLY BELIEVE SHIT WITHOUT FACT-CHECKING IT OR USING SOME COMMON MOTHERFUCKING SENSE
IT IS NOT CUTE OR FUNNY TO RUIN SOMEONE’S LIFE BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE THEM