Zeno Robinson on Playing a Dragon Ball Villain and a Superhero

Ahead of Crunchyroll Expo, Cummingsoon spoke to voice actor Jenno Robinson about his upcoming role as the villainous Gamma 2. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and his struggle with finding Kagami’s voice for his role Kuroko’s Basketball,

Crunchyroll Expo takes place August 5 to 7 at the San Jose McNairy Convention Center. Zeno Robinson will be in attendance along with other prolific voice actors, such as Kaiji Tang, Megan Shipman, and more. You can find out more about Crunchyroll Expo official website of the event,

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Spencer Legacy: You’ve been in a lot of anime, from the Shaman King to Pokémon. Are you a fan of anime? Which are your favorite series?

Zeno Robinson: Yes, I am a big fan of anime. My favorite series are… I love urban fantasy series. so my current favorite is Jujutsu Kaisenof course, and then there’s soul Eater, I love Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Samurai Champalu, That’s just something. there is [also] Gurren Lagann, I am a huge, huge anime fan.

One of your first major anime roles was Taiga Kagami in Kuroko’s Basketball. What were the challenges you faced with that first role?

Taiga was a challenging role for me as I personally felt that I didn’t have enough calm or hoarse or low voice to play Kagami. I was worried that he made the wrong choice and there the challenge was finding him, because he didn’t sit in the register that comes naturally to me. It is not necessary that many play [my] strength, but I made it work. I adapted and built Kagami to fit Kagami. Then I molded Kagami to my strength, and I think his voice was like that too. But the challenge was finding it. You can hear it in the first few episodes of the show, you can hear me looking for a voice. As we get closer to, like, episode five, I feel really put off.

You also play Hawks in My Hero Academia, which plays a major role in the current arc. How was that experience?

Playing Hawks has been a wonderful experience as he was also one of my first major anime roles. In fact, that was the first anime role where I got to put up a huge fight. She is a complex and nuanced character, which is my favorite character to play. But especially in the coming season, we see his story arcs add even more depth like his role as part of the League of Villains as well as the Hero Association. And it only gets more complicated and more tense as things start to heat up, so I’m really excited to see the fans, and I’m excited to see how this animated one comes together.

What’s it like to get the role of the main villain in Dragon Ball?

this is madness. role of a main villain in Dragon Ball It’s something I never would have thought would happen. Dragon Ball It was a very creative anime for me growing up. Iit got me started on this whole thing. I was one of those kids who literally tried to fly, and I had all the games and all the toys. uub was a must Dragon Ball character to me because it was the first time I looked like any other character with skin that looked like me Dragon Ball, So yes, to play a Dragon Ball The villain, especially in one of the bigger films, is an incredible blessing and a very humble honor. You’ll probably hear it in the movie, but I gave it 100%.

Dragon Ball is known for its formidable antagonists. What makes you special as a villain in Gamma Two?

Gamma Two stands out to me as a villain because he’s not like your typical villain. Many Dragon Ball Villains… they show up and they’re already very aggressive. They have these plans for world domination, and Gamma Two is a little brighter than I think. He has a little more energy. She’s more fun, she’s more outgoing, and it gives her a different glow, I think, than other typical Dragon Ball The villain and I think the audience will really like that about him. It’s more about the fight. He is more about having fun in the fight and he is more about being a superhero. He’s more about his goal of being a hero.

You are also Tai in the upcoming Digimon Adventure 2020. What’s it like to be the head of such a nostalgic and beloved franchise?

Oh man, I’m here again, I’m incredibly blessed. It’s an honor to be able to head over something like this Digimonvery similar Dragon Ball, I saw Digimon growing up. My friends and I sang theme songs to each other at leisure, like it was part of our daily routine. So that was very creative for me as well. This, as well, puts me — I don’t think I knew it at the time — on the career path I’m on. It is an incredible honor to lead such a huge franchise and similar to Gamma Two, I gave it 100% [and] Had a lot of fun

I really tried to make it my own. I studied Joshua Seth’s performance a lot [the original dub voice for Tai] And her voice is just so distinctive and recognizable to me. Growing up as a kid, when I practiced playing quiet kids, his voice was the voice I used to. So being able to use it in an official capacity and in that capacity is nothing short of a dream come true.

You are also in Pokemon. What attracted you to the character of Goh?

So Goh… When I auditioned for Goh, he was very sensitive and very caring and curious and intelligent. And I think I have some of those qualities, especially when it comes to studying and caring for my friends and other people, and goh a lot like that. pokemon, He’s got this dream I guess, for other people who [are] On the outside, find incredibly ambitious. So it’s really plausible that he has this wildly huge dream that seems impossible from the get-go, but he’s determined to make it come true. And I think we share those kinds of traits and qualities. And most of all, his character design is really cool. So a lot of those things really drew me to the character.

And of course, it is pokemon, Like, I don’t care if it was “Town Member Z”, I would still be attracted to the character in such a part. Every question is reaching back to the topic that many of the projects I’m working on are coming up, or that are already out there, near and dear to my childhood, near and dear to my heart. Dear, or too indifferent to me. Because they are, I feel I should treat them with the utmost respect and I have to give it 100 percent, not just for the audience, but for my inner child who has seen these properties and franchises grow up. .

Another giant character you voiced is Lando Calrissian in the LEGO Special. Was it intimidating to step into such an iconic role?

Absolutely. Absolutely intimidating to step into Lando Calrissian’s shoes. The thing that makes it a little easier for me is that it was young Lando Calrissian, so it belonged to Donald Glover… actually, I don’t know if that made it any easier for me, because Donald Glover is my idol. she is the one i really aspire to be artistically [and] creatively. I really, really admire his work. I mean, even to my Twitter name, childishgamzeno, Growing up, I was compared to him a lot and I still do. So it was really intimidating to step into those shoes, but it was also a challenge I was willing to take.

Because I compare them so much and because we have so many similarities and because it was very easy for me, especially at the time, to imitate them because I spent a lot of time doing that anyway. But it was challenging because it was part of that franchise and I really wanted to do it right. The film wasn’t playing at the time, so I was listening to his interviews and just copying a good version of how he would feel. There are moments of watching that episode where I was like, “Oh, was that me? Was that?” You know? I think I really pulled it off. And so I was really proud of myself for that job.

Which series have you not joined in which you would really love to be?

This is a really good question. A series I haven’t included I’d love to be in Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles Pucca. This theme of the classic series that was creative for our childhood. So Ninja Turtles One of those I haven’t been to, but I’d love to live in it. Or Kingdom HeartsBut I think it’s a little different genre-wise because we’re talking about anime, so yeah, Ninja Turtles,

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