Todd Haberkorn, one of the industry’s more prominent voice actors, was a Guest of Honor at this year’s Nan Desu Kan and a hit among attendees. I had the opportunity to sit down with Haberkorn and ask him a few questions about his involvement in the industry and any future projects he wanted fans to get excited about. Here is the full interview!
1. Which one of the shows that you were involved in would you recommend to someone wanting to get into anime?
Sgt. Frog and D. Gray-man. Sgt. Frog is pretty accessible and has lots of comedic energy, which should be entertaining for anyone. D. Gray-man contains fantasy elements and is more action/adventure.
2. How did you get into the industry?
I started acting when I was about ten, getting my start on stage before transitioning to film. After film, I went on to voice acting.
3. Of the shows you have worked on, do you have a favorite?
Sgt. Frog and Fairy Tales, which is due for release in November.
4. What is your favorite aspect of the anime industry?
I love the combination of passion and work. I’m having a lot of fun doing this and I hope to continue working in the industry for a very long time.
5. What would you tell people who want to pursue voice acting?
I don’t have any advice for that. What works for me might not work for someone else, and what works for someone else might not work for me. That is the best part of this job. The diversity required for this job is amazing.
6. Who was your favorite character you voiced?
I’d say Keroro from Sgt. Frog because of the comedic energy and how much fun he was to voice. I spent a lot of time in the booth doing his voice, and it took a lot of energy. But it was also a lot of fun.
7. What was it like voice acting in xxxHolic?
xxxHolic was a very different experience from Sgt. Frog. It was creepy and it required me to give off many different emotions that could change at any time. It was still a lot of fun, though.
8. Do you see yourself staying in the industry for a long time? Or do you have other dreams and ambitions?
I think that I can continue working in the anime world and pursue other interests and hobbies at the same time. Who says I have to quit one to start another?
9. What are your future projects?
As I said before, Fairy Tales comes out sometime in November. Another project soon to be released is Scream of the Banshee, and I’m excited to see how fans react to it!
My interview with Todd Haberkorn went very well, and it gave me new insight on a culturally rich industry. Thanks, Todd!