September 23, 2015 Vic Mignogna is a skilled actor who has lent his voice talents to several anime and video games. With a list of credits a mile long, Mignogna is most renowned for his portrayal of Edward in the popular Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. We at RPGFan, however, know him best as Junpei Iori- one of the most memorable characters in the beloved RPG Persona 3. Mignogna convincingly played Junpei with an uncannily natural ease, and that performance is why we love the character. We are, therefore, honored and privileged that Vic Mignogna took the time to speak with us about his experiences with voice acting, the universe, and everything else.
Vic: I got into it quite by accident. I have been acting since I was very young on stage and in some films. But I was encouraged to audition for a company that dubbed anime and was looking for actors. I auditioned, got cast, and just kept doing it!
Vic: I don't think I have any specific "influences." I have always loved certain animated shows, but never really thought about the voices behind the characters.
Vic: I love Junpei! But I'm sorry to say that there wasn't much preparation. I was cast to play the role and when I went into the studio, the producers told me about him and then let me do my thing. But it's always such a pleasure to do more Persona!
Vic: Just the script :)
Vic: We recorded alone. Most anime-related productions record the actors seperately. It's just easier to control timing and sync.
Vic: As I said, I have always loved this character, so every time I find that there's another Persona project I get jazzed!
Vic: I'm sorry to say that I have not had the chance to play those games! I'm too busy making them to get to enjoy playing them! But I live vicariously through others who tell me about them and friends of mine who play them :)
Vic: Well.... I totally concede that Brotherhood is a more in depth, heavier, and more complete series than the original. HOWEVER, I must tell you that I have a very special place in my heart for the original. That's where I was first introduced to this amazing world and these wonderful characters. So I may have to choose the original FMA as my personal favorite.
Vic: There are always fun things to talk about! I'd have to say that my web series, STAR TREK CONTINUES, is the thing I am most excited about and currently working on most. It picks up where the original series in the 60s ended and continues their mission. And I get to fulfill my childhood dream of playing Captain Kirk!
Vic: I'm so deeply grateful to God for the privilege to do what I do. My only desire is to be able to continue doing it for as long as possible!
Vic: If you're interested in voice acting, check out the free download titled "So You Want To Be A Voice Actor" in the store at The Risembool Rangers. I answer many of the most common questions on the subject.
Vic: THANK YOU. I always want to say thanks to the fans for their support and enthusiasm for my work. They have brought so much joy to my life and I'm eternally grateful to them!